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Lending a neighborly hand

LONE ROCK – Area farmers rallied around a friend who had lost his father just the night before to harvest 160 acres of soybeans.
“We’re happy we could do it for him,” said Scott Looft. “It is just what we do in that area. It is as simple as that. It is just what you do for a neighbor.”
Merwyn ‘Mert’ Hurlburt passed away on Oct. 1 at the Hawkeye Care Center in Bancroft.


Ryan and Jayna Hoover of Ankeny are the proud parents of their first child, a daughter, Hayes Elayna Hoover, who was born on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. Hayes weighed in at 7 lbs., 7 oz. and was 19.5 inches long.
Grandparents are Terry and Trudy Blome of Ledyard and Ted and Janice Hoover of Burt. Great-grandparents are Wanda Blome of Bancroft and Ted and JoAnne Hoover of Wesley.

Montag named Iowa PA of the Year

The West Bend community knows it is fortunate with its medical providers — and now the rest of Iowa knows it too.
On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the Iowa Physician Assistant Society at its annual conference honored Luan Montag as the Physician Assistant of the Year.
“I’m very honored by this award,” said Montag. “I’m not sure I’m doing anything different than any other physician assistant.”

The crafting is in the details

It is the details and the organization that makes the 24th Annual AutumnFest Craft Show the place to be on Saturday, Oct. 22.
The 24th Annual AutumnFest Craft Show will have some of the same crafters, but those visiting could possibly see something a bit new at the booths this year.

Quilt A Thon creates Quilts of Valor for veterans

LONE ROCK – The Quilted Steeple is often the site of quilting retreats and shows, however, the show and retreat held the weekend of Oct. 1, brought quilters together for a special purpose.

In a battle for Thor

ALGONA — The city of Algona’s animal control ordinance is located on its website, and deems a vicious dog as any dog which has attacked a human being or domestic animal one or more times without provocation.
The ordinance goes on to list nine additional indications of a vicious dog, including naming the Staffordshire terrier or American pit bull.
Andrew Eisenbacher of Algona believes that ordinance is unfair. He owns a large white and black pit bull named Thor.

Substance abuse almost ends in tragedy

Editor’s Note: September was designated as National Alcohol and Addiction Month. Over the past two weeks, the Algona Upper Des Moines has provided insight on what is happening in Kossuth County. Last week the newspaper discussed drug and alcohol use in the county. Today’s issue features 40-year-old Paula Farrell, who has battled cocaine and marijuana addiction to get her life back together.

AHS takes Sweepstakes

ALGONA – Weeks of hard work came together Saturday afternoon for the 16 bands in the Algona Band Day Parade.
The Bishop Garrigan High School Solid Gold Marching Band started its day with the parade and a pre-performance ritual to get everyone ready and excited for competition.
Drum Major Courtney Kirsch started the pre-parade routine with a band “pop quiz”
“When do we put our horns up,” she asked.
“On four,” was a reply from the band.

Wall of Fame honors athletic success

ALGONA – Throughout its history, Algona High School has been known for building a rich tradition of athletic success.
Of the hundreds of coaches and student athletes that have walked through the doors of AHS, 26 of them have been recognized over the years with a place on the Algona High School Wall of Fame.
Those individuals were recognized once again during Homecoming, Friday, Sept. 23, as the first 26 to be placed on the new Wall of Fame in the high school commons.

Algona High has ‘magical’ Homecoming

Algona High School’s 2016 Homecoming theme was “The Magical World of Algona High School,” based off of the Harry Potter book series. Throughout the week there were games and dress up days based on this theme. The hallways of the school were also decorated to fit the theme.

Quilt-a-Thon on tap

LONE ROCK – Quilters will have an opportunity to come together and quilt for a cause this weekend.
The Quilted Steeple, 2605 90th Ave., rural Lone Rock, in conjunction with the Quilts of Valor Foundation, will be hosting a quilt-a-thon starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 and wrapping up around noon on Sunday Oct. 2.

Alcohol, drug abuse is happening in county

Editor’s Note: September was designated as National Alcohol and Addiction Month. Over the next two weeks, the Algona Upper Des Moines will provide insight on what is happening in Kossuth County. This week the newspaper will discuss drug and alcohol use in the county. Next week’s piece will feature a 40-year-old woman who has battled cocaine and marijuana use to get her life back together.

Katiluta Festivities

KATILUTA— Andrew J. Kunayak Sr., originally from Little Diomede, entertained the audience during the Saturday Katiluta festivities with a dance. See more photos on pages 8 and 9.

Pushing Their Luck

PUSHING THEIR LUCK—John A. Keeley of Phoenix Marine chanced having his barges caught by freezing water and also challenged the Nome Port Commission to allow him to store them frozen into the harbor, against the rules up to now. He came out double winner—getting the barges out and getting the Commission’s approval on a parking place in the harbor as a backup plan.

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