Alton Lock 26 #1 061/13/76

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Alton Lock 26 #1 061/13/76 - ftcgteter- cities and towns motor delivery...
ftcgteter- cities and towns motor delivery SECTION A THE WEATHER — Sunny today, highs jn mid 80s to around 90, lows tonight in upper 50s to mid 60s. Increasing cloudiness tonight, chance of rain Monday, highs in upper 70s to low 80s. Sunrise: 5:40; sunset: 8:25. -„._«, t«4. DM MfltoM Mtfltftr ind TrHMm* C«mMny CAN ALTON'S LOCK 26 HANDLE THE LOAD? By GEORGE ANTHAN W TfM Rfthftfi WnMntMn BurMu ALTON, ILL. - Fifteen barges of the farmer co-operative-owned_Agri-_ Trans Corp. nose around a bend in the Mississippi River north of St. Louis and move slowly toward an Imposing concrete concrete and steel structure displaying the familiar red castle of the U.S. Army CorpsoLEngineerSj The barges, pushed by a powerful boat, nudge into Lock No. 26, lashed together in what has become a fairly standard arrangement for the big Mississippi Mississippi River tows — three barges across and five deep, with the power boat pushing. Only nine of the 15 Agri-Trans barges will fit into the 600-foot-long Lock 26, so deck hands set about loosening loosening the heavy cables that lash the barges together. This takes about 10 minutes. Then the power boat backs out of the lock, taking with it the six barges that won't fit. The lock gates are closed, and the chamber is filled with water, the nine barges being lifted to the level of the upstream pool of the river. The upstream gates are opened and the nine barges are slowly pulled out by a ! waiting switch boat (Corps officials say ' a much slower winching system usual- j ly is employed to remove the unpow-1 ered barge segments). j Then, the"loclTis~enTptiedrthe power 'boat with its remaining six Agri-Trans barges re-enters the facility, and the process is repeated. It takes about an hour and 40 minutes minutes to complete the whole maneuver. Corps records indicate that this process can take as long as two hours and 15 minutes. Using this method, the practical physical physical capacity of Lock 26 — about 53 million tons of cargo moved through it a year — has been reached. The Corps, the barge industry, ship- -pers-and-a—wide-range-of-state-and; local government agencies say the locks thus are inadequate, that they're a bottleneck costing millions of dollars a year in shipping delays and extra operating expenses (or tow equipment, and that they should be replaced by a Joe 'The Woofer' — A pitch for all reasons larger structure at a cost of $400 million. million. But some transportation experts contend contend the locks have much unused capacity and that these facilities and others like them on the Mississippi are being operated by the Corps of Engineers Engineers in a way that's inefficient and costly, but convenient for the barge and shipping industry. Also, the way the present lock is operated tends to buttress buttress the argument that it must be replaced, these people say. The river lock at Alton is at a strate- gic'location. Through it passes all traffic traffic to and from the upper-Mississippi River afea, including Iowa and Minnesota. Minnesota. Also, the lock at Alton is just below the place where the Illinois waterway enters the Mississippi, so all traffic to and from this industrially important transportation link also must pass through the facilities. The controversy over replacement of Tiock and Dam 26 is becoming one of BrROBERT HULLIHAN Rtfltttr Staff Wrrttf CARROLL, IA. - Chanting out the virtues of the sauerkraut nested in his big iron kettle, the civic booster stood in front of the Chamber of Commerce office dressed in an apron and a funny green hat. The hat only partially shaded the militant nose of Joe (The Woofer) Dalhoff, 44, a soldier of main street, once more in nonsensical breach, rallying rallying the forces of civic fun and profit. He is a man who scruples not to pluck, a saint from heaven if-that will stir things up in the old home town. He is the booster's booster, the mer- chant-defender__agalnst_apathy; the man who will knowingly go out to the ridiculous edge in the name of retail sales promotion. or," said Dalhoff, speaking for the Apostle of Germany who was thrust rudely into heaven more than 1,200 years ago. " * "I dyed 'em myself," said Dalhoff, owner of Joe's Paint Center. "Paint retailing, for God's sake! Nineteen years of hell. All those hours of match-" ing little paint samples. "I always wanted to be a chemical engineer." Dalhoff gazed off for a thoughtful moment toward a clutter of -kiddyzEidesztwirlingrto-another-parking lot. He often greets friends by saying "Woof," instead of hello. He has appeared in the Elk's Club wearing a spiked Prussian-helmet. He has caused the towers of an imaginary imaginary university to_ arise, and he runs the annual "Brushy Queen" contest. He happily quotes the beer-drinking record <pf the Carroll Oktoberfest, of THE EDGE OF THE CROWD the biggest in the Midwest in recent years. It involves charges that failure to modernize the river system could doom to stagnation the economy of the entire region It involves the concerns of environmentalists environmentalists and of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the future of the Mississippi as a multi-purpose river. It involves, also, the future of many Midwestern and Western railroads, some of which are slipping into bankruptcy. bankruptcy. Lock 26 has become the symbol for a continued federal commitment to the_ cheap river transportation on which entire industries depend. Allowing this system to fall into disrepair, it is argued, is just as wrong as the policies that allowed the railroads to deteriorate. deteriorate. Although the 38-year-old lock is in disrepair, the Corps of Engineers says the structure is not in danger of col- ALTON Please turn to Page 16A which he is chairman: "Three bottles in 11 seconds, Carryou imagine that?" He is the unabashed apostle keeping trorthe faith between hometown merchants merchants and their consumer flock. And if it takes a kettle of sauerkraut, a funny hat and a saint to preach that mission, Joe Dalhoff is your man. "I'm terrible for nonsense," he said, seeking the shade of the Chamber building as his sauerkraut and voice gave out. The Dalhoff nonsense in progress at TKe"m6menT"was~St. Boniface Day, an^. annual event now in this city of some 8,700 souls. Thousands of retail parishioners filed dutifully through a downtown parking lot to receive their free sauer- kraut-and-bratwuerstchen sandwiches from merchants who stood vested in .aprons at gas grills. • It was a kind of commercial communion communion service. The recorded music of a German band umpahed over the scene. The smoke of cooking bratwuerstchen rose in sacrificial wisps to orangy-red pennants pennants snapping overhead. "Orangy-red was St. Boniface's col- He had the look of a man who will always buy a ticket to the merry-go- round, even though he knows he has outgrown the horses. He has ridden_the wooden saddles of virtually every civic and service office in the city, from commissioner of the Little League to president Of the Junior Chamber of Commerce — "that's the life-blood of a small town" — to exalted exalted ruler of the Elk's Club. But now, with mosfoTThe local brass rings collected, Dalhoff is "down to only about five organizations." ' :~ His wife, Arlene, "asserted herself" after years of running the pop stands at Joe's events. "Six kids, and we weren't even trying," trying," said Dalhoff, brightening at the j thought of faithful Arlene. She was up the street running the paint store while I Joe dished up the sauerkraut in honor j of St. Boniface. i "SfieTpuTup witFaiTot,"~said DaUT" off. He kept interrupting himself to call Arlene "A great sport," "The poor. girl," "A good kid." He glanced at his watch. At 3 p.m. he had an appointment to be thrown into a "Kangaroo Jail" set up on a downtown corner. It would be a kind of symbolic, hijinks martyrdom to climax the day. St. Boniface would understand. The saint was killed by a band of pagans as he preached Christianity in ancient Germany in the year 754. Or, as Dalhoff puts it, the orangy-red deed was done by "a bunch of rowdy Germans." Germans." Dalhoff smiled in fond forgiveness. The event, aftenwll, was a kind of family family prank. "I'm just a square-headed kraut," he said, but his pride in his German German heritage gave birth to St. Boniface, Day. '_ Dalhoff was impressed — and a little put off — by the way St. Patrick turns out every year to help the Irish. He reasoned reasoned that St. Boniface would do no less for the Germans, even with that unfortunate bit of rowdiness at the end. The Carroll Chamber of Commerce assumed that St. Boniface couldn't,. refuse an invitation from Joe Dalhoff. I -- HULLIHAN Please turn to Page IOA

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  1. The Des Moines Register,
  2. 13 Jun 1976, Sun,
  3. Page 1

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