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Ellefson stirs the hearts of many people

The date, Feb. 19, 1994 is forever engrained in Paula Ellefson’s mind.  It is the date when her baby girl, Samantha Joy died after Ellefson had an abortion. She was 18 years old.
Ellefson shared her story at the Rally for Life on Sunday Jan. 22. Over 90 people were in attendance. 
“It is something you will never forget, no matter how hard you try.”

Tasting that special chili

WHITTEMORE — Chili lovers were on hand to taste various types of chili at the 17th Annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. Michael’s Parish Center.
Not only is the chili cook off a fundraiser for the Whittemore Betterment  Club, it is also a social outing for those who attend, said Linda Farrell, of the Whittemore Betterment Club. “This is a renewal of friendships and something to look forward to,” Farrell said.

Honoring Chamber volunteers

ALGONA — Volunteers who support the efforts of the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce were honored at the annual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Executive Director Vicki Mallory started off the program by stating that 2016 was a year of change for the Chamber Ambassadors. “Brittany Hoover led that change in a professional and competent manner,” she said.

KRHC remodeling process underway

Renovation plans are underway at the Kossuth Regional Health Center (KRHC) Clinic to make room for two new physicians. 
Drs. John and Amy Schantzen, a husband and wife team, will be joining the KRHC team in October. The Shantzens are currently in their third year of residency.
Better access to care with reduced wait time for appointments will be achieved with the addition of two doctors, commented KRHC Administrator, Scott Curtis.

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Bo Scott Jacobson

2 businesses move into 1 building

ALGONA — Two local businesses needed to find a place to expand their growing companies and both decided to share a location at 218 W. State St.
Sudol Tax & Accounting and Ascendant Wealth Management Group both moved into the new building late in 2016. The Algona Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Jan. 20, at 9:30 a.m.

Learning from paper airplanes

ALGONA — If you were to drop a rock and a piece of paper at the same time, which would hit the ground first? The rock of course. Now what would happen if you dropped the same rock and paper again but this time, the air wasn’t there? How does something as simple as air effect this experiment?  
This and many more questions are asked during the Paper Airplane Club meetings at the Algona Public Library.  

Sneak preview of performing arts center

ALGONA — It was a weekend full of festivities to open the Ed and Betty Wilcox Performing Arts Center.
On Friday, more than 300 people toured the facility and were part of the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored ribbon cutting. The ribbon cutting included many of the people and their families who played some part in making the performing arts center a reality.

Quilts stitched to honor veterans

At least 15-20 people spent the weekend at The Quilted Steeple northwest of Algona preparing quilts for veterans through the Quilts of Valor program.
“This is just awesome to know that a veteran will receive a quilt,” Linda Hurlburt said. “We cover everybody with love with these quilts.” 
Two of the quilts were given to veterans on Sunday. One went to Korean War veteran, Curtis Gardner, the other to World War II veteran, Dr. William Clegg.

Benefit has large turnout

LONE ROCK — More than 130 seats were set up in Lone Rock American Legion for Kim Fischer’s cancer benefit. For the first hour or so the seats were filled and people were hovering over tables along the walls to checking out the more than 100 silent auction items.
“It was a good turnout. There was a large crowd and a lot of volunteers,” said Jarrod Fischer, whose mother Kim, is battling Stage 3 Lymphoma. “Everybody in Lone Rock comes together. They help out.”

Ribbon cutting ceremony 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 13

ALGONA — The day that many arts lovers have been dreaming about is one day away. On Friday, Jan. 13, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m., at the Ed and Betty Wilcox Performing Arts Center to officially open the facility.

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A benefit to help with medical needs

LONE ROCK — It was almost four months ago when Kim Fischer was diagnosed with Stage 3 lymphoma. On Jan. 8, the community is rallying around Fischer to help her pay for her medical bills with a ‘Benefit for Kim Fischer’ event.
“This is all overwhelming,” said her son, Jarrod Fischer. “My mom has been on the ambulance for many years. She loves taking care of people. The ambulance wants to give something to her to help her out.”

Visibility key in business move

ALGONA — When Jerri Sadler moved her Edward Jones office to Highway 18 she was thinking about the visibility factor.
“I like the fact that it is on the highway,” she said. “It is easy to find, there is plenty of parking and lots of office space.”
Sadler has been working with Edward Jones for over a year. She moved the office to the Eastland Hill Plaza in November. On Friday, at 9:30 a.m., the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a ribbon cutting.

Stepping up to the plate

ALGONA — A couple of years ago, Ed and Betty Wilcox remember sitting down and talking to their CPA at the time — Jim Voigt — just thinking about what they could do to give back to the community.
After a few phone calls and visits, Voigt set them up with a meeting with Algona School District School Superintendent Marty Fonley. The result the beginning of what will become the Ed and Betty Wilcox Performing Arts Center.

Titonka fire claims man’s life

TITONKA — One man has died in a house fire on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
The fire claimed the life of Daniel William Planz, 59, according to a Kossuth County Sheriff’s office press release. The fire was reported at 7:34 p.m. Due to the death in the fire, the Iowa Fire Marshal’s office has responded and the incident is under investigation, according to the press release.

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