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Bison Day: Learning about Loess Hills ecosystem

Posted July 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

Where can families see and learn about Bald Eagles, bison, native prairie plants, wildlife photography, Dutch oven cooking, and land management prescribed burns — at no charge?

The fifth annual Bison Day, hosted by The Nature Conservancy at Broken Kettle Grasslands, south of Westfield, is where many families spent a recent Saturday doing just that.

The youngest participant was just six weeks old while the oldest was probably in his 80s at the July 11 fun day.

The main attraction is going out to see the bison herd, which numbers close to 180 head and includes about 50 spring calves.

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    County Road No. 17: Portions to be ‘minimum maintenance’

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Editor’s Note: County Road No. 17 is comprised of 481st Avenue and 315th Street between 477th Street and S.D. Highway 48, just west of Akron. The portion discussed below is from the intersection of 315th Street and 480th Avenue east to 481st Avenue and north to 314th Street.

    What does Union County road crews do for minimum maintenance roads?

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    Sky performance

    The sky put on quite a show the evening of July 16 with large cloud formations filled with color (above). The clouds brought some welcome rain but the area needs much more. As the storm moved toward the east, the sky produced quite a light show with lightning (left). Another sky display happened the evening of July 18 and brought some more rain to the area.

    Akron council to enact ordinance governing private swimming pools

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Right now, there are no regulations regarding homeowners having swimming pools on their properties in Akron.

    But that may change as early as the Akron councilors’ next meeting, which is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 28.

    The councilors will hold a public hearing to get citizens’ comments and concerns about swimming pool regulations. Then they will hold a first reading of their proposed ordinance. At that point, councilors can

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    Enforcement authority to change for Portlandville Heights’

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron city officials want to transfer control of the Portlandville Heights Subdivisions’ covenants and their enforcement to those property owners.

    At the July 14 council meeting, City Attorney David Stuart explained currently city officials have control of the covenants and their enforcement.

    Initially when the subdivisions’ covenants were created, an Architectural Control Committee was formed to handle property owners’ requests and to enforce the covenants. The committee consists of

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    Heyl Truck Lines receives national shipping honors

    Heyl Truck Lines has been awarded several prestigious awards for their shipping efficiency and excellence.

    The Heyl Truck Lines’ dedicated fleet was recently honored by receiving the Tropicana “2014 Southern Region Carrier of the Year” Award for the second year in a row. Tropicana is a division of Pepsico.

    Representatives from the Tropicana transportation team traveled to Heyl’s headquarters in Akron to present the award.

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    Hometowner wins second in National Newspaper contest

    The Akron Hometowner has received a second place in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Editorial Contest. The second place was achieved in the Best Special News, Sports or Feature Section or Edition, Daily & Non-daily Division, circulation less than 3,000 for its 2014 Akron brochure. (The Hometowner has a circulation of 1,485.)

    “We are thankful and appreciative for this award as the contest is judged by our peers. And, it’s always nice to

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    Akron councilors hire

    new EMS director

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Effective Monday, Akron EMS Director Justin Heydon had resigned and a new ambulance service director was in place.

    City officials have also decided to move the Akron EMS equipment and office to the Akron Fire Station.

    At a special noon meeting on July 10, Akron councilors unanimously approved to hire

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    ‘Diamond Pro Realty’ opens in Akron

    By Julie Ann Madden

    As one real estate business completes its final chapter in Akron, another opens for business.

    Former Akron business owners Don and Deb Feauto and their eldest son, Lee Harding of Feauto Auction & Realty are officially closing their doors.

    For the past 27 years they have sold real estate locally and throughout Northwest Iowa and Southeast S.D.

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    Over knee high!

    The saying “Knee high by the Fourth of July,” is certainly true here. Curt Winterfeld, of Hawarden, stands in a field up to his chest and this was a week before the Fourth.

    According to an Iowa State University Extension report, 2015 should be a decent year for crops due to subsoil moisture levels giving farmers the possibility of having a good yield.

    Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

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