Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for 14 counties

Posted September 28, 2018 at 4:21 pm

Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation Friday for Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Kossuth, O’Brien, Palo Alto, Sioux, Winnebago, Worth and Wright counties in response to storms and flooding that took place beginning Sept. 19, 2018.

The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program.

The Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $41,560 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food and temporary

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    Work continues on new electric system

    Work continues on the new electric system along Highway 12 in Akron. Above an air chamber is being moved in to place as part of the transformer. The city crew hopes to transfer the electric from the old system to the new system sometime in October. There will be a short term power outage in order for the transfer to take place. Some of the wires from the old system will be transferred to the new system.

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    Work continues on new electrical station

    With the footings set, workers can begin the process of erecting the new electrical station along Iowa HIghway 12 in Akron. Once it’s complete, the old station will be taken down.

    Meeting with Sen. Grassley’s office is Sept. 4 in Akron

    Jacob Bossman, representative of US Senator Charles Grassley in 19 counties in Northwest Iowa including Plymouth, will be holding a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Akron Public Library, 350 Reed St.

    According to Bossman, part of his job is to hold an annual open meeting, a traveling office hour, in each county to take opinions about the issues of the day and to help Iowans who are experiencing problems with a federal agency (IRS, VA, Social Security, immigration, etc.).

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    Merrigan announces candidacy for SD Senate

    If we look to the

    timeless horizon of our

    common humanity and

    purpose, our political

    structure, imperfect as

    it may sometimes be,

    will always be based

    on the ideals of truth,

    tolerance, respect for self

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    211 Reed St. building comes down

    On Monday, the former Jacobson Auto Parts building at 211 Reed St. was demolished.

    Akron city officials condemned the building a couple years ago, and in September 2016, owner Clayton Jacobson moved his business to the city’s 300 Reed St. building.

    The building was taken down by Bill Boyer of Hawarden’s crew.

    According to Jacobson, the building had been built in the 1940s

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    Calendar of Events

    Sat., Aug. 11

    • 7th annual Craig Tractor Ride registration 8:30 a.m. Craig City Park Shelter House. Stop at Akron Care Center about 9:30 a.m.

    Mon., Aug. 13

    • Akron Care Center 5th Anniversary. Photo being taken outside the bistro doors at 1:15 p.m. Any and all friends and family, staff and volunteers are welcome to be in the picture.

    • Women bowlers meeting 7:30 p.m., Lazy Lanes Bowl &

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    MOVE OVER Law changed July 1

    Anyone who has changed a tire next to 70 MPH traffic will appreciate the MOVE OVER law update that took effect July 1.

    Since 2002, Iowa’s MOVE OVER law has required motorists to move over or slow down for certain stationary vehicles displaying flashing lights. This included patrol cars, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, and road maintenance vehicles. Now this law will apply to motor vehicles displaying emergency flashing lights on the side of the road, such as passenger vehicles with hazard lights activated.

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    Monday morning accident sends one to hospital

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A three-vehicle accident Monday morning in Akron resulted in the driver being transported to an area hospital, then lifeflighted to another.

    Tamara E. Decker, 36, of Akron, was driving her 2009 Ford Edge westbound on Hardy Street when the vehicle struck two cars in the 300 block of Hardy Street, then continued westward to the 200 block of Hardy Street where the SUV struck the South Street Plaza building and adjacent electrical transformer box before coming

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    ‘Flood 2018’ ends

    The June Flood of 2018 is officially in the books with the reopening of Highway 48 July 1 wrote Akron Fire-Rescue Chief Shane Coyle on the department’s Facebook page.

    In reference to all the help received, Coyle said, “This cannot be done without the dedicated group of volunteers that I am so proud to lead as Fire Chief. Their dedication goes way beyond what most people will understand, missing days of work, sleepless nights, hours away from family and their lives put on hold.”

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