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Two local youth crowned as Plymouth County Fair Royalty

Posted August 1, 2019 at 4:33 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

The 2019 Plymouth County Fair kicked off with great weather, 85 kids from western Plymouth County competing, and ended the first day with the annual Fair Royalty crownings.

Local Royalty winners were Akron-Westfield FFA members Sophie Knuth, daughter of Ruth Anderson of Westfield and Rob Knuth of Des Moines. She was crowned Princess and Miss Congeniality; and Carter Meinen, son of Jessica and Casey Meinen of Akron. He was crowned a Prince.

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    Driver injured in one-vehicle accident

    An Elk Point, S.D., man has no memory of his auto accident, which occurred at about 3 p.m., July 31, near the intersection of Iowa Highways 3 and 12, just north of Westfield.

    According to a Plymouth County sheriff’s report, other motorists reported a pickup driver swerving back and forth in the roadway as it traveled east on Iowa Highway 3 plus traveling at a slower-than-posted speed.

    Another driver passed the 2010

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    New home for ‘Riversioux’ slide

    With a little help from his friends, “Riversioux” slide owner Jahn Hultgren reassembled the historical piece of playground equipment at its new location in rural Union County, S.D. Hultgren was assisted by Gene Ericson, Heath Dumas, and Nick Fickbohm (above). This slide was originally located at the Riversioux park, just west of Westfield. “Riversioux” was the site where band leader Lawrence Welk performed.

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    Portlandville Progress

    Three sites in the Portlandville Heights Subdivision are under construction this summer. The first two sites already have new owners: 1) Rexwinkel Funeral Homes’ new funeral home at the corner of Torbert Boulevard and Iowa Highway; and 2) DeRocher Brothers Construction’s spec house at the corner of Ridge Road Drive and Jespersen Boulevard. The third is an Akron Development Corporation spec home, developed by Akron Lumber Company. This house seeks residents to call it home. To learn about Akron’s housing incentives, contact Akron City Hall at

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    Wicked skies around Akron

    On July 17, people awoke early to the threat of dangerous storms in the area which had possible hail, strong winds, torrential rain, and even tornados. The skies had a green tint which could mean hail. Thankfully Akron and the surrounding area avoided the hail and tornados but did receive rain. This came a day after another rainstorm had taken place and a week of extremely hot temperatures in the 90s with heat indexes in the 100s. Again on July 20 the area received more

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    Westfield’s animal ordinance tabled

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Whether Westfield residents can have two or three dogs is still up in the air.

    At their July 16 meeting, Westfield councilors conducted a public hearing on the matter.

    Westfield City Clerk Talia Evenson reported she hadn’t received any oral or written comments about the council considering raising the number of dogs a residence can have. The current ordinance allows just two but at least three residents, including Councilor

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    Think about filing election nomination papers

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Each local board has “open” seats, meaning the current elected officials are not seeking reelection in the November General Election.

    For the first time, the election will also include school district elections.

    Akron City Council

    There will be two of the three seats open on the Akron City Council.

    Councilor Denise Loutsch-Beitelspacher is seeking another

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    Two local ‘farm kids’ to entertain at Plymouth County Fair

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Calling themselves, “one old farm kid” and “one young farm kid,” two Westfield men are bringing their chain saw carving talents to the Plymouth County Fair next week.

    The “old farm kid” is Blair Smith, and the “young farm kid” is Scott Toben.

    At age 40, Blair started creating chain saw art. It was the year 2000 — Scott was

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    140th Street closed

    From July 15 through Aug. 6, a road will be closed in Portland Township, rural Akron.

    A 140th Street wooden bridge will be replaced with a culvert pipe. The road is closed from Diamond Avenue east one mile to Dogwood Avenue.

    Two named All-District softball

    Posted August 7, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Two Akron-Westfield softball players were named to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association All District Team. Juniors Jaden Harris and Alayna Mullinx were named to the Class 1A Northwest District team.

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    Colt inducted to Hall of Fame

    Posted August 7, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Akron-Westfield girls softball coach Todd Colt was recently inducted into the Iowa Girls Coaches’ Hall of Fame. He is one of only 77 coaches currently in the Hall of Fame.

    All Stars team is District runner-up

    Posted July 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Northwest Little League All-Stars 11U team was runner-up at the District tournament July 15. They will play in the State Little League Tournament July 20 – 23 in Sioux City. Team members

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    A-W girls upset!

    Posted July 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

    by Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield softball team, playing in the Regional against Le Mars Gehlen Catholic Jays at home July 12, had their problems. A-W, hampered by both physical and

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    Posted August 7, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Russ and Joyce Toben of Westfield, Iowa, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Krystal of Hinton, Iowa, to Jacob Biehle, son of Kent Biehle and Diane and Gary Huismann, all of Madison,

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    Akron Class of 1969 celebrates 50th class reunion

    Posted August 7, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    The Akron Class of 1969 met the weekend of July 19-21, and those in attendance had a great time! Classmates met at Lazy Lanes Bowl & Grill Friday evening where a group

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    Craig Tractor Ride set for Aug. 10

    Posted August 1, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Whether it’s the sound of a green Johnny tractor’s popping, the thrill of driving a red Farmall,

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    John Fredrick Hawkins

    Posted July 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Dr. Travis and Kaylene Hawkins, of rural Akron, are the proud parents of another son, John Fredrick Hawkins, born Friday, May 10, 2019, at 7:21 a.m. He weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces and measured 19

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