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Peoples Bank has new customer service rep

Posted June 20, 2014 at 10:28 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

A Hawarden woman is the new customer service representative at Peoples Bank in Akron.

Kellie Nygard is a Minnesota native, graduating from Clarkfield High School in Clarkfield, Minn., in 1986.

She continued her education at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn., where she completed her general studies. Then she became a registered and certified dental assistant through Southwestern Technical College in Canby, Minn.

Nygard worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Judd Copeland in Granite Falls, Minn., for 10 years, then moved to Algona, Iowa, where she dropped her dental assistant license to become a foster parent. After

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    Wish Bowl Winner at Bingo Night

    Shay Hatfield was the lucky winner of $526 at the Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post 186’s Bingo Night on Thursday, June 12. She won the “Wish Bowl” pot, which has been building since January. In order to win, the player picks a number on their Bingo card, and then must win a Bingo on that number. Pictured are Legion members (l-r) Bill Rabey, Garry Jacobson, Gerry Stowers, the winner Shay Hatfield, Kyle Roberson, Steve Burrack, and Warren Thompson.

    Kjar named Dimmitt Scholar at Morningside

    Allison Kjar from Akron, Iowa, was named a Dimmitt Scholar at Morningside College in recognition of high academic distinction for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Dimmitt Scholars must be full-time students who have completed at least 45 credits of college work with a cumulative grade point average between 3.50 and 3.75. The award is named in honor of the late Lillian Dimmitt, who served as a teacher and administrator at Morningside College for more than 60 years.

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    Akron has ‘famous’ dinosaur

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A dinosaur setting along Iowa Highway 12 on the southern edge of Akron isn’t just someone’s art project.

    “Warty Willie” was the creation of Dr. Sterling Stewart, a Western Iowa Tech Community College instructor of Health Sciences and Manufacturing Engineering Technology programs, and Student Activities Advisor Robert Shockley.

    Warty’s eyes glowed, smoke came from his nose

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    Three Akron Auxiliary members elected to serve county

    At a Plymouth County Auxiliary meeting May 21, three of the Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 186 were elected to serve at officers in the county Auxiliary organization. (L-r:) Judy Zoeller is county president; Janet Burrack, secretary-treasurer, and Marcia Dewey is vice-president and chaplain.

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    Wins $500 at Bingo

    Arnie Bremer of Akron was the $500 winner June 5 at the Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post No. 186 Bingo game. He had to Bingo in 12 numbers but did so in 11 numbers.

    Celebrating with him are (l-r:) Legionnaires Warren Thompson, Garry Jacobson, winner Arnold Bremer, Legionnaires Bill Rabey, and Kyle Roberson.


    Liebetrau receives WolfPACT Scholarship

    Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., announces its WolfPACT Scholarship winners for 2014-2015.

    Akron-Westfield graduate Maggi Liebetrau was awarded a $7,000 scholarship at NSU. She will be studying elementary education. Maggi is the daughter of Steve and Laurie Liebetrau of Elk Point, SD.

    The WolfPACT is the largest guaranteed, four-year scholarship in South Dakota. Students entering their freshman year at NSU are eligible for various funding amounts based on their ACT scores.

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    Akron Historical Society conducts second annual Cemetery Walking Tour

    On May 25, the public had the opportunity to take a historical tour in Akron’s Riverside Cemetery. Akron Historical Society member Amanda Moon (far right) led the tour, explaining the historical architectural significance of several tombstones and some of the deceased’s family ties to Akron. Afterward, the tourists enjoyed refreshments and tours of the Akron Area Museum, which is operated by the Akron Historical Society.

    Card Shower

    for Alice M. Simon

    in celebration of her

    75th Birthday, June 12

    Send Cards to her at

    253 E. 6th St.


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    Singing duo enjoys sharing their music

    Paul Burnett, with his guitar and his singing, has been involved in music for the past 49 years. Originally from Sioux City, Paul and his wife Colette, have resided in Le Mars for the past nine years. Paul and Colette have been nominated to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Traditional Country Music Association (NTCMA) on August 26, 2014, at the Old Time Country Bluegrass Festival.

    Carolyn Davis Clark is originally from Kingsley and

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