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COVID-19 Scare Can't Stop Love

While the COVID-19 coronavirus has resulted in the elimination of visits to health care facilities, 49-year-old Gary Laubenthal decided it wasn’t going to stop him from his every-day visit to the residence of his 89-year-old mother, Marguerite Laubenthal, a resident at the Good Samaritan facility in Algona.

Kossuth agencies say they are ready for COVID-19

KOSSUTH COUNTY—Local agencies say they are prepared for the COVID-19 coronavirus when it arrives, and many local organizations and government offices are now limiting access or schedule adjustments.
“Our main concern with the virus is educating the people,” said David Penton, Kossuth County Emergency Management coordinator. “It is a new virus. There is not a vaccine for it.

Algona will borrow to fix streets

ALGONA — City staff continue to develop a scenario that will provide general obligation bonds to re-construct Algona city streets.

Donations of supplies sought for medical personnel

KOSSUTH COUNTY—Kossuth County officials are asking for donations of supplies to aid local first responders and health providers as the battle against COVID-19 continues.
Dave Penton, Kossuth County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) coordinator, said there is a need for disposable gloves, masks, carpentry face shields, gowns and Tyvek protective suits. 

FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE REPORTED HERE

This press release was issued Sunday, March 22, at approximately 1:48 p.m.
Algona - A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Kossuth County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is self-isolating at home.

Local Coronavirus Impacts

The Kossuth County Advance will continue to post information regarding impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus on local events and activities as they are received. Some press releases of more-involved decisions are included. Send information on your organization's activity updates to news@algona.com.
 
Announced Monday, March 16:

Primary ballot filling

Four elected Kossuth County positions are up for grabs this year, and the election season gets underway with the statewide party primaries Tuesday, June 2.
March 2 was the first day for candidates to file for the primaries. The last day to file is March 25. Nomination papers are available and can be filled out at the county auditor's office, where candidates can get direction on details like campaign finance reporting regulations.

Tourney Hardware

Bishop Garrigan seniors Maddie Meister, Emma Fogarty, Katie Noonan and Amanda Miller lead their teammates onto the court as the Golden Bears accept their Class 1A Girls State Basketball runner-up trophy after a two-point loss in the championship game March 7 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Get all the tournament details in the Sports section of the March 12 Kossuth County Advance.

Nominations open for the Advance Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the first Advance Awards.
The Kossuth County Advance is seeking your input to recognize 17 Kossuth County residents for their contributions to the community locally and at-large. Nominations are due April 7. Awards will be made public in the Progress Edition to be published Sept. 24.
Get all the details on page B7 of the March 12 Kossuth County Advance.

Battling doctor burnout

In an effort to serve patients in the most influential manner and also alleviate physician burnout, Kossuth Regional Health Center (KRHC) has implemented a new rotation for its call systyem for doctors and physician's assistants.
"We hope it preserves our careers," said Dr. Brent Owen, physician chief of staff. "We had talked about how to best utilize our doctors and physician's assistants."

City deciding which way to go

Citizens got a chance to see samples of possible wayfinding signs that could one day dot Algona's landscape.
The proposed concepts were unveiled at an early eveing open house at city hall March 4.
Read the complete story in the March 12.

Explore space at Algona library

Now that the exhibit is unloaded, the Algona Public Library is the spot for exploring the realms of space over the next three months.
Exploring Space 2020 kicks off with a reception from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 14. One exhibit will allow visitors to code a rover's path across Mars, and they can enter a drawing to win a pie. March through May, different acitvites associated with space are planned.
Ger all the details in the March 12 Advance.

Hospital budgets for comparable staffing

Next year's Kossuth Regional Health Center (KRHC) budget accommodates considerations such as patient rate increases, salaries and employee benefits, operating expenses, and deductions from revenue.
The KRHC Board of Trustees approved the budget during a special meeting March 9.
Get all the details in the March 12 Kossuth County Advance.

KRHC prepares for COVID-19 coronavirus

Kossuth Regional Health Center staff and Kossuth County Public Health are advising residents about what they can do now to prepare for the potential spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.

From anthropologist to pastor

When he first stepped in to Trinity Lutheran Church, the Rev. Mark Lund noticed the mission statement that connected the community with Christ and made disciples of Jesus.
Lund was installed as associate pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in February. He and his wife Hope have one daughter, Eleanor, who was born last September.
Read the complete story in the March 12 Advance.

O'Louschers grand marshals for St. Pat's Day

Christine Louscher and her son Adam are the grand marshals for the St. Patrick's Day parade in Algona. For the event, the two will go by the Irish name of O'Louscher.
The parade starts at 4 p.m. this Saturday, March 14, and will take the same route as the past several years. It starts at American Marine and continues down State Street to the Kossuth County Courthouse. A celebration follows at the Locker Room on State Street.

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