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Couple volunteers their time as cemetery caretakers

Posted October 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”

Revelations 14:13

That is what is written on the tombstone of Nils Peter Erickson, born May 31, 1840 and died Oct. 22, 1908, and his wife, Sarah Charlotta Erickson who was born 1834 and died 1924.

Nearby is the oldest tombstone in the Erickson Cemetery, located about five miles west of Hawarden on S.D. Hwy 13 at the intersection of 482nd

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    UC Planning & Zoning recommends eliminating Hyperion’s Planned Development

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Hyperion opponents may get a gift they’ve been hoping for since 2007 — the removal of Hyperion’s Planned Development from Union County.

    And Union County landowners who optioned their land to Hyperion will save an extra $500 in the rezoning of their lands back to agriculture zoning.

    When Hyperion officials released their land options in 2013, they didn’t pay the $500 fee to have the acres rezoned back to

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    Westfield may have new mayor

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A Westfield resident announced his intention to seek the mayoral seat at the Aug. 25 council meeting.

    Mike Tadlock, who lives at 321 Union St., has been a Westfield resident for five years.

    “I’ve always contemplated the idea of being mayor,” Tadlock told The Akron Hometowner. “With Mayor Bill Hummel choosing not to run, I thought this would be

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    Akron: First woman to ever seek mayoral seat

    By Julie Ann Madden

    An Akron woman is making history. If she wins the Nov. 3 Akron mayoral election, Sharon Frerichs will be the first woman to hold the seat.

    In 2009, Sharon Frerichs was appointed to fulfill the term of Councilor Brent James who had just been elected to serve a term when his job required him to move closer to Sioux City.

    A retired Akron-Westfield business teacher,

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    Akron has four seeking council seats

    By Julie Ann Madden

    There will be several new faces on the Akron City Council after the Nov. 3 election.

    Mayor Harold Higman Jr. and Councilors Bob Frerichs and Barbara Johnson are not seeking reelection. Plus Councilor Sharon Frerichs is running for the mayoral seat.

    Incumbents Denise Loutsch-Beitelspacher and Gerry Stowers are seeking another term.



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    Union County joins other counties in appealing pipeline’s assessed valuation

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Did the S.D. Department of Revenue make a “just and equitable” assessment of a pipeline that runs through Union County?

    On Sept. 22, Union County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to have a law firm investigate this matter in regards to NuStar Energy LP’s pipeline, which runs through 12 counties in South Dakota.

    Earlier in September, Union County Auditor Carol Klumper received the S.D. Department of Revenue’s report stating

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    Akron Historical Society hosts Cemetery Walk

    Interested in learning:

    • The history of some people buried in Akron’s Riverside Cemetery and

    • The unique features of local tombstones and grave sites?

    If so, then come to the Akron Historical Society’s Fourth Annual Cemetery Walk on Saturday, Oct. 24.

    The tour will actually begin at 2 p.m. at 601 Main St. in the Akron Area Museum’s Community Room. The walk starts here

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    Libraries to receive $80K from Plymouth County coffers

    By Steve Peterson

    At their Oct. 6 meeting, Plymouth County supervisors voted unanimously to approve the FY 2014-2015 library funding agreement with four county libraries.

    Akron, Remsen, Kingsley and Merrill libraries will share $80,000 in the agreement with the county.

    Akron Public Library Director Jeannie Frerichs said the libraries were very happy with the agreement, which was signed by the Akron Library Board on Sept. 15.

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    Fog rolls in Sunday morning

    A low lying fog rolled in around 7 a.m. Sunday morning in Union County along Union Creek. Although a pretty sight, it was rather eerie! However, the fog didn’t last long as it dissipated in about an hour.