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95th birthday
Lois Boekelman was born Nov. 24, 1922, and will be celebrating her 95th birthday this year. Her family, including her children, Cal and Sandi Boekelman, and Carol and Denny McGreevey, along with seven grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren, encourage friends and family to shower her with cards to help her celebrate. Cards and well wishes will reach her at PO Box 383, Titonka, Ia. 50480.



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‘Chief Bell Benefit’ set for Algona fire chief

ALGONA — A special benefit is being thrown for Algona Fire Chief, Chuck Bell, who is battling esophageal cancer for the third time since 2015.
The “Chief Bell Benefit” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 3-8 p.m., at the Algona VFW. There will be a silent auction running from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., a live auction starting at 6 p.m. and a pork loin meal from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mojo Productions will provide the entertainment.

Crop demonstration shows benefits of strip or vertical till

Strip and vertical till techniques during a crop demonstration on Bormann’s acreage provided those attending a glimpse of what benefits it could provide for the land that they own.

First Wesley Sip and Shop ‘phenomenal’

WESLEY — The word that the coordinator of Wesley’s first Sip and Shop, Mandie Studer, used was “phenomenal” to express her feelings about what she was seeing Thursday in the Wesley Community Center.
“We are really pushing shop local this year and shop small, so I wanted a lot of local vendors (that were) either crafters or direct sales,” Studer said. “There are quite a few of us out there. I wanted to push that. We had a waiting list and I think it can get bigger next year.”

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

In a world full of fast food, large portions and escalators, making healthy decisions throughout the day is becoming increasingly more difficult, but nonetheless important. Not only is it important to stay feeling well and healthy but also to prevent or manage diseases like diabetes. 


91st Birthday
Magdalene “Mag” Penning was born November 16, 1926, and will be celebrating her 91st birthday this year. Friends and family are encouraged to send her birthday greetings. Cards and well wishes will reach her at 318 West Keith Street, Algona, IA 50511.



85th Birthday
Jean Simons was born Nov. 14, 1932, and will celebrate her 85th birthday this year. Family and friends are invited to send her birthday greetings. Cards and well wishes will reach her at West Bend Health and Rehab center at 203 4th Street NW, #13, West Bend, IA 50597.

Fabric designer enjoys stay in Carnegie Library

ALGONA — For the past 14 years, the Carnegie Library has been home for well-known fabric designer, Sandy Gervais. That will change next year when the Carnegie Library becomes the Carnegie Centre for the Arts.
 “I am so thrilled that Brian (Buscher) is saving the building. I see the value in old buildings,” Gervais said. “I’ve always loved old architecture. One thing about old buildings is they always had great windows because they needed light. I love light.”


DeGeest, Limbaugh
Kayla DeGeest and Jordan Limbaugh were married on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Bridges Bay Waterfront Event Center in Okoboji, with Pastors Peter Talbot and Dave Heisterkamp officiating. 
Kayla is the daughter of Norvin and Nancy Johnson of Okoboji, and Scott DeGeest of Green Bay, Wis. She is the granddaughter of Roger and Lois DeGeest of Casa Grande, Ariz., and Ron and Janet Kindwall of Garner. 

K/PACEDC earns national award

The Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development (K/PACEDC) is a 2017 NREDA Organization Excellence Award recipient.
K/PACEDC Executive Director Maureen Elbert received the award at the National Rural Economic Developers Association annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 1-3. This is the first year for the award.

Breaking records at the Legacy Ball

A melding of colors and people brought the Legacy Ball into success for the 15th year in a row.
Dressed for the occasion from head to toe in elegant and festive wear, 234 guests gathered at the KC Hall in Algona on Saturday night for an evening of fun and socialization for a cause. 
Each year on the first Saturday of November, the Legacy Ball is held to raise funds for the KRHC (Kossuth Regional Health Center) Foundation. 


Nova Alice Inman
Joseph Inman and Kaitlyn Wilson of Rolfe are the proud parents of a baby girl, Nova Alice, born Monday, Oct. 9 at Kossuth Regional Health Center. She weighed 5 pounds, 14.4 ounces and was 19.5 inches long at birth. Maternal grandparents are Evelyn and Jim Wilson of West Bend. Paternal grandparents are Rick and Jenny Inman of Rolfe. Welcoming baby Nova home is big sister Aundrea. 
Jackson Walter Struecker

Craft Show welcomes over 2,000 shoppers

The 25th Annual Autumnfest Craft Show was held once again on a blustering Saturday, Oct. 28.
While crafters sat at their booths ready to sell their handcrafted items shortly before nine in the morning, a line began to form at the door as shoppers were eager to get out of the weather and find that special item. 

Locals compete in Family Feud

Lights….camera….action! The cameras were rolling in May when the Jorgenson family of Ledyard was welcomed on stage as competitors in an episode of the Family Feud.
Welcoming the contestants on stage was Steve Harvey, the show’s host. 
No stranger to game shows, Diane Jorgenson introduced her family who would be competing along side her as her boring husband of 48 years, Eldon, their mouthy daughter Stacie Anderson, her niece Jamie Woodburn and her banker nephew Jake Blome. 

Sewer rehab project underway

ALGONA — A $2.44 million sanitary sewer rehabilitation project is underway.
The first sewer lines are expected to be cleaned and lined starting Nov. 6 and completed in June. Crews will begin the work in residential areas in the southern part of Algona.
“Depending how the weather goes, we could have it done in March,” said Pete Baumann, estimator and project manager for Visu-Sewer Inc. 

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