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Council okays bonds to fund land purchase

City Council members on Monday took the next step toward obtaining 55.42 acres of land directly east of the community when they approved the sale of bonds to fund the purchase.
At a meeting Monday, Dec. 2, the council unanimously approved financing terms for $945,000 in general obligation bonds to back the purchase of land for potential commercial and industrial park development.
Read the complete story in the Dec. 5 Advance.

DOT seeks input on Hwy. 18 planning

U.S. Highway 18 from Spencer to Garner is the suject of a new planning and environmental linkages (PEL) study by the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT).

Jesus, hope for the world

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my family and I watched "The Grinch," the 2018 animated movie based on Dr. Seuss' book, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

West Bend Council hears library repot

Lisa Risenberg, West Bend Public Library director, brought her annual report to the West Bend City Council Nov. 25.
The report was simplified to a flyer format for the council that had statistics about the library's usage over the past year.
Read the complete story in the Dec. 5 Kossuth County Advance.

Algona FFA assembles 70,416 meals

Maddie McPeak, FFA chapter president, and Caleb Christensen, an FFA member, completed a service project to fight food insecurity on Nov. 20 at Algona High School.
McPeak and Christensen were required to design a business or service project for class. They chose a service project that created $70,416 meals.
Get the whole story in the Dec. 5 Advance.

Supervisors hear budget requests

The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors heard a budget request from the Kossuth County Library Association for $209,212.50 with a $5,000 technology grant per library.
The library association asked for more than they received last year, which was $199,250 and a $3,000 technology grant per library. All other requests were the same they have been in the past.
Get all the details in the Dec. 5 Kossuth County Advance.

UPDATED: Coralville man charged with murder, robbery in Lu Verne shooting death

LU VERNE — The Iowa Department of Public Safety announced in a press release this (Thursday, Dec. 5) morning that a man has been arrested and charged as a result of the investigation of the shooting at the Security State Bank here on Wednesday. The release also included allegations of how the subject was apprehended.

2 school districts discuss joint employment

There is a financil incentive if the Algona Community School District and Lu Verne Community School District enter into a joint employment agreement.
For Algona, it would mean more than $830,000. For Lu Verne, it would mean an additional $70,000 each year for three years.
Read the complete story in the Nov. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

No changes after absentee ballots counted

Amber Garman, Kossuth County auditor and elections commissioner, said the outstanding abenstee ballots have been counted, and the official results of the Nov. 5 general election are finalized.
Several races were close enough at the end of election night, and the 190 absentee ballots that had not yet been returned could have impacted several races.
Get all the details in the Nov. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

Home living and health care

William Hellman, 92, Bancroft, spent a month in a nursing home. He wanted nothing to do with it. That's why Hellman is happy he found out about a veterans benefit that helps him remain in his home.
Hellman receives assistance from the Kossuth Regional Health Center home health program. Home health consists of nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work and home care.
Read the compete story in the Nov. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

'Hot Shot' violinist on PAC stage Tuesday

A unique show comes to the Wilcox Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Nov. 26. That's when Julliard-trained violinist Timothy Chooi takes the stage for two performances at 2:30 and 7 p.m.
"Timothy Chooi's show is one of the most approachable programs a young, hot shot violinist could offer," said Julie Murphy, president of the Kossuth County Concert Association Board of Directors.
Get all the details in the Nov. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

The audience decides who did it

The audience played a part in solving the murder of billionaire Simon Starkweather in the play, "Murder is in the Heir" at North Union High School auditorium on Friday and Saturday.
"I thought a murder-mystery/comedy would be a unique take on the murder-mystery play," said Chris Hansen, a North Kossuth School District middle school math and algebra teacher who directed the play. "Most of the time, they are very serious."

Volunteerism runs CommunityThanksgiving

The annual Thanksgiving dinner is at St. Cecelia Catholic Church next week Thursday, Nov. 28, beginning at noon.
Scott Curtis, co-chair of the event, said an estimated 70 volunteers along with donations provide the meal. Curtis said many of the volunteers have given their time for years, and if there is ever a hole in the volunteer schedule, the community always steps up.
Read all about it in the Nov. 21 Advance.

Drainage issues on county agenda

The supervisors dealt with two drainage issues: first, awarding the bid from CJC LLC for $1,545,770 to repair joint drainage district PAK 1 to open ditch repairs. It is shared with Palo Alto County. Then, they dealt with a decision to relocate Lateral 19 tile of Drainage District 116.
Kent Rode, Bolten and Menk senior project manager, said the bid was 18 percent below the engineer's estimate. Rode has worked with CJC in the past and called its work satisfactory.

Henry Stone announces run for Statehouse

Henry Stone, an Air Force veteran and RV sales consultant in Forest City, announced he will seek election to the Iowa House as a Republican in District 7, which includes Winnebago and Emmet counties and portions of Kossuth Coutny, according to a press realease.
Stone was raised in a military family and spent his early childhood in different states and countries. He joined the Air Force 10 days after graduating from high school.

Coucil spends $1.2 million for land purchase

The Algona City Council approved $1.2 million in taxable general option urban renewable capital loan notes for the purchase of 55 acres east of the industrial park in Algona.
The land is being purchased by the city for $18,800 per acre. With that figure, the cost is $1.034 million, but Jacob Tjaden, Algona communtiy development director, said after legal fees andother expenses, it's closer to $1.1 million.
Read the complete story in the Nov. 21 Advance.

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