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36 years of Tacos for Tots-How it began


On Christmas Eve in 1972 I looked at my wife and said “We have no money to get our 2-year-old boy any presents for Christmas,” and we had very little food to eat. We were both very sad. There was a knock on the door and people came in with food and presents for our little boy. They came in and left. I didn’t find out who they were or even got to thank them. We both had tears running down our faces and we were both super happy.

The pressure is on

By Shane Goodman



Well, it’s almost that time of year again. Time for a family photo. Time to update our address lists. Time to summarize anything and everything that’s changed in our lives this year. Time to fool ourselves into thinking someone might actually read it.

Yes, you guessed it; it’s time to send out holiday greeting cards.

Families of Faith

By Rev. Walt Reemtsma - Pastor, Burt, Lone Rock Presbyterian churches


Have you ever been scammed? Scammers are increasingly getting better at their game and unless you are on guard you can easily get sucked into their trap. I almost got caught in the trap a few weeks ago when I received an email stating that there was a package addressed to my house that could not be delivered for lack of a zip code. 

Our Kossuth County - Are you looking for a way to help?

By Vicki Mallory

Algona Chamber


It’s holiday time again – and that means taking a look at all the great things that happen in our community. I would love to try to list all the things that happen throughout this season but with such a generous community, that is impossible and I would miss mentioning someone. 

Turns out, I sewed about as well as I knitted

By Molly MacDonald

In the mood

By Shane Goodman

To be truly successful in working with others to accomplish great things, one has to be able to identify moods. I’m convinced of that.

Anxious. Alert. Calm. Passionate. Nervous. Agitated. Angry. Cold. Sometimes the signals jump out at you like a Halloween cat. Other times, they are subdued.

Out of the Past - Highest price for Kossuth farmland on record

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

The Sociable at Mrs. McIntyre’s on Friday evening last was one of the largest gatherings of the kind for a long time. The house was literally full, and the enjoyment of the occasion seemed to be universal.


125 Years Ago

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Celebratory high-fives are premature for Summit Carbon Solutions 

Landowners targeted for eminent domain by Summit Carbon Solutions won several substantial victories in recent weeks, but the fight is far from over.  Our celebratory high-fives must wait.  Summit is wounded but remains a very real threat to the private property rights of thousands across Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  

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Iowa Utilities Board concludes Summit Pipeline Hearing

FORT DODGE—On Wednesday, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) called the Summit Carbon Solutions hearing to a close after a record setting 83 days. The hearing outcome will determine the fate of Summit’s 688 mile carbon pipeline route in Iowa, including a decision on Summit’s right to eminent domain takings on over 800 parcels of land.

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Summit Carbon Solutions concludes Iowa Utilities Board Hearings for CO2 Pipeline Project 

The project will provide enhanced economic opportunities across the Midwest. 


Families of Faith

Rest in God’s mercy

by Rev. John Heille - Lead Pastor, Good Hope, Immanuel and St.John’s Lutheran Churches

Collection describes land challenges and solutions

Tending Iowa’s Land: Pathways to a Sustainable Future

Cornelia E. Mutel, Ed.

University of Iowa Press

ISBN 978-1-60938-873-7



Several books have come down the pike recently about the impact of agriculture on the Midwest, and Iowa and particular. However, Tending Iowa’s Land: Pathways to a Sustainable Future shows not just challenges but solutions to the impact of agriculture on Iowa’s landscape.

Out of the Past - "You broke my cookies"

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

FRESH OYSTERS.  F. C. Keyes will keep fresh oysters constantly on hand during the fall and winter. They will be served up to suit the taste of the customers.


125 Years Ago

Throwback: Algona Rifle Team


Algona Rifle Team


Today's throwback photo was found in the Dec. 20, 1976 Kossuth County Advance. It is unknown if the mystery was solved then but an article in 1903 listed the team members in an article that read ‘Company F was represented by a rifle team consisting of Lieutenant Jack Peterson, Sergeant Dell Carpenter, Sergeant E. P. Wilson, Sergeant Duane Redfield and Private C. O. Radcliffe.’

Letter to Editor


Meals for individuals in need


Many older Iowans suffer from hunger and food insecurity, especially during the Holidays.

Inflation has made it difficult for those on fixed incomes to afford the groceries they need to prepare nutritious meals, and many live alone and struggle with health concerns that affect their ability to cook meals.

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