Winter manure application rules kick in Sunday, Dec. 21

Posted December 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Animal producers with totally roofed (confinement) facilities face limits on applying liquid manure starting Dec. 21 if the ground is snow-covered.

The state rules kick in then, because runoff and nutrient loss after winter manure application is more likely when manure can’t be injected into the soil or incorporated into a field.

Starting Dec. 21, liquid manure cannot be applied on snow-covered ground. These limits affect confinement facilities with liquid manure that have 500 or more animal units. Generally, 500 animal units is 1,250 finishing hogs; 5,000 nursery pigs; 500 steers, immature dairy cows or other cattle; or 357 mature dairy cows.

Except in emergencies, the law limits liquid manure application from Dec. 21 to April 1 if the ground is snow-covered

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    Foundation of Greater Plymouth County awards 2014 grants to organizations

    The Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County has ended its 2014 grant-making session with the distribution of funds to 27 area organizations in Plymouth County.

    This year the Foundation awarded a total of $143,000.

    Under terms of legislation, these funds must be granted to charitable organizations for educational, civic and public purposes in Plymouth County.

    This year’s recipients are as follows:


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    Santa Claus visits Akron Library

    Santa and Mrs. Claus listened as youngsters told them their Christmas wishes early at Akron Public Library Dec. 6 and 7. Santa Claus arrived courtesy of the Akron EMS ambulance. (Above) Khallie, l, and Kenna Willms, tell Santa and Mrs. Claus their wishes for the big day. The youngsters are ages 6 and 2. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be back this weekend, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Akron Public Library.

    Yankton boaters beware

    On Nov. 14, a single adult zebra mussel was discovered at the Midway boat ramp on Lewis and Clark Lake near Yankton, S.D. As a result of the discovery, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has classified the lake as “suspect” for contamination by zebra mussels.

    “Inspections of 11 boat docks and shorelines yielded no additional zebra mussels in or near the lake,” stated John Lott, GFP chief administrator of aquatic resources. “The hulls of some boats being stored for the winter were also

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    Akron Area Community Christmas Program is set for Sunday night, Dec. 7

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron has had a Community Christmas Program to usher in the Christmas Spirit since 1970, and it will be this coming Sunday.

    The 44th annual Akron Area Community Christmas Program begins at 7 p.m., Dec. 7 at Trinity Lutheran Church, which is located at 220 Hardy St.

    An offering will be taken and donated to the Akron Ministerial Association.

    The Akron Ministerial

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    Karpen gets first-ever flu shot

    By Julie Ann Madden

    He’s been hounded. He’s been teased. And every year his response was the same.

    No. I don’t get flu shots. Period. The end. Go away.

    So what a surprise it was when Union County Commission Chairperson Doyle Karpen told Community Health Nurse Lisa McInerney if she could raise $200 for the county’s Backpack Food Program, he’d get a flu shot.

    Those of

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    Akron firefighters battle car fire

    Akron firefighters started the month with an early morning fire call. At 7:36 a.m., the firefighters were dispatched to Valley Ag Supply, located just west of Spink, S.D., at 47261 S.D. Hwy 48. An employee’s car was on fire in the business’ parking lot. According to another employee, the man had car trouble on the way into work but the car had run just fine after that. A passersby had alerted employees to the fire. The employee, whose car

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    Be safe this Thanksgiving Holiday by buckling up!

    The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) and the law enforcement officers across our state wish everyone a safe Thanksgiving holiday.

    To ensure safety, please take the time to buckle up, slow down and drive defensively in your travels around the state.

    Those who choose to not buckle up or drive aggressively have a higher chance of being stopped by law enforcement.

    The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau,

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    Falcons’ comeback shocks A-W

    Posted December 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux junior Isaac Topete made a half-court basket to close the first half, and Porter Hummel and Kedzen Blankenship completed the Falcons’ rally in a 62-60 win over Akron-Westfield Dec. 9.

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    A-W girls gain first win

    Posted December 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team repeated the same score in consecutive games, 50-31, with a win at Trinity Christian Dec. 4 but a loss to Remsen Union at home

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    Maddox James Curran

    Posted December 17, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Kinsley Curran, age 5 1/2, and twins Bristol and Dexter Curran, age 3, are excited to announce the birth of their new brother, Maddox James Curran. Maddox joins the Jenny and Randy Curran family of

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    Books to build things

    Posted December 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Earlier this year, the Akron librarians raised funds for a decorative bike rack. Harold Higman Jr. constructed it and it sets on the east side of the outdoor Readers Garden. When Akron

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    Holiday Happenings

    Posted December 10, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Thurs., Dec. 11: Akron-Westfield Grades 9-12 Christmas Concert, 7:30 p.m., A-W School

    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 13 – 14: Santa and Mrs. Claus, Akron Library Meeting Room,

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