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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?

library classes share creativity and a laugh or two

The West Bend Public Library is becoming an artsy place.
A crafts class started in October and has run monthly. Now, Library Director Lisa Riesenberg has received a grant from the state library through the Institute of Museum and Library Services to do a four-week workshop.
Get all the details in the Feb. 28 Kossuth County Advance.

carts roll through Hy-Vee

There were nine teams participating in the annual Hy-Vee Shopping Cart Race to raise money for the Kossuth County Food Pantry.
An estimated $2,750 was raised by the event. The Smithfield trio edged out Iowa State Bank by five seconds to win the overall event. It was the closest race in the 10 years of the event.
Read the whole story in the Feb. 28 Kossuth County Advance.

big surprise for algona public library

A big smile came across the face of Algona Public Library Director Mara Strickler when she opened her email in Minnesota. She was with friends and learned the Friends of the Library had received $13,000 from the 100+ Women Who Care, Kossuth County.
Read the whole story in the Feb. 28 Kossuth County Advance.

Algona High School Jazz band earns district title

The Algona High School Standard Jazz Band earned a first place finish and the district title at the North Central Iowa Band Association District Jazz Festival at Clear Lake High School Monday, Feb. 18.
The jazz band was one of seven bands competing in Class 3A.
Get all the details in the Feb. 28 Kossuth County Advance.

superintendent chosen at Algona

The Algona Community School Board has chosen a new leader.
On Friday, Feb. 22, the Algona School Board and Grundmeyer Leader Services of Ankeny (the firm hired to conduct the search) stated in a press realease that Joe Carter of Emmetsburg has been offered the position of superintendent.
Contingent upon a formal background check and board approval, Carter will officially begin his duties on July 1

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