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Coffee at the POW Museum

The POW Museum hosted chamber coffee Friday, July 12 and gave tours of the newly remodeled museum. The remodeling project was neccesary to make room for their ever-growing artifacts.

Kids Bash

Above: If you were lucky, you got to sit in the dunk tank and hoped the pitchers hit the target during a hot Founders’ Day Kids Bash last Saturday, July 13.

Below in order: Kids had plenty of chances to win prizes during Kids Bash and the excitement showed on their faces when they beat the game.

Lark Ricklefs’ balloon creations could be seen all over downtown after kids lined up to get theirs.

Splash Pad coming soon

The Central Park Splash Pad is in the final stages of construction, and city officials plan to open the new park feature yet this summer.

The timeline for opening the splash pad is not yet confirmed, as it depends on the completion of the remaining tasks. Mechanical work, located inside the shelter house, and a state inspection are necessary before the new park feature can be opened to the public.

Iowa crop condition as of July 14, 2024
Crop resources for wet conditions

Gentry Sorenson, Field Agronomist Iowa State

University Extension and Outreach

Salute to Veterans race tour starts July 24

The three-day Salute to Veteran’s IMCA race tour will begin in Spencer on Wednesday, July 24 and continue in Algona the next night, Thursday, July 25 and finish up in Boone on Friday, July 27.

August 14 application deadline for emergency relief

DES MOINES, Iowa, July 15, 2024 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the deadline for commodity and specialty crop producers to apply for the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) for 2022 natural disaster losses is Aug. 14, 2024. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) began accepting ERP 2022 applications in October 2023.

FEMA hiring staff members for Iowa disaster recovery

DES MOINES-—The Federal Emergency Management Agency is hiring Iowa residents to support the severe weather recovery efforts.


Positions Include:

Emergency Management Specialist 2

Human Resource Specialist

Applicant Services Program Specialist

Intergovernmental/Congressional/Private Sector Specialist

General Engineer


Logistics Specialist


June brings historic rainfall amounts and flooding to northwest Iowa

DES MOINES – Some areas of northwest Iowa received more than half a year's worth of rain during the final week of June, leading to significant flooding conditions, according to the latest Water Summary Update.

June’s preliminary statewide rainfall average was 5.22 inches. However, precipitation totals varied significantly across different regions of the state.

Programs to assist disaster-impacted homeowners and communities

DES MOINES—Applications are now being accepted for state housing programs launched during a press conference last week.   

"Rebuilding housing for thousands of displaced Iowans presents a significant opportunity for their personal recovery as well as the economic recovery and growth of their communities," said Gov. Reynolds. "These programs are a crucial first step in ensuring Iowans can rebuild and continue to thrive in the communities they call home."

Recurring & Ongoing Events

To update this information, email or call 515-295-3535. Some changes to schedules may occur without notice.

____Libraries, Museums, Recreation, Events_____

Algona Nativity Scene: Small groups by appointment. Call 515-295-7241.

Algona POW Museum: Saturdays and Sundays 1-4 p.m.; Memorial Day to Labor Day open weekdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Community Calendar & 3•2•Do


Theatre Showcase

All Call Theatre is performing a showcase entitled, “Give My Regards to Broadway!” Enjoy musical selections from your favorite musicals on Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Wilcox Performing Arts Center. All musical selections will be performed by area musicians. Admission is $10 at the door.

Climb Theatre

AMU Programming

Monday, July 22

9 a.m.: Presbyterian Church

7 p.m.: Fireworks

8 p.m.: Baseball vs. Boone (Post Season)


Tuesday, July 23

9 a.m.: Trinity Lutheran Church

10 a.m.: Grace Church

2 p.m.: Baseball vs. Boone (Post Season)

7 p.m.: Heritage Award/Voices from the Past

9 p.m.: Softball vs. Sumner (Post Season)


Wednesday, July 24

9 a.m.: Faith Assembly of God

AHS baseball team wins tourney opener 10-5

ALGONA—Algona scored three runs in the fifth inning and four more tallies in the sixth stanza to earn a 10-5 Class 3A sub-state opening round win over the Webster City Lynx on Friday, July 12.

Webster City scored first in the contest with a run, but the home team responded with two runs in the bottom of the stanza. Tate Garman and Tate Slagle laced back-to-back triples to open the frame and Aiden Ulrich followed with a single to score Slagle for a 2-1 lead.

Ricke found guilty of murder in first degree

Trial evidence wrapped up in two days, sent to jury Thursday


A jury in Dickinson County found Kyle Ricke guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Algona police officer Kevin Cram. The prosecution and defense presented their cases over two days before sending it to the jury. The state and defense rested their cases Wednesday afternoon. The state’s witness list included Ricke’s mother, agents from the Iowa Dept. of Criminal Investigation, and medical examiners.

County to draft amendment restoring library funding

By Molly Montag, News Correspondent

Kossuth County’s libraries have cleared the first hurdle to reversing a $188,000 funding cut.

In front of a standing-room only crowd, the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday, July 9, to direct the county auditor to draft a budget amendment restoring funding to the county library system.

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