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YMCA's luau Saturday

Algona Family YMCA hosts a luau Saturday, July 20, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Thul Shed at the Algona Country Club.
Inflatables, cotton candy and face painting run from 3 to 8 p.m. Dinner is 5 to 7 p.m. with a barbecue buffet.
Read more in the July 18 Kossuth County Advance.

Silent auction benifits Algona schools

The Algona Community School Foundation hosts its 15th annual golf outing and silent auction on Monday, July 22 at the Algona Country Club. The outing raises funds to aid the school district's educational needs.
No changes in the schedule are planned, but if you are attending the Algona girls state tournament game Monday, organizers said they can alter tee times.
Read more in the July 18 Kossuth County Advance.

We went in peace

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin becoming the first men to walk on the moon. You likely know this unless you've been, well, on the moon.

The family of God

The last two weeks have been packed with family things. It is not too often that my wife Linnea and I can connect with as many of our extended clan as we did over 12 recent days.
Being with family has been hard for the Holmers and others in the extended family going back more than a century. When my paternal grandparents headed for India and their first assignment as missionaries in 1912, they said goodbye and, "We'll see you in 10 years."

Is that car seat OK?

Local assistance is available for parents who have questions about car seat safety. Three certified child passenger safety technicians are available at Kossuth Regional Health Center to assess and evaluate child car seats and coach parents and caregivers on how to properly install the seats in vehicles.

UPDATE: Homicide investigation underway in Brancroft

UPDATE: This is a press release from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, issued at 5 p.m. Monday, July 15:

A Fourth of fun, food

Wesley held events Wednesday evening, July 3, including its Glow Run. Some of the participants really got into the spirt. The community then held its annual celebration on July 4.
See more Fourth of July photos in the July 11 Kossuth County Advance.

Patriotism and Fun

Charlotte Reynolds of Bode pedals with all her might under the watchful eyes of her family and others who attended the pedal pull at the West Bend July 4 celebration Saturday, July 6.
See more photos from Fourth of July celebrations in the July 11 Advance.

Call's art visits Algona

Mary Emaline Call's impressionist paintings will again join the Founders' Day celebrations in Algona.
Stinson Prairie Arts hosts a reception for this exhibit on Thursday, July 11 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Algona Publishing Company, 14 E. Nebraska St. in Algona.
Read more about it in the July 11 Kossuth County Advance.

Mayor uses a tree to encapsulate past

According to Algona Mayor Lynn Kueck, there is a tree outside Bryant Elementary that is at least 125 years old. he wants to use that tree to help tell a history of everything that tree might have seen.
During the Friday Founders' Day at 3:30 p.m., the mayor will begin with the history of Asa and Sarah Call. He'll talk about the Heckert family; he'll go on to talk about Bryant Elementary and finish with the Boldridge Rose Garden.

Assessment prescribes changes

The Algona Downtown Assessment, a document put together by the Iowa Downtown Resource Center, was presented to the Algona City Council last week.

Future of Burt's Pool

A meeting ultimately led to the forming of a committee by Burt community members to secure estimates for the city pool project.
Lifeguards Callie Monson and Elyssa Marlow raised their hands when the city council asked who might want to take part in the committee. The pair pointed out that if the pool were to close, kids in Burt would have nothing to do, and they would be more likely to get into trouble.
Read the complete story in the July 11 Kossuth County Advance.

Nielsen is Band Day grand marshall

The Band Day committee of the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce announced the selection of Fritz Nielsen as grand marshal of the 71st annual Band Day Festival.
The festival is Saturday, Oct. 5.
Read the whole story in the July 11 Advance.

K/PACEDC county breakfast features author

The Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation holds its annual county-wide breakfast Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7 a.m. at St. Michael's Parish Center in Whittemore.
This year's breakfast topic is Becoming a Better Leader: How to Overcome Life's Challenges to Live Focused Every Day. Returning as guest speaker is Holly Hoffman.
Read the whole story in the July 11 Kossuth County Advance.

Burt holds annual summer celebration

Cupcakes, steak sandwiches, watermelon, kids games, music, food and beverages all day and a beer garden are just a few of the events associated with the 23rd annual Burt Summer Celebration this Friday and Saturday, July 12-13.
For a complete schedule, see the July 11 Kossuth County Advance.

Lu Verne celebrates Saturday with events in park

Kids activities, a 5K, fireworks, a parade and the crowning of royalty all will be part of the annual Lu Verne Celebration in City Park on Saturday, July 13.
For a lineup of all the events, see the July 11 Kossuth County Advance.

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