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Fox brings special gift for Cram family

Artist Ken Fox brought a special gift to Algona and presented it at the art exhibit and reception held for him last Monday at the Algona Publishing Gallery.

Christensen named Teacher of the Year for ACSD

ALGONA—Jennifer Christensen was named the recipient of the annual AHS Class of 1979 Award for Excellence in Teaching at the conclusion of the school year Wednesday, May 22.  The award is designed to recognize the outstanding contributions of a teacher who goes above and beyond the job of teaching.

100th Celebration for the DAR Algona Chapter

Excitement filled the room at The Nature Center on Saturday, May 11, 2024, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Daughters of the American Revolution Algona Chapter. State Officers and guests from four states joined the festivities. Families descended from Charter Members Letty M. Brace and Julia Eastman Brace travelled to honor their ancestors. State Regent Edee Brunia, State Organizing Secretary Tiffany Hauptman and State Treasurer Shelley Wells were honored guests.

Lunch and Learn event with author Patricia A. Pierce

Algona Public Library is excited to host Patricia A. Pierce, the children’s author of H is for Hawkeye, An Iowa Alphabet Book, and Numbers in a Row, An Iowa Number Book, for a presentation on research writing and publication. She will also share her newest release, Choose Your Star—Learn! Positive Growth Mindset Journal and Poster Set written for Groom Curriculum.

Fundraising presentation at fairgrounds

The Kossuth County Fair Board is hosting a fundraising kickoff at the entertainment garden at the fairgrounds on Sunday, June 9 to raise money for the new grandstands from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with refreshments and a meal.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the grandstand project, why it’s important and how you can help.

The Girl Who Wore Freedom

Award winning film coming to Algona

Documentary First has partnered with Fridley Theaters to bring the award-winning documentary, The Girl Who Wore Freedom, to State 5 Cinema this June. Exact date to be announced.

The film is to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, the veterans who served in WW2 and all veterans who followed in their footsteps.

BGHS quiz bowl team advances to play-offs

The Bishop Garrigan quiz bowl team competed in the New Orleans phase of the National Academic Championships May 25 and 26.  The team finished preliminary competition with a 4 – 2 overall record, which was good enough to advance the team to playoffs. Playoffs, which include teams from all four preliminary sites, will be held June 16 in an online format. The Bears beat schools from Colorado, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

Gutierrez, Elsbecker and Hood awarded honors

ALGONA—Jairo Gutierrez, a student at Algona Middle School, was awarded the Brady Ostwald Inspiration Award for the 2023-2024 school year. The Brady Ostwald Inspirational Award was created in 1982 to honor a student from Algona Middle School who positively motivates others through personal example. Jairo is the son of Felix and Inas Gutierrez.

AHS Class of 2024
Clean-up kits available at Algona City Hall

City of Algona Public Works crews are continuing to clear fallen trees, branches and other debris due to the straight-line winds that struck Algona in the late afternoon on Tuesday, May 21.

Crews began moving the debris out of the roadway and into the right-of-way shortly after the storm ended on Tuesday and started picking up items on Wednesday, May 22. Cleanup continued for the rest of the week and into the next as needed.

Groundbreaking for new treatment plant

The Algona Wastewater Treatment Facility hosted a chamber coffee last Friday, May 24 during their groundbreaking ceremony. The new plant will take two years to finish.

The next chamber coffee will be Friday at the Algona Senior Center at 9:30 a.m. hosted by the Noon Kiwanis Club.

Elbert is May 1440 Citizen of the Month

The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office is honored to recognize Maureen Elbert of Whittemore as our May “1440 Citizen of the Month”! Maureen was nominated for her 26 years of service as the Kossuth County Economic Development Corporation Director as well as her well known positive and caring nature as a community leader.

Iowa Ag News - Labor

There were 19,000 workers hired directly by farms in the Cornbelt II Region (Iowa and Missouri) during the reference week of January 7-13, 2024, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Farm Labor report. Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage rate of $20.15 per hour, $1.10 above January 2023. The number of hours worked averaged 37.3 for hired workers during the reference week, compared with 36.7 hours in January 2023.

Kiwanis Students of the Month

From top to bottom: Algona Middle Schools Brooks Kuhlmann, son of Mike and Kim. In photo with Gregg Wellmann, Middle school art teacher and Bob Ketchum, Kiwanian.

From Algona High School Elijah Garrett, son of Shannon Garrett and Kelsey Zinnell. In photo with Todd Herbst-Ulmer, Kelsey,  step-dad, Chris Zinnell and Bob Ketchum.

State Auditor Rob Sand "100 Townhall Tour"

ALGONA—State Auditor Rob Sand today set a new high-water mark for transparency and accountability for statewide elected officials:  he released the entire schedule for his annual “100 Townhall Tour” in advance.  Every Iowan can see today when and where to meet him in their county, from two weeks to five months in advance.

Farmers Market season to kick off on Saturday, June 1

By Joanne Roepke Bode, Kossuth Farmers Market

The opening weekend for the Kossuth County Farmers Market will kick off for the season on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - assuming that we don’t all float away by then!

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