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Born a child, yet a king



This last Sunday marked the first week of Advent. The word advent is from the Latin word “adventus” which means “coming.” Christians may outwardly celebrate Advent during the Christmas season but all year long we look forward to His coming in our hearts. We celebrate not only the coming of God in the flesh as the babe in the manger, but we are also looking forward to the coming of Jesus Christ as King.

Throwback: Remembering Pearl Harbor

Tuesday, December 7, will mark the 35th anniversary of the bombing of the Pearl Harbor naval station and the Philippines by the Japanese. It was a cold and snowy Sunday afternoon in Iowa when the shocking news was first blared over radios everywhere. Confirmation of the attack came the following day by President Franklin D. Roosevelt who declared war by the United States.

Why I put up my Christmas tree a month ago

Our Christmas tree angel is a little tipsy. I’ll include a picture here so you know I speak the truth. It may be that she’s just tired of being on her perch for so long. Since Nov. 6 to be exact.

letters to the Editor

Two cannons


Letter to the Editor:

The picture of a WWI cannon on the Kossuth County court house lawn show an antique. There were two Cannons. One on each side of the large public bandstand. It was with a floor about four foot high. Concerts were twice each week. Many people came to hear them.

It is believed by many that the two already antique WWI cannons were sold to a collector and exist today.

Webster Orton, Algona

Letters to the Editor

Student loan debt


Dear Editor and people of Algona:

When the Federal Government started garnishment of student loans through the federal income tax system, this action would give the President of the United States the lawful right to forgive the loans, period. And anyone who was garnished qualifies for forgiveness.

‘Tis the season for coughs and colds

By Dr. John Schantzen

Family Physician


This time of year always seems to sneak up! It’s hard to believe Christmas is just a month away. This season I am excited to spend quality time with family, and am often left wondering when my children’s noses will stop running. Since the holidays and cold season tend to come hand in hand, let’s review how to treat colds with over-the-counter medicine and easy home remedies.

Algona H.S. ag program named top in state

150 Years Ago

Literary Entertainment. There will be a meeting of the Library Association on Saturday evening next, at College Hall. An interesting programme has been arranged, and it is hoped that there will be a full attendance.


125 Years Ago

Throwback: Dance Ballerina


In anticipation of the upcoming ‘Live Greeting Card Windows’ here is a throwback to the event in 1997 as found in the Nov. 27 issue of the Algona Upper Des Moines. This year’s event will happen on Monday, November 28.


Out of the Past

Septuplets born in Des Moines

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

Mr. C. R. Sheetz of Freeport, Ill., a nephew of Dr. Sheetz, has arrived in town with the intention of locating permanently.  In company with the Doctor he is to go into the new Brick Drug store on the corner of Thorington and State Streets.


125 Years Ago

The Daily Umbrella

Characteristics of Effective Leadership

By Shane Goodman

Our Kossuth County

Be prepared for winter weather and snow emergencies

By Barb Smith

City of Algona


Snow season has arrived – are you signed up to receive winter weather alerts?

Families of Faith

Peace be with you

By Rev. Cindy Finn Pastor, First United
Methodist Church

Veterans Bridging the Gap



On Nov. 11 communities all over the country came together to honor those who have served in the military. To show appreciation for the sacrifices they and their families have made to ensure a better quality of life for everyone.

It is also an opportunity for Veterans to share their knowledge and experiences to teach future generations.

Chamber coffee at Pharmacists Mutual

Pharmacists Mutual was the location for a coffee hosted by the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce in November. Bill Hedges, Senior Vice President, Treasurer and CFO of Pharmacists Mutual (left) spoke to the group as well as Pharmacist Mutual CEO Ed Yorty.

Throwback: Where are they now?

Queen Candidates At Lone Rock

The photo above shows Dolores Marlow, Joan Zwiefel, Helen Sprank, Marvel Schmidt, Kathryn Willrett and Helen Schmidt who competed for the title of Queen at the Lone Rock Carnival in 1947 mentioned in Gene Miller’s Out of the Past column at right. In looking through the newspaper archives after the event, there was no mention of who won. Does anyone know?

Ink Spots

Of squirrel nests and other assorted trivia

By Molly MacDonald

Do you see that dark spot near the top of the picture somewhere in this column? (I never know quite where pictures will land since the editor has to sandwich them between lines of prose. I’m so glad I don’t have to do that anymore!).

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