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Simpson 85th

Join us for Richard C. Simpson’s 85th birthday party on Saturday, May 25 from 2-4 p.m. at the Ag & Motorsports Museum in Algona. It is a come and go celebration. No gifts please, cards appreciated.

College Notes

BVU Spring 2024 Dean’s List

STORM LAKE, IA - Buena Vista University congratulates more than 500 students who were named to the Spring 2024 Dean's List. The Dean's List recognizes full-time students achieving a 3.5-grade point average or higher for the semester.

Area students include Elizabeth Larsen of Algona, Molly McCauley of Algona, Kyle Simpson of Lu Verne, Maggie Vaske of Bancroft and Sonata Ward-Arrowood of Algona.


Algona Police Report

Monday, May 13

12:22 a.m. Death.

4:30 a.m. Ambulance call.

11:37 a.m. Driving complaint.

12:27 p.m. Driving complaint.

1:48 p.m. Aided with helicopter.

3:07 p.m. Scam phone call.

6:26 p.m. Domestic.

8:13 p.m. Animal complaint.


Tuesday, May 14

12:33 a.m. Ambulance call.

2:20 a.m. Aided.

6:19 a.m. Driving complaint.

7:07 a.m. Ambulance call.

8:05 a.m. Ambulance call.

Kossuth County Sheriff Report

Notice to Readers:

The information included on this page has been obtained from public records — either court files, police and sheriff logs or accident reports. The Kossuth County Advance staff reminds readers that all charges are accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Monday, May 13

9:10 a.m. Request for a deputy, Lone Rock.

11:28 a.m. Request for a deputy, Bancroft.

Senior Center

Thursday, May 23

Ham, sweet potatoes, peas, dessert

11 a.m. – Exercise


Friday, May 24

Chicken chow mein, cauliflower, carrots, fruit

10:30 a.m. – Bingo


Monday, May 27



Tuesday, May 28

Cold sack lunch

10:45 a.m. – Pickup IA food boxes

11 a.m. – Exercise

1 p.m. – Devotions


Wednesday,  May 29

AMU Programming

Monday, May 27

9 a.m.: Presbyterian Church

7 p.m.: AHS Commencement

9 p.m.: AHS Band/Choir Concert/Awards


Tuesday, May 28

9 a.m.: Trinity Lutheran Church

10 a.m.: Grace Church

1 p.m.: Candidate Forum

7 p.m.: Middle School Vocal Concert

8 p.m.: AHS Baseball vs. Bishop Garrigan


Wednesday, May 29

9 a.m.: Faith Assembly of God

10:30 a.m.: Divine Mercy Catholic Church

Primary election - where to go

The Kossuth County primary election will be held on June 4, 2024.

All Polls in Kossuth County open at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.

Precincts and Polling Places are as follows:



1. Eagle, Grant, Harrison, Swea - First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Swea City

2. Hebron, Ledyard, Lincoln, Springfield - Eagle Center, Lakota

3. Greenwood, Seneca - Bancroft Summit Center

Meet and greet with Artist Ken Fox

On Mon., May 27, 2024, a special exhibit of Ken’s artwork will be held at Algona Publishing Co., 14 E. Nebraska St., Algona, following the morning Memorial Day ceremony at the courthouse (10-10:30 a.m.).  Ken will be personally present and happy to meet you until 1 p.m. The exhibit itself will be on display an additional two weeks during Algona Publishing’s office hours. It will include not only Ken’s artwork but also recognize Ken for his service in the Air Force.

Burt gets new handicap accessible park

After losing their pool, the town of Burt used the money raised to repair the pool, combined it with a grant from the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation and Gametime where they purchased the park equipment, and built a new park. More than 30 volunteers from Erpelding, Voigt & Co. spent a day helping install playground equipment, painting picnic tables and sprucing up the park to get it ready in time for Summer.

Cram The Grandstands

An exciting night of racing and honor is planned for the historic race track  in Webster City on May 18th. The Hamilton County Speedway in cooperation with the Hamilton County Peace Officers Association have put together a Cram The Grandstands  night to "Salute the troops" and also to honor the memory of Algona Police Officer Kevin Cram, who was killed in the line of duty in September of 2023. Active and retired military with ID will be admitted to the speedway at no cost.

K9 Kevin to get donation of body armor

Algona Police Department’s K9 Kevin will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Kevin’s vest is sponsored by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Hobbs, Des Moines, IA EOW 12/12/23”.  Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Arndorfer wows crowd with art exhibit

Debra Arndorfer’s heart was on display at a reception held May 4 at the Algona Publishing gallery. Arndorfer titled this body of work “Italian Musings” which was inspired by the artists of the Renaissance period. Arndorfer is an accomplished artist who has lived and studied art all over the world but said her creativity and inspiration has flowed more freely since she has moved closer to home in Algona.

Cruising in Year 8 will be Great

This is the 8th year that Tom Nugent has been inviting people to cruise. People bring classic cars, their regular family car, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and just about anything with wheels. It doesn’t matter what you drive, the goal is to raise money for the Shriner’s Hospital, meet some new friends, catch up with old friends, amuse onlookers and just have fun.

KRHC Auxiliary honors students for volunteering

Three area students from Kossuth County were recognized for their commitment to volunteering by the Kossuth Regional Health Center Auxiliary in May.

Donna Kitzinger of the Auxiliary chairs the award committee and announced that this year’s winners were Maggie Wartick from Algona High School, Violet Bode from Bishop Garrigan High School, and Lexi Vaske from North Union High School.

New 40B Tax Credit Guidelines for SAF

Farm Practice Limitations Discourage Farmers, Must Be Addressed Moving Forward

Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report

Justin Glisan, Ph.D., State Climatologist

For the fourth consecutive reporting period, Iowa observed unseasonably wet conditions with positive departures in the 1.00-3.00-inch range across the state’s northern half. Temperatures were also warmer than the 30-year climatology with the warmest readings approaching four degrees; the statewide average temperature was 60.6 degrees, 2.0 degrees above normal.

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