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Montag is county's new environmental health rep, weed commissioner

ALGONA—Kossuth County has a new environmental health specialist and weed commissioner.
Aaron Montag, 27, of West Bend, was introduced during the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning, Sept. 28.
Montag is a native of rural West Bend and holds an agriculture science degree from South Dakota State, with minors in animal nutrition and ag business.
See the full report on the county board meeting in the Sept. 30 Advance. 

McCartan in top 8 stunt flyers in the country

KOSSUTH COUNTY—Aaron McCartan, Burt pilot, competed last week at  the National Aerobatics competition in Salina, Kan. McCartan finished in the top eight stunt pilots in the unlimited category earning him a spot on the American team to compete in the World Championship which will take place in July 2022.
See the Sept. 30 Advance for more details. 

WB-M needs more space

WEST BEND—Because this year’s kindergarten class is larger than in past years, West Bend-Mallard had to split it into two sections – and that has the district looking for ways to find more space.
At its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 14, the school board discussed several options.
See the full story in the Sept. 30 Advance. 

Groundbreaking held for Kueck Industrial Park

Shovelers turned dirt to signify the groundbreaking for the new Kueck Industrial Park.
ALGONA—The Algona Chamber of Commerce held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Sept. 24, for the Kueck Industrial park. In 2019, the city of Algona purchased 55 acres of farmland northeast of town (east of Snap-on Tools) to be developed as the next phase of the city’s industrial park.  
See the Sept. 30 Advance for full details. 

Chamber hosts ribbon cutting for the AHS Athletic Gateway

Chamber members congratulate the Algona schools on the new athletic gateway complex.
ALGONA—Algona Schools Superintendent Joe Carter cut the ribbon to signify the official opening of the Athletic Gateway at a Chamber coffee last Friday, Sept. 24. 

Sheriff: Let's be careful out there

KOSSUTH COUNTY—With fall upon us, the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office has offered some safety reminders.
Kossuth County Sheriff Roger Fisher said, “Our farmers work hard during harvest and will be putting in long hours. All of us can support them by being understanding, patient, and cautious while traveling the roadways during harvest.”
See the full story in the Sept. 30 Advance. 

The first of Iowa’s three duck hunting zones opens Oct. 2

New waterfowl hunting zone boundaries have been implemented for the 2021 waterfowl hunting season and it is important that hunters carefully review the zone boundaries and season dates relative to their intended hunting location as the new boundaries may change which zone certain locations fall within. Graphic courtesy of the Iowa DNR.

Southern Kossuth County land owners voice opposition to carbon dioxide pipeline route

LAKOTA—Kossuth County landowners peppered Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline representatives with questions and pointed comments during an Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) public hearing Monday evening.

Masks required on school buses

The Algona Community School District issued the following information to parents this afternoon:

BGHS preps for Homecoming Week

Bishop Garrigan will host homecoming festivities the week of Sept. 27, including coronation on that Monday. See two pages about homecoming in the Sept. 23 Advance. 

PROGRESS 2021: Advance Award winners gave to the community

Linda Vaudt spent 25 years with the Kossuth County C.A.R.E. Team, doing whatever she could to ensure needy people and children in our area got whatever help they required. It’s why she is the 2021 winner of the Advance Award for Citizen of the Year from the Kossuth County Advance. 

Ballots feature city, school races

KOSSUTH COUNTY—There are races for mayors, city council seats and school board seats in communities throughout the area on the Nov. 2 election ballot. There is a three-way race for an at-large Algona City Council seat.
See the Sept. 23 Advance a rundown of who filed papers and for what seats in the coming election in the area's towns and school districts.

Band Day set for Oct. 2; AHS band second at Waseca

ALGONA—The Algona Area Chamber of Commerce 73rd annual Band Day parade and field competition will go on as planned on Saturday, Oct. 2. Students, spectators and businesses missed the popular event last year when it was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Algona High School band placed second in a contest at Waseca, Minn.
Get the info on both events in the Sept. 23 Advance. 

McGregor closure leads to harvest traffic accommodations on Nebraska, Hall, Jones streets

ALGONA—McGregor Street will be closed longer than anticipated, and the city of Algona will be making some changes to parking places along a detour as harvest gets underway.

Manslaughter trial moved to December

ALGONA—The trial of a man accused of manslaughter is now scheduled to begin Tuesday, Dec. 7, in Kossuth County.
Robert Dwaine Laverty, 51, Swea City, was charged July 14 with voluntary manslaughter in the death of 41-year-old Casey Tobin of Swea City subsequent to an incident on April 3 in Swea City. Laverty pled not guilty on July 29 and is free on bond.
See a full story in the Sept. 23 Advance. 

Bancroft may annex land for housing

BANCROFT—The city council is considering the potential for annexing land into the city that will be sold for housing. At its meeting Monday, Sept. 13, the council approved obtaining a quote from an engineer to put together a plan that would have the city acquire property for that purpose. 
See the full story in the Sept. 23 Advance. 

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