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The votes are in

ALGONA – The 2016 general election is over and in Kossuth County, it could be the largest turnout ever. 
Kossuth County Auditor Amber Garman said preliminary projections show that it could be the largest turnout for an election in Kossuth County because of the presidential election.
“We haven’t had any glitches,” she said. “This big of election for it to go as smoothly as it has, is a blessing.”

Era ending

ALGONA – Last week’s closing of the Iowa National Guard Armory here was not a surprise for some. It did hurt that a little piece of history was lost.
“To us old soldiers, it’s our unit,” said Dean Benschoter, who commanded the Battery B, Field Artillery unit from 1973-1976. “It is nostalgic. It is like knocking your school down.”
Algona Mayor Lynn Kueck saw the writing on the wall about a year ago.

Fun night raising money for a good cause

ALGONA – It was a night of fun and dancing and an evening to raise money to continue growing the Kossuth Regional Health Center Foundation’s Endowment Fund.
“Swing Under the Wing” was the 14th annual Legacy Ball and it raised more than $74,760. All the funds will go toward the endowment fund. The endowment fund is a fund where KRHC only uses the income that is earned from it each year to assist in new equipment and technology or to help fund remodeling or addition projects.

BREAKING NEWS: Second abduction attempt reported

ALGONA – An eighth-grader reportedly escaped from a man who had grabbed him today.
According to Algona Police Chief Kendall Pals, this is a possible connection to last week’s incident when four Bryant Elementary School students were offered $100 to climb into the car.

West Bend teen asks Olympian to prom

WEST BEND —  Simone Biles took the country and the world by storm when she became the most decorated gymnast in the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
 It wasn’t just the hearts of America that she won over in her rise to fame during the games.
Noah Fehr, a junior at West Bend-Mallard High School was especially intrigued by Biles’ athletic ability and personality as golden as her Olympic medals.

New fire hall allows better response time

WEST BEND – Firefighters are hoping a new fire hall along Highway 15 will allow for better response time when a disaster hits the area.
“Timing is always a factor in an emergency situation,” said West Bend Fire Chief Evan Winkelhorst. “It will be safer for the firefighters.”

Halloween fun in county

ALGONA —   Halloween activities were not in short supply this past week as communities around Kossuth County celebrated with parties, pumpkins and parades.
Saturday activities kicked-off in Algona with a fall sock hop at the Algona Public Library where youngsters heard stories, enjoyed snacks and moved to the music as they danced like falling leaves, did the limbo and moved to the Monster Mash.

Get your scares here

Makeup — check.
Strobe lights — check.
The 7th annual Bancroft Haunted House is a half hour away from opening and more than 50 volunteers are making their last checks before welcoming their victims — er — audience.
“My job is to run around and chase people when they walk out the door,” said second year scarer Riley Goche. “I love watching their different reactions when they see me.”

Tobin ‘overwhelmed’ with generosity

SWEA CITY – An emotional Sonja Tobin was overwhelmed at what the community was doing to help her raise funds for ongoing medical expenses in her battle with a life-long heart birth defect.
“I don’t have the words to explain how I feel,” she said. “It is very nice. It is very generous.”
The benefit was held at the North Union Middle School in Swea City. It included a free will donation meal and a silent and live auction.

Man dies following crash

BURT — Johnny Lee White, 55, of Algona, died enroute to Mercy North Iowa-Mason City, following a motorcycle crash east of Burt on Saturday, Oct. 22.
According to Kossuth County Sheriff Deputy Mark McGregor, White was travelling west on 300th Street on his 1994 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he suffered a medical emergency and lost control of the motorcycle.

Three AutumnFest Craft Fair locations busy throughout the day

ALGONA – Traveling down from Chanhassen, Minn., to set up the Simply Nuts & More booth at Bishop Garrigan High School, Cheryl Rich-Johnson was amazed at the number of people visiting her booth during the annual AutumnFest Craft Fair on Saturday.
“This is crazy,” she said. “It has been great. We only come down once a year and a lot of people come down to stock up.”

Rising to the challenge of helping a twin parish

ALGONA – Devastation has gripped Ste. Jeanne de Chantal parishes and schools in Haiti. St. Cecelia Catholic Church and neighboring parishes have risen to the challenge to help its twin church 1,000s of miles away.

Life sentence for murder

SIERRA VISTA, Arizona — This week, surrounded by family and friends, Tommie Waller finally got to celebrate a day that was 40 years in the making, when justice was finally handed down to the former North Iowa man who murdered her daughter, Donna Marie Smith.
That fateful day
Waller has shed countless tears since that day in March 1976, when she traveled up to Tucson to take Donna out shopping in celebration of her 20th birthday.

‘Ford Warriors in Pink’ in Bancroft

BANCROFT – Each Friday throughout October, Bob Boland Inc. employees will be wearing Navy blue t-shirts with pink writing that says “Warriors in Pink.”
This is the local Ford Motor Company’s way of supporting those who are battling cancer or know of someone battling cancer.
“Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer,” said General Manager John Clark. “In rural America we are good at supporting people.”

Support helps O’Neall through

ALGONA – Jamie O’Neall will tell you that her battle with cancer has changed her emotionally, physically and mentally.
“Emotionally because it really brings to light just how important it is to savor life and live it to the fullest,” she said. “Physically because of everything it does to your body. And mentally, because I truly feel a majority of the healing is mind over matter.”

Craft Show place to be

ALGONA – Those attending this year’s AutumnFest Craft Show will be able to browse through all the different booths. The vendors sitting at the booths are hoping for a positive impact for their businesses.

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