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Our Unsung Hero: Paying it forward

Posted April 28, 2020 at 4:39 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

Even though her husband is a cancer survivor and among those more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, the need to help friends and people in the area was so strong, Mindy Smykle and her husband, Mark, decided to help.

“I have had a ton of help from people in Akron when I least expected it,” said Mindy who has been using her sewing talents to make face masks and isolation gowns for the Akron Care Center staff and other people whose children are in the medical field.

Not only did she loan a sewing machine to another woman who didn’t have one and wanted to help, Mindy has been doing

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    Two COVID-19 survivors share their experience

    Posted April 28, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Editor’s Note: An Iowa couple, ages 18-40, agreed to share their experience with COVID-19 on the condition of anonymity. On April 3, she was diagnosed with COVID-19. She and her husband self-quarantined in their apartment.

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    Our Unsung Hero: Parade of Waves founder

    Posted April 22, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    When her daughters were missing their dad, who resides in the Akron Care Center, and his fellow residents, their mom wondered if the Akron-Westfield community could do a

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    By Julie Ann Madden

    Posted April 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    It’s just not one teacher who deserves the “Unsung Hero” honor during this Coronavirus pandemic, according to Akron-Westfield High School math teacher Mike Baker.

    “I’m not

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    By Julie Ann Madden

    Posted April 16, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    “I really didn’t consider myself an Unsung Hero,” said Akron-Westfield Preschool Teacher Annie Solberg when The Akron Hometowner contacted her. “I was really surprised.”

    “I just really

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    Our Unsung Heroes: A-W teachers, aides

    Posted April 16, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    In times of crisis, there are always those individuals who find ways to help but often go unnoticed.

    During the COVID-19 crisis times filled with panic and anxiety, activity closures, social distancing and stay-at-home orders, that

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    Akron medical, emergency services need face masks, isolation gowns

    Posted April 9, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Anyone who has time and sewing talent is asked to consider sewing face masks and isolation gowns for Akron’s medical and emergency services.

    According to Akron Care Center Administrator Patricia Raasch, the staff is in need

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    Using skills to keep others safe

    Posted April 9, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    When they learned their fellow community members needed face masks, they stopped their regular sewing projects, dug into their fabric stashes and began creating what the local medical clinic and nursing home staff and

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    Voters encouraged to ‘Vote At Home by Voting By Mail’

    Posted April 28, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Due to the COVID-19 virus situation, those Plymouth County residents voting in the June 2, 2020 Republican and Democratic Primary Elections are being asked and encouraged to VOTE FROM HOME by VOTING BY MAIL via an absentee ballot, as recommended by the Iowa

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    Iowa schools closed through end of school year

    Posted April 22, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    On Friday, April 17, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education announced all school districts and non-public schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year and will continue to offer continuous learning to mitigate the spread of

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    Importance of being counted in U.S. Census

    Posted April 14, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    By Chad Kinsella, Ball State University

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    During this difficult time, many people are looking for ways to help. Perhaps one of these easiest ways to impact our

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    ISU Extension and Outreach remains committed to serving Iowans

    Posted April 13, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    While many things have changed drastically for Iowans in recent weeks, one thing that has not changed is Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s commitment to “Serving All Iowans.”

    For over 100 years, we have been engaging

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    NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

    Posted April 9, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    A-W School Board

    The Akron-Westfield School Board of Directors is holding two public hearing Monday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the A-W School Library. Purpose of the hearings is amending the current school budget by changing estimated

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    Iowa property tax deadline extended to April 30

    Posted April 9, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Plymouth County Treasurer Shelly Sitzmannr wants the public to know Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a new proclamation that extends the penalty date on property tax payments through April 30 to help give assistance to Iowans dealing with the impact of Covid19’s arrival

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    A-W offers AWEA 1.4 percent increase

    Posted April 9, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At a special meeting March 31, the Akron-Westfield school board proposed giving faculty a $370 wage increase.

    This calculates to a 1.4 total salary package increase. The

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    AWEA presents initial proposal

    Posted March 24, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    by Dodie Hook

    The Akron-Westfield Education Association (AWEA) presented its initial proposal March 17 to the Akron-Westfield School Board as negotiations begin.

    Present were AWEA members Todd Colt, Tracy Frerichs, Ryan

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    Rexwinkels open new funeral home

    Posted March 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Rexwinkel Funeral Homes owners Dan and Lori Rexwinkel opened their new funeral home at 601 Torbert Blvd. in Akron last week.

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    A-W wrestling statistics

    Posted March 24, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    The Akron-Westfield wrestling team finished its season with a 4-12 team record and had one state qualifier, Logan Smith at 220. Coaches were John Sievert and Chris Utesch.

    Most wins: Logan Smith, 29; Bryce Jurgensen, 22

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    A-W seventh graders place first in volleyball tourney

    Posted March 19, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    The Akron-Westfield seventh grade girls placed first in an AAU volleyball tourney in Ankeny,, Feb. 29. It’s one of the bigger AAU volleyball tournaments in the state with 16 teams competing in the tournament. Most of

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    Tucker signs with Briar Cliff

    Posted March 19, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Akron-Westfield senior Kailee Tucker signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Briar Cliff College, Sioux City. She also signed a letter of intent to sing in the Briar Cliff Music Program. Kailee, daughter

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    Smith wrestles at state

    Posted February 27, 2020 at 6:00 am

    To make it to the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines is every high school wrestler’s dream. That dream came true for Akron-Westfield senior Logan Smith who qualified for the state tournament in Class 1A

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    Boys win first round playoffs

    Posted February 27, 2020 at 6:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team picked a perfect time for a victory as they handed MMCRU a 73-54 loss in the first round of playoffs at MMCRU Feb. 17. The Westerners had revenge on MMCRU who had beaten them twice during the regular

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    Girls fall in semi-finals

    Posted February 27, 2020 at 6:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield girls basketball team lost to Kingsley-Pierson, 61-54, in the regional semi-finals in Kingsley ending their season with a 17-7 record. Kingsley-Pierson faces Gehlen Catholic in the finals Feb. 26 in Le Mars.

    The girls

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    Girls win first round playoffs

    Posted February 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

    At home Feb. 13 in the first round of playoffs, the Akron-Westfield girls defeated Trinity Christian, 59-35, to advance. They faced Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (7-15) Feb. 18 in Akron (after press time).

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    Boys lose two

    Posted February 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team ended their regular season with two losses at home.

    The boys faced Unity Christian Feb. 11 losing, 81-35, and faced Westwood Feb. 14, losing

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    Senior Night

    Posted February 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

    It was senior night so parents and seniors of the basketball teams and dancers were introduced.

    Boys:

    Nathan Varns, Manager, son of Lynette Coons

    Jack Anderson,

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    Coach Harris recognized

    Posted February 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Akron-Westfield Athletic Director Todd Colt (l) recognized retired coach Jon Harris (r) at the Feb. 11 home basketball game. Coach Harris was the high school boys basketball coach for 32 years as an

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    A-W mom starts ‘senior banners’ project

    Posted April 22, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Kerri Edwards, mother of Akron-Westfield senior Raileigh Edwards, found a way for the community to honor the Akron-Westfield Class of 2020 as these seniors’ celebration is hindered by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    She is asking all Akron-Westfield

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    Get up to $100 free with Chamber Bucks

    Posted April 16, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron Area Chamber of Commerce knows local business members are hurting.

    In addition, they know that some of their neighbors have lost their jobs and/or are

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    AKRON MERCYONE CLINIC PATIENTS AND COMMUNITY:

    Posted April 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    The staff and providers at the clinic want to extend a huge thank you to the numerous community members who have provided face masks, cloth masks, gift certificates, lunches, and words of encouragement to our clinic during these uncertain times in our country. Thanks

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    ‘Hearts for Akron’

    Posted April 13, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Take a walk around or drive around Akron and one will see colorful hearts in many windows.

    Becky Meinen, of

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    All-Class Reunion is postponed

    Posted April 9, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    It is with great regret that the 2020 Akron All-Class Reunion Planning Committee feels the need to cancel our event the last weekend of June 26 & 27, 2020 due to the current Coronavirus/COVID-19. Please understand our concern over the heath and safety of

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    Parade of Waves brings sea of joy

    Posted March 24, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    by Dodie Hook

    There were dune buggies, trucks, cars, and vehicles of all kinds which participated in what was dubbed “Parade of Waves” Saturday, March 21 in Akron.

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    Birthday Open House

    Posted March 19, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Betty Bockelman, of Hawarden, will celebrate her 90th Birthday on Tuesday, March 24.

    Her children are hosting an Open House in her honor on Saturday, March 28

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    Look who’s coming…

    Posted March 12, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    As of March 7, the Akron & Akron-Westfield All-Class Reunion Committee reported the following have registered for the banquet on June 27, 2020.

    1945- Bill Enockson of Sioux City (1)

    1945-

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    More register to attend All-Class Reunion

    Posted February 27, 2020 at 6:00 am

    As of Feb. 22, the Akron & Akron-Westfield All-Class Reunion Committee reports the following have registered for the banquet, which will be held June 27.

    The committee’s next meeting is 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3 at

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