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Our Kossuth County - It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

By Jan Ricke - KCHS


The historical museum is once again in change. Besides rearranging many of the permanent displays because of donations, it is now being transformed into a Christmas Wonderland.

The Christmas theme this year is “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” with emphasis on Santa.

Dress for success

By Shane Goodman

Families of Faith

Rev. Jason Fischer and Bekah Fischer

Lead Pastor, Algona Faith

From Halloween to Christmas: From Darkness to Light


During the month of October and Halloween there seems to be craving for dark and frightful things; however, as the month of November dawns, there is an expectation for more pleasant things. The advent of the Christmas season brings hope and light with the story of the birth of the Savior being shared again.   

Our Kossuth County

A very young prisoner in the Camp Algona POW System

By Jerry Yocum

POW Museum

Gerhard Schimmelschmidt

Out of the past

The U.S. takes possession of the Philippines

150 Years Ago


The perfect mystery for Nancy Drew or me

Iwas once asked, “All those funny, strange things that happen to you and you write about - they all didn’t really happen, did they?” Well, sadly, yes, they did.

My latest “strange thing” is … well … really strange. Spooky, even. I don’t think I could make this up, even if I tried.

The Daily Umbrella

Whatever happened to the shoe shine man?

Whatever happened to the shoe shine man? (I say man because, although I am sure there were some, I never saw a woman doing this.) You used to see them on street corners in larger cities or stationed in the airports, and they always seemed busy.

Writers and writing

Rendon offers stark realism


Murder on the Red River, a mystery by author Marcie R. Rendon of the White Earth Nation of Minnesota, is the October featured selection for Writers and Writing.


Murder on the Red River

Marcie R. Rendon

Soho Crime

ISBN 978-1-64129-376-1 (Kindle)

ISBN 978-1641293761 (Paperback)

$7.99 Kindle, $9.99 paperback


Throwback: Woman is candidate for mayor

By Dana Clapsaddle Perry

Part 4 of 4


Out of the Past

Local resident now licensed to catch mice

150 Years Ago

Brick! Brick!! Mr. Joseph Phillips has on hand a kiln of 75,000 new brick which he wishes to call the attention of those who are in need of such an article. Mr. Phillips has the reputation of making a good quality of brick and we can recommend the products of his manufacture to the public.


125 Years Ago

Small Business Revolving Loan Funds


Advantages for Businesses

By Barb Smith

City of Algona


When a new business is looking for start-up funds or an existing business is ready to expand, the City of Algona’s Small Business Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) is here to help.

Families in Faith

Rev. Kent Madison

Pastor, First Presbyterian Lakota,

Harvest time


Warning: This is all about Seamus and Christopher Robin

Scattered thunderstorms. Isolated thunderstorms. Intermittent thunderstorms. Occasional thunderstorms. Possible thunderstorms. For heaven’s sake, what in the world is the difference? A thunderstorm is a thunderstorm, and Seamus is terrified by all of them.

Our Kossuth County

Kossuth/Palo Alto County 2023 Economic Impact Snapshot

By Maureen Elbert



The Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation, is pleased to announce the completion of the 2023 Economic Impact Snapshot for Kossuth and Palo Alto counties. The generation of this report was a collaborative effort. Partners in the project included Mid American Energy, Iowa Department of Revenue and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Throwback: Woman is candidate for mayor

By Dana Clapsaddle Perry

Part 3 of 4


Out of the past

Area resident sees President Truman

150 Years Ago

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