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Promoting pork with crown, sash

Posted February 23, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

She’s never kissed a pig nor slept with her own pigs.

She’s not fond of chocolate with bacon bits pig-shaped candies either.

But she knows all about swine and has spent the past year promoting pork as the 2016 Plymouth County Pork Queen.

Natalie Harvey, daughter of Chris and Brad Harvey of rural Akron, began showing pigs when she was just three-years-old at the Akron-Westfield FFA Alumni Association’s Livestock Show along side her sisters: Kelsie, Monica and Marissa.

“I like showing pigs,” said Natalie, especially in showmanship classes at the Plymouth County Fair — where she’s been

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    Akron woman’s original musical debuts March 2, 4, 5 at BCHSPA

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Maybe it’s a romance.

    Maybe it’s a satire.

    Definitely, it’s comedy.

    (Please laugh).

    Musical writer, composer and director Amy Harris-Linder told The Akron Hometowner about her upcoming original musical, which will include two dinner theatres and a dessert theatre at the Birdie & Carol Harris School of Performing Arts (BCHSPA) in Akron.

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    Couple announces engagement

    Mandi Dreckman and Aaron Schneider, both of Remsen, Iowa, would like to formally announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.

    Mandi is the daughter of Bill and Karen Steffen of Storm Lake, Iowa, and the late Chuck Dreckman of Le Mars, Iowa. Aaron is the son of Bruce and Rose Ann Lennon, of Akron, and Milo and Reta Deeds of Correctionville, Iowa.

    Mandi graduated from Storm Lake High School and is currently

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    Engagement announced

    Blake and Rhonda Miller of Lawton, Iowa, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Roni Rae, to David Bruce Ericson, son of Bruce and Patti Ericson of Akron.

    Roni received a Bachelor of Science degree from Morningside College and a doctorate degree from Palmer Chiropractic College. She is currently an Independent Contractor at Fluent Chiropractic in Sioux City, Iowa.

    David received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Morningside

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    Celebrates 100 years

    Happy 100th birthday Iva Siemers!

    Join Iva and family to celebrate her birthday with an Open House.

    The Open House will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Alcester, S.D.

    Cards may also be sent to Iva at Alcester Care and Rehab Center, 101 Church St., P.O. Box 500, Alcester, SD, 57001.

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    Couple celebrates first anniversary

    Bonnie M. Heeren and Matthew J. Seivert were united in marriage Dec. 31, 2015, at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. The New Year’s Eve reception immediately followed at the Hilton Garden Inn downtown Sioux Falls.

    Bonnie is the daughter of Mark and Michelle Heeren, granddaughter of John and Mary Rollins and the late Ray and June Heeren, all of Akron. Bonnie is employed at River Ridge Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Center in Sioux Falls.

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    Korean War veteran pays tribute to Hollywood’s Debbie Reynolds

    By Julie Ann Madden

    With the death of Hollywood actress and singer Debbie Reynolds on Dec. 28, 2016, an Akron, S.D., soldier recalled his memories of her.

    Korean War veteran Dennis Hultgren, of Akron, S.D., originally saw the actress-singer at a Hollywood Program for soldiers when he was serving in the Korean War overseas.

    In 1992, Hultgren and his wife, Nelda, went to Las

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    Announce engagement

    Mrs. Carol Welch, wife of the late Clayton Welch, announces the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Ann Welch to David Robert Hodgson, son of the late Vicki Hodgson and grandson of the late Harold and Rosie Stubbs of Alcester, S.D.

    Lisa graduated from Akron-Westfield Community School in 1999 and the University of South Dakota in 2004. She is currently employed at Sanford Health as a Patient Access Representative.


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    Floyd Valley Federated Garden Club

    If you are interested in learning tips for dividing perennials, trimming shrubs, planting flowers in the shade or in full sun, landscaping, fertilizer, touring gardens, learning the newest varieties of vegetables and flowers, how to pronounce the scientific names for certain flowers – well, there is much more to learn! – the Floyd Valley Federated Garden Club may just be the right fit for you.

    The FV Federated Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of the month in the dining room of the Presbyterian United Church

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    Kass: Electoral meeting went ‘very smooth’

    By Steve Peterson

    Don Kass, of Remsen, was one of the six Iowa electors who cast their ballots for President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence at the Iowa Electors’ meeting Dec. 19.

    The meeting was held at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines and featured a welcome from Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. The meeting was run by Secretary of State Paul Pate.

    Nationally, Pence and Trump beat Hillary Clinton and

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