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Our Kossuth County

Plenty to do this summer


By Vicki Mallory

Chamber Director


The Daily Umbrella

The glowing tombstone


The glowing tombstone. Most everyone who grew up in Kossuth County knows exactly what I am referencing. And most of you reading this likely have a similar spooky story about a graveyard structure in your hometown.

Families of Faith

By Rev. Al Foote - Pastor, Evangelical Free Church, Algona

He is risen indeed!

The significance of various symbols of Easter

Easter Sunday is a day when Christians across the globe celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Data from the Pew Research Center indicates there are approximately 2.4 billion Christians across the globe, which accounts for nearly one-third of the global population.

Our Kossuth County - Let’s help the helpful honeybee


By Meredith Nelson

Kossuth County Extension


At our seed exchange event this month, Betsy Barglof, a Kossuth County Master Gardener volunteer, gave a fascinating presentation on honeybees. Honeybees are essential to our food system, and yet many people are unfamiliar with the importance of these insects.

Of Christopher Robin and other four-legged friends

By Molly MacDonald

The first secret to success

By Shane Goodman


Out of the Past - Gambling Joint in Algona raided

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

Advance Poll - What did you say we should do about Ukraine?



In early March, Enterprise Media conducted an unscientific poll on its websites for the Spencer Daily Reporter, the Dickinson County News in Spirit Lake and the Kossuth County Advance in Algona. People were asked to select one of several options to answer the following question: What do you say about the U.S. and the situation in Ukraine?

Throwback: Win a pony!



Imagine winning a pony! Would we ever see a promotion like this today? Would it work as well? Did children beg their parents to shop at East End Grocery so they could enter to win? Does anyone remember who won the pony and whatever became of it?


From the Algona Upper Des Moines, June 29, 1954 archives....


Families of Faith

Something to look forward to

By Rev. Walt Reemtsma - Pastor, Burt, Lone Rock Presbyterian churches

Chickering right....once again

By Shane Goodman

Chickering right.... once again

I learned to type as a student at Algona High School in the 1980s. Our class instructor, Mr. Chickering, said we better all learn how to type, as most all of us would need to know how to use computers in our daily tasks. He was right.

A dangerous consequence of public-notice bill: Iowans won’t know what they don’t know

By Douglas Burns

What separates average-to-good Iowa towns from thriving ones, former Governor Terry Branstad often said, is the presence of locally owned banks and a dedicated community newspaper.

Community newspapers are a big part of what makes Iowa, well, Iowa.

Our Kossuth County - Celebrating the team at KRHC

By Dar Elbert - KRHC


It is hard to believe that March is nearly over, and spring has sprung! Along with the warmer weather days ahead, we have much to celebrate at Kossuth Regional Health Center this spring.

First off, the women have spoken, and Kossuth Regional Health Center proudly accepted the Women’s Choice Award for Best Hospital Obstetrics Care and Best Emergency Care in 2023.

Out of the Past - 1923 Doctor Wallace installs a radio

150 Years Ago

An Entertainment will be given at the Baptist Church, Tuesday evening April 1st, consisting of Recitations, Essays, Tableaux, and the amusing comedy “Mrs. Whimper’s Failure,” by Miss Wooster’s pupils, and Music under the direction of Mrs. Kenyon. Doors open at 7, exercises to commence at 7:30. Admission 25 cents, two-thirds of proceeds to be applied toward the purchase of an organ for the Congregationalist Church.


125 Years Ago

Letter to Editor

On our way to extinction

To the Editor:

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