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Akron propane business opens

Posted May 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

As of Friday, Mike’s Inc.’s new propane sales and service is up and operating.

“We’re open for business,” said owner Mike Caskey, who has been in the fuel business for 35 years.

His new venture includes selling propane and servicing propane tanks.

People can lease or buy propane tanks for their business and residential properties as well as have propane delivered.

Mike’s Inc. offers customers Budget Plans for making payments.

During the month of June, people can also contract their fuel price for their propane needs through

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    Woofstock rescheduled to October 3

    “Woof-stock,” originally scheduled for June 6 at the Plymouth County Historical Museum, has been pushed back to Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Museum’s “Old Central” Gym.

    Recently, the “Woof-stock” Committee had announced a change in date to late September due to the threat of dog flu in the area, but the committee changed the date one more time because of a conflict with a major canine event in the area.

    “We know that fall is a very busy time,

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    ‘Lunch on the Farm’ tour set for Saturday, June 6

    With the growing interest in local foods, visiting with local farmers out on their farm has become a popular idea.

    Join Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach on Saturday, June 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch and a tour of Gerber Berries near Larchwood, owned and operated by Monte and Karla Gerber.

    While looking for ways to diversify and expand their farming operation, Monte and Karla discovered that strawberries were a good fit, and also

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    Farmland survey shows values declining

    The Iowa Farm and Land Chapter No. 2 Realtors Land Institute has released the results of its March 2015 Iowa Land Trends and Values Survey.

    The REALTORS® Land Institute is an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS® and is organized for realtors who engage in land specialties such as agribusiness, appraisal, consulting, land auctions and land management. All participants in the survey deal almost exclusively with farmland.

    Participants were asked to estimate average values of farmland as of

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    Loess Hills Prairie Seminar set for May 29 – 31

    The public is invited to attend any or all sessions or programs at the 39th annual Loess Hills Prairie Seminar.

    The weekend event begins in Onawa at 6:00 on Friday evening, May 29, and ends northeast of Onawa at noon on Sunday, May 31.

    Sponsored by Northwest Area Education Agency, it brings together dozens of facilitators and scores of participants of all ages, with diverse interests that relate to natural and cultural history of the Loess Hills and prairie.

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    Area law enforcement agencies to participate in May 18 – 31 sTEP Wave

    Crash data shows that passenger vehicle occupants are buckling up more during the day than at nighttime.

    This mobilization across Iowa and the entire United States is created to heighten seat belt enforcement 24-7, but focused enforcement efforts will take place between the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. due to the significant number of violators and fatal crashes during this time.

    Over the last 10 years, Iowa has averaged 5.3 traffic fatalities during the three-day Memorial

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    A-W has one teacher retiring

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “I want to figure out what I want to do when I grow up,” is on the top of Akron-Westfield Second Grade Teacher Kathy Serck’s retirement list.

    Originally, she decided to retire to spend time taking care of her parents and mother-in-law. However, her own medical issues ended her 19-year career last month.

    “You find out life is too short, and that was part of what impacted my decision

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    Union County Historical Society hosts Memorial Day celebration

    On Monday, May 25, the Union County Historical Society will host a Memorial Day celebration at the Union County Museum located at 707 W. Main St. in Elk Point, SD.

    The main feature will be the South Dakota’s Fallen Hero’s traveling display.

    A patriotic program will begin at noon with Joy Hemmingson as vocalist, followed by a Civil War presentation by Phillip Peterson.

    The museum will be open during this event from

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    Summer Garden Webinar Series offered at Extension Office in Le Mars

    Gardeners have the opportunity this summer to learn about theme gardens, planting trough gardens, water features and conservation, attracting butterflies and bees, and growing herbs. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach “Growing Season” webinar series will be offered at multiple locations across Iowa during June, July and August.

    • Monday, June 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Design from Yard to Trough, with Iowa State University Department of Horticulture lecturer Lisa Orgler and Fayette County Master Gardener Gary Whittenbaugh. Participants will learn how to add spark to landscape

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    Central Valley Ag shares success with patrons

    Central Valley Ag (CVA) distributed a total of $17.3 million to its member-owners in the form of equity redemptons and dividends this past year. Central Valley Ag Cooperative strongly believes in the principles of the cooperative system, which includes sharing the success of the company with their patrons.

    “We are excited to deliver on the promise of the value of a cooperative system by returning cash to our member-owners,” said Carl Dickinson, CVA Chief Executive Officer.

    Ending the year

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    Golfers named All-Conference

    Posted May 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

    For All-War Eagle Conference golf accolades, Tavian Banks was named to the All-Conference First Team; and Jacob Neubrand and Kevin Carlson were selected for All-Conference Second Team.

    Ann Hedlund and Bailey Davis were named to the

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    A-W advances to second round of sectional

    Posted May 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Akron-Westfield girls golf team moved on to the second round of sectional play by winning their own event May 18 at Akron Golf Course.

    A-W turned in a combined score of 415 to top the next

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    A-W girls track gives awards

    Posted May 18, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Awards presented at the annual Akron-Westfield Athletic Banquet for girls track included:

    • Most Improved: Jessica Hansen and Trisha Frerichs.

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    A-W football squad had a memorable 2014

    Posted May 18, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield Head Football Coach Eric Walkingstick recapped the 2014 season at the May 6 A-W Athletic Banquet.

    A-W posted a 4-6 record and made the Class A

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    A-W boys’ tracksters tackle weather, foes

    Posted May 18, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    by Steve Peterson

    Two first-place finishes and one season’s best were highlights for Akron-Westfield boys’ track team which fought competition and tough conditions May 11 at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in Marcus.


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    2015 A-W boys’ golf team

    Posted May 14, 2015 at 5:00 am

    The 2015 Akron-Westfield boys’ golf team includes (First Row l-r:) Nick Schnell, Tyler Waterbury, Kevin Carlson, Jacob Neubrand, Tavian Banks, Cal Eskra, Jared Black, (Middle Row l-r:) Skyler Briggs, Max Anderson, Charlie Anderson, AJ Nemesio, Conner Anderson, Head

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    2015 A-W girls’ golf team

    Posted May 14, 2015 at 5:00 am

    The 2015 Akron-Westfield Girls’ Golf Team members are (l-r:) Rose Witt, Bailey Davis, Ryleigh Schnell, Kortney Hedlund, Ann Hedlund and Head Coach Todd Colt.

    Tindall gains 2 seconds

    Posted May 14, 2015 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ track and field squad is gearing up for the Class 1A State Qualifying Meet, slated for 4 p.m., Thursday, May 14 at West Sioux, where tracksters will be seeking state meet spots.

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    Couple celebrates Golden Anniversary

    Posted May 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Martin L. and Jo Ann Toben of Westfield will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary with a family gathering. Martin married the former Jo Ann Powell of Sioux City, Iowa May 21, 1965

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    All Class Reunion update

    Posted May 19, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    The following alumni have made reservations to attend the Akron All Class Reunion banquet and meal on June 27, 2015. With spouses included there are more than 130 registered at this point. Please be sure to get your reservations sent in by June

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    Local publisher elected INF president

    Posted May 14, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Dodie Hook, Publisher/Owner of The Akron Hometowner, has been elected president of the Iowa Newspaper Foundation (INF) headquartered in Des Moines.

    Hook’s first official duty came at the 2015 Iowa

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    Macy Fayth

    Posted May 14, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Jeff and Heather (Borchers) Morehead are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Macy Fayth Morehead. Macy was born on April 1, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. She weighed 7 pounds

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    80th birthday

    Posted May 12, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Eugene “Rover” Brewer, of Westfield, will celebrate his 80th birthday with an Open House hosted by his children. The Open House will be held 2 – 4 p.m.,

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    Akron & A-W All-Class Reunion News

    Posted May 7, 2015 at 5:00 am

    The following alumni have made reservations to attend the Akron All-Class Reunion Banquet on June 27. With spouses included, there are more than 80 registered as of April 27.

    Please be sure to get your reservations

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    Class Parties

    Posted May 7, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Here is the list of individual class parties scheduled for Friday evening — unless date listed, July 26. Please contact All-Class Reunion Chairman Rodney Anderson with any updates at 605-565-3168 or 605-670-8378.

    1930-1942 Saturday, Noon-3:00 p.m.

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