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County approves ATV/UTV ordinance changes

ALGONA—After several months of receiving input, the board of supervisors approved an ordinance that changes the rules for operating all-terrain and utility vehicles (ATVs and UTVs) in Kossuth County.
The changes now allow the operation of the vehicles on county pavements at speeds up to 35 mph. It also expands the hours they can be operated on county roads to 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. There are other regulations in the ordinance with regard to safety, marking, lights and more.

Kossuth County Community Foundation’s 2022 grant application now available

KOSSUTH COUNTY—Grant applications can now be submitted to the Kossuth County Community Foundation’s 2022 grant cycle with a deadline to submit applications by 5 p.m. on Jan. 15. 
The online grant application can be found on the Community Foundation’s website at

Local precinct redistricting can begin

KOSSUTH COUNTY—Last Thursday, the Iowa Legislature overwhelmingly approved a second set of maps that determine congressional and legislative districts for Jan. 1, 2023, through Dec. 31, 2032. Now that the state has done the job of figuring out the larger districts, counties and cities can begin the process of drawing district lines. A committee is in place at the county level, and Algona can begin its process soon as well.
For a full story, see the Nov. 4 Advance. 

Supervisors end county COVID leave, working on response process

ALGONA—How to deal with county employees and COVID-19 continues to generate discussion during the county board meetings. The board has been regularly reviewing its policy regarding paid leave for those who contract COVID-19.

Another death from COVID-19 in Kossuth County, 29 more people diagnosed positive

KOSSUTH COUNTY—One more death due to COVID-19 was reported in Kossuth County in the past week. 
That’s according to the statistics posted to the Iowa coronavirus website as of noon Monday, Nov. 1.
The site reported there were 29 more cases diagnosed among Kossuth County residents last week, raising the total to 2,750 cases diagnosed since the start of the pandemic. 
The rate of positives in the tests conducted last week was 6 percent. 

Legislature passes, governor signs Stone-led bill on employer vaccine mandates

DES MOINES—In a special session sprint, Iowa lawmakers passed a bill to create exceptions to employer vaccine mandates and to provide unemployment benefits for people fired for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.

West Bend Elementary ranked first in Iowa

WEST BEND—West Bend-Mallard Elementary School, a public school located in the small rural town of West Bend, was recently notified that they earned the prestigious distinction of being the #1 elementary school in Iowa by U.S. News. They placed statewide out of 614 schools ranked in Iowa.
Read the full story in the Nov. 4 Advance.

Scarlett Regiment earns 35th straight D-I

ALGONA—The Scarlet Regiment Marching Band put an exclamation point on its marching band season through Band Day and the state marching band contest. 
The band performed its show at Algona Band Day on Saturday, Oct. 2. Although the band doesn’t compete, the members acted as if they did and tried their hardest. 

AHS students cook variety of foods

ALGONA—Students at Algona High School get great opportunities to try cooking a variety of items in the different classes offered in the Family and Consumer Science department, all taught by Shelly Louwagie.

Pfizer vaccine approved for age 5 and up; Pediatric doses available by mid-November

ALGONA—Children ages 5 years and older will be able to get an age-appropriate dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in mid-November. Advisors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved a low dose of the vaccine for individuals ages 5 to 11 years under Emergency Use Authorization. Kossuth County Public Health anticipates that the vaccine will be available locally after November 15.

Hoover wins Algona at-large seat; other races decided across Kossuth County, area

KOSSUTH COUNTY—Brad Hoover, who was appointed to the Algona City Council late in the summer, earned an at-large seat for the next four years by defeating Sarah Mayer and Carl Westling in Tuesday’s city elections.
Unofficial results late Tuesday night showed Hoover with 229 votes or 40 percent. Mayer had 180 votes or 31.5 percent and Westling had 163 votes or 28.5 percent.

Meeting location changed for Central Park renovations

Due to predicted cold and rainy temperatures, the City of Algona is moving the park information meeting set for Thursday, October 28 to an indoor setting.  The meeting will be held at City Hall at 5 p.m. with a presentation at 5:30 p.m.

Iowa hunters ready for another good pheasant season

With the annual fall crop harvest running ahead of schedule, Iowa’s 2021 pheasant season is expected to be another good one when 55,000 plus blaze orange clad hunters take to the fields on Oct. 30. 
And based on the results of the August pheasant survey, hunters can afford to be optimistic. 

Honoring Heroes - event returns to Lakota

LAKOTA—Since its inception a decade ago, the annual Hunting with Heroes event based in Lakota has had an impact on countless veterans. Each year since 2011, a group of up to four to six veterans from a wounded combat battalion stationed in Camp Lejeune, N.C. and a handful of alumni from previous years arrive in Iowa in November to hunt for a week and be honored with first class accommodations all paid for by generous sponsors. 

Algona candidates answer wide range of questions

ALGONA—The only contested race on the ballot for Algona voters is an at-large city council seat. Brad Hoover was appointed to the seat in late summer and he is running for election to the seat for the first time. He is challenged by Sarah Mayer and Carl Westling, who also sought the opening but was not appointed by the council. The Advance asked the candidates a series of questions. Here are their biographies and how they answered those questions. 

Artists discuss works at SPAC Art Show

ALGONA—After an unwanted break from art exhibits due to COVID, the Kossuth County artist were happy to be able to exhibit and share their work with the public again at a reception on Thursday, Oct. 21. The exhibit will stay up at the Algona Publishing office through Dec. 4. Anyone can view the exhibit from 9 - 4, Monday through Friday. Much of the art pieces are for sale and would make the perfect gift this Christmas or for any other occasion.

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