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Throwback: AMU celebrates 135 years

In March 1898, Algona voters approved a referendum to establish an electric light franchise by 67 yes votes to 59 no votes. There was a lot of skepticism of electricity as it was a “new-fangled idea.” A group of public-minded citizens of that time underwrote the project for $10,000 and accepted dividends in earnings from the newly built power plant, located at the corner of Hall and Call Streets, where the Algona City Hall now stands.

Writers and Writing

Steele book a great guidebook for life

 

Times They Are A-Changin’ As Told By a Couple Happily Married (Most Days) for 50+ Years

Mary McSwain Steele and Steven M. Steele

ISBN 9798865705994

$13.99

 

Out of the Past

Grasshoppers damaging Kossuth County crops

 

150 Years Ago

Shimmy Your Way into Summer Youth Activities

By Lily Terhark, Kossuth County Extension

The 2023-2024 school year is wrapped up and summer is finally here!  That means it’s time to explore and have some much-deserved fun! The weather is nice and sunny, and it’s the best time of year to get outside, be active, and enjoy nice weather. Youth don’t always want to do the same thing, day in and day out and we are here to help with that!

Tiny but Fierce Library Love Stories

We want to hear your stories.

This series will feature reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words. Send to news@algona.com

Do you have a favorite moment? A favorite book? A favorite librarian? A piece of information the library had that set important wheels in motion? A favorite nook? A favorite smell? An exhibit? A program? Do you love knitting with friends at the library?

Families of Faith

Endurance vs. Perseverance

By Rev. Walt Reemtsma, Burt and Lone Rock Lutheran Churches

Not only so but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance and perseverance character and character hope. Romans 5: 3-5

Throwback: Ledyard's Church St.

Today’s throwback comes from Ben F. Reed’s book History of Kossuth County, Vol. 1.

The town has an abundance of churches to support. There were five, but one has gone out of existence. The United Brethren church, which was organized in 1898, has disbanded and the edifice is now used as an opera house.

Ink Spots

We watched the sun go down on Galway Bay

 

Letter to the Editor

Congress and Senate

To the Editor:

In some countries and our country, our armies are fighting terrorist’s organizations who ruthlessly rape, torture, destroy and murder the good people of their country.

In these countries there are hundreds of men, women, and families who have willingly, behind the lines, given useful information and fought side-by-side with weapons.

Stinson Prairie Arts Council needs you

The Stinson Prairie Arts Council (SPAC) has some wonderful events coming up this summer.

SPAC will be hosting a Summer Solstice party at the Plum Creek Winery again this year with music, food and beverages. Emma Elsbecker will be performing. Weather permitting this event will take place out on the lawn so bring a lawnchair.

Out of the Past

Stop the mosquitos with screen doors

 

 

150 Years Ago

Our Cornet Band is favoring the people of the town with some very fine music during these bright evenings.  They have blowed so much for us we feel compelled to “blow” a little for them.  And we think we may safely say that no other band in Northern Iowa can furnish as good music as our own.  They may be assured that their efforts are appreciated.

 

125 Years Ago

Tiny but Fierce Library Love Stories

We want to hear your stories.

This series will feature reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words. Send to news@algona.com

Do you have a favorite moment? A favorite book? A favorite librarian? A piece of information the library had that set important wheels in motion? A favorite nook? A favorite smell? An exhibit? A program? Do you love knitting with friends at the library?

Families of Faith

 

Does anything surprise people anymore?

By Rev. John Heille, Good Hope, Immanuel and St. John Lutheran Churches

I heard that question a while back.  It feels like a good question for our days. We live in a world of instant information and global news coverage. Artificial intelligence and fast internet searches give quick ready answers for many everyday questions.

Throwback: Outline construction schedule for city's new 'North Park' (1974)

The Algona city park board has named its proposed new park complex along the Des Moines river north of town “North Park,” and plans to start construction this spring. Bob Engstrom, assistant superintendent of Public Improvement for the City of Algona said the park will be constructed in two phases, the first being the upcoming warm weather building season, and the second coming a year from now.

Letters to the editor

Shrimp, Manufactured Homes, Prices

Letter to the Editor:

Several recent news items seem unrelated but have a common foundation, corporate greed.

The Daily Umbrella

Remember the boy who cried wolf

With the severe weather lately, I was thinking about how we make ourselves aware of dangerous situations today and how that process has changed.

Many of us rely on the emergency siren alerts, which, for the most part, continue to be a reliable source. Of course, most all of us have read or heard about rare situations when the sirens did not go off, and a town was leveled by a tornado.

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