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Mike’s Inc. adds propane service

Posted March 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

By May 1, area residents will have another supplier to consider when purchasing propane for their businesses and homes.

Mike’s Inc. is expanding its product line at the 420 Norka Drive location.

This week the land was being prepared for the installation of a large propane tank.

Mike’s Inc. begins its 31st year of business in Akron with this expansion. The company is owned by Mike and Mary Caskey of Akron, and their daughters, Jessica and Justin Koedam of Akron and Ashley Caskey of Sioux City.

In addition to propane, Mike’s

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    Former Joy Hollow log cabin to be demolished if not rescued

    Joy Hollow Log Cabin, a part of the Plymouth County Fairgrounds for the past 11 years, is scheduled to be demolished this spring if someone does not rescue the cabin by April 9, the date of the next Plymouth County Fair Board meeting.

    One group has stepped forward to show interest – the Plymouth County Historical Museum — but so far, the Museum Board has not reached agreement on whether a rescue

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    Fourteen A-W projects advance to state History Day

    By Julie Ann Madden

    On March 12, Akron-Westfield Grades 6-12 students competed at the National History Day District Contest at the Area Education Agency Office in Sioux City.

    The students created exhibits, website documentaries and performances for their National History Day projects.

    This year’s National History Day competition drew a record-number 336 registered students from the northwest Iowa region.

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    Mayor seeks volunteers for Akron ambulance

    At the March 10 council meeting, the Akron City Council accepted the resignation of the Akron EMS director.

    We, at City Hall, are working to reorganize the Ambulance service for the people of Akron. In doing so two things must happen.

    First, the service must remain financially sound.

    Second, we need local EMTs and drivers.

    Without these two components, we can not make the service

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    Emergency siren testing began Monday

    Akron Police Chief Jimmy James reminds Akron and Westfield residents that the emergency sirens are being tested to make sure they are working properly.

    The first test was conducted on Monday, and now the sirens will be tested at Noon on the first Monday of each month. The next test will be Monday, April 6.

    The emergency sirens will sound in both towns when tornadic weather is imminent and people should take cover immediately.

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    Five receive All-State honors in Individual Events Speech

    Congratulations to these Akron-Westfield Individual Events Speech contestants on achieving the highest honor in high school speech competition:

    Charlie Anderson – Acting

    Alex Franker – Acting

    Jackson Gereau – Literary Program

    Ryleigh Schnell – Public Address

    Cali Westergard – Expository Address

    TreePans.com: one of Top 5 grant finalists

    Five Siouxland businesses and pre-revenue businesses have been selected as finalists to pitch for $5,000 of start-up capital at EntreFEST in Iowa City on May 21.

    The Top 5 in the Dream Big Grow Here Contest are:

    • Jackson Street Brewing, Sioux City;

    • TreePans.com, the Bill Brown family of Akron;

    • Marto Brewing Company, Onawa;

    • American

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    21 A-W students head to state IE Speech

    Akron-Westfield Individual Events Speech students competed at Districts Feb. 28 at West Lyon. Those receiving a Superior “I” rating advanced to the state contest, which is March 14 at Sibley-Ocheyedan. Students participating at Districts were (Front Row l-r:) Ryleigh Schnell (Public Address, I), Jessen Wood (Prose, I), Marlenne Arreola (Storytelling, I), Kali Kriener (Acting, I), Alex Franker (Acting, I), Hannah Koele (Original Oratory, I and Prose, I), (Middle Row l-r:) Becky Roberson (Poetry, I), Emmy Knuth (Acting, II), Makayla Swancutt (Storytelling, I), Katie Johnson (Storytelling,

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    State champ!

    Akron-Westfield seventh grader Adam Allard is youth wrestling state champion at C-85. He wrestled for the Legends of Gold Club, Beresford, at the AAU Kids State Championship held Feb. 28 – March 1 in Des Moines. This is his fourth straight state championship. Adam won five matches — one by technical fall and four by pin, including his championship round against Nolan Noonan, DC Elite Club, in 1:03. Adam is headed back to Des Moines this weekend for District Duals. Adam’s brother, Arik, also wrestled

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    Union County faces next ‘gorilla’

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “I’ve been through one energy event before,” Union County Commissioner Doyle Karpen told wind farm entrepreneurs at their March 3 meeting. “I’m tested — I can go through another.”

    The other seasoned commissioners — Chairman Milt Ustad and Marvin Schempp — joined newly-elected Commissioners Richard Headid and Bob Ballard in telling Dakota Power Community Wind to “Go for it.”

    The company’s board includes Beresford Mayor Jim Fedderson along with

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