Utility seeking input from electric customers

Posted July 12, 2017 at 8:20 pm

Residents of Akron may soon receive a call asking about their electric service.

The city’s wholesale power supplier, Heartland Consumers Power District, has partnered with SDS Research to conduct a customer survey to learn more about the residents of the community and the expectations they have of their electricity provider.

Representatives from SDS began making calls June 26 asking about customer service, social media, and energy efficiency rebates, among other topics.

“The goal of the survey is for Heartland to get a better idea of what people value and how we can better support the city in providing services beneficial to the residents of each community we serve,” said Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland.


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    New cabin opens at Stone State Park

    A new camping cabin is available for rent at Stone State Park in Sioux City.

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m.

    The cabin is available to rent for two-night minimum stays. The rental fee is $35 per night.

    Contact the park ranger at 712-255-4698 to make a reservation.

    Akron Farmers’ Markets begin July 5

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Summer is officially here, and it’s time for the Akron Farmers’ Market.

    And it’s not just farmers’ produce that people can purchase from 5 to 7 p.m., the next three months at the Akron City Park.

    Sponsored by the Akron Area Chamber of Commerce, the weekly Wednesday markets include a supper, presenters and/or entertainers.

    Weekly Themes

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    Bike-N-Bite set for July 29 in Sioux City

    Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach – Woodbury County and Flavors of Northwest Iowa are once again hosting the annual Siouxland Bike-N-Bite event on Saturday, July 29 from 9 am to 1 pm. Bike-N-Bite is a community bike event that celebrates local food in Siouxland, starting at the Sioux City Farmers Market and sending cyclists on a food tour throughout the city, biking around Siouxland and biting into free samples of locally-grown food prepared by area restaurants, vendors and shops.

    There is a registration fee

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    Fireworks Safety Tips

    By Iowa Department of Public Safety

    Licensed fireworks sales are underway across Iowa in 430 temporary and permanent sites, with more being added every day. As firework sales increase, the State Fire Marshal is providing some practical safety tips for Iowans who want to use fireworks.

    “Iowans should understand that fireworks must be handled responsibly,” said Fire Marshal Jeff Quigle. “These are pyro-chemical devices designed to explode or burn. Anyone who uses them must respect the damage that they can

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    Akron councilors hire interim EMS director

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Hiring an interim Akron EMS director and considering the replacement of the town’s second ambulance topped the Akron councilor’s June 13 meeting agenda.

    City Administrator Dan Rolfes recommended hiring EMT Lynette Kiger, of Akron, as the interim Akron EMS director to replace Nathan Sturgeon who recently resigned. He suggested the pay be $455 per week. The council vote was unanimous to hire Kiger.

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    Akron Police Log April 2017 Submitted by Police Sgt. Tad Stansbury

    Traffic Citations

    Excessive Speed

    April 1: John Carl Klompien, 46, Orange City.

    April 6: Alissa Malena Gellhaus, 36, Le Mars.

    April 6: Krista Marie Gramlow, 37, Le Mars.

    April 7: Miranda Marie Wallen, 23, Marcus.

    April 7: Daniel Lee Hysven, 50, Volin, S.D.

    April 11: Richard

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    Akron officials: Fairness is goal of fire protection fees

    By Julie Ann Madden

    To charge all residents they provide fire protection services equally.

    That is the goal of Akron city officials in requesting the West Akron Fire District pay $24,000 annually, said Akron City Administrator Dan Rolfes.

    Rural residents living on the Iowa side are taxed 45 cents per $1,000 taxable valuation now, he said. Last year it was 41 cents per $1,000 taxable valuation. To make it fair throughout rural Plymouth

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    City of Akron ORDINANCE NO. 052317-1 regarding fireworks



    The General Assembly of the State of Iowa has taken measures to allow the sale and use of consumer fireworks in the State of Iowa during specific timeframes and pursuant to applicable state licensure; and

    The new legislation provides for city councils, by ordinance, to prohibit

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    Fireworks sales, more variety allowed in Iowa

    By Julie Ann Madden

    For the first time since the Jan. 1, 1938, more fireworks than just sparklers, snakes and caps can legally be purchased, sold and used in Iowa.

    The new law was enacted May 10 with fireworks sales and use starting June 1. This caused public officials to scramble to make sure they had any local law changes in place — if they wanted some local control.

    State Law Rules

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