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Don’t underestimate classic games, toys


Christmas is a time of toys and games, as well it should be. And although some of these trendy items barely last through a single holiday season, others seem to last the test of time. Decades after their introduction, they are still popular as gifts today. See if a few of these bring back memories or if you have purchased them recently.


The Slinky

Throwback: Santa goes to school

From the archives of the Algona Upper Des Moines newspaper. — Santa Claus and five of his helpers pulled away from the fire station here about 1 p. m. Tuesday (just a few days early) and headed for the school located in the northeast portion of the city where they visited 11 students and their teacher, Mrs. Clyde Dudley. Good Ol' St.

Writers and Writing

A Hill Country Christmas warms the heart


A Hill Country Christmas

Michael Barr, Lynn Dean, Gail Kittleson, Gina Lister and Shannon McFarland

Wordsmith Publishing

ISBN 979884226144


By Michael Tidemann


The Daily Umbrella

Elisha B. Lee gets his stone

By Shane Goodman

I have had a fascination and a respect for cemeteries since my youth. Regardless of where I have lived, I have frequented graveyards to gain a better understanding of the family names and the history of the community.

Out of the Past

150 Years Ago

Why Will You Ruin Your Eyesight By Using Common Glasses, When you can purchase Lazarus & Morris’ Celebrated and Perfected Spectacles and Eye Glasses, The Best in the World. They are recommended for Purity and Material, Brilliancy of Finish, and their Strengthening and Preserving Powers, in which they excel all others. They last many years without change. For sale in this locality only by Rumsey Bro’s, No. 2 Russell House Block, Algona, Ia.



To the editor:

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Families of Faith

Where is the peace

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

Born a child, yet a king



This last Sunday marked the first week of Advent. The word advent is from the Latin word “adventus” which means “coming.” Christians may outwardly celebrate Advent during the Christmas season but all year long we look forward to His coming in our hearts. We celebrate not only the coming of God in the flesh as the babe in the manger, but we are also looking forward to the coming of Jesus Christ as King.

Throwback: Remembering Pearl Harbor

Tuesday, December 7, will mark the 35th anniversary of the bombing of the Pearl Harbor naval station and the Philippines by the Japanese. It was a cold and snowy Sunday afternoon in Iowa when the shocking news was first blared over radios everywhere. Confirmation of the attack came the following day by President Franklin D. Roosevelt who declared war by the United States.

Why I put up my Christmas tree a month ago

Our Christmas tree angel is a little tipsy. I’ll include a picture here so you know I speak the truth. It may be that she’s just tired of being on her perch for so long. Since Nov. 6 to be exact.

letters to the Editor

Two cannons


Letter to the Editor:

The picture of a WWI cannon on the Kossuth County court house lawn show an antique. There were two Cannons. One on each side of the large public bandstand. It was with a floor about four foot high. Concerts were twice each week. Many people came to hear them.

It is believed by many that the two already antique WWI cannons were sold to a collector and exist today.

Webster Orton, Algona

Letters to the Editor

Student loan debt


Dear Editor and people of Algona:

When the Federal Government started garnishment of student loans through the federal income tax system, this action would give the President of the United States the lawful right to forgive the loans, period. And anyone who was garnished qualifies for forgiveness.

‘Tis the season for coughs and colds

By Dr. John Schantzen

Family Physician


This time of year always seems to sneak up! It’s hard to believe Christmas is just a month away. This season I am excited to spend quality time with family, and am often left wondering when my children’s noses will stop running. Since the holidays and cold season tend to come hand in hand, let’s review how to treat colds with over-the-counter medicine and easy home remedies.

Algona H.S. ag program named top in state

150 Years Ago

Literary Entertainment. There will be a meeting of the Library Association on Saturday evening next, at College Hall. An interesting programme has been arranged, and it is hoped that there will be a full attendance.


125 Years Ago

Throwback: Dance Ballerina


In anticipation of the upcoming ‘Live Greeting Card Windows’ here is a throwback to the event in 1997 as found in the Nov. 27 issue of the Algona Upper Des Moines. This year’s event will happen on Monday, November 28.


Out of the Past

Septuplets born in Des Moines

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

Mr. C. R. Sheetz of Freeport, Ill., a nephew of Dr. Sheetz, has arrived in town with the intention of locating permanently.  In company with the Doctor he is to go into the new Brick Drug store on the corner of Thorington and State Streets.


125 Years Ago

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