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The land of Is

The land of Is

By Shane Goodman

When I ask a yes/no question, I expect a yes/no answer. Some people are good at answering these types of questions. For others, though, it seems to be an impossible task. Ever wonder why that is? I do, and I continue to research the subject because I am intrigued by how some choose to answer (or, more accurately, not answer).

Families in Faith

God gave us the church

Rev. Peter Talbot

Pastor Grace Church, Algona

Throwback: Lone Rock Jubilee



Today’s throwback photo comes from the July 11, 1974, Algona Upper Des Moines newspaper.

The Lone Rock Bank Jubilee Celebration, July 4th, was attended by over 1000 customers and friends from as far away as California to Maryland. Souvenirs and momentos were passed out to all attending and refreshments were served.

Out of the Past

National Guard Armory to be built

150 Years Ago

EVERYBODY’S DANCE. -- At Court House Hall, Feb. 20, 1871.  Come one, come all, and celebrate the one hundred and forty second anniversary of Washington’s birth day.  General good time is anticipated.  Tickets 75 cts.  BY ORDER OF COMMITTEE.


125 Years Ago


Of Groundhog Day and caring conductors

Last week, in case some of you missed it, we celebrated Groundhog Day. I’ve never been quite sure why the lowly groundhog has his own day. He’s not a particularly handsome or winsome creature. It would make more sense to have a Collie Day. Or a Persian Cat Day. Or a Teddy Bear Day. But no, somehow the groundhog was chosen to be honored.

The Daily Umbrella

Keep reaching for the stars


Our Kossuth County

The calendar started filling itself 

By Anne Kohlhaas



Every January, when the New Year begins, I look over what Stinson Prairie Arts Council accomplished in the past year in delivering interesting and intriguing fine art shows and projects. Then, I start filling in the dates of the next year with new and returning events. 

Letter to the Editor

AEA is children’s best chance

Fifty years ago, we put students before politics and the AEAs were created with the help of Senator Chuck Grassley, to create equal opportunities for all students, so that regardless of whether you lived in a rural area or an urban area, all children and educators had equal access and support to ensure Iowa students could achieve at the fullest.

Families in Faith

Rev. John Koopman

Pastor, Peace Lutheran Church, West Bend

He shall rescue his beloved

Give us help from trouble, For the help of man is useless. Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies. - Psalm 108:12-13

Out of the Past

Blinded by the light

150 Years Ago

CORRECTION -- The following correction should be made in the report of the proceedings of the Board of Supervisors. Horses are to be assessed at from $10 to $40. H. O. McCoys bill for medical services, $110, was not allowed. F. W. Butterfield’s discount bill, $21.45 was not allowed. The amount of the Soldiers Bounty Bonds is $9,000 instead of $4,000.


125 Years Ago

The Daily Umbrella

Just show up

People don’t talk anymore. Have you heard that? It’s often true, at least compared to what some of us are used to. The difference seems to be mostly generational. If an older person has something to say, look for it to be face to face. If a younger person does, expect a text message. A middle-aged person? Flip a coin, as you could get either one — or both.

On the side

Wisdom is in trouble


Carbon Capture-The Rest of the Story

To the Editor:

Growing up, I enjoyed listening to Paul Harvey's radio program, The Rest of the Story. To see the whole picture, this is my take on the rest of the story on Carbon Capture.

AEA-Don’t fix what isn’t broken

To the Editor:

Iowa Students, Iowa Students with Special Needs, and Iowa Teachers Deserve a Grade A Educational System, which includes the AEA.

AEA-Let’s not step back 50 years

To the Editor,

I was a very young teacher working with teenagers who had been adjudicated to be delinquent when the Area Education Agency system was started in Iowa in 1974. Through 50 years, I have worked with it, for it, and sometimes against it, at various times in various roles. I am currently on the board of directors representing District 5 at Prairie Lakes AEA.

Operation Christmas Child

Dear Editor,

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