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Akron Scarecrow Festival This Saturday

(AKRON) -- An event that's focused around family fun and creativity that raises money for projects that benefit Akron and area residents... that's the goal of the Akron Scarecrow Festival being held this Saturday. Organizer Sue Higman says that after 11 years of planning this fundraiser, it has grown into an anticipated event for the community and the vendors. This year 50 Scarecrows will be on display and Higman says they're not your typical scarecrows.

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In addition to scarecrows there are plenty of kids games and activities, food, arts and crafts vendors, and a chainsaw artist.  The chainsaw art is auctioned off at the same time as the scarecrows.  Events start at 10am with scarecrow judging and the auction starts at 2pm. Proceeds for the event go to the Federated Womens Club, a Friendship and Service Club, that then turns around and re-invests the money into Akron.

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Again, the annual Akron Scarecrow Festival is Saturday.

   

LeMars Pursues Historical Preservation Registration

(LeMars) -- LeMars is looking into registering its downtown as a historical preservation district.  Surveys have been conducted identifying several buildings within a 30 acre area of downtown as possible candidates for the historical preservation designation.  Kerry Davis, an architectural historian consultant from Preservation Solutions told a gathering last evening she was pleasantly surprised to see how many of the downtown building were constructed in the late 1880's. 

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Davis says there are many benefits, including tax credits, of having a community registered as a historical designation. 

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The first criteria for such a designation is the considered buildings must be at least 50 years old.


(LeMars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital and its parent company, Avera, is in the process of merging medical records,and converting those records  electronically, making it more effective and efficient for patients, health care officials, and heath care facilities.  Hospital Administrator, Mike Donlin, says the process of electronic records will help cut down on duplicate tests and procedures if a patient should need to see a local physican in LeMars as well as a specialist in Sioux Falls.

(LeMars) -- Farming ranks as one of  the most dangerous occupations with Iowa leading the nation in the number of injuries and deaths related to farm related accidents.  Next week is designated as National Farm Safety and Health Week, and officials with the Plymouth County Agri-Safe, a part of Floyd Valley Hospital, wants everyone to check their equipment and to check themselves before starting harvest.  LaVon Galles reminds farmers and farm workers to perform a visual safety check and to look for items that may present a possible danger.  Galles suggests farmers make certain all shields are in place, and ladders are secure, agricultural chemicals are properly identified and properly stored.  She also says farmers need to see if their farm equipment has a visible reflective slow moving vehicle sign properly attached, and that all lights, including amber colored safety lights are in working condition.  Karla Anthony reminds farmers to wear proper attire when harvesting.  She says farmers should consider wearing ear protection by wearing ear plugs or head phones.  Wide-brimmed hats should be worn to prevent skin cancer.  Dust masks should be worn to protect your lungs while working in the dust, or moldy areas.  Steel toe boots or shoes should be worn, and make certain footwear has non-slip soles.  Remove jewelry and wear gloves to protect your hands.  The Agri-Safe personnel  reminds everyone to make certain their clothing doesn't have any loose strings, or frayed ends that may get caught in moving parts. 

LeMars) -- Real estate and mobile home taxes are now due.  Plymouth County Treasurer, Linda Dobson, reminds property owners that first-half real estate and mobile home taxes are due now and can be paid in office, online, or through the mail.  The delinquent date is Saturday, October 1, 2011.  Mail must be postmarked with a September date to avoid delinquent interest.  Dobson advises to send your payment before the last day, as mailing your payment on September 30th does not guarantee a September postmark.  Delinquent interest of 1.5 percent per month rounded to the nearest dollar attaches to all taxes on October 1st, with an additional 1.5 percent penalty on the first of each succeeding month thereafter.  There is a minimum of one dollar penalty on all taxes.  Any person who needs information on their taxes should contact the Plymouth County Treasurer's office at 546-7056.

 

 

 

   

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