Voter registration information available

Posted October 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm

The General Election is November 4, 2014. The Auditor’s Office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and on Saturday, October 25 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for residents to register to vote.

Registration forms can be obtained in person from the Plymouth County Auditor’s office at 215 4th Ave. SE, Le Mars, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or the Voter registration form can be downloaded at under Online Services and then County Forms and mailed to the Auditor’s office.

If you wish to have a voter registration form mailed to you, please contact the Auditor’s Office or if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office at 712-546-6100. Stacey Feldman is the

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    Westfield drainage work hoped for this fall

    By Steve Peterson

    At their Oct. 14 regular meeting, Plymouth County supervisors met as the Plymouth County Drainage District to discuss work needed after this summer’s flooding.

    Drainage district members agreed to spend approximately $20,000 the Westfield Drainage District has on flood mitigation efforts at a channel that expanded due to the June flood.

    Board Member Jim Henrich explained exact funding is waiting on how much state and federal reimbursement will be coming

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    Gas prices dip below $3-mark

    Gas prices are once again below $3 per gallon. At Casey’s General Store and Mike’s Inc. in Akron Friday, the price was $2.84 per gallon. According to, the last time the average retail gas prices in Iowa were below the three-dollar mark was nearly four years ago. Enjoy it while it lasts because by May 2011, the price had jumped to just shy of $4 per gallon. In the last decade, the lowest gas price was in December 2007 when it

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    Akron mayor will not seek reelection in 2015

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It’s been a long run of municipal leadership for Akron Mayor Harold Higman Jr.

    He’s been mayor since 2000, and he told The Akron Hometowner Friday, “I have one more year to give it heck, then I’m out of here.”

    There are a few projects he hopes to finish before his term ends at the end of 2015. Projects include renovating and expanding Akron’s business district. He hopes to

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    Glass artwork is the featured display at the Akron library

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Many may know Akron’s mayor has artistic talents of woodworking and metalworking but how about his talent of creating glass art?

    “I’ve worked with steel, wood and now glass,” Harold Higman Jr. told The Akron Hometowner.

    “I want to do something different all the time,” he said, explaining that’s why he stayed in the family’s business, Higman Sand & Gravel. “I’ve always been

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    2014 Akron ‘progress’

    Akron city employees are working to pack the lot between Akron Jo’s Cafe and The Akron Hometowner buildings in the 100 block of Reed Street. They are packing the dirt in preparation for construction of a spec building, which will fill the lot. According to city officials, there are several business owners interested in renting space in the building. Half of the building, and possibly more of it, will house Broken Kettle Winery, a new business owned by Mary and John

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    Gregg: Ready to serve as next Attorney General

    By Steve Peterson

    Iowa Attorney General candidate Adam Gregg completed his promise of visiting all 99 Iowa counties, with a month to spare before the Nov. 4 General Election.

    The final county to be heard from was Worth County in northeast Iowa on Oct. 3.

    “It’s an accomplishment and a chance to see the whole state and share with people my views on how to run the

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    Akron still has police coverage

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Talk in downtown Akron last week was Akron Police Chief Kimm Nielsen and Assistant Police Chief Jared Gares were no longer on the force.

    On Friday, Akron Mayor Harold Higman Jr. said that’s not true.

    Nielsen has talked some about retiring, he said, as he’s been on the Akron Police Department since October 1993 and served as police chief since December 1993.

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    Walking Trail enhancements

    These are the improvements landscape architect Jennifer Cross of RDG Planning & Design of Omaha, Neb., proposed to Akron councilors as part of a Community Visioning Committee grant process.

    Currently, Akron’s trails system are not clearly denoted, and nature trails are mowed paths that are not Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.

    “Creating a cohesive recreational trails plan to be developed in multiple phases is a top priority for

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    Akron has urgent need for ambulance volunteers

    By Julie Ann Madden

    When a person dials 9-1-1, he or she is often seeking emergency medical assistance. But what happens if an ambulance doesn’t arrive?

    That is what may happen in the Akron EMS territory if more people don’t step forward. There is an urgent need for drivers, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.

    Training is available, and Akron EMS Director Shelly Stockstad-Erickson is available to help with training. Plus, training costs will

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    EP-J outlasts Lady Westerners

    Posted October 16, 2014 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield hosted Elk Point-Jefferson for a non-conference volleyball match Oct. 11 and sought a three-match win streak.

    The Huskies won, though, 3-1. Set scores were a 25-15

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    NAIA selects Sioux City for softball series host

    Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    The City of Sioux City’s Convention & Tourism Bureau and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) have announced that the NAIA Softball World Series has a new home.

    The City of Sioux City, Iowa, and

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    James gains 4 tackles in Mustangs’ win

    Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Top-ranked Morningside celebrated homecoming with a 68-28 football victory against Midland Oct. 4 at Elwood Olsen Stadium.

    Taylor James, a sophomore from rural Sioux City and an Akron-Westfield High School alumni, had four total tackles. He

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    A-W spikers fall to H-LP

    Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Harris-Lake Park in War Eagle Conference play Sept. 30 in Lake Park. Set scores were 25-20, 25-21 and 25-21 for the Wolves.

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    A-W wins a wild one!

    Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    By: Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners spotted Sioux Central of Albert City, Sioux Rapids, Linn Grove, Rembrandt, Peterson, Greenville, and throw in whoever else, a 14-point lead to start things.

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    What a small world

    Posted October 15, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Sioux City Journal photo by Tim Hynds

    On June 20, this photograph of the Big Sioux River flooding at Akron appeared in the Idaho Statesman newspaper — more than 1,200 miles away! Former

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    Avery Lynn Erbes

    Posted October 15, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Cody Morey and Cody Erbes are proud to announce the arrival of their daughter, Avery Lynn Erbes. Avery was born on Aug. 9, 2014, at Floyd Valley Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces

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    Case Isaac Harris

    Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Nathan and Katie Harris of Akron are happy to announce the birth of a son on Sept. 8, 2014. Case Isaac was born at Sioux Center Health weighing 9 pounds 1 ounce and measuring 22.5 inches long.

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    Announce engagement

    Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Duane and Barbette Grimm of Westfield announce the engagement of their daughter Mandra Lou Grimm, to Jason Scott Kruse. He is the son of Scott and Nancy Kruse of Beresford, SD.

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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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