Bad day turned good—Brad Lodge was dead for 30 minutes. Thanks to CPR, AED he lived.

Brad Lodge’s angels, with the AED that helped save his life: from left, Casey Sebastian, Tary Kolek, Greg Mahr, Nate Schwickerath, Chuck Reicks and Mary Larson.

Brad Lodge’s angels, with the AED that helped save his life: from left, Casey Sebastian, Tary Kolek, Greg Mahr, Nate Schwickerath, Chuck Reicks and Mary Larson.

By Marcie Klomp
They all passed the buck. “It wasn’t me. It was the guy before me.” The next one said, “It wasn’t me. It was the guy before me.” Sounds normal. Nobody taking responsibility. But this is different. Each one of the individuals involved in saving the life of Brad Lodge, 62, on March 17, 2014 credited the person who got there before them.
It started out as a typical Monday at the LimeSprings Beef worksite. Lodge, project manager, was watching Dan, Steve and Brian Bohr of L&S Masonry, running hoses to thaw out the ground.

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First Baby(ies) of Year

The Ullom family, with Peyton, baby Grady, Amanda, Jason, baby Griffin and Teryn (Lukes).

The Ullom family, with Peyton, baby Grady, Amanda, Jason, baby Griffin and Teryn (Lukes).

By Marcie Klomp
“We weren’t expecting to be the first babies of the new year,” said Amanda Ullom. No wonder. Her and Jason’s twins weren’t due until last Friday, March 21, but they decided to come early—over two months early—on Jan. 15, 2014!

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School staff takes early retirement

By Marcie Klomp
Twelve staff members. with a combined 313 years of service to Howard-Winneshiek School District opted to take voluntary early retirement and will be leaving at the end of this school year. They include PK-1 principal Shirley Sovereign (30 years at H-W); teachers Steven Anderson (24), Barbara Holstrom (28), Polly Jones (31), Debra Larson (13), Jennifer Matt (34), Gerald Mihm (21), Karen Nance (36), Pamela Spindler (34) and Jane Ullom (23); and associates Leone Ferrie (15) and Delrae Wolter (24).
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School staff takes early retirement

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Woman with local ties is published

Carol Edwards Denekas

Carol Edwards Denekas

By Marcie Klomp

It’s not just a silly e-quote a person sees on Facebook. Dreams really can come true. Just ask Carol (Edwards) Denekas. She realized at a young age that she enjoyed writing, and now she is a published author!

Denekas, the daughter of Anna Mae and the late Dale Edwards, grew up around Bonair and graduated from Crestwood High School in 1987 and from Luther College in 1991 with a BA in English.

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This isn’t your father’s science, tech class

Autumn Nelson and Maia Harvey, along with Brynn Bodermann (not pictured) showed the school board how they worked on their robotic vehicle.

Autumn Nelson and Maia Harvey, along with Brynn Bodermann (not pictured) showed the school board how they worked on their robotic vehicle.

By Marcie Klomp

It’s not even your science class. Students at Howard-Winneshiek Schools are doing amazing things, as the board found out at the March 10 meeting at the high school media center.

They also learned that playing with cars isn’t just for boys anymore. Eighth grade girls from Nick Ferrie’s Automation and Robotics (AR) class demonstrated how they built an erector-set-like car and programmed it to do some maneuvers all on its own.

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LimeSprings Beef: Up go the walls

The receiving and rendering areas are under construction.

The receiving and rendering areas are under construction.

The walls are going up on the innovative processing plant called LimeSprings Beef.

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Charles Kraft, 60, Cresco

--kraftCharles “Charlie” Kraft, 60, of Cresco, Iowa died Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Iowa with his wife and children by his side.

Charles Walter Kraft was born Feb. 5, 1954 the son of Leo and Zoan (Richardson) Kraft in Lake City, Iowa. Charlie was confirmed in the Saratoga Presbyterian Church, graduated from Crestwood High School and attended Calmar College, receiving his degree in Welding Machinery. He worked for Svestka’s Welding/Fenco Welding for 32 years.

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Eleanor ‘Venita’ Buchanan, 97, LS

--obit-buchananEleanor Venita (Kitchen) Buchanan, 97, passed away at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Cresco Care Center in Cresco, Iowa. She was born Feb. 14, 1917, in Lime Springs, Iowa, the daughter of the late Elmer and Edna Kitchen. She married Arthur (Jack) Buchanan on Nov. 1, 1938, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 1958.

She attended the Lime Springs schools and graduated from Mankato College, Mankato, Minn. She and Jack moved to Southern Illinois in 1939, where she began her career as receptionist/secretary/Girl Friday of Wood River Printing, which at the time published the Wood River Journal. She was an active proponent of the equal rights movement. Continue reading

Arnold Kimball, 86, California

--obit-kimballArnold (Bud) Kimball, age 86 of Nuevo, Calif. died on Feb. 27, 2014. Bud was born on Feb. 16, 1928 and grew up in Maine, leaving home to join the Army Aircorp where he served in WWII. Upon returning from the war, he began hauling freight cross country.

Bud met and married Geralda Murphy on Aug. 5, 1950. After living in Lime Springs, Iowa and Winter Haven, Fla,, they settled in Rochester, Minn., where they began their family, raising two children, Robert and Sandra. They moved to Costa Mesa, Calif. in 1980, where Bud and his son Bob started Kimball Equipment, sales and repair of heavy equipment.

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