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Shrine Club hosts chamber coffee

ALGONA—The Kossuth Shrine Club hosted the chamber coffee at the Algona Welcome Center last Friday and Shriner Tom Nugent explained what the club is all about. Fellow Shrine members joined in with their own stories about what being a Shriner and helping children means to them.

Some guests at the event shared how the Shrine Club had helped their families and thanked them for all they do. This year the Shriners Hospitals for Children is celebrating 100 years.

Annual Missions Conference set for March 25-29 in Lakota

LAKOTA—Pastor Kent Hillesland and the congregation of Community Chapel in Lakota invite the community to their Annual Missions Conference, March 25-29. This year the theme is; “Not Ashamed of The Gospel” based on the Scripture text of Roman 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

AAUW honors Elna Easter



Harms honored for volunteer work



Laurie Harms, marketing department at Pharmacists Mutual, was honored with the first quarter volunteer recognition certificate in appreciation for her dedicated involvement with chamber events and activities.

Harms has been a volunteer for almost 20 years, is an Ambassador and is on several committees in addition to being one of the first people to sign up to help make sure community events are successful. Submitted photo

Principal Anderson

The North Union Elementary in Fenton welcomed a "new" principal for the day on March 1. Harrison Anderson, a first grader at North Union, has raised nearly $2,000 the past two years for The American Heart Association during the Kids Heart Challenge held in February.

Anderson received the honor of being the principal, working in place of Mrs. Katie Black for the day.

Fun events at North Union Elementary

North Union Elementary in Fenton is celebrating March Reading Month with the theme, Camp Read-A-Lot. Special events throughout the month include Principal Black reading in classrooms, Book Buddy reading with other classrooms, Flashlight Friday, Reading with a Loved One, Pajama Reading and visits to the Fenton Public Library.

Algona FFA Chapter receives Community Service Grant

ALGONA—Deitering Bros., Inc. together with AGCO Corporation participated in the AGCO dealers' FFA Chapter Grant Program through the National FFA Foundation for an opportunity to recognize and support local FFA chapters. They selected the Algona FFA chapter to be their recipient.

AMU hires DGR to conduct backwash pond feasibility analysis

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—Following a public hearing, the Algona Municipal Board of Trustees approved an amendment to the Lehigh-Webster Transmission and Webster Terminals Facilities and Operating Agreement to remove Algona and others that sold their shares from the agreement.

March euchre results in Algona

ALGONA—Euchre results for March 14 in Algona were high - Joe and Kay Courtney, 85; 2nd - Chuck Stetzel and Eddie Rahe, 77; third - Wayne Patterson and George Bierstedt, 75; and most loners - Joe Courtney, 5.


Suzanna Marie Schiltz

Billy and Brittany Schiltz of Algona announce the birth of their daughter, Suzanna Marie, on March 14, 2023, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces.


Everett Gade

Michael and Samantha Gade of Algona announce the birth of their son, Everett, on March 17, 2023, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. He weighed 9 pounds, 12 ounces and was 22 inches long.

Community Calendar

Thursday, March 23

Conversations Connect: Practice English and Spanish, 10-11 a.m., 5:30-6:30 p.m., Algona Public Library, adults and older students.

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

Book Club Fenton Public Library, 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., reading The Union Quilters, by Jennifer Chiaverini, call 515-889-2333 to join.

Lego Club, 4-5 p.m., Algona Public Library, all ages.


Izaak Walton League breakfast

An Izaak Walton League breakfast will be held on Sunday, March 26 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Ike’s building across from Smith Lake. It will be a free-will donation breakfast with all proceeds going to the Algona High School and Bishop Garrigan trap shooting programs.

Easter egg hunt

Make sure garden tools are ready

AMES—With spring here, now is the time to clean up the garden shed and prepare tools and supplies for the gardening season.

In this article, horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer information on how to clean, sanitize, sharpen and prepare your garden tools for spring.


How do I clean and sanitize plant containers for reuse?

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

KOSSUTH COUNTY—The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Prairie Lakes Wildlife Unit in Clay, Palo Alto, Emmet and Kossuth Counties.

Welp receives grant to support agriculture

ALGONA—The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) has awarded 155 grants to schools throughout Iowa to support the integration of agriculture into classroom instruction or after school programs with an academic focus.

Amy Welp, a teacher at Bertha Godfrey School, received up to $250 to integrate agriculture into their science or language arts lessons and conduct Agriculture in the Classroom type projects.

USDA to gather data on labor

DES MOINES—USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct its biannual Agricultural Labor Survey in April. The survey will collect information about hired labor from more than 850 Iowa farmers.

NASS will publish the data May 24 in the Farm Labor report available on the NASS website at Survey recipients who do not respond by April 19 may be contacted by NASS to arrange an interview.

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