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The Kossuth County Fair in Photos

Check out the Aug. 12 Advance for more than two full pages of color photos from the Kossuth County Fair.
Watch for the upcoming edition that will carry all of the fair results and photos of winners of some of the events.

CO2 pipeline plan in works

ALGONA—There are no underground carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines running under Kossuth County, but that might change in the coming months.
Tiffany Kruizenga, representing the engineering firm ISG, told the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning, Aug. 10, that two companies are hoping to install pipelines to carry CO2 from Midwest ethanol plants and carry it to sequestration wells in either Illinois or North Dakota, depending upon the line.

Free fair barbecue a long tradition

ALGONA—The free fair barbecue which took place this last Wednesday has been a tradition at the Kossuth County Fair for more than 70 years. Vicky Mallory, director of the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce, was recruited by Howard Omdahl 25 years ago to help coordinate the event but points out that it is not sponsored by the Chamber. The barbecue is sponsored by businesses from every community in Kossuth County. 
Read more about this event and its history in the Aug. 12 Advance.

County reinstates COVID-19 leave policy

ALGONA—Masks and hand sanitizer will return to the entries of the Kossuth County Courthouse and related facilities, and county employees are starting from zero on leaves related to COVID-19.
The board of supervisors made a decision at its meeting Tuesday morning, Aug. 10, to reinstate the county’s leave policy after a recommendation from a three-member committee.

ACSD has successful job fair

ALGONA—ACSD its first job fair Monday, Aug. 2, in hopes of filling much needed positions before school starts. At Monday's Algona School Board meeting, Superintendent Joe Carter said the job fair was a great success resulting in several staff positions being filled including teacher associates, food service positions and substitute positions. More than 20 people were interviewed by the principals and food service director.

Fair begins, royalty crowned

Queen Halo Gronbach is joined by other royalty Tuesday night at the Kossuth County Fair. Get more information on this and see more photos from the opening three days of the fair in the Aug. 5 Advance print edition.

Council OK’s property code, reviews projects, hears from candidates for open seat

ALGONA—All that remains for a new property maintenance code to go into effect in Algona is publishing of the ordinance after the city council approved it at its meeting Monday afternoon.
The code section addresses requirements for property owners to maintain the structures and exteriors of their properties, and also addresses items such as pools. 

Supervisors rescind vote, go with low bid

ALGONA—After receiving input from its independent FEMA consultant, a state official who makes recommendations on FEMA projects and the county attorney, the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday reversed course on a repair project in Drainage District 4. 
Get the story in the Aug. 5 Advance print edition.

COVID-19, its issues are back

ALGONA—COVID-19 cases are climbing again in Kossuth County, and the discussion among the county’s elected officials and department heads in the board room of the courthouse Tuesday morning reflects issues being raised around the country.

Veterans race night, year five, is huge success

ALGONA—An event that started small has just simply blown up. Returning to the home of its beginning five years ago, Night #2 of the Hunting with Heroes Salute to Veterans Night at the Kossuth County Speedway on Thursday, July 29, was a smashing success.

Redi-Reference Guide in this week's Kossuth County Advance

Get your brand new Algona Redi-Reference Guide! It's in the July 29 Kossuth County Advance! It includes update on local services and a business listing plus advertising from people you know and trust.


ALGONA—It’s almost here. In less than three days the Kossuth County Fairgrounds will be filled with 4-H’ers ready to showcase their fair entries. A lot of planning and hard work goes into each project and with last year’s fair taking on a unique look due to the pandemic, everyone is eager for the 2021 fair to begin.
Whether they are stepping into the show ring to exhibit an animal or conducting a working exhibit, there will be plenty of 4-H talent on display at this year’s fair. 

KOSSUTH COUNTY FAIR PREVIEW: Does Kossuth County have state's oldest grandstand?

ALGONA—The Kossuth County Fair will provide a wide variety of entertainment this year and some of it will be in front of the 90-year-old grandstand. How long a grandstand should survive will partially depend on how well it’s built and a 90-year run is a credit to the builders and the investors who wouldn’t settle for  anything mediocre.

EMS 'essential' vote will wait

ALGONA—Hopes for a quick vote to set up a county-wide emergency medical service (EMS) were dashed this week when it was determined it was impossible to meet the timelines to get a question on the election ballot this fall.
Learn more about why the vote to make EMS an essential service will have to wait in the July 29 Advance print edition.

Supervisors to decide on DD 4 bid Aug. 3

ALGONA—After receiving input from the county attorney and their consultant for FEMA funding of drainage repairs at their meeting Tuesday morning, July 27, Kossuth County supervisors decided they will revisit bidding on a main ditch repair in Drainage District 4 in northern Kossuth County.
The county board plans to put an item on the agenda for the Tuesday, Aug. 3, meeting to consider rescinding or not rescinding the awarding of a bid to Reutzel Excavating on the project.

DOT plans work on U.S. 18 in 2022

ALGONA—The Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) five-year plan includes an effort to improve a small section of U.S. Highway 18 in eastern Kossuth and western Hancock counties, the process of beginning to elevate the road to Super-2 status.
Get the details in the July 29 Advance print edition.

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