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Throwback: Gala 1990

Today’s throwback photo from Dec. 8, 1989, shows the very first Gala committee making plans for the first Gala fundraising event held in 1990.

The caption reads: Plans are underway for Gala ‘90, an evening of catered dining and fun to be held at Garrigan on April 21. The evening will feature oral and silent auctions of some 220 high-appeal items. One lucky Gala-goer will even drive off in a new car!

Ink Spots


What happened to all the Fidos and Spots?

Letter to the Editor

The Future of Ethanol and SAF

To the Editor:

Out of the Past

Unreasonable weather hits the county

150 Years Ago

On the Side

This is when the women’s NCAA Tournament will really arrive

By Brad Hicks, Publisher

Our Kossuth County

Digging into Spring

By Elizabeth Adams, KCEO

Spring has officially made an appearance here in North Iowa, well, according to the calendar! We all know that spring in Iowa can mean a myriad of conditions. Many well-meaning folks have been tempted to jump into the garden on a pleasant day, only to be thwarted by freezing temps and an occasional snow squall the next. Even those with years of gardening experience can get a bit itchy to dig in.

The Daily Umbrella

Less stress, more success

“Take your time going but hurry back.” That is advice given to me frequently by my friend Alan, starting three decades ago. I was never exactly sure what it meant. I am still not, but that hasn’t kept me from saying the same phrase to my family and friends ever since — leaving them in a similar state of confusion.

Families of Faith

Joy to the World

Rev. Dan Jordan - Pastor, Evangelical Free Church, Algona

This Christmas carol fits Palm Sunday through Resurrection Sunday very well. Zechariah 9:9 reveals God’s promise, “Rejoice, … Shout in triumph, … Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, … – riding on a donkey’s colt.”

Joy to the world, the Lord is come.

Throwback: Joke's on you

Writers at the Kossuth County Advance in 1954 had a keen sense of humor. Check out these headlines in the April 1 edition. Hopefully their readers had an equal sense of humor and didn’t take anything too seriously. Thanks to Dana Perry for finding this gem and sending it to us.

Writers and Writing

Iowa’s Changing Wildlife chronicles evolving diversity


Iowa’s Changing Wildlife

James J. Dinsmore and Stephen J. Dinsmore

University of Iowa Press

ISBN 978-1-60938-925-3



If you think you’ve seen changes in the wildlife in Iowa and the Upper Midwest over the past several decades, you have some pretty good company.

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

I was motivated to write this letter to our Iowa Senators after seeing the first few minutes of George Stephanopolous Sunday. Trump is starting his campaign rallies with the Jan 6 prison choir singing his praises and Trump's vow to free the political prisoners, to imprison his adversaries and to lead a blood bath if he doesn't win.

Out of the Past

Prune your trees in late winter

150 Years Ago

LITTLE FOLKS CONCERT - We are requested to give notice that sundry little folks of Algona will give a concert in Court House Hall on Friday evening next at “early candle light.”      Admission one dime. Let all turn out and give the juveniles a benefit. By order of THREE GIRLS.


125 Years Ago

Our Kossuth County

Plans for new park will soon be underway

By Rick Murphy, City of Algona

Back in 2022, the Algona community had an opportunity to take part in Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program. This program involved multiple meetings and activities throughout the year focused on gathering community input and ideas regarding transportation and other needed improvements.

The Daily Umbrella

Don’t break the bank

Chances are, regardless of what generation you are from, you had a piggy bank in your youth. Maybe you still do. I can still hear the noise when the coins dropped through the slot. For many of us, that was the sound of money.

Families of Faith

Hallelujah, The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

By Rev. Kent Madison, Pastor of First Presbyterian Lakota

Throwback: Best Pork Chop Crew in Midwest
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