H-W gets HealthierUS honor

CRESCO, IOWA — Howard-Winneshiek CSD is the first entire school district in the state of Iowa to be awarded the HealthierUS School Challenge “Gold Award.”

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The new face of H-W

 Noah Holland with his new iPad. All the students K-12 have a digital device.

Noah Holland with his new iPad. All the students K-12 have a digital device.

By Marcie Klomp

Every school year things change—students get a year older and move up a grade, teachers get a year older and buildings get a year older. Everything and everyone changes. Students returned to classes at Howard-Winneshiek schools on Aug. 22 and saw a few of those changes.

At Lime Springs-Chester they included grade structure. Last year, only two grades shared a teacher—fourth and fifth. This year first and second are also sharing.

But the biggest and most anticipated change in the district is that every student has a digital device to use. The elementary students have iPads while students in grades 7-12 have MacBook Airs.

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First week of school —Weather gets hot

Surprise, surprise. With school starting Aug. 22, the temperature started to rise. In the past, students were let out early due to heat; that isn’t the case any longer.

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Incumbents run in school board election

BY SARA STROMSETH-TROY

Cresco Times Plain Dealer

HOWARD-WINNESHIEK SCHOOL DISTRICT – Incumbents Karlos McClure and Duane Bodermann are running for reelection to the school board for the Howard Winneshiek School District.

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Kenneth Stevenson, 102, LS

--obit-stevensonKenneth Eugene Stevenson, 102 of Lime Springs, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 at Riceville Family Care & Therapy Center in Riceville, Iowa.

Kenneth was born on May 5, 1911, on a farm near Maple Leaf, Iowa. He was the son of Matthew and Edith (Walters) Stevenson. He was the sixth of seven children. He spent his growing up years at Maple Leaf and attended Howard #2 School, which was taught by his sister, through the eighth grade. He then worked for farmers and Dr. Jack Graf. While working east of Cresco for Selmer Jacobson, he met Alice M. DeGrave of Cresco, Iowa. Kenneth and Alice married on Feb. 26, 1938. They moved to a farm west and north of Saratoga, Iowa. They took in their nephew, Jerry, and raised him due to his mother passing away when he was only a baby.

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Lorraine Kemmer, 86, Chester

Lorraine Stevensen Kemmer, of Falcon Heights, Minn. died on Aug. 24, 2013 in St. Anthony Park.

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Russell Doughten Jr., 86, Chester

Russell Samuel Doughten Jr. passed to be with the Lord on Aug. 19, 2013 at his home in Carlisle, Iowa.

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Madison Rahlf of LS —‘Fighting like a girl’

Madison Rahlf (Photo submitted.)

Madison Rahlf (Photo submitted.)

By Sarah Stromseth-Troy, TPD Staff

LIME SPRINGS – The community of Lime Springs, along with Howard County residents, are coming together to support a 13-year-old girl fighting Acute Lymphcytic Leukemia.

Madison Rahlf is the daughter of Jim (Sara) Rahlf of New Hampton and Tina Rahlf (significant other Russ Theis) of Lime Springs. Her siblings and step-siblings include: Kelly Rahlf, age 11, Dylan Rahlf, age 9, Penton Theis, age 1-1/2, Gracie Rahlf, age 2, and Mason Theis, age 11.

All of the children attend Howard-Winneshiek School in Cresco. Tina Rahlf works at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, and Russ Theis owns Russ’ Repair in Lime Springs.

Symptoms and diagnosis

Tina Rahlf recalls the first indication something was amiss with her daughter’s health: “In the first week of July, Madison started saying how tired she was and mentioning about the number of bruises she had on her body.” She was taken in on July 6, and was immediately sent to Saint Marys Hospital (Rochester, Minn.) to the Pediatric Hematology/On-cology area to be evaluated.

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Gov. to attend LS Beef Groundbreaking

At their Aug. 6 Lime Springs City Council meeting, members learned Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Director of Economic Development Debi Durham will be at a groundbreaking for Lime Springs Beef on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 3:00 p.m.

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City forgives deficits

By Marcie Klomp

Each year, the City of Lime Springs gives each of its departments a budget to work within. The fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 and two (Library and Pool) of the departments went over their budgets, while three (Community Center, Fire Department and Parks) were under budget.

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