LS post office hours cut

Thomas Allen of USPS talks to Paul and Becky Eck of Neil Mahr Trucking after the meeting.

By Marcie Klomp

Starting the first of the year, the Lime Springs post office hours will be cut from eight down to four per day. The hours will likely be from 8:00 a.m. until noon. That is what Thomas Allen, Manager of Post Office Operations, informed a group of 30 concerned residents at a meeting on Oct. 17.

Survey letters were sent out to 604 locals with 191 of them returned a month ago asking residents what type of service they would prefer. Allen said the 91 percent (173) who asked for realignment of hours was the highest percent of answers he received thus far from affected communities. The other answers included delivery option (0), Village Post Office option (2), nearby post office option (3) and no selection made (13).

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Skilled workers big issue in H.C.

Gwen Boeke introduces Gov. Terry Branstad at the town hall meeting held at Cresco Library on Oct. 19.

By Marcie Klomp

Gwen Boeke of Cresco welcomed Gov. Terry Branstad, her friend of 50 years, to a town hall meeting at Cresco Library on Oct. 19.

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Plenty of chances for kids to get ‘sugared up’

Oct. 27: Chester Community Center will be sponsoring a Halloween Party on Saturday from 3:30-6:00 p.m. There will be a costume contest, movie and a light supper.

Oct. 27: Trick or treating in Chester from 6:00-8:00.

Oct. 31: For the first time in a long time, students will be dressing up for a costume parade at Lime Springs-Chester Elementary. Treats will be served in the classrooms later.

Oct. 31: Story Hour at Lime Springs Library will be held from 3:45-4:45. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes. The children will enjoy stories, games and treats.

Oct. 31: Kindergarten through sixth grade can attend a Halloween Costume Party at Family Fun and Fitness from 3:30-5:30. The $4.00 admission fee will pay for a sandwich, chips, cookie, drink, games and prizes for the best costumes.

Oct. 31: Trick or treating in Lime Springs at dusk!

Good music, good food

How about some foot-stompin’ hand-clappin’ polka music? You can find some this Sunday, Oct. 28 at Chester United Lutheran Church. The Leo Meitner Polka Band will be performing at the 10:30 a.m. service.

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Public invited to meeting

In the spring and summer, a handful of Lime Springs residents took time out of their busy schedules to attend some “Think Tank” meetings. They looked at their town and made some revelations about what direction the town needs to go to make it more successful.

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Need birthdays/anniversaries

Birthdays and anniversaries are needed for the community calendar for 2013. Due date for this is Nov. 9. Please call the Lime Springs Herald at 563-566-2687 or email if there were any births, weddings, deaths or divorces in the family, Names of those no longer living in the area may be removed at any time.

Oneota to offer grants

Community organizations in Lime Springs are invited to apply for grants to be given by the Oneota Club. The club has a long history of funding public improvements, including the upkeep of Kitchen Park, support of the Library, the Pre-School, scholarships, the swimming pool, and various school activities. Each year the group sponsors the Waffle Breakfast during Sweet Corn Days to raise funds for these projects.

This year, after discussion of many possible community needs, it was decided to ask any local organization wanting financial assistance to apply for a grant; the requests will be carefully considered and those selected will be funded either wholly or in part.

Grant applications may be picked up from Jill Johnson at Johnson Comfort Systems. Applicants are asked to state the specific amount and purpose for which the grant is requested. The completed applications should be returned to Jill no later than noon on Friday, Nov. 16..

Winners of the grants will be announce during Christmas In Lime Springs, Dec. 2.

Grace Hughes Found. recipients

Grants from Grace Hughes Foundation were awarded in 2012 to the following groups:

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Codification taking time

By Marcie Klomp

Mayor Barb Robinson admitted it is taking longer than first hoped to get through the new boiler plate for city ordinances. “We [council and city employees] are getting through 50 pages at every workshop. It takes two hours each time. It is long. It is laborsome, but it will be worth it in the end.”

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LS Council hears department reports

By Marcie Klomp

Lime Springs City Council met on Oct. 2. Many items were discussed including water tower, sewer plant, recodification and Lime Springs Beef, LLC. Those stories can be found in separate articles.

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