NW Iowa Young Farmers plan Jan. 25 tour, gathering

Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:01 pm

The Northwest Iowa Beginning Young Livestock Farmer Group has planned another great educational experience on Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Dakota City, Neb.

This meeting will feature a tour of Tyson Fresh Meats’ Dakota City Beef Plant and a presentation of “Managing when Margins are Tight” from Gary Wright, ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Business Management Specialist.

Participants are asked to meet at the Tyson Fresh Meats Dakota City Plant at 8:45 a.m. for the tour. The group will then transition to the Woodbury County Extension Office in Sioux City for the presentation and lunch will wrap up at 1:00 p.m.

There is no cost to attend but participants are required to pre-register to Janelle at janelle@iastate.edu by Friday, Jan. 20.

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    Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will be to Le Mars on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for the 2017 Crop Advantage Series to provide farmers, crop consultants and agribusinesses with current research from Iowa State University and updated management information and recommendations based on current and future crop production issues.

    In addition, the meeting will also offer continuing educations credits for Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) and pesticide safety recertification.

    Content at each meeting is driven by county needs

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    The Alzheimer & Memory Loss Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the South Dakota Alzheimer’s Association, will meet Monday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Vermillion Public Library in Vermillion, S.D.

    All caregivers of memory loss persons are welcome to attend. Contact persons are Fern Kaufman (605 624-4898) or Marilyn Abraham (605-934 2534).

    Extension Council meets Monday

    The Plymouth County Extension Council will meet Monday, Jan. 23 at 5:45 p.m. at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor.

    The council will hold the re-organizational meeting along with a normal monthly meeting.

    Agenda items include FY2018 work budget, Legislative Day, volunteer training, and swine show.

    This meeting is open to the public.

    Garden Club meets Tuesday

    Floyd Valley Federated Garden Club will meet on Tuesday Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. at LeBloom Flower & Antiques, 18 Central Ave. NW in Le Mars.

    The program will be “Stepping into our Garden & Floral Decorating with Antiques” by Craig Hindt.

    The business meeting will be held at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ Church, 858 Seventh Ave. SE in Le Mars after the program.

    A light supper will be served

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    By Julie Ann Madden

    It’s been a few months since Akron councilors approved promoting the town’s Water-Wastewater Superintendent Dan Rolfes to be the next city administrator.

    As of Sunday, Dan Rolfes will officially replace retiring City Administrator Gary Horton.

    When asked what goals he has for the Akron community, Rolfes responded in an email:

    “1. Continue the Economic

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    The 2016 inductees were Max Anderson, Kiana Appley, Ty Carl, Cassie Hansen, Emmy Knuth, Laken Mullinix, Jordan Neubrand, Brynn Van Eldik, Courtney Waterbury, and Christian Wolthuizen.

    Inductees are selected through an application process, according to Akron-Westfield National Honor Society sponsor Mike Baker. All students

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    By Julie Ann Madden

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    The winning bid was $195,400 from Casey’s Marketing Company. It was the 351st bid on the auction.

    The IDOT also sold eight other properties at auction with the Akron property.

    They were:

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    First snowfall!

    Akron saw its first snowfall of the season on Friday, Nov. 18. It was a wet snow so some melted quickly but when all was said and done 1 – 2” fell in the Akron area. Not bad considering last year at this time close to 12” hit the ground.

    However, the wind was strong and the area was under a wind advisory. In some spots along the road there was a white out due to

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