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Old, new, borrowed and blue at opening Farmers Market

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – isn’t that what people say you need for a good wedding? All of these were also present at the opening day of the Kossuth County Farmers Market on Saturday.

Kossuth libraries have standards for re-opening

Kossuth County’s libraries are operating differently in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Here is a roundup of how the libraries are operating, as of earlier this week.
Due to the changing nature of openings across the area, be sure to check with your library if you are unsure of its status.
Get all the details in the May 28 Kossuth County Advance.

Pursuing a dream with the Voigt scholarship

The financial reward of the Voigt scholarship allows Algona High School (AHS) alumni and graduates to pursue their dreams where possibly otherwise, they could not. Brooke Boettcher, an alumnus of AHS (class of 2018), expressed her gratitude for this financial reward.
“The Voigt Scholarship has allowed me to pursue the career that I have dreamed of doing since kindergarten,” she said. “I have always known that I wanted to be a nurse and am excited for my future nursing career.”

Parents and teachers - all in one package

Social studies lessons, even social studies in isolation videos, are educational pieces that one West Bend-Mallard School District educator has provided students at home during the pandemic.

Wind: $168 million over 40 years

The Golden Plains Wind Farm near Buffalo Center has started and is expected to provide enough clean energy to power 73,000 Iowa homes per year.

Primary vote could be county’s largest

If absentee ballots are any indication, the June 2 primary could be the largest primary in Kossuth County History.
As of Tuesday, May 26, there were more than 3,500 absentee ballots either mailed or already cast, according to the Kossuth County Auditor’s office. The total voted ballots received at the auditor’s office is close to 2,100.
Voted absentee ballots need to be postmarked by Monday, June 1, to be counted.
Get all the details in the May 28 Kossuth County Advance.

The Advance's 2020 Academic All-Stars

The Kossuth County Advance honors area high school seniors who, over their high school careers, have been a positive force for their schools and communities. The Academic All-Star award recognizes students beyond their grade point average. Students are chosen for the award based on a combination of academics, non-school achievements, volunteer work and employment, as well as curricular and extracurricular activities.

Swine industry, producers facing difficult choices

Over the years, hog producers and the swine industry have weathered challenges, but the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has presented the biggest challenge yet.
“The swine industry faces an unimaginable nightmare with COVID-19. This industry has a very efficient, just-in-time system to provide high-quality, low-cost protein not only for our country but also for the world,” said Dennis Kollasch, director of swine operations for Standard Nutrition Services in Emmetsburg.

Founders Day 2020's future decided

This announcement was made Tuesday morning, May 26:
The Founders’ Day Committee, with the support of Mayor Rick Murphy and Algona Chamber Executive Director Vicki Mallory, have made the decision to cancel the Founders’ Day Celebration, scheduled for July 9 – July 12, 2020.
This decision involved much thought and discussion and was made with the best interest of all involved due to the current social gathering and social distancing situation.

Wesley business closes for a few days after contact with COVID-19 patient

WESLEY— Johnn's Bar and Grill in Wesley is closed until Tuesday, May 26, a Facebook post from the firm said Thursday, May 21.

Titonka campground half full in mid-May

It may be only the middle of May, but the Smidt Campground on the east side of Titonks is 50 percent full. There are 40 of the 81 spots filled, mostly with employees working on wind turbine projects in the area.
“I didn’t have much for expectations,” said Bill Smidt, owner of the campground that has entered its fourth season. “I didn’t really know what to think.”
Read the complete story in the May 21 Kossuth County Advance.

Vendor ready for Farmers Market opening

Megan Kampen, Ottosen, is ready for the Kossuth County Farmers Market that begins on Saturday, May 23, on the Carnegie Lawn in Algona. The farmers market is open 9-11 a.m. Along with fresh produce and vegetables, Kampen feels the farmers market provides a sense of community and allows neighbors to support local small businesses.

Races for supervisor, sheriff

Voters are already casting ballots ahead of the June 2 party primary elections in Kossuth County. Early and absentee voting has been encouraged to avoid lines and social distancing problems at the Columbia Events Center on election day.

Back to School?

Work continues to develop a return-to-learn plan for the Algona Community School District (ACSD). It is due to the Iowa Department of Education July 1.
“This somewhat changes the way we teach kids. I think education will have some things that are different,” said Joe Carter, ACSD superintendent. “I think we’re going to realize different, effective ways to reach students.”
Get all the details in the May 21 Advance.

All things Real Estate inside

Interested in a property or updating your own? Check out Section B of this week’s edition (May 21) of the Kossuth County Advance for a focus on Real Estate. Local businesses offer their advice, services and products, and there is information from experts around the country.

Relay for Life goes virtual, all June events suspended

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, the previously scheduled Relay for Life of Kossuth County event has been changed to a virtual online event June 12, according to a press release. Organizers are looking at a date in July for the in-person relay.
“During this difficult time, cancer won’t stop, and neither will we,” said Tina Coleman, senior Community Development manager for the American Cancer Society (ACS).
Read the complete strory in the May 21 Kossuth County Advance.

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