Grants and Low Interest Loans available to assist low and moderate income homeowners with home repairs

Posted March 17, 2017 at 7:12 pm

The Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund, Inc. (NWIRHTF) announces the release of $291,718 from the State Housing Trust Fund. The money was released from the Iowa Finance Authority who administers the State Housing Trust Fund. This financial assistance along with $54,698 in matching funds from the participating counties will allow the NWIRHTF to provide financial assistance to low to moderate income homeowners in making the necessary repairs to their homes. The financial assistance will be in the form of both grants and low interest loans.

NWIRHTF is a non-profit housing organization that promotes the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Buena Vista, Emmet, Lyon, Osceola, O’Brien and Sioux counties. Financial assistance is limited to only households at or below 80 percent of the area median income and at least 30% of the funding will

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    Akron lowers its tax rate for FY 2018

    By Julie Ann Madden

    For the first time in more than a decade, Akron has a lower tax rate.

    “We dropped our tax rate almost 2 percent,” Akron City Administrator Dan Rolfes told councilors at their Feb. 28 meeting.

    In looking at the county’s FY 2017 Tax Rolls, Akron had the highest tax rate of all Plymouth County cities.

    “That was something we wanted to address,”

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    Learn to Managing Your Property for Wildlife

    Whether you own 1 acre or 1,000 acres, actions you take on your land can have an important impact on wildlife that rely on our privately own lands to thrive.

    ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County will be holding an informational meeting on how to manage your property for wildlife on Thursday, March 23rd, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Le Mars.

    Adam Janke, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Wildlife Specialist, will be conducting the meeting. He will discuss

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    Real Estate taxes due

    Plymouth County Treasurer, Shelly Sitzmann, reminds property owners that the second-half real estate and mobile home taxes are now due and can be paid in the office, online, or through the mail. Taxes are delinquent April 1, 2017.

    Mail must be postmarked on or before March 31st to avoid delinquent interest.

    Send your payment before the last day, as mailing your payment on March 31 does not guarantee a March 31 postmark.


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    Council passes driveway easement despite some residents’ displeasure

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Editor’s Note: Because much of this 70-minute discussion was contentious, this discussion is summarized with few actual quotes.

    Residents shared their concerns about a driveway easement near their homes as well as their displeasure with city officials’ lack of communication and transparency at the Akron Council’s Feb. 28 meeting.

    Mitch and Traci DeRocher, of Akron, are planning to build a new home, complete with inground pool and storage shed/shop, just

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    Garden Club meets March 14

    Floyd Valley Federated Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian-UCC Church, 858 7th Ave. SE, Le Mars.

    Program will be ‘What’s New in Gardening’ by Mother Natures Greenhouse. Roll Call will be the most spectacular garden you have toured.

    Visitors are welcome to attend!

    Foot Care Clinic is March 13

    Nathanael Parish Health Ministry is offering foot care at Nathanael Lutheran Church on Monday, March 13.

    Anyone needing foot care is welcome to come.

    Professional screening, assessment, education, and foot care treatment will be provided by Faith Kinkner, RN, who is trained and certified in foot care.

    Treatment includes toenails clipped and filed, electric grinding of thick nails, corns; and calluses buffed, plus blood pressure. The cost is $25.

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    At the Capitol – Week of Feb. 27 – March 3, 2017 Tough Session by Randy Feenstra

    In early January the legislature cut $118 million out the on-going 2017 budget. It has been noted that this may not be a big enough cut and the legislature may need to cut more this year. The Revenue Estimating Committee meets on March 14, and they will tell the state how much more needs to be cut to keep the state budget balanced.

    Being a legislator over 9 years I have now been part of two big budget cuts. As legislators we must learn from history and

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    Applications now being taken for Head Start

    The Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc., Head Start is presently recruiting children for the 2017-2018 school year. Head Start is a free preschool program for 3 & 4 year old children.

    Head Start centers are located in Akron, Cherokee, Le Mars, Orange City, Rock Valley, Rock Rappids, Sioux Center and a Child Development Center (CDC) in Hawarden. Home-based opportunities are available for children in Ida County as well.

    Head Start Helps provide children with educational activities that help them grow mentally,

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    Care Center achieves highest rating: five stars

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “We are among the best facilities in the state!” current Akron Care Center Inc. Administrator Alan Bruinsma told The Akron Hometowner Monday.

    “Akron Care Center rates as a ‘5’ out of 5-Star facilities on the CMS Nursing Home Compare,” he said, adding the local nursing home had moved up from a 4-Stars rating in February.

    In addition, the Akron Care Center has a state-inspection “survey” history of being a

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    Akron Lanes holds Masters Tournament

    Posted March 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Placing in the Akron Lanes Masters Tournament are, from left, Tara Koele, John Martin, Ryann Greenleaf and champion Randy Frerichs. Not pictured Jesse Heeren.

    A-W track teams open season

    Posted March 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Akron-Westfield boys’ and girls’ track teams opened the season with the non-scoring War Eagle Conference indoor meet at Dordt College in Sioux Center March 13 against nine other conference schools: Gehlen Catholic, Harris-Lake Park, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Hinton, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen Union, Remsen-St. Mary’s, Trinity Christian, Unity

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    Four A-W shooters advance to regionals

    Posted March 17, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Four A-W students advanced to the Regional Free Throw Contest that was held on Feb. 26 at Remsen-St. Mary’s School. The students and their placings were (l-r) Tatum Wilken, fourth grade, second place; Allie

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    Hedlund chosen for All-Star game

    Posted March 17, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    The Dordt College Defender Gold Club is hosting its annual high school basketball all-star games on Saturday, March 18 at the De Witt Gym on Dordt College’s campus. The event is again sponsored by American State Bank.

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    Farewell to A-W notebook

    Posted March 9, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    The good news, Cubbie got a ticket for the “Ring Game” now April 12 at Wrigley Field.

    The bad news, it looks like he won’t be here

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    A-W’s memorable season comes up short in state bid

    Posted March 2, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Thanks for the memories.

    Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team’s efforts led them to a 19-5 record for 2016-2017 season, including a third-place in the War Eagle Conference, a

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    Lady Westerners: One win away from state

    Posted February 23, 2017 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    For the first time in 11 seasons the Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team has gained a chance to go to the Class 1A Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union (IGHSAU) State Tournament.

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    Jackson gains win at state Berg, Martinsen go 0-2

    Posted February 23, 2017 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield seniors Sebastian Berg, Daniel Martinsen and Montana Jackson all made it to the State Individual Wrestling Tournament to cap their careers but Jackson gained the only win.

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    Holy Heartbreak – Panthers stun Westerners

    Posted February 23, 2017 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Some 48 hours after Valentine’s Day was celebrated the Akron-Westfield boys’ basketball team had a heartbreaker to end its season.

    The Westerners fought hard for 32 minutes

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    Tindall has 3-1 record so far for NWC softball

    Posted February 22, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Kayla Tindall pitched a complete-game three-hitter to lead Northwestern College to a 2-0 win in Game One of a doubleheader Feb. 17 in Hillsboro, Kan.

    The Red Raiders picked up the sweep with a 6-4 win

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    Blood Drive April 7

    Posted March 22, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    The Akron Community Blood Drive sponsored by Akron City Hall is Friday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Security National Bank Community Room, 251 Reed St.

    Please bring a valid form of identification such

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    Baked potatoes & pie

    Posted March 17, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    New Horizons United Church of Christ members hosted their annual Irish Potato Bake. People enjoyed loaded baked potatoes and a variety of pies. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Akron firefighters

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    Lordy Lordy Look who’s 40

    Posted March 17, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Happy Birthday


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    Blair Priscilla Staniszewski

    Posted March 9, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Neil and Erin Staniszewski of Brookings, S.D., are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Blair Priscilla Staniszewski. Blair was born at Brookings Health System on Jan. 5, 2017. She weighed 10 pounds 3

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    Celebrates 99th

    Posted March 9, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Berniece Breitbarth of Le Mars, Iowa, will celebrate her 99th birthday on March 12 with a card shower. Birthday wishes may be sent to her at 420 12th Street, Apt. 4, Le Mars, IA 51031.

    Happy 50th Jeff Toben March 5

    Posted March 2, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    We love you!


    Kyler, Sadie, Sarah

    Promoting pork with crown, sash

    Posted February 23, 2017 at 6:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    She’s never kissed a pig nor slept with her own pigs.

    She’s not fond of chocolate with bacon

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