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Founders' Day 2024

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Nathan Moore of Ames, (former Algona resident), taught two pottery classes last Saturday, July 13 during the Art in the Park event organized by the Stinson Prairie Arts Council and Haggard-Twogood Trust.

Marrissa Miller helped children at the balloon pop during the Kids Bash for Founders’ Day.

Hamilton County Peace Officers Assoc. effort will benefit the Cram family

Dwain Noffke, HCPOA Event Coordinator

The Hamilton County Peace Officers Association wants you to remember this number: $210,000.

It will be history after July 20.

“That’s the number that the Hamilton County Peace Officers Association has raised through their summer benefits for the families of fallen law enforcement, military or firefighters,” HCPOA member Dwain Noffke said recently.

City rejects bids for Algona Public Library exterior renovation

By Molly Montag, News Correspondent

Officials will regroup after bids for exterior renovations to the Algona  Public Library came in 2-3 times higher than expected.

The Algona City Council this week rejected bids for exterior library improvements after all four came in much higher than previously estimated. The move followed in the footsteps of the Algona Public Library Board of Trustees, which also voted to reject the bids.

Kossuth County employees may see 2% raise

By Molly Montag, News Correspondent

Some Kossuth County employees will receive a raise this year if a proposed budget amendment becomes reality.

The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors passed a motion authorising a budget amendment that would provide a 2 percent raise for most county employees during its July 16 meeting. The raise, which still requires a hearing and another vote before it would go into effect, would not apply to the supervisors themselves.

ACSD sets legislative priorities

By Molly Montag, News Correspondent

Teacher recruitment, school funding and mental health funding are tops on the list of this year’s legislative priorities for Algona Community Schools.

The Algona Community Schools Board of Education on Monday, July 8, set its legislative priorities during its regular meeting. School officials around the state are asked to review the legislative priorities of the Iowa Association of School Boards and provide feedback.

Algona to raise school meal prices

By Molly Montag, News Correspondent

The cost of breakfast and lunch in Algona schools will increase this year.

The Algona Community School District Board of Education will increase breakfast and lunch prices by 10 cents for all students. The increase will go into effect for the upcoming 2024-25 school year. Board members approved the measure in a vote at the group’s July 8 meeting.

With the increase, school lunch prices will now be:

Founders’ Day Fun - Kossuth County Farmers' Market

It was a busy day on the Carnegie Lawn last Saturday! Founders’ Day brought a lot of families and guests to the Kossuth County Farmers Market, along with the Art in the Park attendees, and plenty of people at the Kid’s Bash that started up as the market wound down. The day wrapped up with the World Food Festival, featuring tasty items from multiple countries.

Voices from the Past cemetery walk

The popular Founders’ Day event that tells the personal stories of local history through their eyes was produced by the Kossuth County Genealogical Society and Algona branch AAUW. It is sponsored by the Algona Founders’ Day committee and supported by the Haggard Twogood Trust. Local actors and descendants portray the people featured. In the spotlight this year was at above from left: The Riebhoff family portrayed by Tom and Courtney MondragonMoni Westling and Bill Farnham

2nd annual World Food Festival

Community and Culture Connections, a non-profit group, partnered with Algona’s Founders’ Day committee for the second annual World Food Festival event last Saturday, July 13. This was a great opportunity to sample different foods treasured by families who have handed these recipes down through generations and sample culinary treats from around the world.

Specialty care available through Kossuth Regional Health Center

By Allie Opheim, Director of Clinics and Business Outreach

Did you know Kossuth Regional Health Center offers specialty care right here in Algona? Specialist providers available through the KRHC Specialty Clinic include cardiology, ENT, nephrology, neurology, orthopedics, podiatry, and urology.

4th of July in Bancroft

Levey the Great entertained the crowd with magic during Bancrofts July 4th celebration. Submitted photos

Every bit helps

Top photo: Elise and Warren Vaske along with Vayda Arndorfer set up a lemonade stand in Bancroft in an effort to raise money for the Bancroft Fire Department. Their donation will go towards funding a new fire station.  Submitted photo

Algona Lions donate to new grandstand

The Algona Lions Club has donated $1,000 to the Kossuth County Agricultural Association for the Kossuth County Fairgrounds grandstand renovation. Pictured from left to right: Ken Clark, Doug Marty, Bahne Struecker, Sharon Marty, Jerry Brown, Barb Goecke, Dee Lenz, Fair Board member Joe Thilges, Bob Harrington, Fair Board President Scott Schultze, Reg Roberts and Jordan Shimon. Submitted photo

NEW Cooperative Foundation donates to the Kossuth County Emergency Management Agency

The NEW Cooperative Foundation continues their commitment to supporting its local communities and youth. Recently, the Foundation donated $1,500 to the Kossuth County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to support their efforts of providing a safe and resilient community through emergency management and coordination within Kossuth County.

NEW Cooperative Foundation donates to the Kossuth County Ag Association

The NEW Cooperative Foundation continues their commitment to supporting its local communities and youth. Recently, the Foundation donated $2,000 to the Kossuth County Ag Association to support its mission of promoting agriculture, celebrating its agricultural heritage, and providing a quality environment and facilities to further education and offer competition and entertainment for all ages.

Corwith Royal Neighbors support EMS

Corwith Royal Neighbors presented a check for $939, the proceeds of a recent fundraiser, to West Hancock Ambulance Service on Wednesday, July 10.  Matching funds will be donated by the Royal Neighbors of America national office for a total donation of $1,878.

Pictured left to right back row: Dan Nelson, Andy Vaske, Brayden Langfit, Sue Barkema, Mike Hejlik, Allie Eliason, Craig Leerar, DJ Martinez and John Madson.

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