Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County 2016 grant deadline nears

Posted August 4, 2016 at 5:00 am

Whether it’s granting funds for winter clothing for needy children or school playgrounds and projects; parks, sports complexes and recreational trail improvements; Emergency Services’ equipment; museum preservation or some other worthy cause — the Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County is here to help our communities’ charitable projects and programs contribute to the quality of life in our area.

These grants impact a wide range of needs in our communities, which are Akron, Brunsville, Craig, Hinton, Kingsley, Le Mars, Merrill, Oyens, Remsen, Struble and Westfield.

The Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County is accepting grant applications from March 1 to Aug. 15 with 2016 grants to be awarded in early fall.

Grant funding will not exceed $10,000 per grant.

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    Selling lemonade for a cause

    On Sunday afternoon, (l-r:) Carly West and Lea Van Buskirk were raising money to give to their Akron-Westfield fourth grade teachers. They start fourth grade next week and want to help their teachers out. A large glass of pink lemonade was going for 50 cents.

    Trustees to decide on selling Village Senior Apartments

    By Julie Ann Madden

    What should the business focus of the Akron Care Center be?

    That has been the question the Care Center trustees have been discussing the past few months.

    At their July 19 meeting, Care Center Administrator Alan Bruinsma recommended selling both Senior Village Apartments — the six-plex and eight-plex as they are commonly referred to in the community.

    Having rental apartments has its

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    Selling lemonade for a cause

    On Sunday afternoon, (l-r:) Carly West and Lea Van Buskirk were raising money to give to their Akron-Westfield fourth grade teachers. They start fourth grade next week and want to help their teachers out. A large glass of pink lemonade was going for 50 cents.

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    Akron Golf Course’s BBQ Cook-off winners named

    Winning first place August 6 in the local BBQ cook-off chef competition was Adam Gabel of Akron and his grilling team of Pat Van Wyk of Ireton, and Chris Minor, and Brandon Tentinger, of Akron. They roasted a whole pig and served pulled pork. The Celebrity Chefs judged the Local Chefs’ entries.

    Local chef Russ Hauser, dba as Pig In Heat Smok’n BBQ of Akron was the second place winner with pork loin, ribs

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    Women’s transitional housing center wins grant

    Shesler Hall of Sioux City, which assists homeless women with chronic mental illnesses, was among the 32 agencies which received from Iowa Finance Authority.

    Shesler Hall received $22,500 in IFA fund, part of more than $2,340,974, million in homeless assistance grants to assist agencies with homelessness prevention and assistance in 2017.

    The funding is made available through the Federal Emergency Solutions Grant program, which is administered by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and by IFA in

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    BBQ Cook-Off features both celebrity, local chefs

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It’s not often that celebrity chefs cook in a town of 1,500 or that local chefs compete in such a competition.

    But this Saturday, local chefs Andres Arreola and Franco Arana are hosting their first BBQ Cook-Off at the Akron Golf Course, and the public is invited to enjoy the competition.

    The day begins at 9 a.m. with the Broken Kettle Golf Outing, which is a shotgun start, two-man

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    Akron has new postmaster

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A Homer, Neb., native is now in charge of the Akron Post Office.

    Dan Kelly, now of Hawarden, started as the Akron postmaster on July 7, replacing Craig Bobier who retired.

    Kelly graduated from Homer High School in 1973 and promptly took the U.S. Civil Service Exam, a prerequisite for United States Postal Service employment.

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    Akron council amends FY 2016 Budget

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It was simple end-of-year accounting — amending Akron’s FY 2016 Budget to more accurately reflect revenues collected and expenditures paid.

    “We had higher than expected expenses for Akron EMS (ambulance service), the Norka Drive Street Construction Project, Reed Street Spec Building Construction Project, Old Medical Clinic Renovations and Lift Station Relocation Project,” Akron City Clerk Melea Nielsen told the council. “We had both expenses and revenues higher than budgeted.”


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    Akron man found safe after missing for 17 hours

    By Julie Ann Madden

    An Akron man went missing after leaving his home on an ATV to go shut off a farm irrigation system at about 9:30 p.m., Saturday night.

    According to Plymouth County sheriff’s reports, after family members realized 82-year-old Stuart “Skip” Harris hadn’t been seen since Saturday night, they reported missing at 10:15 a.m., Sunday morning.

    Harris had left his residence at 10785 Diamond Ave.

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    2016 A-W Volleyball Schedule

    Posted August 11, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Akron-Westfield varsity volleyball matches start at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

    Aug. 25: Westwood, home.

    Sept. 6: Unity Christian in Orange City.

    Sept. 8: Remsen-St.

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    2016 A-W football schedule

    Posted August 11, 2016 at 5:00 am

    The 2016 Akron-Westfield varsity football games begin at 7 p.m.:

    Aug. 19: Sports Drink Scrimmage, home.

    Aug: 26: Hinton, away.

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    A-W alums face off in Shrine Bowl

    Posted August 11, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Former Akron-Westfield football Coach Craig Parkinson (c) stands with two of his former A-W players, Brian Wilken (l,) and son, Mike Parkinson (r), at the Shrine Bowl July 23 at the UNI Dome in

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    Rebels fall

    Posted August 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    The Akron Rebels’ season came to an end in the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Tournament district play with a 10-5 loss to Canton July 30 in Lennox, S.D.

    Rebels stay alive in District play with win

    Posted August 3, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron Rebels needed a win to remain in contention in the Lennox Baseball District tournament July 24 and they did just that with a 3-0 win over the home team.

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    Class 1A All-tournament softball team

    Posted July 28, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Class 1A softball All Tournament team members were named following the championship game. They are, from left to right: Katie Johnson of Akron-Westfield;

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    A-W plays for 1A Championship!

    Posted July 28, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerner girls defeated the Newell-Fonda Mustangs, 7-0 in the Class 1A semi-finals on July 21.


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    A-W’s 25-5 record season statistics on offense

    Posted July 28, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Akron-Westfield final baseball statistics from a 25-5 record season in 2016:


    Junior Aaron Allard was 36-for-97 at-bats to lead the team (10 at-bats at least) 28 runs to

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    Beckett Lee & Titan Gray

    Posted August 25, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Collin and Angela Fickbohm of Elk Point, S.D., are proud to announce the birth of twin boys, born July 14, 2016. Beckett Lee was 4 pounds 11 ounces, and Titan Gray was 3 pounds

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    Kots’ to celebrate 50 years

    Posted August 19, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Bud Kots and JoAnn Marshall were married August 12, 1966, in Canton, SD. A celebration Open House will be held in their honor Saturday, August 27, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Akron Golf Club, 941 Country Club Dr., Akron.

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    Celebrates 65 years

    Posted August 17, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Varold and Lois Voss, of Akron, will be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on Aug. 22, 2016.

    Mr. and Mrs. Voss were married at St. John’s Lutheran Church in

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    Wesley UMC receives new pastoral leadership

    Posted August 11, 2016 at 5:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    With the retirement of Rev. Don Nelson from full-time pastoring, Wesley United Methodist Church in Akron has a new pastor.

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    Celebrates 80 years

    Posted August 10, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Alberta Frerichs will be celebrating her 80th birthday Aug. 14, 2016. Help Alberta celebrate by sending birthday wishes to her at 200 19th St. SE Apt. 203, Watertown, S.D. 57201.

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