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Throwback: Free toys, brought to you by nature



It will soon be that time of year again when Mother Nature provides some good old fashioned fun as these kids from the September, 1977 issue of the Algona newspaper demonstrate. How many kids will experience the joy of raking up a huge pile of leaves providing a safe place to land after a running jump. Hours of fun and it doesn’t cost a thing. What other outdoor games are free? Send your memories to

Out of the Past


Band Day is Saturday

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

Writers and Writing

Erdrich novel a spellbinding ghost story

By Michael

The Sentence, a humor-flecked ghost story of a woman named Tookie, is the October featured selection for Writers and Writing. Author Louise Erdrich, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota and lives in Minneapolis.


The Sentence

Louise Erdrich

Harper Perennial


To the editor:

I suggest all voters in the upcoming midterms consider one question: “Should women have the same rights as a corpse?” Did you know the body of a corpse is protected by law? There are no state mandates allowing for the harvesting of organs unless the individual documented their authorization before death, or a legal representative designates this after death - - even to save a life. There are over 100,000 individuals on the national transplant waiting list.


How Your Home Is Assessed (and what to do if you don’t like it)!

By now most Iowans have (probably) paid their property taxes for the year. That payment was actually for the assessment that was done in 2021 because property taxes are paid in arrears. For purposes of this article, we are focusing on residential assessments and property classes (various classes of property are assessed differently and by different entities.)

Travel Diary


Pub raised their own trout

By Jim Sloter


The Daily Umbrella

The ever-changing car

By Shane Goodman

With all the hype lately over electric cars vs. gasoline-powered vehicles, it got me thinking about how much our vehicles have changed in other ways, too. None may be as significant as the fuel source, but they are all meaningful in some way. Some of these features are now obsolete, and others will be soon.

Families in Faith

The end of a matter is better than the beginning

By Dr. Micah Mitchell Pastor, Lighthouse to Nations, Algona

The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:8-9 (NIV)

The last thing someone says typically will reveal their heart.

Throwback: Algona High Homecoming 1977



Algona high school will celebrate their Homecoming this weekend with a game against Gilbert at their new stadium.


Will today’s youth be able to match the enthusiasm of the students in this photo from October 17, 1977, in the Kossuth County Advance newspaper.


Anyone who can re-create this photo at this week’s game can send it to

Ink Spots

Of Seamus, Christopher Robin and my non-prom

By Molly MacDonald


It’s been awhile since I’ve written about Seamus (my adorable German Shepherd, in case you forgot) and Christopher Robin, my adorable stray cat who camps on my porch until I feed him. And feed him. And feed him.

Travel Diary

Visiting friends in Gotzenmuhle in September

By Jim Sloter


Out of the Past

Pizza Hut has Grand Opening

By Gene Miller


150 Years Ago

-- The women question -- what did she have on? -- The best safety match -- marrying a rich wife.


125 Years Ago

The Daily Umbrella

Of mice and.....

By Shane Goodman


Hickory, dickory, dock. The mouse ran up the clock.

And over the recliner. And under the table. And across the kitchen counter.

I don’t like mice. In fact, I haven’t met anyone who really does. Well, other than cats. But cats don’t count.

Our Kossuth County

Plan now for family fire prevention


By Mitch Ulrick

Fire Chief


The Algona Fire Department will take part in a 100 year tradition in a couple of weeks when we recognize Fire Prevention Week from October 9 through 15.

Families of Faith

Christian Greeting Card 101


By Rev. Thomas Cowell

Pastor, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Burt

Partnership Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church


Service of music, prayer for peace set for Sunday in Algona

ALGONA—First Congregational United Church of Christ, in recognition of the International Day of Peace, will host a service of music and prayer for peace on Sunday, September 25 at 4 p.m. on the west lawn of the church, located at 315 South Moore Street in Algona.

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