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Dairy webinar will focus on climate, weather predictions

ORANGE CITY—The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues on Wednesday, Jan. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. This program will focus on the climate and weather predictions for the 2024 growing season.

Iowa Pork Congress planned for Jan. 24-25

DES MOINES—The 2024 Iowa Pork Congress, North America’s largest winter swine trade show, takes place on Jan. 24 and 25 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. It will be the 51st annual event, with more than 4,500 attendees, hundreds of vendors, and multiple educational sessions. Iowa Pork Congress is organized by the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA), whose annual meeting convenes at 10 a.m. on January 23.


Reuben Paul Marso

Ben and Brianna (Rayhons) Marso of St. Joe announce the birth of their son, Reuben Paul, on Dec. 30, 2023, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

Reuben is welcomed home by siblings, Oliver, Eli and Gloria.

Maternal grandparents are Greg and Sandy Rayhons of Garner. Paternal grandparents are Jim and Rita Sue Marso of St. Joe.

Search Warrant: Drug Investigation

On Jan. 3, 2024, the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 303 Blaine Street in Ledyard. Deputies seized numerous items known to be associated with illegal drug use. As a result of the search warrant and investigation, the following persons were charged and arrested: All three are currently residents of 303 Blaine Street in Ledyard.

Edward Johnson, Age 71

• Possession of methamphetamine, serious misdemeanor


Monday, January 1

No call for services


Tuesday, January 2

10:58 a.m. Aided subject with background check.

12:30 p.m. Aided subject with background check.

12:32 p.m. Aided subject with background check.

12:57 p.m. Theft.

4:31 p.m. Alarm POW Museum.

5:10 p.m. Found property.

5:14 p.m. Driving complaint/accident.

6:21 p.m. Animal.

6:30 p.m. Aided with helicopter. Cancelled.


Notice to Readers:

The information included on this page has been obtained from public records — either court files, police and sheriff logs or accident reports. The Kossuth County Advance staff reminds readers that all charges are accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Monday, January 1

1:45 p.m. Report of garbage dumped, Titonka.


Tuesday, January 2

Senior Center

Thursday, Jan. 11

Chicken and noodles, green beans, pears, cookie

11 a.m. – Exercise

1:15 p.m. – Board meeting


Friday, Jan. 12

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, whole wheat bread, broccoli, peaches

10:30 a.m. – Bingo


Saturday, Jan. 13

10 a.m. - 4:40 – Cards with Ann


Monday,  Jan. 15

Fish, roasted potatoes, broccoli with cheese sauce, pears

10:30 a.m. – Bingo


AMU Programming

Monday, Jan. 15

9 a.m.: Presbyterian Church

7 p.m.: AHS Wrestling Triangular


Tuesday, Jan. 16

9 a.m.: Trinity Lutheran Church

10 a.m.: Grace Church

7 p.m.: City Council

8 p.m.: AHS Wrestling Triangular


Wednesday, Jan. 17

9 a.m.: Faith Assembly of God

10:30 a.m.: Divine Mercy

Catholic Church

6 p.m.: School Board

8 p.m.: G/B BB vs. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows


Santa Claus Day

Santa Claus Day was held on Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Legion in Whittemore. Every child received a gift and merchant drawings were held. Photos courtesy of Sandy Kohlhaas - West Bend Journal

Sandy and Cal Boekelman with Santa Claus.



Photo at left: Emmerson Creighton and Macy Creighton with Santa Claus.

Photo above: Santa Claus and Stuart Simonson.

Furgeson honored for academics

YANKTON, S.D.—Tristan H. Furgeson of Whittemore has earned fall 2023 dean’s list honoree recognition at Mount Marty University in Yankton, S.D.

The dean’s list honoree at Mount Marty University is defined as a full-time undergraduate student completing a full-time load of graded course work with a minimum term grade point average of 3.5.

Learning strategies to help people thrive

ISU Extension and Outreach - Kossuth County and Whittemore Public Library hosted a Stay Independent: Thriving in Place program at the Whittemore Public Library in December. Participants learned strategies to help themselves thrive in place as they age.

The Friends of the Whittemore Public Library sponsored the event. Jamie Neff, human science and family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is shown leading the program. Submitted photo

These snowmen will never melt...

Area ladies created these snowmen decorations during a craft night at the West Bend Library on Monday, Dec. 18. Submitted photo

Santa Claus visits at the West Bend Library

Area children had the opportunity to tell Santa Claus their Christmas wishes in December at the West Bend Library. Submitted photo

West Bend Library gets an updated look

The West Bend Library recently received a grant from the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation (PACGDC) for an exterior renovation. Library staff said they love the added insulation and updated look of the library. Submitted photo

Kossuth County Farm Bureau honored with outstanding award

DES MOINES—Kossuth County Farm Bureau was recognized as an “Outstanding County Farm Bureau” during the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s 105th annual meeting held December 5-6 in Des Moines.

This designation is awarded to Farm Bureaus that connect with community members and elected officials about today’s family farm practices and engage in local, philanthropic activities.

Making an impact in 2023

By Iowa Secretary of

Agriculture Mike Naig


The year 2023 marked 100 years since the Iowa Legislature created the position of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. In that time, 15 different Iowans have had the opportunity to lead the talented team at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Though much has changed since 1923, one thing has remained consistent: a commitment to serving Iowans and promoting our state’s thriving agriculture.

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