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Wedding

Emillie Claire Kenne and Ryan Allen Brandt were married July 8, 2017 at Call State Park in Algona, with Pastor Eric Hauan officiating.
Emillie is the daughter of Matt and Karla Kenne of Algona. She is the granddaughter of Karen and JW Gardner of Lu Verne, and Sharon Kenne of Algona.

Births

Reed Nicholas Rice
Nick and Toni Rice of Algona are the proud parents of a baby boy, Reed Nicholas, born Monday, Nov. 27 at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces at birth. Grandparents are Paul and Kim Kraft of Renwick. Great grandparent is Sally Rice of N.M. Welcoming baby Reed home are older siblings Tyson and Mara.
 

95th Birthday

95th Birthday
Bernice Banwart is celebrating her 95th birthday on Saturday, Dec. 16. Cards and well wishes can reach her at 308 8th St. SW Apt 2, West Bend, Ia. 50597

Birthdays

90th birthday
Florence Spear was born Dec. 11, 1927 and will celebrate her 90th birthday this year. Family and friends are invited to an open house in her honor. The open house will take place Saturday, Dec. 9, at Good Hope Lutheran Church from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The address is 323 Dieckman Street, Titonka, IA. Family and friends are also encouraged to send her cards to help her celebrate. Cards and well wishes will reach her at 248 Ripley Street NW, Titonka, IA.

Tacos for Tots: Once again a smashing success

For the 30th year in a row, individuals and families hungry for a good cause have eaten their fill of tacos during the Tacos for Tots event held annually before the Live Greeting Card Windows Display in November.
Proceeds from this event benefit less fortunate children, ensuring that no child wakes up on Christmas morning without a gift under the tree.

Bell retires as recreation director

After 38 years of working as the City of Algona’s Director of Recreation, Peg Bell has laid down her clipboard for the last time, officially retiring on Friday, Dec. 1 from the city of Algona.
“It is a wonderful feeling and a little strange as well because for 38 years I ran nonstop,” remarked Bell on her retirement.

Garrigan works to secure funding for new chapel

The process has been initiated and money is already flowing in to help Bishop Garrigan add a chapel onto its Garrigan campus.
“We have been talking for two to three years and what brought it to the forefront to do it now was the fact that St. Benedict (Church) was closing,” remarked Lynn Miller, Bishop Garrigan Schools president.
“The diocese (of Sioux City) honored the wishes of the St. Benedict parishioners that anything Bishop Garrigan wanted, we had first choice.

Births

Austin Lucas Frideres
 
Nick and Mindy Frideres of Algona are the proud parents of a baby boy, Austin Lucas, born Friday, Nov. 24 at Palo Alto County Health System. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 inches long at birth. Welcoming baby Austin home are older brothers Anthony and Christian.
 
Charlie Patrick Murphy
 

Birthday

75th Birthday
 
Don Diers (Honk) was born Dec. 5, 1942, and will celebrate his 75th birthday this year. His family encourages family and friends to shower him with cards to help him celebrate. Cards and well wishes will reach him at 1721 East Poplar Street, Algona, IA 50511.

Engagement

Bjustrom, Kibbie
 
Jim and Kay Kibbie of Emmetsburg and Randy and Dawn Bjustrom of Algona wish to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their children, Whitney Kibbie and Tyler Bjustrom. 
Whitney is a graduate of University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Art Education and is currently teaching in the Emmetsburg Middle School. 

Dentist fulfills need at Strohman

ALGONA — In an effort to assist with a growing dentistry, Dr. Amy Seehusen has joined Dr. Bill Strohman at Strohman Family Dental.
“She is going to fulfill a significant need,” said Strohman. “We have the need for the ability to do oral surgery in this practice and we have a significant number of new patients. Our patient population has just outgrown our capacity to provide services.”

Santa’s Toy Shop open the next two weekends

ALGONA — There will be a different twist to this year’s Santa’s Toy Shop at the Kossuth County Historical Museum on Dodge Street.
For the first time, visitors can see a different variety of toys. In the past there have been displayed items such as angels and a nativity scene.
“It is very unique,” said Amy Frankl, Kossuth County Historical Society Director. “There are pieces 50 years and older that belonged to Kossuth County residents.”

Largest Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk ever

ALGONA — It was the largest Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk ever.
Alison VanOtterloo, one of the organizers of the fourth-year event, said the weather played a big part in the turnout. “It is a neat activity for families to start off their holiday sharing together. I think it is a neat tradition,” she said. “In addition, we are helping those that are in need this time of the year.”
 
For more on this story, please see the Nov. 30 issue of Kossuth County Advance.

Algona Fire Chief Chuck Bell passes away

ALGONA — The evening before a special benefit or “party” was scheduled to take place, Algona Fire Chief Chuck Bell passed away ending his battle with esophageal cancer.
Bell passed away on Friday, Nov. 24 at Kossuth Regional Health Center. 
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” said Algona Mayor Lynn Kueck, who has worked with him since 1999 when he started as mayor.
Bell’s funeral took place on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church.
 

Births

Weston Roland Vaske Wright
 
J.J. Wright and Kaitlyn Vaske-Wright of Hanover Park, Ill., are the proud parents of a baby boy, Weston Roland, born Thursday, Oct. 18 at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, Ill. Maternal grandparents are Gene and Elise Vaske of Whittemore. Paternal grandparents are Doug and Carie Wright of Lemont, Ill. 

 

Youth program benefitting from renovation

ALGONA — One way to continue to help youth be life long learners is to continue to keep up with what’s happening elsewhere.
“If we don’t keep up with what’s going on in our world, we’re going to lose them,” said Sonya Harsha, the Algona Public Library’s Young Adult Librarian. “Part of the expansion is to keep the kids coming in, keeping them interested in what’s going on and being attractive to them. That is part of what we need to keep them coming into the library.”

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