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Fire damages iconic Spink Cafe

Posted November 14, 2019 at 9:54 pm

The Spink Cafe, a long-time iconic and historical building in Union County, S.D., where people gather for a favorite meal and conversation, was heavily damaged by fire Sunday, Nov. 10.

Many people were saddened to hear the news of the fire, closing a favorite spot on the landscape along S.D. Highway 48.

Sunday, at about 3:50 p.m., Elk Point firefighters were dispatched to the Spink Cafe in rural Union County as the 94-year-old structure was on fire.

They called for assistance from the Akron and Vermillion, S.D., fire departments, said Elk Point Fire Chief Don Klunder.

They fought the blaze for about three hours, he said, declining to comment

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    Honoring our veterans

    Posted November 14, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Local servicemen, women and veterans honored: (Front Row l-r:) Kaylene Hawkins, Jason Jager, Dustin Vik, Garry Jacobson, Zeke Zoeller, Bob Watson, Bob Brown, Roger Cromwell, Stan Rolfes, Earl Hilliker, Bill Rabey, Lawrence Maynard, (Back Row:) SAL Commander

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    Legion’s Flag Essay winners named

    Posted November 14, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Akron-Westfield fifth graders competed in the Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post No. 186’s Flag Essay Contest, and on Veteran’s Day, the winners were announced.

    First

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    Akron council grants ‘Revolving Loan Fund’ loan

    Posted November 7, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A new Akron business will benefit from the city’s Revolving Loan Fund.

    At their Oct. 22 meeting, Akron councilors unanimously approved giving $50,000 of the Revolving

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    Lazy H Campground owner seeks city’s monetary help

    Posted November 7, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on Lazy H Campground owner’s two requests to the Akron City Council at their Oct. 22 meeting. Both require monetary consideration.

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    Veterans Day: Long-standing Legion tradition

    Posted November 7, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Veterans Day in Akron is a “magnificent affair,” according to Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post No. 186 member Arden Gale, who is 86 years old — nearly as old as the local Legion’s

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    Voters head to polls Nov. 5 to decide city, school board members

    Posted October 29, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    It doesn’t matter if it’s the Akron city council, Akron Care Center trustee or Akron mayoral race — there are new people seeking seats.

    Read about each candidate in the Oct. 30 Akron Hometowner. Also see

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    Akron Council sets Oct. 22 for Urban Renewal Plan public hearing

    Posted October 17, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Editor’s Note: Akron city officials have two plans in the works that may be confusing to residents who received letters recently. One is the Akron Urban RENEWAL Area amendment for First Street and

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    Plymouth County Museum’s ‘Great Garage Sale’ returns

    Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    This year’s three-day “Great Garage and Bake Sale” sponsored by the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars will open at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Museum’s “Old Central” Gym, and will continue through 8 p.m. Thursday.

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    Flag football champions

    Posted November 14, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Akron-Westfield graduates and friends were Flag Football champions at the Iowa State University Flag Football tournament. Preliminary games began Sept. 12 with the championship game on Nov. 3 in Ames for their bracket: Men’s

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    A-W volleyball falls in Round Two

    Posted November 7, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    The Akron-Westfield volleyball team fought hard and kept close in the Class 1A Region 1’s Round 2 of Regionals but came up short against Siouxland Christian, 0-3.

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    A-W gets a win!!

    Posted October 31, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Hank Krause

    It took nine games but Akron-Westfield broke into the win column for the first time in 2019 on Oct. 25 at home.

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    A-W wins first round of Regionals

    Posted October 29, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    The Akron-Westfield volleyball team really “rocked the volleyball court to get the first win in Regionals,” according to Coach Robyn Van Eldik.

    The Lady Westerners won 3-0 with scores

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    A-W volleyball takes 3 from WS

    Posted October 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield volleyball team played excellently at home against West Sioux Oct. 15 in their last home match of the season. The team won 3-0 with set scores of 25-8, 25-16, 25-21.

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    A-W Westerners fall hard

    Posted October 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners traveled to Paullina on Oct. 18 to play the South O’Brien Wolverines. The Wolverines bite hard and hold on — and did a job

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    Gehlen Catholic Stops A-W

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    By Hank Krause

    The visiting Le Mars Gehlen Catholic Jays put the hurt on Akron-Westfield as they defeated the Westerners, 35-0.

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    Santa & Mrs. Claus to present ‘Santa’s Christmas Diary’

    Posted November 14, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Santa Claus kept a diary and now it’s a published book entitled “Santa’s Christmas Diary.”

    From 1 to 3 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Akron Public Library, which is located at 350 Reed St.,

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    SNB begins Christmas drive

    Posted November 14, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Security National Bank, of Akron, is collecting items for the Akron Food Pantry, which is operated through Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc. and provides necessities for local families.

    The last few years, this Christmas Drive has requested peanut

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    The Addams Family opens at A-W next weekend

    Posted November 7, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    The Akron-Westfield production is Friday and Saturday night, Nov. 15 and 16 in the school auditorium.

    “The play gave me another look at how someone played my character and showed me how I could develop my

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    Akron Halloween parade….

    Posted November 7, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    More than 300 kids enjoyed Halloween in Akron…Akron Lumber Company employees Carol and John Van Walbeek give out candy.

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    Lininger graduates from Marine Corps

    Posted November 7, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Pvt. Nash Lininger, son of Michelle and the late Timothy Lininger of Akron, achieved his first goal since graduating from Akron-Westfield High School this past May, earning his emblem and title as a U.S. Marine.

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    A-W grad is new county park ranger

    Posted November 7, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Growing up on the northern edge of the Loess Hills in Plymouth County led one Akron youth into a career protecting and maintaining it.

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    Celebrating 65 years

    Posted October 31, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Dee and Earl Hilliker, of Akron, are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on Nov. 7. The former Dee Peck, daughter of the late Harold and Velda Peck of Akron, and Earl Hilliker, son of

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