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Four generations

Posted September 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm

of Swansons were in attendance at the Sand family reunion in Akron on August 31. They were (left to right:) Lynn Swanson holding Annabelle Lily Swanson, Brendan Swanson and Lee Swanson.

Four generations


    Volunteers clean out Paper Barn

    Akron Lions Club members and Akron-Westfield High School students load paper recyclables from the Lions Club Paper Barn on to a truck on a chilly morning Sept. 12. Above, Warren Thompson (l) and Mike Hohenstein (r) help load papers.

    New personal trainer brings 24 day challenge Boot Camp to Akron

    Chris Bootsma, a Health and Wellness Coach, Personal Trainer, and National Physique Committee Competitor, is excited to help others in Akron. Coming from Sioux Falls, Chris is bringing great experience and excitement to Express Fitness & Health Club in Akron.

    “Chris not only ‘talks the talk, but walks the walk’ with health and fitness. I’m so excited we were fortunate enough to get Chris to come to Akron! We, as a community, are lucky to have him bring his talents to us,” said Dr. Brad Britton,

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    Bobbi McGinnis selected for Bright Scholar Award

    Bobbi McGinnis, a recent Akron-Westfield graduate, has been named a recipient of the Bright Scholars of Iowa Award, a distinction that includes a four-year, full-ride academic scholarship to the school of each student’s choice.

    McGinnis chose the University of Northern Iowa. Her scholarship is one of 52 the Bright Foundation is awarding to worthy Iowa high school seniors planning to attend one of the state’s three regent universities as well as DMACC and Indian Hills Community College.

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    Up, up and away: Retired teachers enjoys first balloon ride

    By Steve Peterson

    A former Hawarden school teacher had a chance to complete a “bucket list” item with the help of one of her former first grade students.

    Arlys Peters of Hawarden, and daughter, Jolee Thurn, rode a hot air balloon owned by MOC-Floyd Valley chemistry teacher Doug DeZeeuw on Aug. 30.

    “We were on the waiting list, and he called and said that Saturday would be the best day this weekend because

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    Dimmick: Proud to reach century mark

    By Steve Peterson

    Bernie Dimmick enjoyed a good view of the Sept. 1 Big Sioux River Days parade. Dimmick was in a golf cart with a sign “100 years young” on it.

    The day before about 150 people attended a birthday party for Dimmick at United Methodist Church in Hawarden.

    “Perky” and “active” were words that people who knew Dimmick describe her. She resides at Hillcrest Health Services and Micah Hill Estates, where

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    Hillcrest staffer surprised with state honor

    By Steve Peterson

    Hillcrest Health Services and Micah Hill Estates staffer Katie Anderson has won a top honor in her profession.

    Anderson won the Iowa Healthcare Association Award of Excellence, it was announced Sept. 4.

    There was a reception, complete with cake, to congratulate Anderson the following day at Hillcrest.

    Anderson is a 10-year employee of the Hawarden nursing home

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    Scarecrow Festival is September display

    Friendship and Service Club has decorated the bulletin board for September at the Akron Public Library. This beautiful autumn display features decorations and pictures from past Scarecrow Festivals along with information on the current annual event. The festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 20 in the Akron City Park. Make a scarecrow to enter or just come and enjoy the fun.

    Commissioners question number requesting forensic training

    By Julie Ann Madden

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    Loess Hills Tour draws many to area

    On Aug. 16, the public was invited to participate in the Iowa Prairie Network’s day-long tour of several prairies in Plymouth and Woodbury counties, including:

    • Spirit Knoll, three miles north of the west entrance to Stone State Park where insect enthusiast M.J. Hatfield led a field trip called “Insects & Wildflowers of the Prairie.” Taking this field trip, led by Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Kevin Pape, were lots of enthusiastic hikers who arrived in 32 vehicles. On Oct. 11, Spirit Knoll will be dedicated

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    Celebrating Golden Anniversary

    In celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, John and Mary Lucken would like to welcome friends to the Hole ‘N The Wall, 14396 Diamond Ave., on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Finger food and refreshments will be served by Akron Jo’s Cafe. Children are welcome, and dress is casual. The couple requests no gifts, as your presence is your gift.