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Akron entrepreneur launches ‘TreePans.com’ business

Posted February 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

All of us have ideas about things that would make our lives better, said Bill Brown of Akron.

“We are from Iowa, and we grow things here,” he said.

During summer breaks, Bill’s sons, Ben and Andrew, worked for Mary and John Lucken at their orchards, taking care of young trees, explained Brown. After a few years of putting mulch and plastic sheeting around young trees and then still pulling weeds, we just thought…there must be a better way.

Our idea was a TreePan that expands with the growth of the tree, made with recycled plastic, which replaces mulch, plastic sheeting

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    Vote for TreePans!

    Posted February 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

    An Akron entrepreneur needs Hometowner readers’ help. The Bill Brown family is entered in a statewide competition, “Dream Big, Grow Here.”

    To vote:

    1. Go to www.dreambiggrowhere.com

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    Blinde, Berg head to state wrestling meet

    Posted February 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield will be back competing at the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Class 1A state wrestling tournament in Des Moines as Sebastian Berg qualified at 138 pounds and

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    Upcoming Legislative Forums

    Posted February 23, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Senator Bill Anderson

    Iowa Senator Bill Anderson is hosting a legislative forum for constituents on Saturday Feb. 28.

    His forum schedule is as follows:

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    Akron police find

    Posted February 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

    missing man

    By Julie Ann Madden

    They were on routine patrol around Akron in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Feb. 10, when they came across a pickup speeding through Akron, heading

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    Ornamental, Turfgrass Applicators course offered March 4

    Posted February 17, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Plymouth County will offer the Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, March 4.

    The program can be seen at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

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    Beef Feedlot Facilities Workshops offered

    Posted February 17, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    A workshop focusing on helping beef producers compare feedlot facility investments, production benefits, cattle comfort and environmental stewardship will be held at four western Iowa locations from 9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    The dates, locations and

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    Named to All-WEC

    Posted February 24, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Boys’ Basketball

    Akron-Westfield senior Tavian Banks was the only Westerner selected as an Honorable Mention pick in the All-War Eagle Conference honors.

    Banks was the leading A-W scorer with 231

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    A-W girls basketball final statistics

    Posted February 23, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball final statistics for 2014-2015 season, final team record 7-15 for the Lady Westerners:

    Ann Hedlund, sophomore, led in scoring with 218 points, a 9.9

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    Hedlund earns All-WEC

    Posted February 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Akron-Westfield sophomore Ann Hedlund was named All-War Eagle Conference Honorable Mention in basketball.

    Hedlund was the only A-W representative chosen.

    She was A-W’s leading scorer with 218 points, 9.9

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    Lady Jays prevail over A-W

    Posted February 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Gehlen Catholic made it a season split with Akron-Westfield in girls’ basketball as the Lady Jays won, 52-44, in a War Eagle Conference finale Feb. 10 in Le Mars.

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    A-W girls fall in first post-season game

    Posted February 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team played a solid three quarters against Ridge View but one bad stretch in the third quarter ended the Lady Westerners’ season in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs

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    A-W basketball playoff update

    Posted February 18, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Akron-Westfield boys play first game of Class 1A playoff against Harris-Lake Park, at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 19 at Boyden-Hull in Hull.

    A-W boys hope for good post-season game

    Posted February 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield boys’ basketball team sought momentum for the Class 1A post-season with two games last week against Gehlen Catholic in the War Eagle Conference finale and at Remsen-St. Mary’s (RSM) in non-conference play.

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    Count the Hearts winners

    Posted February 24, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    There were almost 50 guesses ranging from 18 to 51 hearts in The Akron Hometowner Count the Hearts Contest in the Feb. 11 paper. The

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    Letter to editor

    Posted February 24, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Dear editor,

    My name is Stan Wisnieski and I am the volunteer recruiter for Connections Area Agency on Aging in Sioux City, Iowa. Our organization is a non-profit organization that provides service to homebound senior citizens.

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    90 Candles

    Posted February 23, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Gerd Ludwigs is turning 90! His family will be hosting an open house at the Akron Care Center Great Room on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate his 90th birthday. Stop

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    All Class Reunion 2015

    Posted February 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Time Line of Events

    As of 2-16-2015

    Friday, June 26

    • 1 to 4 p.m. – Registration – Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 Main St.

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    Balloons symbol support for cancer victim

    Posted February 11, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    The snow had stopped, temperatures moderated a little and the sun was shining as hundreds of Ariyanna Miller’s fellow Alcester-Hudson Cubs showed support for her leukemia fight with

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    85 years young

    Posted February 11, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Janet Ann (Allan) Wakeman of Hawarden, Iowa and formerly of the Moville, Iowa area, will be celebrating her 85th birthday.

    An Open House will be held in her honor

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    Dirks celebrates 100 years

    Posted February 11, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Dorothy Dirks, Surprise, Ariz., celebrated her 100th Birthday on Jan. 3 with her daughters, relatives, friends and also her granddaughter and great grandchildren via “Skype” in Minot, N.D. Dorothy

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