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Of roadsters, silk frocks and Seamus

My trip to grandson Connor’s high school graduation in Minneapolis (Prior Lake, to be specific) went oh-so-smoothly. As I wrote in my last column, I went by motor car, though not in a roadster wearing a silk frock, ala Nancy Drew. That item on my bucket list has yet to be fulfilled, since there are a few details still to be worked out. Like, where does one procure a roadster, preferably in a lovely scarlet color.

Writers and writings

Book calls for humanity to downsize

An Inconvenient Apocalypse

Wes Jackson and Robert Jensen

Notre Dame Press

$24 (paperback)

ISBN 978-0-268-20366-5


Writers and Writing

By Michael Tidemann



Out of the past

Three businesses apply for Sunday liquor licenses

150 Years Ago

The Daily Umbrella

The farm kids superbowl


County fairs are just around the corner in many parts of Iowa. These are times when people of all ages show their livestock, fruits, vegetables, and their projects of all kinds, and they are judged on their accomplishments. Great life lessons are learned by seeing a project through from beginning to end and being responsible for the day-to-day tasks in making that happen. This is ever apparent in our county fairs.

To the Editor

Due process in question  at the Iowa Utilities Board

To the Editor:

Much to the dismay of Summit Carbon Solutions, easements for over 1,000 parcels on its hazardous CO2 pipeline route remain unsigned. The clock is ticking, and time is running out. Construction is behind schedule, and the project is over budget. The company needs speedy approval to use eminent domain to take this property, and recent events signal the IUB is willing to oblige.

Families of faith

Rev. Al Foote

Pastor, Evangelical

Free Church, Algona

Throwback: Burt Mural
Out of the past

1873 - Local farmer breaks leg while harrowing

150 Years Ago

Mr. Oliver Bumpus, living six miles north of Algona, had his leg broken last Thursday. He was harrowing at the time and had stepped in front of the harrow when the horses started up quickly and caught his leg. Mr. B. is getting along very finely, all things considered.


125 Years Ago

Our Kossuth County

EMS to become a county-owned service in July


By Rick Murphy

Mayor of Algona


When the calendar flips from June to July, a big change will occur with our local emergency medical services. On July 2, Algona EMS will transition from being a city-owned service to a Kossuth County service.

The Daily Umbrella

“If it’s too loud, you’re too old”


Several rock musicians have screamed this phrase through the years, and I have seen it on plenty of black concert T-shirts, but it seems to have roots with the Motor City Madman and modern-day gun rights promoter himself, Ted Nugent.

Families of Faith

Lessons from the wind


Is it just me or have we experienced a lot of windy days in 2023? It seems like not only we have had a lot of windy days but the winds have been very strong.

There were times when I had to hold on as I opened the door of the church for fear that the wind will get ahold of it and bend the hinges. That happened last year on two occasions.

Throwback: Algona Band Days

Algona Band Days is celebrating its 75th year this October. We’re looking for the person who has participated in the parade the most times in its 75 years. Do you think it’s you or someone you know? Email the name, number of years and an early photo if possible to

Also please send your memories and stories of Algona Band Days through the years.


Out of the Past

KEMCO Tires moving up the hill

150 Years Ago

We understand that Mr. Schenck, living north of Algona, brought fresh strawberries into town on Saturday last. Mr. Schenck is entitled to the earliest strawberry prize.


125 Years Ago

The Daily Umbrella

You can’t change the stripes on that tiger


My friend Darren used to tell me those words many times when we would discuss the negative habits of a few people we worked with over the years. He was right. Habits are difficult to change, and most all of us tend to fall back on our customary and predictable ways, especially when feeling pressure.

A resurrected column from decades ago

When you read this, I will have been traveling again. Not by plane this time but by motor car. Don’t you love the term “motor car?” It’s almost as lovely as “roadster.”Nancy Drew drove a roadster while wearing a silk frock. I fully intend to motor somewhere in a roadster wearing a silk frock someday. This non-roadster trip, however, is to Minneapolis to spend a few days with oldest daughter, Heather, and family, to attend grandson Connor’s high school graduation.

Senior Life Solutions joins KRHC

By Dar Elbert



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