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Akron & Westfield Growth Alliance formed to spark ideas, support community projects


New nonprofit launches with GROW Challenge to provide $500 to fund idea that meets community needs

A new nonprofit organization has been formed to build on strong momentum that is underway in the Akron and Westfield communities.

Akron Restoration

Restoration is under way after historical flooding in Akron. The road past “River Sioux” as well as the road west of Hawarden is open to our South Dakota residents. Many of our Akron businesses are still a work in progress.

Dollar General

Corrinne Moffatt attends Girls State

Corrinne Moffatt, an upcoming senior at Akron-Westfield Community High School, attended the 2024 Session of the American Legion Auxiliary Iowa Girls State, representing Post 186 of Akron.  

National Honor Society Akron Flood Drive



Akron Hometowner

Emily Miller, who serves as the sponsor of Akron’s National Honor Society, is a dedicated teacher at Ak ron-We st f ield High School and also manages the Akron City Pool. NHS students Addi Naslund and Kelsey Saathoff played a crucial role in coordinating a relief drive to support individuals and families who have been impacted by the recent flood.

Akron Area Vacation Bible School 2024

July 29, 2024 - August 1, 2024

5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

251 Main St
Akron, IA 51001

Annual Utesch tractor ride draws over 70 tractors

By Hank Krause


Akron-Westfield’s Devoted Postal Staff 

By: Sabrina Escalante 

The Akron Post Office encountered many issues derived from the recent flooding. Between the 20th and the 22nd of June, the region experienced heavy downpours, leading to widespread flooding across Lyon, Sioux, O’Brien, Clay, and Plymouth counties.

Locals Seek Flood Relief 

By: Sabrina Escalante 

WITCC President’s and Dean’s List

Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC), Sioux City, is pleased to announce the President’s List and Dean’s List for the 2024 spring semester. 

The President’s List is full-time students who achieved a 4.0 grade point average. The Dean’s List is full-time students who achieved a 3.5-3.99 grade point average.

Major damage to Highway 48

The historic 2024 flooding of the Big Sioux River in Akron broke the record of 25.46’ from 2014 by reaching 27.34’. Flood stage in Akron is 16’. The flooding caused major damage on many roads in the area including Highway 48 in South Dakota. The smaller bridge west of the main bridge over the Big Sioux River sustained major damage from the flooding. It is not known how long the road will be closed.

Dietrich family thankful for community in the aftermath of the flooding

The home of Marlene Dietrich was inundated with water on June 22, especially in the basement which is the home of her daughter, Abby and her two children.  The picture shows an outdoor shed removed from the cement on which it was located. 

WITCC spring 2024 graduates

Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) conferred degrees, diplomas and certificates for Spring 2024 to the following list of WITCC graduates. An asterisk (*) denotes students graduating with honors. 

The Lifeguards of the Akron Aquatic Center


By Sabrina Escalante 

Blake retires from SNB

On Friday, June 28, Connie Blake celebrated her retirement after 51 years as an employee of Security National Bank with an open house. Attending were customers, fellow banking employees, relatives, and friends all wishing Connie well on her retirement journey. Now it is time for relaxation! Congratulations, Connie! Photo by Sharon Frerichs


Red Cross Flooding Response Update

JULY 2, 2024 — More than 225 American Red Cross disaster workers have been assisting in the response effort to the flooding in Northwest Iowa, providing vital support and comfort to those forced from their homes.
The Red Cross is currently managing or supporting five shelters in Northwest Iowa:
• Clay County Regional Event Center, 800 West 18th Street, Spencer, IA 51301
• Faith Reformed Church, 1305 7th Street, Rock Valley, IA 51247

Akron Blood Drive July 2

An Akron Community Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, July 2, 7:30-10:30 a.m. in the Bloodmobile located behind Security National Bank, 251 Reed St., Akron.

Appointments are encouraged by texting LIFESERVE to 999-777, calling 800-287-4903, or on the website

Emily Colt participates in Mission 20 of Midwest Honor Flight

By Sabrina Escalante

Akron Hometowner


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