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The trust factor when riding a horse

LU VERNE—There is a sense of trust with her horse when Joanna Fullerton climbs on to ride one of her six horses.
“It is a cool feeling when you get on a horse and you know that he trusts you and you can work together as a team,” Fullerton said. “We set goals that day to accomplish. It feels good when you get things done, and that horse trusts you and appreciates what you’re doing.”

Ridiculous Days equal excitement

ALGONA—Billie Wille and her daughter Brooklynn were busy browsing on State Street looking for some good deals during Ridiculous Days on Saturday, July 27, in Algona.
“I’m glad they can have Ridiculous Days,” Billie Wille said. “It’s nice to see people out and see what they got in now.”

Redi-Reference Guide in this week's Advance

Look inside the July 30 edition of the Kossuth County Advance for your updated Algona Redi-Reference Guide. It has information on who does what, and events and activities throughout the year.

Even in a Pandemic, there is still Hope

Over two decades, summer interns in the program conducted by Kossuth/Palo Alto Counties Economic Development Corporation, have collected thousands of personal care items in Project Hope. The items are then given for distribution to people who need them. This year’s intern program was scrapped due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, but Project Hope continued through donations. Maureen Elbert, executive director, said Dollar General stores in the area were particularly generous.

Friends' book sale raises funds for Algona library renovation

ALGONA – The annual Friends of the Library Book Sale in Algona last week was more than an ordinary book sale to weed out library books. It was an opportunity for the Friends of the Library to assist in the library renovation project.
“We wanted to sell as many books as possible,” said Faye Weydert, president of the Friends of the Library. “Whatever we take in will help with renovations. We want to raise as much as we can to add to the renovation.”

Safe distancing a goal for Ridiculous Days

ALGONA—The annual citywide Ridiculous Days in Algona will have a bit of a change on Saturday, July 25.
“You will see more businesses set up outside to create more safe distancing opportunities,” said Vicki Mallory, Algona Area Chamber of Commerce executive director. “The majority of the businesses are open and they’re still having people come to the door. They may have restrictions on how many can go in at a time. That will be up to the individual stores to manage that.”

Algona schools plan August opening

    ALGONA—Five points of emphasis were discussed before passage of a Return-to-Learn plan in the Algona Community School District during Monday’s board of directors meeting.
“We want what’s best for kids. We want to put students first in the decisions that we make,” said Superintendent Joe Carter. “What’s best for kids right now, both emotionally as well as academically, is to return to school in a face-to-face format. That’s our priority.”

Safety is priority for dental offices as battle against COVID-19 continues

ALGONA—Dr. Bill Strohman has no regrets going overboard when it comes to the protection of staff at Strohman Dental and patients who come in for appointments during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 
“Coming in here and getting COVID is absolutely unacceptable,” he said. “We’re first and foremost health care.”

Show and go at Kossuth County Fair

KOSSUTH COUNTY—The show portion of 4-H and FFA exhibits will be the main attraction at this year’s Kossuth County Fair. The fair is going with a show-and-go format for livestock shows.

Fun Day at Burt

Burt celebrated its fun day Saturday, July 11.Lydia Resner, Kellen Baker, Holden Baker and Christopher Resner are ready for the candy in this photo. See more photos in the July 16 Kossuth County Advance.

County suggesting wearing of masks in its facilities

KOSSUTH COUNTY—All entrances to the Kossuth County Courthouse will have signage stating masks are “strongly encouraged” when entering the building. The county board took the step after receiving a letter from a local attorney who is concerned about COVID-19 and the impact it has on employees and those who enter the courthouse.

School staff try to cut trauma by building relationships

ALGONA—Teachers in the Algona Community School District are learning more about trauma sensitivity involving the students in their classrooms.
Trauma informed or trauma sensitivity means teachers and the staff are aware that children are going to school with some sort of trauma experience. “We have to be sensitive or aware of that,” said Kristi Roberts, elementary school counselor. “The learning part is learning how to listen to the kids before reacting.”

More and more equals a busy Kossuth County Farmers Market

These are the long hot days of summer. The days that make the corn grow and the weeds thrive. Time enters a strange phase at this point of July. Somehow it seems to take forever for the sweet corn to ripen but only moments for the zucchini to grow into the size of a small canoe. However time works for you, don’t forget to spend a little of your time at the Kossuth County Farmers Market on Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon.

Lu Verne celebration brings neighbors together

Lu Verne held its annual community celebration Saturday. Amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, things were toned down a little from past years, but the parade was still a big hit. See the photos in the July 16 Kossuth County Advance.

Kossuth County crash fatal to Minnesota woman

A Minnetonka, Minn., woman died when the motorcycle on which he was a passenger blew a tire and crashed on U.S. Highway 169 north of Lakota at 3:50 p.m. Monday, July 13.

Storm rolls through Kossuth County Thursday morning, tree damaged reported in Algona

Algona and eastern Kossuth County were under parts of two different thunderstorm warnings Thursday morning, July 9. Pea-sized hail was reported in the Lu Verne area. Officially, 0.92 inches of rain fell in just less than two hours in Algona, and radar indicated the Bode area received more than 2 inches in the same amount of time. As of mid-afternoon Thursday, Algona officially had 1.04 inches of rain for the day.

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