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Blown from here to there

Posted April 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm

It was no April Fool’s Day joke the day Old Man Winter moved the Lefty Swift Ball Field’s bleachers about 3 feet — until the front bottom metal step and foot board was kinked against the memorial concrete marker (noted by line where leaves now lay). On Tuesday, Akron city workers moved the bleachers back to their original location (shown above) and installed anchors into the concrete to keep them in place. This is the first time ever the bleachers have been moved by the wind, said Akron City Administrator Gary Horton.

    Alzheimer’s & Memory Loss Caregiver support group meets April 28

    The Alzheimer & Memory Loss Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the South Dakota Alzheimer’s Association, will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, April 28 in the Vermillion Public Library, Vermillion, S.D.

    Caregivers of memory loss persons are welcome to attend. Contact persons: Fern Kaufman, 605-624-4898, and Marilyn Abraham, 605-934-2534.

    A-W administrators get 4.15 percent raise

    By Steve Peterson

    At a special meeting March 31, the Akron-Westfield School Board approved by unanimous votes contracts for Grades 7-12 Principal Derek Briggs; Grades Preschool-6 Principal Cathy Bobier and Business Manager Jodi Ryan.

    The three administrators will each receive a 4.15 percent pay increase for 2014-2015.

    For Briggs: his base salary will be $84,520 with a total of $98,533.20 plus $20,504 in insurance. The total district cost is of

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    Akron receives grant to help fund street lighting upgrade

    Heartland Consumers Power District recently awarded the city of Akron, IA an energy efficiency grant to offset the cost of installing new street lights throughout town. The city will be replacing eleven high pressure sodium fixtures with LEDs, with plans to upgrade a portion of the lights each year until all street lights are converted.

    The city is expecting to see energy savings of approximately 3,600 kilowatt hours per year with the new lights, equating to $330 in cost savings. In addition, the city will

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    Financial Spring Cleaning workshop is set for Tuesday, April 29

    You know how good it feels when your house is clean? It feels just as good when your financial and business papers are well-organized.

    Join Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Family Finance Specialist Jan Monahan as she offers guidelines and strategies for putting your financial house in order.

    Have you ever wondered how long to keep your records, when to toss and when to keep?

    Are you

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    Notice to: Pet Owners

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron city officials have had enough of dog complaints.

    First, it’s dogs running loose, destroying others’ properties.

    Second, it’s dogs doing their duty on others’ properties and owners leaving it lay.

    Third, it’s also dog owners not cleaning up their own yards where their dogs do their duty and the odor prevents neighbors from enjoying their own yards.

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    Care Center administration changes Employee Handbook

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Over the next few months, employment policies at the Akron Care Center will be reviewed and revised where needed.

    That is what Administrator Brandon Verros told the Board of Trustees at their March 18 meeting.

    Verros plans to start with the Attendance Policy, which he described as “very lenient.”

    The trustees have also been working to enforce the

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    pRhyme Time on the Prairie Poetry Evening set for Saturday, April 12

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron librarians are celebrating April’s National Poetry Month with their annual pRhyme Time on the Prairie Poetry Day.

    The event’s format has changed from a two-day event to an evening of poetry readings with eight guest poets and a gourmet dinner served by Akron Jo’s Cafe.

    pRhyme Time on the Prairie begins at 5 p.m. with registration and appetizers. Poetry readings start at 6:15 p.m. with

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    Akron Community Foundation awards four grants

    The Akron Community Foundation (ACF), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, recently awarded grants totaling $12,835 to four local organizations.

    Since the first grants were announced in 2006, over $113,835 has been awarded to support needs in the community and the services provided by Akron nonprofit organizations. This year grants have been awarded to:

    • Akron Parks & Recreation Board: $5,626 to improve Lefty Swift Ball Field with additional playground equipment.

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    Akron Auto Clinic is open for business

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “My father inspired me,” said Gerald Heeren about his career fixing vehicles.

    During high school, he could often be found in the Akron Auto Clinic with his father, Norm, tinkering on vehicles as he learned the auto mechanics trade.

    It’s where Gerald learned his father’s business philosophy: “Hard work pays off; honesty pays off. Take time, keep away from mistakes and do it right.”

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    A-W track season began

    Posted April 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Cody Bosse competes for the Westerners in the 4 x 200-Meter Relay at the War Eagle Conference meet March 17 at Dordt College. A-W is scheduled to compete in the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn meet in Marcus to begin the outdoor season

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    NWC’s Small earns honor

    Posted March 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced March 17 that 243 women’s basketball student-athletes across the nation have been named 2013-2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.

    Northwestern College seniors Mackenzie Small of Hinton, Samantha Kleinsasser

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    Akron Lions present 2014 awards

    Posted April 8, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Rodney Anderson of Akron, S.D., received the “Country Citizen of the Year” Award from Akron Lions Club members Angela Ericson (l) and Bob Watson (r).

    Akron Lions present 2014 awards

    Posted April 8, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Akron Lions Club members Angela Ericson (l) and Bob Watson (r) present Kelly and Denise Beitelspacher, of Akron, with the “Town Citizens of the Year” Award.

    Eliana Elise Engel

    Posted March 28, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Eliana Elise Engel was born at 2:49 p.m., Feb. 4, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa, to Heidi (Geiger) and Russell Engel of Sioux City.

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    Book on Big Springs School

    Posted March 28, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Approximately 150,000 units of blood are needed annually in order to meet the needs of hospital patients in our communities. In order to meet these needs and help a child or adult in their critical time of need, volunteer blood donors are needed

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