Changes in covering high school championships detrimental to kids

Posted February 15, 2017 at 9:19 pm

Editor’s Note: This editorial is courtesy of Russ Mitchell, The Dickinson County News. It has been edited to fit this space.

Where will you be watching this weekend’s high school state wrestling tournament?

If you’re not lucky enough to be sitting in the bleachers at the state tournament in Des Moines, you may not be seeing at all — especially if you were planning on watching it from the couch in your Akron or Westfield living room.

Why? Because the Iowa High School Athletic Association sold the rights to video and sound to The Iowa High School Sports Network — even the local sports writers will not be able to record “their” kids matches.

Furthermore, the

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    Producers are encouraged to sign-up for Cost Share

    Funds are available this spring for producers in Northeast Plymouth County to demonstrate voluntary water quality improvement efforts in the Deep Creek Watershed.

    This current grant is set to expire on June 30, 2017, with efforts for a new grant to be placed for an additional three years. Funds are available through the demonstration project for No-Till, Subsurface P-Placement (P-Band) and terraces.

    In addition, there are funds available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Applications can be submitted

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    Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators offered March 1 at Le Mars

    Plymouth County will offer the Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, March 1.

    The program can be seen at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) team.

    The local attendance site is the Le Mars Convention Center located at 251 12th St. SE in Le Mars.

    Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course runs from

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    Iowa Arts Council sets May 1 grant application deadline

    A new round of Iowa Arts Council grant programs opens this spring, and artists, nonprofit organizations, communities, tribal councils and schools are encouraged to apply online by May 1, 2017.

    The Iowa Arts Council strives to create opportunities for the arts to flourish in Iowa by nurturing cultural leadership and investing in projects that provide access to creative experiences in communities and public spaces throughout Iowa. Last year, the Iowa Arts Council invested nearly $1.6 million through 232 grants to arts and culture projects in 545

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    Western Iowa Experimental Farm Annual Ag Day is set for Feb. 24

    The public is invited to the 71st Annual Meeting of the Western Iowa Experimental Farm Association on Friday, Feb. 24.

    The meeting will be held in the Zimmerman meeting room at the Association Farm near Castana, with the agriculture program beginning at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided following the meeting.

    The program will include a summary of activities at the farm in 2016, and On-Farm and ISU Research Corn Fungicide Research Summary Data between 2010 – 2016, plus

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    Area Vietnam War veterans invited to receive Presidential honors

    It’s a well-known fact that soldiers returning home after serving in the Vietnam War were mistreated by their fellow Americans.

    Union and Lincoln Counties Veterans Service Officer Susan Irons is working to rectify that mistake.

    Irons will present Presidential Certificates and lapel pins to Vietnam War veterans who served on active duty from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 at a special ceremony.

    On

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    Akron Chamber holds ‘Love Your Town’ drawing

    One way to “Love Your Town” is by supporting local businesses and organizations.

    To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Akron Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Love Your Town” drawing.

    Chamber members are giving their customers the opportunity to earn back some of the money they spend — by entering their sales receipts into a drawing with winners getting up to $200 in Chamber Bucks.

    The “Love Your Town” Receipt Rebate goes through Feb. 23.

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    Living their wedding vows: In sickness and health

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “You should date my brother,” the late Christopher Walrod kept telling a residential counselor at Opportunities Unlimited in Sioux City where he lived.

    “No, I have a boyfriend,” the worker would respond.

    But his brother was right. By their second date, Bobby Walrod knew she was the one.

    They both were resident

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    Foot Care Clinic set for Feb. 14

    Nathanael Parish Health Ministry is offering foot care at Nathanael Lutheran, Tuesday, Feb. 14.

    Anyone needing foot care is welcome to come.

    Professional screening, assessment, education, and foot care treatment will be provided by Faith Kinkner, RN, who is trained and certified in foot care.

    Treatment includes toenails clipped and filed, electric grinding of thick nails, corns; and calluses buffed, plus blood pressure. The cost is $25.

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    Pheasants Forever

    to host ‘Phun Fest’ for youth

    Plymouth County Pheasants Forever will be hosting PHUN FEST, a youth event on Feb. 11 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Century Hall in the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.

    Youth are invited, along with their adults, to try out a variety of games and outdoor recreational activities such as archery, shooting rifles, casting for fish, and making bird feeders.

    Kids will

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    Changes in covering high school championships detrimental to kids

    Posted February 15, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Editor’s Note: This editorial is courtesy of Russ Mitchell, The Dickinson County News. It has been edited to fit this space.

    Where will you be watching this weekend’s high school state wrestling tournament?

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    Four keep state title hopes alive

    Posted February 15, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Call them the Fantastic Four.

    Four Akron-Westfield wrestlers – Sebastian Berg at 152 pounds; John Henrich at 160 pounds; Daniel Martinsen at 170 pounds and Montana Jackson

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    A-W girls put up good battle

    Posted February 15, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    With the popular Akron-Westfield Music Boosters’ Soup Supper Feb. 7, it was an early-arriving crowd for the rivalry game between the War Eagle Conference’s (WEC) second-place team, West

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    Falcons’ rally sinks A-W’s solid effort

    Posted February 15, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    West Sioux rallied from a 10-point deficit after three quarters for a 22-9 fourth quarter spurt and edged Akron-Westfield, 56-53 in a boys’ basketball game Feb. 7.

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    A-W boys go to K-P for first playoff round

    Posted February 7, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield boys’ basketball team will travel to Kingsley-Pierson to open the Class 1A District No. 1 playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 16. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

    Kingsley-Pierson

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    Unity ends A-W girls’ long winning streak

    Posted February 6, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    A 17-9 finish to end the game was not enough for Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team to overcome an 18-point deficit after three quarters, and the Lady Westerners fell

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    Early deficit sinks Westerners at Unity

    Posted February 6, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Unity Christian started strong with a 14-point lead after one quarter and never looked back in a 66-38 War Eagle Conference win over Akron-Westfield Jan. 30 in Orange City.

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    Hinton pulls away from A-W boys

    Posted February 1, 2017 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield boys’ basketball team stayed competitive with Hinton for the first half of a makeup War Eagle Conference (WEC) game Jan. 28.

    The Westerners trailed only 34-31

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    Hedlund paces A-W to easy win

    Posted February 1, 2017 at 6:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    A “complete win” is the best way to describe how Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team joined the 16-win group in school history with a dominating 55-26 win at Hinton Jan. 28.

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    Couple announces engagement

    Posted February 15, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Mandi Dreckman and Aaron Schneider, both of Remsen, Iowa, would like to formally announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.

    Mandi is the daughter of Bill and Karen Steffen

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    Engagement announced

    Posted February 7, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Blake and Rhonda Miller of Lawton, Iowa, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Roni Rae, to David Bruce Ericson, son of Bruce and Patti Ericson of Akron.

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    Celebrates 100 years

    Posted January 31, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Happy 100th birthday Iva Siemers!

    Join Iva and family to celebrate her birthday with an Open House.

    The Open House will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 2:00-

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    Garden Club meets Tuesday

    Floyd Valley Federated Garden Club will meet on Tuesday Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. at LeBloom Flower & Antiques, 18 Central Ave. NW

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