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Strohman honorary rider for BRAK

An avid bike rider, LeRoy Strohman has been named the honorary rider and starter for the fifth annual Bike Ride Around Kossuth County (BRAK) on Saturday, June 8. The Algona Rotary Club organizes the event.
Read all about it in the May 30 Kossuth County Advance.

Outdoor Cookin' with pie irons at the lake

Eat your dinner at Smith Lake on Friday, June 7, and learn to use pie irons as Kossuth County Conservation cooks up some pie iron pizzas and banana boats for dessert. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. and meets at the Smith Lake enclosed shelter house on the south side of the lake.
Get more details in the May 30 Kossuth County Advance.

Kossuth SWCD poster contest winners

Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper was the theme of the 2019 poster contest sponsored by the Kossuth Soil and Water District.
Entries were submitted by elementary students from all over Kossuth County in three divisions. The winning entries now move on to state competition.
Read all about it in the May 30 Kossuth County Advance.

Small town church with big heart celebrates 100 years

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Livermore, holds an annual summerfest. This year's will be a little different. the church is celebrating its 100th anniversary along with summerfest activities.
The 100th anniversary celebration is Sunday, June 9 in the area to the east of the church. Mass is at 10:30 a.m. Both pastors have been invited to participate in Mass and the celebration.
Get all the details in the May 30 Kossuth County Advance.

99 walk across the stage at AHS

Ninety-nine Algona High School seniors went into the AHS gymnasium Sunday, then 99 AHS graduates came out.
The commencement was nearly an hour and a half long. It featured tributes for honors students, silver cord recipients and recognition of those who were receiving scholarships from some of the over $650,000 available from the Algona Community Foundation. The two main speakers were Morgan Erpelding, AHS senior class president, and Rodney Davis, school board vice president.

Crusaders participating in Relay for Life

There may be two new co-chairs, but Iowa State Bank will still participate in the annual Kossuth County Relay for Life, something the employees have been doing since Relay for Life started.
Each quarter, ISB Community Crusaders support different charities in the area. This quarter, the group chose Relay for LIfe, which will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 14 at the fairgrounds.
Read the complete story in the May 23 Kossuth County Advance.

Eighth annual duck drop raises over $7,000

One thousand ducks go into the water, nine ducks come out of the water, only eight truly matter.
The Algona Morwens Kiwanis Club held its eighth annual Drop the Ducks event at the Algona Family YMCA. This year all 1,000 plastic ducks were dropped. More than 860 ducks were sold, raising $7,310.
Get all the details in the May 23 Advance.

Employees see wage increase

Employees in the Algona Community School District will see a 1.7 to 2 percent increase in their salaries in the next school year.
More than 100 certified teachers will see an $850 or 1.7 percent increase in the 2019 school year. Teacher assistants will see a 28 cent an hour increase or 2 percent in their base salaries. In addition, teacher assistants will see starting salaries raised 16 cents to $10.50 per hour.
Get all the details in the May 23 Advance.

Cornbelt Chorus named small chorus champs

The Cornbelt Chorus was named the 2019 Small Chorus Champion at the Central States District Barbershop Chorus Contest in Iowa City recently.
The chorus was also named the Plateau B Division Champions performing the songs, "Surfer Girl" and "Driving Me Crazy."
Read more about it in the May 23 Advance.

Vets and volunteers apprecitation event june 13

Northwest Iowa RSVP hosts veterans and volunteers at their annual appreciation event June 13 at the Algona campus Iowa Lakes Community College new addition. The event starts at 2 p.m.
RSVP volunteers and spouses as well as Kossuth County military veterans and spouses are invited to attend the ice cream social and bring potential volunteers as guests. The Algona campus is handicapped accessible.
Get the details in the May 23 Kossuth County Advance.

Learning through trees for threes

An estimated 200 third-grade students from Kossuth County schools participated in the 2019 Trees for Threes program at Smith Lake on Arbor Day April 26.
The program is cosponsored each year by the Kossuth County Conservation Board and the Kossuth Soil and Water Conservation District.
Read the whole story in the May 23 Advance.

The church is celebrating a birthday

There's a birthday party on the horizon! Easter will be over in a couple of weeks and then ... a birthday!
Maybe you thought Easter was over already, but the season of Easter is 50 days long, beginning on Easter Sunday and continuing for the next seven Sundays, ending (this year) on the second of June. So what comes next? The birthday of the church (also known as Pentecost) on June 9.
Read the whole column in the May 23 Advance.

S&B Farmstead Distillery's bourbon wins bronze

S&B Farmstead Distillery's Sir Winston Bourbon earned a bronze medal in the 2019 Great American International Spirits competition in Rochester, N.Y.
More than 300 entries from around the world were judged by master distillers, certified spirits educators, brand ambassadors and spirits industry writers and consultants.
Read the complete story in the May 23 Kossuth County Advance.

Looking at the stars in Burt

Those interested can look at the stars and constellations underneath an inflatable planetarium at the Burt Activity Complex.
The sky lab planetarium will be at the complex Monday, June 10 at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Naturalist Billie Willie said a chance to see stars and constellations is for any age, but she encourages those 8 and older to attend because they will be inside in the dark for 45 minutes to an hour.
Read more about it in the May 23 Kossuth County Advance.

Oral interviews give insight into WWII

A social studies class on World War II prompted Algona High School senior Rorrie Menke to conduct two oral interviews with Kossuth County veterans.
"It really brought everything into perspective," said Menke, "what they had gone through and what each person's role was." The National WWII Museum in New Orleans named Menke a recipient of the 2019 Billy Michal Student Leadership award.
Read the complete story in the May 23 Kossuth County Advance.

Helping move veterans forward

What began as a quest to help just one veteran has turned into a full-blown program that now has two warehouses full of supplies to help veterans with nothing.
The impetus behind Moving Veterans Forward came in 2011 when Algona Police Officer John Emswiler met Ron Hernandez, a disabled veteran. Hernandez had been shot twice, blown up and saw fellow soldiers die. Emswiler became Herndez' partner in the project.
Read the entire story in the May 23 Kossuth County Advance.

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