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Better communication through Strengthening Families

ALGONA — The one goal of the strengthening families program is to strengthen communication between a child and his or her parents.
“I’m interested in finding ways for us to communicate better,” said Allison Collins, who is participating with her daughter, Lola Wolf. “Anything that facilitates communication is always a worthwhile venture.”

'Fire and Ice' relevant to today's health care system

ALGONA — Many felt the theme of the 16th annual Legacy Ball, “Fire and Ice” fit perfectly what is happening today in the health care system.
Kossuth Regional Health Center Administrator Scott Curtis mentioned the theme twice; first during an interview and second during his welcome presentation on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the KC Hall in Algona.
There was more than $80,200 raised from the event. There were 245 guests that attended.

Titonka youth help with community service efforts

TITONKA — Youth helped younger children decorate pumpkins. There was also a quilt raffle and bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 20, to help the Titonka Library raise money for library programs.
“I think it has grown,” said Avon Rurup, Titonka library co-director. “When it’s done multiple times people grow to expect it.”
Titonka Valley Indians 4-H Club helped with the pumpkin decorating. 
See the full story in the Nov. 8 Kossuth County Advance

Making a difference with diverse ideas

LAKOTA — An opportunity to try different ideas was one reason why Chad Duffy felt St. Paul Lutheran Church was a good fit for him and the congregation.
“This congregation is great. It is a loving community,” Duffy said. “They have welcomed me with open arms, which is nice. I think I’m getting a better understanding of how this service works compared to other churches I have been at.”

Bishop Garrigan teacher honored as Teacher of the Year

Each year the Sioux City Diocese recognizes outstanding teachers in their division and region of Catholic schools.

State champions!

The 2018 Bishop Garrigan Competition Cheerleading Team is the 1A State Champion for the Cheer and Dance division of the 2018 State Cheerleading Competiion. The Cheerleaders are coached by Erin Miller and Jake Rosenmeyer. This is Coach Miller's third state championship team; the others were in 2008 and 2013.
Members of the championship squad are ....
See the full story in the Nov. 8 Kossuth County Advance

Rec trail system third phase starting

ALGONA — Once a wide-open field, city officials initiated further development of Tietz Park after the approval of a pay request by Algona City Council Oct. 15. City Administrator Curt Wiseman discussed the goals of the phase three of the recreational trail: “Our goal is to continue expanding.” About three and a half years ago before Wiseman came on board as city administrator, there was a grant awarded to the city to add this part of the trail.

Experiences around the world brings Harrington to Algona

ALGONA — Experiences around the world helped Jennifer Harrington determine that a smaller community like Algona would be the place for her.
“The running theme of my travels was figuring out what type of community I wanted to be part of,” said Harrington, who recently was hired as a new associate at Buchanan, Bibler, Gabor & Meis.
She will be handling estate planning, real estate and business entity. “It is nice to get to be part of a solution,” Harrington said. 

Local exhibit recalls those who served in WWI

ALGONA — Display boards are set up in the Algona Senior Citizen Center providing Kossuth County residents a glimpse of what it was like for those who fought in World War I.
Manita Murphy, president of the Kossuth County Genealogical Society, said the hope is that those visiting the exhibits will see what a great sacrifice it was for these families. “It is bad enough for the young man to have to go over there and do the fighting,” she said.

Hunting with heroes enters eighth season

Bernie and Jason Becker are in their eighth year of putting on the Lakota Hunting with Heroes. The organization hosts four to six wounded soldiers from the wounded warrior rehabilitation base in Camp Lejeune, N.C. to help them heal from their injuries, physical and emotional.

Algona native in ceremony at Tomb of Unknown

Jason St. John, an Algona native and the Strategic Products Manager for SIG SAUER, a firearm manufacturing company, presented four ceremonial “M17 Tomb of the Unknown Pistols” in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Oct. 11.
“I appreciate the opportunity to share the story of my visit to the Tomb of the Unknowns as part of something although small and historic,” St. John said.

Extension educational programs see boost from Measure C passage

ALGONA — A tax levy will be implemented, starting in the 2020 budget year, to assist extension educational programs in Kossuth County.
“Passage of Public Measure C will be of great benefit to all of Kossuth County,” said Ron Dodds, of Wesley, who is a member of the Friends of Extension. “Shortly after the full effect of the increased funding comes to bear, the expectation is that Kossuth Extension will be able to deliver timelier educational programs for youth and adults.”

Births

Emberlee Askren
Nicole Southwick and Austin Askren of Britt are the parents of a baby girl, Emberlee Kyhl Askren, born Oct. 29, 2018, at Kossuth Regional Health Center. Emberlee weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. 
Maternal grandparents are Robert and Christa Southwick of Algona. Paternal grandparents are Amber Deaner and Alan Askren of Britt and Duncan. Emberlee was welcomed by a sister, Ava Askren.
 
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90th birthday

Anna Marie VonBank of Algona will celebrate her 90th birthday this year, and she is celebrating with a card shower. She was born Nov. 15, 1928. Cards may be sent to her at 412 W. Kennedy St., Algona, IA 50511.

80th birthday

Marilyn Wallick of Algona will celebrate her 80th birthday on Monday, Nov. 12. Cards and good wishes may be sent to 916 East Elm Street, #3, Algona, IA 50511.

95th birthday

Eleanor Thilges of Iowa City will celebrate her 95th birthday this year, and she is celebrating with an open house and a card shower. She was born Nov. 16, 1923. An open house will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Melrose Meadows Wellness Center, 350 Dublin Dr., Iowa City. Cards may be sent to her at 350 Dublin Dr., Apt. 133, Iowa City, IA 52246. Her children are Charlene Erpelding, Paula Meyer, Michelle Foell, Maribeth Ahrens, Lynnette Kenne, Geri Quinn and Joel Thilges.

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