Mayor proposes selling 8-plex

Posted August 21, 2014 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

At their Aug. 12 meeting, councilors unanimously agreed to pursue selling the Akron Care Center’s 8-plex, also known as Village North Senior Apartments, located at 421 Dakota St.

Akron Mayor Harold Higman Jr. told the council he had somebody possibly interested in buying it and that he thought it could sell for about $270,000 to $280,000 which would be split 50/50 between Care Center and city coffers.

The council formed a committee to meet with a couple of the Akron Care Center trustees to come up with a recommendation about selling the facility. Councilors Barbara Johnson and Bob Frerichs volunteered to be on the committee, which is to bring back their recommendation to the Aug. 26 council meeting.

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    Neunaber pleads ‘not guilty’

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It’s been quite a busy week in Plymouth County District Court as a plethora of documents were filed in the Esther Grace Neunaber murder case.

    On Aug. 8, Plymouth County Attorney Darin. J. Raymond filed trial information, accusing Esther’s son, Jonathan Donald Neunaber, 44, Akron, of Class A felony murder in the first degree. Raymond alleges Jonathan had “malice aforethought, willfully, deliberately and with premeditation killed” his mother on or about June 26 at their residence

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    Westergard represents Plymouth County at Iowa State Fair

    Akron-Westfield student and Plymouth County Fair Queen Cali Westergard, 17, of Ireton, is introduced during the Iowa State Fair Queen Coronation Ceremony on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 9. Cali follows in the tradition of her sisters who have participated in the State Fair Queen contest: Cayla (2004), first runner-up; Carissa (2007); and Caine (2009), queen. Elizabeth Glover, Clay County, was named the 2014 Iowa State Fair Queen, Megan Andersen, Grundy County, was named first runner-up, Amber Neisius,

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    Neunaber’s murder case moves to next court step

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A preliminary hearing, which had been set for Aug. 11, was cancelled in the case regarding the murder of Esther Grace Neunaber, 80, of rural Akron.

    Her son, Jonathan, who has been charged with Class A felony murder in the first degree, was to appear in court but a district court judge ruled the hearing was not necessary and set an arraignment hearing for 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 18 at the Plymouth County Courthouse in Le

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    Local cook goes international

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron community may remember him as the boy who worked along side his dad in the kitchen of Akron Jo’s Cafe or was serving a catered meal with his sisters and mom at local events.

    But since 2010, Andres Arreola has been working as a chef for an international company called Levy Restaurants which provides sports and entertainment food.

    If you’ve been to the Kentucky Derby, U.S. Open,

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    Akron man charged with murdering his mother

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Plymouth County law enforcement authorities believe an Akron woman was killed by her son.

    On July 31, Jonathan Donald Neunaber, 44, was charged with Class A felony murder in the first degree in connection with the homicide of his mother, Esther Grace Neunaber, age 80.

    The bodies of Esther and her husband, Donald John Neunaber, 83, were found the evening of July 9 in their home at 17279 180th

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    Tractor Ride to make Akron stop Aug. 16

    By Julie Ann Madden

    When going just 15 mph, one sees more of the countryside.

    Plus, when one’s driving a tractor, one not only sees more of the scenery but hears the sounds traveling along rural roads.

    “You sit up higher on a tractor and you’re not doing 60 or 70 mph so you see more of the scenery than you can

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    Iowa Highway 12 reduced to one lane

    The Big Sioux River has eroded into the west shoulder of Iowa Highway 12, just north of the entrance into Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Iowa Department of Transportation officials have closed the roadway to just one lane of traffic with a traffic signal at each end.


    Make that number six!

    By Hank Krause

    Akron-Westfield girls pounded out 16 hits to crush Kee Lansing, 12-1 in the final Class 1A state softball championship game July 25 in Fort Dodge.

    The girls are state champions one more time. For the fourth time in five years, they won back-to-back championships.

    A-W tangled with the the Kee Lansing Hawks for the state title — what started out to be the battle

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    Westergard, Marienau named Plymouth County Fair queen, king

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Eight youth out of the 25 king and queen candidates were in The Akron Hometowner’s coverage area, and one was selected as the 2014 Plymouth County Fair Queen.

    Cali Westergard, daughter of Carl and Colleen Westergard of Ireton, received the crown during the Wednesday evening fair royalty ceremonies. She was also named Miss Congeniality. Westergard was sponsored by the Johnson Juniors 4-H Club.

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