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Families of Faith


In His Name


By Rev. Al Foote

Pastor, Evangelical

Free Church, Algona


Ink Spots

Of Seamus and things that go bump in the night

By Molly MacDonald



I’m writing this on the Fourth of July and Seamus is not a happy camper. Seamus, if you are a newcomer to this column (welcome!), is my nine-year-old German Shepherd mix who has been with me for two years now. 

Out of the Past

Mills Bros. Circus to perform at the county fair grounds

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

Travel Diary

Encountering fast moving traffic on the Appian Way


By Jim Sloter

The road on which we drove and spent the night parked beside has been preserved from ancient times and is known to all Italians and many others as the Appian Way (Via Appia). It had more nighttime activity and was less quiet than expected – ‘Lovers Lane’ might have been more appropriate. Even so, we did get a good night’s rest after the coming and going ceased.

Our Kossuth County

Howard Omdahl will be honored


By Don Heupel

Kossuth County Agricultural 

and Motorsports Museum


The Daily Umbrella

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. 

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