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Firemen save Hospital Auxiliary store

Posted March 10, 2018 at 8:24 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

A fire in downtown Hawarden downtown didn’t destroy the Hawarden Regional Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Store, according to Hawarden Fire Chief Duane Schiefen.

Hawarden firefighters responded to the 3 p.m., Sunday afternoon call, discovering the fire was isolated to the store’s drop-off area. Firefighters were able to get the fire put out before it burned into the actual building.

“There was no severe damage to the building,” said Schiefen, who thinks the fire was electrical in nature.

He anticipates the store will only be closed a few days — until after the State Fire Marshal completes his investigation.


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    West Sioux girls head to state!

    The West Sioux girls basketball team defeated IKM-Manning, 58-54, to become Class 2A Regional 8 champs and will advance to the state tournament Feb. 27-March 3 at Wells Fargo in Des Moines.

    No. 8 West Sioux (21-3) will face No. 1 Treynor (22-1) Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6:45 p.m. in the quarterfinal at state.

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    Adam Allard repeats as state champion

    West Sioux sophomore Adam Allard repeated as state wrestling champion last weekend at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines to remain undefeated.

    Last year, Allard wrestled at 106 moving up to 113 this year, is moving towards his goal of becoming a four time state champion.

    Allard faced Joel Sampson of AHSTW defeating him by fall (0:23) in the first round. Next up Allard defeated Jacob Moore of Denver

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    Hawarden’s administrator retires

    By Julie Ann Madden

    For more than three decades, an Akron native has spent his time in government, creating budgets and making municipal improvements.

    On Friday, Hawarden City Administrator Gary Tucker will officially pass the municipal reins to former Hawarden Police Chief Mike DeBruin, and begin a new life’s chapter — retirement.

    “It’s been a difficult decision to retire but there comes

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    Frances Elizabeth Barinsky, Age 92

    Frances Elizabeth Barinsky was born on September 19, 1925 in Akron, Iowa. She was the daughter of Ed N.J. Willer and Anna (Eilers) Willer. She married Raymond Barinsky on November 28, 1943 in Akron and they were blessed with five children.

    Frances was a wonderful wife and mother. She enjoyed baking and cooking along with craftwork and sewing. She worked for White Rogers Emerson Electric in the factory. She also loved to dance and was giving of her time in

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    Adam Allard repeats as state champion

    Adam Allard stands on top of the podium for the second straight year at the state wrestling tournament held in Des Moines Feb. 15-17. He was champion in Class 1A at 113 pounds. From left, Trey Lashbrook of AGWSR-Ackley, 8th; Daltin Roest of Manson Northwest Webster, 6th; Jakob Whitinger of Nashua-Plainfield. 4th; Briar Reisz of Logan Magnolia, 2nd; Adam Allard of West Sioux, champion; Cole Cassady of Martensdale-St. Mary’s, 3rd; Heath Moyer of North Linn-Troy Mills, 5th; Jacob Moore of Denver, 7th.

    WS wrestling team finishes sixth at duals

    The West Sioux wrestlsing team participated in the state duals fir the first time in school’s history coming away with sixth place. The team won one match and lost two, one of them being the eventual Class 1A champion, Don Bosco.

    One Falcon, Adam Allard, won all three of his matches, one by technical fall and two by fall.

    Match No. 1 Quarterfinal

    Don Bosco defeated West Sioux 65-8

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    Lyle McInnis, 86

    Lyle McInnis of Westfield, Iowa, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018, at the Akron Care Center in Akron, Iowa.

    Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 22 at the Rexwinkel-Schroeder Funeral Home in Akron with Beryl Hicks and Tom Steele officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Akron. Visitation with the family present will begin at 5:00 p.m. and there will be a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m., all on Wednesday, February 21 at the funeral

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    Extension Council elects officers

    Four officers were elected during the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Plymouth County extension council organizational meeting Jan. 25.

    The nine-member county extension council annually elects officers to comply with Iowa law.

    • Alex Popken, Orange City, is the newly-elected chairperson. Popken will preside at all meetings of the county extension council, have authority to call special meetings and perform duties as performed and exercised by a chairperson of a board of directors of a corporation.

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    West Sioux wrestling team makes State Team Duals

    For the first time in school history the West Sioux wrestling team has advanced to the State Team Duals. To achieve this feat, the team defeated Graettinger Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire, 34-33, and Emmetsburg, 42-33, in Emmetsburg Feb. 6 to become regional champs.

    The Falcons are seeded No. 8 and will face the No. 1 seed Don Bosco of Gilbertville in the first round which takes place Wed., Feb. 14, 9 a.m., at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Winner of the

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