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February 7, 1956 Annual Algona and Surrounding Area As Seen From the Air ALGQNA IOWA OFFICE OF THE MAYOR This review of progress and growth in our City during 1955 gives me a great feeling of pride in our people. As Mayor of Algona, I congratulate the former administration of the City for the many improvements they sponsored, which have made Algona a better place to live and raise our children. / Our manufacturers, our financial, commercial and business institutions are to be praised for their forward thinking and their wholesome expansion. Ourchurch- es, schools, and service clubs have put forth every effort to keep pace with the ever- growing needs of the community, and are to be commended for this fine record. Last but not least. I praise our people who have been the foundation of all this progress, for without their complete cooperation and willingness to assume their share of responsibility all of the above could not have been accomplished. With such a fine record in the past, I feel the future of our community growth and prosperity is assured. As Mayor of Algona, I dedicate my humble effort toward an Algona that is progressive, prosperous, cooperative and willing to take advantage of the many wonderful opportunities so abundant in this great land of ours. Progress of The Algona Community i Civic Improvements Here Total Over A Million In '55; Prospects Bright '56 MAYOR .When the figures arc added up, the construction expansion for the City of Algona in 1955 proves to be phenomenal. Within th(*se special sections will be found a summary of basic information about the civic, industrial and home growth in Algona during the past year. Readers will find much in these sections about the inner- workings of their own community which does not usually reach the surface, information that gives a much broader picture of what makes the community "tick." Elsewhere in today's special sections in The Algona Upper pes Moines will be found a complete list of building permits and improvement permits for 1955, but even they do not tell the whole story. Commercial construction totaled'$348,250 for 1955, based on building permits. * For home construction and improvements, the permits total- ed $342,250. Public expenditures in permanent improvements accounted for another total of $319,200. Garages totaled $7,300 and sidewalks added another $4,120 bringing the total 1955 construction and improvement total to the astounding figure of $1,124,410. In addition, remodeling for * commercial buildings- and dwell- i ing repairs and remodeling added another total of $85,735. The year 1956 is also going to see a steady continuation in gen- *eral civic improvement. / : '^ Foremost, perhaps, will be completion of a city-wide asphalt street surfacing program, begun last fall following completion of a curb and gutter program. Local residents will not recognize their own streets after this most important improvement is accomplished. Two storm sewer projects, one of which is now underway, will be completed in 1956. A start will be made on a school expansion program in both the public and parochial system, with new construction slated for both school systems in 1956. The Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. has already started work on its new building at the corner of South Dodge and Call streets, which will be a part of a $600,000 improvement program in the area including complete conversion to the dial system. The year 1955 was a tremendous one in civic expansion and improvement in Algona, but the year 1956 may equal or better the previous year's mark. Included, within the following pages is a summary of most of the 1955 achievements with a review of many important factors in the city's industrial life. • The publishers of the Algona 'Upper Des Moirtes trust you will find it interesting and informative, and worth • saving for future reference. New Gateway From North The above picture needs no introduction to most of the residents of this community, but it represents a tremendous improvement in traffic facilities for this area of the state. The above photo shows the new approach to Algona from the north on highway J89. the new underpass at the Milwaukee railroad crowing in the upper part of the pic- ture and the gentle and wide curve which now carries traffic into the city proper. The intersections of highways 169 and 18 were widened and improved and lay the foundation for the eventual widening of highway 18 both east and west, which is in the planning stage of the State Highway Commission. The widening of highway 18 has already been accomplished M for as Garner. When it continues on west to Algona no further improvement at this intersection will be needed. Highway 189 i* * transcontinental route from Northern Minnesota to the Gull of Mexico at Qalvestoa. High* way 18 is « major hlflhwsy from Lake Michigan to the Black Hills of South Dakota.