Community Thanksgiving service planned

Posted November 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm

The Akron Ministerial Association is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Eve worship service to be held at Wesley United Methodist, 330 Main Street, Akron at 7:00 p.m. November 26. There will be special music and a time of fellowship following the service. An offering will be received to support the ministries of the Ministerial Association, and a non-perishable food offering will be received to support the Akron Food Pantry.

Some of the ministries that are supported are the Akron Backpack Program, transient assistance, and the Akron Food Pantry.

    Mayor, police chief warn citizens of increased traffic enforcement

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “How many of you have drivers licenses?” Akron Interim Police Chief Kimm Nielsen asked Akron-Westfield students Monday morning.

    Almost all students raised their hands.

    “How many of you want to keep them?” he asked next.

    But it’s not only Akron-Westfield students who need to listen up, Akron police will be issuing more traffic tickets, giving less warnings, said Akron Mayor Harold Higman

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    Neunaber’s trial date to be changed

    On Monday, an Akron murder suspect’s pretrial conference and trial date were changed.

    Jonathan Donald Neunaber, 44 of Akron, who has been charged with the murder of his mother, was scheduled to have his trial begin on Dec. 9.

    Now, the pretrial conference has been rescheduled to 9:15 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 8 at the Plymouth County Courthouse. As of press time Monday, a new trial date had not been determined. The parties involved were to confer and agree

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    Creating a musical in just one week

    By Julie Ann Madden

    On Monday, take two musical directors with one “Robin Hood” playbook, add 60 children and by Saturday, debut one full-scale musical.

    That’s the miracle happening this week at the Akron Opera House.

    Missoula Children’s Theatre directors Jeremy Cunningham and his wife, Jennifer Wills, are producing this miracle.

    Cunningham earned his bachelor of arts degree from Concordia

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    Ebola: Precautionary measures taken to assure Iowans’ health, safety

    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is updating the numbers of travelers who are currently being monitored for Ebola.

    As of Nov. 6, 13 travelers, who were in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea in the last 21 days, are now in Iowa.

    Twelve had low risk of having been exposed to Ebola in those countries, so they are being allowed to resume normal activities; however, IDPH has ordered them to self-monitor, meaning they

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    Emerald Ash Borer is coming

    Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Iowa.

    The most recent infestation was documented in August 2014 in Story County. Story County is the 13th confirmed infestation in the state. The Emerald Ash Borer is expected to keep spreading through-out the State of Iowa.

    Are communities prepared for this disease or any other potential diseases of the future?

    “The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is perhaps one of the most destructive tree

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    And the walls come tumbling down

    On Nov. 6 Akron city crews, with the help of Jim Abbott, tore down the burnt house at 500 S. Eighth St., which is owned by Bobie Themm. Akron city officials had used their newly-enacted ordinance on dangerous buildings to demolish the home as well as remove trees and outbuildings. A suspicious fire had destroyed this vacant house in the early morning hours of July 10, just three days after city officials had red-tagged it.

    Information sought on hit and run

    The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking information on a hit and run accident from Oct. 15.

    Anyone who might have been in the area of County Roads C-38 and K-64 around 7:30 a.m. that morning and saw Mr. Benjamin Schroeder operating his red Farmall tractor is asked to call the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office at 712-546-8191.

    It was initially believed that the vehicle that struck Schroeder may have been red. However, it is very possible that the

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    Local Legionnaires to celebrate Veterans Day

    Nov. 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars,” according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs.

    In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. Its original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11 a.m.

    In 1938, Armistice Day was made a legal holiday,

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    Halloween Night in Akron

    Downtown Akron was the place to be Halloween Night as many braved the cold temps for the annual Chamber of Commerce Parade.

    Second graders Witch (Allie Swoyer,) Wizard of Oz’ Dorothy & Toto (Josie Jacobs and Buster) and Gypsy (Laney Schuknecht) enjoy hot chocolate as they collect candy.

    Wilken, Mustangs head to title game

    Posted November 19, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Newell-Fonda, led by Akron-Westfield alum Head Coach Brian Wilken, advanced to the 8-man championship game with a 40-18 win against H-L-V Victor (with Hartwick, Ladora and Victor students) Nov. 13 in Cedar Falls.

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    A-W youth wrestlers report

    Posted November 11, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Akron-Westfield youth wrestlers are put through the paces during their first practice of the season Nov. 4 at A-W’s wrestling room. About 30 grapplers reported. Coaches are former Westerner wrestlers Marshall Koethe, John Sievert, Tyler Schneider and David

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    Wilken leads Mustangs back to UNI-Dome

    Posted November 11, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Newell-Fonda, coached by Akron-Westfield alum Brian Wilken, rallied for a 37-36 win against Don Bosco Gilbertville in Eight-Man Quarterfinal playoff game Nov. 7.

    The Mustangs. 9-3 record, advanced to play H-L-V Victor (with Hartwick, Ladora and

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    2014 A-W season recap

    Posted November 7, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield football team’s scores for 2014 regular season were:

    Aug. 29: Hinton, lost, 40-0.

    Sept. 5: Westwood, lost, 34-6.

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    A-W drops playoff game

    Posted November 7, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners had to travel to Moville to tangle with the Wildcats of Woodbury Central on Wednesday, Oct. 29.


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    Akron-Westfield football statistics

    Posted October 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Akron-Westfield statistics after nine regular season football games, 4-5 record, 4-3 district before a playoff game at Woodbury Central:

    For passing, Cal Eskra was 152 completions in 286 attempts, 53.1 percent, for 1,982 yards, 13.0 yards

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    Two from A-W make All-WEC volleyball

    Posted October 30, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Akron-Westfield’s All-War Eagle Conference volleyball team representatives are senior Kortney Hedlund (l), Second Team and sophomore Ann Hedlund (r), Honorable Mention. A-W had a 5-6 WEC record and 8-17 overall.

    Children’s theatre draws large crowd

    Posted November 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Fifty-six Akron area children participated in the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Robin Hood,” sponsored by Peoples Bank and GFWC Friendship and Service Club. Two performances were presented on Saturday, Nov. 15 to

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    A-W Music Boosters

    Posted November 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Akron-Westfield is already through the first quarter of the 2014-2015 school year, and one high school vocal concert has been held. There are many more upcoming elementary, middle school, and high school music performances to be listened to.

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    Couple celebrates 60 years

    Posted October 30, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    A. Earl and Dee Hilliker, of Akron, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. with an Open House at the Akron Golf Course Clubhouse. They

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    Card Shower

    Posted October 30, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    The family of Jean Carlson requests that her friends help them in celebrating her birthday during the week of Nov. 3 – 7. Jean would be happy to receive phone calls or cards sent to P.O.

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