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Senator visits KOFAB

Sen. Chuck Grassley continues to fulfill his promise of visiting community members within each of Iowa’s 99 counties every year, making a stop in Kossuth County on Monday morning. 
Community members gathered at the KOFAB plant, a division of PPI, around 9:30 a.m. to meet with the senator. After a brief tour of the plant, employees and other attendees sat down for a question and answer session, broaching those topics that were on their minds and for some, on their hearts. 

Finding crop storage space

GALBRAITH — Just south of this unincorporated town with Five Star Co-op located in it, Dean Berte has built another grain bin on his farm. He built it because he needs more storage space for his crops.
“The challenge is having good storage for the crops and getting the crops sold,” he said. “Sometimes the prices don’t get high, but you still have to move the grain sometime. I like to be empty before summer comes around.”

Baton Twirling Unlimited going back to its roots

Driven by an inner love of twirling, Janet Berte has transformed her favorite childhood pastime into a teaching opportunity and business for 30 years. 
This milestone is accompanied by a few changes in Berte’s business. Formally known as Janet’s School of Baton and Dance, Berte will teach under a new name, Baton Twirling Unlimited. 


75th birthday
Gloria Seefeld was born on August 16, 1942 and will be celebrating her 75th birthday this year. She will be celebrating privately with her family, including Lisa of Mason City, Carl (Michele)  along with her grandkids, Emily of Los Angeles and Isaac of Cedar Falls and her grand-dogs, Frannie and Judah.



Hanson, Gustafson
Rich and Mary Beth Hanson of Algona are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Amanda Hanson, to Jason Gustafson, son of Randy and Carla Gustafson of Laurens.
Amanda is a 2009 graduate of Algona High School and a 2011 graduate of North Iowa Area Community College. Amanda owns and operates her own in-home day care, Amanda’s Childcare, in Laurens.

Bub’s Pie Shop is open for business

The long awaited day for many Algona pie lovers has arrived. Bub’s Pie Shop officially opened its doors to hungry customers on Wednesday, Aug. 9.
From the moment customers enter the building, they enter into a world of creativity and design by Bridget Bode from the décor to the food.
Growing up in Algona, Bode went off to pursue a degree in landscaping architecture and eventually found herself in Chicago. 

KFC sold to ZAK Family Foods

It is official. Kentucky Fried Chicken and Long John Silvers in Algona is under new ownership. Bright and early on Wednesday morning, Aug. 9, Jason Zakaras, owner of ZAK Family Foods took over the fast food establishment with a vision of creating a family atmosphere, great quality food and service. 

Virtual reality in the West Bend-Mallard classroom

WEST BEND — A history lesson or a biology project is taking a different twist this year for West Bend-Mallard School District students.
The school district purchased 30 virtual reality goggles with the capability to attach phones to take a lesson a step further. The total virtual reality package, including software and equipment, cost the school district $9,500. The money was used from Palo Alto County gaming grants.


60th anniversary


85th birthday
Gladys Wegener was born on August 21, 1932 and will be celebrating her 85th birthday this year. Family and friends are encouraged to shower her with cards to help her celebrate. Cards and well wishes will reach her at 109 320th Street, Fenton, IA 50539.


80th birthday
Geraldine (Geri) Coleman Oelmann was born on August 12, 1937 and will be celebrating her 80th birthday this year. Family and friends are encouraged to shower her with cards to celebrate. Cards and well wishes will reach her at 505 8th Avenue, Ackley, IA 50601.


80th birthday
Ade Knobloch was born on August 16, 1937 and will be celebrating his 80th birthday this year. His family, including, Jean Knobloch, Todd and Brenda, Tedd and Kris, Tadd and Kathi Knobloch and five grandchildren, are encouraging family and friends to shower him with cards to help him celebrate. Cards and well wishes will reach him at 714 Highway 18 West, Algona, IA 50511.



Violet Lee Schechinger
Keith and Dawn Schechinger of Algona are the proud parents of a baby girl, Violet Lee, born Friday, July 28 at Kossuth Regional Health Center. Welcoming baby Violet home are older siblings, Riley, Harper and Stella.
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Historical schoolhouse place to see

The historic Riverdale Township Schoolhouse was relocated to the Kossuth County Fairgrounds shortly before the opening day of the 2015 fair.
After a few years of struggling to find an individual or organization to take the Riverdale Township’s former school house, the Kossuth County Fair Board in cooperation with the Kossuth County Historical Society and the Kossuth County Ag and Motorsport Museum, brought the school to its current location just north of the Floral Hall.

The Fair’s unsung heroes

ALGONA — Each year at the Kossuth County Fair, volunteers can be seen doing everything from feeding those who attend to helping with odds and ends to cleaning out the show barns.
In a way they are the unsung heroes of the Kossuth County Fair.
“Volunteers add just one more aspect to making the county fair what it has become over the years,” said Mel Haler, President of the Kossuth County Fair Board. “We can’t do it without them.”

City cleaning up properties around the community

ALGONA — The recent acquisition of a residential building on 820 S. Moore St. by Mark and Melinda Erpelding will possibly get rid of one eyesore in the city limits. However, there are still as many as 28 other properties around the community that the Algona City Council is working to clean up.

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