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Class of 2019 has three valedictorians, one salutatorian

Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:46 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

Akron-Westfield’s Class of 2019 has 40 graduates, including two juniors, Isabelle Fegley and Donovan Irizarry.

The class is short on girls — only one-third of the class is female — most class photos have two rows of boys with a row of girls in front.

There are 40 unique personalities, according to the class’ three valedictorians and one salutatorian.

Another interesting fact is the class has three sets of twins: Josh and Jeremiah Armstrong, Autumn and Chase Stowe, and Jennifer and Sarah Ritz. Jeremiah completed his high school studies through home-schooling.

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    Legion Auxiliary to distribute poppies

    Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    The Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 186 will be distributing poppies the morning of Friday, May 24 in Akron.

    The poppies are given freely. Any donations received will go to benefit local area

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    Water woes

    Posted May 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Thursday, May 2, The Akron Hometowner joined S.D. Department of Transportation Yankton Area Engineer Rod Gall and his crew as they surveyed the Big Sioux

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    Second transformer installed

    Posted May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Work continues on the city’s new electrical station at Iowa Highway 12 and Reed Street. On April 17, the second transformer arrived and was installed. On Monday, April 29, the process of taking down the old substation began.

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    Almost gone!

    Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    The old electrical station along Reed St. and Highway 12 is just about gone. Friday, May 10 crews were demolishing what remained of the old station and by Monday, the lot was cleared. There’s still

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    Akron receives tree grant

    Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    MidAmerican Energy Company awarded provided $101,683 in “Trees Please!” community grant awards to 61 cities and communities, including Akron.

    The program funds tree-planting projects in public

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    A-W’s NHD students compete at state — five advance to Nationals

    Posted May 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Seven of Akron-Westfield’s National History Day entries made it to the state finals, and five advanced to the National History Day Contest. Akron-Westfield’s National History Day students competing at the Iowa History Day Contest

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    Condo Project resumes

    Posted May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    In the next year, there will be condominium housing constructed on the former Finzen Trailer Park, which is currently owned by the City of Akron — if the land sale and rezoning are

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    Changes are coming to Reed Street

    Posted May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    As 2019 enters its fourth month, one Reed Street business is up for sale and another is closing its doors.

    Throttles & Bottles Bar & Grill

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    Easter Hoppenings

    Posted April 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

    On Saturday, the Akron Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Easter activities, which included a traditional Easter Egg Hunt and a Easter Basket Hop down Akron’s business trail. About 300 children

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    Central Valley Ag, Henderson Co-op announce merger

    Posted April 24, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    (Henderson NE & York NE) Henderson Co-op membership votes to approve unification with Central Valley Ag (CVA). Conducted by a mail-in ballot, the owners of Henderson Co-op approved the merger with CVA by a majority vote of 91.3%.

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    Suspicious man arrested in rural Plymouth County

    Posted April 24, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    According to a Plymouth County sheriff’s report, on April 15, the Plymouth County Communications Center received a 911 call from a caller reporting a suspicious man knocking on the door and looking in the windows of his residence located on West Loop Road

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    Iowa Farm Bureau unites farming neighbors, friends

    Posted April 18, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), the state’s largest grassroots farm organization, launched the Farming Community Disaster Exchange where Iowans can offer help to those impacted by the floods or to seek assistance. The online exchange, which can be found at

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    Boys golf defeats TC

    Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    The Akron-Westfield boys golf team defeated Trinity Christian, 201-208, May 6 in Sioux Center. A-W’s Daytona Foley finished first with a 47.

    Daytona Foley, first, 47

    Logan Smith, third,

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    A-W boys track qualifies for two state events

    Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Akron-Westfield’s Leighton Blake qualified for the Iowa State Track Meet in the 100 meter dash. He finished third in Regionals May 10 at Sioux Central in Sioux Rapids. His time of 11.59 qualified him in 15th place out of 24 advancing to state.

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    A-W girls track qualifies for four state events

    Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    The Akron-Westfield girls track team has qualified in four events for the Iowa State Track Meet from regionals held May 10 at Sioux Central in Sioux Rapids.

    Leading A-W was Shaylee Siebens qualifying in three events:

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    Track teams participate in two meets last week

    Posted May 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield track teams participated in two meets last week: Orange City April 20 and West Sioux May 2. At Orange City the girls placed fifth out of nine teams and the boys placed sixth out of 11 teams. At West Sioux with

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    A-W girls golf takes three

    Posted May 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield girls golf team won three matches last week. On April 29 they faced West Sioux at home winning, 200-207. On May 2 they traveled to Primghar and faced South O’Brien and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn defeating SOS 192-204 and defeating HMS 192-256.

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    A-W boys golf wins two

    Posted May 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield boys golf team won two matches last week and lost one. The boys defeated West Sioux April 29 at home by default shooting a 195 against a two-person West Sioux team. On May 2 they traveled to Primghar and faced South

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    Golf teams defeat Gehlen

    Posted May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield boys and girls golf teams each defeated Gehlen at home April 22. The boys won, 186-193 and the girls won, 205-214. For the girls, medalist was A-W’s Autumn Bundy who shot a 47. Medalist for the boys was Gehlen’s Isaia Lammers

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    A-W golfers lose to UC

    Posted May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield golf teams both lost to Unity Christian in a conference match April 26 at home. The boys lost 173-192, and the girls lost 188-195. Medalists for the day were both from Unity Christian: Kolin

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    Boys track places sixth

    Posted May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield boys track team competed in the 29th annual Hinton Blackhawks Boys Relays April 18 in Hinton. The team placed sixth overall with 46.5 points out of eight teams. Hinton was first with 172 points.

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    Track teams compete at West Lyon

    Posted May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield track teams competed in the West Lyon Co-Ed Invitational April 23.

    Girls

    Placing first: Shaylee

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    Dean’s Dugout: Only a memory now

    Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Dean’s Dugout usually opened in March or at the latest early April.

    Although opening the drive-in restaurant was to be a sign of summer, oftentimes there

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    Letters to editor

    Posted May 7, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Dear Editor,

    May is School Board Recognition Month in Iowa, and the Akron-Westfield Community School District joins public education communities throughout the state to thank and celebrate these ‘Superheroes for Public Education.’ Throughout the month, let’s take

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    Announce engagement

    Posted May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Jason Bumsted and Natalie Brandt of Chamberlain, SD, announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.

    Jason is a 2007 graduate of Akron-Westfield High School. His parents are Karen and Dave

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    Seven achieve state finals

    Posted May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    As of press time Monday, Akron-Westfield had several National History Day projects make the state finals,v but it was still unknown which of Iowa’s projects advanced to the National Finals.

    Akron-Westfield’s state finalists were:

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    Akron Ministerium sponsors concert

    Posted April 30, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    The Akron Ministerial Association is sponsoring a concert by the Blackwood Quartet Sunday, May 5, 10:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church. Everyone is invited. The Blackwood Quartet of Knoxville, TN, is an American southern gospel group in

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    Five generations

    Posted April 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Five generations – great-great grandma Lavonne Hook of Hawarden is holding Grayson Briggs, son of Karley (Kruid) and Andy Briggs of Sioux Falls, SD. At left is grandma Missy Kruid of Pierson, IA. In

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    Five generations

    Posted April 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Five generations – seated in front is big brother Bode Phillips behind him is grandma Missy Kruid (l) of Pierson, IA and great-great grandma Lavonne Hook (r) of Hawarden. In back is great grandma

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    Birthday wishes

    Posted April 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Lois (Schneider) Berner will be celebrating her 91st birthday on May 10.

    Lois is a 1946 graduate of Akron High School and former Akron resident, currently residing in Sioux

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    Do you know these men?

    Posted April 24, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    This photograph was taken circa Fall 1960 during a parade on Reed Street in front of what is now Lazy Lanes Bowl & Grill. The third veteran from the left is the late Ernest Lucken

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