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Attitude of gratitude

One of my favorite and comical memories was when my grandma and my mother would go out to dinner. When it came time to pay the bill, my grandma and my mother would grab for the bill at the same time. Whoever reached the bill first paid for it. But then it would begin.

Swea City businesses, residents ready for winter fun

Winter Wonderland began six years ago in Swea City, and each year it continues to grow, said Alycia Wolterman, a member of the Swea City Community Club.
Winter Wonderland is Friday, Nov. 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. at various businesses and locations around Swea City. Santa Claus will appear at the Country Inn from 5 to 8 p.m.
Get all the details in the Nov. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

Trees planted after winter storm

As devastating as it was, the summer storm that rolled through Swea City may have been a blessing in disguise for the trees in the city park.
"The city is trying to make improvements out of a bad situation, something we couldn't help and prevent," said Alycia Wolterman, Swea City clerk.
Read the complete story in the Nov. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

Furniture Barn closing in coming weeks

Crystal Hinders, Charles City Furniture Barn office manager, said the Algona Furniture Barn is entering its final days and will be open for only a "few more weeks."

BGHS wins conference quiz bowl title

Bishop Garrigan won the 2019 Top of Iowa Conference quiz bowl championship Saturday, Nov. 16.
The first place team was captain Alex Mammen, fellow senior Grant Bormann, junior Abbi Heying, sophomoe Meredith Tigges and freshman Garret Heying.
Get more details in the Nov. 21 Advance.

Algona community schools celebration of American education week

See Section B of the Nov. 14 Advance to read the annual report toward goals, enjoy features on school activities and see photos of the school staff.

Supervisors hiring EMS system administrator

The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to begin the process of hiring an EMS system administrator after over an hour and 15 minutes of discussion Tuesday.
The discussion took that amount of time because of questions about funding and long-term goals.
Read the complete story in the Nov. 14 Kossuth County Advance.

Veterans honored

Algona Middle School welcomed local veterans to the Wilcox Performing Arts Center for its annual Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 11.
More than 80 veterans attended, according to Colleen Bowman, middle school counselor and student council advisor.
Read the complete story in the Nov. 14 Advance.

Merrill resigns to take state EMS position

Gary Merrill, Algona EMS director, will become the EMS field coordinator for the state of Iowa.
Merrill will leave the Algona EMS at the end of the month and begin his new position in early to mid December. He pursued the position after learning the previous EMS field coordinator had resigned.
Read the complete story in the Nov. 14 Advance.

Appreciation abounds at Hunting with heroes

Seven servicemen involved with the Wounded Warriors Battalion were effusive in their praise of the ninth annual Hunting with Heroes.

Painting by Schultz is People's choice

A watercolor by Anita Schultz won the People's Choice award at the 2019 Stinson Prairie Arts Council's Artists' Show.
Approximately 60 people attended a reception Thursday evening, Nov. 7, for the 11 artists whose work is on display at Algona Publishing Company through the first week of December. The attendees had the opportunity to select their favorite from among the 41 works on display.
Read more about the exhibit in the Nov. 14 Advance.

If you are not dead, you are not done

Due to the death of my wife earlier this summer, I have been participating in a grief support group sponsored by Hospice. The comment is often made that as a pastor I could probably lead the group. That, I have done.
However, like everyone else, I need others with whom to share my personal grief. The advice and counsel of others who specialize in grief care is invaluable for anyone, including a pastor.
Read the rest of the column in the Nov. 14 Kossuth County Advance.

ACSD looks at future growth

Joe Carter, Algona Community School District's (ACSD) superintendent, offered enrollment data to the ACSD board of directors Monday and discussed the possibility of joint employment with the Lu Verne School District.
Carter said the enrollment numbers would likely go up in the future due to the current increase in 4-year-old preschool and kindergarten students.
Get all the facts in the Nov. 14 Advance.

ReNue opens pharmacy in Bancroft

Bancroft's pharmacy desert is ending.
During ReNue Rx's grand opening Tuesday, Nov. 5, owner Ajay Mehta called Bancroft a "pharmacy desert" because residents have had to drive to Algona or farther to fill prescriptoins. "A lot of times, patients don't have the means to go to get their prescriptions filled," he said.
Read the complete story in the Nov. 14 Kossuth County Advance.

Rotary contributes to honor flight

Almost $500 was raised for veterans to go on an honor flight during Monday's Algona Rotary Club meeting at the Chrome. There were donations, and Rotary Club matching funds contributed toward the honor flight.
Several military veterans also shared their experiences during the meeting.
Read the complete story in the Nov. 14 Advance.

Tight ag economy means challenges

In October, Alan Van Ormer, managing editor of the Kossuth County Advance, sat down with Keith Heim, CEO of MaxYield Cooperative, to discuss the state of the agriculture economy in Kossuth County. MaxYield's trade area extends from Lake Okoboji across U.S. Highway 18 to the Clear Lake cooridor.
Read Keith Heim's responses to the editor's questions in the Nov. 14 Kossuth County Advance.

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