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 was a snowstorm after it opened for the season.

“People would tell mom she needed to open earlier so we could get that last snowstorm out of the way,” said Sherri Skou, daughter of the late Patricia Michael who owned and operated Dean’s Dugout from April 18, 1967 to the mid-2000s.

Mom would make the season last as long as possible — until she had to serve Hot Cocoa, said Skou.

Dean’s Dugout marked the seasons changing for more

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    Seven Acre Photo opens at 230 Reed St.

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “Is there a monkey on my head?”

    That is the catch phrase that works every time with little kids. It’s also her favorite angle to get of children — shooting down as they are looking up at her head.

    “It’s like you’re looking into their little souls through their eyes,” said Seven Acre Photo owner Liz Less of

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    Letters to editor

    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 time to recognize the contributions made by the seven members of the Akron-Westfield School Board, who are responsible for providing high-quality public education to our students.

    These elected volunteers create school policy, approve curricula, develop innovative opportunities and maintain school facilities. Board members

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    Seven achieve state finals

    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:

    • Performance: Ellis Island: Sophia Martinac, Ellie Martinsen, Allison Nixa, Lauryn Saathoff and Jack Schoenfelder.

    • Performance: Transcontinental Railroad: Campbell Anderson, Dexter Briggs, Adissen Nielsen, Kelsey Saathoff, and Ashley Zamora-Ruiz.

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    Announce engagement

    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 Bumsted of Vermillion, SD.

    Natalie is originally from Elkton, SD, and is the daughter of Marlon and Carolyn Brandt.

    The couple is planning a Sept. 7, 2019, wedding in Brookings, SD.


    Akron Ministerium sponsors concert

    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 the Christian music industry. The group tours regularly and brings the word of Christ through song. The quartet has had the privilege of performing with Willie Nelson and many other great artists.

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    Five generations

    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 back is great grandma Lorri Schuller (l) of Hawarden and mom Karley Briggs (r).

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    Five generations

    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 Lorri Schuller (l) of Hawarden and mom Kim (Kruid) Phillips (r) holding Boston Phillips. Bode and Boston are the sons of Kim and Justin Phillips of Aplington, IA.

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    Birthday wishes

    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 City, Iowa. She is the mother of two married children and has four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

    Birthday greetings can be sent to Lois at Heritage Northern Hills Retirement Village, Apartment number 120, 4002 Tenton Trace, Sioux City, IA 51104.

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    Do you know these men?

    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 and the fourth veteran from the left is the late Glen Milbrodt. However, the first two veterans on the left and the veteran on the far right have not been identified. If you can identify them, please pass the information to The Akron Hometowner at 712-568-2208.