Le Mars Convention Center is only county Primary Election polling site

Posted April 28, 2020 at 4:40 pm

All voting precinct locations in Plymouth County are temporarily being combined to one for the Primary Election, June 2, due to the COVID-19 virus situation.

The Le Mars Convention Center will be the only voting location available for Plymouth County voters on June 2, for the Republican and Democratic Primary Elections. There will NOT be any voting locations open in any other respective towns or rural voting locations in Plymouth County.

The lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center at 301 12th St. SE, will have voting available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

All of the 13 precinct ballots for both the Democratic and Republican party’s will be available to voters who live anywhere in Plymouth County, at the Le

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    Voters encouraged to ‘Vote At Home by Voting By Mail’

    Due to the COVID-19 virus situation, those Plymouth County residents voting in the June 2, 2020 Republican and Democratic Primary Elections are being asked and encouraged to VOTE FROM HOME by VOTING BY MAIL via an absentee ballot, as recommended by the Iowa Secretary of State and by the Plymouth County Auditor/Commissioner of Elections Stacey Feldman.

    Beginning April 23, the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office is accepting absentee ballot request forms for ballots to be mailed to voters. The last day to request an absentee ballot is

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    Iowa schools closed through end of school year

    On Friday, April 17, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education announced all school districts and non-public schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year and will continue to offer continuous learning to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This also includes the cancellation of spring sports activities.

    “While I would like nothing more than to open up our schools and classrooms in May, we have to prioritize the health and safety of Iowans,” said Gov. Reynolds. “With our students at

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    Importance of being counted in U.S. Census

    By Chad Kinsella, Ball State University

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    During this difficult time, many people are looking for ways to help. Perhaps one of these easiest ways to impact our community right now is to complete the 2020 census. A few minutes of your time will ensure that our community receives proper funding from the federal government, that we are represented properly at every level of government, and that research on our community is accurate for the next decade.

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    ISU Extension and Outreach remains committed to serving Iowans

    While many things have changed drastically for Iowans in recent weeks, one thing that has not changed is Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s commitment to “Serving All Iowans.”

    For over 100 years, we have been engaging all Iowans in research, education, and extension experiences to address real-life challenges. We are prioritizing the health and safety of our staff, faculty, and communities and are following public health and Iowa State University guidance.

    While our in-person contact is limited during this

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    NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

    A-W School Board

    The Akron-Westfield School Board of Directors is holding two public hearing Monday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the A-W School Library. Purpose of the hearings is amending the current school budget by changing estimated of expenditures in some areas and the proposed 2020-2021 budget. At the hearing any resident or taxpayer may present objections to, or arguments in favor of, any part of the proposed budget. A copy of the details will be furnished upon request.

    Public Comments

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    Iowa property tax deadline extended to April 30

    Plymouth County Treasurer Shelly Sitzmannr wants the public to know Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a new proclamation that extends the penalty date on property tax payments through April 30 to help give assistance to Iowans dealing with the impact of Covid19’s arrival in our state.

    Payments can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the drop box located inside the lower level entry of the courthouse. Payments can also be made online at www.iowatreasurers.org, or mailed to the courthouse at 215 Fourth

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    A-W offers AWEA 1.4 percent increase

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At a special meeting March 31, the Akron-Westfield school board proposed giving faculty a $370 wage increase.

    This calculates to a 1.4 total salary package increase. The salary package includes FICA, Social Security and insurance premiums — all of which are not part of the allowable bargaining procedures.

    According to A-W Shared Superintendent Randy Collins, the only bargaining item is faculty’s base wage.

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    AWEA presents initial proposal

    by Dodie Hook

    The Akron-Westfield Education Association (AWEA) presented its initial proposal March 17 to the Akron-Westfield School Board as negotiations begin.

    Present were AWEA members Todd Colt, Tracy Frerichs, Ryan Schuknecht, and Lisa Wolthuizen, board members Pam Von Hagel and Cory Tucker, and Superintendent Randy Collins.

    The initial AWEA proposal is for a two-year contract with a total package increase of 4.03 percent per year which includes adjustments to Schedule A, increases to

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    Rexwinkels open new funeral home

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Rexwinkel Funeral Homes owners Dan and Lori Rexwinkel opened their new funeral home at 601 Torbert Blvd. in Akron last week.

    The new 5,400 square feet stick-built building has several advantages over their previous funeral home building which was built in 1915. The new facility is an all-electric facility with LED lighting both interiorly and exteriorly.

    The most significant

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    A-W wrestling statistics

    Posted March 24, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    The Akron-Westfield wrestling team finished its season with a 4-12 team record and had one state qualifier, Logan Smith at 220. Coaches were John Sievert and Chris Utesch.

    Most wins: Logan Smith, 29; Bryce Jurgensen, 22

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    A-W seventh graders place first in volleyball tourney

    Posted March 19, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    The Akron-Westfield seventh grade girls placed first in an AAU volleyball tourney in Ankeny,, Feb. 29. It’s one of the bigger AAU volleyball tournaments in the state with 16 teams competing in the tournament. Most of

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    Tucker signs with Briar Cliff

    Posted March 19, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Akron-Westfield senior Kailee Tucker signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Briar Cliff College, Sioux City. She also signed a letter of intent to sing in the Briar Cliff Music Program. Kailee, daughter

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    Boys win first round playoffs

    Posted February 27, 2020 at 6:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team picked a perfect time for a victory as they handed MMCRU a 73-54 loss in the first round of playoffs at MMCRU Feb. 17. The Westerners had revenge on MMCRU who had beaten them twice during the regular

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    Girls fall in semi-finals

    Posted February 27, 2020 at 6:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield girls basketball team lost to Kingsley-Pierson, 61-54, in the regional semi-finals in Kingsley ending their season with a 17-7 record. Kingsley-Pierson faces Gehlen Catholic in the finals Feb. 26 in Le Mars.

    The girls

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    Smith wrestles at state

    Posted February 27, 2020 at 6:00 am

    To make it to the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines is every high school wrestler’s dream. That dream came true for Akron-Westfield senior Logan Smith who qualified for the state tournament in Class 1A

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    Boys lose two

    Posted February 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team ended their regular season with two losses at home.

    The boys faced Unity Christian Feb. 11 losing, 81-35, and faced Westwood Feb. 14, losing

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    Senior Night

    Posted February 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

    It was senior night so parents and seniors of the basketball teams and dancers were introduced.

    Boys:

    Nathan Varns, Manager, son of Lynette Coons

    Jack Anderson,

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    Coach Harris recognized

    Posted February 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Akron-Westfield Athletic Director Todd Colt (l) recognized retired coach Jon Harris (r) at the Feb. 11 home basketball game. Coach Harris was the high school boys basketball coach for 32 years as an

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    Girls win first round playoffs

    Posted February 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

    At home Feb. 13 in the first round of playoffs, the Akron-Westfield girls defeated Trinity Christian, 59-35, to advance. They faced Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (7-15) Feb. 18 in Akron (after press time).

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    A-W mom starts ‘senior banners’ project

    Posted April 22, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Kerri Edwards, mother of Akron-Westfield senior Raileigh Edwards, found a way for the community to honor the Akron-Westfield Class of 2020 as these seniors’ celebration is hindered by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    She is asking all Akron-Westfield

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    Get up to $100 free with Chamber Bucks

    Posted April 16, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron Area Chamber of Commerce knows local business members are hurting.

    In addition, they know that some of their neighbors have lost their jobs and/or are

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    AKRON MERCYONE CLINIC PATIENTS AND COMMUNITY:

    Posted April 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    The staff and providers at the clinic want to extend a huge thank you to the numerous community members who have provided face masks, cloth masks, gift certificates, lunches, and words of encouragement to our clinic during these uncertain times in our country. Thanks

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    ‘Hearts for Akron’

    Posted April 13, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Take a walk around or drive around Akron and one will see colorful hearts in many windows.

    Becky Meinen, of

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    All-Class Reunion is postponed

    Posted April 9, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    It is with great regret that the 2020 Akron All-Class Reunion Planning Committee feels the need to cancel our event the last weekend of June 26 & 27, 2020 due to the current Coronavirus/COVID-19. Please understand our concern over the heath and safety of

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    Parade of Waves brings sea of joy

    Posted March 24, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    by Dodie Hook

    There were dune buggies, trucks, cars, and vehicles of all kinds which participated in what was dubbed “Parade of Waves” Saturday, March 21 in Akron.

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    Birthday Open House

    Posted March 19, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Betty Bockelman, of Hawarden, will celebrate her 90th Birthday on Tuesday, March 24.

    Her children are hosting an Open House in her honor on Saturday, March 28

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    Look who’s coming…

    Posted March 12, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    As of March 7, the Akron & Akron-Westfield All-Class Reunion Committee reported the following have registered for the banquet on June 27, 2020.

    1945- Bill Enockson of Sioux City (1)

    1945-

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    More register to attend All-Class Reunion

    Posted February 27, 2020 at 6:00 am

    As of Feb. 22, the Akron & Akron-Westfield All-Class Reunion Committee reports the following have registered for the banquet, which will be held June 27.

    The committee’s next meeting is 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3 at

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    NOTICE

    Beginning February 26

    The Akron Hometowner will carry the

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    Police exchange places

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At their Jan. 14 meeting, Akron councilors accepted Police Officer Andrew Hansen’s resignation

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