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Westfield councilors reopen City Hall

Posted September 15, 2016 at 5:00 am

Nine months after a fire resulted in the closing and gutting of Westfield’s City Hall building, the doors of the newly renovated building were opened to the public. At their Aug. 23 meeting, the council and Mayor Mike Tadlock held their first monthly meeting back in the building. Gone is the horseshoe-shaped councilor seating. Now they sit around this elongated conference table. The chairs are wooden kitchen-like chairs — not the turquoise-plastic ones of the 1950s and 1960s. From Left: Beth Terpstra, Marcia Dewey, Don Dion, Mike Tadlock and James Feauto.

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    First time woman serves as commissioner

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Her final vote was cast at about 8:40 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6 at the Union County Commission table — it was to appoint her replacement to the Commission.

    When a vacancy occurs on a South Dakota county commission board, statute allows the county auditor to fill the interim seat.

    When Union County Commissioner Bob Ballard moved out of his

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    Hospital officials change entrance location to Emergency Room

    Due to the construction process at Hawarden Regional Healthcare, the relocation of the Emergency Room and Inpatient entrance will be moved to the Outpatient

    entrance or the Hospital entrance on L Street on the west side of the Hospital.

    On Sept. 15 at Noon: All outpatient, inpatient and emergency room patients will need to use this entrance. Hawarden Regional Healthcare will provide wayward signage to assist the public to find the same great services with a unified entry point.

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    To Do List: Make scarecrows for contest

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Their goal is to have at least 50 scarecrows lining the Akron City Park cul de sac drive along Iowa Highway 12 come the morning of Sept. 17, which is the date for the 16th annual Great Akron Scarecrow Festival.

    But it’s not all work for the 37 members of the General Federated Women’s Club locally known as the Friendship & Service Club. Every Monday night during the month before the festival, Harold Higman Jr. opens

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    A-W students select Homecoming Royalty candidates

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Which “Super Heroes” are candidates hoping to reign over the Akron-Westfield Westerners’ Homecoming were announced Sept. 2 by Grades 7-12 Principal Derek Briggs and High School Guidance Counselor Krista Weiland.

    Queen Candidates

    The 2016 A-W Homecoming Queen candidates are:

    • Bailey Davis, daughter of Kim and Rich Davis of Akron;

    • Jessica

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    A-W classes start

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23, students brought their school supplies to Akron-Westfield Community School in anticipation of their first day of classes the next morning.

    Meeting their teachers and unpacking school supplies while parents filled out seemingly endless forms, students checked out where they’d spend the next 180 days learning.

    At 8:15 a.m., the Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post 186

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    Akron councilors acknowledge Open Meetings Law violation

    By Julie Ann Madden

    An April 15 Closed Session held during an Akron City Council meeting regarding pending or imminent litigation violated Iowa’s Open Meetings Laws.

    The Akron Hometowner Publisher Doris “Dodie” Hook had filed an Open Meetings Law violation complaint with theIowa Public Information Board (IPIB). At their Aug. 23 meeting, Akron councilors unanimously approved an “informal resolution,” which was a settlement agreement between Hook and the council, mediated by the IPIB.

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    Local farmers share about ag during Plymouth County Fair

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Do you know why there is so much livestock in Northwest Iowa?

    Because the area was not close to a “River Market” like eastern Iowa was. On the eastern side of the state, farmers took their grain to the Mississippi River and placed it on river barges for shipment.

    However, in this area, farmers “walked

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    A-W has eight new teachers

    By Julie Ann Madden

    As students walk into the Akron-Westfield Community School, they will find several new faces among the faculty.

    There are some in each of the areas: elementary, middle school and high school.


    Lucas Werner

    Lucas Werner, an Ellsworth, Minn., native, will teach fourth grade at A-W

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    Selling lemonade for a cause

    On Sunday afternoon, (l-r:) Carly West and Lea Van Buskirk were raising money to give to their Akron-Westfield fourth grade teachers. They start fourth grade next week and want to help their teachers out. A large glass of pink lemonade was going for 50 cents.