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Community helps Westfield couple

Posted February 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

More than 100 people came together on Feb. 11, giving their support to Terry and Martha Kratz, whose rural Westfield home was destroyed in a fire on Jan. 16.

This benefit was sponsored by the Akron Pizza Ranch and Local 42 International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

    Will constructing dike help?

    By Julie Ann Madden

    One question Akron City Administrator Dan Rolfes asked Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials was could a dike be built along both sides of the Plymouth County Drainage District to protect the Akron Business Park and keep the area from being declared a floodplain?

    On Feb. 5, Rolfes released DNR Flood Plain Management Engineer Bill Cappuccio’s response:

    “It depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. If your goal

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    DNR officials reveal ‘2D’ floodplain model progress

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron city officials met with Iowa legislators and Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials last Friday and received an update on the progress of the DNR’s “2D” model for Akron’s Floodplain Insurance Rating Map (FIRM)revision.

    The DNR is in the process of updating its FIRMs and initially did a “1D” model, which showed the Akron Business Park being in a floodplain due to the Plymouth

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    Supervisors approve increase in cities’ 911-service fee

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A fundraiser is being held to help a Westfield couple who lost everything Jan. 16 in a house fire.

    From 5:00 – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Akron Pizza Ranch is hosting a Community Impact Night to benefit Terry and Martha Kratz.

    The fundraiser, which is sponsored by Local 42 International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, includes a silent auction, raffle and full Pizza Ranch buffet. Ten percent

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    Community to rally to help Westfield family

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A fundraiser is being held to help a Westfield couple who lost everything Jan. 16 in a house fire.

    From 5:00 – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Akron Pizza Ranch is hosting a Community Impact Night to benefit Terry and Martha Kratz.

    The fundraiser, which is sponsored by Local 42 International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, includes a silent auction,

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    Hawarden Regional Healthcare partners with MercyOne Akron Family Medicine

    Hawarden Regional Healthcare (HRH) in Hawarden is pleased to announce that it is working with MercyOne Siouxland to bring the MercyOne Akron Family Medicine in Akron into the operations of Hawarden Regional Healthcare.

    “Hawarden Regional Healthcare and MercyOne Siouxland have a long-term standing relationship and here at MercyOne Siouxland it is exciting to see that relationship strengthen between the two organizations. I view this transition as a win for both the organizations and for the Akron community,” says Rob Stowe, Executive Director of Rural Hospital Operations,

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    Large Group Speech competitors advance to state

    Five Large Group Speech groups are heading to the state competition after winning at Saturday’s District Contest, which was held at Sioux City East High School.

    “The Westerner Speech students had a successful day considering the tough competition and the number of larger schools involved in their district,” said A-W Large Group Speech Coach Susan Anderson. “And rather difficult judging.”

    Advancing to the State Contest are:

    • Chloral Reading – “The Life

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    Proposed floodplain maps could eliminate Akron’s business park

    By Julie Ann Madden

    With the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) revising area floodplain maps that don’t make sense to Akron city officials and entrepreneurs, they appealed to Iowa legislators for assistance.

    On Friday, Iowa District 5 Rep. Tom Jeneary and Iowa District 3 Senator Jim Carlin met at Akron City Hall with 20 concerned citizens.

    City Administrator Dan Rolfes explained his frustration — first at not having access to the proposed

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    Rexwinkels receive tax abatement incentive

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Rexwinkel Funeral Home is the first business to use Akron’s new Urban Revitalization Plan.

    At their Jan. 14 meeting, Akron councilors unanimously approved allowing Rexwinkel Funeral Home owners Daniel and Lori Rexwinkel, of Le Mars, to receive property tax abatements on their new facility at 601 Torbert Blvd.

    Because city officials had little infrastructure expenditures for this commercial property, Akron City Administrator Dan Rolfes recommended the council give the

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    Solberg fills Akron Council vacancy

    By Julie Ann Madden

    One of newly-elected Akron Mayor Alex Pick’s first duties was to ask the council to appoint a person to fill his vacated council seat.

    Eric Solberg was the only Akron resident who submitted a written note of his interest in the position. It’s his first time at seeking a public office.

    Councilor Ryan Bergman made the motion for the appointment, and

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