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Hadlee Jean Schindler

Getting into the Christmas spirit

ALGONA — State Street was busy with people walking and stopping to hear Christmas solos and peeking into windows to see various activities during the 26th annual Live Greeting Card Windows.

Christmas through several room’s view

ALGONA — Each year the tour of a Christmas house on the corner of McGregor and Finn streets provides those leaving a taste for the Christmas season.
“I’m amazed at what people say,” said Henry Ricke. “It reminds them of fond memories. There are a lot of people saying, ‘I am going to go home and get started.’ They get more into the spirit, the whole fascination of Christmas.”

Hearing the story of The Algona Nativity Scene

ALGONA — The reason that people flock to The Algona Nativity Scene during the Christmas season is the story. 
“It has become a family tradition,” said Marvin Chickering, who has been a mainstay at the Algona Nativity Scene for many years. “This is heartwarming in itself. There are so many people who come to our town clueless of the story.”

One of the best Tacos for Tots events ever

ALGONA — Each year the Tacos for Tots seems to get larger. And its creator — Noe Villarreal — wouldn’t have it any other way.
“We have to help those little kids, because they don’t understand what’s going on,” he said in between dishing out his tacos on Monday, Nov. 28, at the United Methodist Church. “They know Santa Claus is coming to their house.  If they don’t get a present, they won’t be able to understand why. They’ll ask themselves now what did I do wrong?”


Piper Grace Latch
Steve and Christa Latch of Manley are the proud parents of a baby girl, Piper Grace, born Monday, Nov. 21, at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City. 
She weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces and was 19.5 inches long at birth. Maternal grandparents are Dave and Shelly Harms of Burt. Great grandparents are Dale and Bertha Helmers of Titonka. 
Steve and Christa are both employed at Kraft Foods in Mason City.
Daisy Ave Luella Smith

Next Step: State Dance

High School dance teams in Kossuth County are making final preparations for this week’s state dance competition.
Algona High School, Bishop Garrigan High School, North Union High School and West Bend-Mallard High School will all have dance teams competing in Des Moines, Dec. 1-2. Over the two-day period, there will be more than 550 routines. Each team is entered by dance category.
For more on this story, read the Dec. 1 issue of the Algona Upper Des Moines.


Making dance history

ALGONA — Making history was something Courtney Noonan had thought about since she won her first individual dance competition as a ninth-grader.
Three years later, the Bishop Garrigan High School senior joined elite company when she became a 3-time state dance champion at the Iowa State Dance Solo championships earlier this month.
“This year I was so excited to finish it out my last year winning,” Noonan said. “It was my best performance ever.”


Moving to the beat of a band called Honalee

ALGONA — The crowd was into the performance of a band called Honalee at the Nov. 21 concert series at the O.B. Laing Theatre.
The four-person group was playing the best of Peter, Paul and Mary for two performances - one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

Busy downtown on Saturday

ALGONA — His latest visit to Haiti was an eye-opener for Danny LeBlanc.
LeBlanc had gone to Haiti in 2013 and 2014, but his latest visit in October, struck him harder than the first two.
“The first couple of times what struck me about Haiti was the level of poverty,” he said. “I had been ready for it, but wasn’t ready for the level I had seen like that.”


85th birthday
Jim Sprout was born on Dec. 11, 1931 and will be celebrating his 85th birthday this year. Family and friends are encouraged to shower him with cards to help him celebrate. Cards and well wishes will reach him at 1713 East Poplar Street, Algona, IA 50511.


Mila Jo Fjetland

The Chocolate Season receives statewide award

America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) recently announced that Erika Jensen, owner of The Chocolate Season in Algona, is the winner of the SBDC’s statewide Business of the Month award.
Jensen was presented an award on Monday, Nov. 21, at the Chocolate Season.
She said she was surprised. “It is flattering for other businesses and associations in the community to recognize what we’re doing,” she said.

Community backs the ‘Blue’

ALGONA — Local radio station KLGA sponsored Back the Blue on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Area law enforcement, fire and EMS were invited to an open house at the Algona Police Department garage. 
The event began at 4 p.m., and less than 10 minutes later, the crowd had spilled out onto the street because of the number of people wanting to show their appreciation to law enforcement and first responders. More than 700 people in total attended the event.

Being knocked down by a dog flying at 35 mph isn’t easy

ALGONA — Puma flies down the field at 35 mph. And when she puts the bite on you she is still soaring at 35 mph.
The first time that happened to 185-pound Nick Priester, the 3-year-old, 45-pound Dutch Shepherd knocked him to the ground and made an impression he will never forget.
“I just sat there like a ragdoll and was wondering what just happened,” Priester said. “Are you serious? A little dog just did that.”

60th anniversary

Durwood and Donna Mae (Hansen) Walker were married on Nov. 25, 1956, at the Irvington Presbyterian Church. Their family, including Kevin and Cindy Walker of Algona and Kirt and Cindy Walker of New Albany, Ohio, are encouraging family and friends to help them celebrate by showering them with cards. Cards and well wishes will reach them at 709 North Putnam Street, Algona, IA 50511. 


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