‘Ghost Towns of Plymouth County’ set for Jan. 21 in Le Mars

Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:01 pm

The Northwest Iowa Genealogical Society will hold its monthly gathering on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1:30 p.m.

A presentation by Judy Hayworth of Kingsley will follow the business meeting and a light lunch. Titled “Ghost Towns of Plymouth County,” the program will reveal details of interest on the obscured towns of Mammen, Neptune, O’Leary, Quorn and Ruble.

The event, held at the Le Mars Public Library, 46 First St. S.W. is free and open to the public. Those attending should enter at the rear door, as the library closes at 1:00 on Saturday.

Hayworth notes that the post offices in these five towns did not last beyond the early 20th Century. Yet, at one time the municipalities were burgeoning communities, fated by

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    NW Iowa Young Farmers plan Jan. 25 tour, gathering

    The Northwest Iowa Beginning Young Livestock Farmer Group has planned another great educational experience on Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Dakota City, Neb.

    This meeting will feature a tour of Tyson Fresh Meats’ Dakota City Beef Plant and a presentation of “Managing when Margins are Tight” from Gary Wright, ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Business Management Specialist.

    Participants are asked to meet at the Tyson Fresh Meats Dakota City Plant at 8:45 a.m. for the tour. The group will then

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    Crop Advantage Series offers Latest Research, Crop Production Info

    Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will be to Le Mars on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for the 2017 Crop Advantage Series to provide farmers, crop consultants and agribusinesses with current research from Iowa State University and updated management information and recommendations based on current and future crop production issues.

    In addition, the meeting will also offer continuing educations credits for Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) and pesticide safety recertification.

    Content at each meeting is driven by county needs

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    Alzheimer’s Caregiver Group meets Monday in Vermillion

    The Alzheimer & Memory Loss Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the South Dakota Alzheimer’s Association, will meet Monday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Vermillion Public Library in Vermillion, S.D.

    All caregivers of memory loss persons are welcome to attend. Contact persons are Fern Kaufman (605 624-4898) or Marilyn Abraham (605-934 2534).

    Extension Council meets Monday

    The Plymouth County Extension Council will meet Monday, Jan. 23 at 5:45 p.m. at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor.

    The council will hold the re-organizational meeting along with a normal monthly meeting.

    Agenda items include FY2018 work budget, Legislative Day, volunteer training, and swine show.

    This meeting is open to the public.

    Garden Club meets Tuesday

    Floyd Valley Federated Garden Club will meet on Tuesday Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. at LeBloom Flower & Antiques, 18 Central Ave. NW in Le Mars.

    The program will be “Stepping into our Garden & Floral Decorating with Antiques” by Craig Hindt.

    The business meeting will be held at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ Church, 858 Seventh Ave. SE in Le Mars after the program.

    A light supper will be served

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    Taking Akron’s reins is an A-W alum

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It’s been a few months since Akron councilors approved promoting the town’s Water-Wastewater Superintendent Dan Rolfes to be the next city administrator.

    As of Sunday, Dan Rolfes will officially replace retiring City Administrator Gary Horton.

    When asked what goals he has for the Akron community, Rolfes responded in an email:

    “1. Continue the Economic

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    Akron Chamber Banquet to feature the ‘SPA Players’

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Jan. 21 will not only feature local musicians as the entertainment — but one has been inducted into the Iowa Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame twice.

    Amy Harris-Linder was inducted with the Sioux City Rockestra and the Smokin’ Clams bands. She and her husband, Kevin, founded the Birdie & Carol Harris School of Performing Arts.

    At the Chamber banquet, the

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    Akron man assists with rescue of home explosion victim

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It was just a normal wintry day, taking a load of cattle to Omaha, Neb., for an Akron man on Dec. 19 but it turned into a day he won’t soon forget.

    Jake Benton, an Akron-Westfield Class of 2003 alum, stopped his semi tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 75, south of Winnebago, Neb., when he came upon wood debris covering the roadway.

    At first he thought someone had been hauling

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    Rain, wind take its toll on the area

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron and Westfield area residents faced both rain and snow the last couple of weeks in December but causing the most damage were high winds.

    On Dec. 16 – 17, Akron received 2.4 inches of snow, according to Brad Adams, Observing Program Leader of the National Weather Service – Sioux Falls.

    The snowstorm postponed or cancelled many activities in

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    Off-shooting night costs A-W at A-H

    Posted January 17, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield found the “lid” was on the basket at Alcester-Hudson Jan. 12 as the Westerners had a rough shooting night in a 46-37 loss to the host Cubs.

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    A-W girls hold off A-H rally

    Posted January 17, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    The Lady Westerners basketball team’s start to the game at Alcester-Hudson carried them to a 52-39 win Jan. 12 for their 11th win in 13 games.

    The

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    A-W girls pull away from St. Mary’s

    Posted January 17, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    On Jan. 10, a 38-13 run in the middle quarters helped Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team beat Remsen-St. Mary’s, 54-33, the win a key War Eagle Conference contest.

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    WEC co-leader RSM downs Westerners

    Posted January 17, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Class 1A fifth-ranked Remsen-St. Mary’s showed its versatility as the Hawks beat Akron-Westfield in a War Eagle Conference boys’ basketball game, 61-36 on Jan. 10.

    The Hawks

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    A-W: 1-1 duals at Le Mars

    Posted January 10, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield wrestlers split two dual matches at Le Mars Jan. 3 with a win over Sioux City West but a close loss to the home Bulldogs.

    A-W

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    A-W girls return to court with win

    Posted January 10, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    It was six-win Akron-Westfield against five-win Siouxland Community Christian in a girls’ basketball non-conference game to resume the season after holiday break Jan. 2 in Sioux City.

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    A-W girls cruise past Jays

    Posted January 10, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team was hitting on all cylinders on offense as the Lady Westerners set a new season high with 68 points in a 68-31 win over Gehlen Catholic Jan. 3 in a

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    Eagles have no trouble with Westerners

    Posted January 10, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    It took a couple of reschedules for Akron-Westfield and Siouxland Community Christian (SCC) to clash on the hardwood at the Sioux City school Jan. 2.

    A-W wished

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    A-W can’t stay with Jays this time

    Posted January 10, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    A good start but not-so-good finish was the story as Akron-Westfield boys’ basketball team welcomed Gehlen Catholic for a War Eagle Conference clash Jan. 3 and lost, 81-58.

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    A-W wrestler Henrich ranked fifth

    Posted January 5, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Solid progress from many wrestlers is what Akron-Westfield Head Wrestling Coach Dustin Meinen likes best about the first half of the 2016-2017 season.

    A-W competed in the

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    Couple celebrates first anniversary

    Posted January 18, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Bonnie M. Heeren and Matthew J. Seivert were united in marriage Dec. 31, 2015, at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. The New Year’s Eve reception immediately followed at the Hilton Garden Inn

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    Announce engagement

    Posted January 11, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Mrs. Carol Welch, wife of the late Clayton Welch, announces the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Ann Welch to David Robert Hodgson, son of the late Vicki Hodgson and grandson of the late

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    Floyd Valley Federated Garden Club

    Posted January 5, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    If you are interested in learning tips for dividing perennials, trimming shrubs, planting flowers in the shade or in full sun, landscaping, fertilizer, touring gardens, learning the newest varieties of vegetables and flowers, how to pronounce the scientific names for certain flowers –

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    Kass: Electoral meeting went ‘very smooth’

    Posted January 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Don Kass, of Remsen, was one of the six Iowa electors who cast their ballots for President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence at the Iowa Electors’ meeting Dec. 19.

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    NHS members serve Ridgewood guests

    Posted January 5, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Ridgewood Apartments residents were treated to a meal served by Akron-Westfield National Honor Society (NHS) members Dec. 27.

    A total

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    A-W students learn ‘1-Point Perspective’

    Posted December 29, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    To begin a perspective drawing unit, Art I students reviewed 1 point perspective in class by drawing an interior of a room, Akron-Westfield Art Teacher Robin Dirks told The Akron Hometowner. A

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    Yamaha performing jazz artist to perform in Akron

    Posted December 29, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Baritone Saxophonist Adam Schroeder has established his influence as a major voice and force in the global jazz community by becoming the first call for a multitude of musical situations and he is one of

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    Happy 80th Birthday Sam Philips!

    Posted December 28, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Join Sam, Nadine, and family to celebrate his birthday with an Open House

    Saturday, Dec. 31

    10 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Akron Care Center

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