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Jury Finds Ricke Guilty in Slaying of Officer Cram

SPIRIT LAKE—A Dickinson County jury today, Thursday, July 11, found Kyle Lou Ricke of Algona guilty of first degree murder in the slaying of Algona Police Officer Kevin Cram. Ricke faces life in prison without the chance for parole. 

A jury was seated and opening arguments began Tuesday morning, July 9.

How well do you know your neighbor?

This is the story of Kim JinHo. Torn from his family during a war, rescued by a G.I. from Algona, adopted by that G.I.’s mother and became a successful and respected U.S. citizen. His story is one of sorrow, courage and hope. He is not so different from the immigrants of today. Motivated by a dream and a chance.

By Marilyn Deal

County to consider moratorium on solar farms

By Molly Montag, News Correspondent

The Kossuth County Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to consider issuing a moratorium on the construction of commercial solar farms next week. The ban is expected to be temporary.

The 5-member Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a moratorium on commercial solar projects at a meeting on Monday, July 15, said Kossuth County Engineer Doug Miller, who also acts as the county’s zoning administrator.

Annual “Portraits of Kossuth” Photography Contest

Got a great nature photo?  Don’t miss your opportunity to showcase that photo in this year’s “Portraits of Kossuth” Photography Contest sponsored by the Kossuth County Conservation Board.  Here are the rules:

Must be a nature photo (weather, wildlife, landscapes, etc.).

Photo must have been taken in Kossuth County within the last 12 months.

Photo must be at least 8” x 10” and be framed and ready to hang (frame can be any size).

Always something fun going on in Wesley

The Wesley Glow Run sponsored by the Wesley Public Library was held Wednesday night, July 3 followed the next day with July 4th games and activities.

Photos below in order:

Carter Rasmussen was all smiles after he won the big pedal tractor.


Cooper Earles gives a thumbs up.


Kara Eischen showed no fear when the ball came at her.


Drew Fogarty reaches high to volley the ball.

Food, art and more all on the Carnegie Lawn

By Joanne Roepke Bode, Kossuth County Farmers Market

Our community is gearing up for a special week in Algona - the annual Founders’ Day celebration. One of the special activities happening during this time is the Art in the Park event on Saturday, July 13. Kossuth County Farmers Market customers will have many more faces greeting them when they arrive at the market this Saturday - art vendors will be there with us in the Carnegie Lawn area.

Algona gas station fined for underage tobacco sale

By Molly Montag, News Correspondent

An Algona gas station has been fined for allegedly selling tobacco to an underage customer.

Algona City Council members voted Monday, July 1, to accept a settlement with Chib, LLC, doing business as Akron Stop, for an alleged incident that happened at the company’s station at 107 US Highway 18 West.

Wolves and Wild Lands Exhibit

The Water’s Edge Nature Center is hosting a traveling exhibit from the International Wolf Center for the month of July.  Wolves and Wild Lands Exhibit shows a variety of wolf species and gives information about the animal, their interaction with humans, and insight into their future.  This display will be housed at the nature center for the month of July.  Nature center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 to 4:30 p.m. or weekends from 1 to 4 p.m.

Mastering the skill of origami

Patron’s at the West Bend library had a great day learning origami with Takeshi. Besides learning a few origami patterns they were also taught a folk dance. 

Below photos in order:

Ashlyn Montag created an Origami Penguin.

Takeshi from Japan, a participant of the Japan Outreach Initiative, shared information about his home town in Japan.

Learning a craft

Kids got creative with recycled materials creating masterpieces at the West Bend Library. Photo above: Espyn Wirtz creates a flower arrangement using painted egg cartons. First photo below: Thaddeus Gambell and Emrie Ulrich work on art using recycled lids and buttons. Second photo below: Brooklyn Montag and Linnea Zaugg glue their projects together for a bright piece of art. Submitted photos

Iowa Swine Day to be held in Ames

Learn the latest in pork industry trends and technology at annual event

AMES, Iowa – Pork producers and others involved with swine production can learn the most current information on emerging critical industry topics at Iowa Swine Day, July 25 at the Iowa State Center in Ames. Sessions will be presented by renowned speakers from the U.S. and around the world. The event is organized and presented by the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University.

Webinar on seaweed as an enteric methane mitigation strategy for cows

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues Wednesday, July 17, from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Roof Coverage Options

By Sonya Sellmeyer, Consumer Advocacy Officer for the Iowa Insurance Division

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average roof replacement cost is $10,000.  Understanding the coverage for your roof on your homeowners insurance can be the knowledge that ensures your home and your finances remain secure in the face of Iowa weather.

Variety of live music for Founders’ weekend

Live music fans will have a lot of variety to choose from at the Algona’s Founders’ Day celebration, scheduled for July 11 through 14.

Friday Night Street Dance

On Friday, July 12 come down to State Street to enjoy music from two live bands. Youth Gone Wild will play at 7 p.m. followed by The Pork Tornadoes at 8:30 p.m.

Senior Center gets new floor

The project has been funded in part with a grant from the Kossuth Community Foundation. The Senior Center is fundraising to raise the remaining balance for the project. This is phase one of the project that covers the main dining room, hallways and bathrooms. The work is being done by DCD Garage Floors out of Webster City. This is a nice addition to the new ceiling tiles and painted walls already completed. The large dining room as well as a smaller one are available for rent.

Burt Beautiful's sign frame

Check out the Ultimate Selfie Picture Frame on the south lawn of the Burt Activity Complex. Jean Stumme presented the idea of a permanent Photo Prop to Burt Beautiful and oversaw the project which is expected to be finished by the Burt Summer Celebration, July 13th. The purpose is to have a fun place to take pictures within the frame for special moments, like a class reunion, family gatherings or whatever you can imagine.

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