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Out of the Past - By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

Letter to Editor

At this time the election is over and the future of all Americans, born and unborn is still in the hands of our elected officials. Some say the  government has no right to force women to give birth, yet they support this government in their evil agenda to codify abortion into law, and FORCE healthcare workers, regardless of their religious beliefs to kill unborn babies. This government wants to FORCE us as taxpayers to pay for this murder.

Our Kossuth County


POW camp enriched his life

By Jerry Yocum POW Museum


Story of former Prisoner of War

Johann Cassens shrinks the

size of our world.

Ink Spots


Nashville never saw my cowboy boots

By Molly MacDonald

My sister had cowboy boots when she was about seven. You can see them in the picture I’m including. I didn’t have cowboy boots, ever, because she wore them out instead of passing them down to me. I have been somewhat scarred for the rest of my life because of that.

Throwback: Junior Gardeners Club



This photo from the Algona Upper Des Moines newspaper from May 1990 shows members of the Junior Gardeners Club filling one of 16 buckets in the Algona business district for community betterment. The planters were filled with petunias, spike and vinca vines. The group included in front from left: Erica Bierstedt, Erin Younginger, Josh and Jacob Kohlhaas. Standing behind them are Penny Arndorfer and Jennifer Lighter.

Out of the Past


The name Algona has a musical sound

By Gene Miller 

150 Years Ago

The Daily Umbrella

The front porch

By Shane Goodman

The front porch is about as Americana as anything. It defines a more peaceful time when family gathered and friends joined in for conversation in an early evening or a Sunday afternoon. “The Waltons” may come to mind. (Follow the link, and you will smile… I promise.)

Vote NO on Measure 1


To the Editor:

Pro-Life Democrat


To the Editor:

I am pro-life.  I believe that if I were raped or the victim of incest, I would carry that innocent child.  However, I have been blessed and never have been that desperate woman making a desperate choice. I have not been 14 and the victim of a gang rape in my small rural hometown. I have not been pregnant with a non-viable fetus that could endanger my life. I have been blessed.

Public education is being starved


To the editor:

I am writing this letter to express my concern about the state of education under the current Republican administration and legislature in the state of Iowa. I spent 23 years as a teacher and 22 years supporting Educators prior to retiring in 2012. Since Republicans gained complete control of the Iowa Statehouse and Governor’s office in 2014, the decline has been precipitous and dangerous.

What’s Representative Stone hiding?



To the Editor:

On September 6, I sent District 9 State Representative Henry Stone an email asking for his position on a few important issues. Receiving no response, I resent the email two more times to no avail.

Stone is advocate for all


Letter to the Editor:

I wasn’t expecting to write a political editorial in support of a specific candidate; I think we are all tired of the political season, divisiveness and advertisements. I wrote a non-specific editorial in this paper encouraging voters to look at candidates, however, I would encourage you to vote for one candidate who I respect and consider a friend. He has been erroneously attacked on social media and the media.

Look past political parties


Letter to the Editor:

Three reasons to vote For Senator Charles Grassley


To the Editor:

As we approach election day on November 8th, 2022 I believe it is imperative that we all take a good look at the candidates and educate ourselves as to why any specific candidate should be elected to office.

In this case that’s look at three reasons why Senator Charles Grassley deserves another term as our United States Senator for Iowa.

Actions speak louder than Summit’s ads


To the Editor:

Summit Carbon Solutions is running large ads to tell us they care. I personally believe someone cares when they show me. Actions speak much louder than Summit’s ads. So far, their actions show they do not care about anyone. They only care about raking in your tax dollars. They are not paying for this hazardous pipeline. Your tax dollars are supporting it.

Summit won't listen, doesn't care, and isn’t here for us


To the Editor:

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