Portland Township has 3 new trustees

Posted August 20, 2014 at 8:49 pm

By Steve Peterson

Plymouth County supervisors unanimously appointed Portland Township trustees at their Aug. 12 meeting.

Portland Township incudes the City of Akron and the Riverside Cemetery.

Newly-appointed trustees, nominated by Supervisor Jim Henrich, are City Park Caretaker Robert Frerichs of Akron; Jason Rolfes of rural Akron and Jason Combs of Akron.

A clerk still needs to be appointed in the near future.

“There aren’t too many people living in the rural area who could serve,” said Henrich. The south side of Akron is actually in Westfield Township.

Former trustees John Dirks, Tom Miller and Jim Dennison had resigned over issues with

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    There is no fee to attend the workshop, but commercial applicators must register by calling the Plymouth County ISU Extension and Outreach Office at 712-546-7835.

    Commercial manure applicators who have already completed training for 2014 are not required to attend.

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    By Julie Ann Madden

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    Connections will continue to

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    Eight hundred high school students from every corner of Iowa attended this year’s conference, June 23-26 at Iowa State University.

    “The conference gives these youth the opportunity to meet new friends, find new opportunities, and learn about the community and themselves in the process,” said Brenda Allen, conference coordinator and 4-H youth program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

    The conference included workshops, keynote sessions with motivational

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    Commissioners moved the meeting to the Wallace State Office Building Auditorium, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines.

    If adopted, the rules will incorporate by reference the federal rules that require CAFOs to comply with national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permits. The Iowa Legislature directed adopting the federal rules. Adoption was also a condition of a work plan agreement

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    By Dodie Hook

    The Akron City Council held a special meeting July 25 at noon for the purpose of discussing the possible spec building on Reed Street between The Akron Hometowner building and Akron Jo’s Cafe.

    Mayor Harold Higman Jr. opened the meeting and turned it over to Gary Horton, City Administrator.

    Horton said that since the time Alesia Larsen had backed out of her side of the building, there has been some

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    The smells of smoked meat and sweet barbecue sauce are sure to make fairgoers’ mouths water when the state’s best grillers gather to compete in the 51st annual Iowa Farm Bureau Cookout Contest on Aug. 12 during the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

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    Fire destroys vacant Akron house

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At 1:58 a.m., July 10, Akron firefighters were called to 500 S. Eighth St., in Akron.

    According to Akron Fire Chief Shane Coyle, the house was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

    The house, which had just been red-tagged by city officials July 7, was a total loss.

    According

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