- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

KLEMME, Iowa (AP) - A northern Iowa town is celebrating its 125-year history.

Current and former residents - some from as far as Florida - gathered on Saturday to celebrate Klemme’s anniversary, according to the Mason City Globe Gazette (http://bit.ly/1lhgFuM ).

“This is home,” said Carol Saling, a 1973 Klemme High School graduate. Saling, now of Jacksonville, Florida, was in the area for a niece’s wedding last weekend and decided to stay for the big celebration.

“I did the all-school reunion and I’m seeing family and friends,” she said as she listened to music in the park with her sister, Mary Jo Depping of Thornton.

The sisters said they always enjoyed the small town atmosphere of Klemme.

“They’re very close-knit,” Depping said about the community, which was established in 1889 and had about 500 residents as of the 2010 census.

The event offered face painting, live music and other entertainment, bingo, pony rides, a petting zoo, food, balloon animals, a car show and horse show. Closing events were to begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday with the gospel group Stone Soup, followed by the Johnson Strings, an award-winning musical family from New Hampton.

Four-year-old Keagan Dreier, of Klemme, was looking forward to the power pedal pull.

“It’s fun,” he said.

Keagan and his sister Ayla Klien, 10, participate in power pedal pull contests all over north Iowa, said his father, Jim Dreier. Keagan has already qualified to compete at the state level.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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