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Families of Faith

Joy to the World

Rev. Dan Jordan - Pastor, Evangelical Free Church, Algona

This Christmas carol fits Palm Sunday through Resurrection Sunday very well. Zechariah 9:9 reveals God’s promise, “Rejoice, … Shout in triumph, … Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, … – riding on a donkey’s colt.”

Joy to the world, the Lord is come.

Throwback: Joke's on you

Writers at the Kossuth County Advance in 1954 had a keen sense of humor. Check out these headlines in the April 1 edition. Hopefully their readers had an equal sense of humor and didn’t take anything too seriously. Thanks to Dana Perry for finding this gem and sending it to us.

Writers and Writing

Iowa’s Changing Wildlife chronicles evolving diversity


Iowa’s Changing Wildlife

James J. Dinsmore and Stephen J. Dinsmore

University of Iowa Press

ISBN 978-1-60938-925-3



If you think you’ve seen changes in the wildlife in Iowa and the Upper Midwest over the past several decades, you have some pretty good company.

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

I was motivated to write this letter to our Iowa Senators after seeing the first few minutes of George Stephanopolous Sunday. Trump is starting his campaign rallies with the Jan 6 prison choir singing his praises and Trump's vow to free the political prisoners, to imprison his adversaries and to lead a blood bath if he doesn't win.

Out of the Past

Prune your trees in late winter

150 Years Ago

LITTLE FOLKS CONCERT - We are requested to give notice that sundry little folks of Algona will give a concert in Court House Hall on Friday evening next at “early candle light.”      Admission one dime. Let all turn out and give the juveniles a benefit. By order of THREE GIRLS.


125 Years Ago

Our Kossuth County

Plans for new park will soon be underway

By Rick Murphy, City of Algona

Back in 2022, the Algona community had an opportunity to take part in Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program. This program involved multiple meetings and activities throughout the year focused on gathering community input and ideas regarding transportation and other needed improvements.

The Daily Umbrella

Don’t break the bank

Chances are, regardless of what generation you are from, you had a piggy bank in your youth. Maybe you still do. I can still hear the noise when the coins dropped through the slot. For many of us, that was the sound of money.

Families of Faith

Hallelujah, The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

By Rev. Kent Madison, Pastor of First Presbyterian Lakota

Throwback: Best Pork Chop Crew in Midwest
Ink Spots

It never pays to whine - trust me on that

Out of the Past

1949 - Algona airport hopes to open this summer

150 Years Ago

General Items -- Paris society is more promiscuous and cosmopolitan in character than it has ever been. The ladies, God bless them, wear so many bugles on their dresses that we fear overtures from them.

125 Years Ago

Our Kossuth County

KRHC focuses on family care

By Dar Elbert


Celebrating National Doctor’s Day in March

The Daily Umbrella

Don’t you lose my number

Do you know your cell phone number? How about your family members’ numbers? Or your neighbors’ or friends’ or coworkers’? And I am not asking if you have them in your contacts. The question is, do you have their numbers memorized?

Families of Faith

I love to tell the story

By Rev. John Heille

Lead Pastor for Good Hope Immanuel & St. John's Lutheran Churches

There’s a great old hymn that I catch myself humming and singing at surprising times, I Love to Tell the Story.  The words are so very familiar to me—I’ve been singing them for decades now.

Throwback: The scorekeeper

From the Algona Upper Des Moines Newspaper from July 1, 1988. Bob Laing, right, records scores posted by shooters at a recent trap shoot at the Izaak Walton League facility north of Algona. From left are Bill Holtz of Algona, Daryl Schmidt, and Fred Erickson, both of Lone Rock.

Out of the Past

Incubator chicks arriving at the post office

150 Years Ago

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