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The coin pouch is back

By Shane Goodman

When I pay for things with cash, I often throw the coins in a nook on the console of my vehicle. When the coins start piling up, I toss them in my pocket, and they usually end up in my desk drawer, waiting to be exchanged for a Snickers bar in our office vending machines.

Families of Faith

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

Waiting on God: soaring with renewed strength

In Isaiah 40:31, we find a verse that holds a profound message of hope and inspiration for living a supernatural lifestyle. It says, “But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Throwback: Ridiculous Days

Throwback: Algona Publishing staff dresses up

for Ridiculous Days-year unknown

How many faces do you recognize?

Work starts on new Algona hospital

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

If the dogs of the town were all “put where they would do the most good,” we apprehend that there would be a great deal more sound sleeping done here, and there would be more bones to go into the soap-grease.


125 Years Ago

The hometown locker

By Shane Goodman

My brother-in-law recently pointed out that, when my siblings and I refer to the place where we often buy meat, we call it “the locker.” Not even “the meat locker.” Just “the locker.” This choice of words doesn’t seem odd to me, but it does to him. Keep in mind, he is a lifelong Minnesotan.

Of an amazing invention and other musings

By Molly MacDonald

Necessity, it has been said, is the mother of invention. Pictured here is my invention, which I think I will probably patent. If I knew how to do that. Which I don’t. O well.

Letter to the Editor - The IUB should put the brakes on the Midwest Carbon Express

To the Editor:

Victor or Victim?



By Bryan Golden


Do you conquer problems or do they conquer you?  It’s attitude that determines whether you are a victor or a victim. Your age, education, financial status, or social standing don’t matter.  There are victors and victims from every background.  Victors are not special.  They are not better than others.  Victors know “they can” whereas victims are convinced “they can’t.”

Families of Faith

Rev. Kent Madison, Pastor, First Presbyterian Lakota


Series, God wins

heavenly worship

Revelation chapter 4


In the churches that I serve we are studying the Revelation of Jesus Christ. We have come to chapter four where there is continual heavenly worship.

Throwback: Diamond Jubilee 1929

Top photo: People can be seen on top of the roofs and hanging out second-story windows to watch the Diamond Jubilee parade in 1929. The celebration took place from July 14 through July 16 that year. This photo shows the Algona Military Band as they played for a crowd estimated at 40,000.

Don’t let a fire whistle get you excited

150 Years Ago

The Daily Umbrella

Freedom to spend taxes

By now you have likely heard that Iowa has a new state logo and slogan. “Freedom to Flourish” is the catchy new phrase, replacing “Fields of Opportunities,” which has been on the 68 welcome signs located on Interstate Highways 80 and 35 since 1999.

Fall Leadership Series will begin on Aug. 9

By Maureen Elbert



All Kossuth/Palo Alto Economic Development Corporation Leadership Sessions will be held at The Shores in Emmetsburg.  Each session was designed to meet the need of our area businesses.  We hope that you can join us. Pre-registration is required.


Session 1:  August 9, 1–3 p.m.

Servant Leadership in 2023: Leading with Purpose

Families of Faith

The Cross

By Rev. Russ Jacobsen, pastor of First United Methodist Church

What do you write about in your first clergy column in a new community? A good place to start is the example of the Apostle Paul: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (I Corinthians 2:2).

Throwback: Irvington country schoolhouse
Out of the Past - Iowa State Fair caravan coming to Algona

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

Mr. John Piercy, living ten miles north of town, was accidentally thrown from his wagon last week and very badly hurt. The hind wheel of the wagon passed over his shoulder and breast, causing an internal injury. At our latest accounts he was slowly recovering. Dr. Garfield is attending the sufferer.


125 Years Ago

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