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Twin Rivers Elementary Honors Veterans

LIVERMORE—On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2021, Twin Rivers Elementary had a “meet and greet” event to honor our local heroes.    The local Veterans brought in some memorabilia and made themselves available for questions and stories. The students and staff had the opportunity to learn more about the real experiences that take place when protecting our freedoms.   This event made Veterans Day more personal for those that participated.

Local women's roles in World War II examined at Algona POW Museum Veterans Day program

By Amy Frankl-Brandt

Assistant Editor


Farewell Pastor Schlund

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—After serving for six years as senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona, Pastor Tom Schlund will deliver his farewell sermon on Sunday, Nov. 21 during the 9 a.m. service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona. 

Schlund has accepted a call as an admissions officer at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He is excited about the new opportunity but leaves Trinity with mixed emotions. 

Hunting with Heroes - More than 500 Meals Served

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


LAKOTA—Patriotism was overflowing in the community of Lakota on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11. More than 500 veterans and/or widows of veterans participated in the Hunting with Heroes drive through meal event. They were welcomed to Main Street with the sight of numerous race cars, fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles sporting flags and smiling volunteers thanking them for their military service. 

Bancroft City Council sells lot, OK's contract, hears ambulance staffing concerns

BANCROFT—City council members approved the sale of a lot, agreed to a solid waste collection contract and heard concerns about staffing of the ambulance service their regular monthly meeting at Bancroft City Hall Monday, Nov. 8.

The council renewed a contract with Dump It, from Algona, to collect solid waste for the next three years. The contract price increase was about 3 percent, said Chrysti Neumann, city director.

Holiday events planned in Bancroft

BANCROFT—The Bancroft Chamber of Commerce, businesses, organizations and volunteers have a variety of events planned for the holiday season starting with Party at the Pub, Wednesday, Nov. 24 with local music from Midland Vibe from 6 to 9 p.m. and Morgan Kuecker starting at 9:30 p.m.

The schools who control the United Nations 

By Sam Reitz 

AHS Journalism


ALGONA—Algona High School’s Model United Nations (U.N.) group had a great opportunity to show their talents at the Iowa Youth Symposium in Des Moines. For two days, students got the chance to model what the United Nations is like with students from all around the state. 

AHS students learn about opportunities at Redings

By Tyler Grant

AHS Journalism


ALGONA—Thirty-one AHS students – 10 from construction class with Mr. Birkey and 21 from auto class with Mr. Ricklefs – toured Redings Gravel and Excavating in Algona on Wednesday, Nov. 10. The field trip lasted two hours. 

AHS cheerleaders performing at football championship games Nov. 18

By Madi Adams

AHS Journalism


ALGONA—Three AHS cheerleaders – senior Maddie Nevitt, senior Allison Kramer and junior Quela Heidelberg – were chosen to participate in the Honor Cheer group that will perform at the state football games in the UNI-Dome today. 

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

KOSSUTH COUNTY—With a new diagnosis of diabetes or having diabetes for years there is so much information out there that it can be overwhelming and hard to know what to follow or how to get started.  The diabetes education program at Kossuth Regional Health Center is certified through the American Diabetes Association and consists of a RN (Mindy) and a dietitian (Allison). Both team members are certified diabetes care and education specialists.  

Birth: Delilah Jane Williamson

Sierra Ross and Jacob  Williamson of Britt announce the birth of their daughter, Delilah Jane, on Nov. 1, 2021, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. Deliliah weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19 inches long. Delilah is welcomed home by a brother, Dawson, and a sister, Dezerae.

Burt updating city codes

BURT—City Council members took a number of actions at their monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Burt City Hall.

The council voted to hire Iowa Codification to update the city’s code of ordinances. 

On another matter, the council voted to hire Deitering Brothers from Bancroft to update the city’s skid loader.

Fenton council acts on garbage truck, recycling

FENTON—What to do about a garbage truck and recycling were two of the matters resolved by the Fenton City Council at its Nov. 1 meeting.

The city’s garbage truck was damaged, and the council decided to accept an $8,316 settlement from EMC Insurance. The city will keep the truck and use it as is until a replacement truck is found.

Titonka water project advances, new library director, firefighters

TITONKA—A new library director and three new firefighters were approved by the Titonka City Council at its Wednesday, Nov. 10, meeting at the Buffalo Creek Activity Center.

Damien Strecker was hired as the library director. He is replacing Laurie Lee, who plans to retire in December.

Owen Harms, Kyle Post and Nathan Prothman were appointed to the fire department. They are replacing Ben Lee, Brandon Korte and Cameron Giddings.

Shoeboxes of Love - Churches lead effort for Samaritan Purse’s Operation Christmas Child

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—Connie Wilberg is hoping more than 1,000 shoeboxes will be filled with gifts and donated this year from this area to the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child program. This is the 13th year area people have participated in the event to help brighten a child’s Christmas. 

Piano class new for AHS

When his wife, Lilliace, passed away in 1987, former AHS ag teacher George Sefrit set up a fund separate from the extensive Sefrit Character Scholarship fund to honor Lilliace’s love of music and her years of teaching piano.

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