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Area Residents Gather to Voice Concerns Surrounding Vaccine Mandate

–A little more than 50 people gathered at Kossuth Regional Health Center to voice concerns over a recent decision by Trinity Health that will require employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of September. Local business leader Stacy Besch helped to organize the rally, and the spoke with KLGA News about their concerns. …

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Kossuth Speedway Will No Longer Use Fill-In Announcer after Viral Video

  –The Kossuth County Speedway has announced they will no longer use a substitute track announcer after a video containing racially insensitive comments made at the track last week went viral. In the video clip streamed by FloRacing, the announcer, now identified as Lon Oelke, can be heard telling the crowd to stand for the …

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Episode of America’s Top Dog Featuring Algona PD Duo to Air Tuesday

  –Algona Police Officer Ben Gatton and K9 Officer Puma will have their turn in the limelight next week. As KLGA News reported earlier this summer, the duo traveled to California last fall to tape an episode in the new season of America’s Top Dog on A&E. That episode is now scheduled to air this …

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Vitzthum Named President at Iowa State Bank

–Iowa State Bank announced Thursday that longtime Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Laurie Vitzthum has been named President and CEO, effective August 2nd. According to a news release, Vitzthum will lead the $400 Million community bank with its 51 employees in Algona, Corwith, Ruthven and Wesley. Vitzthum has served as the CFO since …

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Supervisors Seeking Input After Drainage Contract Not Awarded to Lowest Bidder

–The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors directed County Attorney Todd Holmes to research options for the board at their meeting Tuesday, as they review the bids received for FEMA funded repairs in Drainage District #4. The supervisors awarded the contract for the project to Reutzel Excavating on July 13th, even though they were not the …

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Council Approves Purchase of New Pumper Truck

–The Algona City Council approved the purchase of a new fire truck during their meeting Monday evening. Fire Chief Mitch Ulrick spoke to the council about the truck they are looking to buy. Ulrick says they follow guidelines when it comes to replacing their pumper trucks.   Ulrick and City Administrator Jacob Tjaden told the …

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Fenton Man Charged Following Report of Disabled Vehicle

–The report of a disabled vehicle ended up with the arrest of a Fenton early Sunday morning near Algona. According to the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies responded to the report of a disabled vehicle in the rural Algona area just after 4 AM Sunday. Upon arrival, Deputies conducted a brief investigation and as a …

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Algona Schools to Host Job Fair

–The Algona Community School District still has several positions they are looking to fill for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Joe Carter tells KLGA News that in an attempt to reach some applicants, the district will be hosting a job fair on August 2nd. Carter says it is important that the district fill these positions. …

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Whittemore Man Arrested for Violating No Contact Order Again

–A Whittemore man is facing multiple counts of violating a no contact order after being taken into custody early Tuesday in Bancroft. According to the Bancroft Police Department, 35-year-old Michael Wayne Grulke was arrested on 2 counts of violating a no contact order early Tuesday morning after an alleged incident was reported to police. Following …

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North Union Softball Comes Up Short in State Quarterfinals

A four run first inning proved to be too much to overcome for North Union. The North Union Warriors state championship hopes for 2021 came to an end in the class 2A state quarterfinals with a 7-4 loss to the Earlham Cardinals.  Earlham quickly set the tone in the bottom of the first inning, as …

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Portraits of Kossuth Contest Seeking Entries

–After a 1-year hiatus, the “Portraits of Kossuth” photography contest will be back at the Kossuth County Fair. Kossuth County Naturalist Billie Willie tells KLGA News that they are glad to be back this year and they are hoping to get plenty of submissions. Willie says there are cash prizes available for those who enter …

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Tuesday’s Area Scoreboard: Bishop Garrigan Baseball Advances

Class 1A – Substate 1 Baseball Second Round  Bishop Garrigan 6 St. Edmond 0 W: Joe Meis 5.2 IP 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K Garrett Heying (BG) 2/3, 1 R, 1 RBI Isaiah Byrkeland (BG) 3/3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB   Newell-Fonda 11 West Bend-Mallard 1   Other Local Baseball …

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