Kathryn O’Brien, 78, Cresco

-obit-obrienKathryn O’Brien, age 78, of Cresco, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at home.

Kathryn Lillian Harris was born Sept. 17, 1935 to William and Georgina (Phinney) Harris in Howard County, Iowa. On Oct. 28, 1953, she was united in marriage to Gervase O’Brien at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, Iowa. Together they farmed and raised their 10 children. Kathryn loved farming and gardening, always making sure her potatoes were planted on Good Friday, including this year. On St. Patrick’s Day, Kathryn liked to enjoy a glass of green beer to show off her Irish heritage. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and the rosary society. Kathryn’s children, grandchildren and family meant the world to her.

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Joyce Perry, 62, of Cresco

-obit-perryJoyce K. Perry, age 62, of Cresco, Iowa died Monday, April 21, 2014 in Rochester, Minn.

Joyce was born March 7, 1952 at Cresco, the daughter of Claire and Dorothy (Stevenson) Anderlik. She attended local schools and graduated from Cresco High School in 1970. She married James Perry on April 8, 1972 at the United Methodist Church in Cresco. While Jim was in the Navy, they lived wherever he was stationed. After his discharge from the Navy, they moved back to Cresco where she always enjoyed living.

Since 2002 Joyce managed the Cresco location of Mabe’s Pizza. Joyce collected black amethyst glassware and enjoyed her dogs and cats.

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H.C. Community Foundation awards grants

Howard County, Iowa—The Howard County Community Foundation held its grant awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 9 at the Lime Spring Community Center.

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Easter Egg Hunt

If you are planning to bring your kids or grandkids to the Lime Springs Easter Egg Hunt, don’t be late! The hunt starts at 10 a.m.

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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.

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