Algona: Focusing on the arts
ALGONA — A major street project is set to begin in Algona this year that will improve the appearance of a part of town that hosts arts venues.
Two blocks of Dodge Street, in downtown Algona, are expected to be completely torn out and rebuilt, making the way for a new design that will give the area a more artistic look, according to Mayor Lynn Kueck.
“The city is trying to make a concerted effort to publicize and bring recognition to the arts and the culture of our city,” Kueck said.
Construction on the $1.75 million project is expected to begin as early as this summer.
Kueck said there was interest in upgrading the road because of the buildings located there, which include the Carnegie Library.
That building was renovated a few years ago after being purchased by local businessman Brian Buscher, who created the Johanna Restoration Foundation Inc., named after his late mother.
“He saved the building,” Kueck said. “He had it tuckpointed — all the things that go with a brick building.”
It will eventually house the Stinson Prairie Arts Council, which was established by the Haggard Twogood Charitable Trust.
Kueck said the council has dedicated years to promoting and displaying the arts in Algona.
Just north of the Carnegie Library is Lichter Fine Arts, an art studio gallery — owned by Mindy Lichtor, a Bishop Garrigan graduate — that is set to open in the spring.