Council approves lease for old nursing home building

Posted June 24, 2016 at 8:39 pm

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 were anxious to get access to the building as they would like to open the business later this month.

It was noted city officials would be doing some maintenance and preparation of the 5,000 square feet area the Groves are renting. City Administrator

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

    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,

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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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    Akron organizations request municipal LOST funds

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron Children’s Center, Akron Golf Club Inc., Akron Opera House, and Akron Historical Society requested financial assistance from city coffers.

    Each year councilors decide how much, if any, of their Local Option Sales Tax revenues to give to local nonprofit organizations.

    In January and February, Akron councilors heard appeals from the four organizations. Then the council’s Finance Committee made its LOST funding recommendations to the council for the

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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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