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Characteristics of Effective Leadership

By Shane Goodman

Our Kossuth County

Be prepared for winter weather and snow emergencies

By Barb Smith

City of Algona


Snow season has arrived – are you signed up to receive winter weather alerts?

Families of Faith

Peace be with you

By Rev. Cindy Finn Pastor, First United
Methodist Church

Veterans Bridging the Gap



On Nov. 11 communities all over the country came together to honor those who have served in the military. To show appreciation for the sacrifices they and their families have made to ensure a better quality of life for everyone.

It is also an opportunity for Veterans to share their knowledge and experiences to teach future generations.

Chamber coffee at Pharmacists Mutual

Pharmacists Mutual was the location for a coffee hosted by the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce in November. Bill Hedges, Senior Vice President, Treasurer and CFO of Pharmacists Mutual (left) spoke to the group as well as Pharmacist Mutual CEO Ed Yorty.

Throwback: Where are they now?

Queen Candidates At Lone Rock

The photo above shows Dolores Marlow, Joan Zwiefel, Helen Sprank, Marvel Schmidt, Kathryn Willrett and Helen Schmidt who competed for the title of Queen at the Lone Rock Carnival in 1947 mentioned in Gene Miller’s Out of the Past column at right. In looking through the newspaper archives after the event, there was no mention of who won. Does anyone know?

Ink Spots

Of squirrel nests and other assorted trivia

By Molly MacDonald

Do you see that dark spot near the top of the picture somewhere in this column? (I never know quite where pictures will land since the editor has to sandwich them between lines of prose. I’m so glad I don’t have to do that anymore!).

Out of the Past


He first voted here in 1855

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

The Daily Umbrella

Veterans, young and old, need each other

By Shane Goodman

I attended a Memorial Day service at a local cemetery a few years ago. I was taking photos when an elderly man walked over to me and asked who I was. I told him my name and what I was doing, and he thanked me immensely for providing coverage of the event and the local veterans. I could see from the focus in his eyes and in the firmness of his handshake that he truly meant it.

Our Kossuth County

Craft show brings 1,400 to town

By Vicki Mallory

Chamber Director


Families of Faith

What do you do with Jesus?

By Rev. Patrick Mostek Assistant Pastor Grace Church, Algona

Eleven years ago, my wife and I were married and went on our honeymoon to the city of Chicago. While we were there, a family from our church gave us a very thoughtful gift. They decided to pay for my wife and I to dine at a five-star restaurant. My wife and I were so excited. We had never been to a five-star restaurant before.

Esther Margaret Knecht


January 31, 1928 - November 6, 2022


Esther Margaret Knecht, 94, of Floyd passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022.

Throwback: The Band and the courthouse cannon


This article from the Aug. 28 1972 issue of the

Algona Upper Des Moines was written by Duane Dewel

This picture from the T.H. Chrischilles collection of old pictured shows the Little German Band of the teens and early twenties, perched on the old Civil War cannon that graced the court house lawn for many years.

Families of Faith

God created man

in his own image

By Rev. John Koopman

Pastor, Peace Lutheran

Church, West Bend

What a Difference a Year Makes

By Jan Ricke - KCHS


Last year as this column was being written the Historical Society was so thankful for everything Kossuth County has done to make the museum a wonderful place to visit. That same thankfulness is even more this year.

So you think you can drive? Was Fritz shaking his head?

By Shane Goodman

Most of you who are reading this and have an Iowa driver’s license likely took some form of driver’s education class. For many of you, it was a class you took as part of your curriculum in your freshman year of high school.

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