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Fareway helps VA Hospital

The Algona Fareway Store in partnership with Pay it Forward Always, Operation Barnabas and Fareway customers, recently donated more than 100 cans of coffee to the Des Moines Veteran’s Hospital. Signs were posted throughout the store encouraging customers to purchase an extra can of coffee and leave it at the counter. 

Pictured are Mandie Studer, founder of Pay it Forward Always and Jim Beadle, Fareway Store manager. Amy Frankl-Brandt photo

Last Chamber winner drawn

The fourth and final Chamber Holiday drawing winner is Carol Degroote who chose the $400 gift card prize offered from The Market owned by Kelly Tigges. The Chamber pays $250 of this prize with the business chosen donating the remainder. More than 80 businesses in Algona  participated in the giveaway.  The Algona Chamber holds this drawing to encourage shopping locally. Amy Frankl-Brandt photo

4-H helps food pantry

The Kossuth County 4-H’ers have been collecting food for the Kossuth County Food Pantry since October. They delivered the food to the pantry on Dec. 18. The drive was led by the Whittemore Warriors, Lotts Creek and Fenton Forwards. Pictured from left are: Henry Ricke, food pantry director, Kayla Buscher, Hunter Thilges, Thadd Kollasch and Drew Casey. Submitted photo


Bertha Godfrey Bulldog Heroes

Bertha Godfrey kindergarten Bulldog Heroes for the month of December are from left: Greta Bormann, Drake Mallory, Emilia McGregor and Trista Wittkopf. Submitted photo

‘What Holidays Mean to Me’ drawing winners

Holden Glawe: Honoring Jesus is reason for celebrating Christmas

Holden Glawe is a fourth grader in Mrs. Berkland’s class at Bishop Garrigan. He is the son of Jim and Mandy Glawe of Wesley.

About his drawing, Holden said on the left side is his house to represent his Christmas, to show what his house looks 

Algona grade schools receive high rating; work continues on reorganization proposal with Lu Verne

By Amy Frankl-Brandt, Assistant Editor

ALGONA—The Algona Community School District board shared school scores and ratings during its board meeting on Monday, Dec. 20. 

TLC Quilters spread Christmas Joy

ALGONA—The TLC Quilters held their annual Christmas dinner party on Dec. 4, giving away gifts to 50 area children. Gifts included quilts, crocheted hats, mittens and slippers, wooden trucks and blocks made by the CHIPS Off the Old Block club, books, doll clothes, stuffed animals, book bags and dolls with a 1950s poodle skirt. Each doll came with extra clothes and accessories. 

Algona council OK's planning for $6 million in 2022 street, utility projects

By Brad Hicks, Publisher

ALGONA—Street projects dotted Algona’s map throughout 2021. You can expect the same in 2022.

During its meeting Monday evening at City Hall, the Algona City Council approved hiring Bolton & Menk engineers to begin finalizing plans for another round of improvements throughout the city – work carrying an estimated price tag of about $6.7 million.


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Second graders help Santa by paying it forward

ALGONA—Second grade teacher Erin Missman and Mandie Studer, founder of the non-profit group Pay It Forward Always, recently enlisted the help of some special elves to help with a special project for military troops. 

COVID deaths hit 80 in Kossuth County

ALGONA—Two deaths due to the COVID-19 coronavirus have been reported in the past two weeks in Kossuth County.

Data available from the Iowa coronavirus website stated 80 Kossuth County residents have now died from the virus, which was first identified here in spring 2020. The two additional deaths upped December’s death count to three. In December 2020, there were 23 reported deaths, most in any month since the start of the pandemic.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: Chamber winner and coffee, donation, Bulldog heroes, and more

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Chamber coffee at The Dapper Dude

McEnroe wins $100,000 lottery prize

CLIVE—An Algona woman who stopped to fill up her gas tank bought a lottery ticket and won $100,000. Jaime McEnroe of Algona won the third top prize in the Iowa Lottery’s “Lucky Numbers Game Book” scratch game. 

She purchased her winning ticket at One Stop Shop, 220 S. Phillips St. in Algona, and claimed her prize Wednesday at the lottery’s Mason City regional office.

LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTS: Algona Police, Kossuth County Sheriff, Accident Reports



Monday, December 13

12:02 a.m.: Ambulance, Wesley.

6:17 a.m.: Vehicle in ditch, St. Joe.

9:48 a.m.: Accident, Algona.

10:41 a.m.: Card fraud, Ottosen.

3:02 p.m.: Driving complaint, Hobarton.

4:21 p.m.: Stray dogs, Bode.


Tuesday, December 14

9:22 a.m.: Accidental 911 call, Algona.

9:41 a.m.: Truant student, Algona.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Fenton, Lone Rock, Swea City

Fenton holds Santa Day

Fenton Community Club hosted a party at the Fenton Legion Hall and the Fenton Public Library had an open house on Dec. 11. Craft tables were hosted by the Fenton Forwards 4-H Club. Names were read of the 74 loved ones honored with ornaments on the library tree. Twelve sleds were donated by Potratz Insurance Agency. 


Kruse wins quilt at Lone Rock Legion feather party

FARM NEWS: State Farm Bureau recognizes Kossuth County FB as 'outstanding;' programs announced

State cost share funds available for windbreaks

KOSSUTH COUNTY—The Kossuth Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) administers state cost share programs for installation of soil and water conservation practices on land located in Kossuth County.  

Kossuth County land values increase

AMES—Land values across all crop reporting districts in Iowa increased in 2021 according to Iowa State’s Annual Land Value Survey. Kossuth, Winnebago, Worth and Mitchell counties saw a 34.5 percent increase estimate of average dollar value per acre with Kossuth County showing an average of $11,308 per acre land value.

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