by Julie Ann Madden
Recently, The Akron Hometowner said goodbye to two long-time employees, Office Manager Nancy Enstrom and Layout Composition Designer Erica Kjar.
The Akron Hometowner announces their replacements.
When people walk into the newspaper office at 110 Reed St., they will be greeted by Kim Renken of Alcester, S.D. She replaces Enstrom who is moving to Arizona in the future.
The Crofton, Neb. native graduated from Crofton Community Schools in 1995 and then attended Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb., for one year. Renken finished her bachelor of arts degree in 1999 at Mt. Marty College in Yankton, S.D., where she majored in behavioral science and minored in commercial art. In 2009, she completed a floral business program at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, S.D., and became certified with the South Dakota Florists Association.
She and her husband, Tim, have four children: Hannah, 13; Heidi, 11; Harbor, 9; and Hazel, 7. Their children attend Alcester-Hudson Community School. Tim is the Water/Wastewater superintendent for the City of Alcester.
Renken is a member of the Alcester United Church of Christ where she teaches Sunday school,. She also is co-leader of the Eager Beavers 4-H Club.
Renken also enjoys gardening, cooking, walking, hiking and camping when not working.
Emily Houk of Akron is the Hometowner’s new graphic designer. She joins Karen Taylor-Mortensen in the composition department.
The Akron-Westfield senior is the daughter of Debra Lewison of Akron and David Houk of Minnesota. She is the granddaughter of May Lou Lewison of Akron. She has four siblings: Brittany Peterson, Jonathan Riggs, Mariah Houk and Natalie Lewison-Brooks.
When not working, she enjoys drawing, writing stories and playing video games.
She is a member of the Akron-Westfield Art Club and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Akron.
The Akron Hometowner welcomes its newest team members.