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Public hearing set on wind farm plan

KOSSUTH COUNTY-—A public hearing has been set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the Bancroft Summit Center for the Ledyard Windpower LLC wind energy conversion system.
The permit allows up to 57 potential pad sites to be equipped with Vesta V150, Nordex N149 or the Siemens Gamesa (SG) 5.0-145 wind turbine generations. Each turbine can produce 4.2 to 5 megawatts of power depending on the model. The project would be constructed in Hebron, Ledyard and Springfield townships.
 

Total up, but certified ACSD enrollment down

ALGONA — Certified enrollment numbers were down 17 students in the Algona Community School District. However, the number of students ACSD serves is up slightly from last year.
The reason for this, Joe Carter, superintendent for ACSD said, is “Certified is resident students, this does not account for open enrolled and whole grade share and so on.” 

Political sign thefts reported in county

ALGONA—There have been reports of political signs being stolen around Algona and Kossuth County, according to local and county law enforcement officials.

Teacher's military career a bridge to students

SWEA CITY – A stint in the U.S. Army has helped Wes Gibbs relate to the students he teaches in the North Kossuth School District.

Iowa Ag Secretary Naig visits Bode Moonlight Gardens

ALGONA— Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig visited Bode Moonlight Gardens on Thursday, Oct. 15.
Bode Moonlight Gardens is owned and operated by Beanie and Joanne Roepke Bode. They grow a variety of vegetables as well as a 14-acre pumpkin patch.

AHS students test the waters in advanced biology class

On Sept. 15, Mr. Young’s advanced biology class helped the Iowa DNR by testing the water quality of the East Fork of the Des Moines River.  
The students tested the biological, chemical, and physical properties of the river water. Following the testing, the class will write reports of their findings to send to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
 

Male found dead at Kossuth jail

Press release from Kossuth County Sheriff's Office regarding death at the jail. Issued 3:24 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.

On Oct. 17, 2020, at 7:12 a.m., Kossuth County jailers discovered an unresponsive male inmate in his private cell. Jail staff attempted to provide life-saving measures. Algona EMS responded and the man was pronounced dead.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was contacted and will be assisting in the investigation.

Pork Salute: Wilson never thought pork industry would be what it has become

Todd Wilson had no plans to work with hogs after graduation from Iowa State University. Now, 33 years later, Wilson continues to work with the hog industry – first with Murphy Farms and then when it became Smithfield.
“It has been exciting, always a challenge, a lot of change and fun,” Wilson said. “It may seem like a cliché but the people I’ve worked with through those years have been great.”

High school students get a head start on career

High school students at least 15 years of age and interested in becoming a nurse have the opportunity through Iowa Lakes Community College (ILCC) to get a head start on a career.
High school students can enroll in the C.N.A program and earn college credits as well as high school credits without any extra cost. 

S&B Farms Distillery expansion underway

S&B Farms Distillery has started a major expansion that is expected to be finished by November.
“We have been in a rapid growth. This allows us to keep up with our demand,” said Sara Winkleman, owner of S&B Farms Distillery. “We’ll be able to triple the volume of what we’re currently producing.”
 
See the Oct. 15 Kossuth County Advance for more information.

Lakota’s library turning 100

The 100th birthday celebration of the Lakota Public Library is taking a different twist in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Letters are being sent to patrons and friends of the library asking for donations to make sure the library continues operations.
“We had big plans before the pandemic,” said Gwen Good, vice president of the library Board of Trustees. “Since 2000 we’ve had a salad luncheon each year to help benefit the library because we were short of funds.”
 

Clinic renovation at KRHC

The clinic at Kossuth Regional Health Center (KRHC) will receive a facelift this year to continue to address issues involving those with respiratory symptoms.

Absent Band Day, local bands coping well

Saturday, Oct. 3, came and went. There were no lawn chairs filling the streets the night before. There were no drums beating down the main street. There was no sound of horns bursting through the surrounding neighborhoods, no buses lining the streets, and no crowds of kids filling the parks while waiting for their turn to march. What would normally be an exciting, fun-filled Band Day for Algona and high school bands from all over northern Iowa was just like any other day.

State issues burn ban in Kossuth County

The state of Iowa has issued a fire ban in Kossuth County. The state fire marshal investigated conditions in the county at the request of David Penton, emergency management/911 director, pursuant to Iowa Code 100.40(1). A proclamation was issued on Tuesday, Oct. 13, that prohibits fire burning in the county because the fire marshal finds that conditions in the county are such that open burning constituted a danger to life or property.

Dietrick Murder Trial Starts Next Week

ALGONA—Jury selection begins Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Columbia Events Center in Algona for the first-degree murder trial of Chad Dietrick.
Dietrick, 47, of Lakota, was charged on March 3, 2018, with first-degree murder in the death of Krista Lynn Hesebeck, 38, also of Lakota. 
Jury selection is slated for Oct. 20-21 with opening statements and testimony to follow on Oct. 22. 

‘You have breast cancer’

    “Dar, you have breast cancer.” A few simple words that have changed my life forever. Even though I had administered chemotherapy as a nurse many years ago, I never expected to be the recipient of chemo. I never once thought I’d be the one with cancer. I had yearly mammograms. I ate a well-balanced diet, exercise regularly, walking several miles every day and was in general good health.

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