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Custom Rate Survey shows what Iowans are charging and paying

Newly released survey includes averages and ranges for popular farming tasks in Iowa


AMES—Farmers who depend on custom work or provide custom services can review rates charged by others across the state in the latest Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey.

The 2024 report was published in the March edition of Ag Decision Maker and includes 130 responses and 2,805 custom rates provided by Iowa farmers, custom operators and farm managers.

April starts with wind and cooler temps

DES MOINES—The Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report for the week ending April 7 has been released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Crop report

Applications now open for Community Outreach Program

A free opportunity for non-profit organizations to participate in the award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival®

BGHS honor roll students recognized

ALGONA—Bishop Garrigan High School has announced the students who qualified for the third quarter honor roll for the 2023-24 school year. Those with an asterisk (*) earned a 4.0 grade point average.

Spring cleanup day

The City of Algona’s annual spring cleanup day is set for one day only on Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. During this time a dumpster will be available in the Veterans Park parking lot to dispose of items for a fee.

Fees are in place for loads as follows:

$25 per load, car

$40 per load, small trailers, pickups, SUVs, vans or station wagons

$75 per load, large trailers


Recurring & Ongoing Events


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: closed until further notice due to construction.

3-2-Do & Community Calendar



Gala preview party

The public is invited to attend the Bishop Garrigan Gala Preview Party on Friday, April 12 from 5-7 p.m. in the BGHS Friedmann Auditorium. This year’s Gala theme is Winning Tradition.


Benefits trapshooting program

Euchre results

ALGONA—Results from euchre play at Pep’s on April 2 were first - Doreen Koepke and Sandy Boekelman, 74; second place - Dean and Linda Frideres, 70; third place - Elaine Patterson and Virginia Bode, 68; and most loners - Doreen Koepke, 5.

Door prizes were won by George Bierstedt, Kay Courtney and Theresa DeLange.


Reemtsma 80th

Jan Reemtsma will celebrate her 80th birthday on Saturday, April 13 from 2-4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Algona. Cards will reach her if sent to 602 N. Phillips St., Algona, IA 50511. She requests no gifts.


Coleman 80th

Senior Center

Thursday, April 11

Sweet and sour chicken rice, broccoli, peaches

11 a.m. – Exercise

1:15 p.m. – Board meeting


Friday, April 12

Vegetable beef soup, crackers, coleslaw, cookie

10:30 a.m. – Bingo


Monday, April 15

Chicken sandwich, french fries, mixed vegetables

10:30 a.m. – Bingo


Tuesday, April 16

Roast pork, mashed potatoes with gravy, dinner roll, peas

AMU Programming

Monday, April 15

9 a.m.: Presbyterian Church

7 p.m.: Kindergarten Concert

8 p.m.: Lucia Wallace Music Program


Tuesday, April 16

9 a.m.: Trinity Lutheran Church

10 a.m.: Grace Church

7 p.m.: City Council

9 p.m.: All School Band Concert


Wednesday, April 17

9 a.m.: Faith Assembly of God

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

11:30 a.m.: City Council


Monday, April 1

4:06 a.m. Alarm/Called off.

7:57 a.m. 911 hang up.  All OK.

9:24 a.m. Medical.

3:40 p.m. Aided locked out of house.

4:04 p.m. Violation of no contact order.

4:21 p.m. Speak with officer.

5:08 p.m. Speak with officer.

5:35 p.m. Death. M.E. notifed.

5:46 p.m. Peace disturbance.

5:49 p.m. Death. M.E. notifed.

5:52 p.m. Welfare check.

7:17 p.m. Driving complaint.


Monday, April 1

10:17 a.m. Report of 911  hang up, Swea City.

1:05 p.m. Request for a deputy, Buffalo Center.


Tuesday, April 2

7:01 a.m. Report of vehicle in ditch, Lakota.

9:29 a.m. Request to speak to deputy, custody issues, Swea City.

2:12 p.m. Report of fire, Bancroft.

3:56 p.m. Request to speak to deputy, custody issues, Fenton.


Wednesday, April 3

5:23 a.m. Request for an ambulance, Lakota.

Jones returns to all-area team for third straight year

Kyan Jones of North Union returns for the third straight year while four other players are back for the second time on the 27th annual edition of the Kossuth County Advance boys’ basketball first team.

Algona’s Ben Helmers and Alex Manske along with Danyal Fothergill of North Union are back off last year’s squad while North Union’s Aiden Lofstrom was a member of the 2022 first team.

New economic development program boosts local business

Algona Advantage Program awards first forgivable loan to The Reef

A local food truck business will soon become a restaurant with the help of a $5,000 forgivable loan from the Algona Area Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC).

Nearly $8 million raised since the first Gala event

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer

Back in 1989, several people from the area attended a National Catholic School convention in Chicago. At the convention they listened as officials from two schools gave presentations on raising money for their schools through Gala type events featuring dinners and auctions.

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