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Honoring a couple who keeps history alive

Dr. Jerry Shey and his wife, Jean, believe in keeping history alive.
“When I talked to Jean this morning she wanted to send out the message that we need to support these organizations and these museums,” said Kossuth County Historical Society President Jan Ricke, during an interview at the Wells Fargo Museum on Monday, April 1. “This is our history. If we don’t keep the history, it will be gone.”

Large investment should turbines dot county landscape

If three wind energy projects are constructed in Kossuth County, it could mean a $600 million to $750 million investment in the county.

Landowner frustrated with trespassing issue

A Kossuth County landowner, who has not leased land for a proposed wind project in the southern part of the county, is frustrated with damage to his field.
“I wanted to make it aware to the county and to the residents that we are having issues with trespassing going on with the current surveying happening,” Nate Voss said during the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors meeting on April 2. “I wanted to pass this along to you guys to kind of see what I’m up against out there.”

Bishop Garrigan Gala

When Bishop Garrigan Schools President Lynn Miller opened the 30th annual Gala, he mentioned that it was okay to leave the cell phones on during the evening. The reason — it was the first time the Gala had used mobile bidding, and he wanted to make sure that the packed house in Friedmann Auditorium kept up on their bids.

100 years old and still living alone

Charles Legler still farms the Legler Homestead farm just outside of Lu Verne where his mother and father lived for many years. The family moved there in 1868 and last year, the homestead was listed as a Century Farm. “That was important to our mother,” said Legler. “She was pretty proud of that.”

The Gallery Etc. sold to new owners

The Gallery Etc. in downtown Algona has been sold to Tom and Judy Terwilliger of Algona. The Terwilligers purchased the business from longtime owner Lori Hanchett of Mountain Lake, Minn. The Terwilligers officially took over on Monday, April 1.

Curtis: Excellent time for transition

Two previous times, Kossuth Regional Health Center Adiminstrator Scott Curtis had no desire to become the vice president of Network Development for MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City.
"The previous two times there were a lot of things that I was still involved with here that I wanted to be involved with and needed to be accomplished," he said.
Read the whole story in the April 4 Kossuth County Advance.

The new wave of telehealth

Telemedicine efforts have been part of the health care landscape since the 1990s. Dr. Joe Behr, a Bishop Garrigan High School graduate, is taking it to the next level, incorporating telehealth for a certain group of his patients.
Read more about it in the April 4 Kossuth County Advance.

Speaker informs audience: sexual predators are here

Sexual predators live in Algona. That was one of the messages Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Daux shared with those attending The Predator That You Know event held in conjunction with The Picket Fence Project: Keeping Children Safe.
Read the whole story in the April 4 Kossuth County Advance.

Bishop Garrigan jazz choir state champions

The Bishop Garrigan High School Vocal Jazz Choir was awarded the Class 1A Championship at the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championship festival held at Valley High School in West Des Moines on Tuesday, March 26.
Get all the details in the April 4 Kossuth County Advance.

In Lakota, missionaries tell of spreading God's Word

A recent missions conference may have had different missionaries speaking, but the message was the same – spread the word of God.
The Rev. Kent Hillesland said it was important to have the missions conference because it is part of the Great Commission of Jesus. "He said to go and make disciples of all nations," Hillestand said. "We're trying to obey that literally and make disciples locally and support missionaries that go all over the world."

Good time at Burt wine tasting

A little music, some appetizers and tastes of wine and whiskey brought many to the first Wine and Whiskey Tasting event at the Burt Activity Complex on Friday, March 22.
Find out more in the April 4 Kossuth County Advance.

The Easter season

Of all the seasons in the church year, Easter is the one that is the most accurate as to time and date.
We do not know the date of Jesus' birth, likely around 4 BCE, when Herod was still alive to send soldiers to Bethlehem to find and kill all the children under the age of 2. There is nothing about December the 25th.
It is a different scenario with Easter.
Read the whole column in the April 4 Kossuth County Advance.

Pearson's tractor at museum

The same John Deere 70 tractor that started the tractor rides in Iowa is now sitting at the Kossuth County Agriculture and Motorsports Museum in Algona.
Mark Pearson drove the tractor at that first tractor ride and several others after that until he passed away a few years ago The Mark Pearson family donated it as a display for the museum.
Read the whole story in the April 4 Kossuth County Advance.

Largest show in three-year history

It was the third vendor craft show at the Whittemore Community Center on Saturday, March 23. It was also the largest with 35 vendors.
Read the whole story in the April 4 Kossuth County Advance.

AMU raises water rates

An increase in water rates is expected to increase revenue by more than $151,000 each year to help Algona Municipal Utilities with capital improvements.
AMU General Manager John Bilsten said the goal is to have a net income of $100,000 in the water fund.
Read the whole story in the March 28 Kossuth County Advance.

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