Foundation sponsors run

Posted September 15, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Runners and walkers can enter the Half Marathon, 5K, or Kids Fun Run in Elk Point sponsored by the Clay Union Foundation, Inc. The events are Saturday, Sept. 30 starting at Hometowne Inn, Exit 18 off I-29.

Those walking in the half marathon leave at 8:15 a.m., runners leave at 8:30 a.m., 5K participants leave at 8:45 a.m., and kids run starts right after the 5K leaves.

Enter now for all three events at, under search type in Elk Point, SD or go to:

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    Hawarden Big Sioux River Days

    The Pedal Pull held Saturday, sponsored by the West Sioux FFA, had nine classes for ages 4-12.

    Above are the winners in the five-year-old class. From left, winner Levi Ronsiek of Hawarden who had a full pull the first round and 38’4” in the repull; second place Jade Koth of Beresford who had a full pull in the first round and 17’1” in the repull; third place Kyler Olson of Hawarden had

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    Custodians keep A-W clean

    By Julie Ann Madden

    They work “behind the scenes” and often miss out on the kudos faculty and other support staff receive.

    But that doesn’t matter to them — they do their work quietly, efficiently and with plenty of humor as they work to keep Akron-Westfield Community School clean and operating so students can learn in a safe, healthy environment.

    They are the custodians: Kim Henke, Doug Lingle, Don McCully and Kenny Waag

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    Bobcat found dead near Akron

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At about 6 a.m., Monday, Aug. 21, a motorist spied the body of a bobcat lying on the north shoulder of S.D. Highway 48 between the South Dakota/Iowa bridge and the quarter mile line in Union County.

    It appeared to be an adult male, said Josh Delger, S.D. Game, Fish & Parks Terrestrial Resource Supervisor, noting it was pretty mangled.

    The bobcat appeared to have been struck by a

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    Donkey baseball hits Alcester

    By Dodie Hook

    It was a great night for baseball Aug. 9 at the Alcester Ball Field. However, this was no ordinary baseball game – it was Donkey Baseball.

    That’s right — donkey baseball!

    After hitting the ball, you had to mount a donkey and go to the bases. Thankfully the bases were a lot closer together than on a normal field. Outfielders had to

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    Celebrates Golden Anniversary

    Sue and Harold Higman Jr., of Akron, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with an Open House, which will be at 5 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Akron Golf Course. The former Sue Kadous and Harold Higman Jr. were married on Aug. 26, 1967 at the First United Methodist Church in Yankton, S.D. They made their home in Akron where Harold owned and operated Higman Sand & Gravel. The Higmans are now retired. They are the parents of three sons: Justin

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    Kass: There are heroes among us

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “A serious accident at a Plymouth County road construction site July 5 — what could have been a tragedy turned out to have an okay ending,” Plymouth County Supervisors Chairman Don Kass told the audience filled with family, friends and coworkers of Plymouth County Engineering Tech Mark Marienau, who saved a construction worker’s life by performing CardioPulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

    On behalf of the supervisors, Kass presented Marienau with

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    A-W seeks write-in candidate for District No. 2

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    The deadline for filing nomination papers was Friday, and no one filed to seek the District No. 2 seat, which was most recently held by Phil Parks. He chose not to seek another term after serving 12 years on the board.

    Incumbents Nick Schoenfelder, District No. 1; Josh Martinsen, District No. 3; and Cory Tucker, District

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    Anyone wishing to take advantage of the early bird bus fare should purchase a ticket by Sept. 1. Reading Bus Lines will be the carrier.

    Judy Bowman, Museum administrator, says the annual bus trip is a fundraiser but also is much more.

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    Editor’s Note: In early July, Ken Allen, of Las Vegas, Nev., came to Akron searching for information on his ancestor, Byron Allen. Here is his journey in his own words.

    I first became interested in family genealogy thanks to my grandfather on my mother’s side who filled in the family tree the old fashioned way. He traveled to his ancestors’ towns, visited the local historical museums and societies, combed through newspaper archives, and even used the local phone

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