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Scarecrows invade Akron City Park Saturday

Posted September 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

The 14th annual Akron Scarecrow Festival, sponsored by the Friendship and Service Club, drew a large crowd Saturday in spite of bad storms the night before. The scarecrows are being auctioned off by Doug Houlton and Hank Krause.

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    A-W Homecoming Week begins Sunday night

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron-Westfield community will conduct its annual Homecoming activities next week, Sept. 21 – 27.

    Homecoming Kick-Off

    The Westfield Council is hosting an Akron-Westfield Homecoming Kick-Off celebration on Sunday, Sept. 21 in Westfield.

    The kick-off party will include a supper, pep rally and bonfire at the Westfield Ball Field.

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    Great Akron Scarecrow Festival & Contest is Saturday

    Heerens bring menagerie of animals

    It’s one of Eldon and Marcene Heeren’s favorite times — providing animals for children’s petting zoos.

    This Saturday, the Akron, S.D., couple are bringing a menagerie to the Great Akron Scarecrow Festival & Contest, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Akron City Park.

    Their pets have been

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    2015 Union County budget is hard sale

    By Julie Ann Madden

    How to fund the Union County Communications Center topped the commission’s hearing on the 2015 Budget at their Sept. 2 meeting.

    Commissioner Ross Jordan who had missed the last few meetings where commissioners set the county’s 2015 Provisional Budget, began the discussion encouraging his fellow commissioners to reconsider adding additional funding to the Communications Center’s Budget.

    “The whole reason of the Opt Out was to fund (the communications center),”

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    2014 A-W Homecoming Royalty candidates announced

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron-Westfield Grades 7-12 Principal Derek Briggs announced the 2014 Homecoming Royalty candidates. They are:

    Queen Candidates

    Alexis Hageman, daughter of Doug and Stephanie Hageman of Akron.

    Kortney Hedlund, daughter of Troy and Debra Hedlund of Sioux City.

    Kali Kriener, daughter of Daniel and Linda Kriener of Westfield.


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    Kiddie Train conductors all set to holler ‘All Aboard’

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It’ll be a toss up as to who will be having the most fun on the Kiddie Train at the Great Akron Scarecrow Festival & Contest, which begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20 in the Akron City Park.

    Kiddie Train Conductors Warren Thompson, Verna Thompson and Gerry Stowers are tweaking their outfits as well as designing a “railroad crossing” entrance where children will board the train and take a ride through the scarecrows.

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    Scarecrows are appearing in Akron

    Pre-Festival Contests
    To compete for Pre-Festival prizes, check out the Festival’s Facebook Page: Great Akron Scarecrow Festival.

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It doesn’t matter what the weather will be — hot, cold, rain or sleet. It’s still the best place to be.

    It doesn’t matter what age of “kid” you are either or if your agenda is play, eat or shop.

    On Saturday, Sept. 20,

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    Two local musicians inducted into S.D. Country Music Hall of Fame

    The South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame held its 11th annual induction of country music artists Sunday at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron, S.D.

    The honored inductees were Virginia Feekes Spoonemore, Huron; James Anthony Rose (Dennis Brown), Flandreau native; Ricky Artz, Onida native; Perk Washenberger, Aberdeen; Jack Engel, Rapid City; Edean Landmark Watertown; Chad Peterson, Skip Johnson, and Lee Schaffer of the Clay Creek Deaf Cowboy Band which celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2013, Vermillion and Elk Point; Kenny Putnam, Rapid City; Jake

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    West Nile Virus cases increase

    On Aug. 28, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced seven cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Iowa: one case each in Buchanan, Clay, Crawford, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties. Additional cases are being investigated in Sac and Shelby counties.

    Two of the confirmed cases were hospitalized, but are now recovering at home.

    In addition to the human cases of West Nile virus, four mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus: two pools

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    Four young entrepreneurs ‘pay it forward’

    The entrepreneurs are (l-r:) Madalyn Groon, age 6; Alexa Swoyer, 10; Allie Swoyer, 7; and Callie Jager, 6.

    When four Akron-Westfield girls asked their daycare provider if they could operate a lemonade stand on Country Club Drive, Jessica Meinen said “Yes.”

    In just a couple of hours July 30, the girls had made $29. Then they came up with two ideas to “pay it

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