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Calling country school home in Richland

Posted February 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

A former Union County country school still looks like a school building when one drives through Richland, S.D. — with the exception of a TV antenna and satellite dish on its roof; a dog kennel in the yard and a large deck off the rear entrance.

It was nearly a year ago when Adam and Kirstin Carlson of rural Elk Point, S.D., purchased the two-room schoolhouse with the intent to renovate the basement apartment into their own residence.

However, another residential opportunity came up for them — a chance to live near her parents, Doug and Jeanne Hanson. They took that opportunity but continued with their plans to renovate

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    Side by side for nearly 60 years

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Sixty years after the fact this couple feels her bosses set them up.

    She was teaching at Mt. Hope Country School, and he was a Korean War soldier who had just returned home to Union County, S.D. in 1957.

    School board members Ray Andresen, John Frisk and Henry Willms asked him to share his military story and

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    Living their wedding vows: In sickness and health

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “You should date my brother,” the late Christopher Walrod kept telling a residential counselor at Opportunities Unlimited in Sioux City where he lived.

    “No, I have a boyfriend,” the worker would respond.

    But his brother was right. By their second date, Bobby Walrod knew she was the one.

    They both were resident

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    Akron Chamber holds ‘Love Your Town’ drawing

    One way to “Love Your Town” is by supporting local businesses and organizations.

    To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Akron Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Love Your Town” drawing.

    Chamber members are giving their customers the opportunity to earn back some of the money they spend — by entering their sales receipts into a drawing with winners getting up to $200 in Chamber Bucks.

    The “Love Your Town” Receipt Rebate goes through Feb. 23.

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    Akron siblings attend Trump’s inauguration

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Attending President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration was the ultimate culmination of an Akron man’s first political involvement.

    When his sister, Kim Silvernagel of Baltimore, Maryland, called the afternoon of Jan. 12 to see if he could get tickets to the 45th President’s inauguration the next week, he highly doubted it. Even though she was the wife of a U.S. Navy officer, she was having trouble

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    What a wild winter!

    By Dodie Hook &

    Julie Ann Madden

    What name will historians give to this winter?

    The area has had it all —

    from warm temperatures to bitterly cold and from mud to ice with

    • Rainy thunderstorms;

    • Snowstorms;

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    Covered in ice!

    Although it may make for a pretty picture, the ice storm which hit the area Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 16 and 17, caused many problems for those trying to move around. Streets, sidewalks, trees, and just about everything was covered in ice — just like these trees in the Akron City Park. The Akron area was not hit as hard as some places which had thicker ice and power outages. The storm stretched all across the Midwest from Texas to Iowa and into Indiana causing treacherous

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    Chamber honors Akron’s oldest continuous business

    At the Akron Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet Saturday night at the Hole N’ The Wall Lodge, Chamber President Julie Ann Madden presented the first award given in many years.

    Recipients of the Chamber President’s Award were Tim and Val Philips, owners of the Akron Lumber Company, which is Akron’s oldest original surviving and continuous business.

    This year, the business will mark its 125th-year

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    Plymouth County gets first National Historic Landmark designation

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Plymouth County has its first National Historic Landmark, and it’s in Hancock Township, south of Westfield.

    Last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that Secretary Sally Jewell designated Kimball Village a National Historic Landmark.

    It is the 26th National Historic Landmark in Iowa and only one of about 2,500 across America.

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    Horton takes supervisors’ oath; Kass, chairman for Plymouth County

    By Steve Peterson

    Plymouth County supervisors met for the first time in 2017 on Jan. 3.

    Judge Jeff Neary gave the Oath of Office to newly-elected Supervisor Gary Horton. The Akron man will represent District No. 5 for the next four years as he won election in November. Horton just retired as Akron City Administrator.

    Supervisor Mark Loutsch of District No. 2, rural Le Mars, was

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