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A-W holds National Honor Society induction

Posted December 8, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

Akron-Westfield faculty and staff held the annual National Honor Society induction ceremony on Nov. 14.

The 2016 inductees were Max Anderson, Kiana Appley, Ty Carl, Cassie Hansen, Emmy Knuth, Laken Mullinix, Jordan Neubrand, Brynn Van Eldik, Courtney Waterbury, and Christian Wolthuizen.

Inductees are selected through an application process, according to Akron-Westfield National Honor Society sponsor Mike Baker. All students who meet the minimum Grade Point Average of 3.2 are invited to apply.

The application focuses on the National Honor Society’s four pillars: scholarship, leadership, character and service.

The students’ applications are judged by five randomly-selected

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    Annual Community Christmas program is Sunday, Dec. 4

    The 46th Annual Akron Community Christmas Program is Sunday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 220 Hardy St., Akron. This is sponsored by the Akron Ministerial Association.

    The Christmas story will be read and many of Akron’s local church choirs along with Akron-Westfield student choirs will sing. There will also be opportunities for congregational singing.

    A free will offering will be directed to the Akron Ministerial Association.

    Participating churches include

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    Sewing-repurposing-crafting business opens in old Care Center building

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A second business is opening at the old Akron Care Center building, which is at 121 South St.

    Two Akron women are opening Mindy’s Designs LLC in a 2,000 square feet area where the nursing home’s chapel and exercise room were. They will also use the old ambulance garage at the facility.

    Mindy Smykle is locally known

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    A-W purchases Total Motors for multitude of uses

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron-Westfield School Board members officially announced they purchased Akron’s former Total Motors car dealership property at 100 Hwy 12 North at their Nov. 14 meeting.

    However, city officials were upset the board’s lack of communication ultimately led to the loss of an automotive dealership for the first time in the town’s last 130 years of history.

    Akron Mayor Sharon Frerichs, Councilor Alex Pick and Akron Development Corporation member Chad

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    DOT property sells for $195,400

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At 4:16 p.m., Thursday afternoon the final bid came in for the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Akron property at the corner of Iowa Highways 3 and 12.

    The winning bid was $195,400 from Casey’s Marketing Company. It was the 351st bid on the auction.

    The IDOT also sold eight other properties at auction with the Akron property.

    They were:

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    First snowfall!

    Akron saw its first snowfall of the season on Friday, Nov. 18. It was a wet snow so some melted quickly but when all was said and done 1 – 2” fell in the Akron area. Not bad considering last year at this time close to 12” hit the ground.

    However, the wind was strong and the area was under a wind advisory. In some spots along the road there was a white out due to

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    Past Fair Board president inducted into Hall of Fame

    Tony and Shirley Schroeder of Plymouth County were inducted into the 2016 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 21.

    Inductees from counties across the state were recognized for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage and honored at a reception that followed the ceremony.

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    FARMERS REMINDED REFERENDUM TO REINSTATE THE IOWA BEEF CHECKOFF TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 30

    The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association today reminded eligible beef producers of the November 30th referendum on whether the refundable $.50 per head Iowa beef checkoff should be reinstated.

    Any individual, firm, corporation, partnership or association that has owned or acquired cattle during year prior to the referendum (December 1, 2015 – November 30, 2016) is an “Eligible Beef Producer” for the purposes of this referendum.

    A person shall not be considered a

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    Dailey wins Karpen’s seat on Union County Commission

    By Julie Ann Madden

    After 12 years on the Union County Commission, Commissioner Doyle Karpen will be done, effective Jan. 1.

    Challenger Republican Michael A. Dailey received 966 votes — 68.32 percent — in the Nov. 8 General Election while Karpen, a Democrat, received 448 votes in Commission District No. 2.

    With the retirement of District 4 Commissioner Marvin Schempp, Republican Kevin Joffer of Elk Point, S.D., will join Dailey as Commission newcomers.

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    A-W boys’ strong second half leads to win in Hull

    Posted December 8, 2016 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Like the weather for the trip to Hull to face Trinity Christian, there was an interesting variety to be had Nov. 29 at first contest of the boys’

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    Lady Westerners gain 2-0 record

    Posted December 8, 2016 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield basketball fans made a soggy trip to Hull Nov. 29 as the Lady Westerners took on Trinity Christian.

    A-W made

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    A-W’s Henrich wins title

    Posted December 8, 2016 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    One champion, one runner-up, one third place and two fifth-place finishers were highlights for Akron-Westfield wrestlers with the team finishing sixth at the Sergeant Bluff-Luton Tournament Dec. 3.

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    Schedule change

    Posted December 7, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Akron-Westfield’s girls; and boys’ basketball games with Siouxland Community Christian (SCC), scheduled for Dec. 3, have been rescheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 at SCC in Sioux City.

    Lady Westerners start season with win

    Posted December 1, 2016 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team turned back a rally by Westwood for a 52-48 opening season game win Nov. 22.

    A-W had

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    A-W grapplers ready to start strong

    Posted December 1, 2016 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s wrestling team is preparing for the Nov. 29 season opener at Sioux City East and is hopeful for a strong showing this winter.

    A-W senior Skyler

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    James chalks up 4 tackles in final Mustangs’ game

    Posted November 30, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Morningside’s chances for a NAIA Football Championship Series title game came to an end in heartbreaking fashion as College of Saint Francis held on for a 42-35 home win Nov. 26 in Fort Wayne,

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    Westerners gain INA accolades

    Posted November 30, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Five Akron-Westfield football players earned Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) recognition on all-state teams announced Nov. 22.

    Senior Austin Allard gained a wide receiver selection for the Westerners. He had 32 receptions, 588 yards, 18.4 yards per

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    A-W girls basketball readies for season

    Posted November 24, 2016 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    A brand new girls’ basketball season got started this week, and the Lady Westerners figured to have an experienced squad for 2016-2017.

    Akron-Westfield’s season began with a

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    A-W boys hit the hardwood

    Posted November 24, 2016 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    A new boys’ basketball season dawned Nov. 14 with the first day of practice in an optimistic mood for the Westerners.

    “Practices are going well. We have

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    Celebrating 90 years

    Posted December 8, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Arlys Peters will celebrate her 90th birthday on December 15. The occasion will be observed with a small family gathering.

    Arlys taught elementary school for 27 years. Arlys was

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    Akron Gun Club seeks members

    Posted December 7, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Just how does one go about joining the Akron Gun Club?

    That was one of the questions resulting from last week’s stories regarding a campground development’s

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    Everett Jay Kelly

    Posted December 1, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Brett and Kendra Kelley of Stewartville, Minn., along with their daughters Delilah and Addyson, are excited to announce the birth of their new son and brother, Everett Jay Kelley.

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    Akron Chamber’s Thanksgiving winners

    Posted November 17, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Winners of free turkeys or hams drawing Nov. 10, sponsored by the Akron Area Chamber of Commerce, are:

    Akron Care Center: Kervyn Heeren, Joanie Schneider

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    Legion recognizes essay winner

    Posted November 15, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    At the Oct. 6 meeting of the Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post No. 186, Sam Philips (center) recited his Elks Club state award-winning essay on Flags. He is with Post Commander

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    Ventriloquist and his talking dog to perform at Opera House

    Posted November 10, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Todd Oliver and his dog, Irving, will take to the Akron Opera House stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19 in Akron. The event is being sponsored by Security National Bank.

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    A-W choirs host Fall Concert

    Posted November 10, 2016 at 6:00 am

    On Oct. 20, the Akron-Westfield Vocal Music Department held its first concert of the 2015-2016 school year.

    It featured Grades 7-12 students in the Middle School Choir, High School Choir and a special combined Middle/High School

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News Archived

    Absentee Ballot Information

    Absentee ballots for the November 8, 2016 General Election are available as of September 29 in the Auditor’s Office at the Plymouth County

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