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BGHS students excel in speech

MILFORD—Bishop Garrigan students had a very successful day at the district individual speech contest that was held Saturday, February 25, in Milford. The Bears earned 11 Division I or excellent ratings and two Division II or good ratings.

Algona High School Jazz Band qualifies for state

CLEAR LAKE—The Algona High School Jazz Band earned a second place finish at the North Central IBA District Jazz Festival at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake on Monday, February 20. The jazz band was one of seven bands competing in Class 3A.

250 people attend BINGO fundraiser

ALGONA—Fun, prizes and raising money for two good causes were on the agenda for the Feb. 11 Kossuth County Cancer Support Foundation (KCCSF) Mother/Son BINGO event. KCCSF hosted the event that included donations from local businesses and individuals in Kossuth County. Not only were funds raised for KCCSF to help those battling cancer in our county, but money was also raised to donate to the “Cops for Kids” program. The event held at the Columbia Events Center was attended by 250 people.

Bulldog Heroes

Kindergarten Bulldog Heroes for February are from left: Sabrina Stein, Ares Ankrum, Cameron Ricke, Penny Cowell and Marie Brantner. Submitted photo

Birth Announcements

Lucas A. Montalvo

Edgar Montalvo and Sandra Cruz of West Bend announce the birth of their son, Lucas A., on February 20, 2023, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. He weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20 inches long.

Lucas is welcomed home by a sibling, Neithan William Montalvo.

Edgar is employed on a sow farm.

Virtual program will help parents of preschoolers

KOSSUTH COUNTY—Are you the parent of a preschooler? Did you know parents can prepare their children for reading by reading to them? Research shows that preschoolers who are exposed to lots of language through books and conversations have greater academic success.

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach of Kossuth, Emmet and Palo Alto Counties are offering Our Bookshelf, a four-week virtual program for parents of preschoolers.

College Notes

Johnson, Trunkhill

named to dean’s

list at NIACC

MASON CITY—Carter Johnson and Jorden Trunkhill, both of Titonka, were named to the dean’s list at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City for the 2022 fall term. Students who complete a minimum of six semester hours and earn a 3.25-3.49 term grade point average in an academic semester will be honored by being named to the dean’s list.


Jacob Zittritsch earns

academic recognition for

Veterans remembered at DAR meeting

DES MOINES—Regent Linda Erpelding was in charge of the Algona Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting on February 14 at the First United Methodist Church in Algona.

The chapter’s Veteran Remembrance Project honors the military service of Veterans in Kossuth County. This list of Veteran funerals in January 2023 signifies a group of patriots who defended the country’s freedoms during their lifetime.

Noon Kiwanis radio auction set for March 12

ALGONA— The Noon Kiwanis Radio Auction is set for March 12 at 1 p.m.

The auction is their largest fundraiser and every penny is used for local childrens’ programs.

There are 34 businesses who have given cash donations and more than 100 auction items donated.

Don’t be fooled, hang up on gift cards scams


Members of local law enforcement have seen an increase in gift card scams. They want to remind citizens to be suspicious of anyone who suggests receiving payment by a gift card, especially over the telephone.

NIACOG now offers assistance in eight counties for home repairs


Iowa high school students can now register for Business Horizons 2023



DES MOINES—Iowa high school students currently in grades 9-12 may now register for the Business Horizons 2023 summer program. This year marks the 40th year of the program, which will occur July 16-20 at Drake University in Des Moines.

Algona Police Report

Monday, February 20

8:12 a.m. Fraud/scam.

9:43 a.m. Check on subject who fell.

10 a.m. Abandon 911.

5:18 p.m. Abandoned 911.

6:17 p.m. Suspicious Person.

6:41 p.m. Reckless Driver.

11:23 p.m. Medical Alarm.

11:26 p.m. Ambulance.


Tuesday, February 21

4:41 a.m. Officers secured helicopter landing zone at KRCH.

10:04 a.m. Unlock.

1:02 p.m. Drugs.

4:03 p.m. Ambulance.

Master Gardener program participation increases

AMES—The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener Program saw a year of significant growth in 2022. More than 440 people were trained, an increase of 41 percent, with more than 100,000 volunteer hours logged by 1,754 volunteers.

Master Gardeners interacted with more than 200,000 people from the public and assisted the Growing Together Iowa program in donating nearly 115,000 pounds of produce, according to the Master Gardener Annual Report released this winter.

Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up began February 27 runs through April 7

DES MOINES—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that agricultural producers and private landowners can begin applying for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup starting February 27 through April 7, 2023.

Deadline is March 15 for programs

AMES—Crop producers must make some important and timely decisions if they want to participate in the Farm Bill programs for 2023.

The deadline to make an election and enroll is March 15, according to Ann Johanns, education extension specialist and manager of the Ag Decision Maker with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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