Absentee Ballot Information for Plymouth Co.

Posted October 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Absentee ballots for the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election are available as of Sept. 25 in the Auditor’s Office at the Plymouth County Courthouse during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday to vote in person.

Absentee ballots may be cast in the Auditor’s office until Monday, Nov. 3 until 5 p.m.

Absentee ballots to be mailed to voters must be requested in writing. Forms are available at the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office or at www.co.plymouth.ia.us under Online Services and then County Forms.

Absentee ballot request forms can be mailed to the Auditor’s office at 215 Fourth Ave. S.E., Le Mars, IA 51031.

Voters may contact the Auditor’s office and

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    By Julie Ann Madden

    An Akron couple asked the Akron Board of Adjustment for a three-part variance to replace an existing shed with a three-car garage.

    Dave and Nancy Oltrogge made the request for their property at 101 Sargent St.

    Akron City Codes requires structures to have a 5 feet setback from the rear property line, to be no more than 900 square feet in size and take up no more than 30

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    Plymouth County Pheasants Forever to hold Youth Pheasant Hunt

    All children, ages 12 – 15, who have completed the Hunter’s Education Course, are invited to signed for the annual Youth Pheasant Hunt, which will be held Oct. 4 on a private, licensed hunting preserve in Plymouth County.

    Space is limited. To sign up, contact Victoria at vdevos@co.plymouth.ia.us or call 712-947-4270 or go to the Facebook Page: Plymouth Ringnecks.

    There are also dates and times set for Preseason Field Days where youth can take a few practice shots before

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    Yard and Garden: Applying Herbicide and Fighting Fall Weeds

    Fall is the ideal time to prepare a lawn for the months that lie ahead before spring, making sure it emerges healthy and happy.

    Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on how to apply fall herbicide and control fall weeds, with help from ISU Extension horticulturists. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

    When is the best time to apply a broadleaf herbicide to the lawn?

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    Community and Retail Academy to be held in Le Mars

    Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Plymouth County and the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the Community and Retail Academy conference coming to Le Mars Wednesday, Oct. 29.

    Business, industry, and community leaders are invited to learn about ways to create and market business branding, social media marketing, creating livable communities, and learning the customer trends for Northwest Iowa and Plymouth County.

    The Iowa Retail Initiative with Iowa State University will be the “teachers”

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    Real Estate & Mobile home Taxes Are Due

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

    The delinquent date is Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Mail must be postmarked on or before September 30, 2014 to avoid delinquent interest. Send your payment before the last day, as mailing your payment on September 30 does not guarantee a September 30 postmark.

    Delinquent interest of 1.5%

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    Akron Fall Cleanup Days set for Oct. 3 – 5

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Ready to get rid of all that junk you’ve been storing?

    At their Sept. 9 meeting, Akron councilors set the annual Fall Cleanup Days for Oct. 3 – 5.

    Dumpsters will be set up at the Akron swimming pool parking lot, and don’t forget about Akron’s recycling bins at the northern end of Third Street, next to the Akron Paper Barn.


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    A-W Homecoming Week begins Sunday night

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron-Westfield community will conduct its annual Homecoming activities next week, Sept. 21 – 27.

    Homecoming Kick-Off

    The Westfield Council is hosting an Akron-Westfield Homecoming Kick-Off celebration on Sunday, Sept. 21 in Westfield.

    The kick-off party will include a supper, pep rally and bonfire at the Westfield Ball Field.

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    Great Akron Scarecrow Festival & Contest is Saturday

    Heerens bring menagerie of animals

    It’s one of Eldon and Marcene Heeren’s favorite times — providing animals for children’s petting zoos.

    This Saturday, the Akron, S.D., couple are bringing a menagerie to the Great Akron Scarecrow Festival & Contest, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Akron City Park.

    Their pets have been

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    Homecoming Float Contest

    The Akron Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Parade Float Contest during the Akron-Westfield Homecoming celebration, Sept. 26.

    There are two categories: 1) Businesses and 2) Non-Profit Organizations/Individuals. Prizes are $25 Chamber Bucks to the winner of each category. Akron-Westfield’s theme is “Living in the Movie Scene in 2014.”

    For more contest information, contact Chamber President Brad Britton, 568-2304, or for parade information, contact Krista Weiland at 568-2020.

    Westwood outlasts A-W volleyball squad

    Posted September 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

    At the net, Akron-Westfield volleyball players Bailey Davis, left, and Cali Westergard, battle against Westwood while Kortney Hedlund looks on. Westwood won, 3-2, in the non-conference match.

    Young Westerners battle Orange City squads

    Posted September 12, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield Fifth-Sixth Grade running back Jader Briggs heads up-field against Orange City Team No. 2. A-W’s Bryce Stowe scored the first touchdown on a 40-yard run but Orange City won, 52-6.

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    HMS shuts out A-W spikers

    Posted September 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn girls downed Akron-Westfield, 3-0, in a War Eagle Conference volleyball match Sept. 4 in Hartley.

    HMS won 25-10, 25-18 and 25-18 for a 3-2 record overall.

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    Announce engagement

    Posted October 1, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Brad and Chris Harvey of Akron announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelsie Christine Harvey, to Tony Joseph Reuter, both of Edina, Minn. He is the son of Terry and Janeen Reuter of Le Mars.

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    Four generations

    Posted September 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    of Swansons were in attendance at the Sand family reunion in Akron on August 31. They were (left to right:) Lynn Swanson holding Annabelle Lily Swanson, Brendan Swanson and Lee Swanson.


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    Volunteers clean out Paper Barn

    Posted September 18, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Akron Lions Club members and Akron-Westfield High School students load paper recyclables from the Lions Club Paper Barn on to a truck on a chilly morning Sept. 12. Above, Warren Thompson (l) and Mike Hohenstein (r) help load

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    Dimmick: Proud to reach century mark

    Posted September 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Bernie Dimmick enjoyed a good view of the Sept. 1 Big Sioux River Days parade. Dimmick was in a golf cart with a sign “100 years young” on it.

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    Scarecrow Festival is September display

    Posted September 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Friendship and Service Club has decorated the bulletin board for September at the Akron Public Library. This beautiful autumn display features decorations and pictures from past Scarecrow Festivals along with information on the current annual event.

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