From Iowa Legislator Rep. Chuck Holz

Posted January 19, 2018 at 5:48 pm

As we begin the second year of the 87th General Assembly, I want to thank the people in Plymouth and Woodbury Counties (District 5) for giving me the opportunity to represent them at the State House in Des Moines. It is an honor to be able to be the voice of all the people I represent. I appreciate this continued opportunity and I will do my best to represent you on the important issues that face the State of Iowa.

One of the most important parts of this week as we began our Session was Governor Kim Reynolds’ first delivery of her “Condition of the State” Address on Tuesday morning. She said that the condition of our state is strong. Iowa is ranked the 3rd best managed state in America, and the number one state for

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    At the Capitol Start of Session by Rnady Feenstra

    The gavel dropped at 10:00 am Monday morning, January 8th and the 2018 legislative session is now underway. On Tuesday, January 9, Governor Reynolds, Iowa’s 43rd governor and first female state governor, gave the Condition of the State address to the citizens of Iowa.

    The governor laid out several top policy plans that she wants passed this year. They include:

    Comprehensive tax reform that emulates the Federal plan.

    Water quality policy that creates clean water

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    Little snow in sight, frigid temps felt

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The major storm predicted for the area fizzled to less than 2 inches of snow last week. Weather forecasts had originally predicted up to 8 inches of the white stuff by the afternoon of Jan. 11 but the actual Sioux City results, which was the closest available for Akron and Westfield, were:

    • Jan. 10: Trace Jan. 13: Dry

    • Jan. 11 1.2

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    Iowa voters face new election laws

    Voter Identification laws went into effect Jan. 1.

    Now registered voters will be asked to show their Identification Card before voting at election polls.

    Anyone who does not have their ID will be asked to sign an oath verifying their identity and will be allowed to cast a regular ballot.

    However, if a voter requests an absentee ballot, they will be required to include their driver’s license/non-operator’s ID number of their Voter

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    Fifth business opens in South Street Plaza

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Soon the Akron community will have a licensed esthetician providing body waxing services.

    According to Wikipedia, “Waxing is a form of semi-permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the root. New hair will not grow back in the previously waxed area for four to six weeks, although some people will start to see regrowth in only a week due to some of their hair being on a different human hair growth cycle. Almost any area

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    Akron officials take Oaths of Office

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “Out with the old and in with the new” is part of the new year for elected officials.

    On Dec. 19, Akron Mayor Sharon Frerichs gave the Oath of Office to Councilor Alex Pick and newly-elected Joe Small as they officially take their council seats at the Tuesday, Jan. 9 meeting.

    In addition, the current council said goodbye to Councilor Gerry Stowers who didn’t seek reelection in November 2017.

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    Nurse practitioner begins seeing patients at Akron clinic

    By Julie Ann Madden

    As the New Year rolls in, Akron Mercy Medical Clinic patients will have an additional choice of medical care providers.

    Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Milby will begin seeing patients in January.

    The Eagle Grove native graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1991 and earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge.

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    NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON CONVEYANCE OF REAL PROPERTY

    Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Akron-Westfield Community

    School District will hold a public hearing on the 8th day of January, 2018, at 6:30 P.M. central

    time, at the School Library, 850 Kerr Drive, Akron, Iowa, on the conveyance of property to Basil

    R. Price and Angela D. Price, their successors and/or assigns, of real estate owned by the District

    located at 241 Mill Street,

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    Carlin wins Senate seat

    By Julie Ann Madden

    In a special election on Dec. 12, a Republican will fulfill the Iowa Senate vacancy created by the resignation of Republican Senator Bill Anderson.

    Republican Iowa Rep. Jim Carlin, of Sioux City, received the seat with 1,724 votes, or 62 percent of the votes cast. He defeated Democrat Todd Wendt, of Le Mars, who received 1,065 votes in State Senate District No. 3.

    There were three write-in votes cast.

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    Akron electric rates increase 6 percent

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It’s official.

    Akron councilors increased electric rates 6 percent at their Nov. 28 meeting.

    However, customers, including Akron residents, won’t fill the pinch until April 2018 as the first meter reading for this increase will be March 25, 2018.

    According to Akron City Administrator Dan Rolfes, the cause of the increase is the city’s Electric Substation Improvement Project.

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