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Lefty Swift’s new playground equipment arrives

Posted April 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

It’s here! And if children only knew it was arriving on one of the coldest, wettest days of Spring 2014, they would have been singing, “Rain, Rain, go away. Johnny (and Janey) want to play!”

On April 3, as rain began turning to snow, truck drivers Scott and Teresa Crowe of Greatwide Logistics of Webb City, Mo., arrived with the equipment.

City workers unloaded the equipment, which filled about one-third of the couple’s semi trailer.

At 8 a.m., Saturday, May 3, a playground manufacturer’s representative will help local volunteers assemble the playground at Lefty Swift Ball Field.

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    Supervisors approve LOST grants

    By Steve Peterson

    At the Plymouth County supervisors’ April 1 meeting, Plymouth County Local Option Sales Tax Advisory Board chairperson Mary Reynolds presented the 2014-2015 grant award recommendations.

    Supervisors approved the (LOST) grant list by a 4-0 vote. Supervisor Jack Guenthner was absent.

    A total of $100,000 was available in the county budget for the LOST Advisory Board to reivew. They had received $204,901 in requests.

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    Valley Ag Supply opens Spink fertilizer blending plant

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “We’re super excited today,” said Valley Ag Supply Inc. co-owner Tara Pirak. “We started right out of college into the business and in 14 years to have one let alone two fertilizer plants is incredible. It’s an incredible day.”

    On April 8, Tara and her husband, Greg, held an open house at their brand new Spink, S.D., facility, which officially opened their

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    Seven file for Plymouth County ballot spots

    By Steve Peterson Seven candidates have filed ballot petitions for the June 3 primary for Plymouth County offices.

    According to the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office, they are as follows:

    • District No. 4 Supervisor: incumbent Craig Anderson, Republican from Merrill;

    • District No. 3 Supervisor: incumbent Don Kass, Republican from Remsen, • District No. 1 Supervisor candidates: Harold Hadden, Republican; and John Meis,

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    Alzheimer’s & Memory Loss Caregiver support group meets April 28

    The Alzheimer & Memory Loss Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the South Dakota Alzheimer’s Association, will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, April 28 in the Vermillion Public Library, Vermillion, S.D.

    Caregivers of memory loss persons are welcome to attend. Contact persons: Fern Kaufman, 605-624-4898, and Marilyn Abraham, 605-934-2534.

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    Blown from here to there

    It was no April Fool’s Day joke the day Old Man Winter moved the Lefty Swift Ball Field’s bleachers about 3 feet — until the front bottom metal step and foot board was kinked against the memorial concrete marker (noted by line where leaves now lay). On Tuesday, Akron city workers moved the bleachers back to their original location (shown above) and installed anchors into the concrete to keep them in place. This is the first time ever the bleachers have been moved by

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    Easter Basket Hunt coming soon

    Akron’s annual Easter Basket Hunt sponsored by the Akron Area Chamber of Commerce is Saturday, April 19, 9:30-11 a.m., rain or shine. Start at Security National Bank to pick up your numbers and meet the Easter Bunny. This event is for children up to age 10.

    See more information in next week’s Akron Hometowner.

    A-W administrators get 4.15 percent raise

    By Steve Peterson

    At a special meeting March 31, the Akron-Westfield School Board approved by unanimous votes contracts for Grades 7-12 Principal Derek Briggs; Grades Preschool-6 Principal Cathy Bobier and Business Manager Jodi Ryan.

    The three administrators will each receive a 4.15 percent pay increase for 2014-2015.

    For Briggs: his base salary will be $84,520 with a total of $98,533.20 plus $20,504 in insurance. The total district cost is of

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    Akron receives grant to help fund street lighting upgrade

    Heartland Consumers Power District recently awarded the city of Akron, IA an energy efficiency grant to offset the cost of installing new street lights throughout town. The city will be replacing eleven high pressure sodium fixtures with LEDs, with plans to upgrade a portion of the lights each year until all street lights are converted.

    The city is expecting to see energy savings of approximately 3,600 kilowatt hours per year with the new lights, equating to $330 in cost savings. In addition, the city will

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    Akron councilors adopt Revolving Loan Fund plan

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Need some financial assistance to start a business in Akron?

    Then get in line.

    At their March 11 meeting, Akron councilors unanimously approved a resolution about several documents for their Revolving Loan Fund plan with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development grant.

    The first project that will receive the city’s Revolving Loan Fund dollars is the

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    A-W track season began

    Posted April 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Cody Bosse competes for the Westerners in the 4 x 200-Meter Relay at the War Eagle Conference meet March 17 at Dordt College. A-W is scheduled to compete in the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn meet in Marcus to begin the outdoor season

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    NWC’s Small earns honor

    Posted March 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced March 17 that 243 women’s basketball student-athletes across the nation have been named 2013-2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.

    Northwestern College seniors Mackenzie Small of Hinton, Samantha Kleinsasser

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    90th birthday

    Posted April 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Maxine Anderson’s family invites her friends and the community to come celebrate 90 years of life.

    An open house will be held Sunday, April 27 from 2:00 – 4:00

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    Akron Lions present 2014 awards

    Posted April 8, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Rodney Anderson of Akron, S.D., received the “Country Citizen of the Year” Award from Akron Lions Club members Angela Ericson (l) and Bob Watson (r).

    Akron Lions present 2014 awards

    Posted April 8, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Akron Lions Club members Angela Ericson (l) and Bob Watson (r) present Kelly and Denise Beitelspacher, of Akron, with the “Town Citizens of the Year” Award.

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