Governor appoints Ireton woman

Posted March 9, 2019 at 5:56 pm

On March 1, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced several appointments to state boards and commissions.

Stephanie Dykshorn, of Ireton, was selected to serve on the Environmental Protection Commission.

The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

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    A-H teacher is nominated for ‘Teacher of Year’

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “You really matter in the lives of your students, and we wanted you to know you were nominated for this honor by one or more of your students,” an Alcester-Hudson teacher’s congratulatory certificate reads from Stephanie Liston-Holtrop publisher of ‘Hood Magazine, Sioux Empire’s Family Resource.

    A-H Kindergarten teacher Aranda Stai had no idea she was one of 30 teachers considered for the magazine’s 2019 Teacher of

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    Akron Chamber hosts Trivia Night fundraiser

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Enjoy playing games?

    Especially trivia contests?

    Then be sure to sign up for the Akron Area Chamber of Commerce’s Trivia Night, which is set for 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Akron Golf Course.

    Participants can register teams of six or individuals can sign up and form teams that night. Spectators are welcome, too.

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    Senior Spotlight



    By: Shaylee Siebens

    Layfe Henke was born March 29, 2000, to Charles Henke and Robin Fitzgerald.

    Layfe’s pastimes include playing Pokemon games, gaming in general, drawing, watching YouTube, and watching anime.

    While Layfe does not participate in any high school activities, his favorite activities are playing video games and esports, which

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    Question Of The Week

    By: Hailey Wait

    Students and staff of Akron-Westfield were recently asked, “Should children receive an allowance? Why or why not?”

    The majority of responses received from Akron-Westfield believe that children should receive an allowance, especially if they do chores. However, there are some people that believe children should not receive an allowance.

    Jacob Hankins and Cameron Moore believe that having an allowance allows children to learn how

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    Tolerance Posters Decorate Hallways

    This is one of many posters created by A-W students for Tolerance Week. The posters are displayed throughout the school building.

    Projects for other students included writing articles, creating presentations and movies, and other activities. Students also read a quote of the day before announcements each day.

    MS Girls Basketball Teams Continue to Battle

    By: Hailey Wait

    On Thursday, January 24, the seventh and eighth grade girls’ basketball teams played MMC-RU.

    The 7th grade won 18-16, with Emma Rolfes led the team with ten points. Annie Newton and Julia Britton each had four points.

    The 8th grade lost 35-22. Katie Johnson led the team with nine points. Alyssa Nemesio scored six points, Alexa Swoyer added four points, Ryenn Beavers scored two points, and Mikenna Fairbanks added one

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    Jazz Choirs Compete At State Vocal Jazz Contest

    By: Nash Lininger

    Akron-Westfield sent two high school jazz choirs to Storm Lake on Monday, February 4, to compete in a State Vocal Jazz Contest.

    Jazz 2 performed three songs: “You’d be so Nice to Come Home To”, “Georgia”, and “Somewhere Beyond the Sea”. Sopranos include Raileigh Edwards, Kenna Van Eldik, Sydney Parks, Cassie Miller, and Emmalee Wilken. Altos include Hannah Schwartz, Nola Schierling, Sophie Knuth, and Hannah Everingham. Tenors include Nathan Varns, Matthew Nielsen, Landon Schuknecht, and Jader Briggs.

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    Love at first glance

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “Wither I goest, I will go; and

    “Where thou lodgest, I will lodge.”

    That’s the sign hanging amongst their family photos in their dining room in the farm house they’ve shared for most of their married life.

    Phyllis Rollins, of Merrill, was attending the wedding dance of Robert and Bonnie (Tooker) DeRocher above the drug store in Merrill the Summer of 1951

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    Boys defeat Westwood

    The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team ended their regular season with a 59-55 win against Westwood in Sloan Feb. 8. The regular season ended with a record of 8-13 overall and 4-7 in conference

    Leading scorer for A-W was Leighton Blake with 18 points from four three-point shots, two field goals, and two free throws. He also added one rebound, one assist, and one steal.

    Nick Jacobs added 11 points to his career high total from two three-point shots and

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