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Local Health Officials Preparing for Second Phase of COVID-19 Vaccine

–Local health officials are making plans for the second phase of COVID-19 vaccinations. Charissa Mueller with Kossuth County Public Health recently spoke to KLGA for the Kossuth Regional Health Center Report, and she says the second phase of vaccinations will begin in a few weeks. Mueller says they will use many different platforms to let …

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Nearly 2 Dozen Animals Rescued from Whittemore Residence

–The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office says their investigation into a residence in Whittemore has resulted in the rescue of several animals, but despite speculation around the area, no dead bodies have been found there. In a press release, the Sheriff’s Office states that 8 dogs and 10 chickens were taken from the residence at 407 …

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District to Add New Position

–The Algona School Board approved implementing a new position within the district during their meeting on Monday. Superintendent Joe Carter spoke to the board about what the position would look like. Carter says the Director of Teaching and Learning would have a wide array of responsibilities.   Carter says the position will benefit students in …

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Former Emmetsburg Funeral Director Facing Multiple Felonies

–An Emmetsburg man was taken into custody Tuesday on multiple felony charges as part of a long-running investigation into the practices of a funeral home. According to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, 46-year-old Andrew Joyce was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for Ongoing Criminal Conduct-unlawful activity, a Class B …

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POW Museum Gets State Grant

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is awarding grants to 267 organizations, including one in Kossuth County, from federal pandemic funds set aside to help them out. Department director Chris Kramer says a wide range of groups are getting grants. She says these organizations have been shut down for several months by the COVID-19 restrictions …

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Bishop Garrigan Football Dropping to 8-Man in 2021

  –The Bishop Garrigan Football program will be dropping down to the 8-Man ranks for the 2021 season. The Garrigan School Board recently approved the drop from 11-Man to 8-Man football for the next cycle from the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Head Coach Marty Wadle says declining enrollment numbers make it difficult the safely …

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First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Given in Kossuth County

–The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given to Kossuth County Healthcare workers this week. According to Kossuth Regional Health Center, the first vaccine clinic was conducted on Monday, with more scheduled this week and into January. Employees who provide direct patient care and those who spend long periods of time near people who …

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Council Approves Plans for EMS Facility Upgrade

  –The Algona City Council awarded a construction contract to upgrade the living space for EMS staff during their meeting last week. City Administrator Jacob Tjaden spoke to council about the need to expand that area. The project will renovate a conference room near the EMS garage at Kossuth Regional Health Center and convert it …

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Swea City Man Charged Following Alleged Weekend Incident

  –A Swea City man is facing charges following an alleged domestic incident Sunday afternoon. According to the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies were called to a residence in Swea City just before 1:30 PM Sunday on the report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, Deputies conducted a brief investigation before arresting 26-year-old Keith James Wolff …

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Officials Expect COVID Vaccine to Arrive this Week

  –Local Health Officials say the COVID-19 Vaccine will arrive in Kossuth County this week. According to a release from Kossuth Regional Health Center, Public Health officials do not know how many doses of the vaccine will be included with this first shipment, and details about future shipments are still unconfirmed. The first phase of …

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