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Stone City, a moving novel and rewarding read

By Michael Tidemann

 “Would you believe in love at first sight?” 

 That’s the question posed on the cover of Jeff Mitchell’s heartwarming novel, Stone City, set in the iconic Grant Wood hill country of eastern Iowa. Mitchell, former dean of industrial technology at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and currently an educational consultant, has always lived in the Stone City area, the subject of a Wood painting. 

On the Side

By Brad Hicks, publisher

General’s orders

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer around these parts. Kids are out of school. Trees have canopied. Mosquitos are alive. Spring’s winds die. June’s stormy nature erupts on waves of humidity. Boats, balls in the gaps and crooked golf shots are launched. 

County considers purchasing St. Ann

By Gene Miller - Out of the Past

150 Years Ago

NOTICE. -- The citizens of Kossuth county are requested to meet at the Court House in Algona on Saturday the 25th inst., at 2 o’clock P. M. to consider the Rail Road interests of the County. By Order of Committee.


125 Years Ago


Rev. John Koopman - Pastor, Peace Lutheran Church, West Bend

Let the children come to me

What keeps you up at night?

By Shane Goodman

For many of us, a good night’s sleep isn’t as easy to come by as it was when we were younger. On the occasions when I would sleep late in my youth, my father would tell me, “You must have needed it.” He must have been right.

I still need more sleep. We all do. So what helps you get to sleep? And what keeps you awake?

Our Kossuth County

By Jerry Yocum

POW Museum

Algona, you have done it again!

The ‘proactive’ spirit of the Algona area was evident again in the planning and building of the Camp Algona Prisoner of War Historical complex. On Friday, May 13, 2022, a chamber of commerce coffee was held at the city airport, location of Camp Algona during World War II. The 287 acre location was a military facility that housed 10,000 prisoners of war from April of 1944 to February of 1946. 

Climbing 463 step stairway to rooftop view

By Jim Sloter

Of family members who have paws

By Molly MacDonald

Your dog may soon need to be licensed

Out of the Past by Gene Miller

150 Years Ago


What if?  By Rev. Chris Burtnett - Pastor, First Congregational United Church of Christ

Our Kossuth County

Take a trip down history - by Jan Ricke - KCHS

Have you had an opportunity to explore the Historical Museum in Algona? This is a great time to get out of the house for a walk or short drive to see the many exhibits and artifacts on display.

Afterwards, a trip to the Dairy Queen across the street will top off your visit.

Kids and their phones

By Shane Goodman


My now-predictable comment when I see people older than me on their smart phones is to say to them, “Damn kids and their phones.” It usually prompts a chuckle. Usually.

The truth is that older generations are spending more time on their phones than ever before. Web surfing. Checking email. Texting. And using social media, among other activities.

Letter to the Editor

Birth control leads to fewer abortions

Viewing a different cemetery look

Trial Diary by Jim Sloter

On the Side

Leadership breakdown by Brad Hicks, publisher


Outrage, overreaction, irrationality, self-justification, intimidation, personal destruction, contextual dishonesty and violence are the weapons of choice in today’s sociopolitical environment. 

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