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Swea City Senior Center

A grop of women are on a mission to get more people through the doors of the Swea City Senior Center.
"The center has always been part of the community," Lupe Kollasch said. "It's difficult when the age of membership is 70 and 80. Unfortunately, in order for this to keep going we're going to have to do it."
Read the entire story in the March 7 Advance.

Algona FFA

Fifteen members of the Algona FFA chapter participated at the North Central district FFA sub-district competition on Feb. 27. The students competed in various leadership development events to enhance communication and employability skills.
Get the details in the March 7 Advance.

Snyder promotes benefits of conservation practices

Directing programs at the county level and educating landowners on the benefits of conservation practices are just two goals Luke Snyder hopes to accomplish as Kossuth Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner.
Snyder was elected in January.
"It is important we all understand our impact on the environment around us," Snyder said.
Read the complete story in the March 7 Kossuth County Advance.

Practical Farmers hosts growers in Algona

Practical Farmers of Iowa will host fruit and vegetable farmers at a free breakfast at the Chocolate Season in Algona.
The event is 9:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 14, and is hosted by Joanne Roepke Bode and Bode's Moonlight Gardens.
Get the details in the March 7 Advance.

Algona St. Patrick's Day Parade March 16

Algona's 37th annual St. Patrick's Day parade and celebration is Saturday, March 16.
The parade and party has always been on the 17th but was changed this year to the 16th because of access to the Locker Room Bar and Grill downtown where the party has been the last several years.
Get the details in the March 7 Advance.

Algona hikes storm sewer rates

Residents will see a $2 per month increase in their storm sewer rates.
City Administrator Curt Wiseman said there has been one rate increase in the past 14 years. "This brings a small amount of money in for emergency repairs," he said. "We are also building money to do larger storm sewer projects."
Read the complete story in the March 7 Advance.

Eye-opening mission trip for BGHS students

A mission trip to Mississippi opened eyes for 10 Bishop Garrigan High School students.
"It is always important for students to see outside their community and widen their view of the world," Christy Peterson, BGHS principal said. "I also think it reinforces that what you're doing is good for people."
Read the whole story in the March 7 Advance.

Debut of Generations prom

The Algona YMCA held its first Generations Prom event Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Thul Shed at the Algona Country Club.
More details in the Feb. 28 Advance

Big Frosty!

The Ruhnkes built an 8-foot-tall snowman, even before the blizzard that struck Kossuth County over the weekent.
Feb. 28 Kossuth County Advance.

Blizzard halts travel

At least 30 people were rescued and sheltered overnight as a major blizzard blew through Kossuth County Feb. 23-24, creating dangerous travel conditions and no visibility.
No deaths were reported due to the blizzard, as of Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Get all the details in the Feb. 28 Kossuth County Advance.

more input opportunites for wind and tax ordinances

Starting in March, the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors will have discussions on the county's wind energy conversion system ordinance and tax ordinance #207.
There will also be a time for public discussion with possible time limits.
Read the whole story in the Feb. 28 Kossuth County Advance.

Avalanche 500 underway in Algona

Algona was recognized as the third best retirement tax-friendly spot in Iowa. It is known that Algona has an aging retirement community, and it is retail promotions like the Avalanche 500 that contributed to Algona being recognized, according to Algona Area Chamber of Commerce Director Vicki Mallory.
Get the real story in the Feb. 28 Advance

World day of prayer

First Congregational United Church of Christ hosts the 2019 World Day of Prayer Friday, March 1, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The theme is Come, Everything is Ready.
This year's service was prepared by the women of Slovenia.
Get all the details in the Feb. 28 Kossuth County Advance.

city receives $5,000 for healthy initiatives

The city of Algona received a $5,000 grant during a ceremony in city hall Thursday, Feb. 21. The grant will be used for healthy initiatives within the community.
Get all the details in the Feb. 28 Kossuth County Advance.

DNR recap of hunting seasons, rule changes here Tuesday

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has rescheduled its Algona meeting when local staff will provide updates on recently completed hunting seasons and discuss possible changes to hunting rules and regulations.
The meeting is Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at Water's Edge Nature Center, 1010 250th St., near Algona.
Get all the details in the Feb. 28 Kossuth County Advance.

personal reflection as we await easter

In a few short days many will begin observing the season of Lent. Lent is considered to be the season for personal reflection as we await the celebration of Easter. For many, the purpose of the season of Lent is to set aside time for reflection on Christ's suffering, sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection. With the exception of resurrection, most of these reflection topics do not give themselves to creating a sense of joy in our hearts as we observe Lent. Or, do they?

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