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Pancake time

The annual Whittemore American Legion pancake breakfasts are back in 2022. The first one was held on Sunday, Jan. 9. The breakfasts are held the second Sunday of each month except June through September. The next breakfast will be Feb. 13, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Legion.

COVID-19 count here rises 21% in 6 weeks

By Brad Hicks, Publisher

ALGONA—Over the past six weeks, Kossuth County has averaged approximately 100 new cases of COVID-19 per week and experienced a 21.5 percent increase in the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic.

Christmas at the Legion

WHITTEMORE—Approximately 45 people attended the Whittemore Legions’s third Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 4. The evening started with a potluck followed by honoring three Legion members for outstanding service. Attendees played bingo and half of the prizes were awarded to the winners. The remaining prizes were given to winners of the trivia game. 

In Advance

DNA research expert at local genealogical annual meeting


So you’ve taken your DNA test and have your report. Now what do you do? 

If you are looking for some advice, you should attend the annual meeting of the Kossuth County Genealogical Society Sunday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Algona Public Library meeting room. 

Year in Review

September 2

Reemtsma is first male to be state garden club president

Taking a walk around Walter Reemtsma’s yard, one would definitely say he has a green thumb. Countless flowers, plants and even a grape arbor grace the yard around the Algona home he shares with his wife, Jan.

BGHS students chosen for honor band

Four students from Bishop Garrigan High School were selected to participate in the NCIBA High School Honor Band held at NIACC in Mason City on Jan. 8. From left: Lauren Swift, Molly Peterson, Xander Darling and Savannah Waechter. Submitted photo


Birth Announcement

Kasen Charles Ruby 

Geoffrey and Kristine Ruby of Lakota announce the birth of their son, Kasen Charles, on Jan. 4, 2022, at the Palo Alto County Hospital. Kasen weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce and was 21 1/2 inches long. 



Public informational meetings for proposed Navigator pipeline includes rescheduled dates

DES MOINES—The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) is reminding affected landowners in five Iowa counties of rescheduled public informational meetings for the proposed Navigator Heartland Greenway LLC carbon capture pipeline project. 

The rescheduled meetings, which were postponed due to inclement weather last month, are as follows:

• Hamilton County: Jan. 20, noon – Briggs Woods Conference Center, 2501 Briggs Woods Trail, Webster City  

USDA offers disaster assistance to producers impacted by tornadoes

DES MOINES—Iowa agricultural operations have been significantly impacted by recent tornadoes and severe storms that occurred in early December 2021. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has technical and financial assistance available to help farmers and livestock producers recover.  

Wesley prepares to celebrate 150th

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer

WESLEY—There is a big birthday celebration planned this summer in Wesley. The city of Wesley will mark 150 years of existence in 2022 with events set for Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4 throughout Wesley.

Committee members have been meeting the second Sunday of each month for the past year to work on celebration plans.

Smith Lake restroom project funded by rescue act funds

SMITH LAKE—One of the projects that will be built using federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds is an upgrade of restrooms at the north shelter house at Smith Lake Park north of Algona. The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors approved $30,000 in ARPA funds for the project at their Dec. 28 meeting.

County board OK’s 10% hike for sheriff, 5% for other elected officials

By Brad Hicks


ALGONA—Kossuth County Sheriff Roger Fisher will get a 10 percent increase in his base pay and other elected county officials will get a 5 percent increase, the county board of supervisors decided Monday morning.

OSHA, CDC, county COVID policy in flux

By Brad Hicks


ALGONA—Kossuth County supervisors changed their policy regarding employees and COVID-19 Monday morning, but they acknowledged it might change again given the federal government’s shifting and perhaps conflicting recommendations from the OSHA and the CDC as well as a potential case before the U.S. Supreme Court this Friday.

Iowa cattle totals basically unchanged

DES MOINES—Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Iowa feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 610,000 head on Dec. 1, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service - Cattle on Feed report. This was unchanged from November and unchanged from Dec. 1, 2020. 

Iowa feedlots with a capacity of less than 1,000 head had 475,000 head on feed, up 1 percent from last month but down 12 percent from last year. 


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ISU’s Crop Advantage Series begins

LE MARS—After a year hiatus, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will again offer the Crop Advantage Series to producers at 14 locations across Iowa during January 2022, starting with Sheldon on Jan. 4.

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