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Registration open for IFB young farmer event

DES MOINES—Registration is open for Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) 2022 Young Farmer Conference. This conference for farmers and agribusiness professionals, ages 18-35, will be held on Jan. 28-29 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

Variance sought in NE part of county

BUFFALO CENTER—A variance allowing a reduction in the minimum area requirement in an A-1 agricultural district is being sought before the Kossuth County Board of Adjustment.

The property is in Section 24 of Hebron Township in rural Buffalo Center, about 11 miles northeast of Lakota off County Highway R-41. Mary Badje, executor of the estate of Joseph J. Badje, made the request.

Looft elected to represent LAA

KOSSUTH COUNTY—Kossuth County U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that Duane Looft of Ledyard was elected to represent his local administrative area (LAA) during the recent county committee election.

Year in Review: Hospital earns national honor

Editor’s note: This is the second of three parts of the year in review, featuring May-August 2021. Next week will feature September-December.


May 6


Six selected KCA Academic All-Stars

City plans to demo house, sell lot

By Brad Hicks


ALGONA—Council members Monday night approved giving the city clerk the power to sign a notice of expiration and right of redemption and send it to the owner of an abandoned and nuisance property.

The work is part of the process of the city obtaining the property at 812 S. Moore St. The owner is deceased, and no heirs want the property, City Administrator Jacob Tjaden told the Algona City Council at its regular meeting. 

AMU takes step to start water main loop project

ALGONA—A water main looping project on Algona’s northwest side took a step closer to reality last week.

The Algona Municipal Utilities Board of Trustees hired Bolton and Menk to design the plan at a cost of $114,000.

Ripple in Algona’s splash pad planning

By Brad Hicks


ALGONA—City council members were told construction of a splash pad in Central Park has more elements to address than originally understood, and it could take more time and money to do the project.

Emergency response done ahead of the storm

By Brad Hicks


KOSSUTH COUNTY—Response is something done after an incident. Kossuth County Emergency Management Director Charissa Mueller and Kossuth County Emergency Medical Services Director Phil Albers did it prior to the arrival of the Dec. 15 weather system that brought high wind and possible tornadoes to the area.

United Way grants to nonprofits available

MASON CITY—The United Way of North Central Iowa announced the release of the 2022 Community Impact Funding Letter of Intent for Nonprofit human services programs providing services in the United Way of North Central Iowa Region.  

Kossuth Community Foundation’s grant app deadline is next week


KOSSUTH COUNTY—The deadline to submit grant applications to the Kossuth County Community Foundation’s 2022 grant cycle is 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15. 

The online grant application can be found on the community foundation’s website at

Grants are awarded to projects within the program areas of arts and culture, community betterment, education and youth development, environment and animal welfare, health and human service. 

Community shares careers with students

LU VERNE—Mrs. Olson’s fourth grade class at Lu Verne Elementary (CWL) recently studied careers. They started by talking about the different categories of careers in detail including: the health sciences, business services, communication arts, technical sciences, agricultural sciences and human services. 

Finally- the cast of Jack and Bella are ready for you

ALGONA— For anyone who has missed attending community plays in Algona, the newly formed community theatre group, All Call Theatre, has been working hard to bring the first community children’s theatre play in more than 10 years. 

2022 hunting, fishing licenses on sale 

Duck, goose and dove hunters now required to register with HIP

Resident hunting, fishing and other licenses for 2022 are available. The menu of license options includes the popular Outdoor Combo annual resident hunting/fishing/habitat combo license for $55; the Angler’s Special three-year fishing license for $62; and the Hunter’s Special three-year hunting license with habitat included for $101.

Stay safe as Iowa lakes freeze over


The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa. Anglers are ready to get out for the popular early ice fishing season.

“Many of us can’t wait to get out on the ice each winter,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of fisheries for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “Ice fishing is a fun, inexpensive activity for anglers of all ages to get outdoors and avoid cabin fever.”

CDC updates and shortens recommended isolation and quarantine period for general population

ALGONA—On Jan. 4 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new guidelines for those who test positive for COVID-19 as well as those who are exposed to the virus. 

The CDC has shortened the isolation guidelines for those who have tested positive to: 5 days, if asymptomatic followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. 

Maddie Nevitt will cheer at Grandview

By Madi Adams

AHS Journalism

ALGONA-—Going to college is something some people choose to do. You can go for many different majors. Whether you go to a four year or a two year college, all have lots of classes and activities offered. Sometimes athletes go and play sports in college. Playing sports in high school and playing college sports are different, but they still are very fun.

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