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A-W holds National Honor Society induction

Posted December 8, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

Akron-Westfield faculty and staff held the annual National Honor Society induction ceremony on Nov. 14.

The 2016 inductees were Max Anderson, Kiana Appley, Ty Carl, Cassie Hansen, Emmy Knuth, Laken Mullinix, Jordan Neubrand, Brynn Van Eldik, Courtney Waterbury, and Christian Wolthuizen.

Inductees are selected through an application process, according to Akron-Westfield National Honor Society sponsor Mike Baker. All students who meet the minimum Grade Point Average of 3.2 are invited to apply.

The application focuses on the National Honor Society’s four pillars: scholarship, leadership, character and service.

The students’ applications are judged by five randomly-selected

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    DOT property sells for $195,400

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At 4:16 p.m., Thursday afternoon the final bid came in for the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Akron property at the corner of Iowa Highways 3 and 12.

    The winning bid was $195,400 from Casey’s Marketing Company. It was the 351st bid on the auction.

    The IDOT also sold eight other properties at auction with the Akron property.

    They were:

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    First snowfall!

    Akron saw its first snowfall of the season on Friday, Nov. 18. It was a wet snow so some melted quickly but when all was said and done 1 – 2” fell in the Akron area. Not bad considering last year at this time close to 12” hit the ground.

    However, the wind was strong and the area was under a wind advisory. In some spots along the road there was a white out due to

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    Past Fair Board president inducted into Hall of Fame

    Tony and Shirley Schroeder of Plymouth County were inducted into the 2016 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 21.

    Inductees from counties across the state were recognized for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage and honored at a reception that followed the ceremony.

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    FARMERS REMINDED REFERENDUM TO REINSTATE THE IOWA BEEF CHECKOFF TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 30

    The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association today reminded eligible beef producers of the November 30th referendum on whether the refundable $.50 per head Iowa beef checkoff should be reinstated.

    Any individual, firm, corporation, partnership or association that has owned or acquired cattle during year prior to the referendum (December 1, 2015 – November 30, 2016) is an “Eligible Beef Producer” for the purposes of this referendum.

    A person shall not be considered a

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    Dailey wins Karpen’s seat on Union County Commission

    By Julie Ann Madden

    After 12 years on the Union County Commission, Commissioner Doyle Karpen will be done, effective Jan. 1.

    Challenger Republican Michael A. Dailey received 966 votes — 68.32 percent — in the Nov. 8 General Election while Karpen, a Democrat, received 448 votes in Commission District No. 2.

    With the retirement of District 4 Commissioner Marvin Schempp, Republican Kevin Joffer of Elk Point, S.D., will join Dailey as Commission newcomers.

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    Akron Chamber’s Hometown Christmas is set for Nov. 30

    The Akron Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing the Christmas spirit to town from 5 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 with its second annual Akron Hometown Christmas celebration.

    In addition to Santa and Mrs. Claus coming to town, there will be plenty of activities for children and adults.

    The first four blocks of Reed Street will be filled with activities to do and see as well as there will be spots to get treats, storefront live displays to

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    Northwest Iowa has a new ISU farm management specialist

    Gary Wright, an Iowa State alumni with extensive experience in agricultural finance and production, has joined the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach team as a farm management specialist.

    Wright will serve as northwest Iowa’s farm management specialist, working with farmers and producers in Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O’Brien, Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury, Dickinson, Emmet, Clay, Palo Alto, Buena Vista and Pocahontas counties.

    Wright’s office will be located in the Iowa State University Extension

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    Legion Riders set Christmas party for Dec. 16

    The Northwest Iowa American Legion Riders will host a Community Christmas Party at the Le Mars American Legion Hall, 110 Plymouth St., SW, Le Mars, on Saturday, Dec. 16. Times are from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event is open to the public, all children and parents welcomed. A meal of hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and desserts will be served and a free-will offering will be taken. Santa Claus will arrive by 7:00 p.m.

    Le Mars man killed in semi collision

    A pickup and semi tractor-trailer collision at about 8:54 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14 on Iowa Highway 3 east of Le Mars resulted in the death of the pickup driver.

    According to Plymouth County sheriff’s reports, Evan Wayne Niebuhr, age 19, of Le Mars, died from injuries received in the accident.

    A preliminary scene investigation indicated Niebuhr was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup westbound and Jeffrey Knudson, age 44, of Akron, was driving a 1997 Freightliner tractor-trailer eastbound. Both

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