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Plane crash takes two lives

150 Years Ago

NOTICE. -- The Algona mills will be closed from the 3d to about the 15th of Sept. for repairs, and no grain will be taken into the mill during that time. J. E. Stacy.


125 Years Ago

Come on down

Bob Barker, the former longtime host of “The Price Is Right,” died on Aug. 26. Some of you may have thought he was already dead. Now you know. Even so, “Dead or Alive” may have been a good guessing game for “The Price is Right.” It could have ranked right up there with “Plinko,” “Cliff Hangers” and “Punch A Bunch.” As much as “Dead or Alive” may fly today, it would not have at the time with Barker, as it just wasn’t his style.

From a column of a few decades ago

Every once in awhile, when it’s time to write another Inkspots, I find myself staring forlornly at my computer screen. And staring. And staring. However, I have a fallback plan when that happens - I resurrect a column from the olden days when I was editor. This one was dated November 15, 1986. I, of course, was a mere slip of a girl back then, a child editor really. Here goes:

Families in Faith

Be aware of the coyotes in our mist

A few weeks ago, I saw for the first time a mangy coyote cross the road in front of my car as I was driving home. At first, I was not sure what I had seen but upon a closer look as the animal was making its way into a corn field, I knew I had seen a coyote.

Out of the Past

Whittemore needs EMTS!

150 Years Ago

There was quite a chapter of accidents in town on Saturday. L. C. Lindsay at the Depot while training a horse was thrown from his buggy and had his leg broken. Wm. Cleery’s little girl was run over by a team on the street, but was not seriously injured. Dr. McCoy was run into by the race-horse on the track and got an extra bump on his forehead. His was not a serious hurt. Mr. Lindsay is doing as well as can be expected.


Governor Reynolds must take control of the IUB hearing

To the Editor:

When questioned about eminent domain during the 2022 Gubernatorial Candidate Debate, Governor Reynolds answered many times that “there is a process in place.” That process is playing out now at the Cardiff Event Center in Fort Dodge where Summit Carbon Solutions is making the case for its hazardous CO2 pipeline and landowners are being forced to defend their land. Seeing events unfold, it’s questionable if Reynolds understands the process.

Summit hearings


By Lee Blank


Summit Carbon Solutions Hearing Shrouded in Secrecy

Iowa Utilities Board continues to keep

crucial hearing information from the public

FORT DODGE—The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) kicked off Summit Carbon Solutions’ hearing to approve or deny the construction of a hazardous carbon pipeline on Tuesday, August 22. Lawyers and landowners have repeatedly called for the hearing to be delayed given outstanding legal matters and unanswered questions.

Inflation Reduction Act will be the Achilles heel of Biden's Cancer Moonshot


By Kenneth E. Thorpe


The Biden administration just announced a new initiative to improve cancer outcomes in low-income communities across the United States. It's sorely needed. Research shows cancer mortality is more than 10% higher in communities experiencing persistent poverty, compared to those that aren't.

Families of Faith

God’s faithfulness shines through

By Rev. John Heille

Lead Pastor, Good Hope, Immanuel and St.John’s

Lutheran Churches

One promise heard throughout the stories and books of the Bible is that God stays faithful.


God’s promises will not be shaken, no matter what.

The scripture repeatedly reveals just how God’s steadfast love endures for imperfect people living in an imperfect world.

That’s gambling

By Shane Goodman

“You ever gambled money, Dad?”

That was a question I asked my father as a 12-year-old boy when we were driving down the road. He replied by asking me if I had a dollar bill and if I could show it to him. I peeled one of the three dollar bills I had out of my billfold and held it up. Dad swiped the dollar from my hand, rolled down his car window, and let that dollar bill fly down the highway.

“That’s gambling,” he told me.

Of how I survived feeding a cast of thousands

By Molly MacDonald

Essay collection captures Iowa heartland

By Michael Tidemann


So what is Iowa, and who are Iowans?

Those are the questions Timothy Fay answers in his charming essay collection, The Wapsipinicon Almanac, recently released by the University of Iowa Press. The book contains a collection of contributions from writers, artists and advertisements over the more than 30-year span of Fay’s literary journal by the same title. Fay published the journal on a letterpress from 1988 through 2018.

Throwback: Is every girl crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man?



Who else would like to see hats come back as a part of an everyday accessory when leaving the house? This ad from the Algona Upper Des Moines newspaper encourages every man to make a good impression.

Out of the Past - Boekelman’s strike it rich

By Gene Miller


150 Years Ago

Mr. Calvin, a merchant of Clermont and a relation of M. W. Stough has visited Algona within the last few days on his way to Spirit Lake. This is Mr. Calvin’s first visit to Algona and he expresses himself greatly pleased with the town. Our Court House he considers one of the best in the State.


125 Years Ago

Our Kossuth County - Promoting Algona’s opportunities online and in person

By Rick Murphy, Algona Mayor

When I arrived in the community of Algona years ago, it didn’t take long for me to discover what an active and welcoming community it was. Algona is an excellent place to get started with a new career or business, connect with others through service organizations and build a community of friends.

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