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ACSD budgets, hires, accepts resignations

Taxes are expected to remain steady in the fiscal year 2020-21 Algona Community School District (ACSD) budget.
School board members worked on that and handled personnel items at their regular meeting March 9.
Get all the details in the March 12 Advance.

Share food, raise funds

Fish, hamburgers and hot dogs will be served at two different community events in Wesley in March.
Saturday, March 14, Bingo Night will be in the Wesley Community Center. It is a fundraiser for the town's 150th city celebration planned for July 1-4, 2022. Friday, March 20, Wesley's First Responders hold a fish fry to raise money for new equipment. It takes place beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the community center.

Roads, water tower to get attention

Taxes are expected to drop or remain the same for Wesley residents, Mayor Vahn Schumacher said after the budget was adopted at the March 9 city council meeting.
Schumacher said there are still projects from last year that need to be completed.
Get the details in the March 12 Kossuth County Advance.

The Itch

When the weather turns warm (or warm-ish) in the spring, I start getting the itch to play golf. I guess the reality is that I start getting the itch to play around the middle of January, but it really kicks into gear when the tems hit 50 for the first time.
Then, once the courses open, and I can actually get out and play, I have this burning desire to grab my clubs and hit the range or play the course.
Read more in the March 12 Kossuth County Advance.

No action on county EMS affiliation plan

No action was taken on an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) affiliation agreement for a countywide EMS system at the March 10 Kossuth County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Supervisor Kyle Stecker suggested adding a paragraph in the agreement that would allow attachments.
Read the complete story in the March 12 Kossuth County Advance.

Newly rocked road makes trip to Sugar Shack sweeter

A quarter-mile trail to the Sugar Shack was upgraded to make it easier for those walking to the Sugar Shack during the maple syrup season.
The Sugar Shack is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 14-15, and is located inside the Smith Wildlife Area, about 2 miles south of Algona and east of U.S. Highway 169.
Read more in the March 12 Kossuth County Advance.

Whittemore craft fair maxes out on vendors

For the first time, Melanie Elbert had to cut off vendor registrations because the fourth annual Whittemore Spring Extravaganza vendor and craft show was filled.
"Next year, we hope to have two locations for our fifth anniversary if we can get enough vendors," said Elbert, who coordinates the vendor and craft show.
Read more in the March 12 Kossuth County Advance.

New windows add depth

The first four windows have been placed on the front of the Carnegie Centre for the Arts. "The windows are aesthetically attractive looking," said Brian Buscher.
"We chose to go with a dark bronze color that better mimics the aged copper downspouts, flashing and gutters. The windows give an overall depth and apppearance to the builiding," he said.
Read the complete story in the March 12 Advance.

Replacing Kmart

Business leaders have said things are happening in the background to fill the Kmart complex, but as Algona Area Economic Development director John Bilsten said, "nothing has jelled."
Mayor Rick Murphy said groups are addresssing the vacancy. "It is a unified effort to work together for a solution. Visibly, maybe nothing has happened, but behind the scenes we continue to work and work together," he said.
Read more in the March 5 Kossuth County Advance.

EMS hubs set

Algona has been chosen as the southern location and Swea City as the northern location of a Kossuth County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system. In addition, the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors dissolved the Kossuth County EMS Board.
The actions were taken at Tuesday's regular meeting.
Read the complete story in the March 5 Kossuth County Advance.

Salute to Ag

Meet a Kossuth County farmer who's looking forward to spring, a 4-H'er who has started an online business and a couple recognized with a special award. Also check out other stories about the current state of agriculture in Section C of the March 5 Kossuth County Advance.

Elbert 'blesed, humbled'

This past year has been a whirlwind for Dar Elbert. She was selected as interim administrator for the Kossuth County Regional Health Center, then a month later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Feb. 14, Elbert learned she was selected to lead the team into the future. her interim tag was removed. She became the administrator permanently.
Read the complete story in the March 5 Kossuth Coutny Advance.

Markets better, but improvement sought

People are accustomed to the large grain elevators that dot the rural skyline, sprouting up where farmers and producers cna sell their corn and soybeans.
However, there are an estimated 350-400 different markets in Iowa where crops can be sold, according to Chad Hart, Iowa State University associate professor of economics, crop market specialist and extension economist.
Read more in the March 5 Kossuth County Advance.

Garrigan play sheds light on runaways

Bishop Garrigan's spring play is hard-hitting this year, a play the director and cast hope points out that runaways are a concern, even in Algona.
The play, "Runaways," has scheduled performances Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 at Friedmann Auditorium at 7 p.m.
Read more about it in the March 5 Kossuth County Advance.

Algona council adopts new strategic plan

A strategic plan and goal-setting report have been adopted that will drive the city of Algona's planning in the future.
The Algona City Council unanimously adopted a resolution that sets priorities and second-tier plans and projects for initiatives, programs and capital improvements.
Find out more in the March 5 Advance.

God, Algona, called Nofel

After several years of struggling in life and not knowing where God was taking him, the Rev. Steve Nofel said, "The Lord called."
Through all the twists and turns of his ministry career, Nofel landed as the pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Algona and Irvington.
Read the complete story in the March 5 Kossuth County Advance.

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