Plymouth County Museum’s ‘Great Garage Sale’ returns

Posted October 14, 2019 at 8:02 pm

This year’s three-day “Great Garage and Bake Sale” sponsored by the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars will open at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Museum’s “Old Central” Gym, and will continue through 8 p.m. Thursday.

Admission is charged for the “Sneak Preview,” with all proceeds going to the Museum.

Both Friday and Saturday will feature free admission. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 19. Saturday’s offerings will be half-price.

All items should be at the Museum as soon as possible. Anyone wishing to make a delivery to the Museum may call 712-546-7002. Nothing will be accepted after Oct. 13.

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    Britton Chiropractic begins 16th Annual Food Drive for Mid-Sioux Opportunity

    “A tradition that is worth every bit of effort required,” Dr. Britton, of Britton Chiropractic & Rehab Clinic in Akron, notes about the 16th Annual Food Drive he is hosting once again for Mid-Sioux Opportunity. This community service provided by Dr. Britton has been instrumental in the success for Mid-Sioux Opportunity and their efforts in the community.

    Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. is a not-for-profit Community Action Agency established in 1965 to fight poverty at a local level by assisting low-income families in Northwest Iowa to become self-sufficient.

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    Akron Chamber members plan SD Highway 48 reopening celebration

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The closure of S.D. Highway 48 and Big Sioux River Road due to flooding has affected businesses tremendously, said Akron Area Chamber of Commerce President Jennie Roed. “I think every single business in this town — big or small — has felt the effects — anywhere from 30 to 40 percent decreases in their revenue.”

    “Small towns are a lot like big cities — a one-stop shop, she said. “You have a farmer who brings their

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    USDA offers farmers chance to stop fighting flooded land

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Iowa area farmers and landowners met with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff to learn about Emergency Watershed Program floodplain easements on Oct. 1 at the Akron Public Library.

    As river flooding has continued with the most recent surge of floodwaters being in September, the (NRCS) officials of Iowa applied for federal disaster funds to purchase floodplain easements.

    They have received $36 million for the Emergency Watershed Program floodplain

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    A-W Homecoming 2019

    The 2019 Akron-Westfield Homecoming Royalty includes (Front Row l-r:) Crown Bearers Ruth Colt and Brody Pick, (Back Row l-r:) McKenna Moats, Hunter Walkingstick, Autumn Bundy, Jack Anderson, First Attendant Melissa Meinen, Queen McKenna Van Eldik, King Daytona Foley, First Attendant Logan Smith, Jaden Harris, Jackson Newton, Raileigh Edwards and Levi Hemmelrick. The purple balloon is for Honorary Homecoming Queen, the late Grace Marie Martinsen, who suddenly passed away in 2018. (See more Homecoming on Pages

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    Akron streets cost taxpayers $336,070 in FY 2019

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At their Sept. 24 meeting, Akron councilors unanimously approved the annual City Street Financial Report, which will be submitted to state officials.

    The City Street Financial Report is completed by City Clerk Melea Nielsen and is a summary of how city officials spent Road Use Tax dollars.

    For Fiscal Year 2019, which ended June 30, the city had an adjusted beginning balance of $76,984 on July 1, 2018.

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    Capital campaign begins for new pool project

    Area children love spending their summer days at the Akron Swimming Pool and hope their communities will support Akron city officials building a new family aquatic center. From left: Coen Rolfes, Peyton Nicholson, Jax Rolfes, Kasey Nielsen, Natalie Nielsen, Bree Rolfes and Paige Nicholson. (See more information and how to donate in the Oct. 2 issue of The Akron Hometowner)

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    By Julie Ann Madden

    South Dakota Highway 48 was ready to be reopened on Thursday, Sept. 19 — a day ahead of when South Dakota Department of Transportation officials had hoped to — but then Mother Nature deluged the area with rains.

    Some cities north and west of Akron received up to several inches of rain. Between Sept. 8 and 12, Sioux Falls, S.D., received more than 14 inches of

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    Iowa DNR releases draft floodplain maps

    Landowners have about 30 days to review and comment on draft floodplain maps showing the flood hazard areas that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has created and released to government officials last week.

    If anyone has made significant grading changes to their land elevations or developed their land with the addition of buildings and other structures, the time is now to inform local floodplain managers of the changes.

    Once the draft floodplain maps are designated as preliminary Floodplain

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    Floodplain Easement meeting in Akron

    In response to flooding in Iowa, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing the availability of $36 million to fund conservation easements on agricultural lands damaged by flooding statewide.

    Funds are available through the floodplain easement component of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP-FPE). NRCS field offices are accepting applications through Oct. 18.

    There will be two meetings on Tuesday, Oct. 1 to provide information to interested landowners.

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    A-W volleyball takes three from Trinity

    Posted October 17, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    The Akron-Westfield volleyball team traveled to Trinity Christian to face the Tigers on their home court Oct. 10. A-W dominated on the court winning 3-0. Game scores: 25-13, 25-15, 25-10.

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    A-W upended by HMS

    Posted October 17, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners traveled to Hartley on Friday, Oct. 11 to play Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.

    The HMS Hawks stopped the Westerners

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    A-W volleyball falls to Gehlen

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    The Akron-Westfield volleyball team faced Gehlen Catholic at home Oct. 1 losing three: 25-27, 21-25, 16-25. According to Coach Robyn Van Eldik, the girls played hard but not quite hard enough.

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    Gehlen Catholic Stops A-W

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    By Hank Krause

    The visiting Le Mars Gehlen Catholic Jays put the hurt on Akron-Westfield as they defeated the Westerners, 35-0.

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    2019 A-W football cheerleaders

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Akron-Westfield football cheerleaders are (Front Row l-r:) Hannah Schwartz, Emma Martinac, Sophie Knuth, Sophie Martinac, (Back Row l-r:) Katana Raub, Hannah Everingham, Nola Schierling and Allysa Frye. Their coach is Katie Muir.

    A-W volleyball goes 3-2 at Alta tournament

    Posted October 2, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    The Akron-Westfield volleyball team participated in the Alta-Aurelia Tournament Sept. 28 coming home with a 3-2 record.

    A-W defeated Graettinger-Terril, 2-0, Remsen St. Mary’s, 2-0, and Storm Lake, 2-0, and lost to Alta-Aurelia, 2-1, and MMCRU

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    Sorry Folks, make that 0-5!!

    Posted October 2, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    By Hank Krause

    The Hinton Blackhawks were the visitors on September 27 and they rudely treated the Westerners to the tune of 40-0.

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    A-W slips to 0-4

    Posted September 26, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners traveled to Onawa on Friday, September 20 to play the Spartans of West Monona. It wasn’t an enjoyable trip as A-W lost

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    A-W volleyball wins West Sioux tournament

    Posted September 26, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    The Akron-Westfield volleyball team won the West Sioux tournament Sept. 21 in Hawarden bringing their record to 10-3-0. The team defeated Rock Valley 2-1 (21-19, 19-21, 15-11), Westwood 2-0 (21-18, 21-18), Woodbury Central 2-0

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    A-W falls to 0-2

    Posted September 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners’ record fell to 0-2 following a 14-6 loss to the Lawton-Bronson Eagles at home Sept. 6.

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    4-H Fall Frenzy Festival set for Oct. 20

    Posted October 17, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Costume & Pumpkin Decorating Contests, a haunted house, games, carnival food, custom T-shirts, a raffle and Dutch Oven cooking presentation.

    All of that is part of an autumn afternoon fundraiser to be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct.

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    Allard welcomes new chiropractic assistant

    Posted October 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Akron Chiropractic Center has a new chiropractic assistant. Marjorie Cobb, of Hawarden, began working with Dr. Timothy Allard on April 1.

    The Kansas City, Mo., native moved to Hawarden

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    Greater Hoyt School Class of 1904

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    (Seated l-r:) Leonard Lamoureux, Race Tremaine, Vera Peterson Hagler, Nap Lamoureux, (Second Row l-r:) Joe Waterbury, Edith Stoutenburg, Iona Koch Daglish, Wilma Raver Boden, Eva Stoutenburg, Dalton Bellwood, Olga Anderson Flowers,

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    Dear editor

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Here’s one way you can help Iowa veterans.

    Many vets suffer from service-related PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD can cause intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings, including flashbacks and nightmares.

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    Protecting Iowa Jobs & Farmers

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Iowa farmers and rural communities are facing another round of uncertainty this fall. Low commodity prices, trade wars, new small refinery exemption (SRE) waivers, and the potential for an early freeze are threatening to put Iowa farmers out of business and thousands of Iowans

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    All Class Meeting

    Posted October 2, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Help plan the best All-Class Reunion yet! The 2020 Akron, Akron-Westfield All-Class Reunion Committee is looking for more people to join them in creating a fun-filled weekend for Raider and Westerner alumni!

    The committee meets at

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