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Out of the Past

Don’t drive a Buick in Bancroft

150 Years Ago

BLACKLEG IN CATTLE. -- We regret to learn that this disease has made its appearance in Kossuth County. Mr. Whitehorn of the western part of the County has recently lost five head of cattle from the disease. This is the only case of which we have been informed, and we hope that it will be the last.


125 Years Ago

Our Kossuth County

Homemade gifts on a budget

By Liz Adams


Are you trying to find a Christmas gift last minute, but you don’t have a lot of money to spend? Take a look around your house for the solution! There are many things you can turn into a quality, thoughtful gift for someone you love.

“I used to hurry a lot. I used to worry a lot.”

Those words are part of the lyrics of “The Long Run,” written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey and released by the Eagles in November 1979. A lot of people can relate to those words.

Families in faith

Rev. Chris Burtnett

Pastor, First Congregational United Church of Christ

Make a Christmas (and beyond) fashion statement

What happened to the $300,000 collected from Algona parking meters?

By Dana Clapsaddle


Headline from the 8 January 1973 Kossuth County Advance

Out of the Past

150 Years Ago

The Daily Umbrella

How predictable are you?

Habits. Rituals. Routines. We all have them, whether we want to or not. Some of these can be quite good and even healthy. Others, not so much. But are there differences between habits, rituals and routines? The American Psychological Association says yes.

Families of Faith

Christian holiday

season traditions


Many adjectives can be used to describe the holiday season, including festive, jolly and religious. Another word that may come to mind is tradition. Traditions factor heavily into holiday celebrations of faith and family.

Our Kossuth County - Shopping local for health benefits all

By Dar Elbert - KRHC CEO


Have you started holiday shopping? Have you stocked up on baking supplies for the Christmas cookies? Gift-buying season is in full swing, as we prepare for the holidays. We all know that shopping locally, whenever possible, helps support our neighborhood retailers and businesses.  

Did you know that shopping locally for your healthcare also makes a difference?

Of confusing cyberspace terms and other technical difficulties

By Molly MacDonald

Out of the Past - Hula hoop contest - grease your hips

By Gene Miller


150 Years Ago

Throwback: Time Capsule



Here’s something to look forward to next year. According to this article from 1976, the year 2024 is when this treasure will be dug up and revealed. Does anyone remember what’s inside? If you were there when it was buried we want to know about it. Email

The Family Chou a riot of characters 

By Michael Tidemann


The Family Chou 

Lan Samantha Chang 

W.W. Norton & Company 

ISBN 978-0393868074 

$12.88 hardcover (On Amazon) 


Sometimes a book not only suggests, but requires, a second reading. 

Families of Faith

By Rev. Dan Jordan - Pastor, Evangelical Free Church, Algona

I Can’t Be Thankful For That

But I can be thankful in that. 

Our Kossuth County - Three key reminders for snow season

By Barb Smith

City of Algona


We’ve enjoyed a nice, long fall season, but we all know what’s coming. That four-letter word of winter will soon be here: snow! Winter weather can strike at any moment, and the street department is gearing up for it. 

Clearing and removing snow from our city streets is a big job, and getting it done properly requires your help. Here are three key things to keep in mind when the snowflakes begin to fall.

License change would deprive consumers of important info

By Randy Evans

The rationale behind Iowa’s professional licensing laws is simple:
 People in certain professions and skilled occupations are required to hold state licenses to work in Iowa. This is to ensure they meet the minimum standard of training and skill necessary to serve consumers safely and effectively.

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