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Ricke's Bond raised

The initial court appearance for Kyle Lou Ricke took place via livestream in the district courtroom in the Kossuth County courthouse at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 21. Scott Brown from the Attorney General’s office asked that the original $1 million bond be raised to $5 million based on the severity of the crime, the fact that Ricke fled the scene and that the weapon has not been recovered and the court should presume that Ricke would have access to that gun if he were to get out of jail.

Algona Senior Center

Thursday, Sept. 21

Chili, cinnamon rolls, carrots with ranch, oranges

11 a.m. – Exercise


Friday, Sept. 22

BBQ baked chicken, potato salad, mixed vegetables, spiced peaches

10:30 a.m. – Bingo

12 p.m. – Pot luck dinner


Monday,  Sept. 25

Roast turkey, cheesy hashbrowns, green beans, whole wheat roll

10:30 a.m. – Bingo


Tuesday,  Sept. 26

AMU Programming

Monday, Sept. 25

9 a.m.: Presbyterian Church

6 p.m.: Homecoming Coronation/ Parade

8 p.m.: Football vs. Charles City


Tuesday, Sept. 26

9 a.m.: Trinity Lutheran Church

10 a.m.: Grace Church

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Iowa Falls-Alden

9 p.m.: Homecoming Coronation/ Parade


Wednesday,  Sept. 27

9 a.m.: Faith Assembly of God

10:30 a.m.: Divine Mercy

Catholic Church



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

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

3-2-Do and Community Calendar

Better Butter Bash in West Bend

Better Butter Bash is planned for Saturday, September 23 from 8-11 a.m. at Country Maid’s main office in West Bend. Events will include a 5K walk/run/ride, a cake roll eating contest, a butter carving contest, scavenger hunts and breakfast bar. All proceeds from the event will be given to organizations in Palo Alto County and Kossuth County whose aim is to provide children of all ages with nutritious food during difficult times.

Funeral Service Set for Kevin Cram

A funeral service for Officer Kevin Cram, 33, of Algona, IA, will be held Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 10:30 AM, at the Algona High School Gymnasium in Algona. A private graveside service will be held.  A public visitation will be on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, from 4 PM to 8 PM, at the Ed and Betty Wilcox Performing Arts Center.

A memorial fund has been established for the family of Officer Cram at Iowa State Bank, 5 East Call Street, Algona, IA 50511.

Escort for Officer Kevin Cram

The body of Algona Police Officer Kevin Cram, who was shot to death while on duty Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, was returned to the community Friday, Sept. 15, from the State Medical Examiner's Office in Ankeny. 

Local residents lined McGregor Street, farmers put out flags, and along Interstate 35 law enforcement officers and firefighters were stationed at overpasses to pay respects to a fallen fellow officer.

A notice regarding funeral services is available at

Gov. Reynolds orders flags at half-staff for Algona Police Officer Killed in the Line of Duty  


DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, September 15, 2023, in honor and remembrance of Kevin Cram of the Algona Police Department who was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 13, 2023. Cram was attempting to arrest a suspect when he was killed. Cram was a 10-year veteran of Iowa law enforcement, a husband, and a father. He was 33 years old. 

DCI Investigating Fatal Shooting of Algona Officer Kevin Cram, Holds Press Conference in Algona


Note: See the press conference video at Algona Publishing's Facebook page.


King Justin, Queen Abbie reign

Justin Bauer and Abbie Capesius were crowned 2023 Homecoming King and Queen respectively at Bishop Garrigan High School during coronation held Monday morning, Sept. 11. Bishop Garrigan is celebrating homecoming activities all week.

The homecoming parade is set for 2 p.m. Friday. The football game vs. Northwood Kensett is at 7 p.m. Friday at Conway Field. Christina Rahm photo


Candidates for Homecoming Queen for North Union High School are in front, from left: Faith Steinberger, Amelia Fothergill, Beth Streuber, Libby Stevens, Naomi Jones and Lexi Vaske.

Candidates for Homecoming King for North Union High School are in back from left: Kolton Walter, Colin Rasch, Talan Priester, Preston Guerdet, Landon Hagedorn and Kyan Jones.

WBM homecoming royalty

Students and staff at West Bend-Mallard School will celebrate Homecoming the week of September 18-22. Rock the Wolves is the 2023 Homecoming week theme.

The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned in a ceremony which begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 22 in the high school gym. The ceremony will feature skits followed by the coronation. The parade starts at 2:20 p.m. followed by a pep rally from 2:50 to 3:30 p.m.

Couple excited to open their first Scooter’s Coffee in Algona

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—Scooter’s Coffee is tentatively set to open for a soft opening in Algona on Friday, September 22 and franchise owners Kate Alspach and John Hood couldn’t be more excited about bringing the business to the community.

The drive-through only business, located at 1509 US-169, will employ approximately 20 people.

Wesley’s new signs, works of art

Driving down Hwy 18 by Wesley you will see two new signs announcing the arrival to the city.

Discussion of new signs have been going on for a few years. When Wesley celebrated their centennial a couple years ago they held a contest and let people submit their own design and then people voted on them.

David Reding had the winning design made out of metal and created to rust and age naturally.

Bulldog Heroes

Third grade Bulldog Heroes from Lucia Wallace in back row from left are: Karly Rotert, Harper Boeckholt, Evey Voss, Trinity Thompson, Natasha Vaske and Grayson Kuecker. Front row from left: Henry Rivas-Torres, Dacian Ankrum, McCabe Smith and Max Luitjens. Submitted photos

Fourth grade Bulldog Heroes from Lucia Wallace from left are: Drew VanOtterloo, Easton Bishop, Gemma Lentsch and Michelle Phillips. Not pictured: Alexandria VanGinkel.

First art exhibit at Carnegie a success

Despite not being finished, the Carnegie Centre for the Arts opened its doors and welcomed art enthusiasts anxious to have events in the historical building. The exhibit featured paintings from Russell Cowles, grandson of one of Algona’s founders and Mary Call, daughter of one Algona’s founders; and John Enkeboll, Omaha artist who painted Iowa locations brought by art collector Jason Noteboom. He also brought art from his ancestor Daniel Noteboom and Northfield Minnesota artist J.J.

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