Neunaber is found competent to stand trial

Posted January 21, 2016 at 6:00 am

On Jan. 15, a Plymouth County murder suspect was determined to be competent to stand trial for killing his mother in 2014.

Plymouth County District Court Judge Steven J. Andreasen ordered that Jonathan Donald Neunaber, 45, of Akron, is competent to stand trial.

Neunaber is accused of killing his mother, Esther Grace Neunaber, 80, in June 2014. He has been held in the Plymouth County Jail since he was caught in LaCrosse, Wis., the night of July 10, 2014. On July 9, the bodies of his mother and father, Donald John Neunaber, 83, were found in the family home. Donald’s death was determined to be natural causes while Esther’s was blunt force trauma. Jonathan is charged with murder in the first degree. He had lived with his parents.

    Women’s friendship group meets Wednesdays

    Area women are invited to join other women for fellowship and fun from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday, beginning Feb. 10 at First Baptist Church, 300 Country Club Lane in Akron.

    Local artist Vivian Miller is hosting this friendship group.

    All ages of women are encouraged to bring sewing and crafts, games, coloring books and colors, and more.

    It’ll be a time to enjoy some “girl” friendships, said Miller.

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    Legislative forum this Saturday in Akron

    Iowa State Senator Bill Anderson (R-Pierson) and State Rep. Charles Holz (R-Le Mars) will host a legislative forum in Akron on Saturday, Feb. 6. It will begin at 12:15 p.m. at Akron Jo’s Cafe. There will be an update on the legislative session and constituents can share their concerns.

    Morningside awards degrees

    Forty-six Morningside College students graduated with bachelor’s degrees and an additional 40 students graduated with master of Arts in Teaching degrees in December.

    Tanner Bundy of Akron graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design.

    Garden Club meets Feb. 9

    The Floyd Valley Federated Garden Club will be holding their next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Le Mars at 7:00 p.m.

    The program, “Pests in the Garden and Growing Degree Days,” will be presented by ISU Extension guest speaker Joel De Jong.

    Hosts for the February meeting are Frank and Ruth Postma and Carol Kroksh. Roll call will be taken with naming the most annoying pest in your garden.

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    Holz takes Iowa House seat to represent District 5

    By Steve Peterson

    Charles Holz, of Le Mars, is beginning his first term as Iowa House of Representatives member from District No. 5 as the legislative session begins in Des Moines this week.

    Holz was elected by Plymouth and Woodbury County voters on Nov. 3. He succeeds Chuck Soderberg, who moved from Le Mars.

    “Becoming a state representative for District No. 5 has been a very

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    Local Performing Arts School hosts first ever production in February

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Their first production is not only to honor her mother and grandmother but a time to celebrate her mother’s birth date.

    My mother, Carol Jean (Boe) Harris played the organ at Immanuel Lutheran Church and taught piano lessons to children and adults for many years, said Amy Harris-Linder of Akron.

    “I have no idea how many people she taught,” said Amy as she and her husband, Kevin Linder, prepare

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    Every A-W Large Group Speech contestant advances to state!

    The Akron-Westfield Large Group Speech Team is off to the State Contest after Saturday’s District Contest results were announced.

    A-W Varsity had nine groups compete and the Junior Varsity, which are freshmen students, had two groups participate.

    Varsity groups brought home six Superior “I” ratings, sending those groups to the state competition.

    Both Junior Varsity groups received “I” ratings and are going to the state competition.

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    Young farmers invited to Consumer Engagement Training

    The Northwest Iowa Young Farmer group with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be gathering on Tuesday, Feb. 23, starting at 2:00 p.m. in Orange City at the Sioux County Extension Office to learn more about consumer messaging and media coaching through Consumer Engagement Training.

    The program will feature Iowa Farm Bureau‘s media and messaging expects including Laurie Johns, Public Relations Manager. This training will be covering consumer public relations in the agriculture industry, social media, and hands on interviewing skills.

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    Heifer Development Clinic set for Feb. 2

    A Heifer Development Clinic will be offered to cow-calf producers and agri-business professionals at seven locations across Iowa.

    The Northwest Iowa Clinic will be Feb. 2 at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Cherokee.

    “Now, more than ever, longevity will be the key to profitability when it comes to replacements that entered the herd over the past two years,” said Patrick Gunn, ISU Extension and Outreach beef cow-calf specialist. “Replacements purchased at record high prices in early 2015 may

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    Jackson earns fifth place for A-W

    Posted February 5, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Montana Jackson’s fifth place finish was Akron-Westfield’s lone place winner at the two-day Herb Irgens Invitational concluded Jan. 23 at Odebolt-Arthur-Battle Creek-Ida Grove in Ida Grove.

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    A-W girls gain No. 11

    Posted February 5, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team improved to 11-7 record with a 40-34 win at Harris-Lake Park in a War Eagle Conference game Jan. 29 in Lake Park.

    Ann

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    A-W will face RSM for region game

    Posted February 5, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team will face Remsen-St. Mary’s at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11 in Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Class 1A Region No. 1 post-season basketball action.

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    Lady Westerners gain 11th victory

    Posted February 4, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team improved to 11-7 record with a 40-34 win at Harris-Lake Park in a War Eagle Conference game Jan. 29 in Lake Park.

    Ann

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    KC’s top free-throw finishers

    Posted February 1, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Akron-Westfield students, ages 10 – 14, were eligible to compete in the Knights of Columbus Free-Throw Shooting Contest Jan. 21. Winners include (Front Row l-r:) Lauryn Saathoff, age 10 first place; Alexa Swoyer, age 11 second

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    Morningside awards degrees

    Posted February 5, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Forty-six Morningside College students graduated with bachelor’s degrees and an additional 40 students graduated with master of Arts in Teaching degrees in December.

    Tanner Bundy of Akron graduated with his

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    Celebrates 85 years

    Posted February 4, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Nelda Hultgren will celebrate her 85th birthday on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Send your birthday greetings to 47953 309th St., Akron, IA 51001.

    Celebrates 101 years

    Posted February 4, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    On Jan. 3, 2016, Dorothy Dirks, former longtime Akron resident, celebrated her 101st Birthday.

    Her daughter Jackene planned a joyous and fun lunch for her at home with family

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    Gavin Lucas Heath

    Posted February 4, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Brent and Stacy Heath, of North Sioux City, S.D., are proud to announce the birth of their son, Gavin Lucas, born on Jan. 19, 2016. Gavin weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 20 inches long.

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    Announce Engagement

    Posted January 28, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    The families of Molly Lauer and Shaun Ruhland are pleased to announce the engagement of their children. Parents are Bill and Donna Lauer of Hartington, Neb. and Jerry and Wendi Ruhland of Hawarden,

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    Isabelle Grace Tonkin

    Posted January 28, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Riley and Kathleen Tonkin of Lincoln, Neb., are proud to announce the adoption of Isabelle Grace, born Jan. 8, 2016, in the state of Iowa. Isabelle weighed 7 pounds 1 ounce and was 19 ¼ inches

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