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Murder, robbery in Lu Verne

One day after Jessica Weishaar was found lying at the front door of the Lu Verne branch of Security State Bank, a bouquet of flowers was laid at the front door to remember Weishaar, who was shot and killed during an attempted bank robbery on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Remembering Jessica Weishaar

The Kossuth County Advance editorial staff asked several people to share their memories of Jessica Weishaar, 43, who was killed during an attempted bank robbery at the Lu Verne branch of Security State Bank Dec. 4. Here are the respones from three who knew Weishaar.
Read the complete story in the Dec. 12 Kossuth County Advance.

Curtis continues annual Santa's family workshop

The First United Methodist Church in Algona hosted Santa's Family Workshop Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Sara Curtis started the event when she moved to Algona 19 years ago. The event was meant to give families a couple of hours to get into the Christmas spirit, according to Curtis. She prepares different stations with 100-125 crafts for kids to create.
Read more in the Dec. 12 Advance.

J&J custom meats opens in Whittemore

For a while, Joe and JoAnn Harren wondered if their dream of opening J&J Custom Meats would come true. It did on Friday, Dec. 6 when a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opened the meat locker on the west end of Whittemore's main street.
"There was a process getting everything built and going," said Joe Harren. "We're excited."
Read the whole story in the Dec. 12 Kossuth County Advance.

Supervisors approve text message alert system

The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors rejected a special allocation request from County Social Services for fiscal year 2019-20 and approved a text message for security issues system at its meeting Dec. 10.
Stacy Thompson, Kossuth County Human Resources, brought the text message system matter to the supervisors. The system initially would have informed all county staff of security issues, such as active shooters, at the Kossuth County Courthouse.

Northern Valley A Cappella performs this weekend

Northern Valley A Cappella, formerly the Cornbelt Chorus, will perform at the Wilcox Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m.
The group will sing holiday classics for its annual Christmas concert. They will perform with pianist Glenn Henriksen and the choirs from Algona and Bishop Garrigan high schools. The cost of the show is on a donation basis. Funds raised will go to the Kossuth County C.A.R.E. Team and the Kossuth County Food Pantry.

Approved AMU budget less than previous year

The 2020 budget for Algona Municipal Utilities predicts lower expenses and less revenue compared to this past year.
AMU's Board of Trustees passed the budget at its November board meeting. AMU expects to generate just over $22 million in revenue compared to $23.2 million in 2019 and expects to spend just over $21 million compared to $21.2 million.
Get all the details in the Dec. 12 Advance.

Celtic Yuletide concert in Algona

The Algona Area Chamber of Commerce, partnering with the Haggard-Twogood Charitable Trust, is putting on a Celtic Yuletide performance at the Wilcox Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 14.

What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for?
This is a question I've been known to exclaim occasionally when I'm behinc a car at a stoplight that has turned green without the car moving. Sometimes it is at an intersection when I'm waiting for the car in front of me to turn right. What are you waiting for?

Fenton celebration this weekend

Fenton residents are getting into the holiday spirit Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14.
On Friday West Iowa Bank hands out calendars and provides coffee, cookies and door prizes throughout the day. On Saturday the Fenton Library hosts its annual open house 9-11 a.m. Later that day between 1 and 2 p.m., Santa Day occurs at the American Legion.
Get all the details in the Dec. 12 Kossuth County Advance.

$34,000 and counting for the 125th

Since 2016, the Swea City Quasqui Centennial Committee has raised more than $34,000 for Swea City"s 125th year celebration June 26-28. The committee hopes to raise more before the event begins.
"We really don't have a goal," siaid Nina Harbaugh, committee treasurer. "We never sat down and said, 'we have to have this much.' I think we've met out fundraising budget. I think we want to keep raising more for the parade and other events."

Camp Algona POW museum opens first interactive display

A new touch screeen display has recently been added to the Camp Algona POW Museum.
The display has four categories with details on the nativity scene (created by the POWs), German prisoners, Camp Algona personnel and Kossuth County WWII veterans. The categories contain stories of the people involved in the respective groups in the form of documents, audios and videos.
Read more about it in the Dec. 12 Kossuth County Advance.

Algona hosts holiday night

A handful of holiday events took place Monday, Dec. 2, in Algona. The Kossuth County C.A.R.E. Team had Tacos for Tots, the Kossuth County Historical Society had a doll show and bake sale, and the Algona Area Chambers of Commerce facilitated the greeting card window displays and lighted holiday parade downtown.
Read more about the events and see more photos in the Dec. 5 Advance.

Life in Prison

Jeffrey Lynn Winters is now an inmate of the Iowa Department of Corrections after he was sentenced Tuesday, Dec. 3, to life in prison without the chance of parole.
The sentence was automatic under Iowa law after he was convicted in Kossuth County District Court on Oct. 30 of first degree murder in the Aug. 27, 2018, slaying of Randy Page, 54 at Page's Lu Verne home.
Read more from the sentencing in the Dec. 5 Kossuth County Advance.

Biden hopes for a battle of optimism

Former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign stopped in Kossuth County Monday, Dec. 2, at Water's Edge Nature Center by Smith Lake.
"You all are going to be the ones to determine who is going to take our cause into battle," Biden said. "I want to make the case to you that I'm the one that's most ready to do that."
Read more about Biden's visit in the Dec. 5 Kossuth County Advance.

Volunteers critical to successful Hunting with Heroes

It takes logistical skills and dozens of volunteers for Hunting with Heroes (Lakota) to operate, let alone succeed.
"There are over 50 volunteers to make this event happen, most involving the actual hunting, logistics and banquet activities," explained Jason Becker, co-executive director. "All are unpaid and completely voluntary."
Read the complete story in the Dec. 5 Kossuth County Advance.

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