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Delaney first presidential candidate to stop in Algona

Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney visited Algona Thursday, Aug. 8, to talk about his plans that he believes will help rural America. A group of between 10 and 15 people from around Kossuth County came out for the occasion.
He shook each attendee's hand and introduced himself with a "Hey there," or "Hello," followed by, "I'm John."
Read more about the event in the Aug. 15 Kossuth County Advance.

Kossuth County Fair Queen

2019 Kossuth County Fair Queen runner-up Karissa Rasch, 2019 Queen Morgan Erpelding and 2018 Queen Alexis Berte after Erpelding is crowned.
See more fair photos in the Aug. 8 Kossuth County Advance.

Kossuth County Fair

At the costume calf contest, from left: Hailee Reutzel with a Flintstones theme, Bree Ludwig as Bo Peep and her sheep, Grant Kramer as a matador and his bull, and Allison Denker as a baker with her gingersnap cookie.
See more fair photos in the Aug. 8 Kossuth County Advance.

Kossuth County Fair

Luke Danielson pedals to get as far as he can for the tractor pull.
See more fair photos in the Aug. 8 Kossuth County Advance.

Wind project hearing delayed

Wesley residents are concerned about a planned wind farm in that area, and those concerns were presented to the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Wesley City Council member Kristy Riggert notified the supervisors that the city of Wesley is planning to make it's own wind turbine ordinance.
Get full report in the Aug. 8 Kossuth County Advance.

Fair has blue ribbon week

Morgan Muller, a Kossuth County Fair Board member, was happy with the turnout at this year's county fair. Muller cited the weather as a large part of the success and expressed appreciation for all who helped make it a successful event.
"This was one of the best fairs that I've been a part of and certainly the most enjoyable heat-wise," Muller said.
Read more about the fair in the Aug. 8 Kossuth County Advance.

Sheriff won't run again

Kossuth County Sheriff Steve Kollasch said he doesn't plan to seek re-election in 2020.
During a brief visit at the Kossuth County Advance booth at the county fair last week, he said he felt it was time to leave his long-running law enforcement career and make his current term as sheriff his last.
Get more news in the Aug. 8 Kossuth County Advance.

Algona will use option tax dollars for library project

The Algona City Council approved the use of the local option sales tax (LOST) funds to help cover the $110,000 shortfall the library project is currently facing.
"If donations were to continue, that would be one way to secure the funds," City Administrator Curt Wiseman said.
Read the complete story in the Aug. 8 Advance.

Supervisors review cyber security

Kossuth County Information Technology Director Derek Olson presented a security training slideshow during last week's Kossuth County Board of Supervisors meeting on July 30.
The presentation, generally about cyber security, went over email security, USB security and other similar technological security issues.
Read the complete story in the Aug. 8 Kossuth County Advance.

Soup? In August?

You've heard of Christmas in July. How about soup season in August?
Lately at the Kossuth County Farmers Market we've had loads of fresh summer produce. Vendors have brought onions, sweet corn, garlic, tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, potatoes, peppers – everything a person needs to make a delicious bowl of soup.
Read Joanne's column, complete with soup recipe, in the Aug. 8 Kossuth County Advance.

Take care in how we use words

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me.

Alliant, Invenergy seek community support

On a tour of wind farm construction sites in Winnebago County last Tuesday, July 23, Justin Foss, senior communications partner, spokesperson and wind maintenance manager for Alliant Energy, said the companies want to work through any complaints people might have about wind turbines.

Check it out

Volunteers began carrying boxes of books, folding tables and display racks into the open class building at the Kossuth County Fairgrounds late Sunday afternoon. Within a couple of minutes, they cracked open the boxes and a nearly four-decades-long tradition started to come to life.

Golf outing a success for school foundation

The Algona Community School Foundation annual golf outing and silent auction results held steady with $43,000 added to the foundations treasury July 29. The foundation helps fund local scholarships and classroom enrichment activities.
Barb Teeter, foundation consultant, said "school spirit was high with the event held during the first-ever state Girls Softball Tournament appearance by the Bulldogs. We were very pleased with the results."

Stinson Prairie reception, exhibit for Buffalo Center artist Smidt

Stinson Prairie Arts Council hosts an exhibit by Carol Smidt of Buffalo Center starting Thursday, Aug. 8.
A reception for the public to meet Smidt and see and hear about her works will be held at Algona Publishing Company (APC), 14 E. Nebraska St. Refreshments will be served. Her art will be available to view during APC's regular business hours through Aug. 29. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday.

Lord, help me focus on what is important today

Some days, it seems like our feet are running before they ever hit the floor in the morning. Arising from our beds, we face a day of demands, some of our own making while others are because of jobs, school, even marriage and family.
We may see all of those demands as just the way life is. Those demands may even give us a feeling of importance because so many need us. However, that way of life can become rather exhausting.

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