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A-W softball qualifies for state

Posted July 21, 2017 at 8:37 pm

The Class 1A Akron-Westfield softball team was off to the state tournament for the 13th time in 16 years.

Going into the state tournament, A-W was ranked No. 2 behind defending state champion Kee, who A-W met in the 2016 championship game. Each team had a 35-2 record.

Unfortunately, A-W fell in the first round to Sigourney, 7-3, ending the hopes of another meeting with Kee in the championship game.

The Iowa Girls State Softball Championship games for all classes will be broadcast on Iowa Public Television July 21. Class 1A is at 2:30 p.m.

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    By Dodie Hook

    It was a great day for a tractor ride July 1 as the annual Utesch Tractor Ride took place. It was impressive as the 30 some tractors traveled along C-16 and around the section.

    This ride has become an annual tradition for members and some friends of the Utesch family. All ages and several generations participated.

    The ride around the section was led

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    By Julie Ann Madden

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    “Artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II did a fantastic job,” Kingsley Mayor Rick Bohle told the crowd of more than 150 Saturday, noting the rock came from Plymouth County’s rock quarry called Walker Pit,

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    River’s Bend Wildlife Area campground opens June 30

    Camping will officially open Friday, June 30 at the River’s Bend Wildlife Area, just two miles south of Akron along the west side of Iowa Highway 12.

    Plymouth County’s newest park includes boating, fishing and walking around the lake as just a few of the fun activities available. There is also a restroom and a picnic shelter. Soon there will also be a dock installed.

    For campers, there are 10 camping

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    By Julie Ann Madden

    When the old Care Center nursing home building was shuttered in August 2013, the Akron community hoped it wouldn’t become an eyesore.

    After three years of being vacant, the building is being filled with niche businesses and organizations.

    In fact, as the first business celebrates its first anniversary Saturday, it is noted the main floor and basement are completely filled. This leaves only the second floor available for more

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    With the temperatures in the 90s recently, farmers were out in full swing planting their crops. “It was a very good week (last week) of weather for farmers to finish planting, make hay and do needed spraying. The warm sunny weather was also very good for crop conditions with 77 percent of corn and 73 percent of beans rated good or excellent,” said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.

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    According to Akron Hometowner sources, five staff members received termination notices.

    “We are working through the process and plan,”

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    By Julie Ann Madden

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    Outstanding supporter.

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