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Tour of Gardens

Members of the Kossuth Area Garden club will be hosting a garden tour which will feature seven gardens within the city of Bancroft on July 15 from 3-7 p.m.  Tour admission along with maps showing the location of the gardens will be available for purchase at the city gazebo next to city hall in downtown Bancroft. Cost of admission is $10.

Community Calendar & 3•2•Do


Founders’ Day

Algona Founders’ Day is celebrated from Thurs., July 11 through Sunday, July 14. Enjoy live music by the Pork Tornadoes, the World Food Festival, Art in the Park, bags and volleyball tournaments and so much more. For a schedule of events and details, visit

Pickleball tourney


Scher 85th

Dr. Alan Scher celebrated his 85th birthday on Thursday, July 4.


Knoll 101st


Arndorfer 60th

Richard and Delores Arndorfer are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on July 11.

Cards can reach them at 507 S. Summit St. Bancroft, IA 50517.

Senior Center

Flood services

Elderbridge Agency on Aging is the local area agency on aging providing the following services for any person aged 60 and older who has been adversely affected by the recent and ongoing flooding:

1)information and referral services,

2)assistance in completing FEMA or other financial assistance forms,

3) referrals to appropriate agencies for safe housing, food, clothing, or other necessities,

AMU Programming

Monday, July 15

9 a.m.: Presbyterian Church

6:30 p.m.: AMU Anniversary

8 p.m.: Baseball vs. Webster City (Post Season)


Tuesday, July 16

9 a.m.: Trinity Lutheran Church

10 a.m.: Grace Church

7 p.m.: City Council

9 p.m.: Softball vs. Clear lake (Post Season)


Wednesday, July 17

9 a.m.: Faith Assembly of God

10:30 a.m.: Divine Mercy Catholic Church

11:30 a.m.: City Council

Algona Police Report

Monday, July 1

2:19 a.m. Ambulance.

3:17 a.m. Ambulance.

8:40 a.m. Speak with officer.

10:09 a.m. Speak with officer regarding no contact order.

12:16 p.m. Speak with officer, vehicle they bought.

3:36 p.m. Dumping.

4:24 p.m. Arrested Juan Robles Santiago, DOB 7-16-68, on Kossuth County warrant.

5:38 p.m. Scam reported.

5:56 p.m. Ambulance.

6:25 p.m. 911 hang up.  All OK.

Kossuth County Sheriff Report

Notice to Readers:

The information included on this page has been obtained from public records — either court files, police and sheriff logs or accident reports. The Kossuth County Advance staff reminds readers that all charges are accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Monday, July 1

2:56 a.m. Report of vehicle vs. deer, Burt.

5:34 a.m. Request for an ambulance, Algona.

Ricke trial starts Tuesday in Spirit Lake

By Brad Hicks, Publisher

ALGONA—The man accused of killing Algona Police Officer Kevin Cram in September 2023 will go on trial starting Tuesday, July 9, at 9:30 a.m.

Reisings celebrate 60th with country music star

By Amy Frankl-Brandt, News Editor

Tom and Mary Ann Reising brought country music star Brandon Davis from Chattanooga, Tenn. to Algona for their 60th wedding anniversary. Davis put on a concert at Tietz park for friends and family of the Reisings.

Supervisors correct funding error during special meeting

By Molly Montag, News Correspondent

The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors corrected a funding error during a recent special meeting, saying the issue stemmed from a decision made during a budget workshop.

The June 29 meeting was called to resolve an issue with the amount of tax money sent to the Secondary Roads Department during the 2023-24 fiscal year, which ended on June 30.

Board to discuss library funding at July 9 meeting

By Molly Montag, News Correspondent

Will Kossuth County’s libraries see some or all of their funding for this year restored? The community may know more next week.

Flag flown in Bagram Afghanistan donated to Algona

Mayor Rick Murphy was presented with a flag from Darryl Sapoff of New York on June 20. Born in Algona, Darryl returns to the area each year to visit family and attend the ABATE Freedom Rally. While serving in the United States Army, Darryl went to Afghanistan three times and flew this flag from the Bagram Air Base on his mother Faye’s birthday, Aug. 25, 2005. His mother came to Algona with him to present the flag.

Voices from the Past cemetery walk at Riverview

Another Founders’ Day will soon be here and that means the 2024 version of the Voices from the Past cemetery walk at Riverview Cemetery in Algona is fast approaching.  We look forward to this event every year when selected cemetery residents come alive to tell their stories.  Once again, there is a great lineup.

West Bend Summer Reading Program

Photos below in order:

Jax Winkelhorst, Neithan Montalvo, Brooklyn Bleuer and Thaddeus Gambell create art by adding to each other’s drawings.

Violet Gambell learned that the popsicle was created by mistake. It is a delicious mistake!


Children’s Librarian Melissa Zaugg created an ocean scene and took the children to the “beach” for some summer fun.


Kossuth County Libraries have camp for more than 120 kids

More than 120 children attended the third annual Kossuth County Library Association Camp Day at Water's Edge Nature Center. They had a great time despite the heat. In keeping with the Summer Reading Program's theme of Read, Renew, and Repeat, the kids learned about how insects are renewers for our environment and then went on the nature trails to find dragonflies, butterflies, grasshoppers, toads and other critters.

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