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Community mourns loss of lifelong members as investigators search for answers

Posted July 16, 2014 at 9:35 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

There are not enough words to explain the horrible scene authorities found at 17279 180th St. in rural Akron, the evening of July 9.

The bodies of Donald John Neunaber, 83, and his wife, Esther Grace, 80, were found along with evidence of a violent ending to their lives. And their son, Jonathan Donald Neunaber, 44, was missing.

As the Plymouth County Sheriff’s deputies began trying to piece this mystery together, they received assistance from the Akron Police Department, Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, Plymouth County Medical Examiner’s Office, U.S. Marshal’s Service, and other local police departments.

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    July Activities at the Union County Museum

    Posted July 15, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    The Union County Historical Society is sponsoring a book club, Hello History, for children ages 7 through 10 (second through fourth grade) Saturday, July 26, from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the museum located at 707 W. Main Street in Elk Point. Each

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    Learn about moths at Hillview

    Posted July 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Hillview Recreation Area near Hinton will host Moth Mania, a program during National Moth Week, at 8:30 to 10 p.m., Monday, July 21.

    National Moth Week is July 19 through July 27. Finding moths can be

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    Notice for Riverside Cemetery

    Posted July 9, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Effective July 1, 2014, John Dirks and Tom Miller are no longer trustees of Riverside Cemetery.

    If you have any questions contact Jim Dennison.

    Iowa to offer Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program

    Posted July 9, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Plymouth, Cherokee, Lyon, and Sioux Counties have been included in a Governor’s Proclamation for Individual Assistance for damages done during the flooding event that started in mid-June. Plymouth, Cherokee, and Sioux, and Lyon County Emergency Management Department has partnered with Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc.

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    New banner

    Posted July 16, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    A new state championship updated banner was donated by the family of Virgil Smith with memorial funds. Westerner signs at the entrances to town were also updated with these funds. Pictured is Virgil’s son, Dennis,

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    Rebels crush Lennox, 10-0

    Posted July 15, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    After a nine-day break the Akron Rebels baseball team returned to action to host Lennox in a makeup game July 11 and came away with a 10-0 home win in seven innings.

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    A-W JV softball 2014

    Posted July 9, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Members of the Akron-Westfield junior varsity softball team are, front row (l-r),Lexi Koele, Briannah Watkins, Danika Smith, Zoe Mullinix, Kaberly Coyle, Maddie Hemmelrick. Middle row, Jordan Neubrand, Jessica Hansen, Hannah Boehme, Brynn VanEldik, Makayla

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    Akron Rebels 2014 team

    Posted July 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    The Akron Rebels baseball team for 2014 consists of, front row from l to r: Manager Paul Martin, Trent Ruhland, Chad Brown, Cole Oltmanns, and Adam Loutsch. Second row: Jordan Heyl, Grant Kobza, Jeff Gacke,

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    A-W varsity softball 2014

    Posted July 9, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Members of the Akron-Westfield varsity softball team are, front row (l-r), Desi Oltmanns, Kortney Hedlund, Jordan Hansen, Sarah Schroeder, Bethany Eastman, Dana Hedlund, Kayla Tindall, Ryleigh Schnell. Middle row , Jordan Neubrand, Jessica Hansen,

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    Rebels chilled by temps, Irene

    Posted July 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    On a night fit for April 1 rather than July 1, the Akron Rebels baseball team lost to visiting Irene Cardinals, 7-4 at Sargent Field.

    Temperatures in

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    65 Years together

    Posted July 16, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Harold and Mary Burcham will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with an Open House Brunch at Crescent Park United Methodist Church, 2826 Myrtle St., Sioux City, Iowa, on Sunday, July 20 from 10:30 a.m.-1:00

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    Elena May Saloum

    Posted July 16, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Jim and Amber Saloum (nee Sommervold) of Sioux Falls, S.D., are excited to announce the arrival of their daughter, Elena May Saloum. Elena arrived on May 3rd, 2014 at 8:48 a.m. weighing 7 lb. 11

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    Engagement Announced

    Posted July 16, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Todd and Tammy Colt of Akron announce the engagement of their daughter, Tana Rae Colt, to Thomas Charles Stewart, son of Gregory Stewart of Spencer, Iowa, and Charlene Wetherell of Alta, Iowa.

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    Celebrates 100 years

    Posted July 10, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Elvera Wilken will celebrate her 100th birthday July 24. A card shower is being held in her honor.

    Send your birthday greetings to: Elvera Wilken, 101 Church St., Morningside Manor, Alcester, SD 57001.

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    Celebrates 85th birthday

    Posted July 10, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Lavonne Hook of Hawarden celebrated her 85th birthday Sunday, July 5 with family. Her actual birthday was July 6. Six of her seven children attended: Lorri Schuller (Frank) of Hawarden, Shery Kaskie (Lyle) of Hawarden,

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    Posted July 9, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Dale and Deb DeRocher of Akron announce the engagement of their daughter, Hailey K. DeRocher, to Joel Thomas Schroeder, son of Tom and Jill Schroeder of Akron.


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    Posted July 9, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Gary and Theresa Horton of Akron announce the engagement of their daughter, Kendra Marie Horton, to Tyson Gregory Langland, son of Gregory and Donna Langland of Bruce, S.D.

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    What is that bright light?

    Posted July 3, 2014 at 5:00 am

    KC Hook has not seen sunshine coming through her favorite window for awhile and had to shield her eyes. The sun felt good after all the flooding she had witnessed through her window at home in Union

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