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On the Side

By Brad Hicks - Publisher

Giving us gas


President Biden, it is reported, plans to release oil from strategic reserves in an effort to tamp down gasoline prices at the pump. There is also talk of eliminating the federal gas tax for a period of time.

Business survey shows growth

By Maureen Elbert


Letter to the Editor

Why let Europeans control America?

To the Editor:

What’s wrong in America – letting the Europeans control how American live? We won the war in Germany and have spread our free world values to all the European countries. The Russians have already lost everything, except their land, and they can stay over there in my view.

Andorra, 4 rivers and 32,000 citizens

By Jim Sloter

Nestled in the Pyrenees mountains with one main road, four rivers and 32,000 citizens, Andorra intrigued us – so much packed in so little space. 

Icy road claims life of Lone Rock farmer

By Gene Miller  - Out of the Past

150 Years Ago

Subscribe for the Algona Times, the only straightforward Republican paper in Kossuth County. The Times is not the organ of any clique or faction, but a bold, outspoken journal, devoted to the interests of Algona and surrounding country.


125 Years Ago

Operator, won’t you help me...

By Shane Goodman


Jim Croce asked for help from a telephone operator to place a call in his 1972 hit song “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels).” And in 1972, using a telephone operator for assistance was common. But what about today? When was the last time you spoke with an operator? Even the term operator seems antiquated now. Sounds more like a surgeon.


See the way

By Rev. Patrick Mostek

Assistant Pastor - Grace Church, Algona

Most people who know me, know that I usually wear a pair of glasses. There’s a reason for that. I am pretty much blind without them, particularly at long distances. I am nearsighted. I can’t see very well past 20 feet. But that was not always the case. 

Kossuth knew oppression from Russia

By Geitner Simmons


Reprinted with permission

The whole world is watching as Russian arms put a free people’s fate under siege. Here in the Midlands, it’s an appropriate moment to appreciate how, believe it or not, a statue in Algona, Iowa, has special relevance to the Ukraine crisis.

Make time for fun, Algona parks

By Nick Diers

City of Algona

Make time for fun with Algona Parks and Recreation. Planning is underway for spring and summer programs.

We are gearing up for fun in the Algona Parks and Recreation Department. Registration for spring and summer programs is open, park redevelopment plans are moving forward, and the search is on for summer staff positions.

Travel adventures, good and not so good

By Molly MacDonald

Dear Readers,

 Since last we met, I have flown to Los Angeles and back and dealt with the following adventures: a screaming computer (not a whistling one as before), a leaky pipe in the basement (again, a different one from before), a forgotten wallet (I know, Deja vu all over again).

Cold baths

By Jim Sloter

Letter to the Editor

Q’s for Stone

To the Editor:

I read in the Advance that State Rep. Henry Stone is sponsoring a bill to prevent schools from requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. I would pose these questions to him:

1. Would he support a bill that would allow students not to be vaccinated against polio, tetanus, measles, or any of the other six diseases against which Iowa law requires K-12 students to be vaccinated?

Three Seneca sisters jinxed

Out of the Past 

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

Guth: View from Here - Feb. 18

Week six marks the first deadline of the session. All policy bills must be out of committee in either the House or the Senate in order to be considered this year. Appropriations, tax, and Oversight bills do not have to meet this deadline.

Grassley: Censored by Big Tech

DES MOINES — Earlier this week, the Grassley Works campaign shared a Fox News article on Facebook regarding new allegations uncovered by the Durham investigation detailing more corruption by the 2016 Clinton campaign for president.

Highlights with Henry: Funnel Week Review

By Rep. Henry Stone, R-Forest City


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