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DOT seeking input on U.S. improvements east of Algona

ALGONA—The Iowa Department of Transportation on Thursday, June 6, issued a press release announcing an in-person meeting Tuesday, June 11, at Algona City Hall to review proposed improvements to U.S. 18 from the east city limits of Algona to Kossuth County Road P-60 near Sexton.

Construction is expected to start spring of 2025 and end fall of 2025.

Improvements include:

Recycling the existing pavement

Asphalt resurfacing

Fisher, Garman, Haas winners in local primary elections

Incumbent Roger Fisher defeated challenger Brian Runneberg in the primary election for the Republican Party nomination in Kossuth County Tuesday, June 4.

Fisher earned a place on the November ballot with 71.6 percent of the vote, 1,172-463.

Big crowd has "WHEELY" good time at Party in the Park

Big crowd has ‘wheely’ good time at Party in the Park

It was a “wheely” good time at the Party in the Park event on the evening of Wednesday, June 5. Hundreds of people visited the Carnegie Library lawn area in downtown Algona to enjoy a beautiful summer night full of musical entertainment, sweet treats, and family-fun activities.

Month of May brings the drought to an end

DES MOINES—After four years of below normal precipitation and drought, the State of Iowa has returned to normal hydrologic conditions.

May, climatologically the second wettest month for Iowa, saw rainfall of 7.51 inches across the state, which will rank as one of the top 10 wettest Mays in 152 years of records. The spring months of March, April, and May will also be among the top 10 wettest spring seasons on record.

Test out a new recipe this summer

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” I believe it’s John Lennon who is credited with this famous quote, and I found it particularly appropriate for this farming season. I would just edit it a bit. Here’s my version: “flooding is what happens while you’re busy raising other plants.”

Memorial Day in Wesley

On Monday, May 27, the Wesley  American Legion Post 428 held their yearly Memorial Day chicken barbecue.

Pictured below in order:

Serving from left:  Deb Studer, Mike Studer, Kathy Shear, Megan Eden, Deb Weringa and Dan Grandgenett.

Pictured from left: Sharon Ludwig, Ida Arndorfer, Karen Hanig and Theresa Garman  enjoy a meal together.

Tammy Eden serves up a meal to Verna Penning.

Joella Leider photos


Lu Verne Public Library

Busy, busy, busy little bees used the first open day of June to get a jump start on their summer reading challenges.

One of the challenges was to make a cover for a book. The kids learned about poetry written in verse and the differences in poetry written in prose while completing another challenge.

Thilges is Council 952 Knight of Month for Iowa

Cyril Thilges was selected as Knight of the Month by the Knights of Columbus. Thilges was selected out of more 31,000 Knights in over 200 Councils as Knight of the Month for the State of Iowa. The Knights of Columbus are founded on the principles of faith, charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. The Knights, founded by Father McGivney in 1882, work to bring aid and assistance to the sick, disabled, single parents, and those in need.


Harms 60th

Harold and Sandra (Schadendorf) Harms of Titonka are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on Friday, June 14, 2024.

The couple were married at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burt on June 14, 1964. They began their 48 year farming career in the Titonka area and remained there their entire married life. After retiring in 2012, they moved into Titonka.

Lots of ways to have fun at West Bend Library

The West Bend Public Library has been busy with its summer programming.

Kids played a sorting game to determine what is made from trees. Palo Alto County Extension prepared the program for the children.

$1.7 Million Bid Lands Latest Airport Runway Revamp

By Molly Montag, News Correspondent

A Decorah, Iowa, company was awarded a $1.7 million bid to revamp the runway at the Algona Municipal Airport. The winning bid by Voltmer, Inc., was one of two proposals considered during the Algona City Council meeting on Monday, June 3.

Carter signs new contract with Algona Community Schools

By Molly Montag, News Correspondent

Algona Community School District Superintendent Joe Carter’s contract with the district has been extended for three more years.

The Algona Community Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the new contract at its June 10 meeting with Carter  who just completed his fifth year with the district. Prior to the approval, the board held a closed session meeting to review his performance.

Accura HealthCare earns national quality award

BANCROFT—Accura HealthCare of Bancroft announced that it has been awarded the 2024 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

Help shed some light on Project Hope

Students participating in the Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation’s Intern Program are giving hope to local youth, teens, and adults by collecting personal care items for people in need.

Public hearing on Algona Library repair or improvements

A joint public hearing of the Algona Public Library Board of Trustees and the Algona City Council regarding the proposed contract documents (plans, specifications and form of contract) and estimated cost for the 2024 Algona Public Library exterior improvements Phase 2 will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 15 in the City Hall council chambers at 112 W Call St. in Algona.

Wesley Public Library

Effective immediately, the library will be closed on Saturdays. Uncertain funding from the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors has left the library unable to justify the expense of maintaining weekend hours. As of now, the library will still be open Friday mornings from 9-noon.

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