Moving goods and services from Kossuth County to
major markets is easily achievable with air, rail, highway &
high-speed internet service. Local utilities and cooperatives serve
the area with gas, electricity and communications.
Access — With 1,156 square miles of roadway in Kossuth
County, moving goods and services to market is easy. 499 square
miles are paved roadway. Of the 499 square miles, 470 are farm-to-market
roads. Two U.S. highways and a principal state highway crisscross
Alternative Transportation —
A unique program supported by the North Iowa Area Council of Governments
(NIACOG) provides low-cost bus service within the county. NIACOG's
"taxis" operate throughout the county and transport to
and from Mason City on weekdays. In addition, NIACOG and the City
of Algona operate a weekday taxi service in Algona offering subsidized
fares for all riders.
Rail — Three rail lines
service Kossuth County
North/South Union Pacific — Extends
from north of Burt and travels south through Algona onto the
switch at Eagle Grove, Iowa. This switch allows freight to travel
in any direction with lines to all major Midwestern trade centers.
DM & E —
Transverses east/west across the northern section of the county
to provide freight service to metropolitan trade centers. Services
Mason City, Dubuque, Davenport, Ottumwa, Kansas City, MO and
East/West Union Pacific — Services
the southern portion of the county with links to lines running
directly to Sioux City, Cedar Rapids, IA and Omaha, NE.
Primary air access is available at the Algona
Municipal Airport. The facility is rated Class 2 with a 3,960
foot, lighted, concrete runway and a 2,880 foot grass runway.
Unicom radio is in use. A full-time manager and FBO is on staff
providing fuel service, maintenance and repair. Hangar space
Commercial air service is provided within
one hour to the south at Fort Dodge, Iowa, and to the east at
Mason City, Iowa. Connecting flights are offered to Minneapolis
through Northwest Airlink.
municipal utilities and two rural electric cooperatives are advantageous
to Kossuth County residents. Publicly-owned electric service providers
offer rates often below those of a private utility and offer local
service for repairs with quick response times. Algona, Bancroft,
Swea City, West Bend and Whittemore operate municipal utilities
with service territories extending beyond city limits. Both Algona
and Bancroft have generation facilities capable of providing full
power service to customers at any time. Other providers include
Humboldt County REC, Iowa Lakes REC, Alliant Energy, and Heartland
Telecommunications Company. Gas service is provided by Mid American
living in Kossuth County means that you are well-connected to the
world. Each community has a fiber optics line available for telephone
communications, local dial-up connections for Internet access and
T1 line capabilities with the following formats available in a limited
number of locations:
Hybrid Fiber Coax/Fiber —
Algona Municipal Utilities operates a telecommunications utility
with fiber optic and high bred fiber optic cable lines extending
to all homes and businesses within Algona and its surrounding residential
areas. The utility provides digital cable service, telephone, and
high-speed Internet (870 MHz bandwidth).
Subscriber Line (DSL) — Algona, Bancroft, and West
Bend offer connectivity with data-rates from 192 Kbps — 2.3
Wireless — Connections
available in the Algona area.
Virtual Private Networking (VPN)
— Several local firms offer VPN software and technical support.
Iowa Communications Network (ICN)
— Local school districts and Iowa Lakes Community College
provide video conferencing and tele-commuting course work.
Tier 2 Connection — Kossuth
County is the only Tier 2 Internet provider in northwest Iowa.