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Two critically injured in Hinton elevator explosion

Posted March 22, 2016 at 10:06 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

Editor’s Note: Central Valley Ag officials have not released the men’s names but family and former coworkers have set up GoFundMe.com accounts to help them and their families.

On Sunday, a grain elevator’s contents continued to smolder after an explosion about 1:10 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, which critically injured two employees at Central Valley Ag in Hinton.

GoFundMe.com accounts have been set up to aid the families of injured employees Shane Noreen, 28, and Gustavo “Goose” Gutierrez, 24. Both remain hospitalized at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

Noreen’s account is https://www.gofundme.com/m2uty4hw.

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    Real Estate, Mobile Home Taxes Due

    Plymouth County Treasurer Shelly Sitzmann reminds property owners that the second-half real estate and mobile home taxes are due now and can be paid in the office, online, or through the mail.

    Taxes are delinquent Friday, April 1, 2016.

    Mail must be postmarked on or before March 31 to avoid delinquent interest. Send your payment before the last day as mailing your payment on March 31 does not guarantee a March 31 postmark.

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    ‘Welcome to Retirement: Will you be Ready?’ workshop set for March 30

    Will I be prepared for the expenses I’ll face in retirement? 

    This important question will be addressed in an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop in March at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach- Plymouth County. This training in part is being sponsored by N.W. Iowa Credit Union Community.

    “Welcome to Retirement: Will you be ready?” is designed for adults of all ages, to build awareness of the costs faced by retirees, and to learn ways to figure

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    Three A-W Speech students receive All-State honors

    Out of the 456 Individual Events Speech contestants’ performances selected for All-State honors, which is the highest Speech award a student may earn, Akron-Westfield has four:

    • Jackson Gereau earned two All-State honors at the Iowa Individual Events Speech Contest, Saturday, March 12 at Woodbury Central High School in Moville. His speeches were a Literary Program, “A Deliberate Life,” and a Public Address entitled, “This Is Water.” Gereau is only the third A-W student to have “double-entries” receive All-State honors the same year.

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    Akron woman nominated for ‘Women of Excellence’

    Women Aware announces there are 21 who have been nominated for the 2016 Women of Excellence Awards. Connie Blake of Akron is one of the 21 nominated and was nominated by Julie Breitbarth of Akron.

    Women Aware Board President Jennifer Harry expressed congratulations to each of the sponsors for taking the initiative to recognize such outstanding role models.

    The awards will be presented during the 32nd annual Women of Excellence ceremony and banquet March 22 at the Sioux City

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    How To Cast Your Vote

    1. By Absentee Ballot

    Absentee ballots are available by voters requesting one from the

    Plymouth County Auditor’s Office at the Courthouse in Le Mars. Voters must complete the Absentee Ballot Request Form, which they can fill out at the Auditor’s Office or they can print the form off the website: www.co.plymouth.ia.us. Click on “Departments” tab, then Click on “Auditor,” and select “Absentee Ballot” at the bottom of the webpage. For more information, call Auditor’s Office at 712-546-6100 EXT 1.

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    Akron Farmer’s Market meeting set for vendors, fundraising groups

    All those interested in selling items or hosting fundraisers at the 2016 Akron Farmers Market are encouraged to attend a planning meeting.

    “We are interested in getting vendors’ ideas as well as comments and concerns,” said Akron Area Chamber of Commerce President Julie Ann Madden. “Come, join us. Share your ideas. Help us make it even better than it was in 2015.”

    The Akron Chamber Farmer’s Market Committee members will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 31 at Akron

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    Neunaber sustained injuries while incarcerated

    By Julie Ann Madden

    So why was Plymouth County inmate 46-year-old Jonathan Donald Neunaber of Akron now wheelchair-bound and wearing a neck brace at his plea taking hearing Feb. 29?

    Especially in light of the fact that he has been incarcerated since he was captured the night after his parents’ bodies were found July 9, 2014, and appeared in earlier hearings physically capable of walking into the courtroom.

    After the Feb. 29 hearing,

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    Representative Chuck Holz


    It is going to be a busy week in the House of Representatives. On Thursday of last week, I met with Bill Rosacker who is with the EMS group. He also introduced me to several people from Sioux City. We had a great discussion about some of the needs of the EMS in the coming years.

    In this newsletter, I will outline the bills that I think you will find most interesting or relevant. One bill in particular

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    At The Capitol with Senator Randy Feenstra Week of February 29 – March 4, 2016

    Overview: As your State Senator, I am your voice in Des Moines and encourage your input. Please feel free to contact me at randy.feenstra@legis.iowa.gov. If you would like to read my comments on a daily basis, you may visit my website at www.newgenerationrepublican.com.

    No Fishing License Required

    The Iowa House passed a bill last week that would allow private land owners to fish on their own land without a license. This would only include man-made ponds. I am in support

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