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Critical thinking at BGMS

ALGONA — Mary Foth teaches sixth grade STEM Science and STEM Math at Bishop Garrigan. For Foth, STEM teaches students how to think.
It teaches students “critical thinking, problem solving, getting along with others and technology. In problem solving, if kids just want an answer, it’s not going to be there. That’s STEM’s real strength,” Foth said. “If they make a mistake, good. What did they learn from it?” she asked.
See the full story in the Nov. 22 Kossuth County Advance.

Teamwork emphasis in Algona

ALGONA — Algona Middle School’s (AMS) STEM program helps students think of different ways to problem solve, science and math-related or not.
Students in the seventh grade Robotics course build a robot and are challenged to have it do different movements and tasks. Seventh grade student Sydney Seebecker said if something isn’t working with her STEM robotic project, she tries something else.
See the full story in the Nov. 22 Kossuth County Advance.

Robots come alive at West Bend

WEST BEND — It wouldn’t be surprising to see a robot in the West Bend school building during a school day.
Since school started, at least 20-25 youth have been building robots and learning about robotics in the West Bend-Mallard School District STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program.
See the full story in the Nov. 22 Kossuth County Advance.

Hands-on experience at NKMS

SWEA CITY — The North Kossuth Middle School may not have a STEM program, but students are gathering all the science, technology, engineering and math possible through hands-on experiences.
“I feel our kids are getting it. They’re understanding it,” said Sandy Tigges who, along with Ryan Rozeboom, teaches sixth to eighth grade science classes. “I have one kid that hates science.
See the full story in the Nov. 22 Kossuth County Advance.

Hoenk foundation gives and grows

For more than three decades, the Howard and Katherine Hoenk Foundation has provided financial support to local college students studying agriculture, medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine and related fields. In recent years, the foundation passed a milestone, giving away more money than the amount with which the foundation was originally seeded, while still growing.
See the full story in the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance

Algona okays airport engineering services agreement

ALGONA — Algona City Council approved the resolution for the engineering service agreement with Clapsaddle-Garber Associates (CGA) for land acquisition on Monday, Nov. 5. A 240-foot long parcel of land on the norhtside of the airport’s runway near U.S. Highway 18 was determined to be an obstruction.
See the full story in the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance

Holidazzle for Bancroft baseball

Bancroft Holidazzle is Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Main Street Pub and Grill in Bancroft. The annual event raises funds for Bancroft Memorial Park. The ball park celebrated it’s 70th anniversary this year.... Organizers invite the public to participate by decorating a tree for the Stroll through Winter Wonderland of Trees.
Get the details in the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance.

Algona Middle School sends 16 to Honor Choir

Marisa Merkel, Algona Middle School choir teacher, took a select group of 16 singers from her honor choir to North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) for Iowa Choral Directors' North Central 7-12 Honor Choir Festival. “They are excited to go sing with a bunch students from this part of Iowa,” Merkel said.
See the full story in the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance

A harvesting video for the youth

SOUTH OF TITONKA — Jeff Schutjer, Kossuth County Farm Bureau president, was in the middle of harvesting beans last week. He was also in the middle of shooting a video that youth in Kossuth County could use to see what it is like harvesting the crop.
See the full story in the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance.

Christmas in the barn

The World Needs Christmas is this year's theme at Christmas in the Barn. The season that celebrates joy is right around the corner. Christmas in the Barn is Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Behrends Barn west of Bancroft.
Get complete details in the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance

Bishop Garrigan teams win Quiz bowl

Two different teams from Bishop Garrigan took first and third places at the Top of Iowa Conference Quiz Bowl Tournament Saturday, Nov. 10, in Algona.  Teams from throughout northern Iowa competed in the tournament.
See the full story in the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance
 

Holiday open houses at West Bend

West Bend will host holiday open houses Friday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
You can send the kids to the library after school on Friday for fun activites while you shop.
See the full story in the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance.

Christmas walk along Broad Street

The Whittemore community is currently preparing for our annual Walk Along Broad Street.
This event will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to register for door prizes at each business and enjoy treats.
See the full story in the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance.

Author presents on CCC, POWs at WB, Whittemore

Linda Betsinger McCann will speak at the West Bend Library on Monday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. on her books about the Civilian Conservation Corps in Iowa. She will speak at the Whittimore Library on the same day, at 6 p.m. about her newest book, Prisoners of War in Iowa during World War II.  She will also be at the Burt Library on Nov. 28, at 6:30 p.m. speaking on the POW book.
See the full story in the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance.

Veterans Day special

ALGONA — The Whittemore Legion hosts a pancake breakfast on the second Sunday of the month September through April from 7:30 a.m. to noon. November was special because it coincided with Veterans Day. Being Veterans, the Whittemore Legion know how special Veterans Day is to veterans and how important raising money is for their group.
See the full story in the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance.

Give Thanks

Wow! What a few months we’ve had in our country huh? It seems like every election cycle is lasting longer and longer. Everywhere we’ve turned for the last yeast has seemed to have something to do with politics and the election.
Read the full column in the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance.

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