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2014 Akron-Westfield Homecoming Royalty

Posted October 1, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Last week, the Akron-Westfield Westerners celebrated Homecoming with a kickoff supper and bonfire in Westfield, then coronation ceremony with bonfire, parade, football game and dance in Akron. The Royalty Court included (Front Row l-r:) Madalyn Groon, crown bearer; Kortney Hedlund, queen; Conner Morrow, crown bearer; (Back Row l-r:) Alexis Hageman, Dylan Blinde, Kali Kriener, Joel Brenner, Cali Westergard and Jacob Neubrand, first attendants; Kevin Carlson, king; Desirae Oltmanns, Seth Klemme; and Ryleigh Schnell and Tanner Coyle, marshals. See more Homecoming photos on Pages 10 and 11.

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    Benefit Bike Run for A-W alum

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It was a typical summer for an Akron native.

    Akron-Westfield Class of 1989 alumnus Brian Klave was enjoying the abundant rainfall this summer as he puttered in his yard and continued “tweaking” things on his house that he and his fiance built just seven years ago at McCook Lake, S.D.

    He loves riding his motorcycle but as the rest of

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    Scarecrows invade Akron City Park Saturday

    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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    2014 A-W Homecoming Kickoff: Frying the Falcons

    The annual Westerner Homecoming began Sunday night with a pep rally at the Westfield Ball Field. The senior football players roasted a couple of West Sioux Falcons replicas at the bonfire, which followed a hot dog supper sponsored by the Westfield City Council. Seniors include (l-r:) Joel Brenner, Alex Wilken, Seth Klemme (throwing the bird), and Devon Myers tossing in a Falcon player replica. Coronation is Thursday night at 7 p.m.; the Homecoming Parade is 2 p.m. Friday with the football game

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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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