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Interns learn from, add to Algona Public Library

ALGONA—The Algona Public Library (APL) has three new additions to its team this summer: Myra Meyer of Burt and Mackenzie Teeter and Faith Haase of Algona have all taken the opportunity to dedicate a chunk of their summer to volunteering at the library. Meet them in the July 9 edition of the Kossuth County Advance.

City adopts ordinance to be consistent with state, federal law, council member resigns

ALGONA—Restrictions on family home separation distances and references to elder homes were removed from the city of Algona’s ordinances after the Algona City Council adopted the ordinance at its Monday, June 6, meeting. Additionally, the council acted on an appeal of a ruling regarding trees on a property and a council member resigned. See all of the details in the July 9 edition of the Kossuth County Advance.

Northwest Iowa Care Connections the fit for Kossuth County?

ALGONA—Kossuth County may have found a fit for its mental health and disability services needs with Northwest Iowa Care Connections.
“We come from the same area. We’re a farming background area,” said Barry Anderson, board chair for Northwest Iowa Care Connections. He is also a Clay County Supervisor. “We have the same feelings as far as treatment for mental needs. We want to treat them as close to home as possible.”

Spotlight Page: Lu Verne fine tuning Return-to-Learn Plan, Wesley celebrates Fourth

LU VERNE—The return-to-learn plan for the Lu Verne Community School District was sent to the Iowa Department of Education on Monday, June 29. Now comes the task of fine-tuning the plan in preparation for a possible Aug. 23 start date.
See the story on the Corwith, Wesley and Lu Verne page in the July 9 Kossuth County Advance. 

Produce, Wednesday opening arrive for Farmers Market

When I was a kid, the Fourth of July always felt like the midpoint of summer. Baseball and softball were typically starting to wind down, fair plans were beginning and families started disappearing for vacation. Even though summer feels a little different this year to many people, the weeds and the plants don’t seem to notice! This month brings all kinds of new things, including Wednesday market hours and lots of new produce items from the garden. 

Two new staff members at NRCS office in Algona

Kossuth County Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) welcomed two new staff in June: Matt Theisen, private lands wildlife specialist, and Desirae Hertling, soil conservationist.  Meet them in the July 9 edition of the Kossuth County Advance.

Paul Harris Fellow awards presented at Algona Rotary

Eight members of the Algona Rotary Club received Paul Harris Fellow awards during the club’s meeting at Chrome Restaurant and Catering Monday, June 29. Learn who the recipients were and what the honor means in the July 9 edition of the Kossuth County Advance.

A jack of all trades for 30 years retires from ACSD

ALGONA—Peg Vanderhoff is one of seven Algona Community School teachers to retire at the end of the 2019-20 school year. Vanderhoff has been a versatile employee for Algona Community School District for 30 years. See what she has planned for retirement in the July 9 edition of the Kossuth County Advance.

Test Iowa site to open in Algona - Updated with hours, other info

ALGONA—Kossuth County, in partnership with the Iowa Governor’s office, has set up a Test Iowa COVID-19 coronavirus test site in the former Harley Davidson building.
“This is not walk-in testing,” said David Penton, Kossuth County Emergency Management director. “Appointments are needed by going to, answer a few questions and then pick the testing location.”

Bomgaars purchases Kmart building in Algona

Thursday, July 2, 2020:
ALGONA – Bomgaars will be expanding its inventory to the Kmart building in Algona.

County transparency questioned

KOSSUTH COUNTY—Transparency and honesty are two words Don McGregor, former chair of the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors, hopes the current board addresses.

Large building, former jail moved to Sexton

SEXTON—Two dissimilar buildings were the subjects of an easy move to Sexton on Wednesday, June 24.
“The move went very smooth. The route was good and friendly,” said Tom Mader, who along with his wife, Christy, are owners of Heartland Building Moving. “It was a little nerve-racking when we pulled out, but once we got on the street, we were fine.”
Ken Clark owns both buildings. One is a 44-foot-by-96-foot, 4-year-old Morton building, and the other is an old county jail.

Class of 2020 has its sendoff

Whittemore's Josiah Laddusaw and Garrett Schmidt ham it up before graduation. Photo by Mindi Spear.

Officials: Kossuth needs to stay vigilant in fight against COVID-19; cases at 32

KOSSUTH COUNTY—Retail stores and restaurants are reopening, and people are mingling, but Kossuth County officials say we need to stay vigilant in battling COVID-19 by using safe health practices.
The number of positive cases of the novel coronavirus in Kossuth County has risen to 33 as of July 4. Some 1,221 individuals have been tested, with most of those tests showing negative results. Kossuth County has reported no deaths due to COVID-19. Twenty had recovered.

COVID-19 leads to a different way to worship

ALGONA—Several churches have opened, with restrictions, for worship services while others are opening soon.
“It has been a little bit of an annoyance to me that we talk about closing of worship,” said the Rev. Chris Burtnett of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Algona. “The church has not been closed. We were worshipping in a different way.”

Sweet treat at the Farmers Market

How sweet it is to have local honey available at the Kossuth County Farmers Market. One of our market vendors, Jean Dearch of Lu Verne, brings a beautiful array of homemade jams, jellies and honey from her own hives.

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