125 years and counting

Lime Springs staff Seated: Karen Stevenson, Evelyn Truka and Stacy Dohlman. Standing: Carla Ness, Jamie Niewoehner, Jamie Wemark, Jordan Guyer and Adam Munkel.

Lime Springs staff
Seated: Karen Stevenson, Evelyn Truka and Stacy Dohlman. Standing: Carla Ness, Jamie Niewoehner, Jamie Wemark, Jordan Guyer and Adam Munkel.

By Marcie Klomp

Hearing that a business has been in operation for 25 years is impressive, and 50 years is amazing. Few words can describe125 years . . . with ownership in the same family! Heck, some towns haven’t been around that long!

The longevity of C US Bank, which celebrated its quasquicentennial this past weekend, can be attributed to good, sound business sense, community-minded owners, supportive staff and customers, or should the term be friends?

That’s how many feel when they walk in the doors of any one of the five locations—Cresco, Ridgeway, Lime Springs, Osage and Charles City. They are met by a friendly smile and clerks calling them by name. Oh, and there’s always a little candy treat given as a thank you!

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Getting ready for 1:1 Initiative

Tom Skoda, senior, helps take the MacBook Airs out of their shipping boxes. Harold Jensen said he was standing by a $60,000 cart.

Tom Skoda, senior, helps take the MacBook Airs out of their shipping boxes. Harold Jensen said he was standing by a $60,000 cart.

By Marcie Klomp

Slow and steady wins the race. It takes time to prepare to distribute computer devices to the approximate 1,230 students at Howard-Winneshiek Community School District this fall, but slowly staff and student volunteers are getting it done.

This past week, summer help, Silver Cord volunteers and technology staff members started scanning in the bar codes from the new MacBook Airs and assigning them to a student in seventh through 12th grade. The computers came pre-programmed, saving the technology department time.

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Howard County fatalities down in past 10 years

It seems there have been a lot of accidents in northeast Iowa recently, what with a 17-year-old rural Lime Springs girl in Chickasaw County and a 69-year-old LeRoy man in Howard being killed in the last few weeks.

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LeRoy man killed in two-car accident

Keith Dewayne Ahrens, 69, of 211 E. Lowell St. in LeRoy, Minn. was killed in a two-car accident six miles north of Cresco on 50th St.

Tuesday, July 16 at 6:15 p.m., Ahrens was driving his 1989 Toyota pickup north on Valley Avenue. Trevor Thomas, 26, of Cresco, was driving a 2003 Ford Windstar east on 50th St.

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Last hoop jumped through

By Marcie Klomp

Jesse Stevens, President of Lime Springs Beef, LLC had good news for Council at the July 2 meeting. “Lime Springs Beef will officially start on Friday [July 5]. We’ll be in a position that the grants from USDA and REC will be activated. It’ll probably take a month to get contracts. In a matter of weeks, you’ll see the dirt move. Thank you all for your support. Everyone involved recognizes what great support the city has had for this project.” With that, Stevens was applauded for his work in moving the business to Lime Springs.

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Ribbon Auction grosses $36K

The 4-H and FFA ribbon auction at the 2013 Mighty Howard County Fair grossed $36,545 (down from $43,000 in 2012) for the county youth this year. The average ribbon was $322.28 for the 110 ribbons sold. This is compared to $446.77 for 124 ribbons last year.

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Car-motorcycle accident claims 17-year-old girl

NEW HAMPTON – A car-motorcycle accident in Chickasaw County Sunday claimed the life of a Lime Springs teenager and injured two others.

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Shay E. Peckham, 17, Lime Springs

--obit-PeckhamShay E. Peckham, 17, died Sunday, July 14, 2013 in New Hampton, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Cresco, Iowa, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at the Heritage Events Center. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Shay Elizabeth Peckham was born in Decorah, Iowa, on Feb. 8, 1996, the daughter of Jeff and Colleen (Conway) Peckham. She grew up on the farm northwest of Cresco, where she developed a strong love of the animals.

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Kenneth D. O’Kada, 75, of LS

--obit-O'KadaKenneth D. O’Kada, 75, died on Sunday, July 7, 2013, at Iowa City VA Health Care System in Iowa City, Iowa.

Kenneth “Ken” was born on Nov. 5, 1937 in Cresco, Iowa to Henry and Violet (Betts) O’Kada. He was a Cresco High School State wrestling champion. Ken attended Iowa State University for a few years and then joined the United States Navy. On Nov. 1, 1969, Ken married Susanne Glenna. Together they farmed the Lime Springs and Cresco areas. He was a Disabled American Veteran and American Legion Post #135 member.

Ken is survived by his wife, Susanne of Lime Springs; son, Daniel (Hyunji) of Harmony, Minn., who are expecting twins in November; daughter, Kimberly of West Union, Iowa, and her children, Brittany, Aaron, Tyler, Torin, Martin and Emma; and his siblings, Carl, Glen, Ida (Pete) Krueger and June O’Kada.

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Mary Ellen Prestegaard, 91, formerly LS

--obit-PrestegaardMary Ellen Prestegaard, age 91, of Lee, Ill. passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center in Illinois.

She was born April 7, 1922 in Lime Springs, Iowa, the daughter of Glen and Ruby (Stockdale) Jones. Mary Ellen attended school in Lime Springs and graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where she met her husband, Henry “Hank” Prestegaard. Mary Ellen and Hank were married July 15, 1943 in Sherman, Texas, before he went overseas with the U.S. Army during WWII. Mary Ellen taught school in Latimer, Iowa then at Lee Elementary School in Lee. In 1976 Mary Ellen opened the Hardanger Hus Scandinavian Gift Shop in their home and operated the shop for over 35 years. She was very active in Village of Lee activities and at the First Lutheran Church in Lee.

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