Big Sioux waters damage River’s Bend Wildlife Area lake

Posted August 20, 2014 at 8:33 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

Plymouth County’s newest lake at the River’s Bend Wildlife Area already has a fish problem.

With the June record-level flooding of the Big Sioux River, flood waters crossed 180th Street, flowing into the new lake.

The good news was that county conservationists had the opportunity to learn what issues, if any, were there including how the lake’s berm would hold up in such flooding.

The areas, including the berm, “all constructed by Higman Sand & Gravel held up pretty well,” said Plymouth County Conservation Executive Director Nick Beeck at their July 10 meeting, which was held at the site.

“Water came in from the north,”

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    Portland Township has 3 new trustees

    By Steve Peterson

    Plymouth County supervisors unanimously appointed Portland Township trustees at their Aug. 12 meeting.

    Portland Township incudes the City of Akron and the Riverside Cemetery.

    Newly-appointed trustees, nominated by Supervisor Jim Henrich, are City Park Caretaker Robert Frerichs of Akron; Jason Rolfes of rural Akron and Jason Combs of Akron.

    A clerk still needs to be appointed in the near future.

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    Commercial Manure Applicators Training scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 26

    Commercial manure applicators who have not fulfilled their 2014 manure applicator certification training requirements can attend the three hours of annual continuing instruction required to maintain their manure applicator certification on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m.

    There is no fee to attend the workshop, but commercial applicators must register by calling the Plymouth County ISU Extension and Outreach Office at 712-546-7835.

    Commercial manure applicators who have already completed training for 2014 are not required to attend.

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    Councilors approve Akron Senior Center food service contract

    By Julie Ann Madden

    After a council’s committee discussed issues with Connections Area Agency on Aging, Akron councilors unanimously approved a one-year Elderly Nutrition Project contract with the agency.

    At their July 22 meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Frerichs told fellow councilors Barbara Johnson and Denise Loutsch-Beitelspacher that the agency will be making some changes to the food service they provide to area elderly at the Akron Senior Center.

    Connections will continue to

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    Westergard represents Plymouth County at Iowa State Fair

    Akron-Westfield student and Plymouth County Fair Queen Cali Westergard, 17, of Ireton, is introduced during the Iowa State Fair Queen Coronation Ceremony on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 9. Cali follows in the tradition of her sisters who have participated in the State Fair Queen contest: Cayla (2004), first runner-up; Carissa (2007); and Caine (2009), queen. Elizabeth Glover, Clay County, was named the 2014 Iowa State Fair Queen, Megan Andersen, Grundy County, was named first runner-up, Amber Neisius,

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    Neunaber’s murder case moves to next court step

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A preliminary hearing, which had been set for Aug. 11, was cancelled in the case regarding the murder of Esther Grace Neunaber, 80, of rural Akron.

    Her son, Jonathan, who has been charged with Class A felony murder in the first degree, was to appear in court but a district court judge ruled the hearing was not necessary and set an arraignment hearing for 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 18 at the Plymouth County Courthouse in Le

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    Tractor Ride to make Akron stop Aug. 16

    By Julie Ann Madden

    When going just 15 mph, one sees more of the countryside.

    Plus, when one’s driving a tractor, one not only sees more of the scenery but hears the sounds traveling along rural roads.

    “You sit up higher on a tractor and you’re not doing 60 or 70 mph so you see more of the scenery than you can

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    Akron man charged with murdering his mother

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Plymouth County law enforcement authorities believe an Akron woman was killed by her son.

    On July 31, Jonathan Donald Neunaber, 44, was charged with Class A felony murder in the first degree in connection with the homicide of his mother, Esther Grace Neunaber, age 80.

    The bodies of Esther and her husband, Donald John Neunaber, 83, were found the evening of July 9 in their home at 17279 180th

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    Iowa Highway 12 reduced to one lane

    The Big Sioux River has eroded into the west shoulder of Iowa Highway 12, just north of the entrance into Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Iowa Department of Transportation officials have closed the roadway to just one lane of traffic with a traffic signal at each end.

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    Local 4-H’ers attend annual Iowa 4-H Youth Conference

    Eight hundred high school students from every corner of Iowa attended this year’s conference, June 23-26 at Iowa State University.

    “The conference gives these youth the opportunity to meet new friends, find new opportunities, and learn about the community and themselves in the process,” said Brenda Allen, conference coordinator and 4-H youth program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

    The conference included workshops, keynote sessions with motivational

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    Rebels bow out to Expos

    Posted August 20, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    The Wynot Expos broke open a close game with six runs in their final two at-bats to pull away from the Akron Rebels, 7-0, and end the Rebels’ season at the South Dakota State

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    Colt: IGCA Coach of Year

    Posted August 7, 2014 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield Head Softball Coach Todd Colt won Coach of the Year honors in Class 1A from the Iowa Girls Coaches Association.

    Colt won the honor for the

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    Hole-in-one!

    Posted August 7, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Dave Dirks (r) receives a golden putter from Peoples Bank President Mike Hohenstein for hitting a hole-in-one July 31 at the Akron Golf Course. Dirks hit his hole-in-one on Hole No. 8 using an

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    Rebels learn tournament draw

    Posted August 7, 2014 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    The Akron Rebels will open play in the Class B South Dakota Amateur State Baseball Tournament at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug 7 against Milbank in Mitchell, S.D.

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    3 A-W alumni on Morningside football squad

    Posted August 6, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Morningside College’s football team is preparing for its season opener, at Valley City, N.D., against Valley City State, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6.

    The Mustangs have three Akron-Westfield Community School alumni on their roster: senior

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    Colt wins District Coach of Year

    Posted July 31, 2014 at 5:00 am

    The Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) has released the 2014 All-District Softball Teams.

    Akron-Westfield Head Softball Coach Todd Colt gained District Coach of the Year honors in Class 1A Northwest for leading the Lady Westerners to

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    Bernie Dimmick turns 100!

    Posted August 20, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    A birthday celebration is being planned for Bernie Dimmick, who will be turning 100 years old this month. An Open House will be held on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the United

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    Football players’ car washing day

    Posted August 20, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    by Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield junior Spenser Wardrip shows off his skills as a car washer at the football team’s car wash fundraiser Aug. 16 at Total Motors.

    Mauer Edward Niederbaumer

    Posted August 7, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Matt and Cindy Niederbaumer of Huron, S.D., announce the arrival of their son Mauer Edward. Mauer arrived on July 17, 2014 weighing 8 pounds 15 ounces and was 20½ inches long. He is welcomed by his

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    Elsie Mae Less

    Posted August 7, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Mitch and Liz Less of Akron are happy to announce the arrival of their daughter, Elsie Mae. Elsie was born at 8:27 p.m. on July 7, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. She weighed

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    A-W FFA seeks new members

    Posted August 7, 2014 at 5:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    As the song goes, “Make new friends but keep the old…one is silver and the other gold.”

    The Akron-Westfield FFA is doing just that at 5

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