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Ella Frances Elbert


ALGONA | Ella Frances Elbert, 92, of Algona, died Sunday Jan. 25, 2015, at the Kossuth Regional Health Care Center in Algona. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona with the Rev. Ed Girres ...

HERSOM: Basketball has endured many changes over years


1, 2 and 6 in Monday’s latest Associated Press poll -- are in an eight-team chase that includes Algona (12-2), Sergeant Bluff-Luton (9-6) and a hard-luck young Bishop Heelan team (5-9). DIFFICULT TO FIGURE Outside of flipping lots of coins, I can’t ...

IA HS AP BB Poll (1/26)


Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 4. Valley, West Des Moines 3. Urbandale 3. Sioux City, North 1. Others receiving votes: Algona 14. Gilbert 11. Carroll 8. Harlan 6. Assumption, Davenport 3. Perry 2. Marion 1. Denison-Schleswig 1. Keokuk 1. Others receiving ...

JNU offers mahshi, dalgona to takers


NEW DELHI: Now there are enough—six—Su danese students in Jawaharlal Nehru University to participate in International Food Festival this year. Held every year on January 26, the fest is organized by the International Students' Association of JNU and ...

Sandra ‘Sandy’ A. Ernst


She married Robert Ernst on June 13, 1959, in Algona. She had worked for Farm Mutual Insurance and Pierce King Architect. She enjoyed crafts, traveling, and camping, and loved to cook and spend time with the family and grandchildren. She will be especially ...

Events in and around Wisconsin


If this festival's name is literal, this is one set of games you probably don't want to win. If not, it sounds like a whole lot of fun in Algona. The festivities kick of Thursday with Frostini, a ladies night out. Friday brings a chili cook-off ...

Wildcats scratch past Algona, 55-49


Humboldt earned a hard-fought 55-49 North Central Conference girls’ basketball battle over the Algona Bulldogs. The conference tussle between the two longtime rivals took place at Humboldt on Friday, Jan. 16. “It was a back-and-forth game in the first ...

Diocese launches Strong Catholic Families program in Algona area


When it comes to passing on the Catholic faith, research shows parents play a major role. To help empower and challenge parents to become the primary faith educators of their children, the Diocese of Sioux City introduced the ...

Deputies: Suspect Hit 135 mph in Chase Before Crash


An Algona man has been arrested after an early morning high speed chase in Story County on Wednesday. An Algona man has been arrested after an early morning high speed chase in Story County on Wednesday. Around 1:30 a.m., the Story County Sheriff’s ...

Midgets focus on individual effort in home double dual


Estherville Lincoln Central didn't have the depth to match up with Algona and Okoboji in the Midgets' lone home double dual of the season on Tuesday. ELC gave up four open weights to Algona and five to Okoboji as the Midgets lost by team scores of 45-31 ...




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Two years of community college free for responsible students in ALGON

The President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America.

In our growing global economy, Americans need to have more knowledge and more skills to compete -- by 2020, an estimated 35 percent of job openings will require at least a bachelor's degree, and 30 percent will require some college or an associate's degree. Students should be able to get the knowledge and the skills they need without taking on decades' worth of student debt.


The numbers:

If all 50 states choose to implement the President's new community college proposal, it could:

  • Save a full-time community college student $3,800 in tuition per year on average
  • Benefit roughly 9 million students each year

Under President Obama's new proposal, students would be able to earn the first half of a bachelor's degree, or earn the technical skills needed in the workforce -- all at no cost to them.


The requirements:

  • What students have to do: Students must attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.
  • What community colleges have to do: Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that are either 1) academic programs that fully transfer credits to local public four-year colleges and universities, or 2) occupational training programs with high graduation rates and lead to in-demand degrees and certificates. Community colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes.
  • What the federal government has to do: Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. Participating states will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate the tuition for eligible students.

Expanding technical training programs:

President Obama also proposed the new American Technical Training Fund, which will expand innovative, high-quality technical training programs across the country. Specifically, the fund will award programs that:

  • Have strong employer partnerships and include work-based learning opportunities
  • Provide accelerated training
  • Accommodate part-time work

Read the full fact sheet on the President's proposal here.

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6 Tips for Managing Portion Size

Eating healthy is about enjoying your food while also managing portion size. Most people eat and drink more than their bodies need especially when they are served larger portions. So, choosing smaller portions to begin with is important for maintaining your overall health and well-being.

Here are some tips to help you manage your portion size:

  1. Measure out 1 cup, 1/2 cup, or 1 ounce of some different foods onto the bowls, glasses, cups, and plates you usually use to see what these portion sizes look like on them.
    Remember:
    • 1/2 cup = light bulb
    • 1 cup = baseball
    • 1 oz. or 2 tbsp. = golf ball
    • 3 oz. of chicken or meat = deck of cards
    • 3 oz. fish = checkbook
  2. Eat you meals on a smaller plate. The smaller your plate, the smaller your portion.
  3. Finished your plate but think you’re still hungry? Wait 10 minutes before going back for seconds. You might not want them after all. If you do go back for seconds, aim for the same balance you had with your first serving and start with veggies.
  4. When ordering at a restaurant, ask for a take-home container as soon as your meal comes. Put half of the meal in the take-home container so you’re sure to let your stomach—instead of your eyes—be your guide. Or share the meal with a dining companion. Many restaurants offer a smaller or “appetizer size” of entrees, so when a smaller portion is available, go for it!
  5. Buy or portion out treats and snacks in small, single-serving bags or packages.
  6. Check out the food label for serving size info

Try This: Small changes like these can make a big difference. Commit to making at least one change to reduce your portion sizes this week.

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Capital to small businesses and entrepreneurs in ALGON

The U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) today released a new Quarterly Report detailing how the program continues to help small businesses grow and create jobs. Since the beginning of the program, the Treasury Department has disbursed more than $1.1 billion to participating states.

“Through the State Small Business Credit Initiative, the Treasury Department, states, and private sector lenders and investors are supporting small businesses and creating a lasting impact on the economy,” said Clifton Kellogg, Director of the SSBCI program. “More than $1 billion in State Small Business Credit Initiative funds have been distributed, making a real difference at the local level. Because of these funds, businesses have been able to buy new equipment, expand their facilities, and hire workers.”

Small businesses and entrepreneurs need capital to build their businesses, and SSBCI is designed to help spur new private sector lending or investment in small companies by leveraging private capital along with the federal support offered by the program. Through SSBCI, the Treasury Department will award nearly $1.5 billion to state programs across the country that support small businesses, including small manufacturers. SSBCI funding is not repaid by participating states to the federal government. Instead, to help even more small businesses, repaid loans and investments remain with participating states to be redeployed locally. The SSBCI Quarterly Report shows that as of September 2014, participating states have recycled more than $60 million to support additional investments.

States have made considerable progress in deploying these funds to support economic growth locally. The states that have deployed the most SSBCI funds by percentage of allocation include: North Dakota (Mandan Consortium), Idaho, Arkansas, Colorado, Montana, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Michigan, Kansas, and Alabama. The states that have deployed the most SSBCI funds by dollar amount include: California, Michigan, Florida, Illinois, Alabama, North Carolina, Texas, New York, Ohio, and Georgia.

SSBCI was created when President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act on September 27, 2010. The Treasury Department awarded allocations to all fifty states by early 2012, based on a formula set by the Small Business Jobs Act that considered population and unemployment levels. Each state designs its own small business programs, and five types of programs are eligible for SSBCI funds: Capital Access Programs, Loan Guarantee Programs, Loan Participation Programs, Collateral Support Programs, and Venture Capital Programs. In the SSBCI 2013 Annual Report business owners reported that more than 95,000 jobs will be created or saved as a direct result of SSBCI support. [23]








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