‘Fascinations of the Loess Hills’ seminar set for June 3 – 5 at Onawa

Posted May 25, 2016 at 4:53 pm

With no Bison Day at The Nature Conservancy near Westfield this summer, a prairie seminar may be the public’s next opportunity to learn about the Loess Hills history and ecosystems.

The public is invited to attend any or all sessions of programs at the 40th annual Loess Hills Prairie Seminar. The weekend event begins in Onawa at 6:00 p.m., Friday, June 3, and ends northeast of Onawa at noon on Sunday, June 5.

Sponsored by Northwest Area Education Agency, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Monona County Conservation, it brings together dozens of facilitators and scores of participants of all ages, with diverse interests that relate to natural and cultural history of the Loess Hills and prairie.

Many field sessions teach

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    Boyer makes full restitution

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The former treasurer who misappropriated funds from the Akron Senior Center has repaid what he took, according to Akron city officials.

    At their April 5 meeting, Akron Senior Center Governing Board members learned that former Treasurer Steve Boyer still owed $29.73, according to current Treasurer Bruce Mitchell, and Boyer hadn’t made a payment since March 9.

    After the meeting, Mitchell told The Akron Hometowner, he would have to contact

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    A-W seeks bids for 2016 Annual Projects

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Expanding the parking paved areas, increasing safety with parking lot lighting, remodeling the ICN Room and renovating the kitchen loading dock area are Akron-Westfield’s 2016 Annual Projects to be completed this summer.

    In February, A-W School board members held a public hearing on the proposed 2016 Annual Projects and two special meetings. One was to present project details to area contractors for bidding purposes, which was

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    Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Grant offered

    The Floyd Valley Foundation, along with the Musson family, have announced that they will be accepting applications for the Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Grant until May 31, 2016.

    To be eligible, the applicant(s) must reside and actively engage in emergency care in Plymouth County. This can include: paramedic, first responder, or emergency care technician (EMT). The $500 grant must be used for direct expenses related to pursuing an emergency care training including books tuition, classes, transportation, squad trainings and certifications.

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    Total Motors renovations begin at Akron site

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A new roof, office renovations and creation of a customer lounge.

    Those are all part of the first major renovations to Akron’s last auto dealership, Total Motors.

    The roof was installed with the building’s original construction in the 1960s. In fact, the roof hadn’t been updated since the 1980s’ addition was completed, according to Salesman David Dirks, whose

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    Von Hofsteder receives prison sentence

    By Julie Ann Madden

    An Akron man will spend up to 11 years in prison after being convicted of Class D Felony Lascivious Acts With A Child and three counts of aggravated misdemeanor Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

    For the felony, Judge Edward Jacobson sentenced Wilhelm Von Hofsteder, 57, to a maximum of five years in prison and on each of the aggravated misdemeanors, a maximum of

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    Chuggers closes

    After eight years, Chuggers bar owners shut the doors.

    The establishment, located at 230 Reed St., was owned by Cody Moffatt.

    But the familiar face behind the bar was his mother, Chris, who managed the bar since its inception.

    At this time, the business is not for sale, said his father, Richard Moffatt.

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    The Anderson Report by Senator Bill Anderson

    Thank you for the honor of representing you in the Iowa Senate. Please feel free to contact me with your questions, comments and ideas. You can reach me at 712-898-2505 or email to bill.anderson@legis.iowa.gov.

    Budget bills continue to bounce between the two chambers. It appears a handful of these bills will end up in conference committee. Obviously, this development will take the session into extra innings.

    This Week in the Senate

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    Grape & Wine Industry free workshops to be held this weekend, April 29 – 30

    ISU Extension & Outreach and Flavors of Northwest Iowa will be offering two FREE workshops for people who may be interested in establishing a commercial winegrape vineyard or winery in Iowa.

    Mike White, ISU Extension’s Viticulture (grape) specialist will be leading both of these workshops.

    The first workshop: Iowa’s Grape & Wine Industry 101 will be held this Friday, April 29 at the Woodbury County ISU Extension and Outreach office at 4728 Southern Hills Drive in Sioux City.

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    Akron to raise its utility rates

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron councilors plan to raise the city’s utility rates Tuesday, April 26.

    First, they will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m., where residents can voice their comments and concerns. Then the council will hold their first of three readings on the rate increase proposal. They can choose to waive the second and third readings and enact the rate change.

    According to Akron City Administrator Gary Horton, city officials

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