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House Fire in Burt

The Kossuth County Sheriff’s office has released the following press release.


House Fire in Burt, Iowa

Kossuth County

On February 2nd, 2023 at 1:30 a.m., the Kossuth County Law Enforcement Center

received a 911 call of a house fire at 404 Walnut Street in Burt. The caller was

returning to Burt from night shift employment and saw the two-story home

engulfed in flames.

Bear Care awarded Challenge Grant from Donald Tietz Charitable Foundation

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—There is some exciting news on the horizon for Bishop Garrigan School’s Daycare, Bear Care.

The Donald Tietz Charitable Foundation is initiating a Challenge Grant for an endowment for Bear Care for the next six years for a total of $750,000. Donald Tietz provided the initial funding of $250,000 with additional funds coming from the Donald Tietz Charitable Foundation.

Counting blessings—again and again



By Amy Frankl-Brandt

News Editor


ALGONA—Twins Megan Tietz Krohn and Melissa Tietz King are both expecting twins this year. This rare phenomenon has everyone baffled. The odds of a set of twins both having twins is extremely rare and being fraternal twins makes it even more so.

Kristie Hough named 3-12 principal at Bishop Garrigan

ALGONA—Kristie Hough of Algona has been named the new 3-12 principal at Bishop Garrigan Schools. Her first day as 3-12 principal will be July 1, 2023. Hough is the current preK-2 principal at Seton School.

“I am excited to move into my new role as grades 3-12 principal. I will continue the strong traditions of faith, academics and extra curricular activities which Bishop Garrigan is known for,” Hough said.

Burt Presbyterian Church helps food pantry



The congregation of the Burt Presbyterian Church donated funds for the Kossuth County Food Pantry this past week. A $3,000 grant from the Presbytery of North Central Iowa was presented with $500 from the Burt church. Mission chair Erma Parsons is shown here presenting the check to Food Pantry Director Henry Ricke. Submitted photo

BGHS Speech Advances To State

Bishop Garrigan earned three division I or “excellent” ratings at the district large group speech contest on Saturday, January 21 in Spencer. Two improvisation groups (one with Audi Crooks, Violet Bode, Sam Plathe, Brendan Plathe and Benjy Trainer; and the other with Scott Bormann, Gavin Swift and Tate Foertsch) and the musical theatre group with Savannah and Isabella Waechter all earned I’s. These groups now advance to the state speech contest February 4 at Le Mars.

Chamber coffee at EXOP



Whittemore Chili Cook-off Fun

The Whittemore Community Betterment Club sponsored the highly anticipated return of the chili cook-off contest on Saturday, January 21 at the American Legion Hall in Whittemore.

This was the 20th year for the event. Linda K. Farrell, WCBC member, was chairperson of the event. Kim Wegener photo

Cook will lead Iowa Pork Producers

CLIVE—A Buchanan County pig farmer, Trish Cook, is the new president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA). The change in leadership took place following the IPPA annual meeting on January 24.

KRHC honored with two Women’s Choice Awards

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—Kossuth Regional Health Center has been awarded two Best Hospital Women’s Choice Awards, one for obstetrics and one for emergency care.

KRHC CEO Dar Elbert said for the obstetrics award KRHC was among the top one percent honored and listed nationally from data publicly available from more than 4,000 hospitals. For emergency care, the hospital was listed in the top seven percent of hospitals.

Building Better Birders and Citizen Scientists Workshops



SMITH LAKE—For the past two years, Kelly McKay, along with Clinton County Conservation and Nahant March Education Center have been presenting a program designed to create a citizenry with better bird identification skills to promote participants getting involved with local citizen science projects.

New bacon event planned during Frostbite Olympics

ALGONA—As part of the Frostbite Olympics festivities planned by the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce, an "Achin for Bacon - It's All About the Bacon Bloody Mary Bar" event is set for Saturday, February 4 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the VFW in Algona. Besides bacon, a large variety of items to add to drinks and some bacon appetizers and desserts are planned.

Birth Announcements

Ivy Lynn Atkinson

Tyler and Bridget (Murphy) Atkinson of Algona announce the birth of their daughter, Ivy Lynn, on January 16, 2023, at Trinity Regional Medical Center/UnityPoint Health in Fort Dodge.

She weighed 8 pounds, 4 1/4 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long. Ivy is welcomed home by a sister, Scarlett.

Algona Police Report

Monday, January 23

10:16 a.m. Report of vehicles blocking road.

10:28  a.m. Accident.

11:14  a.m. Found fishing equipment.  Owner claimed.

12:10  p.m. Locked out of house.

1:54  p.m. Fraud.

2:42  p.m. Reported girls threatening her.

3:31  p.m. Responding officer aided.

3:59  p.m. Info.

6:59  p.m. Abandoned.

7:28  p.m. Ambulance.

9:52  p.m. Open Door.

11:08  p.m. Suspicious Person.


Algona Senior Center

Thursday, Feb 2

Goulash, breadsticks, broccoli, peaches

1 p.m. – Cribbage/Canasta


Friday,  Feb 3

Cheeseburger on whole wheat bun, french fries, peas, applesauce, jell-o

10 a.m. – Bingo

1:30 p.m. – Tai Chi


Monday,  Feb 6

Pizza casserole, breadsticks, lettuce salad, dessert

10 a.m. – Bingo

1:30 p.m. – Business showcase, West Vendee, Nicole Taffe


Tuesday,  Feb 7

AMU Programming

Monday, Jan. 30

9 a.m.: Presbyterian Church

7 p.m.: Girls/Boys BB vs. Clear Lake


Tuesday, Jan. 31

9 a.m.: Trinity Lutheran Church

10 a.m.: Grace Church

7 p.m.: City Council


Wednesday, Feb. 1

9 a.m.: Faith Assembly of God

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

11:30 a.m.: City Council

8 p.m.: Girls/Boys BB vs. Clear Lake


Thursday, Feb. 2

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