Christmas Lights of LS Contest

You can be the Clark Griswold of Lime Springs! Just get out the ladder, thousands of lights and the plastic Santa and reindeer display! Or . . . you can just have fun and decorate your house for the holidays.

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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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From our place to yours —Rplace is new business in Chester

Brianna Olson, right, will be operating Rplace for her grandmother, Renae Anderson.

Brianna Olson, right, will be operating Rplace for her grandmother, Renae Anderson.

By Marcie Klomp

The old liquidator buildings, which have stood empty for five years, are showing signs of life again. Renae Anderson and granddaughter Brianna Olson opened up a consignment/thrift shop, Rplace, in the two buildings last week. “We can fill every room of your house!” Anderson noted.

“We purchased the buildings on May 1 from Harlow (Galbreath) and have been fixing it up since then,” Anderson explained. Along with the double-wide store, she also bought the garage, warehouse and grassy lot.

Although she is young, Olson is looking forward to running the store. The family has been busy the past few weeks getting the place set up. Olson is using some of her decorating talent she inherited from her mother, Neverlyn Anderson.

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Candlelight Festival of Trees

Waste not, want not Roger Lepa checks out the Lime Springs Herald tree, which won the tree contest for Festival of Trees. All of the ornaments, including the tree topper, and presents were made with recycled newspaper. The Library’s tree featured pictures of local heroes.

Waste not, want not
Roger Lepa checks out the Lime Springs Herald tree, which won the tree contest for Festival of Trees. All of the ornaments, including the tree topper, and presents were made with recycled newspaper. The Library’s tree featured pictures of local heroes.

By Marcie Klomp

It was another successful year for Festival of Trees, which took place on Sunday, Nov. 30.

There were only 10 trees that competed for the $25, first-place prize, and it was a close race. Lime Springs Herald ended up taking first for its newspaper-themed tree. Staff opted to donate their prize money to Lime Springs Pool.

Other businesses used bits of their trade as ornaments as well. Family Fun and Fitness had all sorts of fitness-related ornaments, including jump rope for garland and balls and frisbees as ornaments and a ball glove as a topper. Hair Port had combs and a curling iron as ornaments!

Ellen Klomp has a huge collection of Christmas tree pins that she attached to her tree as ornaments. Beverley Copeman and Lois Bronner put angels on one tree and Copeman made a Santa tree.

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Burnikel is Supervisor

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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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LS Beef to hire in March

Innovation Drive is the road being built by the City of Lime Springs on the south side of LimeSprings Beef. The business will have an entrance off the new road. Any other business that builds on Highway 63 will also be able to have an entrance off Innovation Drive.

Innovation Drive is the road being built by the City of Lime Springs on the south side of LimeSprings Beef. The business will have an entrance off the new road. Any other business that builds on Highway 63 will also be able to have an entrance off Innovation Drive.

By Marcie Klomp

Every time a news story is found online about the LimeSprings Beef plant, it makes its rounds on Facebook and other social media sites. Then area folk start wondering again and again when the hiring will begin.

The public should be aware the business will be in the news. That means those who are promoting the beef products are doing their jobs. It only makes sense there has to be an outlet for the product before the first animal is butchered . . . hence, the story about the plant being told, to get the word out. The more vendors who hear about the story mean a better likelihood of them purchasing the product.

Part of that story is that an anticipated 70-80 jobs will be needed when the plant is in full operation . . . but only when the plant is ready to open . . . and not straight off the bat. It will take time to hire the employees.

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Candlelight Festival of Trees in Lime Springs

It may seem early to start getting into the Christmas spirit, but decorations have already been out in stores for a month!
Help Lime Springs celebrate the beginning of the Christmas holiday on Sunday, Nov. 30 from 5-7 at the Community Center.

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HCCF grants begin

Howard County – Grant applications can be submitted to the Howard County Community Foundation for its 2015 grant cycle beginning on Dec. 1, 2014. The deadline to submit applications is midnight (CST) Jan. 31, 2015. Grants are awarded to projects in the following areas: art and culture, community betterment, education, environment, health, historic preservation and human service.

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Shea land is Century Farm

By Thomas Shea and Marcie Klomp

In this ever-changing world, it is hard to have something established for 25 years, let alone 50 years. It is really unusual to find something 75 years old, but the state of Iowa has been honoring families who have owned the same farm for 100 years or more since 1976.

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