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John Kesselring


School District & Teaching Assignment: K-2 Principal - Seton/Assistant Football Coach

How did you get into teaching?

I went to school to become a teacher because I knew that I always wanted to teach and coach. I attended Northwest Missouri State University and achieved my education degree. Along the way I have added endorsements and certifications to enhance my teaching and learning.

Make plans to attend the Wall of Fame ceremonies on Aug 25

ALGONA—The public is invited to attend the Wall of Fame ceremonies at Algona High School on Aug. 25 when the wrestling teams of 1969 and 1970, the 2008 boys cross country team and Bruce Hackbarth, track and field 1980, will be honored.

The festivities will begin with a meet and greet at:

4:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Wilcox Performing Arts Center. (There will be parking available across the street.)

Bilyeu honored for 50 years employment

ALGONA—Evolution Driveline honored Terry Bilyeu on Aug.11 at Veterans Park in Algona for his 50 years of dedicated employment and service. Bilyeu’s family and co-workers surprised him when he arrived at what he thought was to be a company picnic. The cake, balloons, slide show and plaque also gave the surprise away. Pictured from left to right is Bilyeu’s family, Jenny Ernst, Brian Ernst, Jace Ernst, Peyton Ernst, Shawn Bilyeu and to the far right is Bilyeu’s wife Shelley.

Fun at Party in the Park

The last Party in the Park event of the 2023 summer season was held on Wednesday, August 9 on the Carnegie lawn in Algona.

Photos: Marleigh Sankey and Emmalyn Sankey had the opportunity to sit in a fire truck; lots of vehicles were on display at the touch a truck theme event; a local band, Midland Vibe, provided musical entertainment; and kids from First Lutheran Church presented a puppet show during the evening. Kim Wegener photos

Chips Off the Old Block have done it again

Chips Off the Old Block presented a donation of $500 to the Shriners Children’s Hospital. One of the Chips members has two children who are current Shriners Children’s Hospital patients who have been helped greatly by their specialized care. Submitted photo

Murder Mystery Dinner at Burt Library

Don’t be Clueless!


BURT—The mystery takes place in the fictional gymnatorium of Cleaver High, home of the Cleaver Beavers! Its reunion time for all the high school favorites. Find school spirit again and reminisce about all the great times had together... or were they? Have past rivalries come back to haunt? Has long lost love been found? Find out what the lunch lady knew all along.

North Kossuth Golf Club’s 60th anniversary

 Travis Neuman-Board, Shelly Helmers-NKGC Manager, Larry Vaske-Board, Drew Doocy-Board, Jeff Broesder-Board, Bob Gifford-Board and Darryl Vaske-Board. Submitted photo

Newspaper article from the Aug. 1, 1963 Algona Upper Des Moines.

Aerial photo of North Kossuth Golf Course taken in 2019.

Contractors drawing of the proposed golf course from the Kossuth County Advance newspaper on Aug. 27, 1963. It reads:

Bernhard District Governor

BANCROFT—Photo on left: Carole Bernhard of the Bancroft Area Rotary Club was installed as District Governor for the 2023-2024 Rotary year, by past District Governor Jeff Hassman. Photo at right: Bernhard is pictured with her husband Tim and their family. Submitted photos

Managing medication remains top priority in home health care

By Allison Gisch

KRHC Home Health

Clinical Manager



enior citizens are staying home longer than ever with the help of technology, family and home health care. Many families aim to keep their aging loved ones at home for as long as possible; home is, after all, comfortable and familiar.

Sharing Italian salad recipe from Farmers Market

By Joanne Roepke Bode

Kossuth Farmers Market



ast week the Kossuth County Farmers Market recognized National Farmers Market Week by just doing what we do best - showing up at the market with fresh, homegrown and homemade foods and treats.

I’m thankful that our local vendors continue to make the commitment of being with us at the market.

Three generations judge at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES—4-H is all about family. Dee Ann Bierstedt of Fenton has lived the motto of 4-H ,“ I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service and my Health to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world.” daily since being a 4-H member at the age of 9.

Master Gardeners take a tour

Kossuth County Master Gardeners and their guests went on a trip to northeast Iowa on Thursday, July 20.

Tour stops included Seed Savers Exchange near Decorah and Plantpeddler in Cresco.

Among the topics the attendees learned about during the day tour included the importance of heirloom seed saving, plant diversity, evaluation trials and commercial greenhouse technology,

Front, from left: Judy Erdman, Meredith Nelson and Gloria Braun.


Lind 50th

Phil and Linda (Elbert) Lind will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on August 25. Cards will reach them if sent to 908 North Wooster, Algona, IA 50511.

Phil grew up in Perry and Linda was raised in Whittemore. The couple met while they were attending Briar Cliff College in Sioux City. Phil and Linda were married August 25, 1973, and moved to Algona a couple of years later. They raised their four children in Algona.

Ribbon cutting welcomes InCourage Counseling


The Algona Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting and coffee at InCourage Counseling located at 1920 Highway 18 E. in the Eastland Plaza in Algona on Friday, August 11. Ashley Courtney, Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), owns the business which opened in March.

Lone Rock keeps on track, chugging along…..


Ernst names Small Business of the Week, Bloom Floral


U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business Committee, today announced her Small Business of the Week: Bloom Floral of Kossuth County. Throughout this Congress, Ranking Member Ernst plans to recognize a small business in every one of Iowa’s 99 counties.

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