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County Oks budget, compensation package

County residents will see a slight increase in their millage rate for 2019-20 because of raise in the mental health levy.
The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors passed the budget at its Feb. 26 meeting. Total revenue is expected to be more than $27.7 million. Beginning balance and property taxes account for almost 65 percent of the total revenue generated.
Read the entire story in the March 7 Kossuth County Advance.

KRHC aggressive with tech use in health care

There is no question technology has changed the way businesses and individuals operate. It is no different for the health care industry and in particular, Kossuth Regional Health Center (KRHC).
KRHC Administrator Scoot Curtis said KRHC has taken an aggressive approach to implementing technology that enhances the experience of care for patients.
Read the entire story in the March 7 Advance.

Greatest seed selection impact?

In the 45 years Tom Eischen has sold seed and chemicals, he has seen the wet weather and the droughts. And, he will tell you that it isn't the weather that determines how much seed and chemicals Eischen Sales sells.
It is the economy.
Read the entire story in the March 7 Advance.

We didn't start the fire

If you ask Dr. Andrew Sorensen's parents, they might tell you he was a bit of a firebug in his youth.
"It is, of course, a happy turn of events that I get to make fire professionally," he said.
Sorensen, formerly of Algona, won the Tübingen Fõrder prize in early prehistory and quaternary ecology from the University of Tübingen in Germany on Feb. 7.
Find out more in the March 7 Advance.

What to do with open business buildings

Commerial spaces along highway 169 in Algona have become available with the recent closures of Napoli's Italian Restaurant and the No. 1 Buffet.
These properties are not the only ones up for grabs. Multiple sites are listed online and with Algona's real estate businesses.
This raises bigger questions: What will Algona do with its open commercial spaces? And, how is retail changing in Algona?
Read the entire story in the March 7 Kossuth County Advance.

Dust thou art, to dust returneth

Yesterday, Wednesday, March 6, the church gathered together to embark upon an important journey: Lent.
No, I'm not talking about lint, the stuff you find at the bottom of your pockets, but Lent, the season of the church year which anticipates the celebration of Jesus' resurrection on Easter Sunday.

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.

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