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Two local ‘farm kids’ to entertain at Plymouth County Fair

Posted July 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

Calling themselves, “one old farm kid” and “one young farm kid,” two Westfield men are bringing their chain saw carving talents to the Plymouth County Fair next week.

The “old farm kid” is Blair Smith, and the “young farm kid” is Scott Toben.

At age 40, Blair started creating chain saw art. It was the year 2000 — Scott was just an infant.

In 2005, Blair began performing with his 13 chain saws at area events, and Scott turned six.

At the age of 13, Scott was watching YouTube videos and came across chain saw carving.

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    Quilts galore on auction block

    Posted July 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Love quilts?

    Or love the thrill of getting the winning bid on something John Deere, Case

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    Discover Dairy at the Round Barn

    Posted July 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

    See a Round Barn butter sculpture made by the Iowa State Fair butter cow sculptor.

    Take a dairy farm virtual reality tour.

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    It was a hail of a storm

    Posted July 9, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Akron and surrounding area got hit Monday, July 1, with a nasty storm which brought rain, strong winds, and some hail in places downing tree limbs and causing some damage. This damage was done in the

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    140th Street closed

    Posted July 17, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    From July 15 through Aug. 6, a road will be closed in Portland Township, rural Akron.

    A 140th Street wooden bridge will be replaced with a culvert pipe. The road is closed from Diamond Avenue east

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    Big Springs Baptist celebrates 150th

    Posted July 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Their congregation’s mission is:

    “To glorify God through growing mature disciples of Jesus Christ in our communities

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    Happy Birthday America!

    Posted July 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Akron Fire-Rescue kicked off Akron’s July Fourth Celebration by hanging a flag on its fire truck welcoming everyone to the Akron City Park.

    Many activities

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    Former murder suspect charged with false reporting

    Posted July 9, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    An Akron woman who told authorities she fatally shot her husband in 2017 has now been charged with False Report of Indictable Offense to Public Entity.

    Becky Jean Hebert, 35, of rural Akron, was originally charged

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    Firefighters host benefit for two of their own

    Posted July 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Most often they’d be found flipping pancakes or serving the crowd at a fellow fire-rescue volunteer’s pancake breakfast fundraiser but this time they are the ones in

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    A-W has six shared positions

    Posted July 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    With the state’s monetary incentives for school districts which share administrative positions, Akron-Westfield will only pay $41,359.90 for five administrative positions in FY 2020, according to A-W Shared Superintendent Randy Collins.

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    Former Westfield city clerk arrested on warrant

    Posted July 3, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    On June 28, former Westfield City Clerk Angela Lynn Sorensen, 51 of Akron, was arrested on a warrant and charged with 1) Class B felony Theft in the First Degree and 2) Ongoing Criminal Conduct.

    Her

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    Chamber’s annual July 4 Bash

    Posted July 3, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    The Akron Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its second annual Fourth of July Celebration.

    Festivities begin Thursday, July 4 with free swimming at the Akron Swimming Pool, 1 – 5 p.m., courtesy of Hawarden Regional

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    Council approves Finzen Second Addition plat

    Posted June 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Platting of two lots in the former Finzen Trailer Court has been completed by DGR Engineering — a step in DeRocher Brothers Construction Company’s plans to build two residential duplexes.

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    Helping patients for four decades

    Posted June 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Kids call her “the sticker lady” while older patients call her Mary Lou and younger adults call her “Mary,” but after June 27, they

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    A-W girls upset!

    Posted July 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

    by Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield softball team, playing in the Regional against Le Mars Gehlen Catholic Jays at home July 12, had their problems. A-W, hampered by both physical and

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    A-W boys end season

    Posted July 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

    by Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield baseball season came to an end July 13 in Akron during District play. A-W fell to the Central Lyon Lions of Rock Rapids by a

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    Lady Westerners are Conference Champions!

    Posted July 9, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield girls smashed the Orange City Unity Christian Knights by the score of 23-3 on Tuesday, July 2.

    With the win, A-W secured the War Eagle

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    A-W takes the win against WS

    Posted July 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Hank Krause

    You had to see it to believe it! The Akron-Westfield girls pulled out the win over West Sioux June 28 at home, 11-10.

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    WS boys defeat A-W

    Posted July 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Hank Krause

    The West Sioux Falcon boys came to town on June 28 and went home as 7-1 winners.

    WS scored

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    Post Season action

    Posted July 3, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Softball

    The Akron-Westfield softball team has a bye the first round and begins Regional play in Akron Wednesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. when they will face the winner of the Kingsley-Pierson and Graettinger-Terril game.

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    A-W stomps Hinton girls

    Posted June 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Hank Krause

    The Hinton Blackhawks were visiting on June 19. The Akron-Westfield girls’ softball team came out on top 12-2.

    A-W used

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    A-W girls shutout HMS

    Posted June 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Hank Krause

    The Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn girls drove 70 miles to play 2 1/2 innings on June 20, only to have the Lady Westerners score 14 runs in the second inning to win 14-0.

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    A-W downs HMS

    Posted June 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Hank Krause

    The Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Hawks were the visitors on June 20. The Hawks were pretty much de-feathered as the Akron-Westfield boys baseball team handed them a 10-0 loss.

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    15th Annual Heritage Music Fest slated for July 20

    Posted July 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Enjoy a day of country, gospel, and Big Band music Saturday, July 20 at the air-conditioned Elk Point-Jefferson School Middle School Gym, 402 S. Douglas St., Elk Point, S.D. from 11 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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    Class of ‘69 reunion

    Posted July 9, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    The Akron Class of 1969 will be celebrating its 50th reunion July 19 and 20.

    Friday, July 19: There will be a social gathering at Lazy Lanes at 6:30. You

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    All-Class Reunion set for June 26 & 27

    Posted July 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Akron and Akron-Westfield All-Class Reunion has been set for June 26 and 27, 2020.

    The committee has been working and is looking for people to help verify the addresses of past classmates and help in

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