Algona, IA

It is a little town in north Iowa, at the crossroads of highways 18 and 169.  The east fork of the Des Moines River winds its way through this community of about 5,500 without much to draw the attention of folks who pass by.  But beyond the smiles of the friendly people who call this hamlet home are a unique collection of businesses, institutions, and attractions.

Thanks to having been the home base of a web of WWII Prisoner of War camps Algona operates the only POW museum in the country.  Additionally, German prisoners donated the nativity scene they constructed in the POW camp – a distinctive attraction that draws visitors from all 50 states and many foreign countries.

A thriving industrial base includes Snap On Tools – where they make those famous red tool boxes, Hormel Foods – where they make much of the pepperoni topping pizzas all over America, and Pioneer – one of the largest seed corn processing plants in the world.  A good deal of industrial food handling equipment found in ice cream plants in Iowa, cherry processors in Michigan, and around the country is made in Algona, too.

A passerby may notice the new Performing Arts Center, a YMCA with an indoor pool, a modern hospital, and the Aquatic Center.  The locals revel at the annual Founders’ Day community celebration, Taste of Algona, Band Day, and the tradition of the Kossuth County Fair.

Finally, an Algona high school senior with a decent GPA will find much of their college paid for thanks to the Algona Community School Foundation, one of the best-kept secrets in America, which fits in with the humble pride of the people who call Algona home.

Contact our Algona stations:

Bernie Merrill
General Manager
PO Box 160 Algona, IA 50511
515-295-2475 •

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