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Ken Kemna's Vision: Leading Northern Iowa as the #1 EV Dealer


Ford's comprehensive three-day training session in Atlanta, Georgia united the Kemna team with top-tier dealers from around the nation this past August. Their shared mission? To ensure that every customer finds an EV perfectly suited to their lifestyle and gains a deep understanding of what the Ford Mach-E and the Ford Lightning can bring to their everyday commute.

3 selected for Opus Honor Choir


Algona FFA soil judging team wins districts

MASON CITY—Ten Algona FFA members participated at the 2023 North Central District FFA Soil/Land judging competition on October 5. Overall there were 89 teams and 311 individuals who participated in the event.   

Breast cancer survivor: Melissa’s story

Courtesy of Jordan

Behounek - KRHC Public

Relations Manager


Almost all of us know someone who has been touched by breast cancer. Sadly, this cancer is all too common as about 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives.

Nacho average healthcare team

This scarecrow was designed by staff from the Kossuth Regional Health Center’s Physical Therapy Department.

Their scarecrow along with  many more scarecrows are displayed at the corner of State and Jones streets in Algona.

The annual fall scarecrow event is sponsored by the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce. Kim Wegener photo

BGHS hosts quiz bowl tourney

Bishop Garrigan hosted their 33rd annual quiz bowl tournament on Saturday, October 14.  There were 24 teams from 11 different schools participating in the tournament.  Two Bishop Garrigan teams were among the top eight teams that made playoffs.

AHS Class of 1973 members reminisce at reunion

Members of the Algona High School Class of 1973 were together for a 50 year reunion on Saturday, September 23 at the Water’s Edge Nature Center in rural Algona. There were 51 classmates in attendance from the 123 member class. There was a special table with candles dedicated to the 16 deceased classmates.


Carlson 90th

A card shower is planned in honor of Carol Carlson’s 90th birthday on October 23. Cards will reach her if sent to PO Box 243, Burt, IA 50522.

Twin Rivers Elementary Transforms Ordinary Pumpkins into Spooktacular Art

In the heart of Twin Rivers, a delightful tradition unfolded at the beloved Twin Rivers Elementary School on a crisp October evening. It was the annual pumpkin carving event, a cherished celebration that brought students, staff, and their families together in a kaleidoscope of creativity and Halloween spirit.


The Great Pumpkin Gathering

Kiwanis students of the month

Kiwanis Club of Algona announced their Students of the Month for October are from top to bottom: From Algona Middle School Abigail Droessler, daughter of Jim and Sara Droessler in photo with Nick Liebl, AHS Band Director, Abigail, Sara, Jim and Mary Hanson from Kiwanis.

From Algona High School Regan Jensen, daughter of Roy and Adrianna Jensen in photo with Mara Bauer, AHS teacher, Roy, Regan, Adrianna and  Mary Hanson.

Community Calendar

Thursday, October 19

Moonlight Madness Retail Promotion, 4-8 p.m., see individual stores for discounts and hours, drawing for gift card basket at 8 p.m.

Special Family History Month Program, 6 p.m., Algona Public Library meeting room, Kossuth County Genealogical Society hosting, open to public, program about using DNA results to build family tree, guest speaker Angelina McGahuey, bring your own DNA test results.


Benefit for Jamie O’Neall

A benefit for Jamie O’Neall will be held on Sunday, October 22 from 4-8 p.m. at the VFW in Algona. Events will include a free will donation meal, live auction at 6 p.m. and bake sale. Please contact Iowa State Bank if you wish to donate to the benefit. For more information or questions please call 515-341-5354.

Halloween hike for all

AMU Trustees hire DGR to conduct solar study

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—Algona Municipal Utilities Board of Trustees has approved acquiring a solar generation interconnection study from DGR Engineering (Rock Rapids) at an approximate cost of $8,500.

AMU General Manager John Bilsten said AMU is working on a potential project to add 2.5 megawatt of solar generation to its electric system.

Registration open for fall and winter rec programs



Registration is now open for a variety of late fall and winter activity programs available through the Algona Recreation Department.



Mya Brooke Christensen

Jacob and Natalie Christensen of Wesley announce the birth of their daughter, Mya Brooke, on October 10, 2023, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and was 18 inches long.

Mya is welcomed home by siblings, Cora and Jones.


Waylon Ray Kampfe

North Union choir to perform with honor choir

ESTHERVILLE—The Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department will present the 9th Annual Heartland Honor Choir on Thursday, October 26 at the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center on the Estherville campus. 

The concert, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., will showcase the musical talents of approximately 160 local singers across the region. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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