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Protect the franchise

There are no umpires when it comes to elections and counting votes. Tout election integrity all you want, but most elections are overseen by people who are elected to political office. The people who oversee the appeals are either elected or politically appointed.
Read "On the Side" in the Dec. 13 Kossuth County Advance."

Greatest Gift: employees

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Kossuth County. The holidays are a great time to decorate, celebrate and appreciate one another. At Kossuth Regional Health Center, we recognize that our greatest gift of all is our team of employees and medical staff.
Read Scott's column in the Dec. 13 Kossuth County Advance.

Remembering old times with a Pulitzer Prize Winner

Last week, Art Cullen came to Algona for a book signing event held at Algona Publishing. Art, as most of you surely know is editor of The Storm Lake Times, and winner of the coveted Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 2017. He beat out all the biggies....
Read Molly's "Ink Spots" column in the Dec. 13 Kossuth County Advance.

State-backed risk

If you are considering running for an Iowa Statehouse seat in the 2020 general election, here's a potentially winning issue: Propose legislation reqquiring the state to pay for the deductible on people's insurance when they strike a deer.
Read Brad's column in the Dec. 6 Kossuth County Advance.

Honoring memory of Mallard facility

Happy Holidays! Time is sure flying by this school year. At West Bend-Mallard we have been busy doing many things.
Our fall sports and activities have wrapped up, and our winter ones are just beginning. Our staff has been busy learning new teaching strategies ....
Read Amber's column in the Dec. 6 Kossth County Advance.

Statement regarding Father Jeremy Wind

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, a story hit the media regarding Father Jeremy Wind. I deeply regret how this story has affected our faith community and Bishop Garrigan Catholic Schools. Your concerns need to be addressed.
Read the full letter in the Dec. 6 Kossuth County Advance.

Hats, calling cards & stuff

When did we stop wearing hats? My grandmother wore them whenver she stepped outside to go to church or shopping or calling on friends.
They did a lot of calling on friends in my grandmother's time.
Read Molly's column in the Nov. 29 Advance.

Wild scramble to our winter

This time of year, everything and everyone is getting ready for winter in their own little ways.... A hard winter can make or break a critter, so that's where their fall proactiveness really comes into play
Read the whole column in the Nov. 22 Kossuth County Advance.

The end of an era

A recent note from Guido in Belgium:
“Hello mom and dad, I tried to call you a few times, but no answer. I don't remember if you had traveling plans. I want to tell you some news. You know we like to travel, and we hope to do that for many years. But with the beast it is hard to do.
See Jim's Travel Diary on the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance Opinion page

Treasured family writings

One of the great things about living in a house built in the 1800s by my great-grandparents is that it’s full of old family stuff. Okay, you probably already knew that. However, the old stuff here that I treasure the most are the letters and notes from the distant, and not-so-distant past. 
Shortly after Bing and I moved in, I found three of my grandmother’s 5-year diaries.
See Molly's Ink Spots column on the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance Opinion page.

Building foundations for the future

During the week of November 12-18, the Kossuth County Community Foundation (KCCF) joins more than 795 other community foundations across the country for Community Foundation Week. to raise awareness ....
See the full story on the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance Opinion page.

Will of men v. rule of law

High school basketball season is less than
two months away, and with it will come
confused players, head-shaking coaches, and
upset fans. In the middle of it all will be some guys
wearing stripes and whistles. These under-appreciated
people will make quick decisions about whether
a player stepped out of bounds, traveled with the
ball, doubledribbled, took too long to throw a ball inbounds, and so on. These

Any day, a hero...

Next week is National Fire Prevention Week. Itís a time set aside for Americans to consider fire safety at home, at work and at school. Without a doubt, this attention on eradicating potential hazards is important. It is also important to recognize the people who serve our communities as firefighters. Many of these people receive nominal compensation for their work; in fact, many of them help pay for their own training and equipment.

(Un)lucky 7

When the number 7 pops up many think of the creation story when God made the world in six days and rested on the seventh day. Scholars have found that the number seven often represents perfection or completeness in the Bible.
Seven is also associated with gambling, as well as the following: There are seven planets. There are seven main colors in the rainbow. There are seven musical notes. The lunar phase continues for seven days. There are seven dwarfs that helped Snow White.

The invasion of you

Having your identity or even a credit card or debit card number stolen is unnerving. A family member who lived in Iowa had his identity stolen a few years ago and someone took out a $17,000 loan in his name and he didn’t even know about it for months. My debit card number was stolen a few years ago and someone used it to buy about $800 worth of furniture from some place in Florida while I was in Texas.

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