The ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ of LS

Candace Peterson is the cat lady who likes dogs. She sits with Rooster at her home on the north edge of Lime Springs.

By Marcie Klomp

No kidding! That’s what her coffee mug says. And Candace Peterson doesn’t dispute the fact, although she says she likes dogs and other animals, too.

She moved to Lime Springs from St. Charles in April of this year, and right away she had the neighbors on the north side of town scratching their heads wondering what she was doing. She was making a playground for her cats.

She put up a “cattery,” which is an outdoor cage that keeps the cats from running loose. They get the feeling of being outside, but are in an enclosed area to keep them safe.

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Way Back When—Corwin Goodman

Corwin and Anita Goodman

(Editor’s note: After a busy summer, the popular series, “Way back when . . .” is being brought back.)

By Marcie Klomp

Corwin Goodman didn’t necessarily walk to school uphill both ways but “way back when” he and his twin sisters did walk one-and-a-half miles to the country school Chester #7.

“It wasn’t much of a road,” Goodman recalled, of the route to school, especially during winter. “Ben Watson came with the caterpillar, and he couldn’t even go down the road, so he made a path in the field. And forget about cars in winter. We used horses and [sleds].”

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Lyle Ihns, 88, Mesa, Ariz.

Lyle Keith Ihns passed away at Mesa, Ariz. on Aug. 25, 2012, at the age of 88.

He was the third son and fourth child of Herman Fred John and Daisy Maud Tibbals Ihns, born Dec. 7, 1923, on the family farm north of the bridge in the Old Town of Lime Springs, Iowa. He attended the rural schools in the neighborhood and learned early to appreciate the joys of the outdoors: the Upper Iowa River, fishing and hunting and growing things. He often referred to himself as “The Middle Man,” referring to his place in the family.

Lyle learned to work hard as a small child and as a young man began a career as a truck driver, driving semis for various local agribusinesses. An early marriage, to Bessie Foote, ended in divorce. Continue reading

Rosemary Blong, 67, Cresco

Rosemary I. Blong, age 67, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 at her home in Cresco, Iowa, surrounded by her four children.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Cresco. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, with a scripture service to follow at the Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home 404 North Elm St. Cresco, Iowa. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Priscilla Kallestad, 65, formerly of Chester

Priscilla Kallestad, age 65, of Rochester, Minn. died peacefully, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 at her home after a lengthy illness.

The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27 at Mahn Family Funeral Home – Rochester Chapel with Rev. Maurice Hagen officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Visitation will be one hour before the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Priscilla Mae Kellogg was born March 17, 1947 in Chester, Iowa to Max and Wanda (Myli) Kellogg. She lived in Charles City, Iowa until she was 10 years old, when her family moved to Rochester. She graduated from John Marshall High School in 1965. Continue reading

One point between first, second

Makayla Gates has quite a fan club, including Grandma Charlene Gates, left.

By Marcie Klomp

Wow. Not much left to say after listening to the contestants in the Lime Springs Has Talent Contest during Sweet Corn Days. Organizer Pam Burnikel did a great job in getting super-star-type talent for the event. (But the $500 top prize might have helped a little!) In the end, just one point separated the winner, Amber Feind from local favorite Makayla Gates.

On Friday night, the four judges (Mary Dietz, Kim Witt, Brenda Larson and Harlan Larson) had a difficult time in choosing finalists for Saturday night. It was between hometown girls Gates and Arielle Engelhart with Ashley Haw and those coming from a little further away—Krystle Greene, Becca Franzen, Cathy Hoffert and Feind.

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Serial grillers at SCD barbecue contest

Those competing in the BBQ Contest were Jon and Kim Jantzen, Sandra Chilson, Gary Klomp and Rick and Dolly Hovey.

By Marcie Klomp

None of the four grillers in the Sweet Corn Days Barbecue Contest were newbies. They all have at least three grilling contests under their . . . aprons.

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