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From softball diamond to diamond ring

Posted February 14, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

Editor’s Note: The Akron Hometowner conducted this couple’s interview via emails and this editor, along with Cupid, think their love story is just fine without any editing!

Instead of an arrow, Cupid used a softball diamond to get Lora DeBerg, of Primghar, and Jim Pierce, of Spencer, together. Lora is the Akron Public Library Director and Jim is a Software Engineer at Wells Enterprises in Le Mars. The Akron couple has four daughters: Reyna, Suri, Devi and Vada.

How did you meet? Where, approximately when? Blind date? Set up by friends?

Jim: Co-Ed Softball. I believe it was June 4, 2006. I was not

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    Love at first glance

    Posted February 14, 2019 at 6:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “Wither I goest, I will go; and

    “Where thou lodgest, I will lodge.”

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    Love at first glance

    Posted February 14, 2019 at 6:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “Wither I goest, I will go; and

    “Where thou lodgest, I will lodge.”

    That’s the sign hanging amongst their

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    Six off to State Large Group Speech!

    Posted January 22, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    At the Large Group Speech District Contest Saturday in Sheldon, six of Akron-Westfield’s seven groups advanced to the State Contest, which will be held Feb. 2 in Spencer.

    They are:

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    Opera House announces The Snow Queen auditions

    Posted February 14, 2019 at 6:00 am

    An audition will be held for the Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) production of THE SNOW QUEEN Monday, March 4 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Akron Opera House.

    Those auditioning may register between 6:30 and

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    Council increases Westfield employees’ wages

    Posted January 31, 2019 at 6:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    With changes in city employees, Westfield councilors make wage increases at their Jan. 21 meeting.

    City Clerk Talia Evenson marked her first anniversary in her position

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    Care Center to study assisted living feasibility

    Posted January 31, 2019 at 6:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron councilors agreed to let Akron Care Center Board of Trustees use the Grain Train dollars.

    Care Center Administrator Alan Bruinsma made the request at the

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    Youth gather for weekly evening of faith, fun

    Posted January 24, 2019 at 6:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    On Jan. 16, more than 80 high school youth attended the first event planned by Akron-Westfield students who have come together to form “Jesus

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    Akron Chamber holds annual banquet

    Posted January 24, 2019 at 6:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A fantastic year.

    That is how Akron Area Chamber of Commerce President Jennie Roed described 2018 for

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    AMA requests A-W enforce activity policy

    Posted January 24, 2019 at 6:00 am

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At their Jan. 14 meeting, Akron-Westfield School Board members were asked to stop student activities from infringing on Sunday and Wednesday “Church Night” times.

    Akron Ministerial

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    Variety store progresses

    Posted January 20, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    On Monday, exterior signage was installed at the new Dollar General store site at 302 Hwy 12 N. in Akron.

    Mercy changes name

    Posted January 20, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Mercy Health Network, a leading health care system, will soon become MercyOne hospitals and clinics. The change is set to officially launch Feb. 1, unifying its statewide footprint by implementing a strategic brand initiative to connect the many points of care to better

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    Henrich and Briggs advance to state wrestling tournament

    Posted February 14, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Akron-Westfield wrestler senior John Henrich (160) and sophomore Jader Briggs (106) advanced to the state wrestling tournament by placing first in their division at the District meet held Feb. 9 at Sibley-Ocheyedan. The top two places advanced to state.

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    Boys defeat Westwood

    Posted February 13, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team ended their regular season with a 59-55 win against Westwood in Sloan Feb. 8. The regular season ended with a record of 8-13 overall and 4-7 in conference

    Leading scorer for

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    Girls win first round

    Posted February 13, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Playing at home in the first round of playoffs Feb. 8, the Akron-Westfield girls basketball team defeated Remsen St. Mary’s, 60-22, to advance to the next round. Round two was Tuesday, Feb. 12 in Kingsley when

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    A-W boys fall prey to HMS

    Posted January 31, 2019 at 6:00 am

    At home Jan. 25, the Akron-Westfield boys basketball team out-scored Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in the first half, leading 32-21, but fell off track in the second half as HMS took over to win, 64-53.

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    A-W wrestlers go 1-1 at Hinton

    Posted January 31, 2019 at 6:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield wrestling team traveled to Hinton Jan. 22, facing Hinton, losing 51-30, and Hartley-Melvin Sanborn, winning 63-0.

    John Henrich at 160 won both his matches by fall. Taylor Heeren at heavyweight won both his matches

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    A-W girls stomp HMS

    Posted January 31, 2019 at 6:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield girls basketball team had very little trouble at home Jan. 25 against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, defeating them 72-29. The 72 score was six points above the girls’ season high.

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    A-W wrestling senior night

    Posted January 24, 2019 at 6:00 am

    At the last home wrestling meet Jan. 15 against Westwood, Hinton, and Sheldon/South O’Brien, the Westerner senior wrestlers, cheerleaders, and the manager were recognized with their parents:

    Wrestlers

    Aydin

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    A-W basketball takes two over EP-J

    Posted January 24, 2019 at 6:00 am

    The Akron-Westfield basketball teams were both victorious over Elk Point-Jefferson Jan. 17 in Elk Point. The girls won 47-34, and the boys won 59-56.

    In the girls match, Brooke Koele was top scorer with 13

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    A-W girls triumph over A-H

    Posted January 20, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    The Akron-Westfield girls basketball team had a large victory over Alcester-Hudson in Alcester Jan. 10 coming home with a 66-41 win.

    Leading scorer for A-W was Kassie Vanderlinden

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    A-W boys defeat A-H

    Posted January 20, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    The Akron-Westfield boys basketball team traveled to Alcester Jan. 10 to face the Alcester-Hudson Cubs, winning 68-58.

    Leading scorer for A-W was Nick Jacobs with 21 coming from

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    Hometowner wins ‘Social Media’ award

    Posted February 13, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    By Julie Ann Madden

    When she graduated from Purdue University in 1979, there weren’t such things as internet, email and the World Wide Web.

    However, times change and The Akron

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    Alara Mae Stolpe

    Posted January 31, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Alara Mae Stolpe was welcomed into the world on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at 1:13 a.m. by parents Brett and Amanda Stolpe of Akron. Alara weighed 5 pounds, 12.9 ounces and was 18 inches long. She

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    Akron Library Events

    Posted January 23, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    • Libraries Rock! Winter Reading Program for adults continues through Friday, March 1. It’s not too late to sign up and participate. Reading library books, eBooks and audiobooks plus participating in library programs earns participants prizes and

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    Akron Library Events

    Posted January 23, 2019 at 6:00 am

    • Libraries Rock! Winter Reading Program for adults continues through Friday, March 1. It’s not too late to sign up and participate. Reading library books, eBooks and audiobooks plus participating in library programs earns participants prizes and

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    Three selected for honor band

    Posted January 20, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Akron-Westfield band sixth graders (l-r:) Brock Hanson, Daynen McKee, and Lainey Schuknecht were selected to perform in the 2019 Strong Foundations Honor Band on Jan. 7 at Sioux City East High School. Akron-Westfield was

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