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Brenda and Ethan Reign

Brenda Falcon-Gonzales was crowned homecoming queen and Ethan Zaugg crowned homecoming king at West Bend-Mallard High School during coronation at the school on Friday, September 16.

The West Bend-Mallard Wolverines defeated Northwood-Kensett in the homecoming football game, 57-6. Submitted photo

King Cal and Queen Maggie

Cal Birkey and Maggie Vaske were crowned 2022 homecoming king and queen respectively at Bishop Garrigan High School during coronation held Monday morning, Sept. 19. Bishop Garrigan is celebrating homecoming activities all week.

The homecoming parade is set for 2 p.m. Friday. The football game vs. Harris Lake Park is at 7 p.m. Friday at Conway Field. Kim Wegener photo

Algona Fire Fighters Filled the Boot with $4,630.34


ALGONA During the 2022 Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Fill the Boot campaign, the dedicated members of the Algona Fire Department continued a 68-year tradition of raising funds to support MDA’s mission to accelerate research, advance care, and advocate for the support of families living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases.

six buscher brothers reminisce

Twice a month on Thursday afternoons, the six Buscher brothers get together for coffee at McDonald’s in Algona. For nearly two hours, they talk about farming, fishing and share family stories.

The brothers are all from Algona and range in age from 80 to 98. Bob, the oldest of the group, will celebrate his 99th birthday on October 19.

Sunny Sunday Cruise-In

Approximately 180 vehicles were on display under a beautiful sunny sky at the Algona Cruise-in on Sunday, September 18 in downtown Algona. The event was held in memory of Jim Schumacher, a car enthusiast.

Photo above left: Mike and Robin Winkleman of Lakota brought two 1976 Pontiac Trans Ams to the cruise-in.

Photo at left: Richard Simpson of Algona displayed his 1962 International Harvester 504. Kim Wegener photos

Nelson presents program

Meredith Nelson, program coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach - Kossuth County, gave a program on downsizing for senior living at the Fenton Public Library. Nelson  provided tips on how people can prioritize what possession to save and keep when moving. Submitted photo

Peterson WINS BIKE

Cameron Peterson of Fenton was the winner of the summer reading program bike raffle at the Fenton Public Library.

Participants earned a raffle ticket for every program or presentation they attended. They also earned an additional five tickets if they turned in their completed and signed reading calendars. Cameron was the winner of a Mongoose BMX bike. He is shown with Lori Peterson, library director. The Petersons are not relatives. Submitted photo

Creating pirate ships

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) activity at the Fenton Public Library in September was in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19.

Participants first learned about the concept of displacement and how it allows ships to float on the water. They created their own pirate ships using only tinfoil, paper, straws, craft sticks, glue and tape.

Twin Rivers class of 1977 members reunite

The Twin Rivers Class of 1977 was together for a 45 year class reunion at the Algona Country Club on Saturday, September 3. Twenty-four of the 42 class members met for a social evening of sharing memories.

Deceased classmates are Kelly Myers, Chris Behounek, Mike Olson and Jerry Lane.

Corwith-Wesley class of 1972 together again

Twelve classmates from the Corwith-Wesley School Class of 1972 met for a 50 year reunion on Saturday, September 3 at Hillside Golf and Dining in Wesley.

Front, from left: Julie Nall Wittmeier, Jane Shipman Eischen, MariRae Merriam Schiltz and Betty Weiland Erpelding.

Middle: Marla Cink Wingert, Diane Larson Potter, Jeanette Holm Beckwith, Donna Fox Briggs and Dave Weber.

Back: George Simpson, Doug Widen and Gary Adams. Submitted photo


Berkland 80th

Kathy Berkland will celebrate her 80th birthday on September 30. Cards will reach her if sent to P.O. Box 68, Fenton, IA 50539.

Gatton 80th

Jim Gatton will celebrate his 80th birthday on October 3. Amy, Jeff and Mary are honoring their dad with a card shower.

Cards will reach him if sent to 1607 180th Street, Lu Verne, IA 50560.

Advanced Biology class run series of test on river water


By Emily Walker, Lilly Vaske, Tora Solbach, Summer Calby and Krissya Cordova


Glad for Gladiolus



Thompson wins national design competition



ALEXANDRIA, VA. —Kelsey Thompson, AIFD, owner and head designer at Bloom Floral & Home Studio in Algona won the 53rd annual Sylvia Cup Design Competition at the Society of American Florists’ 137th annual convention last week. As grand prize winner, Thompson received the trophy cup, $3,000 and complimentary registration to SAF’s 2023 Annual Convention.

Bishop Garrigan Homecoming 2022

Daniel Meis breaks through the cross country banner during the homecoming pep assembly Monday morning. Kim Wegener photo

Queen candidates pose before entering the gym for coronation Monday morning. From left: Audi Crooks, Maggie Vaske, Molly Joyce and Eva Snyder. Kim Wegener photo

Mr. Schnurr competes in the Golden Bear race during the pep assembly. Kim Wegener photo

Lots of items at farmers market

By Joanne Roepke Bode

Kossuth Farmers Market


There’s a small sound that I look forward to hearing this time of year. It’s that small pop, some may call it a ping, that my jars of canned food make when they are sealing. It’s a subtle sound, but one that I enjoy because I know it means that another batch of salsa or spaghetti sauce or pickled peppers is ready for the pantry.

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