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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.

Exec sees challenging times for farming community

The next six to eight months will be a challenge for livestock and row-crop producers, according to Chris Boshart, the general manager and chief executive officer of Gold-Eagle Cooperative. “We don’t look for prices to have any miraculous return to pre-COVID-shutdown levels anytime soon,” he said. “We need some export policy, export business to help us out.”

reading books out of your comfort zone

Bennett and Bethany Fehr hold the castles they constructed. Submitted photos.
WEST BEND—Being stuck in a house for a period has found avid readers focused on books out of the normal.

Lakota man sentenced for dealing meth

SIOUX CITY—A Lakota methamphetamine dealer was sentenced Thursday, June 25, to 14 years in federal prison.
Christopher Paul Hanson, 30, received the prison term after a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute at least 1,500 grams of pure methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a drug user.
Read more about it in the July 2 Kossuth County Advance.

BGHS has its prom

Bishop Garrigan held its 2020 prom Saturday, June 27. It started with the grand march on the track. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, students were broken up into two groups with two sessions of prom. Students spent their session listening to music and playing after prom games such as minute to win it, cash cab, plinko and a few more. Bailey Meister, Kaylyn Meyers, Gracie Elsbecker and Cade Winkel get ready to play a game with cups. Submitted photos.

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