May 24 fire at Balvanz home

Firefighters chopped some holes in the roof over the kitchen/laundry area to make sure the fire was out.

Firefighters chopped some holes in the roof over the kitchen/laundry area to make sure the fire was out.

By Marcie Klomp
The family was enjoying some food and fellowship at a LeRoy graduation party when they were told their house in Lime Springs was on fire, Saturday, May 24.
Mike and Amber Balvanz rushed to the scene to see Lime Springs and Chester firefighters chopping holes on west side of their roof and ceiling and spraying their home with water.

Amber got hold of a firefighter, asking him to save her family pictures.

With tears running down her face, Amber said, “We were going to move, and the pictures were all packed in a tub. I asked Tary (Kolek) and Tommy (Roberts) to get them.”

She kept repeating how thankful she was that nobody was home and nobody was hurt. The family’s dog was retrieved by Amber’s cousin, J.J. Miller, who lives across the street and was the one who called in the fire.

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War dead honored at area programs

Hugh Seaton wanted to play ‘Taps’ at Pleasant Hill in honor of Grandpa Harold Munkel. (More on back)

Hugh Seaton wanted to play ‘Taps’ at Pleasant Hill in honor of Grandpa Harold Munkel. (More on back)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Marcie Klomp

“What are your plans for the three-day weekend? It’s a common question on the Thursday or Friday before Memorial Day. Lime Springs Legion Commander Jim Thomas was asked that question by a coworker, he told the crowd gathered for the program on Monday after a wonderful performance by Crestwood Marching Band.

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End of year celebration

--classMay 22, 2014 was a time of celebration for the preschoolers at Lime Springs-Chester Elementary. They participated in an end-of-year celebration where they sang some fun songs and watched a video of all they did over the school year with their family and friends. During the program, they told the audience what they want to be when they grow up. Teacher Mrs. Marr quipped, “I don’t even know what they will say. It changes every time!”
Members of the class and their future professions included, in front, Emma Gorter (something to do with babies), Makayla Praska (life guard), Harley Fisher (artist), Lear Clubb (scientist and cop), Alexandra Knutson (cop and life guard) and Shalynn Munkel (doctor). Back: Kaelen Balvanz (farmer), Owen Smith (motorcycle guy), Landon Kaski (cop), Elias Eiffler (farmer), Madalyn Fritcher-Larson (teacher), Bryleigh Slavin (dancer) and Kelsey Adams (tooth fairy). Not pictured was Josie Bowen.

Primary Election June 3

The nation just celebrated Memorial Day. One of the rights those brave men and women fought and died for was the right to vote. How about hitting the polls on Tuesday, June 3 out of respect for them? They are open 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.

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Memorial Day May 26, 2014

8:45 a.m. — Dedication Service at Chester Hill Cemetery
9:15 a.m. — Dedication Service at Saetersdal Lutheran Cemetery
10 a.m. — Memorial Day Program at Community Center; Speaker is Pastor Melanie Greengo
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Luncheon at Lime Springs Community Center
Thank You Veterans!

A-23 paving work to begin tentatively at end of July

A-23 from Lime Springs to Cresco will be closed in July for roadwork. Do you think it’s needed?

A-23 from Lime Springs to Cresco will be closed in July for roadwork. Do you think it’s needed?

By Marcie Klomp

During a preconstruction meeting on May 15, Tom Schmitt of Croell stated work on A-23 and V-58 (the Granger blacktop) is scheduled to begin at the end of July.

Most interested parties had a representative at the meeting, held at the Howard County Engineer’s office including, supervisors, contractors, subcontractors, the mayor of Lime Springs and county employees.

Also present were representatives from sheriff’s office, ambulance service and fire chief for Lime Springs. Emergency personnel need to know how they will get to houses without going on the blacktop.

The end of July is about as close as a person can get when the start date is two months out. As with any project, that is tentative and dependent on weather and other projects the company has on the books.

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Need help at the Mill

Lidtke Mill board needs some help in getting the Mill and Mill House ready for the upcoming season. Both buildings will be cleaned on Saturday, May 24 from 9-noon. Bring some cleaning supplies and shop vac to spurce it up for visitors.