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Thank you for being a friend

By Shane Goodman

Those words are the name of a hit song recorded by Andrew Gold in 1978. Those of you familiar with the song likely know it because of the cover by Cynthia Fee that was the theme song of the NBC sitcom “The Golden Girls.” In fact, you are likely singing along now.

Out of the Past - Best hog exhibit in county fair’s history

By Gene Miller


150 Years Ago

Families of Faith


Pastor, Evangelical Free Church, Algona

I once was lost but now I’m found

Throwback: 4-H Camp

These photos from the June 17, 1988, Upper Des Moines newspaper shows Kossuth County 4-H kids having fun at 4-H camp. Do you recognize anyone?

4-H rolls into new year

By Jane Koppen

Kossuth County Extension


As the schools welcome back students for a new school year, county youth coordinator, Jane Koppen, is preparing for a new 4-H year. September 1 marks the start of the 2023-2024 year for 4-H members. Clubs will be welcoming new and returning members for a year of learning by doing.

Plane crash takes two lives

150 Years Ago

NOTICE. -- The Algona mills will be closed from the 3d to about the 15th of Sept. for repairs, and no grain will be taken into the mill during that time. J. E. Stacy.


125 Years Ago

Come on down

Bob Barker, the former longtime host of “The Price Is Right,” died on Aug. 26. Some of you may have thought he was already dead. Now you know. Even so, “Dead or Alive” may have been a good guessing game for “The Price is Right.” It could have ranked right up there with “Plinko,” “Cliff Hangers” and “Punch A Bunch.” As much as “Dead or Alive” may fly today, it would not have at the time with Barker, as it just wasn’t his style.

From a column of a few decades ago

Every once in awhile, when it’s time to write another Inkspots, I find myself staring forlornly at my computer screen. And staring. And staring. However, I have a fallback plan when that happens - I resurrect a column from the olden days when I was editor. This one was dated November 15, 1986. I, of course, was a mere slip of a girl back then, a child editor really. Here goes:

Families in Faith

Be aware of the coyotes in our mist

A few weeks ago, I saw for the first time a mangy coyote cross the road in front of my car as I was driving home. At first, I was not sure what I had seen but upon a closer look as the animal was making its way into a corn field, I knew I had seen a coyote.

Out of the Past

Whittemore needs EMTS!

150 Years Ago

There was quite a chapter of accidents in town on Saturday. L. C. Lindsay at the Depot while training a horse was thrown from his buggy and had his leg broken. Wm. Cleery’s little girl was run over by a team on the street, but was not seriously injured. Dr. McCoy was run into by the race-horse on the track and got an extra bump on his forehead. His was not a serious hurt. Mr. Lindsay is doing as well as can be expected.


Governor Reynolds must take control of the IUB hearing

To the Editor:

When questioned about eminent domain during the 2022 Gubernatorial Candidate Debate, Governor Reynolds answered many times that “there is a process in place.” That process is playing out now at the Cardiff Event Center in Fort Dodge where Summit Carbon Solutions is making the case for its hazardous CO2 pipeline and landowners are being forced to defend their land. Seeing events unfold, it’s questionable if Reynolds understands the process.

Summit hearings


By Lee Blank


Summit Carbon Solutions Hearing Shrouded in Secrecy

Iowa Utilities Board continues to keep

crucial hearing information from the public

FORT DODGE—The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) kicked off Summit Carbon Solutions’ hearing to approve or deny the construction of a hazardous carbon pipeline on Tuesday, August 22. Lawyers and landowners have repeatedly called for the hearing to be delayed given outstanding legal matters and unanswered questions.

Inflation Reduction Act will be the Achilles heel of Biden's Cancer Moonshot


By Kenneth E. Thorpe


The Biden administration just announced a new initiative to improve cancer outcomes in low-income communities across the United States. It's sorely needed. Research shows cancer mortality is more than 10% higher in communities experiencing persistent poverty, compared to those that aren't.

Families of Faith

God’s faithfulness shines through

By Rev. John Heille

Lead Pastor, Good Hope, Immanuel and St.John’s

Lutheran Churches

One promise heard throughout the stories and books of the Bible is that God stays faithful.


God’s promises will not be shaken, no matter what.

The scripture repeatedly reveals just how God’s steadfast love endures for imperfect people living in an imperfect world.

That’s gambling

By Shane Goodman

“You ever gambled money, Dad?”

That was a question I asked my father as a 12-year-old boy when we were driving down the road. He replied by asking me if I had a dollar bill and if I could show it to him. I peeled one of the three dollar bills I had out of my billfold and held it up. Dad swiped the dollar from my hand, rolled down his car window, and let that dollar bill fly down the highway.

“That’s gambling,” he told me.

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