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Farm financial planning program offers personalized insight

AMES—As farmers review their farm financial situation this winter, a handy resource is available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The Farm Financial Planning Program offers in-person experts who can offer one-on-one financial counseling, a computerized analysis of the farm business and referral to other extension programs or outside services.

USDA releases end of year reports on hogs, pig statistics

DES MOINES—There were 24.9 million hogs and pigs on Iowa farms on Dec. 1, 2023, according to a USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Hogs and Pigs report. Inventory was up 1 percent from the previous quarter and up 3 percent from the previous year.


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____Libraries, Museums, recreation, EVENTS_____

Algona Nativity Scene: Small groups by appointment. Call 515-295-7241.

Algona POW Museum: Sat. and Sun. 1-4 p.m. through December, closed week days.

3-2-Do and Community Calendar

Community Appreciation Celebration

A community appreciation celebration, hosted by Mayor Rick and Julie Murphy, will be held on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 3-7 p.m. at the new GrandStay Hotel. Everyone is welcome to attend the come and go event which is a thank you for the support for the past four years for all the projects and improvements made in Algona. Refreshments will be served.


Little Mermaid Jr. Dates

A busy month in Lu Verne

December was a busy month at the Lu Verne Public Library. Several events were scheduled and were well attended.

Santa and Mrs. Claus were at the Lu Verne library to read to the kids and take pictures. The event included a kid’s program and each of them received a gift.

Community Bingo night was for all ages and included popcorn and prizes.

Other events were a cookie swap and an adult craft night. Submitted photos

Community Calendar

Thursday, January 11

Coffee and Chat, 9-10 a.m., Fenton Public Library.

Online Safety Basics for Seniors Presentation, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fenton Public Library, free to attend.

Book Club, 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Fenton Public Library, reading The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf, call 515-889-2333 to join.


Themed art show Sunday

A Wetter Is Better Themed Art Show is set for Sunday, Jan. 14 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Algona Publishing office gallery. The show is free to the public and will be hosted by the Stinson Prairie Arts Council. Meet and greet with Prince Eric and Ariel from All Call Theatre Company’s production of the Little Mermaid Junior.

Historical Society meeting

KRHC welcomes first baby of 2024

ALGONA— Kossuth Regional Health Center welcomed its first baby of the New Year on Jan. 6, 2024. Zachary Israel Meza Jr. was born weighing 8 lbs., 2 oz. and measured 22 inches long.

Proud parents are Zach Meza and Yecenia Campuzano of Algona. The new baby boy is welcomed by his sister, Zoey. Maternal grandparents are Maria and Antonia Campuzano of Algona. Paternal grandmother is Maria O Lainez of Bakersfield, Calif.

New city council members begin duties


ALGONA—Mayor Rick Murphy inducted the newly elected council members before the first meeting of the year on January 2, 2024. Murphy was re-elected for his third two-year term as mayor.

The November 2023 election brought two fresh faces to the council. Jessica Gronau began her first term as the Ward 2 council person and Kathy Dearchs began her role as a council person at large.

Iowa State Bank donation

In celebration of the success of the 2023 BGHS State Champion football team, Iowa State Bank presented the seniors of the BGHS Football team with a donation of $6,640. For each state playoff and state championship  apparel item sold, the bank makes a donation to the team based on the number of items sold. Since the program's inception in 2018, Iowa State Bank has supported student-athletes at BGHS with donations in excess of $40,000.

Ribbon cutting at Feed Mill

The Algona Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at their weekly coffee at the Feed Mill last Friday, Jan 5. for the new owners, Paul and Angela Stalder. This week’s coffee will be at H&R Block on Friday, Jan. 12 at 9:30 a.m. The chamber coffees are open to the public and are a great way to meet new people, network and unify the community. Amy Frankl-Brandt photo


Balk 60th

Richard Jr. and Marie Balk will mark their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Jan. 18.
Marie Becker and Richard Balk were married on Jan. 18, 1964, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Livermore.

The couple will celebrate on Jan. 20 with a Mass at Divine Mercy Parish followed by a family dinner.

$50 fine for Jake Brakes ordinance


ALGONA—Algona Police officers are increasing efforts to enforce the City of Algona’s engine and compression brakes ordinance, which prohibits the use of “jake brakes” within city limits.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 8, Algona Police officers will increase efforts to enforce the City of Algona’s engine and compression brakes ordinance, which prohibits the use of “jake brakes” within city limits.


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Check out all the vehicles at

Algona Cruise-In

There were 163 vehicles on display during the 2022 Algona Cruise-In in downtown Algona. That was 20 more vehicles than the first year’s event in 2021. The cruise-in celebration just keeps growing and people love to share stories about their vehicles.

Deadline to enroll for 2024 crop year, March 15

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that agricultural producers can now enroll in the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2024 crop year. Producers can enroll and make election changes for the 2024 crop year starting Dec. 18, 2023. The deadline to complete enrollment and any election change is March 15, 2024.

CropsTV returns online

AMES—CropsTV, powered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will return for a fourth season in 2024. This educational program delivers crop production information directly to farmers and agricultural service providers.

It provides the convenience of crop production education at home, in the office or anywhere there is an internet connection. All episodes will be available for on-demand viewing, providing flexibility for busy viewers.

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