Bill Moser, 86, Lime Springs

--obit-moser-colWalter William “Bill” Moser, age 86 of Lime Springs, Iowa died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Evans Memorial Home in Cresco, Iowa.
Bill was born on July 12, 1927 at Northwood, Iowa to Walter Lester and Margaret (Aulwes) Moser. Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953, including basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. and was deployed to Frankfurt, Germany. He married Elaine Ruth Johnson on May 4, 1951. Bill was a life-long farmer, who farmed a Century Farm in Howard County, Iowa. He was a long-time member of Saetersdal Lutheran Church and a member of American Legion Post 545.

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Children’s Theatre Troupe to perform this weekend

Cast members Front: Daniel Schwickerath, Kendel Slavin, Dalin Kitchen, Emily Bjugan-Hanson, Ana Gibbs and Teryn Lukes. Second row: Colten Miller, Kelly Miller, Skylar Henry, Alex Hovey and Andrew Hovey. Third row: Benjamin Matthias, Austin Johnson, Kristen Kuhl, Anna Mae Leverson, Mattie Slavin and Lyli Kunert. Back row: Savannah Roberts, Jennifer DeVries, Lyanne Wells and Will Smith. Not pictured: Kyleigh Boehmer.

Cast members
Front: Daniel Schwickerath, Kendel Slavin, Dalin Kitchen, Emily Bjugan-Hanson, Ana Gibbs and Teryn Lukes. Second row: Colten Miller, Kelly Miller, Skylar Henry, Alex Hovey and Andrew Hovey. Third row: Benjamin Matthias, Austin Johnson, Kristen Kuhl, Anna Mae Leverson, Mattie Slavin and Lyli Kunert. Back row: Savannah Roberts, Jennifer DeVries, Lyanne Wells and Will Smith. Not pictured: Kyleigh Boehmer.

By Marcie Klomp
Twenty-two youth have been giving up weekday afternoons and evenings and Saturday mornings to practice for the Children’s Theatre Troupe’s play “Holka Polka,” written by D. M. Larson.

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Howard County denied for Connect Iowa status

By Marcie Klomp
It didn’t come as a surprise to members of the Grow Howard County Task Force the county was not eligible for a Connect Iowa certification.

Shawn Wagner of Connect Iowa told the group on March 29, “But if you guys had the access, you’d be killing it! You guys are receiving high score after high score.” Just not where it is needed.

Howard County scored high in all areas except connectivity. “With a score of 18 out of 40, there’s nothing you can do about that, other than bringing more competition to the area. That’s not your fault.” As it is, the total score was 91 out of 120. Not enough to become a Connect Iowa community.

That doesn’t mean the group is giving up; it just needs to start looking in other directions, such as getting more companies to offer Internet service and improve the connections already in place.

Even though Wagner had to turn Howard County down, he had very encouraging words. “You guys are passionate. It’s not like this in other states, cities or communities.” He added that now the county has the assessment done, it has a better chance of getting FCC money.

Howard-WinneshiekSupt. John Carver clarified, the FCC has a billion dollars for promoting fast Internet speeds for Americans. Of that, Howard County could get $630,000 each year for 10 years.

Wagner tried to explain the importance of broadband service. “Think of the Internet as a utility. In a business, you have electricity, you have water, and you need Internet. This [assessment] is your ‘utility plan’ for the community.”
The assessment can be used for economic planning, city planning, housing plans, etc. All things important to Howard County, especially with potentially 60 new jobs opening up at LimeSprings Beef by this fall.

“What we’re doing is not for us. It’s for those four young ladies [who went to Washington, D.C. for the Borlaug unveiling] and their classmates,” Carver stated.
Howard County Economic Development Board president, Alison Holten agreed. “I’m selfish. I’m doing it for my kids, so they will stay here.” Burke said she has volunteered for years for selfish reasons as well, keeping her children and grandkids in the area.

The next meeting of the task force is tentatively set for Saturday, April 26 at 9 a.m. at NICC. Anyone with an opinion and progressive ideas is welcome to attend.

H.C. second to be HBI

The Grow Howard County Task Force learned Howard County was the second in the state to be named a Home Base Iowa community. (First was Greene County.)

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Book signing at Library

Carol Denekas’ mother, Anna Mae Edwards, and Kelly Boyle wait for her to sign their books as sister Joyce Rains assists.

Carol Denekas’ mother, Anna Mae Edwards, and Kelly Boyle wait for her to sign their books as sister Joyce Rains assists.

Carol (Edwards) Denekas made her way home on March 29 for a book signing at Lime Springs Library.

She spent an hour with the book discussion group before she met with the public. She introduced herself and gave some general background on what she has been doing since graduating.

Denekas lives in Dyersville with her three daughters and husband. She dedicated her debut novel Rescuing Love to her daughters.

“I consider myself an urban farmer. I want to do things the old-fashioned way.” She is renovating her 1918 house.

“Writing has been part of my life since I was young. I wrote my first romance novel at the age of 11. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t very romantic. I read it to my dad,” she said proudly.
“At times, writing has been my best friend. It has always been like breathing to me. I just love to write.”

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Pauline ‘Joyce’ Berner, 85

-obit-bernerPauline “Joyce” Berner, 85, of Davenport, Iowa died in her sleep Sunday morning, April 6, 2014 at home.

Joyce was born in 1929 to J. Ryce and Madge Jones in Lime Springs, Iowa. She graduated from Lime Springs High and married Howard Berner in 1947. He preceded her in death in 1992 after 44 years of marriage. Together, they had three children, but that was never enough. So they became foster parents to several children over a 25-year period. Joyce also had a daycare at home, before daycare was fashionable. After her children were in school all day, Joyce went to work at Sears Manufacturing, retiring in 1991.

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Harold E. Jensen, 84

-obit-jensenHarold Eugene Jensen of Austin, Minn., formerly of McIntire, Iowa passed away on April 4, 2014. He was born to Charles and Nora Jensen on March 26, 1930 in Fountain, Colo. Harold grew up in rural Nebraska.

Upon graduation from high school in Neligh, Neb., Harold attended Primary Mechanics School at the Technical Training Department of U.S. Naval Schools, Construction Battalion Center at the U.S. Naval Station in Port Hueneme, Calif. In December 1949 Harold joined the U.S. Navy serving in Guam during the Korean Conflict. He proudly served his country until September of 1952.

Upon returning from his tour of duty, Harold married Arlene Elizabeth Ollendick on Nov. 26, 1952 in Cresco, Iowa. While serving in the Navy, he had acquired unique talents as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic, later using these skills to build a life-long career that spanned over 50 years.

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