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Foot of snow presents challenges reminders

By Brad Hicks



ALGONA—It’s been a mild winter by north Iowa standards. Through the middle of last week, Algona had received no more than six inches of snow, less than half of an average winter to that point.

Friday took care of that.

The city received – depending upon who you ask – 10 or 11 or 12 inches of snow from about 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. It put some of the city’s services and operations to the test.

City will borrow $1.12 million for sewer planning

By Brad Hicks



ALGONA—City council members Monday night approved hiring a bonding attorney to prepare documents to allow for borrowing money to pay for the plans to build a renovated sanitary sewer plant.

Constant demand creates need for blood donations

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer

Volunteering to give blood is a way people can help each other as the need for donors is a constant. A person can donate blood in Kossuth County and help save the lives of their friends and neighbors. January is National Blood Donor Month.

Kathie Gayther with LifeServe Blood Center said there always seems to be more demand then supply when referring to blood products. 

Algona-Lu Verne school merger committee seeks signatures

ALGONA—The process to have voters decide whether to merge the Algona Community School District (CSD) and Lu Verne CSD is ready to take the next step.

The two districts appointed a committee to work on a petition for reorganization, which would begin with the 2023-24 school year. 

She paints with a cat  sitting on her shoulder

Brittany Arrowood has a friend looking over – or at least sitting on – her shoulder while she creates beautiful and unique paintings. You can see a photo of how Arrowood’s feline friend Quila helps the process inside the 2022 Celebrating the Arts special section inside this edition. This year’s list of stories features a range of artists and endeavors.


Downsizing for senior living set at Whittemore


Downsizing for Senior Living is an Iowa State University Extension-Kossuth County program planned for Tuesday, Jan. 25, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., at the Whittemore Public Library.

The program focuses on tips for moving into a smaller space.

Kossuth Regional welcomes first baby of 2022

Kossuth Regional Health Center welcomed its first baby of the New Year on the afternoon of January 12. Roman Nasir Gray was born weighing 6 lbs, 3 oz. and measured 19 inches long.

Proud mother is Raven Orr of Algona. The baby boy is welcomed by maternal grandparents Rosnonda Hodge and Renault Orr of Algona and great-grandmother Brenda King of Algona.

The New Year Baby was delivered by Dr. Amy Schantzen.

Supporting Matt and Kendra

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


WHITTEMORE—The community, family and friends showed up big this weekend to lend a helping hand to those who would be the first to help someone else, Matt and Kendra Koppen.

Winter creative family contests

ALGONA—Whether the forecast predicts snow or sunshine, the Algona Parks and Recreation Department has a creative challenge for families – a snow sculpture or sidewalk chalk contest.

Library hosts coffee and ribbon cutting

The Algona Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting and coffee at the newly renovated Algona Public Library Friday, Jan. 7. Library Director Lori Walton and library staff Sheila Foxhoven, Judy Schiltz, Tamara Kelley, Allison Fox and Kris Schultze expressed their appreciation to the Friends of the library, individuals, businesses, organizations and numerous other donors for their support throughout the renovation project. 

All learned something at Trivia Night


By Amy Frankl-Brandt

Assistant Editor

ALGONA—Despite the frigid, windy weather, 10 teams, totaling 41 people, competed in the first Trivia Night sponsored by the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce last Thursday night at the V.F.W. After five rounds of trivia it came down to a tie-breaker for the 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Flames at Cozzini spark evacuation

By Amy Frankl-Brandt

Assistant Editor

ALGONA—Algona and Burt firefighters had to battle bitter cold temperatures when they were called to Cozzini, an industrial machinery manufacturing plant on U.S. Highway 18, last Thursday after a fire broke out in the blasting room. The exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined. 

Supervisors review COVID policy; talk road, property

ALGONA—Kossuth County supervisors on Tuesday discussed the county’s operational COVID-19 policy with department heads and ultimately left it unchanged from action taken the previous week. 

Law Enforcement

Kossuth County Sheriff

Monday, January 3

4:03 a.m.: Ambulance, Ledyard.

8:29 a.m.: Ambulance, Burt.

12:24 p.m.: Mailbox knocked down, Lakota.

1:27 p.m.: Request for a deputy, Algona.

6:05 p.m.: Request to speak to a deputy, Burt.

6:46 p.m.: Ambulance, Bancroft.

10:12 p.m.: Ambulance, Buffalo Center.


Tuesday, January 4

6:42 a.m.: Ambulance, Burt.

Education’s giant step into future with VR

ALGONA—The Algona Community School Board of Education (ACSD) met on Monday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m., in the PAC Board Room and experienced a taste of virtual reality (VR) and how it is being used in the classroom.

Middle school teacher Joe Ingalls brought VR headsets to the meeting for the board members to see for themselves how students are able to visit places anywhere in the world which they have only read about. 

Senior Center

There will be no activities, take out meals or congregate meals until Jan. 17 due to illness. Meals on Wheels will still be delivered.


Thursday, Jan. 13

Herb rubbed roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, asparagus, apple slices, whole wheat roll


Friday, Jan. 14

Taco casserole, corn bread, steamed carrots, banana


Monday, Jan. 17

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