Former Alcester couple to celebrate 50th

Posted August 21, 2014 at 5:00 am

Norman and Ione Ronell are celebrating their 50th Anniversary on Aug. 30, 2014. They were married at Peace Lutheran Church in Alcester, S.D.

Norman is the son of the late Henry and Mabel (Kaelke) Ronell and Ione is the daughter of Violet (Fickbohm) Siemers and the late Victor Siemers. Norman and Ione grew up in the Alcester area and graduated from Alcester High School. In the early years of their marriage, they lived in South Dakota and Wyoming, but then soon settled in Nebraska, where they have lived ever since. They are active in their church and community, and Norman recently retired after working many years in the education field.

Their children are Karren, Jason, and Lara. Karren is married to Brad Peterson

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    Bernie Dimmick turns 100!

    A birthday celebration is being planned for Bernie Dimmick, who will be turning 100 years old this month. An Open House will be held on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 803 13th St., in Hawarden.

    Bernie requests no gifts. Birthday cards may be sent to her at 2121 Ave. L, Hawarden, Iowa 51023.


    Football players’ car washing day

    by Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield junior Spenser Wardrip shows off his skills as a car washer at the football team’s car wash fundraiser Aug. 16 at Total Motors.

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    First time pulling will be Friday at Akron Tractor Pull

    By Julie Ann Madden

    An eight-year-old Akron-Westfield second grader is just a little bit excited.

    On Friday night he will make his first “pull” in the Akron Tractor Pull, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Akron Business Park, formerly known as the airport grounds.

    Hunter Welch, son of Rob and Kerri Welch of rural Elk Point, S.D., will be driving his grandpa’s

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    Celebrating 89th birthday

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “This is a surprise,” said Ellis Tucker of Akron as he began celebrating his 89th birthday Saturday morning with a limo ride to Akron Jo’s Cafe.

    His son, Gary, was unable to take Ellis and his special friend, Bonnie Hartmann, for their weekly breakfast at Akron Jo’s Cafe — let alone be in town for his father’s birthday.

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    Mauer Edward Niederbaumer

    Matt and Cindy Niederbaumer of Huron, S.D., announce the arrival of their son Mauer Edward. Mauer arrived on July 17, 2014 weighing 8 pounds 15 ounces and was 20½ inches long. He is welcomed by his sister Belle, 6 and brother Jonah, 4.

    Proud grandparents are Russ and Beth Van Beek of Akron and Dave and Kerry Niederbaumer of Huron. Great-grandmothers are Ann Van Beek of Akron, Mildred Leahy of Tea, S.D., Avis Niederbaumer of Faulkton, S.D., and Jan

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    Elsie Mae Less

    Mitch and Liz Less of Akron are happy to announce the arrival of their daughter, Elsie Mae. Elsie was born at 8:27 p.m. on July 7, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. She weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

    Grandparents are Terry and Jana Fitzgerald of Le Mars, and Ken and Karla Less of Akron. Great-grandparents are Bob and Bernice Less of Le Mars. Elsie was welcomed home by big sisters Hannah, 6,

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    A-W FFA seeks new members

    By Julie Ann Madden

    As the song goes, “Make new friends but keep the old…one is silver and the other gold.”

    The Akron-Westfield FFA is doing just that at 5 p.m., this Sunday, Aug. 9 at Bob Tucker Ball Field in Akron.

    They are hosting their annual FFA Softball Potluck, which is the beginning of the school organization’s new year.

    All current FFA members and any

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    Ronald Charles Finzen and Marcus Edward Finzen

    Ronald Charles Finzen and Marcus Edward Finzen

    Twice the blessings,

    Two times the love,

    Ronald and Marcia Finzen of Westfield

    Announce our gift from above:

    Ronald Charles Finzen and Marcus Edward Finzen were born July 7, 2014 at 8:11 a.m. and 8:12 a.m. Ronald weighed 5 pounds 2 ounces and was 19 inches long. Marcus weighed

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    4-H’ers’ winnings showcased at Akron library

    At right, the Plymouth County Fair isn’t all delicious foods and carnival rides. It’s also the place where 4-H’ers work on projects is judged and rewarded. At the Akron Public Library this month, the Johnson Juniors 4-H Club shares several of their award-winning projects from the fair competitions. Stop and see these wonderful projects — one may not only admire the local talent but gain ideas for projects to create and gain knowledge about interesting topics the 4-H’ers have researched.