Alice Ross, 89 of Elma

Alice Ross, age 89 of Elma, Iowa passed away Sunday, November 28, 2010 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
Alice Larue Gronwoldt was born on June 22, 1921 to Henry and Dorthea (Schade) Gronwoldt on the family farm near Alta Vista, Iowa. Alice attended country school and graduated from Alta Vista High School. She was united in marriage to Paul Ross on April 29, 1943 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Paul and Alice farmed in the Alta Vista and Davis Corners area until 1977 when they moved to an acreage near Lourdes where she has lived for 33 years. Alice enjoyed decorating cakes, gardening, crocheting, baking cookies with her grandchildren and spending time with her family. She was a member of St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Church for 51 years, and was Secretary of the WELCA.
Alice is survived by her daughter, Elaine (Craig) Niewoehner of Chester, Iowa; grandchildren, Ray (Jamie) Niewoehner and John (Candy) Niewoehner both of Lime Springs, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Jade, Jessica, Ross, Jackie, and Rose; sister, Edna Sir; brother, Vern (Betty) Gronwoldt of Elma; and sister-in-law, Marlys Gronwoldt of Riceville, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul in 1988; brothers, Walter, Marvin and Leonard; and sisters, Rose, Esther, Dorthea and Norma.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in Elma with Pastor Dan Christensen officiating.  Burial will be in Sunnyside Memorial Garden at Charles City, Iowa.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in Elma and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences for Alice’s family may be left at

Thanksgiving—kindergarten style

Dalten Bowen, Alex Hovey and Riley Roberts show some of the foods they would like to have for Thanksgiving dinner: peas, ice cream cone, chips and tacos.

Thanksgiving is full of traditions. One tradition at the Lime Springs Herald is asking the kindergarteners about Thanksgiving—What are you having? How do you cook a turkey? Where do you go? A person never knows what these little ones are thinking!
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Seniors learn of Juniors’ success

Junior Club members Emily Roberts, Kaitlyn Finke and Nicole Klomp gave the Junior report at the Senior meeting.

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Fall elementary concert

Fifth grade band members include Madison Rahlf, Autumn Nelson, Sara Sanders, Alexis Gosnell and Mackenzie Dietz.They played at the music concert on November 18.

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Korn for Kids update

In September 2010, Spring Ahead Learning Center (SALC) kicked off its Korn for Kids program. Currently, the program has raised an amazing $12,127.14 by contributions from six area grain producers.  Five grain producers donated corn through A&K Feed and Grain: Larry Broadwater, Dave and Ruthie Fritcher, Gary and JoAnne Larson, Joe and Jane , and Dennis and Velma Rice. Ron and Marilyn Reis donated corn through Winneshiek Cooperative.
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Parker Hammon, 6, Lime Springs

Parker John Hammon, age six, of  Lime Springs, Iowa died on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
Parker John Hammon was born on May 27, 2004 at the Rochester Methodist Hospital to Jaimie Hammon-Howard and Russ Theis.
He is survived by his mother, Jaimie Hammon-Howard of Lime Springs; his father, Russ Theis of Lime Springs; his  siblings,  Gabe of Batesville, Ark. and brother Mason and sister Jaelynn, both residing at home; maternal grandpa, Dennis Hammon of Lime Springs; aunts Joleen (Andy) Anderson of Janesville, Minn. and Jenni Hammon (Sam Ortmann) of Storm Lake, Iowa; maternal great-grandma, Norma Dahl of Canton, Minn.; paternal grandparents, Bob (Pat) Theis of Riceville, Iowa; aunts, Shawna (Jeff) Francis of Mitchell, Iowa, Sheila (Lee) Coggins of Texas and Shari and Mark Elliott of Osage, Iowa; uncles, Randy Theis of Osage and Rick Theis of Riceville;  his godfather Ben Barrett of Rochester; and many cousins.
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Veterans Day program

American Legion members who Posted the Colors at the Veterans Day Program on November 11 were Wilt Thomas, Bernard Roesler, Bob Freel, Gaylord Borgan, Roger Lepa EdnaMae Crow and Dee Hosek, Howard County Veterans Affairs Directcor.

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Armistice Day Blizzard

Ed Walter and Kenny Mensink reminisce about the Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940.

Last week’s weather was beautiful for early November until Friday when it turned cold and snowy. Some old-timers recalled similar weather 70 years ago—when the Midwest was surprised by the Armistice Day Blizzard.
Duane Copeman instigated this story when he recalled November 11, 1940. “I was 13-years-old. It was a nice morning. We walked to school. I don’t think we even had our overshoes with us. Then it started storming.”
The weather turned quickly, surprising so many people. There were 154 deaths attributed to the storm, which hit the entire Midwest.
Copeman continues, “My sister Dorothy came and got us. We walked along the fence lines. We had to cross one road. She sent my older brother Bob across to find the other fence. That particular corner post was unusual—shaped like a sharpened pencil—so he knew when he found it.
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Johnson family Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving is said to have been held in 1621. It is a tradition that has been celebrated annually for 390 years.
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Candlelight Festival of Trees in Lime Springs

It may seem early to start getting into the Christmas spirit, but decorations have already been out in stores for a month!
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