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New teachers ready to greet A-W students this fall

By Gary Dickson, Contributor

The new school year is just about here. Actually, it will be here next Thursday at Akron-Westfield Community School District as dozens of teachers, para-educators, administrators, coaches and staff members prepare for the onslaught of students.

Coffee Break is Over for Local Business Owners Returning from Vacation

By: Chris C. Nelson, Publisher/Owner

When you’re a business owner in a small town, a break from the daily grind can take just as much planning as starting a business.

For Akron’s Cacioppo and Hart families, a long overdue vacation meant a temporary caffeine shortage for the community that craves their coffee fix.

Back To School With Derek Briggs

By: Chris C. Nelson, Publisher/Owner

The summer season is quickly winding down and soon Akron- Westfield students and educators will be back at it once again.

It was just a year ago that school leaders broke ground for a multi- million dollar revamp. The progress is ongoing and Superintendent Derek Briggs explains that the improvements will continue throughout the year.

Plymouth County Fair royalty crowned

Plymouth County Fair Royalty for 2023 was announced during a ceremony held July 26 at the Fair in Le Mars. Royalty members are, (front row, l-r)
Princess Desiree Breuer of Merrill, representing Le Mars FFA; Princess Alexa Swoyer of Akron, representing A-W FFA; Prince Caden Wurth of Le
Mars, representing Classy Clovers; Prince Brady Allen of Le Mars, representing Classy Clovers. Back row, Miss Congeniality Andrea Penning of

Westfield Men Create Art The Chainsaw Way

By Eric J. Robbins


Sixteen Akron Kids Compete in Mutton Bustin’ Event

By Eric J. Robbins 


Kenny Ahern: A Variety Show at the Plymouth Co. Fair

By Eric J. Robbins


Plymouth County Fair Has A New Class for Swine Showing

By Eric J. Robbins


Driver's Education

As the new school year speeds closer, parents and guardians plan to enroll their children in driver's ed. Julie Bundy has been teaching driver’s ed since 2004. She currently teaches the course at Akron-Westfield Community School, West Sioux Community, and Boyden-Hull Community School. She teaches driver’s ed on Saturday mornings from 8-11 am starting after Labor Day in Akron. The program costs $350 unless the student is on free and reduced lunch status.

School Registration

School registration looks different at Akron Westfield Community School this year. With the ongoing construction, registration will be available online from August 1-8, 2023. Staff will be available to help over the phone at (712) 568-2020. The first day of school will be on August 23, 2023. Though this date is a Wednesday, students will not be dismissed early. It will be a full day.

Akron City-Wide Garage SALE-abration

By Eric J. Robbins

Akron Farmers Market Looks Toward The Future

by Eric J. Robbins

Vegetables, Crafts, and Baked Goods, Oh My!

Akron newspaper has a new owner for the first time in two decade

Chris Nelson announcing in a public meeting next week new direction for paper

For the first time in 22 years, the Akron Hometowner will have a new owner starting this week.  Chris Nelson, President and CEO of Nelson Media Company, is officially taking over the publication from Dodie Hook, who started the newspaper back in 2001.  It’s his fourth paper he has purchased in the last year, the third in Iowa.  

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