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That's some real Thanksgiving stuffing

Students from Bishop Garrigan helped unload goods at the Food Pantry donated during the Stuff the Trailer food drive last week. How much did the drive raise? Who are the kids?
See the story and photos in the Nov. 26 Kossuth County Advance.

Pies for eyes, and more

The Algona Lions Club held its annual Pies for Eyes fundraiser event last weekend. During this event, the club sells pies, soups, breads, cheesecakes and much more. 
Locally, the club makes sure anyone who needs glasses or hearing aids will have them regardless of income level, they rely on schools and doctors to inform them who needs help. The club also provides screening for kids 18 months to five years old. 
Get the full story in the Nov. 26 Kossuth County Advance.

A decade of Hunting with Heroes

“If there’s a way to impact and, dare we say, save people’s lives we’re going to do it,” said Jason Becker, who along with his father, Bernie, founded the Hunting with Heroes 501C3 charity in 2011. “We want to support our wounded warriors and local veterans in any way that we can, and this year it is clear that there is a definite need to do so.”

Mask required to enter county facilities

The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors adopted a proclamation of disaster emergency during its board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17. The mask mandate takes effect immediately and will be reviewed again on Dec. 8. The board has agreed to possibly put the issue on the agenda each week until then. The mandate came a day after Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation of enhanced public health measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

AMU, City Hall, Library close to public due to COVID-19, but contact still possible

Algona Municipal Utilities on Tuesday closed its facilities public due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Iowa. This includes walk-in traffic at 104 W. Call St. AMU will reevaluate the situation weekly. 
The city of Algona closed its offices to walk-in traffic on Tuesday, Nov. 17. The Algona City Council made the decision at the Nov. 16 council meeting.

Lakota library a century old

The Lakota Public Library is 100 years old and it continues to evolve from its start in 1920.
“I think it is amazing. I think our pioneers were so ahead of most pioneer villages,” said Gwen Good, who has been involved with the board of trustees since 1999. “When I did my research, I found out when those ladies started it expenses have been taken care of by yearly dues and tea parties. I loved it. They had the same thought we had.”

KRHC physician/Kossuth County Public Health medical director issues COVID statement

   November 16, 2020 – In the past week, Iowa has had its largest increase in COVID-19 positive cases as well as hospitalizations, and Kossuth County is not an exception.

Mental health aide joins APD

A mental health and community assistance program continues to evolve in the Algona Police Department.
“This is all a work in progress. The final blue print is not even close to being done,” Algona Police Chief Kendall Pals said. “The end result is going to be the willingness and the availability of volunteers.”

Help fill local Christmas packages for veterans

At least 400 Christmas care packages will be on their way to members of the Iowa National Guard serving overseas during the holidays.
Mandie Studer, owner of Pay It Forward Always, with help from local volunteers, started collecting care package items and packaging them to be sent to the veterans.

Herbie takes a hit in ice storm

Last week’s ice storm wreaked havoc on trees across the county, but at Chris Whitacre’s home it attacked something pretty special to the family. 
When Whitacre’s twin boys Braylon and Braxton were 5 years old he bought them the classic Herbie movies. Chris said the boys loved them and watched them all the time. 
Get the full story about the ice storm, the Whitacres and Herbie in the Nov. 19 Kossuth County Advance.

Planning begins in County for vaccine distribution

Preparations are in the works for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Kossuth County Public Health is actively planning for the COVID-19 vaccination distribution for the near future. Planning processes include developing Point of Dispensing clinics (POD’s) that are either open POD or closed POD to ensure availability of vaccine for Kossuth County residents and working with partners to assist with coordination of vaccine deployment.

Photographers display their works at show

Check out the winners of the Stinson Prairie Arts Council's Photographers Show in the Nov. 12 Kossuth County Advance.

Salute to AHS Schools - Public Ed Week

See the Salute to students and staff in the Algona school district in our public education week section in the Nov. 12 Kossuth County Advance.

KRHC afloat in pandemic due to quick decisions

KRHC nurses Megan Stone and Stephanie Kollasch in the adjusted respiratory care area at KRHC.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused Kossuth Regional Health Center (KRHC) to make quick decisions and change the way it does business.

ACSD board discusses athletic facilities, masks

The Algona Community School District Board of Education met on Monday, Nov. 9. Among the key items on the agenda were the Phase 2 project for the athletic facilities, the mask requirements for indoor events and changes in protocol due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, and election of the board president and vice president. 
Rodney Davis was re-elected as board president and Dr. Brent Owen as vice president.

Test Iowa site in Algona closed for Thanksgiving

Test Iowa sites will close at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24, with no testing on Nov. 25, 26 or 27 due to Thanksgiving.
COVID-19 testing through Test Iowa is available at Kossuth Regional Health Center. Participants are asked to enter through Door L on the east side of the hospital. Testing is available Monday through Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. Appointments are required to receive a test. Masks or face coverings are required. 

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