Ribfest Set to Kickoff Memorial Day Weekend in Whittemore

–The Whittemore Memorial Day Celebration kicks off Saturday and they are still looking for contestants for their Ribfest contest. Organizer Ashley Frideres tells KLGA News that you can get signed up Saturday morning. 

Frideres says they have 12 contestants already, but they have enough food for 20. 

The public will get a chance to sample the contestant’s work Saturday evening. 

Registration begins Saturday morning at 8:30 in downtown Whittemore, with the judging set to take place around 5 PM. For a complete list of the weekend’s festivities, head to www.whittemoreiowa.com. 

Bears in the Lead After Day 1 at State

–The Bishop Garrigan Girls Golf team leads the Class 1A State Golf Tournament after Day 1 in Marshalltown. The Golden Bears carded a team score of 361, to take a six-shot lead over 2nd place Grundy Center heading into Day 2 at the American Legion Golf Course. 

Annie Burns lead the way with a round of 82, which puts her 3rd in the individual competition. Ava Eisenbarth shot a round of 87, while Riley Rosenmeyer added a 94 and Avery Lichter shot a 98 to round out the Bears team score. Garrigan also received a round of 100 from Meredith Illg and a 102 from Olivia Arndorfer. 

The Bears will tee off Friday morning in search of another state title. 

Here are some comments from Golden Bears Coach Victor Berte following Round 1:

Development Work Continues on Lost Island Wind Project

–The company that is trying to build a Wind Farm in Northwest Palo Alto County is still trying to finalize plans for the project. Dan Scheffler works as a Senior Development Manager for Vestas, and he tells KLGA News the exact number of turbines they would construct is still up in the air. 

Area residents have raised concerns about the impact a wind farm in that area could have on migratory birds that travel through the wetlands near Lost Island Lake. Scheffler says that is something they spend a lot of time studying while designing the project. 

Scheffler says there is still a lot of planning to do before any construction could possibly begin on the project. 


You can find more details on the project online at www.lostislandwind.com. Citizens who oppose the project held a public informational meeting earlier this month in Graettinger the share their concerns. The group has its own website to share information at www.dontloselostisland.com.  

Dry Conditions Expected to Expand

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration predicts dry conditions will continue for western Iowa and expand eastward. Meteorologist Adam Hartman authored the report. 

La Niña weather conditions are a climate pattern that produces drier days.  U-S Ag Department meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says the weather’s impact on crops depends largely on the timing of the heat waves. 

Much of the northwest region of the state, including Kossuth County, is already experiencing abnormally dry conditions. Woodbury, Plymouth and Monona counties face severe drought.

Slow Down in Work Zones, Even when Workers Aren’t Present

The first days of the summer travel season arrive this weekend and the Iowa Department of Transportation reminds that despite it being a holiday, drivers need to obey the rules in construction zones. Pete Hjelmstad (HELM-stad), with the D-O-T’s Mason City office, says even though work crews will likely not be in those areas this weekend, you need to obey the posted speed limits.  

Hjelmstad says during this Memorial Day weekend, Iowans need to slow down and focus on driving — and not other things inside the car.  

Hjelmstad says you can use the D-O-T website 511ia.org to find out about where road construction is happening. He adds, most states have their own version of that website. 

CaddyShack Getting Upgraded Prior to Opening for the Season

The Caddyshack Miniature Golf Course is getting a facelift prior to opening next week. Caddyshack Manager Heidi Morris tells KLGA News that each hole is getting a fresh layer of new green carpet amongst other upgrades. 

The upgrades won’t take out all the obstacles the golfers will face when they come out to the course this summer. 

Morris says the upgrades are much needed at the facility. 

Daily admission prices to the Caddyshack are $5 for those age 5 and up and $2 for anyone 4 and under. Family passes are available for $60 and that covers anyone in your immediate family. The Caddyshack will open for the season on Tuesday, May 31st

Person Selected as “1440 Citizen of the Month”

–A Burt man is the May recipient of the “1440 Citizen of the Month” award from the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office. 

According to a release from Sheriff Roger Fisher, Dale Person is a lifelong resident of Kossuth County and has been an active member in his hometown for decades. Person has served the school board in Burt and in Algona while also being an active member of the Burt Lion’s Club and the Burt Presbyterian Church. 

Dale has also spent years as a Little League Coach, 4H Basketball Coach, and a member of the Music Booster Club at Algona High School. Among all these activities, Dale is perhaps best known for his kind, caring, and respectful attitude towards others. 

If you know anyone who lives or works in Kossuth County that you would like to nominate for the “1440 Citizen of the Month”, you can email Sheriff Roger Fisher at rfisher@kossuthcounty.iowa.gov or go the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and fill out the nomination form. 

Pair of English Teachers Honored with Class of ’79 Award

–A pair of English Teachers from Algona High School are the latest recipients of the “Class of 79’ Excellence in Teaching Award”. 

According to the Algona Community School Foundation, who administers the award on an annual basis, this year’s honorees are Mindi Spear and Lisa Cassens. 

Spear and Cassens were nominated by a fellow teacher who stated the duo are in a league of their own when doing their jobs and constantly putting the needs of students first. They serve as student senate advisors and are “Rock Stars” when it comes to injecting fun activities for the student body to participate in throughout the year. 

Spear and Cassens were presented their awards Tuesday afternoon at a ceremony following the conclusion of the school year.  

The Algona High School Class of 1979 decided at the 20-year reunion to create the Excellence in Teaching Award. Members of the community can nominate current teachers for recognition, and then a committee reviews the nominations and selects the Teacher of the Year.