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Band Day Canceled for 2020

ALGONA – The 72nd annual Band Days has been cancelled due to safety concerns around the COVID-19 Pandemic. The event would have been held on Saturday, Oct. 3.
Algona Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vicki Mallory and Algona Community School District Superintendent made the joint decision after Monday’s noon Algona Rotary Club meeting.
The chamber is in charge of the parade. The high school is in charge of the event.

Diocese creating new, revamped parish in Kossuth County area

SIOUX CITY—Bishop Walker Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City has authorized and announced the formation of one new parish from the combination of two Kossuth County area parish groupings as a result of the diocese’s Ministry 2025 strategic planning. 
The planning is also in response to the continuing shift in demographics within the diocese and the critical shortage of active priests, according to a press release. 

Secretary Naig: Agriculture seeing slow improvements in the marketplace

KOSSUTH COUNTY—While markets are tough for the agriculture community, in an exclusive interview with the Kossuth County Advance, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said he is seeing some movement in the trade market and hog and cattle industry that may provide some positive news for farmers and producers.

Kossuth County Fair Week - Different and the Same

ALGONA—Many things changed at the 2020 Kossuth County Fair. What didn’t were the opening events.
The antique tractor pull highlighted the Grandstand activities on Sunday afternoon. Thirty minutes later the dog show started in the Show Barn.
Morgan Muller, member of the Kossuth County Fair Board, said Sunday and Monday you couldn’t ask for better weather to kick off fair week.

Rural church lifeline - Facebook Live is connecting congregations

BURT—In a year dominated by concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus, parishioners of Presbyterian churches in Burt, Lakota and Lone Rock can tune into Facebook Live each week to listen to worship services.

Algona School Foundation golf outing a success

ALGONA—The Algona Community School Foundation annual golf outing was an outstanding success, organizers said in a press release. 
In a year filled with pandemic fears, it seemed questionable that the event could even be held. The final solution was to still hold the golf outing without the usual silent auction.
Read all about the amount and use for the funds raised in the Aug. 6 edition of the Kossuth County Advance.

Party in the Park like going to a drive-in theater

ALGONA—Four women – Myrna Teeter, Charlotte Carson, Mary Rockhold and Sandy Reefer – were among the first people to the Party in the Park at Veterans Park on Thursday, July 28, in Algona. They wanted to make sure they had a front row view to hear Scott Larsen perform and take in all the happenings.
Read more about the first Party in the Park of the summer, and the final one coming up on Aug. 12 in this week's edition (Aug. 6) of the Kossuth County Advance.

Information meeting in Algona outlines Main Street project

ALGONA—The scope of a four-block, Main Street street improvement project from Lucas Street to Commercial Street was outlined during a public information meeting at Bertha Godfrey Elementary School gym on Wednesday, July 29.
The estimated cost of the project is $1.3 million. An estimated $997,000 will be funded through the Iowa Department of Transportation’s statewide transportation improvement program. 

More housing rehab grants in Whittemore

WHITTEMORE—Eight more homes are expected to be renovated over the next 12-18 months in Whittemore. When completed, it brings to 24 the total number homes that will have been rehabilitated over the last three cycles in the housing rehabilitation program.
Read more about the program in the August 6 edition of the Kossuth County Advance. The story is on the Community Spotlight page, which this week features West Bend and Whittemore.

Employers seek creativity in today’s workforce

WEST BEND—Darci Conner likes to create. And that is one thing she hopes she can pass on to her students when art classes begin at the West Bend-Mallard School District on Aug. 24.
“Creativity is one of the things employers are looking for these days,” she said. “They’re looking for somebody who can send a business in a different direction so they can be more successful.”

Are canning jar lids the new toilet paper?

People in our community must be busy putting up food for winter. How do I know? Finding canning lids has become a challenge lately. Are jar lids the new toilet paper? I hope not! 
It is a good time to be putting away food for the winter. If canning isn’t your thing, why not give freezing a try? Freezing your own vegetables is an easy way to make the most of your harvest, whether you have your own garden or shop at the farmers market.

Betty Wilcox: A woman with energy, much to give

OAK LAKE—It’s safe to say Betty Wilcox was a unique woman. People knew her for her tireless community efforts, her witty sayings and her love of her husband Ed and five children.
“She was my sugar. She was always there,” said Ed, sitting in his dining room table at his house on Oak Lake, stopping to deal with his emotions at times. “She was just part of me.”

Algona Public Library invites you to take a walk down State Street for a story stroll with ‘Frank and Laverne’

ALGONA—Looking for a chance to get outside? Looking for an adorable read? Go take a walk down State Street and view the Algona Public Library’s story stroll.
A story stroll is an opportunity to read a book as you walk down main street. Everyone is welcome to walk by and read the featured story as well as engage in the activities. You can read the book, “Frank and Laverne,” on State Street through the windows of many of the participating businesses.

Lu Verne, Algona staff get trauma sensitivity training

ALGONA—With COVID-19, students and staff are feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about the upcoming school year, Justin Blietz, a trainer in restorative procedures, told teachers during a work session last week.

Bishop Garrigan ready to reopen Aug. 24

ALGONA—The priority for Bishop Garrigan schools is to have students in the classroom when school opens on Aug. 24.
“We will take what measures we need to make sure that happens,” said Christie Peterson, principal for grades 3-12. “I have talked to high school students who want to be here full time. If it means wearing a mask during certain times, they will do what they need to do to keep their life, as they perceive, normal.”

An Algona Plan of Attract

ALGONA—Algona can be a gateway to attract businesses and people like other smaller Iowa communities have done, according to Zach Mannheimer, a community place maker with McClure Engineering in Des Moines.
“The best thing Algona can do right now is put together a marketing and communications plan, as well as an incentive relocation plan,” he said during a phone interview last week, associated with how the “multiplier effect” can benefit small Iowa communities like Algona..

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