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Funds impact Whittmore community

Since 2014, the Don J. Whittemore Endowment Fund has provided more than $39,824 in grants for nonprofit groups in Whittemore.
Last week, the board provided more than $7,800 to several projects.
Get the details in the May 9 Kossuth County Advance.

Two companies awarded contracts for Mallard building

Contracts were awarded to Bolton and Menk and Hawkeye Environmental to continue demolition of the Mallard school building in the West Bend-Mallard School District.
The school board chose Hawkeye Environmental, headquartered in Solon, to do an asbestos study. Two bids were received. The school district will pay $4,290 to do asbestos testing of the building.
Read more in the May 9 Kossuth County Advance.

STEM event honors girls

Nineteen eighth grade girls from Algona and Bishop Garrigan schools were honored recently at the annual STEM event sponsored by the Algona branch of the American Association of University Women.
These girls, recommended by their schools' math and science teachers, received certificates for outstanding work in science, technology, engineering and/or math.
Read the complete story in the May 9 Advance.

Ally Klee receives Live Your Dream award

Soroptomist International of Algona presented a Soroptomist Live Your Dream award to Ally Klee to help improve her economic situation. The award ceremony was held in March.
Klee will use the funds to complete her bachelor's degree at Oregon State University where she is majoring in psychology. Once she completes her studies, Klee wants to become a child psychologist and work with families in need to make sure children are protected and safe.

Students receive helpful tips from presentations

On Wednesday, April 25, the senior boys and girls from Algona High School and Bishop Garrigan High School listened to speakers talk about the importance of staying safe while being on their own in the upcoming months.
The girls listened to Stephanie Miller, the assistant county attorney, and the boys listened to Algona Police Officer Marc Bacha.
Read more about it in the May 9 Kossuth County Advance.

Settlement agreement reached

The city of Algona reached a settlement regarding a lawsuit filed two and one-half years ago by the Hollister Farrell estate.
The Algona City Council approved the agreement at its Monday meeting. It ratifies an insurance company's recommendation to settle the federal lawsuit with the city's insurance company, Iowa Communities Assurance Pool, to pay the estate $350,000 at no cost to the city and and at no fault to the city.

Four Algona High School Music Ensembles earn I rating at state

Ensembles from the Algona High School Music Department participated in the State Large Group Festival at Algona High School on Friday, May 3.
The Concert Band, Mixed Chorus, Chamber Singers and Concert Choir were all awarded a Division I rating.
Get all the details in the May 9 Kossuth County Advance.

Bike Rodeo: youth learn how to handle bikes

Summer is near. It matters there will be many bicyclists on Algona streets.
The Algona Family YMCA, Morwens Kiwanis and Noon Kiwanis pulled together to help children understand safety and the rules of the road during a bike rodeo May 4.
Read the rest of the story in the May 9 Advance.

Supreme Court issues rulings on Palo Alto wind cases

Iowa Supreme Court on Friday announced rulings in two Palo Alto County wind energy cases. Here are the links to the rulings, which are in pdf form.…

Working together to build bird feeders

Billie Willie was at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lakota in March working with adults and youth to show them how to build bird feeders.
See more photos from the workshop in the May 2 Advance.

Assessing the future

Three days of downtown assessment discussions with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) show the various elements of the community are trying to get to the same destination, just in different ways.
Five members associated with IEDA performed advance research, took an online survey, completed walking and drivig tours, met with a steering committee and held a public meeting.
Read what the IEAD had to say in the May 2 Kossuth County Advance.

Foul weather doesn't stop med drop off

The prescripton drug poundage was half what it normally is during National Take Back Day in Kossuth County.
"I attribute that to the bad weather," said Kossuth County Sheriff Steve Kollasch. "The good news is that the prescripton drugs that have been collected at the law enforcement center throughout the year have increased."
Read more in the May 2 Kossuth County Advance.

Increasing health care costs a constant

In a state of the union addressing health care and provider implications, Scott Curtis, Kossuth County Health Center administrator, made it clear to the KRHC Board of Trustees that the needs and desires of the people the health center serves are changing.
Read all about it in the May 2 Kossuth County Advance.

AHS student's work SPAC best of show

Marlie McGuire of Algona High School won Best of Show at the Stinson Prairie Arts Council (SPAC) Student Art Show.
Entries from Algona High School, Bishop Garrigan High School and West Bend-Mallard High School were on display at Algona Publishing Company over the last two weeks.
Read more about the show in the May 2 Advance.

Union slough auto tour opens

The Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge auto tour route will be open Saturday, May 4 through Mother's Day, May 12 in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.
Visitors are welcome to drive the route from sunrise to sunset during those days. The route begins at the refuge headquarters and takes visitors along a four-and-one-half-mile drive of wetland, open water and prairie habitat.
Read more in the May 2 Kossuth County Advance.

Carnegie construction continues

A unique idea could bring the Carnegie Centre for the Arts additional funds to continue the construction of the facility on the corner of Dodge and Nebraska streets.

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