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Showing pigs is a family effort for the Spears

Jaden Spear, Emma Spear and Coyer Spear all agree their favorite 4-H activity is showing pigs. The Spear siblings have been working with and showing pigs since they were old enough to walk in the ring by themselves and not lose the pig in the ring. The children of Mark and Mindi Spear of Algona, they are all members of the Lotts Creek Lads and Lassies 4-H Club.
See the full story in the Oct. 14 Advance in the Salute to Pork producers.

Kuecker makes his mark showing swine at fairs

Caden Kuecker of rural Algona wanted to follow in the footsteps of his family and carry on the tradition of showing swine at shows and fairs. Kuecker has definitely already made his mark and the tradition is alive as he exhibited the grand champion market hog, grand champion pen of three and the reserve champion breeding gilt at the 2021 Kossuth County Fair.
See the full story in the Advance's Salute to Pork Producers in the Oct. 14 edition.

Algona schools set committee for Lu Verne reorganization

ALGONA—The Algona School board met on Monday, Oct. 11, and finalized a reorganization committee for the Lu Verne and Algona school districts among other things.

Exceptional Dining Fun

Guests sat at tables creatively decorated at the Exceptional Dining luncheon at Trinity Lutheran Life Center in Algona Saturday. Proceeds from the event go toward furthering the mission of Exceptional Opportunities. In the photo, Kinley, Tayler and Jean Davis stand at their Hocus Pocus Charcuterie Fun table. See more photos in the Oct. 14 Advance.

Statues stand guard at Veterans Park

ALGONA—Two military statues, a man and a woman, stand guard at the entrance to Veterans Park. The plaque and statues were dedicated on Monday, Oct. 4 in recognition to the Kossuth County individuals who have served or are serving in the military. 
See the full story in the Oct. 7 Advance.

100+ Women Who Care donation aides Project ASC

In August, Project ASC was selected to be the recipient of the 100+ Women Who Care donation. The donation of more than $13,000 will allow Project ASC to continue the mission of helping students and their families when they are in need. Julie Stein, AHS school counselor, commented specifically on the 100+ Women Who Care donation, stating, “It is wonderful to be part of such a caring, kind community.

Solid Gold marches at state Saturday

FORT DODGE—In early August the Bishop Garrigan Solid Gold Marching Band began practicing marching band music and marching techniques for the fall state marching band contest. 
The marching band will hope to give its best performance at the state marching band festival Saturday, Oct. 9 in Fort Dodge. 
See the full story in the Oct. 7 Advance.

County proposes ATV/UTV ordinance change in line with petition

ALGONA—The board of supervisors will consider amending Kossuth County’s ATV/UTV ordinance later this month.
The board of supervisors will publish a notice regarding the proposed changes in the Oct. 14 edition of the Kossuth County Advance. The notice states the board will consider the ordinance at its Oct. 19 and Oct. 26 meetings, and if it is approved at each, the ordinance will be adopted.
See the Oct. 7 Advance for more details. 

AMU getting 45% of its electricity from wind

ALGONA—Forty-five percent of Algona Municipal Utilities’ (AMU) electricity is being generated by wind energy, and that’s “where we expect to be on a monthly basis,” said John Bilsten, AMU’s general manager.
The report was given during the utility board of trustees monthly meeting Wednesday, Sept. 29.
See the full report in the Oct. 7 Advance. 

Bacha is new assistant police chief; ambulance purchase, sewer rates addressed by Algona Council

ALGONA—Marc Bacha has been named the Algona Police Department’s new assistant chief and began those duties Sunday, Oct. 3. The promotion was announced at Monday evening’s regular city council meeting by Chief Bo Miller. In other business, the ouncil started work on raising sewer rates and purchased a new ambulance. Many other actions were taken. See the Oct. 7 edition for a full report on the meeting. 

CALENDAR: Union Slough auto tour route open a week

UNION SLOUGH—Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge announced its auto tour route will be open from Saturday, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 17, in celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week. 

WBM Diner a delicious learning activity

WEST BEND— West Bend-Mallard school opened its student run diner in 2014. The diner is run by Cassidy Peppmeier, family and consumer sciences teacher, and her senior students.

‘Storm Lake’ film plays out the realities of a rural Iowa town’s newspaper

     ALGONA—Newspaper operations spend their time focusing stories and cameras on others, but “Storm Lake,” a documentary about the Cullen family’s Storm Lake Times newspaper operation during the 2020 campaign and the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic, flips the script and spotlights triumphs, challenges and tragedies for the twice-weekly publication and its owners.
     Get the full story in the Oct. 7 Advance.

Kossuth County Sheriff's Office investigating three weekend deaths

Kossuth County Sheriff Roger Fisher issued a three-fold press release late Monday morning, Oct. 4, stating his office is investigating three weekend deaths.
The press releases stated:

AHS, BGHS, WB-M celebrate homecomings

Meet homecoming royalty and see celebration photos in the Sept. 30 Advance.

4-H Week: Marso, Parsons discuss experiences

    KOSSUTH COUNTY—“Find Your Spark” is the theme chosen to celebrate National 4-H Week Oct.3-9. More than 200 youth and 50 volunteers make up the Kossuth County 4-H program.
“Youth involved in 4-H have an opportunity to learn a variety of valuable life skills including communication and leadership skills that prepare youth to be successful leaders in their communities,” said Chyan Koppen, county youth coordinator with Kossuth County Extension and Outreach. 

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