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Vaccine Call Center open on March 18

ALGONA—The Kossuth County Vaccine Call Center will open on Thursday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., scheduling appointments for a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, March 24. The Call Center phone number is 515-395-9111.

Library busy during relocation, reconstruction

ALGONA—The Algona Public library is not letting relocation due to reconstruction slow its service to the public. Several projects are in the works to keep the library staff and patrons busy.

100+ Women donates to Moving Vets Forward

ALGONA—John Emswiler, director for Moving Veteran’s forward was the recipient of a $13,000 grant from the 100+ Women Who Care of Kossuth County.

City alters rec staffing plan, wants to talk to Y

ALGONA—After 30 minutes of discussion, the Algona City Council Monday night voted to alter course in a staffing plan for the parks and recreation department. The council changed its mind on a decision it made the previous week after receiving a different idea from the city staff.
The council decided to reach out to the Algona Family YMCA to see about sharing programs in some manner, if possible.  
 
For the full story, see the March 11 Advance.

County sets budget hearing; extends wind farm ban with plan to review it, examine solar

ALGONA—Kossuth County supervisors Tuesday morning approved a maximum increase of 1.99 percent for the total amount of general and rural property taxes collected in the next fiscal year.
The supervisors extended the current moratorium on the construction or operation of commercial wind energy conversion systems under the county ordinance number 310A to June 1, and they plan to do a further review that will include addressing the potential for solar farms in the county.
 

Eischen new director of teaching and learning

ALGONA—Janie Eischen has been hired as the director of teaching and learning, a new position in the Algona Community School District. 
She was introduced during the board of education’s regular meeting Monday evening, March 8. Eischen will be on a 210 day contract, the same as all of the building principals. 
“A district of this size needs a position like this,” Eischen said.

MaxYield, NEW studying unification

WEST BEND—The boards of directors of MaxYield Cooperative, based in West Bend, and NEW Cooperative, headquartered in Fort Dodge, recently announced that they have entered into a unification study between the two cooperatives. 
Keith Heim, MaxYield CEO, explained how the decision to study the unification of the two cooperatives took shape. 
 
See the story in the March 11 Advance.

Lu Verne fourth graders prep for future

LU VERNE—Fourth graders at the Lu Verne school worked on an interesting project recently that will enable them to make sound career decisions in their future.

People with pre-existing conditions now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations

  ALGONA   – COVID-19 vaccine providers in Iowa, including Kossuth County Public Health, may distribute the vaccine to additional priority groups. This includes individuals 18 to 64 years of age with medical conditions that may increase the risk of severe illness from the virus. The COVID-19 vaccine is still available for people age 65 and older and others who meet the criteria in priority groups 1B and 1A.

Whittemore firefighters raise funds a bowl of soup and a sandwich at a time

WHITTEMORE—The Whittemore firefighters served a hearty soup and sandwich supper on Sunday, Feb. 28. The supper was part of a fundraising effort to purchase air packs for the firefighters. The essential equipment firefighters need to do their job properly and safely can be expensive. The firefighters are working with a grant writer to help offset the cost and also hoping for donations from the community and townships.
 
Get the full story in the March 4 Advance.
 

Gracie the cat's adventure - Bode to Algona and home

BODE—The week of frigid, below 0 degree temperatures, a young dark gray cat showed up by the garage at the home of Lark Ricklefs. “It sat and looked up at me. It killed me to see it out in the frigid days and nights,” Ricklefs said. Since then Ricklefs has learned that the cat’s name is Gracie.
 
Find out how Gracie made it back home in the March 4 Advance.

Salute to Agriculture

March is Ag Month and inside the March 4 edition check out the feature and news stories and the advertisements in our special Salute to Agriculture. It is in Section B.

Kossuth supervisors slightly relax mask regs

ALGONA—Following a discussion with department heads who expressed a range of opinions, the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday morning, March 2, to ease the restrictions on wearing masks within county-operated facilities.
Masks have been required for several months, but the board decided to “strongly suggest” masks rather than require them. 
 
Get the full story in the March 4 Advance.

Baxter: 'Leftist curriculum' real reason for education savings account push

Listen to the audio of the meeting by clicking on the player.
 
ALGONA—Proposed education savings accounts (ESAs) and the subsequent shift of property tax dollars potentially to private education outlets drew passionate comments during a legislative forum Saturday morning, Feb. 27, at Algona City Hall.

How AMU insulated Algona during electric crisis

ALGONA—Algona Municipal Utilities’ reaction during the electric generation and distribution crisis that struck a wide swath of the nation’s midsection was outlined during the monthly meeting of the utility’s board of trustees last week.
While some parts of the region experienced short-term blackouts, and other areas of the country experienced a total loss of power for days and even weeks, Algona Municipal Utilities (AMU) customers did not go without power.
 

Candidates, staffing changes, bond sale date, KCEDC and more get Algona council's attention

Check the March 4 Advance for stories carrying the following information, and more:
ALGONA—Kossuth County Economic Development Corporation (KCEDC) representatives met with the Algona City Council Monday, March 1, and discussed the potential of the city rejoining the development organization.
 
ALGONA—For the fourth time in four years, the city of Algona is looking for a parks and recreation director. 
 

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