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‘Olaf’ welcomes passersby to Chatsworth

Posted December 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

First, they created a pumpkin out of a round hay bale for a Halloween/Thanksgiving yard decoration.

Next came Santa driving a tractor with a wagon.

But this year, the Virgil and Linda Lidgett family decided to create something different to greet those passing through Chatsworth on Iowa Highway 12.

It’s a character from the still popular 2013 Disney movie, “Frozen.”

It’s Olaf, the snowman — made of tires and other items found in the Lidgetts’ collection.

“It’s a family project,” said Virgil, explaining their three children: sons,

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    Honoring soldiers, their families with gifts

    Akron’s Farmers Cooperative Company donates toys to the Holidays For Our Heroes, a project collecting toys, food and care package items for Support Siouxland Soldiers’ military and veterans’ families. Over the last eight years, organizations, businesses and individuals have made it possible to bless local military personnel and their families with more than 25,000 lbs. of food and more than 4,000 stationed overseas have received care packages, said Military wife/Support Siouxland Soldiers founder Sarah Petersen, adding all donations stay local as Support

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    Akron Chamber officially opens ‘Little Free Library’

    On Dec. 11, Akron Area Chamber of Commerce members held a ribbon cutting for New Horizons United Church of Christ’s Little Free Library. Located in front of the Akron Opera House at 141 Reed St. where the church is located, this library is available to anyone. Just stop by and “take a book, return a book.” Warren Thompson, of Akron, who constructed the library, had the honor of cutting the ribbon, officially opening the library. Afterward, guests enjoyed creating bookmarks, reading

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    Books to build things

    Earlier this year, the Akron librarians raised funds for a decorative bike rack. Harold Higman Jr. constructed it and it sets on the east side of the outdoor Readers Garden. When Akron Library Director Jeannie Frerichs tried to pay Higman for his work, he told her to buy children’s books about making things. These are the new books purchased with his donation, and they are available for checkout.

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    Girl Scouts collect winter clothing

    For seven days, the Akron-Westfield Girl Scout Troop No. 6 collected winter clothing for those less fortunate. At their Dec. 2 meeting, the third graders bagged the items, which included coats, hats, mittens, scarves and boots. The items were then distributed to Akron Head Start, Akron Children’s Center and the Christian Needs Center in Le Mars. The troop leaders are Bobbi Fegley and Lori Rexwinkel.

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    T-shirt Quilts: A comforting memorial

    Judy Zoeller, of rural Ireton, is displaying T-shirt quilts at the Akron Library during the month of December. Her son, Mike, passed away in 2008 and she decided to make memory quilts. Judy gathered all of his T-shirts from high school, Boy Scouts and from when he was in the U.S. Navy, among others. Judy had never quilted before so she asked for assistance from Linda Popken of rural Akron. Judy told Akron Library Director Jeannie Frerichs these quilts were

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    Legion announces ‘Roaring Rocker’ winner

    Joy Dirks of Akron, front, won the Roaring Rocker at the Akron Hoschler American Legion Post No. 186 raffle drawing held at the Akron-Westfield boys’ basketball game Dec. 5. Dirks said she was very excited to win it. Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post No. 186 members congratulated Dirks following the drawing. Inmates at Yankton, S.D., federal prison made the Roaring Rocker.

    Holiday Happenings

    Thurs., Dec. 11: Akron-Westfield Grades 9-12 Christmas Concert, 7:30 p.m., A-W School

    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 13 – 14: Santa and Mrs. Claus, Akron Library Meeting Room, 1 – 4 p.m.

    Sun., Dec. 14: The Browns Christmas Show, 7:30 p.m. at Akron Opera House. Reserve seats by calling 712-568-2614.

    Mon., Dec. 15:

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    Pioneer Village Christmas is also open Dec. 13 – 14

    If you miss the first weekend, Dec. 6 – 7, of the Pioneer Village Christmas at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, then plan to participate in the activities from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 13 – 14.

    Free activities include horse and wagon rides around Pioneer Village and other activities in Pioneer Village, including visits with Santa Claus.

    In Century Hall, there is a Festival of Trees with refreshments and entertainment. Performing are:

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    Model railroad club shows hobby at open house

    By Steve Peterson

    The Floyd Valley Model Railroad Club (FVMRC) hosted its third annual two-day open house at the Plymouth County Museum on Nov. 29 and 30.

    “It’s two-and-three-fourth miles to go around the track, about eight miles of old and new sections, said FVMRC President John Schneider of Le Mars.

    “The yard has Milwaukee Railroad Shops, the Merrill (Plymouth) Ethanol Plant, downtown Le Mars and the

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