Hartzel Wesseling, 80, Lime Springs

Hartzel Wesseling, a longtime area farmer, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2010 at Regional Health Services of Howard County, Cresco, Iowa at the age of 80. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lime Springs, Iowa with Rev. Candraeah Carey officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lime Springs.

Hartzel Wesseling, oldest son of Henry and Bertha (Judy) Wesseling, was born on December 10, 1930 in Springfield, S.D. He was baptized in Emmanual Reformed Church. He attended rural schools in Bon Homme County, S.D. and Forest City Township of Howard County, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean Conflict.

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Kindergartners talk turkey

Cassidy Bowen, Kaylee Roberts and Nevaeh Howe would like bananas, ice cream and an onion.

Thanksgiving is full of traditions. Even the Lime Springs Herald has traditions. They include putting pictures of people eating sweet corn and watermelon at Sweet Corn Days and taking pictures of the 4-H kids with their animals during the fair. Another tradition is asking the kindergarten class—What are you doing for Thanksgiving? What are you eating? How do you cook it? A person never knows what these little ones are thinking!

Ella Keller: We go to Grandma’s. We always have mashed potatoes and turkey. Grandma makes it homemade. For dessert we’ll have cake. You put the mix with water. You put it in the oven for six minutes for six degrees.

Cassidy Bowen: We’re going to eat real beef and Daddy’s gonna cook it on the grill. We’ll have some potatoes with it. For dessert is pumpkin pie with blueberries on it. Grandma makes it. Sometimes she puts applesauce on it for the topping.

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Closing doors for good —Plans to take it easy . . . yeah right

Butch Burnikel will be closing Lime Springs Feed & Equipment on November 30.

by Marcie Klomp

In just a few weeks, Lime Springs will lose a long-standing landmark when Lime Springs Feed & Equipment closes its doors for good. Yep. Butch Burnikel is retiring on Nov. 30 . . . or at least that’s the plan!

Burnikel has been in the business for over 45 years. He worked many years for Kenny Peter at Peter Produce and then purchased the feed mill division of the business in 1988.

Burnikel has seen many changes in his business since opening 23 years ago. “A big part of the business in 1988 and the following years was farm equipment. We sold barn cleaners, silo unloaders, cattle feeders, hog-related equipment, such as farrowing crates, etc. Much of that died when the big hog houses came in. Everybody quit raising hogs, so I lost all that business.”

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Mensink benefit a success!

Randy Assmus and auctioneer Dick Schwade kept the crowd entertained and pocketbooks greased up as they got big dollars for Beth Mensink at the benefit’s live auction. A silent auction was also held that did well.

An estimated 300 spaghetti dinners were eaten at the benefit for Beth Mensink on November 19. Folks started arriving at 11:00 a.m. and kept up a steady stream over the noon hour and into the afternoon as friends and family attended in support of Mensink, who was diagnosed witih Stage III Grade III Inflammatory Breast Cancer in April. On October 24, she had a bilateral mastectomy and will continue to undergo treatments.

So far, over $15,000 has been raised, much of that from Saturday’s free-will dinner, live auction and silent auction. If you weren’t able to attend, you can donate online at http://www.giveforward .com/bethmensinkcodepink or mail it to PO Box 117, LeRoy, MN 55951 c/o Janssen.

Hanging of the Greens

November 27 is the first Sunday of Advent. That day is the annual Hanging of the Greens at the United Methodist Churches in Chester and Lime Springs.

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Candlelight Festival of Trees in Lime Springs

Plan to be dazzled on Sunday, November 27 at the third annual Candlelight Festival of Trees. After a hectic weekend of cooking, eating, decorating and shopping, plan to relax at the Lime Springs Community Center with a light lunch and a stroll through a ‘winter wonderland.’

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Advent services on Wed.

During Advent, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will offer an Advent Prayer Service on Wednesday evenings at 5:45. This service is open to anyone in the community who wishes to refresh themselves with a quiet time of prayer and meditation. The lighting will be subdued, candles will be lit and the service format will use the ancient words of compline (or night-time prayer). The services will be on Wednesday Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, and Dec. 21. There will be no meal.

SMI warehouse total loss

One of two totaled semi trailer boxes at the warehouse. A third semi box also sustained heavy fire damage. (Photo by Keri Bugenhagen, TPD)

By Keri Bugenhagen

News Editor


CRESCO – The Cresco Fire Department responded to a major fire call at SMI Co., located at 12th St. West in Cresco, shortly after 6 o’clock Monday evening, Nov. 14, at which time flames could be seen shooting through the roof of the pallet manufacturing warehouse. Additionally, a cloud of thick smoke billowed its way through the west residential end of Cresco, and onlookers reported the intense flames could be seen for miles west of town.

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Veterans’ Day Program at LS-C

Steve Dietz and Harry Kitchen fold the flag as Auxiliary member Connie Richter explains the meaning of each fold.

It is unfortunate that no veterans could be personally honored at the Veterans’ Day Program at Lime Springs-Chester Elementary. They were honored just the same as the students listened to members of Crestwood Band perform patriotic songs and learn what they can do to make a difference.

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Benefit for Beth Mensink

Beth Mensink is battling cancer.

A benefit is being held on Saturday, November 19 at the Lime Springs Community Center for Beth Mensink, who is fighting breast cancer.

The benefit will be a spaghetti feed with silent and live auctions. The lunch will be from 11:00 until all are fed with the auctions taking place during the day.

Mensink, the former Beth O’Connor, of Lime Springs was diagnosed with Stage III Grade III Inflammatory Breast Cancer in April. Since then, she has been fighting for survival as she underwent 15 rounds of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy on October 24.

Shortly, she will begin six weeks of daily radiation treatments. She has nearly exhausted her short-term disability benefits and does not have a long-term disability plan.

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