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Bakers, crafters, makers and growers at Farmers Market

By Joanne Roepke Bode

Kossuth Farmers Market



hat a long, strange trip this growing season has been! This season has brought an interesting mix of hot and cold temperatures (sometimes all in the same week), drought conditions in June followed by rain in July, winds, hail and an odd mixture of pests. Many bugs seem to be non-existent this year, while grasshoppers and some others seem to be more plentiful than usual.

First day of school


Photo at left: Mr. Kesselring, building lead at Seton School, visited with from left: Kayden Richter, Kyiah Richter and Claire Gilliland, as they were waiting at Seton to catch the bus to Bishop Garrigan.

Photo at right: Emmet Geving arrived for his first day of first grade at Seton with flowers for his teacher, Mrs. Meis. Kim Wegener photos

Merron’s artwork places second in national contest

Hanna Merron, daughter of Andy and Lisa Merron of Bancroft, recently received second place in the Catholic Daughters of America Education Contest. Merron’s art entry received first place at the local and state level which qualified the entry to advance to the national level. This year’s theme was “Walk by faith, not by sight”.

Chamber ribbon cutting at UScellular



Blake Bennett


Peyton and Sadie (Schilling) Schindler  announce the birth of their son, Blake Bennett, on August 17, 2023, at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake. He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Blake is welcomed home by siblings, Kael, Hadlee, Keaton and Drew.

Maternal grandparents are Dave and Debbie Schilling of Sheldon. Paternal grandparents are Deb Schindler of Algona, and the late Steve Schindler.


Jae Jean Hoover

Ryan and Jayna Hoover of Ankeny announce the birth of their daughter, Jae Jean, on July 19, 2023, at Unity Point Health - Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.  Jae weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Welcoming her home were sisters, Hayes and Reese and brother, Hank.

Maternal grandparents are Terry and Trudy Blome of Ledyard. Paternal grandfather is Ted Hoover of Burt.


Nemitz 90th

Former Fenton resident Joan Nemitz will celebrate her 90th birthday on September 1. Cards will reach her if sent to Valley Vue Care Center, Armstrong,  IA 50514.

Smith 104th

Whittemore native Mary Corinne Smith celebrated her 104th birthday on August 27. She lived in Algona until moving at the age of 92 to be near her daughter in Delaware.

5 positions open for City of Algona

ALGONA—Interested in running for political office in the City of Algona?  For City of Algona residents planning to run for office in the November election, the necessary paperwork is currently available from the county auditor or the city clerk. Open offices for this year’s City of Algona election includes the positions of:


Mayor (two-year term)

Ward 2 council member (four-year term)

Ward 3 council member (two-year term to fill vacancy)

College Notes

Wille named to spring dean’s list

NORTH MANKATO, MINN.—Kattiana Wille of Algona earned dean’s list honors for the 2023 spring semester at South Central College in North Mankato.

To earn dean’s list recognition, students must have achieved a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher and completed at least 12 credits for the semester.

City selling 812 South Moore Street

ALGONA—The City of Algona is seeking proposals from contractors to purchase a city-owned property located at 812 South Moore Street. First consideration will be given to proposals received by Aug. 31.

The City of Algona is seeking proposals from developers to purchase and rehabilitate a city-owned residential property located at 812 S. Moore Street.


Monday, August 22

12:06 p.m.: Ambulance.

4:11 p.m.: Speak with officer regarding no contact order.

4:51 p.m.: Aided.

7:04 p.m.: Speak with officer regarding no contact order.

7:22 p.m.: Suicidal female.  Ambulance called.

8:01 p.m.: Ambulance call.

11:14 p.m.: Secured landing zone at KRHC.


Tuesday, August 22

6:47 a.m.: Ambulance call.

8:04 a.m.: Ambulance.

10:48 a.m.: Animal.


Monday, August 21

8:51 a.m.: Report of Facebook fraud, Swea City.

9:49 a.m.: Request for a deputy, Whittemore.

11:12 a.m.: Report of cattle out, Burt.

1:59 p.m.: Report of RR crossing not working, Lu Verne.

3:07 p.m.: Request for a deputy, Wesley.

3:41 p.m.: Request to speak to deputy, Swea City.

4:56 p.m.: Request to speak to deputy, Titonka.

6:53 p.m.: Request to speak to deputy, Lakota.

Senior Center

Thursday, Aug. 31

Chili mac casserole, mixed vegetables, classic peaches, applesauce jell-o

11 a.m. – Exercise


Friday, Sept. 1

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, carrots, pudding

10:30 a.m. – Bingo


Monday, Sept. 4



Tuesday,  Sept. 5

Tuna melt sandwich, fries, peas, chocolate pudding

11 a.m. – Exercise

1 p.m. – Devotional


Amu Programming

Monday, Aug. 28

9 a.m.: Presbyterian Church

7 p.m.: Wall of Fame Ceremony


Tuesday, Aug. 29

9 a.m.: Trinity Lutheran Church

10 a.m.: Grace Church

7 p.m.: City Council


Wednesday,  Aug. 30

9 a.m.: Faith Assembly of God

10:30 a.m.: Divine Mercy

Catholic Church

11:30 a.m.: City Council

7 p.m.: Wall of Fame Ceremony

8 p.m.: Football vs. Forest City


Last week saw 105 degree and 49 degree temps

DES MOINES—Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig has commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

“While seasonal conditions have returned after last week’s sweltering heat wave, several daily records were broken across the state as a result of the hot temperatures and high humidity,” Secretary Naig said.

Twenty-one new foods will entice stomachs at 2023 Clay County Fair

SPENCER—Fairgoers to the 2023 Clay County Fair will have 21 new foods to enjoy during their visit Sept.9-17, including five that have been named as finalists for the seventh edition of the “The World’s Greatest County Fair Food” Contest sponsored by Farmers Savings Bank.

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