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Soybean harvest nearly finished

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.

Two new faces for Kossuth County Supervisors

KOSSUTH COUNTY—The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors will see two new faces as Waechter and Nath took wins in Tuesday’s general election. Commenting on his win late Tuesday evening, Waechter said he had the support of a lot of great people in the race.

Spotlight will shine bright on Veterans

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


Veterans will be honored and thanked in a big way on Main Street in Lakota on Veterans Day, Friday November 11. The spotlight will shine brightly on Veterans and Veterans’ widows during the annual Hunting with Heroes drive-through Thanksgiving meal and gift distribution event.

EMS: When minutes matter


EMS staff and volunteers work together for rapid response

KOSSUTH COUNTY—Algona Emergency Medical Service (EMS) staff and volunteers throughout Kossuth County work together to respond to ambulance calls around the clock and transfer patients to facilities that can provide the care they need.  Volunteers will continue to play a crucial role in the plan proposed by the Kossuth County EMS Advisory Council for countywide service.

Creating, donating birthday kits for all

In one week’s time, Bishop Garrigan’s Campus Ministries assembled 24 birthday kits to donate to the C.A.R.E. Team as part of Pay It Forward Always. The kits containing a cake mix, frosting, candles and a birthday card are given to families in need so no one goes without a birthday cake on their birthday.

Pickleball courts open

ALGONA—A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday, October 21 at the South Park pickleball courts to celebrate the completion of two new courts in the park.

KRHC honored with award

Kossuth County Supervisors and Kossuth County Auditor Tammy Eden presented Kossuth Regional Health Center Director of Facilities Dave Schmitt with the Public Innovations and Efficiencies (PIE) Award on behalf of State Auditor Rob Sand. The award was given due to energy efficiency efforts at KRHC.

All-State Honors

Three Bishop Garrigan High School students, Nate Bronk, Benjy Trainer and Isabella Waechter, were selected for the 2022 All-State Chorus. This is the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school musicians. Antonia Rupert, music director at BGHS, said the students have spent many hours rehearsing since July for the district auditions which were held at Le Mars High School on October 22.

Veterans wanted for event


Twin Rivers Elementary School Invitation to Veterans.


Dear US Military Veteran,

Chamber coffee at Zen


Photo at left shows Dr. Jolene Krieps LAc informing the crowd of the numerous services and health benefits of acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine she offers at Everything Zen during the chamber coffee she hosted on Oct. 14. Amy Frankl-Brandt photo

   Kids receive gift of water bottles


Heartland Mutual recently donated more than 100 water bottles to the Algona School kindergarten class and more than 100 water bottles to the Seton School kindergarten class. The bottles, ordered through


Algona Publishing, were a big hit with the kids.

Kristie Hough is pictured at far left with Heartland Mutual’s Jared Carlson who is pictured in both Algona and Seton Schools’ photos. Submitted photos

EMS hosts chamber coffee



Phil Albers, pictured here with Jacob Tjaden and Bernie Merrill,  addressed the crowd that gathered for the weekly chamber coffee hosted by EMS last Friday, Oct. 28. Amy Frankl-Brandt photo

First book for local author




TITONKA—Terry Manwarren of Titonka has published his first book of poems titled “The Eagles on Top of the Hill” which also includes two songs. Manwarren enjoys writing poetry and decided to put a book together when he was quarantined during the pandemic. Manwarren will have a book signing at the Titonka Library on Dec. 19 from 3-5 p.m. Amy Frankl-Brandt photo

Festive Decorations

Whittemore Warriors 4-H Club members, Weston Ehlers, Lane Penner, Tinley Kron, Miranda Marso, Jacob Reding, Nick Reding, Anthony Frideres and Charleigh Steier, decorated downtown Whittemore this fall season. Submitted photo

Warm welcome

Mary McEnroe happily greeted visitors to the West Bend Care Center’s Fall Bazaar and Silent Auction. Visiting with Mary are her son, Mark McEnroe and friend, Luan Bargman. Amy Frankl-Brandt photo

Halloween fun in Whittemore

Approximately 200 people attended the costume party hosted by the Whittemore Warriors 4-H Club Saturday evening in Whittemore.

“The Halloween party was a huge success. Every year our attendance has grown. The club has made this event a big focus. It is our members’ favorite service project for our community,” Co-club leader Jennifer Thilges said.

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