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Akron receives tree grant

Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:47 pm

MidAmerican Energy Company awarded provided $101,683 in “Trees Please!” community grant awards to 61 cities and communities, including Akron.

The program funds tree-planting projects in public areas such as parks and roadways.

Planting the right kinds of trees in the right places can help save energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, carefully-placed trees can save up to 25 percent of a typical home’s energy use. Strategically-placed trees can provide cooling shad in the summer and block cold winds in the winter.

Each fall, cities and community organizations can apply for the Trees Please! grants, which are $1,000 or more. MidAmerican Energy officials select grant recipients based on a project’s merits,

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    Almost gone!

    The old electrical station along Reed St. and Highway 12 is just about gone. Friday, May 10 crews were demolishing what remained of the old station and by Monday, the lot was cleared. There’s still a little cleaning up to do on the lot before it is totally done.

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    A-W’s NHD students compete at state — five advance to Nationals

    Seven of Akron-Westfield’s National History Day entries made it to the state finals, and five advanced to the National History Day Contest. Akron-Westfield’s National History Day students competing at the Iowa History Day Contest April 29 in Des Moines were (Front Row l-r:) Audrey Liebetrau, Allison Nixa, Dawson Trobaugh, Campbell Anderson, Dexter Briggs, Addison Nielsen, Ashley Zamora-Ruiz, Kelsey Saathoff, Austyn Koedam, Josie Jacobs, (Middle Row l-r:) Luke Meinen, Tanner Frerichs, Ciara Barron, Hayden Wahlberg, Daynen McKee, Ben Philips, Jack Schoenfelder, Corrinne Moffatt, Lainey Schuknecht,

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    Akron clinic welcomes new office manager

    By Julie Ann Madden

    MercyOne Akron Family Medicine Clinic has a new office manager.

    Valoria Kelly, of Jefferson, S.D., began at the Akron clinic on March 4.

    The Charlotte, N.C., native graduated from Harry P. Harding High School in Charlotte, N.C., in 1985.

    Kelly served in the U.S. Air Force from 1985 to 1991, earning the rank

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    Changes are coming to Reed Street

    By Julie Ann Madden

    As 2019 enters its fourth month, one Reed Street business is up for sale and another is closing its doors.

    Throttles & Bottles Bar & Grill at 201 Reed St. is up for sale. Owner David Boettcher, who is known for flipping properties, has remodeled the interior and is now working on the exterior. The bar is open for business with a realtor’s sign next to the front door.

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    Condo Project resumes

    By Julie Ann Madden

    In the next year, there will be condominium housing constructed on the former Finzen Trailer Park, which is currently owned by the City of Akron — if the land sale and rezoning are completed.

    At their April 23 meeting, Akron councilors unanimously approved two resolutions regarding a portion of the former trailer park property.

    The first was a resolution setting a public hearing on the rezoning of this parcel,

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    Easter Hoppenings

    On Saturday, the Akron Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Easter activities, which included a traditional Easter Egg Hunt and a Easter Basket Hop down Akron’s business trail. About 300 children participated in the hunt and about 200 filled their basket bags with goodies, played games, visited with Lola the goat, saw chicks and Sandy, the News Hound, and took a selfie photo with the Easter Bunny. The hunt included about 60 “golden eggs” filled with about $600 worth of Chamber

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    Central Valley Ag, Henderson Co-op announce merger

    (Henderson NE & York NE) Henderson Co-op membership votes to approve unification with Central Valley Ag (CVA). Conducted by a mail-in ballot, the owners of Henderson Co-op approved the merger with CVA by a majority vote of 91.3%.

    “We are pleased that Henderson Co-op members have voted to unify the two cooperatives. Both Boards feel strongly that this unification will bring additional value to our members,” said Dave Beckman, CVA Board Chairman. “Central Valley Ag has a proud history on which the foundation has been laid

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    Suspicious man arrested in rural Plymouth County

    According to a Plymouth County sheriff’s report, on April 15, the Plymouth County Communications Center received a 911 call from a caller reporting a suspicious man knocking on the door and looking in the windows of his residence located on West Loop Road in rural Plymouth County.

    Deputies responded to West Loop Road and located a man identified as Jack Frances Rielly, age 56 of Sioux City, walking on West Loop Road.

    During the investigation, deputies located a prescription

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    Iowa Farm Bureau unites farming neighbors, friends

    Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), the state’s largest grassroots farm organization, launched the Farming Community Disaster Exchange where Iowans can offer help to those impacted by the floods or to seek assistance. The online exchange, which can be found at IowaFarmBureau.com/floods, is a place where Iowans can offer goods and services to those who need it most.

    “As Iowans fight their way through this $2 billion devastation, it’s important to keep the lines

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    Boys golf defeats TC

    Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    The Akron-Westfield boys golf team defeated Trinity Christian, 201-208, May 6 in Sioux Center. A-W’s Daytona Foley finished first with a 47.

    Daytona Foley, first, 47

    Logan Smith, third,

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    A-W boys track qualifies for two state events

    Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Akron-Westfield’s Leighton Blake qualified for the Iowa State Track Meet in the 100 meter dash. He finished third in Regionals May 10 at Sioux Central in Sioux Rapids. His time of 11.59 qualified him in 15th place out of 24 advancing to state.

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    A-W girls track qualifies for four state events

    Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    The Akron-Westfield girls track team has qualified in four events for the Iowa State Track Meet from regionals held May 10 at Sioux Central in Sioux Rapids.

    Leading A-W was Shaylee Siebens qualifying in three events:

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    Track teams participate in two meets last week

    Posted May 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield track teams participated in two meets last week: Orange City April 20 and West Sioux May 2. At Orange City the girls placed fifth out of nine teams and the boys placed sixth out of 11 teams. At West Sioux with

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    A-W girls golf takes three

    Posted May 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield girls golf team won three matches last week. On April 29 they faced West Sioux at home winning, 200-207. On May 2 they traveled to Primghar and faced South O’Brien and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn defeating SOS 192-204 and defeating HMS 192-256.

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    A-W boys golf wins two

    Posted May 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield boys golf team won two matches last week and lost one. The boys defeated West Sioux April 29 at home by default shooting a 195 against a two-person West Sioux team. On May 2 they traveled to Primghar and faced South

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    A-W golfers lose to UC

    Posted May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield golf teams both lost to Unity Christian in a conference match April 26 at home. The boys lost 173-192, and the girls lost 188-195. Medalists for the day were both from Unity Christian: Kolin

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    Boys track places sixth

    Posted May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield boys track team competed in the 29th annual Hinton Blackhawks Boys Relays April 18 in Hinton. The team placed sixth overall with 46.5 points out of eight teams. Hinton was first with 172 points.

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    Track teams compete at West Lyon

    Posted May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield track teams competed in the West Lyon Co-Ed Invitational April 23.

    Girls

    Placing first: Shaylee

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    Golf teams defeat Gehlen

    Posted May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield boys and girls golf teams each defeated Gehlen at home April 22. The boys won, 186-193 and the girls won, 205-214. For the girls, medalist was A-W’s Autumn Bundy who shot a 47. Medalist for the boys was Gehlen’s Isaia Lammers

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    Dean’s Dugout: Only a memory now

    Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Dean’s Dugout usually opened in March or at the latest early April.

    Although opening the drive-in restaurant was to be a sign of summer, oftentimes there

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    Letters to editor

    Posted May 7, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Dear Editor,

    May is School Board Recognition Month in Iowa, and the Akron-Westfield Community School District joins public education communities throughout the state to thank and celebrate these ‘Superheroes for Public Education.’ Throughout the month, let’s take

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    Announce engagement

    Posted May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Jason Bumsted and Natalie Brandt of Chamberlain, SD, announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.

    Jason is a 2007 graduate of Akron-Westfield High School. His parents are Karen and Dave

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    Seven achieve state finals

    Posted May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    As of press time Monday, Akron-Westfield had several National History Day projects make the state finals,v but it was still unknown which of Iowa’s projects advanced to the National Finals.

    Akron-Westfield’s state finalists were:

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    Akron Ministerium sponsors concert

    Posted April 30, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    The Akron Ministerial Association is sponsoring a concert by the Blackwood Quartet Sunday, May 5, 10:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church. Everyone is invited. The Blackwood Quartet of Knoxville, TN, is an American southern gospel group in

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    Five generations

    Posted April 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Five generations – seated in front is big brother Bode Phillips behind him is grandma Missy Kruid (l) of Pierson, IA and great-great grandma Lavonne Hook (r) of Hawarden. In back is great grandma

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    Birthday wishes

    Posted April 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Lois (Schneider) Berner will be celebrating her 91st birthday on May 10.

    Lois is a 1946 graduate of Akron High School and former Akron resident, currently residing in Sioux

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    Five generations

    Posted April 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Five generations – great-great grandma Lavonne Hook of Hawarden is holding Grayson Briggs, son of Karley (Kruid) and Andy Briggs of Sioux Falls, SD. At left is grandma Missy Kruid of Pierson, IA. In

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    Do you know these men?

    Posted April 24, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    This photograph was taken circa Fall 1960 during a parade on Reed Street in front of what is now Lazy Lanes Bowl & Grill. The third veteran from the left is the late Ernest Lucken

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