Library hit hard by cuts

Lime Springs City Council members had to cut deep into the budget requests of five entities under City control—pool, parks, library, community center and fire department—to meet the City’s budget for 2011-12.
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Council members given authorization to City accts.

City Maintenanceman Dennis “Nav” Grabau shows he carries a knife—and sometimes two. Seeing the “weapon” the Council decided to continue with a non-policy for carrying weapons into the Community Center. It was mentioned most people use common sense with any type of weapon.

After having to move and then postpone the February City Council meeting and budget workshop, the Council finally met on February 15.
The Council usually meets the first Tuesday of the month but February 1 was the PPEL vote for Howard-Winneshiek. Government meetings and elections cannot take place at the same place, so the meeting was moved to February 2. Unfortunately, the City’s computer caught a virus and couldn’t give printouts for the Council members until it was fixed. The meeting was then postponed until this past Tuesday.
• The first item on the agenda was giving each council member, mayor and clerk authorization to look at any account under the City’s federal ID number.
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Council discusses ways to cut costs for FY2012

At the budget workshop on February 15, the Council had to make some tough decisions regarding five City-sponsored entities—pool, parks, library, community center and fire department. Council members also talked about other ways the City could cut expenses.
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City Departments give reports

The various City departments gave their reports at the Council meeting on February 15.
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Commission appointments

Each year, the mayor has to make appointments to various commissions. Council members are split between the commissions. Mayor Robinson explained some commissions are standing and some are temporary. There were also several that were obsolete and needed to be removed.
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Family Game Day

New President of the Junior Community Club is Peder Brevig and Vice-President is Tommy Roberts.

The Lime Springs Junior Community Club is sponsoring a Family Game Day on Saturday, February 26 from 1:00-3:00 at the Lime Springs Community Center. Everyone is invited to play some games. Bring your own or join in other games. Parents can play Twister while their kids play Five Hundred (or vice versa)!
While planning the afternoon, the youth decided to have healthy snacks so they are learning good habits at school and home.
The next project on the group’s agenda will be the Flag Project. And don’t forget to donate your nickle cans at the five-way intersection in Lime Springs. All proceeds go to the pool.

Merland Hovey, 86, Granger

Merland Hovey, 86, of rural Granger, Minn., a life-long farmer and horseman, passed away on Sunday February 20, 2011 at Harmony Healthcare. He went peacefully and was surrounded by family at the time of his passing.
Merland was born in rural York Township to Oscar and Lillian (Bjortomt) on February 5, 1925 and attended the York Township schools. He married Lucille M. Kirschman of Cresco, Iowa, in Harmony, Minn. on February 19, 1954. Merland and Lucille lived and farmed near Granger all of their married life. Merland was a member of Saetersdal Lutheran Church and the State Line Horse Plowing Association. Continue reading