Business Community Helps Armory

Armory Receives GrillThree local businesses worked together to boost the Iowa Army National Guard Armory at Algona with the donation of a unique outdoor grill. 

Since 2005 Snap-On Tools has generously donated a prize for the Operation Kemna Cares raffle at Kemna Auto Center in Algona. In past years the prize has been a roll-cab toolbox, but this year the employees at Snap-On crafted a limited edition grill fashioned to look like a Snap-On Toolbox. Kemna Auto Center’s Operation Kemna Cares project conducts a raffle annually for the prize. Proceeds from the raffle help send supplies and pay for postage to mail packages to deployed soldiers with local ties. Iowa State Bank won the Operation Kemna Cares Snap-On Grill Raffle held just prior to the Christmas holiday. 

Capt. Matthew Guerttman of the Iowa Army National Guard accepted the unique prize presented by Carey Kemna of Kemna Auto Center, Scott Marienau of Snap-On Tools and Tom Larson of Iowa State Bank. “We knew that we wanted to donate the grill to a group who matched the mission of Operation Kemna Cares, so we chose the Armory,” said Tom Larson, Iowa State Bank President. “This project showcases the best of our community. Local craftsman at Snap-On manufacture and donate the grill. Our friends at Kemna Auto Center sell the tickets to support mailing packages to soldiers. Local residents and businesses support the project. And, in the end, our local soldiers can enjoy this grill when they return home,” reminded Larson. 

Guerttman said that plans for the grill include using it for a battalion homecoming when the locally-deployed troops return from Afghanistan.

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