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Tax levy will increase for school district

Special education and increasing the reserve fund have prompted the Algona Community School District to increase the tax levy by 4.9 percent for the 2019-2020 school budget.
Interim Superintendent Tom Williams said the levy is larger than usual because of a $350,000 increase in the special education deficit.
Get the details in the April 18 Kossuth County Advance.

Public hearing set for 2 properties

There are three offers to purchase two vacant lots in the city of Algona.
The Algona City Council has set a public hearing for 5 p.m., Monday, May 6, to consider accepting the offers and proceed with the sale of the properties.
Get all the details in the April 18 Kossuth County Advance.

Bishop Garrigan grads purchase funeral home

Two brothers who own three funeral homes in central Iowa have now purchased another Des Moines metro location.
Mark and John Parrish, funeral directors and co-owners of Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home and Crematory in Urbandale since 2014, this month purchased the Ochiltree Funeral Service in Winterset.
Read more in the April 18 Kossuth County Advance.

Hope for the dust

Standing at the graveside of a loved one or friend, we hear those final words of committal, "ashes to ashes, dust to dust ...."
Many of our faith traditions begin the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday. Ashes from palm leaves are mixed with oil, smeared on our foreheads in the rough shape of a cross and those words of the grave are spoken to us: "You are dust and to dust you shall return."
Read the entire column in the April 18 Advance.

Biking season THAWS

It was at least his fourth Mr. Porkshop THAW Ride, so Kurt Dallman of Garner knew what was in store for him if he rode the full 38-mile course.
"I enjoy riding bikes. It is what I do," said Dallman, who has ridden in 15 RAGBRAI events. "This is a nice course. It is more weather than anything."
Read the full story in the April 18 Kossuth County Advance.

Garrigan grad Poeppe member of occupational therapy team

Helping people return to the activities and tasks of everyday life is what Sara Poeppe enjoys most about her work. Poeppe, a registered occupational therapist, joined the Kossuth Regional Health Center staff in February.
Read more in the April 18 Kossuth County Advance.

Soroptimists celebrate organization's 75th

Algona Soroptimist Club members gathered April 8 for their regular meeting and to celebrate the 75th birthday of their group.
The Algona Soroptomist Club was chartered April 23, 1944. The first club met every other Wednesday noon at the Hotel Algona.
Read more in the April 18 Kossuth County Advance.

Chocolate Season relocating out of Algona

The Chocolate Season has announced plans to relocate out of Algona at the end of May.  Brad and Erika Jensen, owners of TCS, have been quietly working with several parties, including personal friends Brad and Angie Barber of Cabin Coffee, Algona Chamber of Commerce, and Kossuth County Economic Development, to aid in the transition of ownership of 16 E. State St.

Church follows Great Commission

“Our hope is to continue to serve and to get a view outside of Algona,” said Peter Talbot, senior pastor. “It helps us as a church not to be self-centered, to be community-minded and also God-minded.”

AHS students try to be kind

In the fall of 2018, the Contemporary Literature class read a book called,  "Please Stop Laughing at Me," by Jodee Blanco. The book is a true story about the author and the bullying situations she experienced as a child.
The teacher, Mrs. Spear, assigned an anti-bully project but left the details up to students. Many students in Spear’s fifth period chose to work on T-shirts for the whole school.
See more in the April 11 Kossuth County Advance.

Swea City Strengthening families

Scheduling conflicts and parental pressures didn’t stop participants in the recent Strengthening Families session. A few wrinkles were just added.
Strengthening Families sessions were moved to Sunday afternoon, rather than the evenings, and snacks were served instead of a supper. Despite the changes, Schluter said there was good participation, and the kids and parents had an interest in each other.
Read more in the April 11 Kossuth County Advance.

Decade keeping food pantry going

When he hits 80, Kossuth County Food Pantry Director Erby Shipler may be thinking about retiring, but what he say keeps this 76-year-old going is “stubbornness. When I hit 80, if I’m still feeling as good as I feel now, who knows?”

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.

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