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Throwback: Algona High Homecoming 1977



Algona high school will celebrate their Homecoming this weekend with a game against Gilbert at their new stadium.


Will today’s youth be able to match the enthusiasm of the students in this photo from October 17, 1977, in the Kossuth County Advance newspaper.


Anyone who can re-create this photo at this week’s game can send it to

Ink Spots

Of Seamus, Christopher Robin and my non-prom

By Molly MacDonald


It’s been awhile since I’ve written about Seamus (my adorable German Shepherd, in case you forgot) and Christopher Robin, my adorable stray cat who camps on my porch until I feed him. And feed him. And feed him.

Travel Diary

Visiting friends in Gotzenmuhle in September

By Jim Sloter


Out of the Past

Pizza Hut has Grand Opening

By Gene Miller


150 Years Ago

-- The women question -- what did she have on? -- The best safety match -- marrying a rich wife.


125 Years Ago

The Daily Umbrella

Of mice and.....

By Shane Goodman


Hickory, dickory, dock. The mouse ran up the clock.

And over the recliner. And under the table. And across the kitchen counter.

I don’t like mice. In fact, I haven’t met anyone who really does. Well, other than cats. But cats don’t count.

Our Kossuth County

Plan now for family fire prevention


By Mitch Ulrick

Fire Chief


The Algona Fire Department will take part in a 100 year tradition in a couple of weeks when we recognize Fire Prevention Week from October 9 through 15.

Families of Faith

Christian Greeting Card 101


By Rev. Thomas Cowell

Pastor, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Burt

Partnership Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church


Service of music, prayer for peace set for Sunday in Algona

ALGONA—First Congregational United Church of Christ, in recognition of the International Day of Peace, will host a service of music and prayer for peace on Sunday, September 25 at 4 p.m. on the west lawn of the church, located at 315 South Moore Street in Algona.

Senior Center

Thursday,  Sept 15

Beef stew, whole wheat roll, coleslaw, fruit, dessert

11 a.m. – Exercise

12 p.m. – Kiwanis

1 p.m. – Cribbage


Friday,  Sept 16

Ham balls, roasted sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, dessert

10 a.m. – Bingo


Monday,  Sept 19

Scalloped potatoes and ham, green beans, pudding

10 a.m. – Bingo

6:30 Kiwanis Bingo


Tuesday,  Sept 20

Throwback: Garrigan Homecoming 1977



As Bishop Garrigan gets ready to celebrate their Homecoming for 2022, take time to enjoy a glimpse into the past at their Homecoming festivities from the October 10, 1977 issue of the Kossuth County Advance newspaper. Recognize anyone?


Blessed and Tested

By Rev. Kent Madison, Pastor, First  Presbyterian Lakota,

In the churches that I serve we have been studying the man Joseph, found in the last several chapters in Genesis.

VW Beetle - not just for hippies

By Shane Goodman

It was a late-1960s era Volkswagen Beetle, but this car was not owned by any hippie. Quite the contrary. This “Bug,” and several others like it, was owned by a farming family in Kossuth County where I was born and raised.

Letter to the Editor


More questions than answers

I always have more questions than answers every time I drive past a Grassley campaign sign.

Grassley’s campaign slogan, “Grassley Works” is technically a grammatically correct sentence. However, it’s confusing. Not only because it has a dual message, but because both those messages highlight how ineffective Grassley is for Kossuth County. 

Off to a Great Start at WBM!

By Amanda Schmidt

Superintendent of West Bend-Mallard School


Everywhere we looked was a picture

By Jim Sloter

How to cure a cross man

Out of the Past by Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

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