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From contributions to challenges: Every bit helps near swimming pool goal

Posted March 12, 2020 at 7:26 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

Where there is a will, there is a way.

And that is so true for the Akron community.

Their will is to have a new swimming pool dubbed the Akron Family Aquatic Center as soon as they can — because City Administrator Dan Rolfes and Water/Wastewater Superintendent Matt Combs dread opening the current 1950s-built swimming pool.

They have no idea what will go wrong each day but they know there will be something. Last fall they closed the pool a few days early because a pump failed.

It was one too many battles for the season, and the

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    And here comes Big Sioux floodwaters

    Posted March 12, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “I thought we might just escape out (of spring flooding this year),” said Doug Maurstad, who owns the residential property just west of the

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    HRH CEO Jayson Pullman to speak on Akron Clinic

    Posted February 19, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Hawarden Regional Healthcare (HRH) CEO Jayson Pullman will be at the Akron Community Center (aka Akron Senior Center, 240 S. Fourth St.) on Thursday, Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m., to speak about the options at HRH and taking over the Akron medical clinic.

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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 FFA brings home the Medals

    Posted March 12, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    The Akron-Westfield FFA Chapter won 11 Gold and six Silver awards at the annual Sub-Districts Contest, which was held Feb. 25 at Marcus-Meridan- Cleghorn-Remsen Union in Marcus.

    A-W FFA students contended in Career Development Events, took

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    A-W’s Creative Writing Contest winners advance to state Contest

    Posted February 27, 2020 at 6:00 am

    The General Federated Women’s Club Friendship & Service Club members held their annual Creative Writing Contest for Akron-Westfield students in January.

    At the A-W Grades DK-5 Morning Opening on Feb. 20, Friendship & Service Club Members

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    Help Akron keep Heyl expansion

    Posted February 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Akron city officials are requesting help from area citizens.

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is updating the Flood Insurance Rating Maps (FIRM) and at the present time their maps will put the Akron Business/Industrial Park

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    2020 A-W Large Group Speech contestants

    Posted February 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

    This year’s Large Group Speech contestants made Akron-Westfield Community School history — it’s the first time ever that A-W has received 30 Large Group Speech All-State honors at the state competition. Two groups,

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    Iowa caucus results announced

    Posted February 15, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It took nearly a week to get 100 percent of Iowa Democratic Caucus results after the U.S. Presidential Primary Elections began on Feb. 3 in Iowa, and these are just “revised” results.

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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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    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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    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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    Smith qualifies for state

    Posted February 19, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Wrestling up at 220, the lone Akron-Westfield wrestler at Districts, senior Logan Smith, did his job and qualified for the state wrestling tournament by placing second at Districts. Districts were Feb. 15 in Mapleton for Class 1A

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    Boys lose two

    Posted February 15, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team continues to struggle. They had a rough week at home losing two games: a loss to Gehlen Catholic, 77-44, Feb. 4, and to Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, 71-52, Feb. 7. The boys overall record

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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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    Manley leads Grand March

    Posted February 26, 2020 at 1:57 am

    Doug Manley of Akron was one of two people chosen to lead the 2020 Grand March at the state high school wrestling tournament in Des Moines Feb. 22.

    Manley

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    Didn’t get an Invitation?

    Posted February 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

    A number of the Akron and Akron-Westfield All Class Committee members have received complaints that alumni have not received a letter inviting them to the 2020 All Class Reunion.

    It is not that you are not

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    Selected for 2020 Girls State

    Posted February 19, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    An Akron-Westfield junior has been named to participate in the 2020 American Legion Auxiliary’s Girl State Program this summer.

    Seventeen-year-old Sophie Knuth is the daughter of

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