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Area legislators discuss education and judges

Education, protecting farming operations and judges were the topics at a legislative town hall meeting sponsored by the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce March 16.
Sen. Dennis Guth and Reps. Terry Baxter and Tedd Gassman participated in the forum at the Algona Public Library.
Read the whole story in the March 28 Kossuth County Advance.

Road damage estimated at $200,000

Two issues concerning Kossuth County roads were discussed at the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March 26.
County Engineer Doug Miller provided an update on gravel road conditions around the county. He said, after talking to Doug Crouch and county foremen on Tuesday morning, if water is not on the road or water is not running over the road, the roads are "pretty much" back in anticipated conditions for this time of year.

The gift of life

Sonya was born with one extra chromosome in each cell. Some say she's special. She says she has Down syndrome.
She does have a special friend. Her name is Sonia. They both live in Chicago. Her friend is the daughter of one of my first cousins. Because of Facebook I've gotten some small glimpses into Sonya's life through postings on Sonia's Facebook page.
Read the entire column in the March 28 Advance.

Gray horse gallery brings art to the region

Gray Horse Gallery and Studio in Buffalo Center features multiple works by Carol Smidt and her sister Delores Badge.
"The art studio provides a means to share the creative outlet of artists," co-owner Jack Smidt said.
Read the entire story in the March 28 Kossuth County Advance.

Changes coming for Ag

David Beurle, founder and CEO of Future iQ, took those attending the Ag Education Day March 13 on a journey to the future.
Tom Eischen, co-chair of the Kossuth/Palo Algo County Economic Development Corporation, sees a lot of changes coming after Beurle's talk.
Read more about it in the March 28 Kossuth County Advance.

SBDC recognizes North Iowa Lumber Owners

The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the North Iowa Area Small Business Development Corporation announced Derek and Lizanne Engh of North Iowa Lumber & Design were the February entrepreneurs of the month.
Derek and Lizanne took a major step in their entrepreneurial journey in 200 7 when they purchased Britt Lumber Co. Over the years, they expanded from that single store to a network of five stores across Iowa.

She got chickenpox

It was 12 years ago when Ali Lallier, now 15, had a kidney transplant. It was just a few weeks ago that she was diagnosed with chickenpox, something that her mother Joni Bishop said would not have happened if Ali had been able to get the normal dosage of vaccinations when she was younger.
"Vaccines are important for someone like Ali," she said. "If other people are vaccinated, the likelihood of contracting the chickenpox is lower and lower."

Water everywhere

It's a mess!
Karen Youngwirth reiterated those three words three times as she watched her husband Steve set up a second sump pump to clear water out of their yard.
"We've been pumping for two days," said Youngwirth Thursday, March 14. "This the worse we've seen since 2003."
Find out how the rest of Kossuth County is dealing with flooding in the March 21 Advance.

Trade dominates Ag Education Day

Trade was a dominant issue at the Ag Education Day in Emmetsburg on March 13.
Two Iowa State University professors – Chad Hart and Dr. Dermot Hayes – focused the majority of their talks on trade. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig also discussed trade issues during his skyped video presentation
Read more and more about Ag trade in the March 21 Advance.

Entrepreneur of the Year

World War II veteran Ray Baade was always an inspiration to S&B Distillery owner Sara Winkelman. Baade had a tear running down as his cheek as he watched Winkelman receive the 2019 Deb Dalziel Woman of the Year entrepreneur award Friday, March 15 at the Bancroft business.
"It's amazing," said Baade. "It's beyond belief. She has always been a caring person. I couldn't stop shedding tears — to have her recognized was special."

It's 'One foggy Christmas Eve" at BGHS

It may be March, but the airport chaos of Bishop Garrigan's production, "One Foggy Christmas Eve," could happen anytime during the year.
"It fits in with the whole spirit of Christmas," said Carol Eischeid, director of the spring play. "Even though it is set at Christmas, it is not a Christmas theme."
Read the whole story in the March 21 Advance.

Algona Okays zoning map

The Algona City Council had eight items on their regular agenda, and once they were finished took a recess for about 15 minutes before opening a public hearing on the 2018 international building codes at the March 18 council meeting.
During the regular portion of the meeting, the council adopted an ordinance and approved the third reading for the official updated zoning map, which represents Algona's current zoning.
Get all the details in the March 21 Advance.

Wind ordinances stay ... for now?

On 3-2 votes each, three separate decisions involving ordinances #207 and 310A were defeated. the two ordinances will remain in place.
The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors made the decision after more than an hour in closed session with County Attorney Todd Holmes.
Read the entire story in the March 21 Kossuth County Advance.

Experts will assess downtown Algona

Downtown development will be the focus when Algona is visited by five downtown revitalization specialists from the Iowa Economic Development Authority's Dountown Resource Center.
The city of Algona Area Economic Development Corporation and the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce have teamed to coordinate the downtown assessment April 23-25.
Read the whole story in the March 21 Advance.

Is it better to give than to receive?

Grace Church had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Guatemala. During our time there, we did construction on a school building and supported the teachers during their first weeks of having kids in the classrooms. This was a very disadvantaged community.

Developing Mental strength

If agriculture leaders are down in the dumps because of what is happening, Brenda Clark Hamilton is telling them it is time to develop some grit.
Hamilton provided her Mentally Strong Ag leader presentation during Ag Education Day on March 13.
Read the entire story in the March 21 Kossuth County Advance.

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