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Water woes

Posted May 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

Thursday, May 2, The Akron Hometowner joined S.D. Department of Transportation Yankton Area Engineer Rod Gall and his crew as they surveyed the Big Sioux River flooding on S.D. Highway 48.

Just west of the Iowa-South Dakota bridge is the S.D. Highway 48’s lowest point between the bridge and Union County Road No. 3, Gall explained, and the flood waters were still rushing across the roadway about 3 inches in depth.

For at least one-half mile, not only has the asphalt shoulder washed away from the asphalt portion of the highway, but the highway’s concrete section has been undermined at least to the center yellow line and uncovered concrete culvert seams

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    Changes are coming to Reed Street

    By Julie Ann Madden

    As 2019 enters its fourth month, one Reed Street business is up for sale and another is closing its doors.

    Throttles & Bottles Bar & Grill at 201 Reed St. is up for sale. Owner David Boettcher, who is known for flipping properties, has remodeled the interior and is now working on the exterior. The bar is open for business with a realtor’s sign next to the front door.

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    Condo Project resumes

    By Julie Ann Madden

    In the next year, there will be condominium housing constructed on the former Finzen Trailer Park, which is currently owned by the City of Akron — if the land sale and rezoning are completed.

    At their April 23 meeting, Akron councilors unanimously approved two resolutions regarding a portion of the former trailer park property.

    The first was a resolution setting a public hearing on the rezoning of this parcel,

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    Second transformer installed

    Work continues on the city’s new electrical station at Iowa Highway 12 and Reed Street. On April 17, the second transformer arrived and was installed. On Monday, April 29, the process of taking down the old substation began.

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    Easter Hoppenings

    On Saturday, the Akron Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Easter activities, which included a traditional Easter Egg Hunt and a Easter Basket Hop down Akron’s business trail. About 300 children participated in the hunt and about 200 filled their basket bags with goodies, played games, visited with Lola the goat, saw chicks and Sandy, the News Hound, and took a selfie photo with the Easter Bunny. The hunt included about 60 “golden eggs” filled with about $600 worth of Chamber

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    A-W makes plans for fourth school bond attempt

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron-Westfield School Board’s consensus is to try to get voters to pass their bond plan again.

    They held a work session March 11 to discuss their options.

    At their April 8 meeting, Board President Nick Schoenfelder, who serves on the board’s Facilities Committee, reported committee members had met with Cannon Moss Brygger Architects (CMBA) on April 1. CMBA had managed the last (third) bond attempt, including designing the

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    A-W hires Grades Preschool-6 principal

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron-Westfield School Board hired a new elementary principal for the 2019-2020 school year, replacing Grades Preschool-6 Principal Cathy Bobier who is retiring.

    Michelle Henrich, of Akron, will begin July 1 at an annual salary of $90,000.

    “I grew up in a small town,” said Henrich about why she applied for the position, “and I appreciate all the small town

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    Bruinsma resigns

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It’s the “Call of Family” Akron Care Center Administrator Alan Bruinsma heard that has caused him to submit his resignation, which will be effective May 16.

    According to Bruinsma, his wife will be retiring and their children and grandchildren live in Billings, Mont. — a little bit too far to commute to Akron. He has found a position within two hours of Billings.

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    Principal Bobier announces retirement

    By Julie Ann Madden

    She’s hanging up her coaching whistle, handing out her last few disciplinary actions and cleaning out her desk at the end of this school year.

    Akron-Westfield Grades Preschool – 6 Principal Cathy Bobier submitted her retirement notice to the Akron-Westfield School Board at their March monthly meeting.

    “It was a very difficult decision to decide to retire because of

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    Plymouth County officials order levee repairs

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “It’s a matter of who wants to predict when water is going to come up next and how long is (the Big Sioux River levee) going to last,” said Plymouth County Emergency Management Coordinator Duane Walhof. “We’re in an emergency situation — what are we going to do to fix that levee?”

    That’s what Walhof, and Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe asked Plymouth County Supervisors at their April 2 meeting.

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