Foundation of Greater Plymouth County awards 2014 grants to organizations

Posted December 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

The Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County has ended its 2014 grant-making session with the distribution of funds to 27 area organizations in Plymouth County.

This year the Foundation awarded a total of $143,000.

Under terms of legislation, these funds must be granted to charitable organizations for educational, civic and public purposes in Plymouth County.

This year’s recipients are as follows:


Akron EMS: $10,000 for Lucas 2 Device.

Akron Parks & Rec Board, $5,000, concrete and block for Announcer booth-Bathrooms-Concession stand (ABC) Building.

Akron Public Library, $2,000, computers.

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    Yankton boaters beware

    On Nov. 14, a single adult zebra mussel was discovered at the Midway boat ramp on Lewis and Clark Lake near Yankton, S.D. As a result of the discovery, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has classified the lake as “suspect” for contamination by zebra mussels.

    “Inspections of 11 boat docks and shorelines yielded no additional zebra mussels in or near the lake,” stated John Lott, GFP chief administrator of aquatic resources. “The hulls of some boats being stored for the winter were also

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    Akron firefighters battle car fire

    Akron firefighters started the month with an early morning fire call. At 7:36 a.m., the firefighters were dispatched to Valley Ag Supply, located just west of Spink, S.D., at 47261 S.D. Hwy 48. An employee’s car was on fire in the business’ parking lot. According to another employee, the man had car trouble on the way into work but the car had run just fine after that. A passersby had alerted employees to the fire. The employee, whose car

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    Be safe this Thanksgiving Holiday by buckling up!

    The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) and the law enforcement officers across our state wish everyone a safe Thanksgiving holiday.

    To ensure safety, please take the time to buckle up, slow down and drive defensively in your travels around the state.

    Those who choose to not buckle up or drive aggressively have a higher chance of being stopped by law enforcement.

    The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau,

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    Akron man arrested for threatening White House

    According to a Plymouth County sheriff’s report, pn Nov. 20 at approximately 12:55 p.m., the Plymouth County Law Enforcement Center received a call from an individual who was asking to talk with the sheriff.

    Jeremy Barger Hebert, 37 of 13203 Evergreen Ave., Akron, was advised he would have to leave a message and at that time he became extremely agitated.

    During the conversation with Hebert, he continued to remain agitated and made comments to the dispatcher that he was

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    Community Thanksgiving service planned

    The Akron Ministerial Association is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Eve worship service to be held at Wesley United Methodist, 330 Main Street, Akron at 7:00 p.m. November 26. There will be special music and a time of fellowship following the service. An offering will be received to support the ministries of the Ministerial Association, and a non-perishable food offering will be received to support the Akron Food Pantry.

    Some of the ministries that are supported are the Akron Backpack Program, transient assistance, and the Akron Food Pantry.

    Mayor, police chief warn citizens of increased traffic enforcement

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “How many of you have drivers licenses?” Akron Interim Police Chief Kimm Nielsen asked Akron-Westfield students Monday morning.

    Almost all students raised their hands.

    “How many of you want to keep them?” he asked next.

    But it’s not only Akron-Westfield students who need to listen up, Akron police will be issuing more traffic tickets, giving less warnings, said Akron Mayor Harold Higman

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    Ebola: Precautionary measures taken to assure Iowans’ health, safety

    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is updating the numbers of travelers who are currently being monitored for Ebola.

    As of Nov. 6, 13 travelers, who were in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea in the last 21 days, are now in Iowa.

    Twelve had low risk of having been exposed to Ebola in those countries, so they are being allowed to resume normal activities; however, IDPH has ordered them to self-monitor, meaning they

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    Emerald Ash Borer is coming

    Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Iowa.

    The most recent infestation was documented in August 2014 in Story County. Story County is the 13th confirmed infestation in the state. The Emerald Ash Borer is expected to keep spreading through-out the State of Iowa.

    Are communities prepared for this disease or any other potential diseases of the future?

    “The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is perhaps one of the most destructive tree

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    And the walls come tumbling down

    On Nov. 6 Akron city crews, with the help of Jim Abbott, tore down the burnt house at 500 S. Eighth St., which is owned by Bobie Themm. Akron city officials had used their newly-enacted ordinance on dangerous buildings to demolish the home as well as remove trees and outbuildings. A suspicious fire had destroyed this vacant house in the early morning hours of July 10, just three days after city officials had red-tagged it.