It is beginning. After several months of discussing where the Howard-Winneshiek School District can cut approximately $1.5 million from the general fund, the first major decision was made at the board meeting on February 18—all sixth graders will be attending school in Cresco at the Junior High.
When word got around bodies were needed, people showed up! Approximately 45 individuals attended a Hazard Mitigation planning meeting on February 16. Those attending were from the fire department, city council, Spring Ahead Preschool, Early Learning Center, Community Club and community members. (more…)
Partners in Progress of Chester met on February 16 for its regular meeting.The Basket Auction, lunch and carnival is the next big activity being planned by the group. Last year’s fund-raiser was a big success, so the group will do it again this year.It will be held Sunday, April 18 at the Community Center from 11:00-1:30. The same menu will be served—maid rites, potato salad, beans, bars and beverages. Cost will be $6.00 for adults, $4.00 12 and under and preschool free. Board members will be asking local businesses for items to be raffled.The group decided to write an application to the Howard County Community Foundation Grant for electricity needs at City Park. The group is still working on getting the group recognized as a non-profit organization. Pam Wendel will work on getting a gambling permit.Planning for huge events is never done. It is a year-long adventure. Old Settlers is one of the first celebrations in the area, so PIP is already hard at work to get things organized.Wendel and Dawn Fairbanks met with Tom Barnes and the Fair Board, Jim Holstrom and Spiff Slifka to discuss the barbecue event. Farm Bureau may also help with the barbeue. This is a new and exciting activity for a small town festival and the PIP group is hoping to attract a large group of barbecueing supporters.Other Old Settlers events discussed included a Wood Bat Tournament with Jacob Cray; Tractor Pull and Pedal Pull are booked; Band-Wendel will book; church activities will be checked on; a fireman meal will be checked out; Fairbanks will look into Music in the Park.Next meeting will be March 11 at Chester City Hall at 6:30.
Cub Scout Pack #3121 of Lime Springs celebrated the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts by having its annual Blue and Gold Banquet during Scout Week.
The pool will be getting some minor and major repairs before its opening the end of May.
Lowell Edward Bigalk, 54, of Cresco, Iowa passed away on Friday, February 12, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He was born January 27, 1956 at rural Cresco. Funeral services were held February 16, 2010 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco, Iowa.