Kenneth Peter, 88, Lime Springs

---obit-peterKenneth Herbert Peter completed his life on Feb. 24, 2013.

A lifelong resident of Iowa, Kenny was born on Oct. 19, 1924 near Ridgeway, Iowa, to Herb and Hazel (Burnikel) Peter. Along with his siblings, Herbert E. “Bill” (now deceased) and his sisters Marilyn and Eileen, Kenny worked family farms in Howard and Winneshiek counties. Upon returning from WWII, where he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific, Kenny settled in Lime Springs. He married Blanche Ostby on Oct. 10, 1946, and they raised their family in Lime Springs. A true citizen, Kenny was active in most aspects of Lime Springs, serving as mayor during the town’s Centennial in 1968. Organization memberships included St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, American Legion Post #545, Masonic Lodge and numerous commercial and civic committees.

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Raymond Rance, 56, Cresco

---obit-ranceRaymond Richard Rance of Cresco, Iowa, passed away on Feb. 20, 2013 at his home in rural Cresco, he was 56.

A dedicated and loving husband, father, brother, uncle, friend and grandfather, Ray was born July 10, 1956, to Raymond Charles and Angeline (Northness) Rance. Growing up, Ray was involved with running the family farm, FFA and Driftrunners Snowmobile Club. He graduated from Crestwood High School in 1974. In 1976, Ray married Darla Daskam at United Methodist Church in Cresco. He began his career spending 20 years at Spahn & Rose Lumber Company and was later a cost accountant at Featherlite Trailers for 15 years. Most recently, Ray was a salesman at Plantpeddler until June 2012. From 1979-1993 Ray served on the Cresco Fire Department. He was a long-time member of Notre Dame Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister.

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What if you’re asked to jump in a lake?

Chris and Sandra Chilson and niece Nicole Klomp stand with Snowflake.

Chris and Sandra Chilson and niece Nicole Klomp stand with Snowflake.

By Marcie Klomp

Folks might not jump off a cliff for their boss, but some employees from DAC in LeRoy and Adams jumped in a frozen lake with Sandy Chilson. Although it was for a good cause! The group was raising money for Special Olympics

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‘Can you hear me now?’

Preparation is being done on the cell tower to be located across from the ‘T’ intersection at Highway 63 in Lime Springs.

Preparation is being done on the cell tower to be located across from the ‘T’ intersection at Highway 63 in Lime Springs.

Folks may have noticed some activity taking place at the corner, across the road from Lime Springs Travel Plaza. That activity will result in a Verizon cell tower being erected in the next month.

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Niewoehner recovering from brain surgery

Momma’s little helper takes on new meaning as Rose helps give her mom, Candy Niewoehner, her medicine. Candy is a First Responder and on her last semester of nursing school and does not recommend this to others. (Photo submitted)

Momma’s little helper takes on new meaning as Rose helps give her mom, Candy Niewoehner, her medicine. Candy is a First Responder and on her last semester of nursing school and does not recommend this to others. (Photo submitted)

(Editor’s note: This is a monthly series on those with local ties who have overcome adversity. Instead of going after the sensational story, we are going to show how people have survived the worst experience of their life.)

 

By Marcie Klomp

A benefit is being held for Candy Niewoehner on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Lime Springs Community Center. She had brain surgery on Jan. 3, and the family has rising bills related to the surgery and recovery.

Although Niewoehner went under the knife a month ago, the story started in her childhood when she was riding her motorbike. There was an accident. She explains, “It all started from when I had a skull fracture when I was younger. They put wires in my forehead to hold the fracture together and prevent further damage.”

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School board addresses LS Council

James Kitchen

James Kitchen

By Marcie Klomp

Howard-Winneshiek School Superintendent John Carver and board members James Kitchen and Scott Fortune spoke on Feb. 5 to Lime Springs City Council about decisions facing the district in the near future.

They noted the poor condition of parts of Lime Springs-Chester Elementary, which could get costly to fix. Kitchen said, “In Lime Springs we could spend zero to $2 million. How much is enough? Do you just want to put a coat of paint on it? Elma could cost zero to $300,000. Cresco is zero to $3 million.”

One of the options the board is looking at is to move to Davis Corners. Kitchen explained, “It would be centrally located. There’s a value there. How much is enough?” he repeated. Kitchen is trying to get a feel for what dollar amount residents feel is too much to spend on buildings that have not seen any money put into repair for seven-plus years.

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Locker to reopen

---locker-buildingLime Springs has been without a locker/grocery store for over a year, and many folks thought it was unlikely the town would ever see one open again. Well, dreams do come true!

Kevin May purchased the building and has been cleaning, painting and updating the new Town & Country Locker & Grocery with hopes of opening the grocery part around March 1. The locker part will take longer due to state and federal regulations.