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The best thing since sliced bread 

By Shane Goodman

You have heard this phrase, maybe even said it. My retired neighbor Ron recently told me that he remembered when sliced bread first became available in stores in his Nebraska hometown. “It was a game-changer,” he remarked.

My daughter Sara and I were intrigued by his story and wondered aloud when sliced bread became mainstream. I assured them I would look into it.

Families of Faith

Pray and ask in his name

By Dr. Micah Mitchell

Pastor, Lighthouse to Nations, Algona

Today, I will endeavor to write to you prophetically. Please, give me the grace to increase your faith and speak to your authority as a Christian. I believe that every Holy Spirit-filled Christian must understand the symbolism of the word “name” in the Bible. I’m going to give you a few scripture references real quick.

Throwback: 1972-73 F.H.A.


In 1945 Future Homemakers of America (FHA) was officially founded at a convention in Chicago, Ill. It was a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in public and private school through grade 6–12. By 1966 America’s membership peaked at 607,175. 

Out of the Past

Viva Larimer prettiest girl in Kossuth 

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

On Friday afternoon of last week a severe storm of wind and rain passed over the eastern part of our County. In Wesley Township one house was blown down and demolished. Fortunately it was unoccupied. The house of Mr. Miner was moved from its foundation. One end was blown about ten feet. Further, no serious damage was done.


125 Years Ago

Travel Diary

Roman Forum, a must see

By Jim Sloter

We completed our main floor tour by taking a close look at the Basilica’s main altar which is located directly over St. Peter’s tomb. The altar is a Basilica focal point identified by an elaborate 90 foot tall canopy supported on four intricately carved columns.

On The Side

Get real, tough

 By Brad Hicks

Cable networks went with wall-to-wall coverage of the Independence Day parade shooting in the northern Chicago suburb of Highland Park. Six people were killed and 24 injured when a 22-year-old white male opened fire from the roof of a building. If you care about the other details of the event, you likely have already read and/or heard about them and perhaps discussed them.

Our Kossuth County

County Wide Breakfast Kossuth/Palo Alto County EDC

By Maureen Elbert



The Daily Umbrella

A hard pill to swallow

By Shane Goodman

Perspective can be good medicine, but it’s not always an easy pill to swallow.



The Fruit of the Spirit is Christ

In Galatians 5:22-23 we read St. Paul’s great catalog of the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

In order for us to truly understand any one of these fruits of the Spirit, and to recognize and rejoice when the Spirit produces these fruits in us, we must first see that the best word to describe these divine nouns is, in fact, fruit.

Sleep on it


In between the sweats and chills I am dealing with from COVID, I decided to stream “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” I was pleasantly surprised and impacted by this film.

Of old photos and gardens and horses

In going through old photo albums, I came across a picture of my sister, Sheila, at about age six, pretending to hoe Don Smith’s garden. I say pretending because I don’t think she had the foggiest idea how to actually hoe. She was, after all, only six. 

A bird’s eye view of Vatican City

Needing a break after touring the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, we bought a pizza on our way to the VW, had a quick lunch, and walked to a nearby post office to mail cards. Waiting in line to buy stamps, we discovered that Italians waited in line like they drove - impatient and pushy. 

On the Side

Pants on fire

Disingenuousness is a nice word people use instead of asserting that someone is lying.

There’s a lot of disingenuousness in our country regarding the Dobbs decision regarding abortion handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court last week. 

A cyclonic storm hits the county

Out of the Past

150 Years Ago

The Masons of prudence Lodge No. 205, Algona Iowa will lay the corner stone to the new Court House on July 4, 1872 at nine o’clock A. M. All Masons in good standing are invited to attend and take part in the ceremonies. By order of said Lodge. F. M. Taylor, Sec.


125 Years Ago

Families of Faith

Godly Men

Rev. Kent Madison

Pastor, First Presbyterian Lakota, Lakota

Throwback: Pizza Hut



How many people will remember going to the Pizza Hut after school or after a game? It was the hotspot teenage hang out for many years. This photo was from the Algona Upper Des Moines archives dated May 4, 1972. It states their hours as open until midnight Monday through Thursday and open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. You won’t find many places open that late today.

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