COVID Forum Held at Senior Center

The Algona Senior Center hosted a forum Wednesday afternoon with local healthcare professionals to discuss the latest with regards to COVID-19 and the vaccine. Here is the forum in its entirety.


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COVID Vaccine Appointments Can Be Made Thursday

–Area residents who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1B can make an appointment to get their first dose beginning Thursday.

According to a release from Kossuth Regional Health Center, a call center has been established to handle all of the appointments to receive the vaccine. Beginning Thursday (1/28) at 10 AM, those who fall into Phase 1B can call 515-395-9111 to set up their appointment for one of two upcoming vaccine clinics.

Individuals aged 65 and older are in Phase 1B, along with First Responders (Firefighters, Police Officers, Child Welfare Social Workers), Preschool through 12th Grade school staff, Early Childhood Education Workers and Childcare workers.

The call center will be staffed from 10AM-2PM on Thursday (1/28) to schedule appointments for vaccine clinics on February 3rd and 6th. Currently, there is no online link for registration at this time.

The call center will be reopened as needed as future clinics are scheduled.

The vaccine clinics will be held at the former Ernie Williams Harley Davidson Building, 2701 HWY 18 East in Algona. Appointments are required, no walk-ins will be accepted.

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Tuesday’s Area Scoreboard: Golden Bears Pick Up Huge Conference Victories


Bishop Garrigan 52
Garner Hayfield Ventura 48

Bishop Garrigan immediately jumped out to an 11 point first quarter lead, but saw the Cardinals chip away throughout the game.  After the Golden Bears re-established a double digit lead during the fourth quarter, the Cardinals went on a run to trim the deficit to one point.  Angelo Winkel converted four clutch foul shots down the stretch to finish with 28 points and help put the game away.  Bishop Garrigan was also boosted by 10 points from senior Kyle Schaaf in his first game back from injury.  Senior Kevin Myers led the Cardinals with 20 points in the loss.  The Golden Bears improved to 10-4 overall, 8-3 in Top of Iowa West games, while Garner Hayfield Ventura dropped to 12-4 overall, 10-3 in the conference.  Up next for Bishop Garrigan is a game against Pocahontas Valley on Thursday, while Garner Hayfield Ventura hosts Lake Mills on Friday.  

Humboldt 60
Algona 48

Algona dropped their 2nd game in a row after starting with a 5-0 conference record.  The game was close most of the night, as it was tied at halftime, and the Wildcats led by one going into the fourth, but Humboldt closed the game on a 19-8 run to finish it out. Algona travels to Hampton Dumont-CAL on Thursday. 

Belmond-Klemme 68
North Union 58

-32 minutes of basketball weren’t enough to decide the outcome of this game, as the North Union Warriors fell to the Belmond-Klemme Broncos in overtime.  Despite trailing almost the entire game, the Broncos rallied to tie it in the 4th quarter, then scored all ten overtime points to take the win.  Gage Madden had 25 in the loss for the Warriors.  

Lake Mills 77
Eagle Grove 24

West Hancock 45
North Iowa 36

Clear Lake 89
Clarion-Goldfield-DOWS 78



Bishop Garrigan 60
Garner Hayfield Ventura 51

The Golden Bears built an 18 point halftime lead, and were able to withstand a big, 17-6, Cardinal run in the fourth quarter to finish off the win.  Sophmore Molly Joyce led the game with 20 points, and fellow sophomore Audi Crooks posted 19 points and 9 rebounds. Senior Kaylyn Meyers played a strong all around game with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.  Junior Chloe Frank had 18 points, and senior Jayden Frank chipped in 13 for the Cardinals.   Up next for Bishop Garrigan is a trip to North Union on Friday. 

Humboldt 50
Algona 49

North Union 56
Belmond-Klemme 53

North Union improved to 11-5 behind 26 points from senior Vanessa Von Bank.   

Lake Mills 56
Eagle Grove 46

West Hancock 57
North Iowa 17

Clear Lake 75
Clarion-Goldfield-DOWS 37

Waverly-Shell Rock 57
Forest City 37



Algona 66
Belmond-Klemme 18

West Hancock 47
Algona 27

North Union 42
Garner Hayfield Ventura 24

North Union 42
West Fork 24

Northwood-Kensett 42
North Union 36


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Informational Meeting Regarding COVID Vaccine Set for Wednesday


–The Algona Senior Center will sponsor a Community Forum on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine with local healthcare officials.

According to a release, the forum will feature Dr. Rachel Venteicher from Kossuth Regional Health Center, Lynzie Nilles from Community Health and Joanne Roepke Bode with KRHC Public Relations.

Those three will update the group on where Kossuth County is with regards to COVID-19 vaccines and answer specific questions from those in attendance.

The forum will begin at 2 PM at the Algona Senior Center and it is open to the public, as social distancing practices will be followed and masks will be required of those in attendance.

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Wesley Man Badly Injured in Semi/Train Collision Last Week


–Details of a semi/train collision in rural Kossuth County that sent a Wesley man to the hospital last week have now been released.

According to the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office, 66-year-old Dwight Dornbier was westbound on County Road B58 near Gailbraith around 3:30 PM on Wednesday, January 20th. Dornbier was unable to see a southbound train approaching due to sunlight, and was unable to avoid a collision once he saw the train.

The semi collided with the 2nd rail car, breaking the link between the 1st and 2nd car and causing the train to derail and fall partially off the tracks. The accident report states there is no evidence at the scene, like skid marks or brake marks, to indicate the semi tried to stop before the collision.

Dornbier was driven by private vehicle to Kossuth Regional Health Center prior to the arrival of emergency personnel, where he was eventually airlifted to MercyOne-North Iowa in Mason City with serious injuries.

Damage to the semi, owned by Sandy Creek Famrs of Wesley, was estimated at $40,000. Damage to the Union Pacific Train Cars was estimated at $500,000 and damage to the train crossing signs was estimated at $5,000.

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Next Phase of COVID Vaccines Set to Roll Out Feb. 1, Appointments Can Be Set Next Week


–Area residents who qualify to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the next phase will be able to set up an appointment to get their shot beginning next week. Lynzie Nilles serves as the Director for Kossuth County Public Health, and she says they will let people know where they can go to sign up beginning  Wednesday (1/27).

Nilles says they have a rough estimate how many people will be eligible to receive the vaccine locally during this next phase.


Nilles says that it may take a while for those in Phase 1B to receive their vaccine.


Nilles says they are still trying to find a location to hold their vaccine clinics when they can begin on February 1st.


Anyone age 65 or older is now included in Phase 1B, as Governor Kim Reynolds announced their inclusion during a news conference Thursday. Phase 1B also includes First Responders, Fire Fighters, Police Officers, Child Welfare Social Workers, Pre-School through 12th Grade School staff, Early Childhood Education workers and Childcare workers. The phone number to call and an online link to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine through Phase 1B will be made public on Wednesday, January 27th.

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Thursday’s Area Scoreboard: Algona Splits With Pocahontas Area


Algona 70
Pocahontas Area 61

–Algona turned a one point halftime deficit into a nine point win behind senior Noah Nelson’s 31 point effort.  Nelson hit seven three pointers, six coming in the second half.  Seniors Kyle Simpson and James Wartick, and junior Tyler Manske all hit double digits as well.  The win for the Bulldogs marked their ninth victory in the past ten games.  Up next for Algona is a matchup with Iowa Falls Alden tonight.  

North Iowa 69
North Union 62

-North Union’s 4th quarter rally fell a bit short, as the Warriors dropped to 1-11.  Senior Gage Madden scored 24 points in the loss.  The Bison picked up their third win in a row to improve to 7-6.  

Forest City 39
Garner Hayfield Ventura 36 

-The Indians used a strong fourth quarter to improve to 8-6, as the Indians outscored the Cardinals 18-9 in the final period.  The game was dominated by defense, as the teams combined to shoot 29% from the field and just under 16% on 3s.  Senior Noah Miller led the way for the Indians with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  The Cardinals dropped to 11-3 , ending a three game winning streak.


Pocahontas Area 43
Algona 29 

After taking a 7 point lead at the end of the first quarter, Algona gave up a 14-0 scoring run in the second, and Pocahontas Area never looked back on their way to a win.  Up next for Algona is a matchup with Iowa Falls-Alden tonight at 6:15.  

North Union 77
North Iowa 18

North Union used a 27-2 scoring margin in the 2nd quarter to take a 36 point halftime lead and blow the game open.  Senior Vanessa Von Bank scored 20 in the win.  

Storm Lake St. Mary’s 42
West Bend-Mallard 35

Garner Hayfield Ventura 53
Forest City 51

-The Cardinals picked up their 4th win in their past 5 games in a back and forth contest that saw junior Liz Richardson lead the Cardinals with 16 points and 9 rebounds.   Senior Morgan Ryerson added 15 for the victorious Cardinals.



Algona 51
Manson NW-Webster 26

Humboldt 39
Algona 34

-Jake Zabka, Hayden Thompson, Brandon Harris, Hunter Berry, and Logan Meendering all went 2-0 on the night for Algona.

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Smith Lake Camp Sites Available for Seasonal Rental

–Anyone who would like to reserve a campsite on the north side of Smith Lake for the summer can apply now. Kendall Stumme with the Kossuth County Conservation Board tells KLGA News they have sites that will be available for five months.

Stumme says you can reserve one of those sites for the whole summer, but you don’t have to make that long of a commitment if you just want one of those sites for a shorter amount of time.


Stumme says they have had people take advantage of the seasonal rate over the last couple of summers.


Stumme says there are a couple of ways to reserve a campsite for the summer.


All of the information is available online at or by calling the Water’ s Edge Nature Center at 515-295-2138. All applications need to be submitted by 4 PM on Friday, March 5th.

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Rake Pair Facing Drug Charges in Winnebago County

–Sheriff’s Deputies in Winnebago County executed a search warrant in the Community of Rake Tuesday, which resulted in a pair of drug related arrests.

According to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies executed the warrant along with assistance from the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force Special Operations Group, the Fairbault County (MN) Sheriff’s Department, Rake First Responders and the Buffalo Center Ambulance Service.

Two individuals were found inside the residence where the warrant was executed and taken into custody. Those 2 were identified as 51-year-old Chad Christian and 50-year-old Jerilyn Reis.

Christian has been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, 9 counts of Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs and 2 counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Reis has been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both men were booked into the Winnebago County Jail to await an initial court appearance.

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Council Looking to Upgrade Streets in Algona


–The Algona City Council discussed the city’s Multi-Year Street Improvement and Bonding plan during a work-session Monday afternoon. City Administrator Jacob Tjaden spoke to the council about how the plan is coming together.

Tjaden says current interest rates could allow the city to get more done with minimal tax increases.


Tjaden says that city staff needed some direction from the council on how much debt they’re willing to take on so they can put together more concrete plans.


City staff will now work to put a couple of proposals in front of the council at an upcoming meeting that they can officially take action on.

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