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Library Project Gets $400,000 State Grant

–The Enhance Iowa Board has awarded the City of Algona a $400,000 grant to help finalize funding for the public library expansion project. Algona will receive the funding as a Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant to help with the 2,000 square-foot expansion and renovation project with that carries a 3-million dollar price tag. Iowa …

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Report Shows More Teens are Vaping

A new study finds the popularity of electronic cigarettes among Iowa teenagers is growing at what one activist says is an “epidemic” rate, worthy of a national health emergency declaration. Meredith Berkman, co-founder of Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes (PAVE), says vaping is now four times as prevalent among Iowa high school students as traditional cigarettes. …

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Iowa Farmland Prices Up Slightly

Farmland values across the region fell by one-percent during the second quarter compared to a year ago but they rose one-percent in Iowa, according to a report from the Chicago Federal District. Sam Funk is director of ag analytics and research for the Iowa Farm Bureau. Funk says Iowa’s farmland values are in better shape …

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KRHC Foundation Campaign Continues

–The Kossuth Regional Health Center Foundation is approaching the midway point for their annual fundraising campaign. Foundation Director Nancy Grandgenett-Besch tells KLGA News their fundraising goals are always two-fold. Grandgenett-Besch says the warming system can decrease stress and improve recovery time for surgical patients.   You can contribute to the Foundation’s Annual Campaign by contacting …

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New Parks and Recreation Director Hits the Ground Running

–The City of Algona has a new face leading the newly merged Parks and Recreation departments. Brody Bertram has a parks background and he tells KLGA News he moved into the area last year, living just North of Humboldt with his wife. Bertram says he’s going to be learning on the fly while also trying …

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Rolfe Man Charged Following Traffic Stop Near St. Joe

–A Rolfe man is facing charges following a traffic stop near St. Joseph early Sunday morning. According to the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Department, deputies spotted a vehicle swerving and crossing the center-line just before 1 AM Sunday 2.5 miles North of St. Joe. Deputies state that the driver nearly side-swiped their vehicle before they turned …

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Union Slough Soliciting Bids For Grazing

–The Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge is soliciting bids for grazing on 3 separate tracks of land next year. Refuge Manager Ed Meendering tells KLGA News each piece of land is located in Kossuth County.   There are 2 tracts of land available in Ramsey Township and another located in section 5 of Portland Township. …

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Two men in custody, gun shot reported.

Two men were taken into custody after gunshots were reported in downtown Algona early Saturday morning. According to the Algona Police Department, multiple 911 calls came in just before 1am,  reporting possible gun shots in the downtown area. Officers also had received a report of a vehicle leaving the scene heading south out of town. …

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Wild Rose Eyes Start of Football Season for Sports Betting Area to Open

–You can now legally place a bet on sporting events in the state of Iowa as sports gambling went live at Noon Thursday. Steven Cody serves as the General Manager of the Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg, and he tells KLGA News they are still working to bring sports betting into the fold at the …

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Public Hearing Date Set for Proposed Wind Farm

–The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors have set the date and time for a public hearing on the proposed wind farm in eastern and southeastern portions of the county. During their meeting Tuesday afternoon the board set the public hearing for Thursday, September 5th at the KC Hall beginning at 6 PM. Kossuth Wind Energy …

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School Board President to Step Down

–Algona School Board President Cheryl Grether will be stepping down from her position later this year. Grether made the announcement during the board’s meeting Monday. Grether says she is stepping away to spend more time with her family.   Grether says now is a good time to step away from the board.   Grether’s term …

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Algona and Bishop Garrigan Softball Teams Each Clinch First State Tournament Appearance

On Monday evening, both the Algona Bulldogs and the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears punched their respective tickets to the 2019 State Softball Tournament with region final wins on the road. The Bulldogs, in a game that lasted long into the night and was at one point delayed by rain, beat Spirit Lake, the region’s No. …

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