Pros-Cons, Packer Feedlot Operation The announcement of several weeks ago by Iowa Beef Packers that they plan to embark on a cattle feeding program to supplement the cattle supply required for their packing plants, has set off a chain of events that may lead to a closer scrutiny of cattle feeding costs by individual farmers, and a congressional investigation of packer-owned feedlots, Two Iowa congressmen, Stanley Greigg and Bert Bandstra, both members of the Livestock and Feed Grains subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee, have asked that committee to hold hearing early next year on "implications for American agriculture of packer-owned feed lots." Since the announcement made by Iowa Beef Packers of their anticipated operation at Irvington, where from 5,000 to 50,000 head of cattle might be fed, depending on how the first pilot project turns out, several other large-scale feedlot projects have been announced by other groups in the state. In the meantime, the Fort Dodge Messenger sent its farm editor, Glen Hanson, into the Kossuth county area to sound out the feelings of various area cattle raisers, and their comments are interesting and have a variety of reactions as reported early this week. The Messenger reports the following comments : RON GERBER, RFD, Algona, who farms 860 acres with his father and brother: "I keep about 400 head of feeder cattle and I hope I can learn something from IBP. They can't control the market in spite of what some people think. It just isn't profitable to keep cattle beyond the point when they're ready for slaughter. I don't plan to sell any grain to them, I need everything I raise to feed my own cattle. I buy cattle at the local sales and IBP will be buying theirs from down south so we won't be competing. Their taxes will be a real contribution with money that will help the whole area." CECIL LONG, RFD, Algona, president-elect of the Kossuth Farm Bureau: "I have mixed feelings about IBP going into the feedlot operation. You can't pass a law to prevent them from doing it, any more than you can pass a law that says I can't raise pigs. I wouldn't want to live in a country where you could have laws like that. I suppose it will help the grain farmers some, but I don't think it will be any big help. You know, they may have problems trying to raise 50,000 head of cattle. I feed about 50 head now and I would't expect to either increase or decrease the size of my operation." BERYL PRIEBE, RFD, Algona, a noted Angus breeder, cattle feeder and farmer: "The IBP people say they are going to feed 4 million bushels of corn and pay a five-cent premium per bushel, adding $200,000 to the Kossuth county economy. Actually they will just raise the price of corn for everybody. It takes about 60 bushels of corn to fatten a steer, so it will add $3 to the cost per head. "There were 51,000 fat cattle in Kossuth last year, thus costs will go up to $153,000. So they aren't really adding $200,000 to the economy, they're really biting the hand that feeds them. "Certainly they will pay some property tax, but there is no tax on calves so they won't pay much livestock tax. But I think they will contribute to our knowledge about cattle feeding. "All the packers have to do is break even, not like the small feeders who have to make money. I wouldn't be surprised if they actually lowered the quality of the beef by bringing in a lower class of cattle." MILFORD PLATHE, RFD, Irvington, lives about 2 miles from the Frankl Feedlots: "At least IBP has done this out in the open for everybody to see. There are other companies that do things like that and you never hear about it. Some grocery store chains own feedlotc, but nobody knows how many head they have. I keep 200 head and IBP has promised to share any technological developments that come along. I think I will profit by having them here. The thing that strikes me is that those men (from IBP) are all so young and have new ideas. "I'd like to say that Gerald Frankl has done more for this area than the entire Algona Development Corporation. This won't have any particular effect on the small feeders. Of course, IBP might be able to feed their cattle a lot cheaper. "There is the possibility that there will be some legislation coming from this, maybe restricting the packers to using only a certain percentage from their own feedlots." In the meantime, at the feedlot on the Gerald Frankl farm, purchased by Iowa Beef Packers for their proposed operation, there are about 4,000 head of cattle on feed, about the same number that Gerald Frankl was feeding before sale of the farm and the cattle. IBP has said that its initial experiment will be with about 5,000 head of cattle, and only if this pilot project proves sound will they expand the total cattle on feed, which could reach a maximum of 50,000 head. gona teenagers drove by, then stopped. They came over, wi f h a flashlight, and offered to help, recognizing I was wearing good clothes ... it was wet and nasty . . . after completing the job they wished me a safe journey and left ... I have a very pleasant feeling about the young men of Algona - Garold L. Parks, Animal Science Dept., Iowa State University," "Upper Des Moines- We would like to thank you again for the lovely desks you gave us ... when the children arrived today they were so thrilled. I had them all labeled. Thank you and a Merry Christmas .. Mrs. Clyde Dudley and children of the Special School," * * * We appreciate the Christmas card from "Emmetsburg Housewife and Family" and are happy to know that our timely warning about not leaving the giblets in the cellophane sack in the turkey's neck has been heeded, * * * The Peace Corps has found that there is a difference between working overseas and with Chippewa Indians , . . two well- intentioned Peace Corps young ladies arranged a dance on the shores of Lake Superior , . , when the pow-wow was over, a half dozen were in jail and the hall was a shambles ... the Peace Corps girls are now working elsewhere, and the Chippewa medicine men are happier. * * * Famous Last Line - Whiclj one of you jerks left that plug out of the rocket? Read it for morft NEWS - See it for better PICTURES - Use it for more BUSINESS Entered as second class matter at the postofflce at Algeria, Town (50511). Nov. 1, ins?, under Act of Congress of March 3. 1879 ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1965 16 Pog«» — 2 Sections VOL. 100 NO. 94 Appeal Kossuth School Ruling BY RUSS WALLER We had a visitor in the office from Bancroft, this week, and he commented on efforts of that area to become part of a reorganized school district, (as reported in an adjacent news story), to wit; "All us colored Amish up here want is a right to vote on our own school district." * * * It would be a quite a revelation if any of the young mothers who hastily take their youngsters to school each morning were involved in an automobile mis* hap, , , some of the fathers tell us that there is an interesting assortment of attire underneath those house coats and robes, * * * MAIL BAG: "Last night (Dec, 9) while entering Algona in heavy fog I had a flat tire ... i was jacking up my car when three A> Raise 'Economic A/a" To $244,000 Must Spend In JayCees Here Still In Need Of Good Toys The Algona JayCees are still badly in need of toys for their annual Christmas party to be held Dec. 19 at the VFW hall, beginning at 1:30 p. m., with 60 needy children invited. They will take any new or used toys which area residents wish to donate to the cause, which is a good one. Toys may be delivered to 5 East College, Algona, or will be picked up by the sponsoring club if the person wishing to donate will call 295-2275 or 295-2134. Assessment Boost Held Up For A Year Nine officials from Kossuth county met with the 3-man State Tax Commission at Des Moines Monday and were told to use the present tax structure for assessing and taxing purposes next year. • The meeting was set- up as a result of the Commission's earlier ultimatum that a 20 percent increase be tacked on farm buildings in Kossuth next year. Attending the session from here were Leo Immerfall, county assessor, Marc Moore, county auditor, Gordon Winkel, county attorney, Albert Schipull, Earl Stott and Chris Dahl of the board of review and Gary McDonald, Lawrence Newbrough and A. M. Kollasch of the board of supervisors. The Kossuth delegation was complimented by the Commission for its polite manner of presenting the county's opinion of the proposed 20percent increase. Actually, no final action was taken - but the Commission did okay the present tax structure for next year, delaying any increase for at least a year. Kossuth was one of 27 counties and four cities which were first to file suit in an attempt to keep the Commission from raising property valuations on certain classes of real estate. Quick action has been credited with causing the Commission to delay its request for raises - at least through 1966. What might follow after that is still undecided. Since the original 27 counties filed suit, several others have also taken similar action. A plan used here since 1957 will again be used in 1966. It calls for a majority of the tax base load to fall on agricultural lands (in the case of rural property) without placing too much emphasis on buildings. A judge in Polk county ruled last week in favor of Kossuth and the other 26 counties and four cities on a petition that asked the Commission to delay changes in valuations for a year. Burt Youth Is Recovering From Injuries BURT - Joel Chipman, 17, who was critically injured in a fatal grinding two-car crash near Blue Earth July 1 and who has been hospitalized at Blue Earth, Rochester, Iowa City and more recently a patient at the Turner Nursing Home, Armstrong, has recovered enough to return to his home here. Joel, who was completely par- alized on his left side as a result of the crash, is slowly recovering the use of his arm and leg, He is being cared for during the day by Mrs. C, N. Heerdt. Joel is the son of Mr. and Mrs, Lawrence Chipman. 4 Counties By July, 1 New School Desks To Children The "Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc.", four-county unit set up under the Economic Opportunity Act, comprising Kossuth, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, and Emmet counties, was told last week that a total allotment of $244,000 had been designated for this area for use until July 1, 1966. This includes the original $41,005 which was requested as a research grant and to set up an administrative office for the area. The four-county committee admits frankly that it is groping its way along, learning all the time, in an effort to set up a program that fulfills basic requirements of the Act. John Mackey, regional director from the state office, attended the meeting at Emmetsburg and told of the $244,000 earmarked for UDM Opportunity. The Research Grant for the Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. is expected before February 1, 1966. This money will be used to conduct a survey of the needs in the four-county area. -.--The following personnelfcom- mlttee was appointed to receive applications for the position of director of the four counties: M. Peter Hart, Emmetsburg, chairman; Arvil C. Parks, Estherville; Harry Naffziger, Lu- Verne; and Milford Mott, Pocahontas. A B. A. degree is a minimum requirement and administrative experience is required. The following were elected to represent their counties and coordinate with local school officials in preparing projects under the elementary and secondary education act of 1965: Dave Fitzgibbons, Estherville, Emmet county; Rev. Newton Coughenour, Algona, Kossuth county; M. Peter Hart,Emmetsburg, Palo Alto county; and Jim Wilson, Rolfe, Pocahontas county. Algonan Passes Robert Bell, long-time resident of Algona, died early Wednesday morning at St. Ann hospital. He had recently been a patient of University hospital, Iowa City. Funeral arrangements were pending at McCullough's Funeral Chapel here at press time. Algona Star Route Driver Hurt In Fall Art Ristau, well-known Al- gonan who drives the Estherville- Algona Star Route, suffered a broken hip and bruises in a freak fall at the post office at Armstrong Thursday morning, Dec. 9. Mr. Ristau was rushed by ambulance to St. Ann hospital for preliminary treatment, then transferred to Mercy hospital, Mason City, where he underwent corrective surgery for his injury the following day. Apparently no one saw him fall. An employee inside the Armstrong post office saw Ristau's truck approaching the building at the regular time. A few minutes later, the employee went out to the loading platform behind the building to see why the Algona man had not come inside as usual. He found him lying on the ground beside the truck. The Estherville-Algona Star Route is a twice-a-day run. George Ristau is now driving the truck until Mr. Ristau's recovery. SUN MON TUt Rites Held For Emma Schmeling At Whiftemore Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Schmeling, 80, resident of Whittemore for the past 38 years, were held Tuesday afternoon at Hyink Funeral Home there, with Rev. Cleo Kautsch officiating. Burial followed at Plainview cemetery there. Pallbearers were James Geelan, Lawrence Pertl, Maynard Roeber, William Fandel, Ralph Fandel and Elmer Ostwald. Mrs. Schmeling died Sunday at Cherokee. She was born Sept. 14, 1885 in Germany and came to this country in 1927 and married Emil Schmeling. She had lived since at Whittemore and was preceded in death by her husband. They had no children. 5 County Vocational School Idea Studied While nothing further has been decided on the question of Kossuth's entering into establishment of an area vocational school (possibly in connection with a junior college), county school superintendents and county school board members from five counties in this area are still studying the posibility. The five-county area, comprised of Kossuth, Palo Alto, Emmet, Clay and Dickinson counties, has filed a letter of intent concerning the issue v/ith the State Department of Public Instruction, an action that was taken recently. To establish a vocational school in Iowa, under present law it is necessary for the proposed district to have a minimum of 5,000 high school students. The five counties in this area involved have 7,031 in high schools, public and parochial, at the present time. There are a total of 2,953.05 square miles in the proposed area and the five-county board working on the proposal is made up of county school superintendents and one county board mem- bey from each county. Districts, made up of several counties, have been set up in some areas of the state, and others are now considering the move contemplated here. Kossuth's board of education at present is exploring all angles involved in establishment of the district - as are the other four counties. In each case, the county board has the authority to set up the district and no vote of the people is necessary once it has been okayed by all counties involved. In this area, the boards are interested in determining where the school would be located before the final move is made. There will be future meetings in the near future at which time more talks will be held dealing with the proposal. The School for Retarded Children in Algona received new desks Friday afternoon - a donation from the Upper Des Moines Publishing Co. The desks were delivered by Post Transfer Co. and presented to Mrs. Clyde Dudley, teacher at the school for the past six years. The desks, of the table and chair variety being used in public and parochial schools everywhere, are brand new, replacing the older type being used since the school was opened. And they came just at the right time of year - Christmas. They were put into use at once by the seven students, who seemed to get a big kick out of them. Twelve were donated. In the photo above, Dick Post of Post Transfer is shown talking with Mrs. Dudley before the desk units were unloaded at the school during the dense fog Friday. (UDM Polaroid Photo) Algona Stores Will Be Open On These Nights DECEMBER * 1965 WED * THU FRI SAT To Head JayCees Bob Posi was electeu as the new president of the Algona Jay- Cees at a meeting held last week. Bob replaces Steve Ostrum who moved to Dubuque. Frank King is first vice president and Les Foxhoven is secretary. Honors Admittance Among 82 high school students from Iowa admitted to Iowa State University next fall with recognition is Susan Moulton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Moulton of Algona, in textiles and clothing enrollment. Former Cook Here Takes Own Life In Jail A young man from Spirit Lake, Randy Stephenson, 23, who formerly was employed as a cook in an Algona cafe, hung himself in a cell at the Emmet county jail at Estherville Sunday night. He was serving a 15-day sentence for consuming beer on a public highway at the time he took his own life, presumably due to family problems. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful after he was found by another prisoner at 7:35 p. m. Last 7 Families Are Adopted The last seven families available for Christmas "adoption" were taken this week, completing the adoption of all 34 families on the 1965 list who could stand a little '.'lift" this Yule. The last adoptions were made as follows: Family No. 10 - Adopted by Garrigan high. Family No. 13 - Adopted by Garrigan high. Family No. 23 - Adopted by Garrigan high. Family No. 25 - Adopted anonymously. Family No. 28 - Adopted by Garrigan high. Family No. 30 - Adopted by Algona Lions Club. Family No. 33 - Adopted by Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Family No. 34 - Adopted by Algona Rotary Club. Claim Decision County Board Was Illegal The Ledyard Community School District et al (four other districts in the north end of the county), plaintiffs, filed a petition for an appeal from a decision of the county board of education and petition for review In district court here thts week against the County Board of Education et al, defendants. The five districts are asking the court to reverse a decision by the county board, made Nov. 24 in connection with a reorganization plan after a public hearing Nov. 16, claiming the board's decision was erroneous and appealable. The petition also includes a lengthy list of reasons the plaintiffs feel the board erred in its decision against the plan as proposed. School districts involved also want the court to order the board to comply with the Code of Iowa and its amendments in approving the petition for reorganization - and Want an election to be called for a vote upon reorganization as proposed by the original petitioners. The original reorganization proposal was formulated and petitions signed and presented to- the county board as the deadline nears for all schools to meet minimum state requirements as regarding number of students, etc. in a given district. Portions of five districts in north Kossuth are involved in the proposal which was acted upon by the board 'with the Nov. 24 decision. The petition was filed on behalf of the Ledyard district by Attorneys H. J. McNertney of Bancroft and Frank Elwood of Cresco. The appeal stated that the proposed reorganization complied with all requirements of the Iowa Code, and declared that the County Board of Education exceeded its authority in denying the petition. It added that in the wording of the county board's ruling, no positive order or decision was entered and that the voting procedure upon the motion by the board was irregular. This claim was based on the statement that in the voting on the original petition W. H. Bartlett, president of the board, cast a vote against the proposed merger, and that this was irregular, Without this vote, the district claims, the move for reorganization would have been approved. In the vote two board members cast their ballots in favor of the Ledyard district enlargment proposal, it was understood. The main gist of the appeal is that voters of the proposed district say the County Board of Education decision "arbitrarily disfranchised the petitioners" of the right to vote on the matter. In conclusion, the appeal asked that the court enter an order reversing the purported decision and order the county board and supt. of schools to comply with certain legal provisions and approved the petition and to call an election on the matter of the proposed reorganization. One other new case was filed this week. Dr. Richard Tripp and Dr. Martin Van Patten, plaintiffs, seek $326 claimed due them for professional services by Leslie Jensen, defendant. Charles D. Johnson, charged by the State of Iowa with breaking and entering, entered a change of plea from not guilty to guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in the state penitentiary by Judge Fred M. Hudson this week. He was then paroled to the state parole board on good bahavior and appeal bond in the matter set at $2,500. Judge Richard Cooper ruled for the plaintiff, Bowman Builders, and entered a judgment and decree for $3,148.60 against Marguerite Kalar, defendant, also this week.
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