Letters to editor

Posted April 14, 2017 at 10:04 pm

To the Editor:

News that all three of Akron’s doctors have resigned has left residents of Akron and the surrounding community in a state of shock. Although very little can be said about the reason for their resignations, we do know this: none of them have other jobs waiting and they do not want to leave Akron. When you have a situation like that, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that the problem must be between the doctors and their employer, which is Mercy Medical.

To refresh your memory, here is a little background: Dr. Cindie Wolff began practicing family medicine in Akron in 1991. Her husband, Dr. David Wolff, joined the practice a short time later. As Akron’s medical practice became more and more demanding, the couple decided

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    Neighbors’ yards are not path to ball fields

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Living next to a park or ball field can be an asset but it is also a liability for nearby homeowners.

    That is the message that Charles and Diane Von Hagel of Akron told Akron councilors at their March 28 meeting.

    The Von Hagels’ requested city officials consider installing a 6 feet tall “Cyclone” chain-link fence along the west side of the Lefty Swift and Bob Tucker ball fields.

    Not only children

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    Akron Drainage Ditchto be repaired this summer

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Plymouth County Supervisors unanimously approved repairs to the Akron Drainage Ditch this summer at their March 28 meeting when they convened as the Drainage District Board.

    The good news is it won’t cost Akron residents living in the Akron Drainage District any more than they are currently paying.

    According to Plymouth County Auditor Stacey Feldman, the district’s

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    Six plex sale final

    By Julie Ann Madden

    With the legal changes made so all property issues of the Village South Apartments property were resolved, Akron councilors took the final action to sell its property commonly known as the Six-Plex at their March 28 meeting.

    Councilor Gerry Stowers made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the sale and Councilor Alex Pick seconded it. The vote was unanimous, 4-0 with Councilor Kasey Mitchell absent.

    The new owner is Zabroz of South Dakota LLC.

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    Hawkins elected sheep board president

    Dr. Travis Hawkins, of Akron, was elected as president of the Northwest Iowa Sheep Producers.

    He began his duties of the position at the NWISP annual banquet Jan. 14, 2017, in Le Mars.

    Hawkins and his wife, Kaylene, raise crossbred commercial sheep on their farm south of Akron.

    The Northwest Iowa Sheep Producers meet quarterly at various locations throughout the region in addition to educational seminars or field trips during the year.

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    Akron firefighters battle structure fire

    At about 4:30 p.m. on a windy Wednesday, March 22, Akron firefighters were called to the Dennis and Diane Smith farm at 18387 K-13 in rural Akron. A 20-year-old large machine shed was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, said Akron Fire Chief Shane Coyle. The machine shed and its contents were a total loss. The cause was a nearby burn barrel. Firefighters were on the scene more than five hours and were assisted by the Hawarden Fire Department. (Above) Firefighters also dealt with burning

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    Akron firefighters battle structure fire

    At about 4:30 p.m. on a windy Wednesday, March 22, Akron firefighters were called to the Dennis and Diane Smith farm at 18387 K-13 in rural Akron. A 20-year-old large machine shed was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, said Akron Fire Chief Shane Coyle. The machine shed and its contents were a total loss. The cause was a nearby burn barrel. Firefighters were on the scene more than five hours and were assisted by the Hawarden Fire Department. (Above) Firefighters also dealt with burning

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    ‘Easter is Jesus’ story time set for Saturday, April 15

    New Horizons United Church of Christ hosted its monthly Community Story Time with the theme, “What’s Inside This Machine?” The children were fascinated with what was inside printers and a copy machine relic! Pastor Steve Jewett and other adults enjoyed assisting and observing the children’s faces as they explored! An electric Stir Crazy popper with its visible workings intrigued the children! Viewing the popping was almost better than eating the popcorn! Eyes and mouths with exclamations were wide open! On April 15, same day as the

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    Council extends Jacobson’s lease

    With a year in the former Akron medical clinic building, Akron councilors unanimously approved extending its lease to Clayton Jacobson for Jacobson Auto Parts.

    At their March 14 meeting. Councilor Jenell Lanning made the motion to extend the lease with the new monthly rental fee of $350 per month and Councilor Alex Pick seconded it. The vote was 4-0 with Councilor Kasey Mitchell absent.

    In other business, the Council:

    • Unanimously approved

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    Westfield native’s film chosen for Film Festival

    Westfield native Hunter Armstrong’s film was among the films chosen to be screened at The University of Northwestern-St. Paul’s annual Five16 Film Festival. The festival has become a community event that features and celebrates the short films produced by the university’s students and takes place on April 10. Armstrong (far right) shot a scene featuring two UNW students (l-r:) Sam Gustafson and John Thannum.

    A-W girls defeat UC at golf meet

    Posted April 14, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    The Akron-Westfield girls golf team defeated Unity Christian, 190-207, April 3 in Orange City in a conference meet.

    Top golfer for A-W and placing first overall at the meet was Bailey Davis who shot a 42.

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    A-W boys golf falls to UC

    Posted April 14, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    The Akron-Westfield boys golf team lost to Unity Christian, 167-191, April 3 in a conference meet.

    Top scorer for the Westerners was Daniel Martinsen shooting a 44 and placing fourth overall. Other scores and places were:

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    Lady Westerners place second at MMC

    Posted April 14, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron-Westfield track team brought home seven first places from the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn track meet April 3 in Marcus.

    Lady Westerners

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    Bowling Tournament held at Akron Lanes

    Posted April 7, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    The Akron Men’s Bowling Association held the 56th annual City Tournament Feb. 7 thru Feb. 23 at the Akron Lanes. Entries included nine teams, 31 doubles, and 33 singles. Twenty-three bowlers competed in All Events. Cashing in each event was:

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    A-W tracksters bring home three firsts

    Posted April 7, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    On March 25, the Akron-Westfield Track Team competed in the Sioux City West Coed Meet, bringing home several top placings.

    Schools competing in this meet were

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    Tindall receives scholarship

    Posted March 31, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee member Kevin Eekhoff (l) presented Akron-Westfield senior Danika Tindall with a $500 Ag Division scholarship. The presentation was made during the Chamber’s annual Ag Luncheon March 21.

    A-W has 17 golfers

    Posted March 31, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The first golf meet for Akron-Westfield golfers is Monday, April 3.

    Head Coach is Todd Colt and Assistant Coach is Jon Harris.

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    A-W track teams open season

    Posted March 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Akron-Westfield boys’ and girls’ track teams opened the season with the non-scoring War Eagle Conference indoor meet at Dordt College in Sioux Center March 13 against nine other conference schools: Gehlen Catholic, Harris-Lake Park, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Hinton, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen Union, Remsen-St. Mary’s, Trinity Christian, Unity

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    True Mayflowers

    Posted April 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    It’s true — April showers bring May flowers! Thanks to Steve Welch for sharing these with us at The Akron Hometowner from a field near Westfield. Something we didn’t know existed – Mayflowers!

    What’s going on?

    Posted April 19, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    By Becky Borchers

    I have taken the “Keep Akron’s Doctors” petition to the Care Center and found that the residents, their families, friends and staff were happy to sign. But all asked the same question, “What’s going

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    Celebrating 90th

    Posted April 14, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Oris Edsel Holden—local, retired farmer is turning 90!

    A loving husband to Orma May Strong for over 60 years and devoted father of four daughters (10

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    Dueling Pianos nets $6,700 for pool

    Posted April 7, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    From A’s Enterprises’ All-U-Can-Eat Mexican Buffet to the Dueling Pianos and door prizes, it was a great evening of entertainment and a great way to raise funds for the new Akron Swimming Pool Project.

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    Dakota Kids 4-H’ers celebrate National Ag Week

    Posted March 31, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    The Dakota Kids 4-H club met on Sunday, March 12, 2017. They talked about National Ag week and Ag Day.

    They made posters for various business to promote Agriculture. Ag Day is a day to recognize

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    Cattlemen enjoy steak, song

    Posted March 31, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    On March 18, local cattle producers celebrated at the annual banquet of the Plymouth County Cattlemen’s Association. Entertainment for the evening was musician Brian Detmers.

    Akron officials ‘March for Meals’

    Posted March 31, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The saying, “raining like cats and dogs” was sure appropriate March 23 when Akron Mayor Sharon Frerichs and volunteer Nadine Philips headed

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    Tindall receives scholarship

    Posted March 31, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee member Kevin Eekhoff (l) presented Akron-Westfield senior Danika Tindall with a $500 Ag Division scholarship. The presentation was made during the Chamber’s annual Ag Luncheon March 21.

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News Archived

    Real Estate taxes due

    Plymouth County Treasurer, Shelly Sitzmann, reminds property owners that the second-half real estate and mobile home taxes are now due and can be

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    Garden Club meets March 14

    Floyd Valley Federated Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian-UCC Church, 858 7th Ave. SE, Le

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