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Fire destroys vacant Akron house

Posted July 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

At 1:58 a.m., July 10, Akron firefighters were called to 500 S. Eighth St., in Akron.

According to Akron Fire Chief Shane Coyle, the house was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

The house, which had just been red-tagged by city officials July 7, was a total loss.

According to Coyle, Akron Police Chief Kimm Nielsen spotted the fire as he was out looking for a person wanted for interviewing by Plymouth County Sheriff’s deputies.

This is the second fire the house has sustained in the past few years. At the time

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    Iowa’s June rains ranked fourth wettest month in 141 years

    June rainfalls brought precipitation during the first half of 2014 to above normal levels for the state. The June statewide average rainfall was almost ten inches, and for the most recent two weeks the rainfall of 4.3 inches was nearly double the normal of 2.2 inches.

    Although most of Iowa received very wet weather during this period, there were exceptions: the far northwest portion of the state received a welcome reprieve from mid-June flooding, and in far southeast Iowa a few areas — centered on Van

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    Iowa’s top grillers to compete at Iowa State Fair

    Recent studies from the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association found that nearly three in four Americans own a grill, and consumers find outdoor cooking to be convenient, pleasurable, and one of the best ways to spend quality time with family and friends.

    The smells of smoked meat and sweet barbecue sauce are sure to make fairgoers’ mouths water when the state’s best grillers gather to compete in the 51st annual Iowa Farm Bureau Cookout Contest on Aug. 12 during the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

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    River’s Bend Wildlife Area officially opened Tuesday

    River’s Bend Wildlife Area, just south of Akron, officially opened Tuesday. On July 10, Plymouth County Conservation Board members and guests held their monthly meeting at the site and decided to open the lake area to the public for limited use as soon as the signs were installed. On Monday, Conservation employees installed the “rules and regulations” signs. At this time, there is no swimming, boating or hunting. People may walk along the berm, which goes around the 21-acre lake. The uses

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    Brule Creek Lutheran to celebrate 150th

    Brule Creek Lutheran Church congregation is planning a two-day celebration for their church’s 150th Anniversary.

    The public is invited to attend the festivities, which will be held the weekend of Aug. 9 and 10 at the church property, 31398 474th Ave., rural Elk Point, S.D. The church is located one mile south and one mile east of Spink, S.D.

    Saturday, Aug. 9

    The celebration begins at 2 p.m. Saturday with fellowship events

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    Union County Fair Tractor Pull set for Aug. 1 in Alcester

    The Union County Fair will have its annual Tractor Pull at the Fairgrounds in Alcester on Friday, Aug. 1.

    Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with the pull starting at 7:00 p.m.

    Kyle Hoffman, Akron, is in charge of the pull. The Tractor Pull will be held at the fairgrounds and will have several classes to participate in the pull including non turbo tractors, stock tractors, 3000 RPM tractors, modified 2- and 4-wheel drive trucks, dual tractors, and hot farm

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    July Activities at the Union County Museum

    The Union County Historical Society is sponsoring a book club, Hello History, for children ages 7 through 10 (second through fourth grade) Saturday, July 26, from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the museum located at 707 W. Main Street in Elk Point. Each session will include group reading, a hands-on activity, and education on topics such as U.S. Independence, gold mining in SD, the prairie, wildlife, and other topics.

    Books to be used are a part of the children’s collection at the museum. Everything will be

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    Learn about moths at Hillview

    Hillview Recreation Area near Hinton will host Moth Mania, a program during National Moth Week, at 8:30 to 10 p.m., Monday, July 21.

    National Moth Week is July 19 through July 27. Finding moths can be as simple as leaving an outside light on and checking it after dark. Logan Cress will guide participants through finding and identifying the different moths that come to light. Scientists estimate that there are 150,000 to more than 500,000 moth species. They are among the most diverse and successful organisms

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    King, Anderson visit Akron to view flood damage

    by Dodie Hook

    After touring flood damage in Rock Rapids, Rock Valley, and Hawarden, U.S. Congressman Steve King (R-IA) and Iowa State Senator Bill Anderson (R Senate District 3) stopped in Akron to discuss flood issues with city officials. City officials present included City Administrator Gary Horton, Mayor Harold Higman, and Councilperson Bob Frerichs.

    “I’ve been trapped in my locked in schedule on the east side of the country so this was really

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    Fourth of July holiday – lots of activities in the area

    The Akron City Park was full of campers over the holiday weekend. Campers came in for Fourth of July gatherings, reunions, and more. July 4 was nice weather for festivities around the area – slightly cool with a light breeze to keep the bugs away. However Sunday was a different story as temperatures soared into the 90s and in some places hit three digits.

    Wyatt Johnson (l) helps five-year-old Kade Kaskie, both of Hawarden, with a

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    A-W State Champions by the numbers

    Posted July 29, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Akron-Westfield State Champions Softball team, 38-0 record, inside the numbers for 2014, included:

    Kayla Tindall, senior, 24-0 pitching record, 138 and one-third innings pitched, 11 earned runs, 0.56 earned run average, 17 walks, 4 hit by

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    A-W Girls win first round

    Posted July 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    By: Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerner girls started to defend their state title by handling the Glidden-Ralston Wildcats, 5-1 July 22.

    The Wildcats were kind of a Cinderella team as

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    A-W’s young squad bows out to Jays

    Posted July 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Gehlen Catholic showed why it was a season-long power house as the Jays cruised to a 9-0 district tournament win over Akron-Westfield at the Riverview Sports Complex July 15, ending the Westerners’ season.

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    A-W: Back to State!

    Posted July 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield girls defeated Newell-Fonda, 6-2 on Monday July 14 for a berth in the state tourney.

    A-W improved its record to 35-0 with the win over

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    A-W dominates All-WEC team

    Posted July 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield, for the 12th straight year, won the War Eagle Conference softball championship and the Lady Westerners had seven players on the All-WEC team.

    Senior Kayla Tindall

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    Akron-Westfield 2014 baseball

    Posted July 23, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Akron-Westfield baseball team members for 2014 are, (front row l to r) Jacob Neubrand, A.J. Nemesio, Conner Anderson, Skyler Briggs and Charlie Anderson. (Middle row) Aaron Allard, Caleb Colt, Riley Dennison, Dylan Irizarry, Cal

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    First Farmers Market

    Posted July 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Hawarden Regional Healthcare was the food vendor at the first Akron Farmers Market July 16. They hosted a community picnic for people to come see the new plans for the Hawarden Hospital. Serving those coming

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    50 years together

    Posted July 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Stan and Linda Rolfes will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on August 1, 2014, with an open house beginning at 7:00 pm at the Akron Golf Course Clubhouse hosted by their children and grandchildren.

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    65 Years together

    Posted July 16, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Harold and Mary Burcham will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with an Open House Brunch at Crescent Park United Methodist Church, 2826 Myrtle St., Sioux City, Iowa, on Sunday, July 20 from 10:30 a.m.-1:00

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    Elena May Saloum

    Posted July 16, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Jim and Amber Saloum (nee Sommervold) of Sioux Falls, S.D., are excited to announce the arrival of their daughter, Elena May Saloum. Elena arrived on May 3rd, 2014 at 8:48 a.m. weighing 7 lb. 11

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    Engagement Announced

    Posted July 16, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Todd and Tammy Colt of Akron announce the engagement of their daughter, Tana Rae Colt, to Thomas Charles Stewart, son of Gregory Stewart of Spencer, Iowa, and Charlene Wetherell of Alta, Iowa.

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    Akron Care Center receives donation from Britton Chiropractic

    Posted July 10, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Dr. Brad Britton (r) of Britton Chiropractic & Rehab Clinic in Akron presents a $1,000.00 check to the Akron Care Center. Accepting the donation is Brandon Verros (l), Akron Care Center administrator.

    Legion reaches goal, thanks to matching gift

    Posted July 10, 2014 at 5:00 am

    John and Mary Lucken of Akron challenged American Legion Post 186 with a matching gift of $2,000 if members of the Legion could raise an equal fund. The Legion membership raised $2,400 to secure

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    Celebrates 100 years

    Posted July 10, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Elvera Wilken will celebrate her 100th birthday July 24. A card shower is being held in her honor.

    Send your birthday greetings to: Elvera Wilken, 101 Church St., Morningside Manor, Alcester, SD 57001.

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