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She's still quilting after 3 strokes

Three strokes and kidney failure haven't stopped Margaret Sloan from quilting with the TLC Quilters in the Trinity Lutheran Church basement.
"I have way too much time alone," Sloan said. "You have all the friendships you could ever want. I like the idea of quilting, and you can see your finished product."
Read the complete story in the Sept. 12 Advance.

A marriage proposal on Broad Street

It was a special day for Zona Graves because she was starting her dream of owning her own horse boarding business. The day became even more special when Brian Thul got down on one knee on Whittemore's Broad Street and asked her to become Mrs. Zona Thul.
Graves said the whole morning was overwhelming. "I didn't know this was going to happen," she said. "I was hoping."
Read the complete story in the Sept. 12 Kossuth County Advance.

Supervisors discuss civility

During the final moments of their regular meeting last Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors discussed civility during their meetings.
Supervisor Chair Jack Plathe expressed disappointment in some conduct outside of the board of supervisors meetings, particularly in regard to certain Facebook posts.
Get the details in the Sept. 12 Kossuth County Advance.

Coincidence or Godincidence?

Last evening, a friend of mine shared with me an incident that had happened to her the day before. As she was coming out of the doctor's office, she noticed a note on the windshield of her car. The note read, "Take a look at your front tire. Danger."
Upon inspecting the front tire, she found a serious crack on the side of the tire. She immediately went to the tire store and purchased new tires.
Read the complete column in the Sept. 12 Kossuth County Advance.

Ag ed in unique environment

It was a night for bringing farmers and consumers together in a family atmosphere at the first, Dine on the County Line.

Young Eagles program gives kids a chance to fly

Keith Brandt helped launch the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles program roughly a decade ago. He explained that at the beginning, the group didn't have any response, but it began working with the schools to try to get kids to come to the event.
Brandt explained why the organization chose eighth-graders. "Eighth-graders don't have to be cool," Brandt said. "They're still enthusiastic about things."

Donated instruments help local students

At least five more Algona students will have an opportunity to play in the Algona Middle School Band after Mark Owen donated five musical instruments.
"I was so surprised. It made my day," said Dianne Aboud, Algona Middle School Band director. Owen, who is the uncle of Algona Community School District Board Member Dr. Brent Owen, donated two clarinets, an alto sax, flute and trombone.
Read the complete story in the Sept. 12 Advance.


Thursday was a special day at the S&B Farmstead Distillery for veterans around the Bancroft area. It was especially humbling for World War II veteran Ray Baade.
"I wanted to say thank you to Grandpa (Baade) and other veterans," said Sara Winkelman, owner of the distillery, adding that her grandfather is her greatest inspiration. "He is my private first class. I started  this business to honor my grandpa."

Homecoming double-take

If it's happened previously, no one remembers. So, call next week a first – Algona High School and Bishop Garrigan High School celebrate homecoming the same week.
While it doesn't seem like it should be a big deal, it does require coordination between the two schools because of potentially simultaneous events.
Read more in the Sept. 5 Advance.

Public Safety events in Algona next week

Learn about the roots and causes of school violence at activities throughout the day Sept. 9.
Make connections with public safety officials at Dodge and Nebraska streets in downtown Algona the evening of Sept. 12.
See the complete lineup in the Sept. 5 Advance.

Award-winning food vendor

Shon Bruellman was happy merely to be accepted as a food vendor to the Iowa State Fair. Winning Best in Show for all food vendors at the 2019 event – that feeling was beyond happiness.
The story for Bruellman, a West Bend native, starts a decade ago. He won a contest with the Iowa Egg Council and the American Heart Association. He explained that led to the Iowa Egg Council distributing "a few hudred thousand recipe cards" with his recipe on them.

Catholic community links Algona and Haiti

The Five Saints Catholic Community has had a relationship with a twin parish in St. Jeanne de Chantel in Haiti for the past nine years. Over the past five years, Monsignor Gousse Oremil has led the St. Jeanne de Chantal church community.
The leader of the twin parish spent a week with members of his twin parish, the Five Saints Catholic Community, in the Algona area.
Read the whole story in the Sept. 5 Kossuth County Advance.

First Lutheran missionaries help 2018 hurricane victims

Fifteen teenagers and six adults from First Lutheran Church aided victims of Hurricane Michael during a mission trip to Panama City, Fla., in late July.
In October 2018, Michael, a Category 5 hurricane, hit Florida's panhandle. The last time a hurricane of that magnitude hit the U.S. mainland was Andrew in 1993. Since 1900, only two other hurricanes that strong have hit the mainland – Camille in 1969 and an unnamed hurricane in 1935.

There's no "I" in church

Famous basketball player Michael Jordan once said, "There's no 'I' in team." It's based on a pun: when you spell the word "team," you don't use the letter, "I." It is the team as a whole that is important.
His statement became a well-known quote used by coaches and players of every team sport in the country as a motivator and reminder of what is most important about participating in a team sport.

Wind matters dominate county board meeting

The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors discussed a plethora of issues Tuesday, approving the Kossuth Wind Energy wind farm decommissioning plan on a split vote, approving discussing amending Kossuth County Ordinance 310-A, going over wellness issues and more.

Citizen raises questions about Stecker's D.C. trip

Supervisor Kyle Stecker was quizzed at the Tuesday, Aug. 27 county board meeting by Burt resident Norm Becker.
Becker's inquiries stemmed from reimbursements Stecker received for a trip to Washington, D.C., for a National Association of Counties meeting.
Read the whole story in the Sept. 5 Kossuth County Advance.

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