Ready to start new chapter


Emma Edwards, with her parents, Jill and Larry at her new home. Photo submitted

The goal of every parent is to raise their children to be independent—to be on their own and live life to the fullest. Come to think of it, that is also the goal of children—to get out from under their parents and prove to the world their worth.

That simple goal was a faraway dream for Emma Edwards of Lime Springs until just five months ago, when the 24-year-old moved into her own house in Rochester with two roommates.

Thanksgiving 101

Trent Pisney, Trey Rankinand Dylan Rahlf show some food from their kindergarten kitchen they will be eating for Thanksgiving.

Each year, the Lime Springs Herald asks the kindergartners some Thanksgiving questions. Sometimes the answers are correct sometimes not so correct, but all of them are interesting!

Carter Fousek: We’ll have turkey and lettuce. Mom will make the turkey. I don’t know how. And Grandma brings the pie.

Do-gooders named at meeting

After the Community Club meeting, Bernard Roesler and Joyce Koster look at the arial map, donated by C US Bank after its remodel, to the Community Center. The map is a point of interest for many who see the rail cars sitting on the tracks, the foundation for Tomkins Apartments and only one house in Kitchen Addition and wonder at the year it was taken.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, some local volunteers were unofficially recognized at the Community Club’s  November 16 meeting.

Members pointed out the amount of work Steve Timmerman, former Lime Springs boy and resident of New Hampton, has been putting in at the pool. Jill Johnson said, “He’s working his fingers to the bone.” Duane Copeman agreed. “He has spent a lot of time down there.”
Timmerman has been the technical support and laborer for jack hammering and sandblasting the cement pool bottom.
Evelyn Truka also expressed admiration for the Junior Community Club for their help at events—most recently Halloween. “They hopped right in to help,” she said. Kareen Johnson agreed. “They’re a great group of kids.”
Holly Kitchen was also recognized for being in charge of the Halloween party and she offered to do it again next year.
Marcie Klomp then thanked the entire community for their donation of cans to the Junior Club. “We get about $100 a month from the cans, which goes directly to the pool and parks. So, by helping the Junior Club, the community is helping itself.”

David Thomas, 75

David Thomas was born in Cresco, Iowa on April 14, 1934 to William and Ruth Thomas. Due to complications at birth David was limited, but in 1976 new opportunities opened for him. He moved to Elgin, Texas where he made his home near his sister Dolores and Arbie Johnson and their family. David soon had employment, and over the next many years, he won the respect and admiration of those with whom he worked. His final years were spent working for his nephews Brent and Jay Johnson at their manufacturing business in Elgin.

Larson tells of war experience


Michael Larson with his parents, Harlan and Mary Larson of Lime Springs.

“He played football on the playground. He ate in the cafeteria. And, he sat on the benches you are sitting on right now,” said Mrs. Goodner at the Veterans Day Program on November 11. “Now he’s grown up. We sent him cards and letters and boxes. He got so much soap, he must have been the cleanest person in Iraq. Here is Michael Larson.”

Johnson family Thanksgiving

Earl and Kareen Johnson family The Earl Johnson family has sponsored the Lime Springs Community Thanksgiving dinner for 14 years. Pictured with Earl and Kareen Johnson are, in front, Lindsey and Beau Johnson, Chelsea Johnson, Jill Johnson, Kathy Lichty, Kalley Lichty, Nathan and Kyle Burnikel and Gayle Burnikel. Back: Luke Johnson, Steve Johnson, Tim Lichty, Josh Lichty and Dennis Burnikel.

Some of the strongest traditions are associated with holidays and the next holiday on the calendar is Thanksgiving. Sometimes those traditions change due to growing families. The Johnson family Thanksgiving changed 14 years ago when they invited the community to their Thanksgiving dinner.

Booster Club accomplished much


Getting new playground equipment for Chester Park was one of the Booster Club’s biggest projects.

As one era ends, another begins. When membership dwindled in the Chester Booster Club, the core members felt it was too difficult to continue with the group and all of the activities associated with it, including Old Settlers Day.

In September 2009, the Booster Club officially gave all of its assets to Partners in Progress. But, the Booster Club had a great 25-year run in supporting Chester activities.
Charter member Rhonda Larson explained, “We disbanded because it became a lot of work for just a few people to do and our jobs did not allow us the extra time necessary to continue what we had been doing.”