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A healthy school year starts now

Time to plan for student wellness and immunizations

By Josie Bjustrom, R.N., Community Health, KRHC

New farm management specialist ready to help Kossuth County farmers

Eric Weuve joined the farm business management team with ISU Extension and Outreach in May. He fills the position previously held by Kelvin Leibold, who retired earlier this year.

Weuve will serve 12 counties in north central Iowa, including Kossuth.  Weuve is a known commodity in north central Iowa, with a background in teaching agriculture at the college level.  He will provide a broad base of agricultural knowledge for producers in the area.

Food, fun and family time at the market

By Joanne Roepke Bode

West Bend Public Library presents Origami-Playing with Paper in partnership with CultureAll

WEST BEND—The West Bend Public Library is pleased to host Takeshi Hayasaka on Tuesday, July 2 at 1:30 p.m. Takeshi was born and raised in Miyagi prefecture located 200 miles north of Tokyo, the capital of Japan. Takeshi came to Des Moines in August 2022 as a cultural coordinator of the Japan Outreach Initiative program. He focuses on sharing Japanese culture with the local communities and supporting his host organization, Japan America Society of Iowa.

Red Power presents scholarships

Red Power is committed to finding dedicated employees to improve service for our customers. In partnership with the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association (INEDA), Red Power has matched funds for two recipients of the Andrew Goodman Scholarship, totaling $3,000 per recipient.

New sign welcomes you to Burt

Have you noticed the new “Thank You for Visiting Burt” sign on the east end of town as you exit?  Jean Stumme headed up the project for Burt Beautiful 100 to Care.  The purpose of Burt Beautiful is to “bring beauty to the town and into the hearts of the people.”  You don’t even have to be a member to present a project to be funded.  The next meeting is Aug. 5 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Burt Activity Complex.  Everyone is invited to come.

Build a Toad Abode

Toads can eat upwards of 10,000 bugs during the summer months. So why not invite these guys to a dinner of potential insect pests in your garden? Join Kossuth County Assistant Naturalist Julie Fosado at Smith Lake’s enclosed shelter house (south) on Friday, June 28 at 10 a.m. to learn toad habits, go on a self-guided toad hunt and paint “Toad Abodes” to take home and place in your garden. Please call 515-295-2138 to register as space is limited.

Changes push Algona Fieldhouse budget to $13.1 Million

By Molly Montag, News Correspondent

Approximately $300,000 in change orders were approved for the Algona Fieldhouse athletic facility. The charges approved Monday, June 10, by the Algona Community Schools Board of Education bring the total cost of the project to $13.1 million.

Ditch mowing underway, sparks debate

By Molly Montag, News Correspondent

County crews have begun mowing tall grass from the ditches of Kossuth County’s roads. The tall grass had caught the attention of some locals concerned about potential safety hazards.

City to explore options to help Algona homeowners affected by sewage backups

By Molly Montag, News Correspondent

Officials will explore ways the City of Algona could help homeowners affected by sewage backups. The move came after heavy rains in June caused more backups in a city neighborhood where some residents also had backups last month.

In spite of budget cuts, Kossuth Supervisors still invited to Algona Public Library

By Molly Montag, News Correspondent

Even though they voted to cut $188,245 in funding from libraries in Kossuth County, members of the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors still have an open invitation to visit their local public library.

Kossuth Regional Health Center implements new secure digital patient check-in

ALGONA—Kossuth Regional Health Center is excited to announce the implementation of Phreesia, a digital patient check-in software.

Since 2022, patients at KRHC have had the option to check in for their appointment via Epion Health on any web-enabled smartphone, tablet or computer. That software has now been upgraded to the Phreesia intake management platform. No paperwork is needed, saving time, and streamlining the registration process.

City of Algona accepting bids for Library project

The City of Algona is accepting bids for the Algona Public Library Phase 2 Exterior Improvements project. A pre-bid meeting and tour for interested bidders will be held on June 13 at 10 a.m.

Audit report on AMU

T. P. Anderson & Co., P.C. reported that the Utilities' operating revenue totaled $23,402,237 for the year ended December 31, 2023. The operating revenue included $17,634,304 from the Electric Department, $2,056,108 from the Water Department, and $3,711,825 from the Communications Department.

Audit report on Kossuth County

KOSSUTH—Gardiner + Company today released an audit report on Kossuth County.

The County’s governmental revenues totaled $32,423,911 for the year ended June 30, 2023, a 19.15 percent increase from the prior year. Expenses for County operations for the year ended June 30, 2023 totaled $26,245,656, a 0.72 percent increase from the prior year.

Algona Livestock hosting training

The Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension are cooperating with the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Algona Livestock Auction to help educate producers on Beef Quality Assurance. A training and certification session will be held on Tuesday, June 25 starting at 6 p.m. with a light meal and the program starting at 6:30 p.m.

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