Women’s transitional housing center wins grant

Posted August 9, 2016 at 9:39 pm

Shesler Hall of Sioux City, which assists homeless women with chronic mental illnesses, was among the 32 agencies which received from Iowa Finance Authority.

Shesler Hall received $22,500 in IFA fund, part of more than $2,340,974, million in homeless assistance grants to assist agencies with homelessness prevention and assistance in 2017.

The funding is made available through the Federal Emergency Solutions Grant program, which is administered by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and by IFA in Iowa.

“We’re very excited about the grant. Last year we received $18,000. It is used for utilities and food,” said Shlesler Hall Executive Director Kris Dam.

Shesler Hall assists women of Woodbury, Monona, Plymouth and Sioux

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    Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County 2016 grant deadline nears

    Whether it’s granting funds for winter clothing for needy children or school playgrounds and projects; parks, sports complexes and recreational trail improvements; Emergency Services’ equipment; museum preservation or some other worthy cause — the Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County is here to help our communities’ charitable projects and programs contribute to the quality of life in our area.

    These grants impact a wide range of needs in our communities, which are Akron, Brunsville, Craig, Hinton, Kingsley, Le Mars, Merrill, Oyens, Remsen, Struble and Westfield.

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    BPI’s trial will cost county thousands

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Editor’s Note: The actual Union County court case is Freezing Machines Inc., Beef Products Inc. and BPI Technology Inc. vs. Kit Foshee, American Broadcasting Companies Inc., ABC News Inc., Diane Sawyer, Jim Avila, David Kerley, Gerald Zirnstein and Carl Custer.

    Union County residents may end up with a third courtroom in their county courthouse due to a large jury trial next summer.

    And it may be a permanent courtroom if

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    Tornberg seeks seat for District 16 State House

    Ann Tornberg, of rural Beresford, S.D., recently announced her candidacy for the State House representing District 16. She is a retired teacher, family farm owner, and legislative aide who served in Pierre each day of the past four legislative sessions.

    Tornberg states: “I believe we need transparency, accountability, and balance in state government. South Dakota is one of only 10 states which allow gubernatorial appointment after a legislator resigns. In the last 2016 Legislature, two of our three District

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    Blood donors needed to supply local hospitals

    One in seven people admitted to the hospital will need a blood transfusion, and there’s only one way to ensure that blood is on the shelf.

    Since blood cannot be manufactured in a lab, local hospital patients are counting on eligible blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give blood at a LifeServe Blood Center mobile blood drive or donor center this summer. LifeServe Blood Center is the sole provider of blood products to more than 120 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

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    Council approves lease for old nursing home building

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron’s old nursing home building at 121 South St. has its first tenant.

    Tambrey and David Groves, of Westfield, will be opening a wellness business in the eastern half of the main floor.

    At their May 24 meeting, Akron councilors unanimously approved a rental lease agreement, subject to approval of the Groves after City Attorney David Stuart finishes “tweaking” it.

    The Groves

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    Union County Fair dates are set

    The 2016 dates for the Union County Fair in Alcester, S.D., have been set for Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31.

    There are a lot of great activities being planned for the whole family along with many 4-H and open class static exhibits to view and 4-H livestock shows to attend.

    We hope to see you at the Union County Fair in Alcester! Watch The Akron Hometowner in the weeks to come for more information on each of

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    Green Light a Vet

    Green Light A Vet is a national campaign to establish visible local and national support for our veterans by changing one light on your porch, in your home, or at your office to a green light bulb and keeping it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans.

    As a project of the Sons of the Legion Post 186 in Akron, Wal-Mart in Le Mars has generously donated 25-watt green light bulbs for the citizens of Akron to fulfill the mission

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    Man charged with murder in Le Mars

    A Le Mars man was arrested and charged with one count of Murder in the First Degree following the death of his sister from a stabbing incident June 11.

    Thomas Allen Bibler, age 33, of 335 4th Street SE Apartment No. 3, in Le Mars, was booked into Plymouth County Jail on charges of one Count of Murder in the First Degree, a Class A Felony and one count of Assault Causing Serious Injury, a Class D Felony. Bibler is being held at the Plymouth County

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    Care Center trustees strategize for next phase

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “Who are we?” is the question that began the Care Center trustees’ discussion on what is next for business development.

    That question was followed by several others at their May 17 meeting, which was attended by Trustees Margaret Correia, who led the meeting in the absence of Trustee President Brad Britton; Crystal Manley, Karen Schroeder, and Pam Von Hagel.

    • What needs do we want to meet in the

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