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Families of Faith

God cares for mortals


How Great Thou Art has been a much beloved song in churches for the last couple generations.  This song’s words speak of all God’s works—what God’s “…hands have made.”  The stars and the thunder—it all displays God’s great glory and majesty.  The words and praises of the song echo an even older song of praise, Psalm 8.

Throwback: Custer’s Last Stand of Algona

This painting that hangs in the Kossuth County Historical museum depicts 17 Algona businessmen from the 1960s. The painting was done by Algona native Ken Fox who went on to become a famous artist. The painting was originally owned by Merlyn “Dutch” Honsbruch.

Our Kossuth County

New York roadtrip to collect paintings

By Anne Kohlhaas

Stinson Prairie Arts Council


Stinson Prairie Arts Council is always looking for new artists that connect us to the future, and old works that connect us to the past. Almost a full year ago I had an artist from New York contact me saying that she had some family paintings she wanted to donate to our Arts Council.

Out of the Past

Algonquin houseboat sinks

150 Years Ago

To the unkown serenaders who last night favored the REPUBLICAN office with a rich musical treat, we beg leave to return our sincere thanks.  May their lives be as replete with happiness as are their voices with sweet melody.


125 Years Ago

The Daily Umbrella

Here we grow again

Here we grow again. I say those words not to boast but rather as a symbol of pride, as we re-launched a publication and completely redesigned another in the past few weeks.

Whether we grow or not is not up for debate in our company. Growth is a necessity. Growth in readers. Growth in advertisers. Growth in staffing. Growth in revenues. And, hopefully, growth in profits.

Families of faith

School’s out for summer


School is out for summer. High school seniors have graduated and are getting ready to transition into adulthood. Transition and change are a part of life. When one stage in our lives ends, a new one begins. Sometimes these times of transition come with difficult decisions and uncertainty of what the future will look like.

Throwback: What if?

Throwback: What if?


From the Algona Upper Des Moines archive from Sept. 1967


North On Phillips To Elm, Diagonal To Oak Street

No gas shortage in Kossuth County

150 Years Ago

NOTICE. The copartnership heretofore existing under the firm name of Ingham & Smith engaged in a banking and real estate business, in Algona, Iowa, has been dissolved this day by mutual consent. Algona, May 22d, 1873. Wm. H. Ingham. Lewis H. Smith. Indebtedness against or due said firm will be settled at the counter of our successor, the Kossuth County Bank.


125 Years Ago


Another glitch-less flight, and the reason thereof


The daily umbrella

Get back to work

Writers and Writing

China & Me a Charm and Delight

China & Me

Mamie Van Doren

Starlet Suave Books

ISBN 9798351166513



When Joan Olander was growing up on her grandparents’ farm near Rowena, S.D., little did she know she would one day become Mamie Van Doren, Hollywood smash box office actress, a contemporary of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Mansfield.

Families of Faith

You’re an Overcomer

By Dr. Micah Mitchell - Pastor, Lighthouse to Nations, Algona

It can be challenging to see the future’s direction when uncertain. We may be facing challenges that seem insurmountable, or we may be struggling to find hope amidst the chaos. We must decide that our strength and comfort are found in God’s Word. With that said, we must let go of our understanding and step into the peace that surpasses understanding.

Throwback: Remember the Daus



Our Kossuth County - Algona Police to begin campaign for new K-9

By Bo Miller

Chief of Police


Building a successful K-9 program is a team effort and at the Algona Police Department we are fortunate to have many of the key pieces in place. We have had award-winning handlers within our department, dedicated K-9s and excellent support from the community.

Out of the Past - Lakota School closes after 67 years

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

A Base Ball Club is being organized in Algona. The following are the members of the first nine: Captain and Left Fielder, Arthur Nash; Pitcher, Will Spear; Catcher, Vic. Stough; First Base, Deb. Blanchard; Second Base, Samuel Reed; Third Base, Frank Taylor; Short Stop, John McGetchie; Right Fielder, C. B. Hutchins; Center Fielder, Samuel Baker. The Second Nine are not yet decided upon.


125 Years Ago

Letter to Editor

Iowa Seniors need our help with scam calls


To the Editor:

“I recently witnessed the potentially devastating impact of scam calls on seniors. Like many others from their generation, my parents find comfort and security in using a landline. However, this choice exposes them to a continuous stream of unwanted and deceitful calls that exploit their vulnerability.

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