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Community health plans for vaxing children ages 5 & up

ALGONA—Children ages 5 years and older will be able to get an age-appropriate dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in mid-November. Advisors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved a low dose of the vaccine for individuals ages 5 to 11 years under Emergency Use Authorization. Kossuth County Public Health anticipates that the vaccine will be available locally after Nov. 15.

Algona CSD Certified Enrollment is Up

By Amy Frankl-Brandt

Assistant Editor


ALGONA—The Algona CSD Board of Education discussed certified enrollment, the reorganization committee, school trips and more when it met in regular session on Monday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the PAC board room.

The ACSD has operated with a surplus for the past three school years and is anticipating doing the same for the next three years. 

Kossuth Charitable Foundation Celebrates Special Week with Gathering

 KOSSUTH COUNTY—The Kossuth County Community Foundation will join in a nationwide celebration, Nov. 12 through 18, 2021, to recognize the increasingly important role that community foundations play in strengthening localities and addressing community needs.

Curtain Call for AHS Musical

By Riker Brindley

AHS Journalism


ALGONA—The Addams Family musical is a spinoff of the original Addams Family. The family has grown up quite a bit in the musical, especially the character Wednesday. The musical follows the family as they deal with Wednesday’s newfound love for Lucas Beineike, a new addition to the story.

Algona, North Union and WBM FFA Chapters Attend National Conference

Over the course of four days, 11 students from the Algona FFA Chapter attended the 94th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Ind. 

The highlight was the Algona FFA chapter was recognized on stage during the second general session for its National Chapter 2 Star Award. The Algona FFA members traveled via charter bus along with members from Estherville, Graettinger-Terril and Dallas-Center Grimes. 

Public hearing on second carbon sequestration pipeline set for Lakota

LAKOTA—A second company seeking to bury an carbon dioxide pipeline in Kossuth County has had dates set for public hearings on its proposal.

Algona begins Central Park reno

ALGONA—Redevelopment of Central Park is underway, and citizens still have an opportunity for input on the future amenities there through responding to a survey being distributed by the city.

Lu Verne School Board names reorganization reps

LU VERNE—Lany Mitchell, Charles Legler, Lara Kleier and Kira Carroll have been named to a committee that will consider factors in a potential reorganization of the Algona and Lu Verne school districts. They were selected in a unanimous vote of the Lu Verne School Board Oct. 21.
The two districts have been whole grade sharing and part of the required process is to discuss potential reorganization. 
For the full story, see the Nov. 4 Advance. 

Grote Company acquires PFI

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Grote Company, an industrial food slicing and assembly equipment manufacturer, has formally announced its acquisition of Precision Food Innovations (PFI), a manufacturer of sanitary conveying equipment, from Precision, Inc. 

Local organizations offer anti-suicide training

ALGONA—Suicide is among the top five leading causes of death for Iowans between the ages of 10 and 54 years old. Additionally, over five times as many people died by suicide in 2019 than in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents – the most recent data suggests little to no improvement in suicide trends as Iowans continue to recover from the lasting effects of the pandemic. 

Library moving home; you can help

ALGONA—The Algona Public Library staff and volunteers will begin the process of moving into the newly renovated facility on Tuesday, Nov. 9. 
The library will temporarily close during the transition. Library patrons may visit and check out materials through regular hours on Monday, Nov. 8.

Algona Police de-certify union

ALGONA—The Algona Police Department voted to not recertify its union affiliation in voting that ended early last week.
The department had been represented by AFSCME 61.
Get more on this in the Nov. 4 Advance. 

Algona planning 2022 street projects

ALGONA—City council members began picking which streets to resurface and reconstruct in 2022 during their meeting Monday at City Hall.
Get this information, and more from the Nov. 1 city council meeting in the Nov. 4 Kossuth County Advance.

County approves ATV/UTV ordinance changes

ALGONA—After several months of receiving input, the board of supervisors approved an ordinance that changes the rules for operating all-terrain and utility vehicles (ATVs and UTVs) in Kossuth County.
The changes now allow the operation of the vehicles on county pavements at speeds up to 35 mph. It also expands the hours they can be operated on county roads to 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. There are other regulations in the ordinance with regard to safety, marking, lights and more.

Kossuth County Community Foundation’s 2022 grant application now available

KOSSUTH COUNTY—Grant applications can now be submitted to the Kossuth County Community Foundation’s 2022 grant cycle with a deadline to submit applications by 5 p.m. on Jan. 15. 
The online grant application can be found on the Community Foundation’s website at

Local precinct redistricting can begin

KOSSUTH COUNTY—Last Thursday, the Iowa Legislature overwhelmingly approved a second set of maps that determine congressional and legislative districts for Jan. 1, 2023, through Dec. 31, 2032. Now that the state has done the job of figuring out the larger districts, counties and cities can begin the process of drawing district lines. A committee is in place at the county level, and Algona can begin its process soon as well.
For a full story, see the Nov. 4 Advance. 

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