Green Light a Vet

Posted June 24, 2016 at 8:29 pm

Green Light A Vet is a national campaign to establish visible local and national support for our veterans by changing one light on your porch, in your home, or at your office to a green light bulb and keeping it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans.

As a project of the Sons of the Legion Post 186 in Akron, Wal-Mart in Le Mars has generously donated 25-watt green light bulbs for the citizens of Akron to fulfill the mission of Green Light A Vet. The light bulbs can be picked up at either Security National Bank or Peoples Bank in Akron at no cost.

Additional information on this worthwhile campaign can be found at www.greenlightavet.com.

    Council approves lease for old nursing home building

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron’s old nursing home building at 121 South St. has its first tenant.

    Tambrey and David Groves, of Westfield, will be opening a wellness business in the eastern half of the main floor.

    At their May 24 meeting, Akron councilors unanimously approved a rental lease agreement, subject to approval of the Groves after City Attorney David Stuart finishes “tweaking” it.

    The Groves

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    Union County Fair dates are set

    The 2016 dates for the Union County Fair in Alcester, S.D., have been set for Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31.

    There are a lot of great activities being planned for the whole family along with many 4-H and open class static exhibits to view and 4-H livestock shows to attend.

    We hope to see you at the Union County Fair in Alcester! Watch The Akron Hometowner in the weeks to come for more information on each of

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    What a storm!

    The Akron area was hit by a powerful storm with strong winds June 17 causing much damage especially to trees, including this tree on Second Street in Akron. See storm story and more photos in this week’s Akron Hometowner.

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    Temperatures near 100

    What does one do on a hot day? Jump in the pool! An afternoon at the Akron swimming pool beat the heat of the near 100-degree temperature Friday, June 10. With the heat index, the temperature felt like 100 degrees plus. Three-year-old Jaxtyn Pencook, of Akron, just jumped off the diving board.

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    Wellness center opens in old Care Center building

    By Julie Ann Madden

    First, a hospital; then, a nursing home; and now, a wellness center.

    Originally, the land at 121 South St. — the site of the old hospital/nursing home building — was given to be an Akron city park.

    However, when Akron city officials realized the “old hospital on the hill” was no longer adequate and land was donated for the current Akron City Park,

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    Memorial fundraiser to benefit future A-W students, community

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Todd Huls LOVED football, wrestling and FFA, and being involved with his classmates.

    “He was a textbook country boy,” said his best friend, Jerod Welch. “If you needed help, he’d dive in to help. He’d give you the shirt off his back.”

    “He was an avid outdoorsman, loved to hunt,” he said. “Big-hearted. Strong spirit.”

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    Man charged with murder in Le Mars

    A Le Mars man was arrested and charged with one count of Murder in the First Degree following the death of his sister from a stabbing incident June 11.

    Thomas Allen Bibler, age 33, of 335 4th Street SE Apartment No. 3, in Le Mars, was booked into Plymouth County Jail on charges of one Count of Murder in the First Degree, a Class A Felony and one count of Assault Causing Serious Injury, a Class D Felony. Bibler is being held at the Plymouth County

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    What are rules in Akron for ATVs, golf carts?

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron officials allow people to drive All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and golf carts on city streets but drivers/owners must follow the restrictions.

    Golf Carts

    To operate a golf cart on Akron city streets, the driver must have a valid driver’s license. This means Iowa and South Dakota drivers must be at least 16 years old.

    Golf carts must be equipped with a slow-moving

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    CVA to construct new grain bins in Akron

    By Eden Hemmingsen

    Akron’s current skyline is about to be altered as Central Valley Ag and Landmarc Construction progress further in the construction of a more efficient grain elevator.

    “Basically we were looking at adding some storage,” said Central Valley Ag Grain Operations Manager Stanley Kallhoff. “We wanted to update the facility to get more speed for harvest time.”

    Kallhoff added the new addition will benefit

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    A-W girls hammer Trinity Christian

    Posted June 30, 2016 at 5:00 am

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield girls were on the road to Hull to play the Trinity Christian Tigers on June 22.

    A-W scored a 12-0 white-washing of the Tigers in

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    A-W shuts out Trinity

    Posted June 30, 2016 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield was the visitors at Sargent Field June 22 as Trinity Christian does not have a home field. It did not matter to the Westerners who posted an 8-0 win over the Tigers for

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    Westerners aim for 20-win season

    Posted June 30, 2016 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Twenty wins is now within reach of the Akron-Westfield baseball team.

    The Westerners added another notch on their 2016 resume with the Hinton baseball tournament title, secured

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    No. 500 for Colt!

    Posted June 29, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    By: Hank Krause

    Akron-Westfield Head Softball Coach Todd Colt reached a milestone on June 24 at the Spencer Tourney. Coach Colt notched win number 500.

    All 500 wins came while

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    A-W baseball post-season

    Posted June 24, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    The Iowa High School Athletic Association has announced districts for the Class 1A baseball tournament.

    Akron-Westfield will be in District No. 2. Other teams are: Gehlen Catholic,

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    Hinton hands A-W second straight close loss

    Posted June 24, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    After seeing its eight-game winning streak snapped by Remsen-St. Mary’s in the seventh inning in a 5-4 loss, Hinton was the next War Eagle Conference (WEC) squad challenge for Akron-Westfield.

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    A-W outlasts weather, Wolverines for 13th win

    Posted June 24, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Some unusual circumstances came into play but eventually Akron-Westfield’s baseball team gained its 13th win of the season in a 4-2 War Eagle Conference victory over South O’Brien

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    A-W girls take two from Hinton

    Posted June 24, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    By Hank Krause

    Akron-Westfield softball was on the road to Hinton to face the Blackhawks in a double hitter June 15. Game No. 1 was actually a rain-out makeup and Game No. 2 was a regularly scheduled

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    A-W blasts OABCIG

    Posted June 24, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    By Hank Krause

    In the first game of the Akron-Westfield Invite June 18 the Westerners annihilated the OABCIG Falcons, 18-0. OABCIG consists of the towns of Odebolt, Arthur, Battle Creek and

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    A-W defeats MMCRU

    Posted June 24, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    By Hank Krause

    In the second game of the Akron-Westfield Invite, the A-W Westerners ran by the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen Union ladies with a score of 15-2.

    Bailey Davis gave up three

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    Fireworks stand: a family tradition

    Posted June 30, 2016 at 5:00 am

    By Eden Hemmingson

    Toeing the river between Iowa and South Dakota is a little piece of family tradition. This tradition, named Border Fireworks, coincides with the tradition of our nation’s independence day.

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    Akron Farmer’s Market begins next week

    Posted June 30, 2016 at 5:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    From 5 to 7 p.m. each Wednesday evening, beginning July 6 through Sept. 21, Akron City Park is the place to eat a good meal, find informational displays and/or enjoy entertainment plus it’s

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    Juggling family kicks off Summer Reading Program

    Posted June 29, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Sixth grader Elisabeth “Ellie” Martinsen agreed to participate in a “dangerous” juggling trick at the first day of the Akron Public Library’s “Ready,

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    Parade to open 4th of July in Le Mars

    Posted June 29, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Le Mars will celebrate the Fourth of July with an 11 a.m. parade on Monday, July 4, through downtown, followed by a community luncheon at the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars.

    The American Bank is

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    Hole-in-one!

    Posted June 24, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Richard (Doc) Zortman (r) scored a hole-in-one on Hole No. 6 at the Akron Lions Golf Tournament June 19. Witnesses were Christina Lewison and Karen Taylor-Mortensen. Doc is a regular player at the annual

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    Woof-stock gears up for June 11

    Posted June 8, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    “Woof-stock,” a celebration of kids and dogs, will return for its eighth annual run Saturday, June 11 at the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars.

    A preview of the celebration will begin during a “Puppy

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    Church family hosts benefit Sunday for injured farmer

    Posted June 8, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    It truly is faith, family and farming for St. Joseph’s – Ellendale church members.

    When fellow member, Tim Vondrak, 64, of Hinton, was injured in a farming accident on March 8 of this year, it became

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