BPI’s trial will cost county thousands

Posted July 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

Editor’s Note: The actual Union County court case is Freezing Machines Inc., Beef Products Inc. and BPI Technology Inc. vs. Kit Foshee, American Broadcasting Companies Inc., ABC News Inc., Diane Sawyer, Jim Avila, David Kerley, Gerald Zirnstein and Carl Custer.

Union County residents may end up with a third courtroom in their county courthouse due to a large jury trial next summer.

And it may be a permanent courtroom if judges and court officials have their way — at the county’s expense.

Converting the courthouse’s basement Community Room into a courtroom is estimated to cost about $100,000 — but that is just a guess.

At their

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    Blood donors needed to supply local hospitals

    One in seven people admitted to the hospital will need a blood transfusion, and there’s only one way to ensure that blood is on the shelf.

    Since blood cannot be manufactured in a lab, local hospital patients are counting on eligible blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give blood at a LifeServe Blood Center mobile blood drive or donor center this summer. LifeServe Blood Center is the sole provider of blood products to more than 120 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

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    Union County Historical Society is planning ‘Country School Reunion’

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A Country School Reunion.

    That is the vision of the Union County Historical Society, and members are busy planning the “country school day” for Saturday, Sept. 10.

    It may include a typical country school itinerary — a flag raising ceremony, lunch, recess with games, school songs — and of course, teachers speaking, and students recalling memories.

    “We envision it as something that starts out small and grows annually,” said one Historical Society

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    Living 4-H motto as an adult

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Graduating from high school was easy when compared to leaving a 4-H club and not creating exhibits for the annual county fair.

    For the past three years, Shelby Puhl, daughter of Mark and Kelly Puhl of Le Mars, has found a way to still be involved in the local 4-H & Youth Program and continue living the 4-H motto: Make The Best Better.

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    Tornberg seeks seat for District 16 State House

    Ann Tornberg, of rural Beresford, S.D., recently announced her candidacy for the State House representing District 16. She is a retired teacher, family farm owner, and legislative aide who served in Pierre each day of the past four legislative sessions.

    Tornberg states: “I believe we need transparency, accountability, and balance in state government. South Dakota is one of only 10 states which allow gubernatorial appointment after a legislator resigns. In the last 2016 Legislature, two of our three District

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    Audubon Society members help Bluebirds

    Recently the Loess Hills Audubon Society received a donation of several "Roger Tory Peterson" style bluebird boxes and some additional box material.

    Bill Zales, Audubon Society Conservation Chairman, finished construction of more boxes and suggested that a Bluebird trail be established at Heendah Hills State Preserve north of Stone State Park in Plymouth County. Zales; his wife, Dotty; and Tyler Flammang installed 12 boxes at Heendah Hills.

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    Wednesday’s Farmer’s Market is ‘Senior Night’ in Akron

    This Wednesday, (July 13) those attending the Akron Farmer’s Market are in for a real treat.

    The theme is “Seniors Night,” and in addition to several organizations having informational booths about their local services for seniors, there will be musical entertainment by Allyn Anderson of Le Mars and a fundraising supper cooked by the Akron Care Center staff.

    But the real treat will be the

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    Legion Auxiliary presents flag to Akron Care Center

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Flying a United States flag has special meaning for many Americans on July 4, United States’ Independence Day.

    For some its meaning is deep in their soul no matter what day it is.

    That’s how it is for World War II veteran Earl Oetken, of Akron, who resides at the Akron

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    Colt reflects on keys to success at 500th win

    By Steve Peterson

    When Akron-Westfield shutout Cherokee Washington, 9-0 at Spencer’s tournament June 24, Head Coach Todd Colt reached the milestone of 500 wins.

    Just 67 coaches in Iowa have reached 500 or more wins. Of those, A-W has the highest winning percent with 90 percent under Colt’s coaching years at A-W.

    A few days later, just as a ninth grade softball game was about

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    Fire temporarily closes Akron Children’s Center

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It’s deja vu for some of the Akron Children’s Center staff this week.

    After a fire closed the current center at 270 N. Fourth St. last Tuesday, June 21, the daycare reopened on Monday at Wesley United Methodist Church.

    Three staff members — Director Deb Kroksh, Three-Year-Old Preschool Teacher Chris Lewison and Infant Caregiver Claudia Rasmussen — began

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    2016 Akron Rebels

    Posted July 22, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    The 2016 Akron Rebels baseball team (Front Row l-r:) Levi Keleher, Adam Loutsch, Chad Brown, Scott Jacobs, Brett Stolpe, Tanner Bundy, (Back Row l-r:) Manager Paul Martin, Jeff Verzal, Jeff Gacke, Eric Blake, Cory Eskra and

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    District final proves unkind to A-W

    Posted July 22, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    In the end as the sun set Saturday, Akron-Westfield’s hopes for a first sub-state baseball spot were dashed by an unstoppable team on an 18-game winning

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    Westerners beat UC, 2-0

    Posted July 14, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    by Steve Peterson

    Austin Allard struck out 14 batters and allowed just one hit and one walk as he led Akron-Westfield to a 2-0 win over Unity Christian, of Orange City, on July 1 in the regular

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    A-W nine keeps momentum going — tops H-LP

    Posted July 14, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield set a school record for wins with a 6-0 War Eagle Conference win at Harris-Lake Park June 27.

    The 19 wins topped 18 victories gained in

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    Scouting West Harrison

    Posted July 14, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    by Steve Peterson

    A look at Akron-Westfield’s quarterfinal round opponent at the Class 1A State Tournament in Fort Dodge, West Harrison, at 11:30 a.m., Monday, July 18. A-W is 33-2 record.

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    A-W set send-off for softball team

    Posted July 14, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Akron-Westfield will host a send-off for the softball team to the Class 1A State Tournament at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 17.

    The Lady Westerners , 32-2 record, will play West Harrison (18-12 record) in the quarterfinal

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    A-W has fun with home run at SOS

    Posted July 13, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield staged its own version of Home Run Derby as the Westerners hit three four-baggers in a 21-2 romp over South O’Brien July 5 in Paullina.

    A-W,

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    Open House for Eastons’ 60th

    Posted July 22, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    The family of Jim and Lorna Easton, of Hawarden, invites you to join them in celebrating Jim and Lorna’s 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 30, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Oak Grove Lodge in Oak Grove Park, 4051 Cherry Ave., Hawarden.

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    Elvera Wilken turns 102!!!

    Posted July 22, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Elvera Wilken, formerly of Akron, will be celebrating her 102nd birthday on July 24.

    Please send Elvera your well wishes at the Alcester Care and Rehabilitation Center, 101 Church

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    Game Show Party for teens

    Posted July 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Join host Denny Ray Burn for fun, games and prizes. Game shows were at the start of television and have never gone away.  Join the “live studio audience” for all the excitement of knowledge, skill

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    50th Anniversary

    Posted July 13, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Gene and Bonnie Waag will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on July 15.

    Gene and Bonnie (Ryan) Waag were married July 15, 1966, at the Catholic Church in

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    United in Marriage

    Posted July 7, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Leo E. Ridgway and Eda Ruth Schmidt were united in marriage in Omaha, Neb., on June 17, 2016. Judge Lamberty officiated the ceremony. Witnesses were Chris Verhage, daughter of the groom, and Chris’ husband Kendell Verhage of

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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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