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Bring on the heat at farmers market

By Joanne Roepke Bode

Kossuth Farmers Market



ot stuff coming through! This week was all about the heat, from the warm weather to the spicy peppers coming ready in the garden. A lot of people have asked about the impact the recent hot temperatures may have on favorite summer crops, such as tomatoes.

Jordan new pastor at Evangelical Free

ALGONA—Algona Evangelical Free Church welcomed its new pastor, Dan Jordan, on July 1. The installation service was officiated by Dr. Michael Shields, superintendent of the EFCA Central District. Pastor Dan and his wife, Deb, have served in Iowa for 15 years after previous ministries in Indiana and Pennsylvania. They have three adult children, all of whom live in the metro Des Moines area.   

AMU Programming

Monday, Aug. 28

9 a.m.: Presbyterian Church

7 p.m.: Football vs. Spirit Lake


Tuesday, Aug. 29

9 a.m.: Trinity Lutheran Church

10 a.m.: Heritage Awards/Voices from the Past

7 p.m.: City Council

9 p.m.: Wildhaven Tour


Wednesday,  Aug. 30

9 a.m.: Faith Assembly of God

10:30 a.m.: Divine Mercy

Catholic Church

7 p.m.: Fair Parade

8 p.m.: Football vs. Spirit Lake


Senior Center

Thursday, Aug. 24

Taco casserole, corn bread, steamed carrots, banana

11 a.m. – Exercise


Friday, Aug. 25

Ground beef stroganoff, egg noodles, green beans, chocolate chip cookie

10:30 a.m. – Bingo


Monday,  Aug. 28

Chicken, orange and almond salad, breadstick, apple crisp

10:30 a.m. – Bingo


Tuesday,  Aug. 29

Sheperd’s pie, whole wheat roll, green beans, mandarin oranges

Hunter education field day class


Kossuth Sheriff report

Monday, August 14

11:14 a.m. Traffic stop, Swea City.

11:19 a.m. Report of suspicious vehicle, Fenton.

1:52 p.m. Report of vehicle rollover, Whittemore.

7:27 p.m. Traffic stop, Algona.

9:30 p.m. Traffic stop, Swea City.

10:54 p.m. Traffic stop, arrested Philip Kevin Pytleski, 40, on two Kossuth County warrants for expired mittimus, failure to serve jail time, Armstrong.

11:14 p.m. Report of missing dogs.


Algona Police report

Monday, August 14

2:18 a.m. Ambulance

8:41 a.m. Alarm.

10: a.m. Officer aided at KRHC.

10:31 a.m. Accident.

11:35 a.m. Accident.

1:53 p.m. Ambulance call.

2:05 p.m. Officer aided at KRHC.


Tuesday, August 15

1:06 a.m. Ambulance

2:31 a.m. Miscellaneous auto.

2:53 a.m. Ambulance.

3:36 a.m. Death M.E. notified.

7:39 a.m. Fire alarm.

Help firefighters Fill the Boot


ALGONA—Algona Firefighters will hold their annual MDA Fill the Boot campaign to accelerate research and advance care for families living with Muscular Dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases.

KRHC earns Women’s Choice Award

ALGONA—Kossuth Regional Health Center has been awarded the Women’s Choice Award for 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience. This award is in addition to the Top Obstetrics and Emergency Care Award KRHC received in February of this year.

The Women’s Choice Award was created to help women find the best healthcare possible for them and their families.


Kolt Keith Greve

Shelby King and Brandon Greve of Burt announce the birth of their son, Kolt Keith, on August 15, 2023, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center.

Kolt weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Whittemore Market to Market event is Saturday, August 26

WHITTEMORE—More than 50 vendors will have their products on display at the Whittemore Market to Market event on Saturday, August 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vendor locations in Whittemore will include the fire station, community center and 400 RS Home and Design. The community center and fire station will have both inside and outside vendors.

Third cutting of alfalfa hay reached 82 percent complete

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. The report is released weekly April through November. The weekly report is also available on the USDA’s website at

Community Calendar

Thursday, August 24

Book Club, 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Fenton Public Library, Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline, call 515-889-2333 to join.

Coffee and Chat, 9-10 a.m., Fenton Public Library.

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

Algona Schools First Day of School For Grades K-4th and Half of Kindergarten Class.



Learn about the Amish

Our Neighbors, The Amish Program will be presented by Don and Dianne Kramer of Dyersville on Friday, September 1 at 1 p.m. at the West Bend Library. All are welcome to attend. Amish refreshments served.

Save lives

New president will lead Bishop Garrigan

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


A new president of Bishop Garrigan Schools will be welcoming students back to school on the first day of classes on Wednesday, August 23. Christy Peterson of Algona was selected as the new president in November 2022 and officially started her duties as president of Bishop Garrigan Schools on July 1, 2023.

Peterson is taking over the role held by Lynn Miller, who retired as president on June 30.

Thank you from Haiti

Don and Kathy Pomeroy, missionaries with Educate Haiti, Inc., paid a visit to their friends in Algona last Friday, Aug. 11 to say thank you for the help given to improve the education and welfare of people in Haiti. Jean and Jane Shey hosted a meet and greet at their home in Algona giving everyone a chance to hear first hand stories of the work being done in Haiti as well as the different challenges the Haitians face.

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