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Session for private well owners

ALGONA—The Kossuth County Extension office will host a free, one-hour learning session for private well owners in March. The program will help attendees understand their well’s water quality and connect them to resources to manage their well.

Senior Center

Thursday, March 9

Chicken alfredo penne, breadstick, lettuce, mixed fruit

1:15 p.m. – Senior Center Board meeting


Friday,  March 10

Baked cod, red roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, pears

10 a.m. – Bingo

1:30 p.m. – Tai Chi


Monday,  March 13

Baked honey chicken, sweet potato fries, corn, banana

10:30 a.m. – Bingo

1:30 p.m. – Brad Hoover, Weichert Realty


Tuesday,  March 14

Dick Deitering Memorial to award scholarship

The family of Dick Deitering has announced that scholarship applications are now available for 2023.

This scholarship is for students planning to attend post-secondary trade/vocational programs. The forms are available at North Union, North Iowa, Bishop Garrigan and Algona High Schools, as well as at Deitering Bros., Inc., in Bancroft.

Don’t rely on the Luck O’ the Irish

DES MOINES—Although Irish in its roots, St. Patrick's Day is most widely celebrated in the United States. To help keep lowa's roads safe, the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau is partnering with local law enforcement March 11-19, to spread the message about the dangers of impaired driving.

Deadlines this week for spring recreation programs

Sign up now for youth soccer, softball and baseball


ALGONA—Registration is now open for youth soccer, softball and baseball available through the Algona Recreation Department and a swim team meeting will be held for interested families in March.


Youth Soccer


Legislative Forum

A legislative forum will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m. at the Algona Public Library. Senator Dave Rowley and Representatives Henry Stone and John Wills plan to attend. The forum will be sponsored by the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce.

Apron collection in Whittemore

Community Calendar

Thursday, March 9

Think Up, Drink Up Trivia Night, 6 p.m. registration, 6:30 p.m. trivia rounds at Algona VFW, teams of one to six people, prizes for first, second and third place teams, no entry fee for teams.

Coffee and Chat, 9 a.m., Fenton Public Library.

Conversations Connect: Practice English and Spanish, 10-11 a.m., 5:30-6:30 p.m., Algona Public Library, adults and older students.


Bishop Garrigan defeated Newell-Fonda behind a state tournament single game scoring record 49 points by Audi Crooks and claimed the Class 1A Girls State Basketball Tournament championship for the second consecutive season Saturday night, 68-57.

The Golden Bears trailed 13-8 after one quarter, but reclaimed control in the second period and grabbed a 33-26 lead at the half. It was a lead they maintained throughout the second half.

Golden Bears win state opener; Crooks sets state tourney record

Class 1A Girls State Basketball Tournament
Algona Bishop Garrigan 67, Martensdale St. Marys 44

Audi Crooks has put big numbers throughout her career and her latest performance was more noteworthy than most.

Crooks scored 42 points to break the Class 1A tournament record and defending champion Algona Bishop Garrigan cruised past Martensdale-St. Marys 67-44 to start the quarterfinal round in their class.

Nielsen retires after four decades with street dept.

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—There are approximately 42 to 45 miles of streets in Algona and Kurt Nielsen has spent a 40 year career working with a crew to maintain and improve each and every street. The soon to be 62-year-old Nielsen retired as the City of Algona Street Superintendent in February.

Nielsen has lived most of his life in Algona. In high school, he spent a summer working for the street department.

What have we done??



By Amy Frankl Brandt

News Editor


KOSSUTH COUNTY—The Kossuth County Fair grandstands is one of the first structures people see when entering Algona from the south on Hwy. 169 and large enough to be noticed. Some people might even call it an eyesore. Is this the first impression we want to give visitors? Is this the best we can give our kids? Is this the best we can do???

Chamber coffee at McDonalds

The Algona Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon cutting and coffee at the newly remodeled McDonald’s in Algona. Owners John and Ann Jo (center) did the honors of cutting the ribbon. John told the group in attendance about the remodeling project as well as some new features in the restaurant including a kiosk where customers can place their orders. He assured the group that people will still be able to place their food orders at the counter also.

WBM students donate to animal care

Mrs. Aldridge’s class front, from left: Cooper Marcellus, Bryson Akridge, Keegan Frank, Ashlyn Langel, Felix Green, Blake Cogdill, Amzie Peppmeier, Brelee Banwart, Amelia Kampen and Tyson Studer.

Back: Jackson Morey, Matthew Zaugg, Kyler Banwart, Emerson Wirtz, Emrie Ulrich, Jaden Knoblach, Collin Wirtz, Miley Bortell, Tate Myer, Rio Vera, Charlette Douglas, Eli Bahler and Colby Jacobson. Submitted photo


Fish and More in Whittemore

Approximately 30 volunteers prepared and served the fish fry meal attended by about 460 people at St. Michael’s Catholic Church Parish Hall in Whittemore on February 24. All funds raised at the fish fry will go to the tuition assistance fund to help with the education of the parish’s students who attend Catholic schools.

Algona Municipal Utilities pledges $100,000 to Central Park splash pad


ALGONA—Algona Municipal Utilities announced a major gift to the Central Park Redevelopment Project, with a $100,000 pledge to the splash pad campaign.

NHS helps save lives



Brooklyn Helmers

AHS Journalism


ALGONA—National Honor Society is a nationwide organization that acknowledges students for their successes in leadership, character and service, in addition to their academic accomplishments. Being a member is viewed as a major advantage by colleges. Becoming a part of NHS will show that you took an active role in your community in addition to earning outstanding grades.

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