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Families of Faith

By Rev. Jason Fischer - Lead Pastor, Algona Faith

Hold on loosely

The Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 10:39 said, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” God will not take second place. He will not let anyone else sit on His throne. Whatever you try to hold onto you lose, but whatever you give up to God’s care and control you will have forever.

Throwback - 1963 Kossuth County Fair


Enjoy these photos from the 1963 Kossuth County Fair found in the Aug. 27 Kossuth County Advance Newspaper. Then check out the photos and winners from this year’s fair in Section B of this paper. The more things change the more they stay the same.

Out of the Past - One of the best crops ever in Kossuth County

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

Mr. Leggett has bought the large building used as a livery stable by Mr. Lamb, and will move it to one of the business streets. He intends fitting it up for a store and renting. The building is quite large and will make a fine comodious store if properly reconstructed.


125 Years Ago

Our Kossuth County - 5-Star Physician Communication

By Dar Elbert - KRHC CEO

Did you know that about one-fourth of patients do not follow their provider’s advice? This lack of conformity to medical advice is due to many different reasons and can include inadequate or confusing communication between the patient and their provider.

The coin pouch is back

By Shane Goodman

When I pay for things with cash, I often throw the coins in a nook on the console of my vehicle. When the coins start piling up, I toss them in my pocket, and they usually end up in my desk drawer, waiting to be exchanged for a Snickers bar in our office vending machines.

Families of Faith

By Dr. Micah Mitchell, Pastor, Lighthouse to Nations, Algona

Waiting on God: soaring with renewed strength

In Isaiah 40:31, we find a verse that holds a profound message of hope and inspiration for living a supernatural lifestyle. It says, “But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Throwback: Ridiculous Days

Throwback: Algona Publishing staff dresses up

for Ridiculous Days-year unknown

How many faces do you recognize?

Work starts on new Algona hospital

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

If the dogs of the town were all “put where they would do the most good,” we apprehend that there would be a great deal more sound sleeping done here, and there would be more bones to go into the soap-grease.


125 Years Ago

The hometown locker

By Shane Goodman

My brother-in-law recently pointed out that, when my siblings and I refer to the place where we often buy meat, we call it “the locker.” Not even “the meat locker.” Just “the locker.” This choice of words doesn’t seem odd to me, but it does to him. Keep in mind, he is a lifelong Minnesotan.

Of an amazing invention and other musings

By Molly MacDonald

Necessity, it has been said, is the mother of invention. Pictured here is my invention, which I think I will probably patent. If I knew how to do that. Which I don’t. O well.

Letter to the Editor - The IUB should put the brakes on the Midwest Carbon Express

To the Editor:

Victor or Victim?



By Bryan Golden


Do you conquer problems or do they conquer you?  It’s attitude that determines whether you are a victor or a victim. Your age, education, financial status, or social standing don’t matter.  There are victors and victims from every background.  Victors are not special.  They are not better than others.  Victors know “they can” whereas victims are convinced “they can’t.”

Families of Faith

Rev. Kent Madison, Pastor, First Presbyterian Lakota


Series, God wins

heavenly worship

Revelation chapter 4


In the churches that I serve we are studying the Revelation of Jesus Christ. We have come to chapter four where there is continual heavenly worship.

Throwback: Diamond Jubilee 1929

Top photo: People can be seen on top of the roofs and hanging out second-story windows to watch the Diamond Jubilee parade in 1929. The celebration took place from July 14 through July 16 that year. This photo shows the Algona Military Band as they played for a crowd estimated at 40,000.

Don’t let a fire whistle get you excited

150 Years Ago

The Daily Umbrella

Freedom to spend taxes

By now you have likely heard that Iowa has a new state logo and slogan. “Freedom to Flourish” is the catchy new phrase, replacing “Fields of Opportunities,” which has been on the 68 welcome signs located on Interstate Highways 80 and 35 since 1999.

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