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Dear Reader:

I went to work at the Jefferson Bee & Herald as a sports writer in May 1977.

I was paid $15 per week. That was $1 for each year I had been alive. It was a windfall for a guy finishing ninth grade, which was still part of the junior high in my hometown. I had to mow five sizeable yards in a week to get paid that kind of coin.

Senior Center

Thursday, Oct. 5

Herb crusted pork loin, roasted potatoes, classic mixed vegetables, apple slices

11 a.m. – Exercise


Friday, Oct. 6

BBQ baked chicken, potato wedges, coleslaw, crisp

10:30 a.m. – Bingo


Monday,  Oct. 9

Tator tot casserole, corn, grapes, cookie

10:30 a.m. – Bingo


Tuesday,  Oct. 10

Scalloped chicken, corn, strawberries and bananas

11 a.m. – Exercise

Out of the past

A little joke between friends

150 Years Ago

New Flour -- We are indebted to Mr. O. J. Hack for some of the first flour made in the new mill. Made into pancakes it can’t well be beaten, and we have branded it A No. 1.


125 Years Ago

Our Kossuth County

Rising to the occasion-Reaching for the future

By Joe Carter



We are already almost one quarter through the school year, and the school year is off to a fantastic start! I continue to be impressed with the professionalism and passion of the Algona Community School District staff and their willingness to do whatever it takes and what is best for kids. I am very lucky to have the opportunity to work with such a fantastic group.

Ink Spots

Of my latest airport misadventure

Once again I have flown the friendly skies. This time, I flew to Vermont to visit my sister, Sheila, at her lovely lake home. My flying misadventures have been fodder for previous columns, but I will give you the Reader’s Digest version here, in case you’ve forgotten:

I once missed my flight because I was engrossed in a crossword puzzle and missed the announcement that my plane was leaving from a different gate.


By Dana Clapsaddle Perry

Part 1 of 4

Seventy years ago this November, Algona, Iowa elected its first female mayor – Linda Clapsaddle. The October 6, 1953 headlines in the Kossuth County Advance was in all caps and read “WOMAN IS CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR.” Two days later in the town’s other newspaper on page 1 of the Algona Upper Des Moines Mrs. Clapsaddle is quoted as saying:

Families in faith

Rev.John Koopman

Pastor, Peace Lutheran  Church, West Bend

What about angels?


Throwback: A friendly smile
All in it together

Anger management

From the Editor:

We’re all in this together and we’re only as strong as our weakest link.

In this fast paced world full of challenges and surprises it’s easy to get lost, confused, stressed, anxious and depressed.

This ongoing column was designed to get back to the basics and re-learn some skills to help people cope with what life throws at them.

Out of the Past

Governor Branstad visits all 99 counties

150 Years Ago


Feenstra pens open letter thanking Iowa Police and Law Enforcement


HULL—U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) penned and released an open letter to Iowa police and law enforcement, reiterating his strong support and deepest appreciation for Iowa’s men and women in blue.

The letter reads as follows:


To the men and women of law enforcement:


Thank you.

Never miss an alert

By Rick Murphy

Algona Mayor


They say it takes a village to raise a child. I would also say that it takes a village to keep a community informed. One key piece of that communications effort is Alert Iowa.

Families of Faith

By Rev. Chris Burtnett, Pastor, First Congregational United Church of Christ

Stating your faith

In the church that I serve our order of worship includes a time to say together out loud what is known as a statement of faith (aka Affirmation of Faith). It is a declaration of what we believe about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, church and our response as disciples.

What will you choose?

By Brad Hicks


There is a wide gap between true selfishness and true selflessness. But the two concepts are separated by a hard line, a line that comes down to one of two choices.

Do for others, or do for myself.

Build, or tear down.

Believe, or doubt.

Trust, or forsake.

Protect, or attack.

I really was a knitter, once upon a time

If there were a contest to name the shedding-est dog in the world, I think Seamus would win, paws down. I’ll include a picture of him here, in case you’ve forgotten how handsome he is. He sheds all year long, but twice a year, for several weeks, he increases his production to buckets-full of hair. Enough hair to knit you an afghan, if I were into knitting afghans. Which I’m not.

Out of the Past - First casualty of the football season

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

To Teachers -- We have just printed a quantity of cards for teachers to take the place of rewards for merit, for distribution to pupils.  We think they are very handsome as well as very novel and appropriate, and something every teacher will appreciate.  They are printed on the very best bristol board, in purple and carmine. They will be kept for sale at the REPUBLICAN office and also at the post office.  Don’t fail to examine.

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