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West Bend-Mallard requests supplemental funds

Demolition of the old Mallard school building will start after Christmas with a completion date of Aug. 20, 2020.
The West Bend-Mallard School Board awarded Peterson Contracting Inc., headquartered in Reinbeck, the bid. It will include all aspects of demolition – from removal of asbestos to sending the land back to grass as required by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Read more in the Dec. 26 Kossuth County Advance.

What Christmas means to me .... (1)

To Lainey Steuk, Lucia Wallace Elemantary, Christmas is about the birth of Jesus.
See all the fourth-graders' drawings in the Dec. 19 Advance.

What Christmas means to me .... (2)

Henry Bode, Bishop Garrigan Elememtary, focused on his family, friends and the fact that he receives a lot of presents in his winning drawing.
See all the fourth-graders' drawings in the Dec. 19 Advance.

Davis new Algona board president

Rodney Davis will lead the Algona Community School District Board of Directors in 2020. He was unanimously elected president of the board of directors on Dec. 10. Dr. Brent Owen was unanimously elected vice president.
Read more in the Dec. 19 Advance.

AHS grad killed in crash

It was a total shock to Mayor Lynn Kueck when he got the phone call notifying him that one of his former Algona High School students had been killed in a car wreck near Burlington Dec. 12.
According to Iowa State Patrol reports, Christopher Richards, an elementary principal at Black Hawk Elementary School in Burlington, was killed in a two-vehicle accident early last Thursday.
Read more in the Dec. 19 Advance. The obituary is posted online.

Familiarity leads to new position for Nilles

Being familiar with the nursing group and excited to work with a team prompted Lynzie Nilles to become agency administrator for Community Health and Hospice at the Kossuth County Regional Health Center.
Nilles replaces Erin Shaw. Nilles, who previously worked as the director of nursing at the Windsor Manor, started Dec. 6.
Read more in the Dec. 19 Kossuth County Advance.

Its all in the details

Chris Heyer put his feet close together, leaned back on his heels, and slid gently from right to left. His re-enactment of balancing himself and his camera on a narrow rock ledge in Wisconsin added another detail to his description of what it took to take a now award-winning photo.

Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits expanding

Hy-Vee will open its new wine and spirits store next to the Algona Hy-Vee at 1500 Hwy. 169 N.
The move will expand the facility from 2,800 square feet to 11,500 feet, more than four times the current size.
Read more in the Dec. 19 Advance.

Playing a prominent role

The Algona Family YMCA has played a prominent role in the Algona community. Executive director Greg Bradley believes there are at least three areas where the YMCA and its staff have made a major impact.
"I think the YMCA has always been what it is today. We are just doing a better job of explaining and trying to educate the public on what we do and how we give back," said Bradley.
Read more in the Dec. 19 Advance.

World interrupted

Life is full of interruptions, but my parents taught me while growing up that it's not polite to interrupt. I admit that I struggle with this.
Sometimes, I just can't help myself, mistakenly thinking that what I have to say or what I think needs to happen is more important.
Read Pastor Burtnett's column in the Dec. 19 Kossuth County Advance.

KRHC implements Level One visitor restrictions

Effective Dec. 4, Kossuth Regional Health Center (KRHC) went under a Level One visitor restriction. This means visitors with respiratory or flu-like symptoms are restricted from visiting hospital patients, including newborn babies.
Read more in the Dec. 19 Kossuth County Advance.

Airport Hangar finished

Mike Bearden, CGA engineer, told the Algona Airport Commission Dec. 10 that a new hangar was completed at the Algona Municipal Airport.
Bearden completed a walk-through and had 15-amp outlets replaced with 20-amp outlets, but they still need to clean siding and seal joints.
Read more in the Dec. 19 Kossuth County Advance.

KCCB expands St. Benedict Wildlife area

The Kossuth County Conservation Board (KCCB) recently completed acquisition of approximately 70 acres in the southeast part of the county for wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation.
The tract is located in Section 30 of Prairie Township, about four miles south of Sexton on the east side of County Road P60.
Read more in the Dec. 19 Kossuth County Advance.

lighting up Bancroft

A truck hauls a large, lighted Christmas present during the Bancroft Lighted Holiday Parade Dec. 5.
See more photos in the Dec. 19 Kossuth County Advance.

Finding ways to cope through the holidays

Christmas is less than a week away. While it is normally a festive occasion for many, there are still some who have a hard time dealing with the holidays for one reason or another.
Courtney Cook, social environmental behavior health coordinator for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency, said it is important for those in the school system to be aware of how teachers approach the holidays with their students.
Read more in the Dec. 19 Kossuth County Advance.

Santa joins fenton festivities

Santa Claus arrived on the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 14, to conclude the two-day Santa Day festivities in Fenton on Friday and Saturday.
Throughout the morning, the Fenton Forwards 4-H Club made goodies, and children and elderly citizens visited the Fenton Public Library for cinnamon rolls and coffee and to read books and visit.
See more in the Dec. 19 Kossuth County Advance.

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