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2020 vision

This week we usher in the year 2020. Wow.
When I was a kid, there was a cartoon that took place in the year 2020. It was incredibly futuristic with laser guns, hover cars and all the usual high-tech elements of good science fiction.
Read the pastor's column in the Jan. 2 Kossuth County Advance.

Stress session added to Farm Bill decisions

Stress has become a concern in agriculture.
During the recent 2020 Farm Bill Decisions program in Titonka, the topic was discussed with Iowa farmland owners and operators.
Read more in the Jan. 2 Kossuth County Advance.

4-H Helps out C.A.R.E. Team

Youth in the Titonka Valley Indians 4-H Club were not only purchasing gifts for family members, they also spent time buying them for two families the members adopted during the holiday season.
"We want to give back to the community," said Ronda Gray, who along with Pam Morris co-lead the Titonka Valley Indians. "It also teaches the kids about citizenship and leadership."
Read more in the Jan. 2 Kossuth County Advance.

$500,000 jump-starts turf project

A $500,000 pledge from the Donald R. Tietz Charitable Foundation helped jump-start fundraising for a $1.2 million project to install a new turf field for the Algona Community School District.
Read the rest of the story in the Dec. 26 Advance.

Mrs. Claus delivers chocolate

One-hundred-three-year-old Ruth Stephens learned you're never too old to receive a piece of chocolate from Mrs. Claus and a Christmas gift from an elf.
"I love chocolate," Stephens said.
Read the complete story in the Dec. 26 Kossuth County Advance.

Flood, controversies change

First section of a series
Jan. 3
Board proposes increase in elected officials salaries.
Developing a warrior code with sixth-grade students.
Medicaid health plans impact hospital reimbursements.
Review the important events of 2019 in the Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 editions of the Kossuth County Advance.

Board won't pay CSS bill

The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors refused to pay a special allocation request from County Social Services (CSS) for fiscal year 2019-20 at its Dec. 17 meeting.
It was the second week in a row the board declined to pay the request.
Get all the details in the Dec. 26 Kossuth County Advance.

Pay it forward always

Mandie Studer's nonprofit, Pay it Forward Always, had its annual Paying it Forward Christmas event Dec. 18 at the Algona Public Library.
Studer decided to expand the nonprofit beyond Exceptional Opportunities and the area carea centers which it served in the past. This year, she worked with Crisis Intervention Service, the Family Alliance for Veterans of America and the Kossuth County C.A.R.E. Team as well.

Scholten targes health, wages, energy

Two members of the Kossuth County Democratic Party were excited about what Congressional 4th District House of Representatives challenger J.D. Scholten had to say prior to a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Read more in the Dec. 26 Kossuth County Advance.

Pancakes with Santa

On Dec. 8, Santa Claus made a special visit to the community center in Wesley. There were crafts, games and other things for kids to do.
See more photos in The Dec. 26 Kossuth County Advance.

Algona High dancers earn state honors

The Algona High School Diamond Dancers traveled to the Iowa Events Center Dec. 5-6 to compete in the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Association competition, and they earned a pair of top-five finishes.
To achieve that which they did, these girls worked hard since learning the choreography in early August.
Read the whole story in the Dec. 26 Advance.

Da Booze Barn opens in West Bend

Sherrie Wagner came up with a unique name to bring people into Da Booze Barn in West Bend.
"I'm just trying to put in unique things and do unique things to bring some new people in to the area," Wagner said during the West Bend business's grand opening Dec. 11.
Read all about it in the Dec. 26 Kossuth County Advance.

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.

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