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Whittemore Market to Market a success

Approximately 500 people attended the first ever Whittemore Market to Market fall event on Saturday, August 26. Event organizers Melanie Elbert (left) and Kimberly Kollasch said they will be giving a little less $2,000 back to the community from the event’s vendor registration proceeds.

Lots of FUN Activities At the West Bend library

Photo at left: Palo Alto County Naturalist Kaitlin shared a friend with the Maker Monday group as the group had discussed how animals communicate.

Photo above: Among the participants in the Maker Monday program were Linnea Zaugg, Brooklyn Montag and Keegan Frank.

Maker Monday was a weekly program in the summer for children four years of age to 6th grade, for "creatin', makin', and stuff. Submitted photos

Purple Heart recipients honored

Billy Joe Simonson, commander in chief of The Sons of the American Legion, honored six Purple Heart recipients Monday evening, August 7 at the American Legion in Whittemore. Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7 each year and is a time for Americans to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.

September can bring a change of season

By Joanne Roepke Bode

Kossuth Farmers Market



he time has come to transition to fall, but no one has told Mother Nature! The September heat makes it feel like summer, but we are starting to see fall crops pop up at the Kossuth County Farmers Market.

Along with plentiful tomatoes, peppers, onions and much more, we saw a few squash appear at the market last Saturday.

Awarding of bid for AMU water main project postponed

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—No written or verbal comments were received at the Wednesday, August 30 public hearing pertaining to the proposed Algona Municipal Utilities US Highway 18 water main improvement project.

Following the public hearing, AMU CEO John Bilsten said the board of trustees reviewed the bids and postponed action of acceptance of the bids.

Fly in, walk in to Rotary’s Flight Breakfast, Sept. 17

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—For more than 25 years, the Algona Rotary Club’s flight breakfast has given the community a chance to fill up on pancakes and take a close-up look at airplanes. In 2022, approximately 600 people attended and 24 pilots flew their aircrafts in for the breakfast.

Service for Peace set for Sept. 17 in Algona


ALGONA—First Congregational United Church of Christ, in recognition of the International Day of Peace, will host a service of music and prayer for peace on Sunday, September 17 at 4 p.m. on the west lawn of the church, located at 315 South Moore Street, in Algona.

Veterans remembered by DAR members

ALGONA— Officers conducted chapter reports and Regent Linda Erpelding led the Algona Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting on August 8 at the First United Methodist Church in Algona.

Teri Miller reported from the President’s General Message that fireworks were first demonstrated in 1777 in Philadelphia accompanied by a 13 gun salute.

Poppy Day set for September 11

Poppy Day is Monday, Sept. 11. Distribution of the poppies will be by the Howard D. Omdahl VFW Auxiliary #2541 at Classic Stop and the Algona Post Office in the morning. Poppy Day recognizes soldiers who have fought and died in wars.

Senior Center

Thursday, Sept. 7

Chicken and gravy over biscuit, mixed vegetables, strawberries and bananas

11 a.m. – Exercise


Friday, Sept. 8

Pork chops, stuffing, broccoli, peaches

10:30 a.m. – Bingo

1:30 p.m. – Todd Buchanan


Monday,  Sept. 11

Salmon patty, baked potato, creamed peas, mixed fruit

10:30 a.m. – Bingo


Tuesday,  Sept. 12

Kossuth County Auditor encourages Iowans to participate in National Voter Registration Month

DES MOINES - Kossuth County Auditor and Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate are encouraging Iowans to celebrate National Voter Registration Month in September by registering to vote. For Iowans who are already registered, it’s important to make sure your information is current. National Voter Registration Day is September 19, 2023.

Ticks: blood-sucking bugs-Be aware of the risks


Take every precaution to avoid ticks and tick bites

Some of them are difficult to detect, some might have fed and left the host undetected, so the only evidence of a tick bite may be a resulting rash or illness. But be aware that anyone spending time out of doors is likely to encounter ticks at some point.

September happenings at the Whittemore Public Library

• Saturday, September 9 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. there will be a Show & Tell Session at the Whittemore Public Library. Remember those days of Show & Tell? Find a family heirloom, a cherished item or something you think is fun or unique. Bring it to the library and share its story. Too big to bring? Take a picture and share it.

Better Butter Bash set for Sept. 23

Help others help each other


WEST BEND—For more than 30 years, Country Maid, Inc., has been supporting non-profit organizations and local causes through its charitable giving efforts. Now, the company is furthering its mission to “Help Others Help Each Other” by presenting the first-ever West Bend Better Butter Bash. The event will support local programs whose goal is to reduce childhood hunger in Iowa.

Payment rate updated to support livestock producers who lost cattle in extreme heat, humidity this summer

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is updating the  Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) payment rate to support livestock producers in the Midwest who have lost cattle to the extreme heat and humidity experienced this summer.

To help indemnify ranchers to reflect a trend towards higher cattle weights in feedlots, the 2023 LIP payment rate for beef calves over 800 pounds will increase from $1,244 per head to $1,618, an increase of $374.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Naig encourages fuel retailers to apply for renewable fuels grants

DES MOINES—Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig is encouraging Iowa fuel retailers to apply for cost-share grants through the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP) to upgrade fueling systems and provide consumers with greater access to higher blends of lower-cost biofuels.

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