Top stories of 2010

It is hard to find a picture of Earl Johnson because he was never sitting still. He was always doing something.

With this being the last issue of the Lime Springs Herald for 2010, it is a good time to reflect on what happened in our area over the past year. It has been emotional in many ways.
We have lost friends and relatives but have gained new friends and neighbors. The sixth grade moved out of Lime Springs to Cresco, but the elementary is still strong and the students are learning in new and improved ways. We lost some teachers but gained new teachers with a different perspective.
Going through the archives, staff came up with some of the top stories that made the hugest impact on our lives.
Army Specialist Christopher Opat was welcomed home after he paid the ultimate sacrifice for defending his country, state and county. He was killed while serving on active duty in the U.S. Army in Baqubah, Iraq on June 15, 2010. He landed at the Rochester Airport on June 22. The entire route down Highway 63 to Highway 9 and Cresco was lined with people waving flags and saluting as the hearse passed them.
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Christmas Giveaway winners drawn this week

The last set of winners in the Lime Springs Christmas Gift Giveaway have been announced. Winners were Ezra Troyer, Ed Burnikel and Evelyn Truka, all of Lime Springs and Lydia Harvey of Cresco.
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First Baby Contest

The Lime Springs Herald is sponsoring a First Baby of the New Year Contest. The first baby born in 2011 in the Lime Springs-Chester Elementary School area and his or her family will indeed be lucky. Area businesses are eagerly awaiting the new arrival with gifts for both baby and the baby’s parents.
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Hope Souhrada, 91, Lime Springs

Hope Souhrada, 91, of Lime Springs, Iowa passed away on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at the Evans Memorial Home in Cresco, Iowa.
Hope Caroline Lidtke Souhrada was born on June 25, 1919, to Herman and Ruth (Davis) Lidtke at Old Town in Lime Springs. She married John J. Souhrada Jr. on September 19, 1936, at the age of 17. They farmed and raised a family near Lime Springs, celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary in 2001.
The most important part of Hope’s life was her relationship with her God and her family. She cared deeply about the people in her life and shared an abundance of love with family, extended family and friends. Her greatest joy was being in the presence of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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Anna ‘Lucile’ Jones, 91, Lime Springs

Anna Lucile Jones, 91 of Lime Springs, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at the Cresco Care Center in Cresco, Iowa.
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Harold Anderlik, 87, Saratoga

Harold Anderlik, 87, of Saratoga, Iowa passed away on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at the Cresco Care Center in Cresco, Iowa.
Harold Charles Anderlik was born March 28, 1923, to Charles W. and Anna (Lomica) Anderlik. He grew up near Hayden Prairie, rural Chester, Iowa, and graduated from Chester High School in 1941.
Harold married Mildred Y. (Williams) Anderlik on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1952, in the Lime Springs Presbyterian Manse.
Harold’s lifelong occupation was farming. He had a particular interest in all things mechanical. He specialized in tinkering with engines that others considered a lost cause and making them run like new again.

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The Teddy Bear Legacy

Bev Copeman holds the “Just Because” bear she and her sister have cherished over the years.

The holidays are about traditions and memories. The memories are what is holding Beverley Copeman together this Christmas. She lost her sister and best friend, Shirley, this past September 30.
The siblings were especially close. “When we were little, my mother made us dress alike and we hated it.” But they grew up liking the same type of clothes and years later, on their mother’s 85th birthday, the family had a party. And who would have guessed, but the sisters were dressed alike without even trying. They had the same shirt and the same pants. The family got quite a kick out of the coincidence.
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