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Monday, February 19

12:10 a.m. Request for an ambulance, Swea City.

2:27 a.m. Request for an ambulance, Titonka.

Advance wins Best of Show, three firsts at state convention


DES MOINES—The Kossuth County Advance has some new hardware to display.

At the Iowa Newspaper Association’s annual convention on Thursday, Feb. 8, the Algona-based newspaper won three first place awards, two second place awards, a third place honor, and won the Best of Show for Advertising in the annual Better Newspaper Contest.




Jenna Reding and Dustin White will exchange marriage vows on August 31 in Des Moines.

Jenna is originally from Bode. She is the daughter of Jeff and Tami Reding of Bode. Her grandparents are John and Bertha Reding of Bode.

Dustin is originally from Algona. He is the son of Lisa Sarchet of Johnston, IA, and the late Johnny White.

Dancing the night away at YMCA Father Daughter Dance

Nearly 300 people attended the 9th annual father and daughter dance held at the Algona Family YMCA on Saturday, Feb. 10. The two hour event was hosted by YMCA staff. Julie Herbst-Ulmer, membership and marketing director at the YMCA, said the event has attracted more participants each year from all over the county.

North Union Elementary surpasses heart goal

FENTON—The North Union Elementary at Fenton has been raising funds for the American Heart Association for many years during February Heart Month. The leader of the activities is Hollie Anderson, P.E. teacher.

Goals are set before the event begins with stages of “rewards” during the two weeks of fundraising. The overall goal this year was set at $8,000, the highest amount ever set for the school.

Fun activities at Valentine’s Day STEM session

A “love”ly time was held during the Valentine’s Day themed STEM session last week at the Fenton Public Library. The kids learned about chemical reactions and states of matter while painting puffy hearts and about molecule attraction while creating coffee filter flowers.

They also learned about how computers use binary code and then used binary code to spell out words using colored beads on heart shaped pipe cleaners.

Sending it Forward at Twin Rivers Elementary

BODE—On Tuesday, Feb. 13, the kindergarten and first grade students went to the Bode Post Office. Led by Ms. Karen Olsen, the children got an inside look at how the post office works.

They learned all about mailing letters and packages, including how to weigh them properly. The students also were brought up to date on the character of Mr. Zip, informally “Zippy”, whose job was to encourage the use of zip codes when it was implemented back in 1963.   

Bulldog Heroes

Kindergarten Bulldog Heroes from left are: Kendra Rasmussen, Oakley Rahm, Alayna Riggert and Gracelyn Moeller. Submitted photo

Students learn about agriculture

Sara Preston, Nancy Jass and Kay Kern, all educators for the North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom Program, along with Kossuth County Farm Bureau Office Assistant Sandy Sarchet recently spent the week at Seton and Bishop Garrigan Schools in Algona.

ARC-CO or PLC - which is the best way to go?

By Kelvin Leibold - ISU Extension

and Outreach Farm Management Field Specialist


The decision as to which farm program to sign up for is fast approaching as is the crop insurance deadline. They are both March 15 and one of the reasons is that they can be tied together.

More than 100 field days held at research, demonstration farms during the last year

AMES—The past year was one of transition and new beginnings for the Research and Demonstration Farms operated by Iowa State University.

At the leadership level, Kendall Lamkey was named research farms director and associate dean for facilities and operations for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in May. Lamkey’s appointment follows the retirement of director Mark Honeyman, who retired in 2022.

Producers provide support

CLIVE—The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) maintains its commitment to fighting food insecurity by supporting local food pantries across the state with the Pork in the Pantry program. Recognizing the critical role that food pantries play in addressing hunger within communities, IPPA will reimburse county pork producer organizations up to $1,000 for pork products donated to food pantries in their counties.

Kossuth joins drug task force

By Amy Frankl-Brandt

News Editor


The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Department has recently joined the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force putting them in a stronger position to fight narcotic related crime.

Commit to saving lives

LifeServers can commit to saving lives on a regular basis – whole blood donors can donate every 56 days. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. By donating as soon as you become eligible, you can make a huge difference in the lives of local hospital patients and their families. After all- blood is the lifesaving link. Schedule an appointment at an upcoming blood drive in your community today.

AMU Board approves grant resolution

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—At a special Algona Municipal Utilities Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8 plans continued to move forward to obtain a grid resilience grant.

The board has now approved a resolution authorizing the Iowa Grid Resiliency Fund Grant application; approval of matching funds; and grant administration.

College NOTES

Jordan Buscher earns recognition

MADISON, S.D.—Jordan Buscher of Algona was named to the  president’s academic honors list for the 2023 fall semester at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D.

Full-time students who achieve a grade point average of 3.5 to 4.0 qualify for the honors list at Dakota State University.

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