–The 73rd Annual Algona Band Day Festival is set for Saturday after a 1-year hiatus in 2020. Algona Chamber of Commerce Director Vicki Mallory tells KLGA News everyone associated with the festival is excited to be back.
Mallory says the number of bands participating in the festival has dropped through the years.
Mallory says the Band Day Committee will get back to work quickly to see what can be done to improve participation numbers.
The parade begins at 1 PM and will travel along State Street, beginning at the Fire Station and ending at Thorington Street. The parade should last about 2 hours, and then bands will then head to Algona High School for the Field Competition that begins at 5:30 PM.
Funeral Service for 85 year old Dean Budd, of Mallard, will be held Wednesday at 10:30am at the Mallard United Methodist Church in Mallard. Visitation is the same day at the church from 9:30am until time of service. Lentz Funeral Home in Mallard is in charge of services.
–The Algona School Board approved some appointments to a committee that will assist with the merger of the Algona and Lu Verne School Districts. Superintendent Joe Carter spoke to the board about the makeup of this committee.
Carter says the committee will be reaching out to the public to gather their support for the merger.
The signatures need to be gathered and turned in by March of 2022.
–Representatives from the Lakota based “Hunting with Heroes” organization were in Algona Wednesday to make a special presentation. Bernie Becker joined several sponsors at Kemna’s to present a traveling display that was given to them by Gunnery Sgt. Bobby Stone, who took part in their hunt a few years ago.
Becker played a video recording of Stone telling his story to fellow veterans, as he was wounded in Afghanistan back on May 5th of 2010.
The display, which includes Stone’s Purple Heart, will be at Kemna’s through the beginning of November.
Hunting with Heroes will be bringing their next group of wounded Veterans to the area for a weeklong hunt beginning November 8th. During that time, they will once again hand out a complete Thanksgiving meal kit to area veterans or widows of veterans. That event will be held from 3-7 PM on November 11th (Veteran’s Day) in Lakota. Becker says they gave out nearly 300 meal kits last year, and they are hoping to serve 450 this year.
–A Palo Alto County man is facing Domestic Abuse charges following an alleged incident Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies were called to an address in Ruthven around 4:15 PM Wednesday on the report of a disturbance.
Upon arrival, Deputies conducted a brief investigation into the complaint before arresting 51-year-old Shawn Arnold Bittner of Ruthven. Bittner is being charged with Domestic Abuse Assault causing Bodily Injury, a serious misdemeanor.
Bittner was booked into the Palo Alto County jail to await an initial court appearance.
–The Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation recently released their Economic Impact Snapshot for 2021, and Executive Director Maureen Elbert tells KLGA News this is the result of a collaborative effort.
Elbert says the information provided by the surveys sent to area businesses is vital.
Elbert says both counties used to pull workers from farther away, but this year’s data shows that is changing as worker’s average commute now is between 15-20 miles.
Elbert says the information provided by businesses can also help them get workers better training or get training for new employees.
The 2021 Snapshot shows:
–The counties have a 96% employment rate, with average annual wages just over $47,000. Of the businesses surveyed, 28% plan to expand in the next five years and 74 companies anticipate new products or services over the next 2 years.
–The prime age labor force in both counties is 25-54. The counties GDP dropped 2% to $1.3 billion while jobs in both counties fell by nearly 8% from the previous year.
–The 2 counties combined to produce nearly 90-million bushels of corn, plus another 12.5-million bushels of soybeans from Kossuth County. Soybean data from Palo Alto County was not made available by the USDA.
The U-S-D-A is rolling out a new insurance option designed for producers with small farms who sell locally. It’s called the Micro Farm Policy and it simplifies record-keeping and covers post-production costs like washing and value-added programs. Iowa Farmers Union president Aaron Lehman sees this as a great option for beginning and small-to-medium-sized farmers.
Lehman says the Micro Farm Policy promises to fit well with producers who are looking to grow their operations in new directions.
Lehman says a wide range of Iowa farmers can use this type of insurance program.
The Micro Farm Policy will be available beginning with the 2022 crop year through Whole Farm Revenue Protection.