Skip to main content

Less funding hurts emergency services

Major challenges will be impacting Kossuth Emergency Services in the future. 
Funding is one of the most important of these issues.  Emergency services includes the fire department, law enforcement, emergency management and emergency medicine.

Deep roots of the Algona St. Patrick’s Day Parade

A small sea of green will be seen once again at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17 at 4 p.m. in Algona. 
In 1983, Steve McCall, Mark McGuire and Ed Farrell coordinated the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 
“They were all proud of their Irish heritage and thought it would be a good thing to do,” said McCall’s daughter, Maureen McCall Krahenbuhl. 
“It is a celebration of being Irish or wanting to be Irish.”

2017 ILCC scholarship fundraiser

BANCROFT — People from across the area flooded into the Bancroft Summit Center on Thursday, March 2 and Friday, March 3 to enjoy an evening of food, fun and dancing at the second Dancing with the Local Stars Event. 
The sight of a shimmering disco ball and chandeliers greeted attendees as they entered the hall. 
Bob Jennings emceed the event, introducing the judges for the night, Stacy Besch “Carrie Ann,” Jonathan Chambers “Bruno” and Tom Gruis “Len.” 

Scary moments for twins and their family

ALGONA — There were several tense months for Shanda Tweedy and her fiancé, Mark Mallory, as their twin children were being born just over a year ago.
Today, Austin and Drake, born Feb. 16, 2016, are growing and developing normally.


95th birthday
Harold Sundet was born on March 22, 1922 and will be celebrating his 95th birthday this year.
His family, including his daughter Sharon (Howard) Omdahl, his son Bruce (Marcia) Sundet, seven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, are encouraging family and friends to shower him with cards to help him celebrate. 
Cards and well wishes will reach him at: Harold Sundet, Good Samaritan Center, 412 West Kennedy Street, Algona, IA 50511.


Omdahl, Tzimas


Ava Elaine Berg

Bizarre blizzard strikes region

Within a week, temperatures shifted from sunny 65 degrees to blustering snowy temperatures in the low twenties, culminating in an end-of-February snowstorm. 
The snowstorm swept into the area on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 23, producing the most snowfall on Friday and covering the area in almost 12 inches of snow. The storm affected the entire county and many regions within the Midwest. 

Swea City taking the ‘pool’ plunge

SWEA CITY— Constructed in 1958, Swea City’s first and only municipal pool is in need of major improvements and repairs. Since its construction, there have been no structural repairs to the pool. 
Over the past several years, the ‘Pool Plunge’ Committee has been endeavoring to raise funds for the project. “We have amped up the fundraising in the last two years,” said Pool Plunge Committee President, Jill Bollinger. 

Speeches dominate the classrooms of BGHS

ALGONA — Snow was a slight factor on Saturday, Feb. 25, as Bishop Garrigan High School hosted the District Speech contest for Northwest Iowa region. Fourteen schools traveled to Algona to present their speeches in front of the judges, aiming for a division one rating.  
It takes student’s weeks or even months to perfect their pieces.  

FFA week brings schools together

National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Week brought schools together on Feb. 18-25. 
Students from both Algona High School and Bishop Garrigan High School registered for agricultural classes at the Algona School are automatically enrolled in FFA. Approximately 85 students are enrolled in FFA at AHS, 13 of whom are Garrigan students. 

95th birthday

Marge Lavrenz was born on March 13, 1922 and will be celebrating her 95th birthday this year. Family and friends are encouraged to shower her with cards to help her celebrate. Cards and well wishes will reach her at 314 4th Avenue SE, Clarion, IA 50525.



Kendall Josephine Leigh

Legislators tackle CBA controversy

ALGONA — One day after the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors extended the collective bargaining agreement for two years, three area legislators provided their take on the issue to a packed house in the Algona Public Library.
At times the discussion became contentious.

WB-M moving forward with new facility

WEST BEND — A $2.8 million facility is closer to becoming reality.
On Monday evening, the West Bend-Mallard Community School District held a public hearing to discuss plans, specifications, form of contract and estimated cost for a new administration and athletic facility.

‘An Enchanted Evening’

Dreams of a magical afternoon twirled through the air as dancers prepared for their performances at ‘An Enchanted Evening of Dance’ on Sunday, Feb. 19. 
The Bishop Garrigan Danz Squad hosted the spring show at 4 p.m. in the Bishop Garrigan Gymnasium.
Teams and individuals from across the area were invited to perform. Each team or performer had a connection to the Danz Squad, said Colleen Conway Schiltz, Danz Squad head-coach. 

Subscribe to News