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Indian Days canceled, fall event possible

Titonka Indian Days 2020, which was scheduled for June 28-28, has been cancelled.Organizers hope to create additional events in late summer or early fall to make up for the loss of the annual celebration that brings people to town to enjoy time with those who live in the community.
Heather Brandt, treasurer for the Titonka Community Club, said the club hopes to discuss the possibilities at its June meeting.
Get all the details in the May 21 Kossuth County Advance.

Prayer service offers comfort to caregivers

It was a peaceful setting on the Accura Healthcare of Bancroft front lawn Thursday, May 14. With birds chirping in the background, two ministers provided words of wisdom and appreciation during a prayer and scripture service for employees of the facility.

The Word became flesh

A blessed Feast of the Ascension to you, dear friends in Christ. Today, 40 days after Easter, the church celebrates Christ’s ascension into heaven. This may seem like a strange occurrence, as if our Lord is abandoning us to the world, but in fact, Christ is doing no such thing.

Glass artist coming to Algona

Stinson Prairie Arts Council’s mission is to encourage and promote the awareness, appreciation, practice and performance of the arts in the region. Last year, we offered over a dozen different programs ranging from a concert by Tina Haase Findley to art shows by local artists and photographers. As 2020 rolled in, so did the virus, and many of our art shows and activities were canceled.

She’s ‘outstanding’ nurse at KRHC

To kick off National Hospital Week, Kossuth Regional Health Center honored an outstanding nurse with a surprise ceremony on Monday, May 11. Sandy Hoskins, R.N., in the KRHC clinic in Algona, was named the 2020 DAISY award winner.
KRHC administrator Dar Elbert presented the award to Hoskins and recognized all KRHC’s nurse nominees for 2020: Joan Wiemann, Anna Olson, Emily Erpelding and Ashley Thompson.
Read all about it in the May 21 Kossuth County Advance.

Don’t feel the Burn

The Memorial Day weekend is one which means many will be out enjoying the sunshine. One thing that is often overlooked when enjoying a sunny day is exposure to the sun and its impact on skin cancer.

Health department identifies two more COVID-19 case in Kossuth County, total at 7

UPDATED: Wednesday afternoon, May 20, the Kossuth County Public Health Department identified two additional cases of COVID-19 in Kossuth County, bringing the total to 7. One of the new cases falls into the 18-40-year-old age group and the other falls into the 41-60-year-old age group; both are recovering at home.
Here is the story that was published in the Thursday, May 21, edition of the Advance, printed ahead of Wednesday's announcement:

Weathering the hog crisis

For 36 years, Kevin and Lisa Rasmussen, Hardy, have seen everything in the hog industry, but nothing like the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that has made them change their operations and the way they think about the hog industry.
“We’ve been kicked in the teeth before,” Lisa said. “Okay, here is another one.”
Her husband Kevin added, “It is devastating. You don’t cry and complain. You get back up and figure out the next step.”

Primary election goal: Safety

The primary election in June is no longer only about selecting positions for the November general election. It is also about the safety of all involved in the election process due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
“The most important thing we are faced with today is that we want to maintain the health, safety and well-being of all of our citizens,” said Amber Garman, Kossuth County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections.

Many couldn't wait to hit the gym

Several club members at Anytime Fitness in Algona were ready for a workout when the facility opened on Friday, May 1.
“They were excited. They couldn’t wait,” said Katie Kuhn, manager at Anytime Fitness. “This club has good members and good camaraderie. Even though you have social distancing, people still miss the gym. I also think that maybe with this pandemic, people start to think, ‘I have to get healthier.’”
Read the complete story in the May 14 Advance.

Ex-Algona man dies in prison

A former Algona resident, who spent 37 years living under a different identity before being captured and later convicted of murder, has died in prison in Florence, Ariz.

May Day brings normalcy

The students in the Lu Verne Community School District received a special treat on May Day. Teachers from the school district delivered May Day baskets full of goodies and other items to children in their homes.

Teachers work to overcome barriers to reaching students

As a seventh-grade reading and language arts teacher in the North Kossuth School District, Joe Johnson had to devise a different teaching plan after the school closed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Johnson knows that what he is teaching now doesn’t make up for the classroom atmosphere.

County could open June 3

June 3 is the tentative date set for Kossuth County facilities to re-open after being shut down for more than a month during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors discussed the re-opening with department heads during the May 5 board meeting.

Paramedics get pay hike

In an effort to make paramedic salaries comparable to others in the region, the Algona City Council has raised the wages of its four paramedics.
“It was determined that our current wages are below average and need to be increased to be competitive and recognize this is a professional occupation and has been typically undervalued due to the past culture of volunteerism, which is disappearing,” said Curt Wiseman, Algona city administrator.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again

Are you tired of talking about COVID-19 yet? It has consumed our lives for the past weeks as we’ve been forced to weather a storm of uncertainty regarding our lives, our health, our livelihoods, and our friends and loved ones.

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