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BGHS Quiz Bowl makes 20th trip to nationals

The Bishop Garrigan Quiz Bowl team made its 20th trip to the National Academic Championships. The team competed June 7-11 in Chicago. Senior Logan Heying served as captain of the Golden Bear team.
Also competing were seniors Sami Darling, Bryce Capesius and Gabe Trainer; junior Grant Bormann; and sophomores Abbi Heying and Aric Laubenthal.
Read more about it in the June 20 Kossuth County Advance.

Professional development in agriculture

As many as 40 educators from Kossuth County and other area schools participated in a two-day professional development program through North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom (NCI AITC)
"They love this professional development," said Brenda Mormann, NCI AITC program director. "They get credit for this. Here they are experiencing and talking to people in the ag industry and seeing how things work."
Read the rest of the story in the June 20 Advance.

Long exercises for those who can't

Shara Long started Exercise from the Heart to help friends and community members with unforseen medical expenses.
In May, Long exercised for Terri Doocy and Laurie Meyer, sisters both suffering from polycystic kidney disease which can lead to kidney failure, and Stacy Besch, who is facing a medical mystery.
Read the entire story in the June 20 Kossuth County Advance.

Not your average parking space

A new city parking lot opened next to Threads, but it's not your average parking lot. This parking lot is intended to store storm water and slowly release it.
According to grant writer and water quality specialist Staci Williams, this is how the parking lot works: it absorbs water through permeable pavers which are brick-looking pavers engineered to take on large amounts of water.
Read more about the project in the June 13 Advance.

Visit confirms what Secretary of Ag knows about Algona

After a daylong visit in Algona, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig summed up agriculture in and around the community.
"You have a lot going on in Algona," he said.
Read more about the visit in the June 13 Advance.

Tornado was Walker's incentive

As the new chief executive officer-elect of Nationwide, Kirt Walker's course was charted after witnessing the devastation from a tornado that rocked Algona on June 28, 1979.

Weekend of events concludes

Saturday, the Algona Morwens Kiwanis held its annual fishing derby while the Rotary Club put on the annual Bike Ride Around Kossuth County (BRAK) and the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce held its new Carnival at the Corners.
The fishing derby took place at Smith Lake from 9 to 11 a.m. while BRAK began around 8 a.m. from the Algona Family YMCA and the Carnival at the Corners began at 11 a.m. and went on until 4 p.m.
Read all about the activities in the June 13 Advance.

Families awestruck by Memorial Day discussion

If Maxine Platt hadn't brought a bowl of potato salad over to a Memorial Day luncheon with Gloria Seefeld (who lives across the hall in their apartment complex) she may have never found out more about her brother-in-law's injuries during World War II.
Seefeld and her daughter Lisa Hackman had planned on attending Memorial Day services with Lisa's best friend, Bonnie Long Hahn, who was coming from St. Peter, Minn.

Sbemco celebrates 30 years

Sbemco hosted the Algona Chamber of Commerce Coffee on Friday, June 7. The chamber coffee allowed community members to stop in and have a coffee with president of the company, Brian Buscher.

City begins filling potholes

It's up to Ron Covert, Algona public works director, and Kurt Nielson, Algona street superintendent, to fill the potholes and repair the streets of Algona.
The city began filling potholes last Monday and Tuesday, going through 55 tons of asphalt. Although, as of last week, that was all they were able to do as the city was unable to purchase more asphalt.
Get all the details in the June 13 Kossuth County Advance.

Pioneer becomes Corteva Agriscience

During the celebration of the company's new name, Corteva Agriscience Production Location Manager Greg Wilson made a point to recognize all the employees who have put in the work over the past two years to make the merger possible.
On June 1, the completed merger with Dow and DuPont, Pioneer became Corteva Agriscience. A ceremony was held at the facility at the intersection of highways 169 and 18 in Algona.
Find out what the merger means in the June 13 Advance.

Team dumstorff ready for 20th year

Members of Team Dumstorff were busy on Saturday, June 8, at Hager Foods in Bancroft feeding people with its annual pork burger meal to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Alice Dumstorff, involved with the team for 13 years, said she hopes they are able to raise $1,000.
Read the whole story in the June 13 Kossuth County Advance.

Fun at Blank Park Zoo

Lu Verne elementary students and staff traveled to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. The children saw the animals up close and enjoyed the educational programs.
See all the photos from the field trip in the May 30 Kossuth County Advance.

Whittemore Fun

It was cool. It was damp. And it was still a good time at Whittemore Fun Days over the Memorial Day weekend.
See more photos in the May 30 Kossuth County Advance.

Algona Police: Lock your stuff

Two burglaries in Algona and another in the area in recent weeks prompted the Algona Police Department to put a message on Facebook last weekend. The message encouraged people to lock thier homes, garages and vehicles.
Read more about the burglaries in the May 30 Advance.

Patriotism on display

Thirteen veterans were remembered in a Roll Call of the Flags during Monday's Memorial Day service.
Kevin Molsbery of the Algona Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars post read the names, branch of service and the war in which they served. Local veterans responded by carrying a flag in rememberance of each one to a table, then saluted.
Read the whole story in the May 30 Advance.

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