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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Naig said “Iowa remained a production powerhouse”

DES MOINES—Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig has commented on the 2023 Iowa Crop Production Annual Summary released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The national summary and state summaries are released in January each year. 

Choose Iowa Dairy Innovation Grants launched

DES MOINES—Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig has announced the launch of the brand-new Choose Iowa Dairy Innovation Grant Program, which has been created to increase on-farm dairy processing, reduce farm labor costs, and expand the availability of Iowa dairy products for consumers.

Farm couple getaway

DECORAH—Farm couples looking for a chance to review their goals while learning and relax in a scenic part of the state should consider attending the Farm Couple Getaway, Feb. 16-17 in northeast Iowa. The no-cost event is organized by ISU Extension and Outreach, with support from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and ISU Extension and Outreach Winneshiek County.


To update this information, email or call 515-295-3535. Some changes to schedules may occur without notice. 

____Libraries, Museums, recreation, EVENTS_____

Algona Nativity Scene: Small groups by appointment. Call 515-295-7241.

Algona POW Museum: Sat. and Sun. 1-4 p.m. through December, closed week days.

3-2-Do and Community Calendar

Save lives

LifeServe Algona community blood drive is planned from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Algona on Friday, Feb. 9. Text LIFESERVE to 999-777 to schedule. 


Izaak Walton League breakfast

Making snow memories with friends

Not everybody has been loving the recent snow and bitter cold temperatures but these friends were having fun on Wednesday, Jan. 10 in Algona. They were playing on this snow mountain before the winds picked up and the bitter cold temperatures set in this past week. From left: Emery Weichert, Bella Stundahl, Nadiya Hagedorn, Nevaeh Hagedorn and Austin Gorham. Kim Wegener photo

KRHC welcomes Allie Opheim as new clinics director

ALGONA—Allie Opheim, BSN, RN has assumed the role of director of clinics and business outreach at Kossuth Regional Health Center. Opheim has been a nurse at KRHC since 2021 and officials say she brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to her new role. 

Corbin Darling chosen for NCIBA honor band

Bishop Garrigan High School Freshman Corbin Darling was selected to participate in the NCIBA High School Honor Band performance held at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) in Mason City on Saturday, Jan. 6. Submitted photo

Kiwanis January Students of the Month 

The Kiwanis January Students of the Month are from top to bottom: From AHS: Natalee Reemtsma, daughter of Doug and Serena Reemtsma, pictured with Mike Weir, teacher; Serena, Natalee, Doug and Bob Ketchum, Kiwanis. From AMS: Korbin Awe, son of Charlotte Byrd pictured with Chris Dorning, teacher; Korbin, Charlotte and Bob Ketchum. From Bishop Garrigan HS: Ethan Marso, son of Mike and Tara Marso pictured with Rob Meister, AD; Tara, Ethan, Mike and Bob Ketchum.

Wellness questions? Walk in for answers

By Dusti Julius


Lab Manager


Do you want to be more health-conscious and knowledgeable about what is happening in your body in 2024? 

Kossuth Regional Health Center can help. Just stop by the Walk-In Wellness to receive wellness screens without a physician’s order. The lab offers a wide range of wellness screenings for a reasonable price at your convenience.

Chocolate, wine and crafts

The Bancroft Chamber of Commerce hosted it’s annual Chocolate, Wine and Christmas Craft Night at the North Kossuth Golf Club on Dec. 13.

Those in attendance created beautiful holiday crafts while sipping wine and enjoying a chocolate dessert. Crafters were instructed by Andi and Justine from Andi's Embellishments & Floral. Submitted photos

Giving Tree 2023 



More than 140 children in the Kossuth County area had a little brighter Christmas thanks to all the generous people who donated time and money for the Giving Tree project in Bancroft. Laura Arndorfer did the  planning, organizing and delivering of all the gifts to local schools. Submitted photo

Snow emergency ordinance, what to know

ALGONA—During last week’s snow storms the City of Algona issued a snow emergency beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11 through 7 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14.

The city’s snow ordinance regarding vehicles in city parking lots from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. was in effect. 

When a snow emergency is in effect, please be mindful of the city’s snow ordinance:

Keeping your pets safe in winter weather

As extreme winter weather and low temperatures threaten much of the country over the coming days, the ASPCA wants to remind pet owners that these types of weather conditions can be extremely dangerous to pets. The ASPCA urges pet owners to take extra measures to keep their pets safe as temperatures drop and many homes could be left without adequate power and heat. 

Here are some life-saving tips to keep pets safe from the impacts of severe winter weather. 

Trip of a lifetime 

Midland Power 

seeking student 


Midland Power Cooperative is looking for one lucky high school sophomore or junior to send on an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. this summer.

Local volunteers needed to help Iowans understand Medicare options

ALGONA—The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) are free, confidential and unbiased services of the State of Iowa Insurance Division sponsored locally by Kossuth Regional Health Center. Across the state, more than 350 trained SHIIP/SMP volunteer counselors assist thousands of Iowans each year to understand their Medicare benefits and avoid health insurance fraud through individual counseling sessions and community education.

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