LS Jr. Comm. Club turns 10 —Will celebrate with pool party on Saturday!

Flag project Just one of the projects the Junior Club has taken on is putting flags out five times per year. Usual helpers include Abby, Mackenzie and Stephen Dietz, Kelly Miller, Savannah Roberts and Colten Miller. Not pictured: Emily Roberts and Austin and Alex Johnson.

Flag project
Just one of the projects the Junior Club has taken on is putting flags out five times per year. Usual helpers include Abby, Mackenzie and Stephen Dietz, Kelly Miller, Savannah Roberts and Colten Miller. Not pictured: Emily Roberts and Austin and Alex Johnson.

One of the youngest organizations in Lime Springs also has the youngest members, and is one of the most successful.
Junior Community Club was formed just 10 years ago, in 2004. The first meeting had 13 youth and 11 parents attending, in grades fourth through twelfth. Since then, club numbers have been pretty consistent at around 10.

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Free Swim Thursdays!

Thursdays, including today, are FREE to swimmers until the pool closes thanks to an anonymous donor! This supporter of Lime Springs will pay the admission fee for anyone (from Lime Springs or outside the area) who does not have a season ticket!

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Looking for clues

--fire-2Howard County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the fire that took place in Chester in the early morning hours of July 11. On July 16, the members of the fire department were sifting through the rubble to see if they could find any clues as to the origin of the fire. Officer Rich Hollenbeck explained, “Fire destroys evidence that will prove or disprove arson.” That doesn’t stop law enforcement officials from their investigation.

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Replacing road signs

--signReplacing road signs These two employees of McClain & Co. of Waterloo have been replacing faded and broken signs in the area the past few weeks. This sign is in Chester. It takes them three to five minutes to replace each marker, depending on how hard it is to remove the bolts. McClain & Co. bid on replacing the signs for Howard, Winneshiek, Floyd and Mitchell Counties. In total, it will take the two-man crew 8-10 weeks to replace all 3,600 signs.

ATV ride coming through LS

A unique new ride will rumble in to Northeast Iowa this August. The North Iowa ATV-UTV Ride will feature ATV and UTV vehicles in what will be a two-day parade of the all purpose vehicles. The ride will take place in Howard and Winneshiek Counties on Aug. 15-16.

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Carl A. O’Kada, 93, Cresco

--obit-okadaCarl A. O’Kada, age 93, of Cresco, Iowa passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Patty Elwood Center in Cresco.

Carl Alburton O’Kada was born July 24, 1920 to Henry Terronobe and Violet Betsy (Betts) O’Kada in Nora Springs, Iowa. In 1938, Carl graduated from Cresco High School and moved to California. After high school, he joined the Army and served in WWII. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. On Oct. 10, 1959, Carl was united in marriage to Georgia Anna Stovall in Las Vegas, Nev. Carl drove truck for Auto Fast Freight in Southern Clifornia and later drove for Wisconsin Dairies, after he and his family moved back to Chester, Iowa in 1979. He was a member of the Teamsters Union.

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Allen Taylor, 50, Chester

--obit-taylorAllen D. Taylor, 50, passed away July 16, 2014, at his home, in Chester, Iowa.

Allen David Taylor was born on March 28, 1964 in Cresco, Iowa, son of Alvin and Bea (Berka) Taylor. He was baptized, celebrated his first communion and was confirmed at Holy Trinity Church in Protivin. Allen graduated with the Crestwood High School class of 1982. On Sept. 15, 1984, he married Janetta Crain at Holy Trinity Chuch; they later divorced. Allen farmed for several years and raised his family in the Protivin area. He enjoyed spending his leisure time snowmobiling, playing euchre, listening to polka, riding his motorcycle and cruising in his Pontiac Firebird. He enjoyed many squirrel hunting trips with his son, Nick. Allen especially loved spending time with his two grandchildren, family and friends.

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Hitting the big league

Born to be a Cubbie! Way back when Jacob Peter was a little baby, one of his first pieces of clothing was a White Sox uniform. Although his dad, Win, is a dedicated Twins fan, he did enjoy watching Bo Jackson play ball for Chicago. (Photo by Aunt Barb Reicks)

Born to be a Cubbie!
Way back when Jacob Peter was a little baby, one of his first pieces of clothing was a White Sox uniform. Although his dad, Win, is a dedicated Twins fan, he did enjoy watching Bo Jackson play ball for Chicago. (Photo by Aunt Barb Reicks)

By Marcie Klomp
During baseball season, Elma has Michael Wacha (a boy with local ties) of the St. Louis Cardinals to root for. Now Lime Springs and area can say the same!

A few weeks ago, Jacob Peter, son of Win and Lisa (McCarville) Peter (now of Mason City) was drafted by the Chicago White Sox, much to the chagrin of his dad, who is a die-hard Twins fan!
Other proud family members are his grandparents, Marian and the late Lloyd Peter, of Lime Springs, Linda McCarville, of Cresco, and Bob and Shirley McCarville of LeRoy.

Aunt Becky Pahl said, “His draft prediction number was 190 and he went 198 with the White Sox.”

Being drafted in the seventh round, Jacob left Creighton University at Omaha, Neb. after his junior year. Win said Jacob still plans to finish college, during two fall semesters. His major is marketing.

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Fire totals house in Chester

Nothing much is left.

Nothing much is left.

Local firefighters were awoken Friday morning, July 11 to the sound of their pagers going off. At 4:32 a truck driver traveling through Chester called in a fire at the home owned by Dale Jensen and previously owned by Don Thurlow, three houses east of City Park.

Fire Chief Jeff Wendel, who lives a couple houses to the southwest, could see the flames as he hurried to the fire station. “It was totally engulfed before we got called,” he commented.

Mutual aid was called from Lime Springs and LeRoy, along with the LeRoy Ambulance and Howard County Sheriff’s Department.

James Kitchen Construction had been working with the owner to get it demolished, but that is no longer necessary, as it is just a pile of rubble.

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Council updated on city matters

Michael Spinks and Jesse Stevens of LimeSprings Beef.

Michael Spinks and Jesse Stevens of LimeSprings Beef.

By Marcie Klomp
Jesse Stevens, president of LimeSprings Beef introduced Michael Spinks, general manager, to the Lime Springs Council at their July 1 meeting.

“Construction is making progress,” Spinks said. “We are looking at a fall start date. In three to four weeks, we’ll get a better handle on it. Definitely late fall or early winter.”

The manager was asked if he found a home yet and answered his daughter is a senior in high school. So he will be doing the long distance job commute.

• In other business, Fire Chief Nate Schwickerath gave his department’s report, stating “The Father’s Day breakfast served 286 plates. We’ve had very good feed back from that, especially with the extensive menu. We’re planning on the same thing for Sweet Corn Days.”

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