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Akron Mercy Medical Clinic to participate in Weight Management Study

Posted February 5, 2016 at 5:29 pm

Selected patients of the Akron Mercy Medical Clinic will soon be participating in RE-POWER, a research study examining the best ways to treat obesity in rural areas. RE-POWER is an innovative and collaborative multi-site research study comparing three different models to treat obesity in primary care practices throughout the Midwestern United States.

Conducted by researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the study will include patients from 36 practices in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin. Staff from the Akron Mercy Medical Clinic attended training sessions on Jan. 15 at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Research partners include the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin.

“We wanted to be a part of RE-POWER because obesity is a serious problem that affects our

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    Peoples Bank surprises local organizations with donations

    Val Philips (l) accepts a check for $1,500 from Peoples Bank Elf Gina Terpstra on behalf of the Akron-Westfield Community School. The $1,500 donation will go toward the National History Day Program, A-W Dance Team, and the Art Department.

    Peoples Bank in Akron had some fun giving back to the community over the holiday season. Gina Terpstra, Personal Banker at Peoples Bank, dressed up as the Peoples Bank Elf and surprised some local organizations with donations.

    Morningside awards degrees

    Forty-six Morningside College students graduated with bachelor’s degrees and an additional 40 students graduated with master of Arts in Teaching degrees in December.

    Tanner Bundy of Akron graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design.

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    Celebrates 85 years

    Nelda Hultgren will celebrate her 85th birthday on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Send your birthday greetings to 47953 309th St., Akron, IA 51001.

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    Celebrates 101 years

    On Jan. 3, 2016, Dorothy Dirks, former longtime Akron resident, celebrated her 101st Birthday.

    Her daughter Jackene planned a joyous and fun lunch for her at home with family and friends.

    “She continues to amaze us with her resourcefulness & longevity,” said her daughter. “She loves to read books on her Kindle Fire and some weeks, she reads books faster than I can load them on her Kindle.”

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    Gavin Lucas Heath

    Brent and Stacy Heath, of North Sioux City, S.D., are proud to announce the birth of their son, Gavin Lucas, born on Jan. 19, 2016. Gavin weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 20 inches long. He was welcomed home by big brothers Colton (6), Grayson (4), and Carter (2).

    Proud grandparents are Dwight and Sherry Fickbohm of Akron and Tim and Nancy Heath of Kimball, S.D. Great-grandparents are Irene Fickbohm of Beresford, S.D., Wilda Abraham of Elk Point,

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    Librarians invite all sweethearts to help decorate February display

    How did you meet your sweetheart?

    Come to the Akron Public Library with a photograph of you and your sweetheart and share your story.

    Librarians are defining “sweetheart” as couples — it doesn’t matter whether it’s spouses, engaged couples, or a child and parent — all are sweethearts.

    All “couples” who do this will be registered for a chance to win a dinner for two.

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    Announce Engagement

    The families of Molly Lauer and Shaun Ruhland are pleased to announce the engagement of their children. Parents are Bill and Donna Lauer of Hartington, Neb. and Jerry and Wendi Ruhland of Hawarden, Iowa.

    Molly is a 2011 graduate of Cedar Catholic High School, Hartington and a 2013 graduate of Northeast Community College, Norfolk, Neb. with a degree in Early Childhood Development. She is employed at the Early Childhood Center in Sioux Center, Iowa.

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    Isabelle Grace Tonkin

    Riley and Kathleen Tonkin of Lincoln, Neb., are proud to announce the adoption of Isabelle Grace, born Jan. 8, 2016, in the state of Iowa. Isabelle weighed 7 pounds 1 ounce and was 19 ¼ inches long.

    Riley, Kathleen, and big sister, Reagan, age five, picked up the new addition to the family on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.

    Proud parents are Riley and Kathleen Tonkin and “big” sister, Reagan, of Lincoln. Grandparents

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