Community shocked by Daniel Schroetter death

The Howard County Sheriff’s Department was called to the Brenda Roethler residence in Lime Springs on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 12:21 p.m. It appeared that Daniel Joseph Schroetter, who was born Jan. 1, 1995 and was 18 years old, stepped out the back door of the home and shot himself with a shotgun. The state medical examiner is conducting an autopsy.

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Daniel ‘Dan’ Schroetter, 18, LS

--obit-schroetterDaniel Joseph “Dan” Schroetter, age 18, of Lime Springs, Iowa, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013 at home.

Daniel was born on Jan. 1, 1995 in Cresco, Iowa, to Steve Schroetter and Brenda Roethler. He was currently employed at Featherlite in Cresco.

Daniel enjoyed golfing with his Dad, tossing a football with his brothers, hanging out with friends, working in the field, anything John Deere and fishing with anyone who was able to go. He especially enjoyed bow hunting in a peaceful woods.

His parents; two brothers, Joshua and Jacob; maternal and paternal grandmothers, Lavonne Klein and Doris Schroetter; step grandfather, Wayne Klein; and several cousins, aunts and uncles survive Daniel.

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Diana Dvorak, 56, formerly LS

--obit-dvorakDiana Clare Dvorak of Eden Prairie, Minn., age 56, passed away on April 20, 2013.

Diana was born in Charles City, Iowa to Harold and Betty (Robinson) Munkel of Lime Springs, Iowa on Aug. 29, 1956. She was a graduate of Crestwood High School, Cresco, Iowa where she was actively involved in band and cheerleading. She played softball in her youth and was active in both softball and volleyball for many years as an adult. Her first job was as a lifeguard at the Lime Springs Swimming Pool.

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Vernon Jones, 79, Lime Springs

--obitjonesVernon Harlan Jones, age 79, of Lime Springs, Iowa, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis.

Vernon was born July 6, 1933 to Hollis and Inga (Hansen) Jones in Oak Dale Township of Howard County. He was in the Army from 1952 to 1956. On Sept. 20, 1959 he married Carmen Dutton. They farmed in the Riceville area. She passed away on April 16, 1967. On June 21, 1969 he married Lucile (Meyer) Ewy. They owned a filling station in Lime Springs, then had shares in Oak Dale Pallet. After a bout with cancer in 1980, he went on disability. Lucile and Vernon enjoyed dancing and following their favorite bands. They also enjoyed doing Ole and Lena skits. Vernon and Lucile entered the Cresco Care Center in 2010. Lucile preceded him in death on Dec. 22, 2010. He went to the Howard Residential Facility for awhile, then back to Cresco Care when his health was failing. Vernon was a member of the Lime Springs American Legion.

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New LS PO hours start May 4

The Postal Service has concluded the POST Plan review process for the Lime Springs Post Office. Customer survey responses, input from the community meeting and the operational needs of the Postal Service were considered in reaching the implementation decision.

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Will pool open?

By Marcie Klomp

“If the Pool Tech cost estimate is too high, we may not be opening the pool this year. If we don’t have lifeguard applications, we may not be opening the pool this year,” said Mayor Barb Robinson at the Lime Springs City Council meeting on April 2. “It scares me that we might be losing that pool.”

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April showers bring . . . lots of water

This pole north of town was busted and needed to be replaced on April 10, after high winds, with gusts up to 85 mph, hit the area.

This pole north of town was busted and needed to be replaced on April 10, after high winds, with gusts up to 85 mph, hit the area.

By Marcie Klomp

Mother Nature let loose the rains, then pulled back the reins for spring! She has not disappointed in showing that spring weather in the Midwest can change at the drop of a hat. In the past week-and-a-half, Howard County has been hit with snow, sleet, hail, wind, thunder and lightning and seven inches of rain.

A few days at the beginning of April were warm enough to melt some of the snow piles around town. Then came April showers, starting the evening of the ninth, when over three inches fell. Coming with the rain were sleet, hail and wind. At the Law Enforcement Center in Cresco, wind gusts of 85 mph were recorded. Those gusts sent a couple of vehicles into the ditch on Highway 63.

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