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County sends letter to DHS for regional plan

A letter has been sent to the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) outlining Kossuth County’s plan for mental health and disability services region.
The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors asked Kossuth County Attorney Todd Holmes to draft the letter during a special meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Spiritual cataracts

Cataracts blind me to God and good (Psalm 38:10 MSG)
A quick internet search brings a bit more understanding to this passage. Simply put, a cataract is the clouding of one's vision. As we age, protein gathers on the lens of our eyes, and as a result, our eyesight dims, becomes blurry and worsens.
Read the whole column in the Feb. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

Area support bolsters Titonka project

As a major Gold-Eagle Cooperative project comes to an end in Titonka, CEO and Manager Brad Davis said he is pleased with the support the company has received in the Titonka area.

ACSD revises vision, mission, values, district goals

Algona Community School District will have a mantra, along with other goals outlined in a set of documents created by the board.
The Algona school board approved a revision of the district’s vision, mission, core values and district goals on Monday, Feb. 11.
Read the whole story in the Feb. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

Legislators discuss gambit of issues at forum

Transportation costs for rural school districts, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, vaccination laws, Child Protective Services rules and gaining local control of school schedules were topics discussed at a legislative forum.

Local community fights back through Relay for Life

On June 14, teams of local families, friends, businesses, places of worship and residents will help save more lives from cancer at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Kossuth County.
Get all the details in the Feb. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

Tietz Park project discussed at session

The Tietz Park shelter house and restroom project will need to be built for less than proposed if it is to be approved by the city council.
During a work session on Monday, Feb. 18, the city council discussed with city staff the proposed budget of the shelter and bathrooms. City Administrator Curt Wiseman gave an estimate of around $475,000 for the scope of the project.
Get all the details in the Feb. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

Property zoning change receives first hearing

The Algona city council held a public hearing for the change of a zoning property located at Casey and Spruce streets on Monday, Feb. 18.
The council approved the first reading of the ordinance following the hearing. The ordinance will change the zoning of the property from heavy manufacturing to light manufacturing.
Read the whole story in the Feb. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

3 generations keep water flowing

Being a third-generation business for 60 years has its benefits for Schumacher Well Drilling in Algona.
“Keeping it going makes you feel proud, but yet it is kind of scary at the same time,” said Jeremy Walker, who along with Tammy Davis and Brandon Rowley, head the operations. “With the price of equipment and the price of everything increasing, we’re trying to keep things going.”
Read the whole story in the Feb. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

Become a host family for a Bandit player

Do you love baseball?
Are you interested in having an impact on a young man's life and possibly his professional career? Are you interested in building a relationship that may last a lifetime?
If you answered yes to these questions, please consider becoming a Bancroft Bandit host family.
This year, about 25 young men from all over the country will move to the Bancroft area for two months in the summer to play for the Bancroft Bandits.

Merideth knew he wanted to be a dentist in middle school

Louscher Family Dental has added a new smile to its team.
Dr. Matthew Merideth joined Louscher Family Dental in July 2018 as a full-time associate general dentist. In May 2018, he finished graduate school in Portland, Maine, at the University of New England. Merideth completed his undergraduate studies as a Hawkeye at the University of Iowa. He is originally from Emmetsburg and works partially in the Louscher dentist office there/

Learn about your risk factors for heart disease

Are you at risk for heart disease or heart attack? While not all risk factors are preventable, many of them are under your control. Although there are some things that impact your risk that you can't change, such as your age or family history, there are many small choices you can make that will lower your risk of a heart attack or heart disease by a significant amount.
Read the whole story in the Feb. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

School lawsuit settled

Algona Comunity School Board members unanimously approved a settlement agreement with past elementary principal and claimant Stacy Mueller on Monday, Feb. 11.
Mueller's position was eliminated following a round of budget cuts i the 2017-18 school year. Mueller alledged the board's decision was discriminatory ....
Read the whole story in the Feb. 14 Advance.

Down to 3

The superintendent search has been narrowed down to three candidates.
On Feb. 7, the Algona Commuity School Board and search consultant firm Grundmeyer Leader Search met in closed session to electronically screen eight simifinalists. The board spent 25 minutes with each candidate, asking questions about skills, qualifications and experiences.
Read the whole story in the Feb. 14 Advance.

Preventative medicine saved Gabrielsen's life at least twice

A retired KOFAB (now Precision Incorporated) employee who lives in Britt has nothing but good things to say about the Kossuth Regional Health Center population health program.
"The program and Dr. Michael Lampe saved my life," said Neil Gabrielsen.
Read the whole story in the Feb. 14 Kossuth County Advance.

Algona receives Healthy Hometown award

Algona received the Healthy Hometown Community award from the Healthiest State Initiative (HSI) Feb. 7 in Des Moines. The annual award were presented at Hy-Vee's Ron Pearson Center. HSI is a nonprofit organization with the goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation.
Read all about it in the Feb. 14 Kossuth County Advance.

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