Akron police find

Posted February 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

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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 south down Iowa Highway 12.

Akron Police Chief Jimmy James and Assistant Police Chief Phillip Torrey were together in the squad car. James has only been on the job since Jan. 19 and Torrey’s first day was Feb. 7. They were spending time together, getting to know each other, the lay of Akron and the night habits of the community.

As they gave chase to the pickup, both suspected they had a drunk driver, especially when the driver attempted to turn right on to S.D. Highway

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    Semi collides with car at Westfield

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A woman and child were injured when a semi tractor trailer collided with their car at about 3:19 p.m., Feb. 9 at the intersection of Iowa Highway 12 and County Road C-38 at Westfield.

    According to the Plymouth County sheriff’s report, David John Dahlgren, 60, of Clarion, was driving a 2005 International semi tractor trailer southbound on Iowa Highway 12. He attempted to turn the rig left

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    Ornamental, Turfgrass Applicators course offered March 4

    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 Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) team.

    The local attendance site is the LeMars Convention Center, 251 12th St. SE in LeMars. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Please note: this is a change

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    Beef Feedlot Facilities Workshops offered

    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 phone numbers to register for the workshops are as follows:

    • March 3 Emmetsburg: Iowa Lakes Community College – 712-852-2865

    • March 4 Cherokee: Western Iowa Tech – 712-225-6196

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    Frozen ground manure application rules kicked in Sunday, Feb. 1

    Starting Feb. 1, animal producers with totally roofed (confinement) facilities face limits on land applying liquid manure if the ground is frozen.

    The state rules kick in then, because runoff and nutrient loss after winter manure application is more likely when manure can’t be injected into the soil or incorporated into a field.

    Dating back to Dec. 21, manure application is also limited on snow-covered ground. These limits affect confinement facilities with liquid manure that have 500 or more

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    Enter to win ‘The Ultimate Farm Strong VIP Experience’

    Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) FarmStrong® initiative is scoring big with Iowans in many ways.

    The program is showing Iowans how today’s farmers grow their food, and it’s also celebrating the winning teams and “Farm Strong” character of ISU student athletes. And now, Cyclone fans and all Iowans have a chance to win big by entering to win the “Ultimate Farm Strong VIP Experience.”

    The top prize is four tickets to the March 2 Iowa State vs. Oklahoma men’s

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    Hometowner receives six state awards

    At the annual Iowa Newspaper Association’s convention Feb. 5 – 6 in Des Moines, The Akron Hometowner brought home six awards in the areas of news stories, advertising and social media in its circulation division, Weekly Class 2 newspapers with circulations between 1,151 and 1,950.

    There were approximately 4,200 contest entries in dozens of categories, judged by class, based on newspaper circulation. The judges were Minnesota Newspaper Association members.

    The Akron Hometowner received:

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    Spec building construction continues

    On Friday, a construction crew was busy at 130 Reed St. The shape of City of Akron’s spec building is beginning to be revealed. It will be the home of Broken Kettle Winery and possibly a dentist.

    Akron enforces snow rules

    By Julie Ann Madden

    With last weekend’s more than 5 inches of snowfall, Akron city officials are reminding people of city snow ordinance regulations.

    Street Parking

    Drivers are not allowed to park, abandon or leave their vehicles on any public street, alley or city-owned off-street parking area during the six-hour period immediately following any snowfall, snow storm or ice storm.

    The exceptions are vehicles may be

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    Akron police investigate downtown burglaries

    According to Akron City Clerk Melea Nielsen, who provided information to The Akron Hometowner on the Akron Police Logs, on Dec. 26 at approximately 1:40 a.m., three Akron downtown businesses had items stolen.

    The three businesses were:

    • Maynard’s Foods, 200 Reed St., which had criminal mischief and theft of items;

    • City of Akron’s Electric Building, 140 S. Second St., which was burglarized; and

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