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Loving thy neighbor

Posted December 13, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

It can happen to anyone — losing one’s job, becoming ill, running out of retirement funds — or a multitude of other things can cause an individual or family to fall into poverty.

However, there is help available — from food and gasoline vouchers, rental and utility assistance, home repairs and improvements to health care and health insurance, educational preschool and family development support, and childcare.

Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc. has 12 different programs to assist low-income individuals and families in meeting their basic survival needs. See attached chart.

Akron Food Pantry

Although Akron

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    Scoopin’ & sleddin’

    With 6.6 inches of snow blanketing a layer of ice, Akron area residents began digging out Sunday afternoon. Four-year-old Mia Watkins, of Akron, helped her dad, Anthony, clean off a sidewalk at 201 Reed St.

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    Wrestling alumni invited to celebrate Akron’s 50th tourney

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Jan. 6, 1968 was the first Akron Invitational wrestling tournament.

    There were just four teams competing that Saturday afternoon and evening.

    Rock Valley Rockets won the tourney with 95 points by virtue of winning five firsts, two seconds and five third places.

    In second place, with 88 points, was Kingsley-Pierson. Coming in third

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    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

    It’s that time of year again when downtown Akron becomes aglow with Christmas spirit. Santa sent his helpers, including “Santa” Bob Popken, Nov. 20 to decorate Akron.

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    Creating leaf paintings

    By Julie Ann Madden

    While many people are excited to be done raking leaves this year, one Akron woman is excitedly looking through her leaf collection.

    Chaney Neff, of rural Akron, creates paintings using leaves as her canvases.

    The Ute, Iowa, native has been an artist forever — it’s always been a part of her life.

    From

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    Shop Local Saturday winners announced

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “I thought it was fun,” said Gina Terpstra, a winner in the Akron Area Chamber of Commerce’s Shop Local Saturday promotion.

    Shoppers could play a LOCAL card, which was similar to playing Bingo, by purchasing specific items, spending a minimum amount or doing a selfie outside a business which was normally closed on Saturdays and posting it on the business’ Facebook page.

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    211 Reed St., No bids – No sale

    By Julie Ann Madden

    With city officials wanting to gift the remaining walls of the former Jacobson Auto Parts store at 211 Reed St. to adjacent property owners and refusing to answer liability questions regarding these walls, there were no bids made at the Nov. 13 auction of the lot.

    Both Dave Boettcher, owner of the former bar building at 201 Reed St., and Dr. Jeff Van’t Hof, owner of Akron Veterinary Clinic at 215 Reed St., had been interested

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    211 Reed St.: No bids – No sale

    By Julie Ann Madden

    With city officials wanting to gift the remaining walls of the former Jacobson Auto Parts store at 211 Reed St. to adjacent property owners and refusing to answer liability questions regarding these walls, there were no bids made at the Nov. 13 auction of the lot.

    Both Dave Boettcher, owner of the former bar building at 201 Reed St., and Dr. Jeff Van’t Hof, owner of Akron Veterinary Clinic at 215 Reed St., had been interested

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    Farmers are finishing up harvest

    By Dodie Hook and

    Julie Ann Madden

    With weather remaining fairly dry farmers in the area were out trying to finish up the harvest. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Iowa for the week ending Nov. 11, there were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork as temperatures dipped below normal across much of the state. Eighty-three percent of the state’s corn has been harvested, three

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