Year 2009 in review

July 23, 2009
• The Wall that Heals came to Cresco. The half-scale Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall brought out emotions in those who served, those who lost someone and almost everyone who viewed it.
• A 100-mile bike ride came through York, Minnesota. The ride was to raise awareness for Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota.
• About 35 teachers from around the district met in Lime Springs to learn some new teaching styles of the Daily 5, which teaches a reading strategy for students.
• Some volunteers included those who worked in the ball concession stand over the summer.
• LPC in LeRoy closed due to the economic situation. The president of the company was Jerry Buseman.
• The local softball teams were pictured.
• The obituary for the week was for Harold “Bill” Ullom of Chester.
July 30, 2009
• Steve Timmerman was going to show his flag collection to visitors at Sweet Corn Days. It was located in the Legion Hall.
• Jason Dietz had worked off and on all summer on painting cartoon characters on the walls at the pool.
• High winds hit the area with damage to trees and buildings. The bins at the Delbert Ihns farm were damaged and the roof on the barn at Leonard Kessler’s farm was blown off.
• The Community Club finalized plans for Sweet Corn Days and talked about the walk-bike path to Lidtke Mill, paint for the crosswalks for Safe Routes to School, a review of the June School Board meeting, which was held in Lime Springs and Ken Paxton’s report.
• The Lime Springs and Chester Business Anniversary section was printed. Business included Terry Hamann and Winona Monument Co., Twin Oaks, Harrington Enterprises, Dale’s Barber Shop, R&S Fuel, T.J. Reicks’ Wood Creations, N.E. Iowa Liquidators, Neil Mahr Trucking with Paul Eck, Rice  Construction and Russ’ Repair.
August 6, 2009
• Two bronze statues were added to the Lime Springs Main Street Landscape as one was purchased by C US Bank and CIA Insurance and was located between the two businesses. Another statue was set up at Kitchen Park. It was purchased by the Library Board and Oneota Club.
• The Wild Hags, a motor scooter  club of women who have traveled around Northeast Iowa for fun and entertainment, was featured. They were going to all Howard County towns and videotaping themselves by the town signs. The video was to be put on YouTube to promote the area.
• Community members were invited to attend a meeting with Regional Health Services personnel to ask questions and find out plans for the Lime Springs Clinic.
• Grand Marshals for Sweet Corn Days were Evelyn Truka and Lois Bronner. Honored Citizens were Helen Beck and Venita Buchanan.
• New activities for Sweet Corn Days included a flag display at the Legion, The Amazing Race for the Children’s Theatre Troupe and a 30-mile bike ride.
• Jackie Niewoehner was the winner of the bike for the younger group of the Summer Reading Program at the public library.
• The obituary for the week was for Curtis Tibbals, formerly of Lime Springs.
August 13, 2009
• The Lime Springs Methodist Church was having a ceremony for the 150th anniversary of the congregation with a history of the church and parishioners.
• Sweet Corn Days was hot, but not unbearable. There were scattered showers on Friday morning, Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon but the rain stopped for the parade, as it always does.
Chelsey Morgan was crowned Miss Sweet Corn and Daniel Schroetter was King of Corn.
• Grant recipients of the Grace Hughes Foundation were Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Spring Ahead Preschool, United Methodist Church, Lidtke Mill, Dr. Robert Schuller, Dollars for Scholars, Lime Springs Softball, Lime Springs Community Club, Brown Park, Lime Springs-Chester Elementary School for the Leadership Program, Wisdom & Wellness Program and technology.
• Several motor vehicle accidents occurred over the weekend including a motorcycle accident involving Duane Ruggeberg and Joshua Bessler; a motorcycle vs. canoe accident involving Paul Tucke and Tim Rasmussen; and a car vs. deer accident with Sam Johnson.
• The City Council  of Lime Springs approved some blacktopping projects including the curve near the Mitch Smith house and in front of the Library. In other business, overdue water bills were discussed. A new computer was needed since the old one died. The Library wants a handicapped parking sign put in front of the building. Three council members and the mayor were reminded to fill out paperwork since their terms were up.
• The Chester Fire Department received a grant for $74,089 for air packs and related equipment for firefighters.
• The Chester-Lime Springs Community Center held its annual meeting. New skates were going to be purchased with money received from the Howard County Community Foundation.
• Ken Paxton gave an update on Economic Development stating the discount store Alco was to open in Cresco the first week of January 2010. Looking to locate at the Commerce Park was a car dealership and Farm Bureau. Also bids were being taken on the former Golden Ridge Cheese Factory.
• Lots of pictures were printed of Sweet Corn Days.
• The obituary for the week was for Norman Stevenson, formerly of Lime Springs.
August 20, 2009
• The Lime Springs United Methodist Church had a full house and several returning ministers attended the 150th anniversary celebration. Former ministers included Bob Holdorf Marvin Arnpriester and John Hembry.
• Results of the Antique-Classic Tractor Pull and Car Show for Sweet Corn Days were given.
• The Farm Bureau Annual meeting was held at the Lime Springs Community Center.
• Governor Chet Culver spoke at the blade signing at the Crane Creek Wind Farm near Riceville.
• Obituaries for the week included Dale Kitchen of Lime Springs and Jane Souhrada of near Cherry Grove.
August 27, 2009
• Bethany Atwell was going green and staying fit by using the old-fashioned reel-type mower instead of a gas-powered unit to mow her grass.
• Students were excited to go to the first day of school at Lime Springs-Chester Elementary.
• The Spring Ahead Preschool class at the Elementary received a new “Green Playground” with no fall zones and a shelter for protection.
• Lime Springs Postmaster Linda Quam was retiring from the local post office on September 3 after working in Lime Springs for a year and the postal service for 26 years.
• Locals Rob Hughes, Adolfo Calderon, Wyatt Lee, Scott Denner, Deb Obermann, Kristina Walz, Lauren Obermann, Liz Dovenberg and Lynette Anderson attended a retreat for the Food & Fitness Initiative in Boston over the summer.
• Howard County Conservation replaced some trees which had fallen down over the years at Lidtke Park.
• A special section about “Anything with Wheels” was added to the paper. Stories included the benefits and headaches of the “Cash for Clunkers” program, Deb Hovey and George Ratcliff’s love of cars, Ray and Alberta Gasser’s love of cars and Dylan Ptacek and Pat Bigley of Elma building a car for Hornet races.
September 3, 2009
• Tom Latham came to Cresco and those attending filled Grange Hall at C US Bank.
• Janet DeVries and family opened Family Fun and Fitness. It is attached to Hair Play.
• Ken Paxton assured the public the Alco project was still on target and the bio-mass project had a feasibility study almost completed.
• Iowa State Fair winners for 4-H were announced.
• The Girl Scout troop had a fun time at a camp out with other troops from Howard County.
• The Lime Springs-Chester Elementary School held a family picnic and open house to celebrate the start of the school year.
September 10, 2009
• The Lime Springs Pool was closed so lots of work was being done to prepare it for next season. Steve Timmerman had been cutting out and jack hammering the cement in places so it could be replaced. It still needed to be re-cemented in places and power washed and sand blasted before a sealant could be added.
• The Lime Springs Council gave some suggestions on how to handle overdue water bills, such as turning them off and not turning them on until payment is in hand—either cash or money order.
In other business, Fire Chief Tony Roberts gave a report on the department; results of an audit by Hacker-Nelson was given; rental rates on the Community Center were discussed; and truck repairs for winter were mentioned.
• Amanda Spilde was the new Preschool teacher at the Elementary School with Angel Dietz staying on as Aide.
• Brenda Ranum, the former Winneshiek County Extension Education Director was named as Regional Director for Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties.
• Spring Ahead Preschool (three-year old group) had an open house.
September 17, 2009
• An open house was to be held for the new Clubhouse for the Fish and Game Club.
• Members of Partners in Progress learned Howard County Conservation was very interested in putting in a canoe access at Chester. The group is going to repaint and fix some of the play equipment at City Park. The club was to have a pumpkin decorating contest for Chester’s Fall Festival and also a coloring contest.
• Dr. Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize winner and humanitarian, died at the age of 95.
• Fourth graders throughout the district participated in Pioneer Day at Hayden Prairie, Lidtke Mill and Lidtke Park.
• Some volunteers took down the hanging planters for the winter.
• The Chester Fire Department held its annual Pancake Feed with lots of support.
• Effigy Mounds was to be part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters program.
September 24, 2009
• Cowboy Church at Cherry Grove attracts a large crowd for the services on Sunday and Wednesday nights. It was introduced by Pastor Mark Rader.
• Spring Ahead Preschool was asking for donations of Campbell’s labels and Kwik Trip Milk Moolah caps, which were used to purchase needed supplies.
• Chester Fire Department responded to a shed fire at the David Gehrking residence on Highway 44.
• Vandalism to the toilets at Brown Park forced the city to close the rest rooms for the winter.
• A large crowd attended the open house for the new Fish and Game Club’s Clubhouse.
October 1, 2009
• Evelyn Mensink was honored for writing Lime Springs locals for 25 years for the Herald.
• Lime Springs’ first Murder-Mystery Dinner Theatre was to be sponsored by the Lime Springs United Methodist Women.
• Suggestions for Sweet Corn Days and how the celebration went was the main focus of business for the Community Club.
The Club also discussed the Halloween Party, Festival of Trees and Christmas in Lime Springs.
• Many of the volunteers who helped at Lime Springs-Chester Elementary School were named.
• Darin Burnikel of Cresco won $10,000 on a Powerball drawing.
• Many teachers from Howard-Winneshiek attended school on a Saturday to finish up their sessions on the Daily CAFE program.
• Fifth graders spent a rainy Friday on a field trip to Norman Borlaug’s farm near Protivin to learn about the man and his mission in life.
• Norman Borlaug Fest in Cresco had a large turnout.
• The obituary for the week was for Effie G. Tibbals Morris, formerly of Chester.
October 8, 2009
• Jim Miller reminisced about the 50th anniversary of him being sent to Antarctica for a year. He said it was fun but he wouldn’t want to do it again.
• A teacher told of how Amish schools are the same and different from English schools.
• The Lime Springs United Methodist Church held its annual Harvest Auction with a great turnout.
• Emily Novotny was named Queen and Adam Praska was King for Homecoming.
• National 4-H week was recognized with pictures of 4-H’ers participating in different activities.
• Obituaries included Clifford Albertson, Kenneth Boehmer and Warren Williams.
October 15, 2009
• The Lime Springs United Methodist Women put on a Mystery Dinner Theatre at the Lime Springs Community Center. Those performing in “Pasta, Passion and Pistols” included Phyl Stevenson, Jim Rahlf, Doc Lyon, Laney Stevenson, Gary Gassett, Raelonna Patrick, Pastor Mike Carey and Pastor Candi Carey. It was directed by Annette Rubin and was a great success.
• Members of the Lime Springs Fire Department helped teach Library Story Hour and Preschool kids about fire safety.
• Mayor Walter McIntosh purchased the first ticket in Lime Springs for the Veterans Day Banquet to be held in Cresco.
• Carla Moser and Steve Timmerman gave an update to the Lime Springs City Council on the pool. Timmerman had been working at the pool to get it ready for sealant.
In other business, the Firemen’s Auxiliary was going to fill out a grant for pagers; a beer license was renewed for the Lime Springs Travel Plaza; an ad for Deputy City Clerk was to be put in the paper; and City Maintenance Man Dennis Grabau said the City would see bigger expenses for sand and salt for the winter.
• Crestwood beat Epworth, Western Dubuque for Homecoming, 35-21.
• Chester’s Fall Festival had a lot of fun as crafters and shoppers filled the Community Center.
• The obituary was for Ellis Fravel of Cresco.

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