Safety of kids comes first —How-Winn buses traveling on hard surface roads only

These are small ruts compared with some area residents are dealing with this spring.

These are small ruts compared with some area residents are dealing with this spring.

By Marcie Klomp

This is one of the worst years for gravel roads the area has seen in a very long time. Howard-Winneshiek Transportation Director Bill Kosters said, “I’ve never seen this in the 40 or so years I’ve been [in the area].”

Some of the country roads have been washed out and repaired, with some areas down to dirt. All of them are soft and dangerous to travel. Kosters talked with a gentleman over 90-years old who has never seen the gravel roads like they are. He even remembers how bad they were when cars first started driving on them.

Because of this, Howard-Winneshiek School District has determined buses will travel on hard-surface roads only until further notice. Supt. John Carver stated, “Safety is of the highest importance when it comes to our students.”

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4G coming to Lime Springs

The tower across from Lime Springs Travel Plaza is put together in pieces. Workers are waiting for the go-ahead to finish with the installation.

The tower across from Lime Springs Travel Plaza is put together in pieces. Workers are waiting for the go-ahead to finish with the installation.

By Marcie Klomp

Work on the Verizon tower at the ‘T’ intersection by the Travel Plaza in Lime Springs was halted last week due to some paperwork problems.

Apparently the quote for getting power to the tower was over a year old and needed to be updated and approved before work could continue. As of last week, the 72,000 pound hurricane-safe shelter with generator had already been built. The base of the tower was built and set. The rest of the 250-ft. tower was laying in three pieces on the ground, ready to be installed.

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Chester PO’s reduced hours start April 6 —Lime Springs to start May 4

By Marcie Klomp

Starting Saturday, April 6, Chester Post Office will have reduced hours. Window hours will be 2:00-4:00 Monday through Friday and 2:00-3:45 on Saturday. Carl Haayer will be Postmaster Relief (PMR). He said mail should be out by 3:00 p.m.

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New ordinances in place

By Marcie Klomp

It seems to be a long time coming, but Lime Springs now has a new ordinance book in place. It is suggested to update the book every five years. The last time it was updated was 1995.

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Youth lunch

A Sloppy Joe lunch is being served on Palm Sunday, March 24, from 11:30-1:00 in the Lime Springs United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall for a free-will donation.

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The Great Egg Hunt!

The Easter Bunny has snuck up on us. It’s almost Easter and that means Chester’s annual egg hunt! It will take place on Saturday, March 23, starting at 1:00 p.m. Peter Rabbit will be making his appearance, as well.

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Ethel (Bastian) Chick, 85, Chester

--Chick, EthelEthel (Bastian) Chick, 85, of Chester, Iowa died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Evans Home in Cresco.

Ethel was born in Lime Springs, Iowa on Dec. 16, 1927 to Herbert and Bertha (Payne) Fisher. She married Alfred C. Bastian on July 4, 1945 in Austin, Minn.; to that union four children were born. He preceded her in death on Sept. 27, 1982. She later married Donald E. Chick on Dec. 30, 1985 in British Columbia, Canada. He preceded her in death on Jan. 22, 1998.

Early in her life Ethel worked at Sundstrand Aviation in Rochford, Ill., moving to Chester in 1970. In 1973 she set up a Ceramic Studio in Chester, which she operated until 1985. She also worked at Donaldson’s until 1985, when she moved to Canada to marry Donald Chick. She returned to Iowa in 1988. Ethel enjoyed crocheting, painting, quilting, gardening, walking and travelling.

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Bear and rabbit and coon Fish and Game Club’s Wild Game Feed on Saturday

Strap on the feed bag! It’s time for the 19th annual FREE Wild Game Feed, sponsored by the Lime Springs/Chester Fish and Game Club. The potluck dinner will be Saturday, March 16.

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City officially supports LS Beef

Jason Passmore, Howard County Business and Tourism Director, and Jess Stevens, president of Lime Springs Beef LLC, have been updating Lime Springs City Council members on progress of the business at their monthly meetings.

Jason Passmore, Howard County Business and Tourism Director, and Jess Stevens, president of Lime Springs Beef LLC, have been updating Lime Springs City Council members on progress of the business at their monthly meetings.

By Marcie Klomp

 

Lime Springs City Council has been very supportive of Lime Springs Beef LLC unofficially by working with President Jesse Stevens, Jason Passmore (Howard County Business and Tourism Director), DNR and other government agencies.

At the meeting on March 5, council made it official by promising $350,000 through TIF (Tax Increment Financing). The official support was to help fill out a CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) application.

Before council voted, Passmore explained that initially LS Beef wanted the $350,000 up front but agreed part up front and part in tax abatements was agreeable.

Those folks who give out the CDBG look at how much support the $7 million business is receiving. Passmore summarized:

• $500,000—Possible grant from State of Iowa (CDBG)

• $210-300,000—training from NICC (could be more, depending on number of jobs available)

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Local part of historical event —Randy Assmus attends last Tiger Cruise for Big ‘E’

Randy Assmus with son FC1 Patrick Assmus aboard the USS Enterprise.

Randy Assmus with son FC1 Patrick Assmus aboard the USS Enterprise.

By Marcie Klomp

 

It’s not very often that a person can say he participated in a part of history. Randy Assmus of Lime Springs is one of the few. He sailed on the last voyage of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Some readers have seen the ship. It was the one used in the filming of “Top Gun.”

Assmus and son-in-law Jay Bosserman were guests on the last Tiger Cruise before the ship was inactivated. Their sponsor was Assmus’ son FC1 (SW/AW) Patrick Assmus. His rate is a Fire Control (FC) Technician. His rank is First Class Petty Officer (1). Patrick works in Combat Systems Department. He joined the Navy July 18, 2000 and is planning on making the Navy a career.

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