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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

This is gonna hurt me worse than it hurts you

By Shane Goodman

I wasn’t on the receiving end of many spankings as a youth. I may have thought I was at the time, but, looking back, they were minimal. My big brother Steve, on the other hand, took his share, and I learned a lot about what to do and not to do from observation.

Our Kossuth County - Summer is “go time” in Algona

By Nick Diers

City of Algona


Summer is “go time” for our local parks and recreation department. As July winds down, it’s a good time to look back at all the activities that have happened and look forward to what is coming this fall.

Of trying to redeem my somewhat grumpy image

By Molly MacDonald

It occurs to me that my last column might have made me sound like a grump. You may remember, I ranted a bit about people who shoot off fireworks in their neighborhoods, thereby sending Seamus and lots of other dogs into paroxysms of terror. I don’t think I’ve ever used the word “paroxysms” before. I don’t think I’ll ever use it again.

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

An open letter to Representative Feenstra

Please try to get the facts straight for your next newsletter. I am concerned that you are misleading, if not downright gaslighting your constituents with untruths about the economy.

Letter to Editor

Could Iowa Lose Its Energy Leadership Position?

Those of us over a certain age will remember frequent trips to the neighborhood Blockbuster to pick up an evening of entertainment. Blockbusters were everywhere. Today, they are gone. Why? Blockbuster failed to keep up with consumer preferences (convenience) and technology (video streaming). It seems obvious now, but 20 years ago it was unthinkable.

Families of Faith

By Rev. Peter Talbot, Pastor - Grace Church, Algona


Our Kossuth County - Big celebration at the Agricultural and Motorsports Museum

By Don Heupel

Ag and Motorsports Museum


This is a special year at the Kossuth County Agricultural and Motorsports Museum. We are celebrating the tenth anniversary of opening.  Several special events are being planned to commemorate this milestone. We of course continue to be grateful to those with the foresight and dedication to make this museum a reality. This includes past and present board members, contributors, sponsors, and other supporters.

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