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Dennis and Pam Schuttler of Algona and Kevin and Kim Moulin and the late Robert Scherer of Grimes are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Maggie Schuttler and Michael Scherer, both of West Bend. Maggie is an Algona High School and Simpson College graduate. She is employed at Northwest Communications in Havelock. Michael is a Dallas Center-Grimes and Wayne State College graduate. He is employed at West Iowa Bank in West Bend.


60th anniversary


50th anniversary
Martin and Kristen (Matthews) Peterson were married on December 24, 1966, at the Flatbush Dutch Reform Church in Saugerties, New York.
The couple resided in Iowa City and Atlantic before settling in Algona.

Heavy snow causes several accidents

Friday morning’s snowstorm caused several accidents in Kossuth County. One major accident near Burt found seven passengers transported to area health facilities.
Kossuth County Emergency Management Coordinator Dave Penton said during a 4-5 hour period Friday morning there was winter driving conditions with heavy and mushy snow. “It was difficult travel,” he said.
There were several accidents around the county because of the weather and the slippery conditions.

Doughmobile raises money for Algona children

ALGONA — Throughout the year many can’t wait to taste the hot donuts that the Algona Rotary Club cooks in its doughmobile at various high school events.
At the end of the year, rotary club members are excited to present some of the proceeds coming from the sale of the donuts in the form of a check to Algona High School and Bishop Garrigan students.

Kossuth County’s 2016 Year in Review

Every year the Algona Upper Des Moines reviews the top stories of the previous year. Following are the stories that rose to the top from January to June, 2016.
Jan. 7
Making the move to digital
Kossuth Regional Health Center’s Radiology department received a big upgrade, and while construction was still ongoing at the first of the year, digital x-rays were already in use in January. 

5 years later winery brings railroad station back to life

Train Wreck Winery might look like a carefully planned, and meticulously executed project, but in eyes of chief wine maker, Steve Larson, it was more a matter of serendipity.

30 highly skilled jobs coming to Algona

ALGONA — Over the next five years, KOFAB, a division of PPI, will be expanding its workforce by more than 30 highly skilled jobs to keep up with accelerated growth.


Melanie Fowler
Mark and Daisy Fowler of Humble, Texas, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Melanie. 
She was born on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Kingwood Medical Center in Kingwood, Tex. Melanie weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches long at birth. 
Maternal grandfather is Ubaldo Orozco of Humble, Tex. Paternal grandparents are Lyndon and Mary Fowler of Algona. Great grandmother is Veronica Fowler of Ottosen. 


Ava Rose Sewick
Brandon and Jill (Walker) Sewick of Algona are the proud parents of a baby girl, Ava Rose, born Thursday, Dec. 8, at Kossuth Regional Health Center. 
Maternal grandparents are Dave and Ann Walker of Algona. Paternal grandparents are Scott and Julie Sewick of Algona. Great grandparents are Gene and Bev Walker of Algona, Emmy Sewick of Algona and William Clegg of Algona. 
Brandon works at Algona Plumbing and Heating and Jill works at Walker Chiropractic. 

70th birthday

Diane Nall was born on Dec. 24, 1946 and will be celebrating her 70th birthday this year.
Her family, including her husband, Dave Nall, and their children, Wade Nall, Kayla Walker and Mark Nall, along with five grandchildren, are encouraging family and friends to shower her with cards to help her celebrate.
Cards and well wishes will reach her at 206 Linn Street, Corwith, IA 50430.

40th Anniversary

Jeff and Pam (Price) Morris were married on December 18, 1976, in Toddville.
The couple will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. The couple resides in rural Wesley and both remain self-employed farmers. 
The couple has four children, including J.D and Heidi Morris of Algona, Autumn and Dan Canny of Batavia, Dale and Melissa Morris of Aurora, Colo., and Kellie and Aaron Siefken of Algona. The couple has also been blessed with 10 grandchildren. 

Snowstorm hits county

The first snowstorm of the season did not materialize to what was predicted in Kossuth County. However, 4-5 inches did hit the area, but it wasn’t the almost 8 inches of snow that was expected in other areas of the state.
“It kind of fizzled from what they were expecting,” said Algona Public Works Director Ron Covert. “Late Saturday night, we were forecasted to have another 4-5 inches. It never materialized.”

Plant-based diet is helping area coach

ALGONA — A plant-based food diet has helped Bishop Garrigan High School teacher Marty Wadle lose 20 pounds, as well as lower his cholesterol levels. He is now feeling much better about his health.
“I am more self-confident about my health change,” Wadle said. “Catching this now is going to make huge changes for the future.”

Receiving gifts from the heart

ALGONA — Fifty boys and girls received special gifts during a Christmas ‘Truck and Doll for Kids” celebration at Trinity Lutheran Church on Thursday, Dec. 8.
“This is a true act of love,” said Barb Bitterman, a member of the
TLC Quilters of Trinity Lutheran Church that helped organize the event.

90th birthday

Dick Oppenheimer was born on Dec. 25, 1926 and will be celebrating his 90th birthday this year. Family and friends are encouraged to shower him with cards to help him celebrate. An open house is being held in his honor from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Burlington Senior Center, 501 Jefferson Street, in Burlington. A card shower is also being held in his honor. Cards and well wishes will reach him at 2501 Mt. Pleasant Street #51, Burlington, IA 52601. 


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