Lime Springs school to close —Preschool will move to Spring Ahead Learning Center

By Marcie Klomp
On a vote of 4-1, Howard-Winneshiek School Board members voted to close the Lime Springs school. Duane Bodermann was the only member to vote against the recommendation from Supt. John Carver.

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Lime Springs Herald to print last newspaper in February

“It is after great thought and a heavy heart that Joyce and I are announcing the closing of the Lime Springs Herald in February,” said Publisher Dan Evans, co-owner of the weekly newspaper with wife, Joyce Evans. Continue reading

The Snow Queen

LSCTT cast Those youth involved in the Lime Springs Children’s Theatre Troupe play are, front: Dalin Kitchen, Gabe Slavin, Cassidy Bowen, Kendall Slavin and Ana Gibbs. Middle: Lyli Kunert, Kelly Miller, Teryn Lukes, Skylar Henry and Abigail Hovey. Back: Lyanne Wells, Emma Greengo, Dalten Heit and Mattie Slavin. Not pictured: Anna Mae Leverson, Benjamin Matthias, Emily Bjugan-Hanson, Kristen Kuhl and Ella Keller.

LSCTT cast
Those youth involved in the Lime Springs Children’s Theatre Troupe play are, front: Dalin Kitchen, Gabe Slavin, Cassidy Bowen, Kendall Slavin and Ana Gibbs. Middle: Lyli Kunert, Kelly Miller, Teryn Lukes, Skylar Henry and Abigail Hovey. Back: Lyanne Wells, Emma Greengo, Dalten Heit and Mattie Slavin. Not pictured: Anna Mae Leverson, Benjamin Matthias, Emily Bjugan-Hanson, Kristen Kuhl and Ella Keller.

By Marcie Klomp
Twenty youth have been busy praciticing for the play “The Snow Queen” since auditioning in early August.

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Christmas in Chester

Christmas in Chester has always been a special celebration for the small town. This year, many local businesses will be having open houses to help everyone gear up for the holiday season.

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Christmas in LS

Get ready for a busy day in town when the 18th annual Christmas in Lime Springs is celebrated this Sunday, Dec. 7.
Most of the day’s events take place in and around the Community Center, although some local businesses will be having open houses and selling items.

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You paid what for gas?!

I remember when . . . Kenny Mensink, left, remembers gas at 10¢ per gallon. That was a few years ago! Jay Ryon, Lyle Ryon and John Petru also reminisced about the good ol’ days.

I remember when . . .
Kenny Mensink, left, remembers gas at 10¢ per gallon. That was a few years ago! Jay Ryon, Lyle Ryon and John Petru also reminisced about the good ol’ days.

By Marcie Klomp
The price of gas has been going down slowly in the past month. It even went below $3.00 for the first time in about a year! Now in northeast Iowa it has been lingering around the $2.80 mark.
Just for fun, Lime Springs Herald decided to ask some locals what was the lowest they paid for gas. Their answers can be a little surprising. But as one person mentioned, the price of gas back then didn’t seem cheap, and there wasn’t a whole lot of unnecessary driving taking place . . . well unless you were driving the strip. That strip could be Elm Street in Cresco or Main Street in Lime Springs. Ahhhh the memories that evokes!

Sandy Johnson remembers paying 25¢ for gas. Way back when, Shaw was around eight and Dawn was around four when the family went to Arizona. “We were going to go into the Grand Canyon and we were just about out of gas. We about had a heart attack. We had to pay 75¢!”

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Beating drum to raise money —Band needs new uniforms, members come to board

By Marcie Klomp

“I didn’t like [band] in junior high. And then high school came, and I almost love band more than my sports. We are like a family. Maybe more people would go out for band [if there was new uniforms].” Blair Bodermann and other band members spoke passionately to Howard-Winneshiek School Board about band.
“It means a lot to me,” added Alysa Osmonson.

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Veterans Day Program

World War II veteran Kenny Mensink and Afghanistan veteran Scott Tienter thank each other for their service. (Tienter also thanks Mensink for being his bus driver when he was four!)

World War II veteran Kenny Mensink and Afghanistan veteran Scott Tienter thank each other for their service. (Tienter also thanks Mensink for being his bus driver when he was four!)

By Marcie Klomp

“Thank you for your service.” That is what one young fourth grader wanted to tell Specialist Scott Tienter when he raised his hand.

Tienter spoke at the Veterans Day program held at the Lime Springs school on Nov. 11. He had a slide presentation that depicted his time spent serving in Afghanistan from Jan. 13, 2011-Jan. 10, 2012.

He is still in the Army Reserves as a 91 Bravo All-Wheel Vehicle Mechanic with the 322nd Engineering Company in Decorah.
He told the students how some of the machines he worked on had a three-inch thick exterior with bullet-proof windows.

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Wendel steps down as Chester fire chief

Chris Keller accepts the fire chief hat from former chief Jeff Wendel, who will now be just one of the guys.

Chris Keller accepts the fire chief hat from former chief Jeff Wendel, who will now be just one of the guys.

By Marcie Klomp

“It’s time for the younger guys to take over,” said longtime Chester Fire Chief Jeff Wendel.

He surprised everyone, including his son, James, and son-in-law Chris Keller, at the Sept. 24 fire department meeting when he said he was stepping down. He will continue to be a “regular” firefighter and give advice if needed, but will not be the man in charge. He turned that honor over to Assistant Chief Keller.

“The rest of the guys must have thought they could trust me, because they voted me in that night,” said the new chief.

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Meet the candidates —Howard County Supervisor hopefuls

Four able locals are vying for two seats on the Howard County Supervisor board. In District 2, Joe Pisney is taking on incumbent Don Burnikel, while in District 3 James Kitchen is challenging incumbent Jan McGovern.

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