Local doctor receives research grant award

Posted August 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

The Affordable Care Act has opened up opportunities for local citizens to make an impact on health care services.

There was a concern that if government was going to pay for some things and not others, then how were we going to make sure we’re not just looking at the dollar but giving good health care, said Dr. David Wolff of Akron Mercy Medical Clinic.

Patience-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a non-governmental agency provides monetary grants to individuals or groups through its Pipeline to Proposal Awards program to generate research to find out what good health care is so Americans can make wise decisions, explained Wolff.

PCORI has a three-tiered grant program

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    One arrested, more sought in Akron burglary

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Finding a plasma cutter for sale on eBay turned out to be the key to solving part of a burglary which occurred in the 300 block of Norka Drive.

    On June 22, one or more persons stole metal working equipment from a building in Akron’s Industrial Park.

    Akron police with assistance from the Sioux City Police Department set up a sting operation

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    Drastic changes made to Reed St.

    The view drastically changed last week on the corner of Reed St. and Highway 12 as both the former Pronto building and the old Akron Register-Tribune building are gone. Some interesting snippets of advertising were exposed on the Opera House building after the Register-Tribune came down. There is remnants of a Bull Durham ad and under that it says “Pie Face Louie” which no one can figure out. There is also on ad towards the right which says Thos. Cusack Co. Chicago.

    Wind Farm opponents host forums on property value impact

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Dakota Power Community Wind LLC has filed 132 “Wind Option & Development Easements” in Lincoln County.

    These easements are an agreement with landowners to place wind turbines on their land.

    In March, Dakota Power Community Wind LLC representatives asked Union County Commissioners for their blessing of their proposed wind farm project, which has a goal of 500 wind turbines. Each turbine with an access road takes 1 acre of

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    Akron is first in county to consider fees for emergency police response

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series on small towns’ police services.

    Akron councilors are proposing to charge the City of Westfield any time Akron police officers respond to calls from the Plymouth County Communications Center regarding Westfield residents’ emergency situations.

    This is after Westfield councilors decided not to continue contracting police services with the City of Akron. This was due to Akron councilors raising the annual

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    Former Pronto fuel tanks removed

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron city officials continue preparing former Pronto convenience store property, which was last operated as The Barn restaurant, for new development.

    On Aug. 6, city officials under the supervision of Jerry Steffen of Steffen Engineering of Lawton removed the two fuel tanks from the property, which is located at Iowa Highway 12 and Reed Street.

    The Iowa Department of

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    Westfield residents receive nuisance violation notices

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Are their junk vehicles and debris setting in your yard?

    Does your yard have weeds and brush? Does it need mowing?

    Then it needs taken care of, Westfield city officials have told their property owners and property renters.

    In May, all property owners and renters received a letter requesting they spruce up their properties.


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    County Extension agents visit Aronia berry farm

    By Steve Peterson

    Nearly 40 participants of the North American County Agents Association attended an annual gathering of Extension services representatives and spent one of their days in Plymouth County at the John and Mary Lucken’s aronia berry farm on July 16.

    The county agent reps and their spouses enjoyed a tour of the Lucken farm.

    The representatives, from Louisiana to Virginia, learned the many Aronia berry

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    A Picture-perfect day

    An Akron Hometowner reader submitted this picture last week, portraying the beautiful scenery and July weather in the low 80’s that we have enjoyed. The sunflowers were in full bloom and created a stunning contrast against the backdrop of blue sky; white, fluffy clouds; and overlooking Akron and Lake Pearle.