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No decision on county CSS

The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors went into closed session during its March 5 board meeting to determine the next step in the ongoing challenges with County Social Services.
A letter was sent to the Iowa Department of Human Services outlining Kossuth County's plan for a mental health and disability services region. There was also the possibility of joining six other counties in the area to start another region.

Pioneer sees changes in the future

Pioneer Seed Production will see more changes in the next six months. Not only did Greg Wilson take over as production location manager in December, on June 1, with the completion of a merger with Dow and DuPont, Pioneer will become Corteva Agriscience.
"We are going to be the largest pure-play agriculture company in the world," Wilson said.
Get the details in the March 14 Kossuth County Advance.

Invenergy wind project continuing as planned

While discussions continue about Kossuth County's wind ordinance, Invenergy is working on a project it started three years ago to erect 100 wind turbines in the southeastern part of the county.

Camaraderie, laughs at women's networking event

It's simple.
The Algona Area Chamber of Commerce women's networking event is a time for women to connect with other business women and have some laughs.
"It's about personal interaction," said Vicki Mallory, Algona Chamber executive director. "The world today, our lives in general are so busy."
Enjoy the Women's Networking special section in the March 14 Advance.

Remember that you are dust....

Ever since I was a young boy I can remember having a particular fondness for Ash Wednesday. It was not that I really knew what was going on or appreciated the significance of it all. i would not even say I really grasped the symbolism behind the ashes being in the form of a black cross.
What I seemed to appreciate, as I look back in hindsight, is the demeanor of the service itself.
Read the entire commentary in the March 14 Kossuth County Advance.

Wellness seminars educate about hemp, CBD

What started out as an opportunity to help an ailing son has turned into an avenue to educate others.
Jenny Eischenberger, a life and health mentor running her own Natural Wellness business, has started reaching out to others. She holds seminars to educate empower others about CBD oils and hemp so people know the choices they have in improving their health.
Get all the details in the March 14 Kossuth County Advance.

Backstage in Bancroft receives $2,500 donation

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative's Members Charitable Foundation awarded a $2,500 grant to Backstage in Bancroft.
The grant will assist with improvements to the stage, including microphones for the cast members.
Get all the details in the March 14 Advance.

Burt works with FEMA to move emergency shelter

The city of Burt is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to replace an old gym floor in the activity complex and move the emergency shelter to the activity complex.
Damage during the summer flooding prompted the city to replace the gym floor. The cost is estimated at $30,000.
Get all the details in the March 14 Kossuth County Advance.

S&B owner wins state award

Sara Winkelman, the owner of S&B Dustillery, has been honored with the 2019 Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur award. On Friday, March 15, there will be a ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Bancroft business.
The original award ceremony was at the state capitol in Des Moines last month, but because of the blizzard, the winners could not attend. Lisa Shimkat, Iowa Small Business Development Center director, will present the award at the distillery.

Carter hired, but Algona looking for another administrator

Joe Carter is the new Algona Community School District superintendent. He will take over the position on July 1. He has a two-year contract at $145,000 per year.
The Algona Community School District Board approved his contract at the school board meeting Monday.
Get all the details in the March 14 Kossuth County Advance.

AGP makes donation to Fire Department

Ag Processing Inc. (AGP) recently supported the Algona Fire Department with a donation to improve the department's response capability.
Fire Chief Mitch Ulrick said the $10,000 donation will be used to purchase new respirator equipment for the local volunteer fire and rescue department.
Read the entire story in the March 14 Kossuth County Advance.

Council pushes Tietz Park shelter project forward

An outdoor recreation project that includes a shelter house in Tietz Park is moving forward.
The Algona City Council adopted three resolutions in a special meeting at the Algona Council Chambers on Monday.
Read the entire story in the March 14 Kossuth County Advance.

10 Algona FFA members advance to state competition

Fourteen members of the Algona FFA chapter participated in the North Central District FFA Leadership competition on Saturday, March 2, and 10 advanced to state competition.
The students competed in various leadership development events to enhance communication and employability skills.
Get all the details in the March 14 Kossuth County Advance.

Algona natives reminisce at event in Des Moines

The Black and Blue Ball was a special occasion, but it was also an evening when three Algona natives who are now in the law enforcement field had a chance for reminiscing and a few laughs.

County Oks budget, compensation package

County residents will see a slight increase in their millage rate for 2019-20 because of raise in the mental health levy.
The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors passed the budget at its Feb. 26 meeting. Total revenue is expected to be more than $27.7 million. Beginning balance and property taxes account for almost 65 percent of the total revenue generated.
Read the entire story in the March 7 Kossuth County Advance.

KRHC aggressive with tech use in health care

There is no question technology has changed the way businesses and individuals operate. It is no different for the health care industry and in particular, Kossuth Regional Health Center (KRHC).
KRHC Administrator Scoot Curtis said KRHC has taken an aggressive approach to implementing technology that enhances the experience of care for patients.
Read the entire story in the March 7 Advance.

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