The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 8, 1968 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, February 8, 1968
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The Paper With The Grocery Bargains Slgona ESTABLISHED 1865 Entered .-is so i50511'. N'uv mnttcr :ii Mdr-r Art By RUSS WALLER For the fifth straight year a Corn & Soybean Clinic is being presented in Algona, today, Feb. 8, in the Garrigan auditorium. It is one of only 50 in the U. S. presented through Farm Shows, Inc. of Madison, Wise. The first show was offered in the Algona Theatre, but necessity for kitchen facilities shifted it in the second and third years to the V.F.W. building. Here, again, the size of the crowds attending made it necessary for larger space, and last year the Garrigan auditorium was rented, and again this year. One of the most interesting parts of the whole program is the final panel discussion. Here, listeners get a chance to ask direct questions of the program speakers, questions that locally affect their own farming operation. It's also a chance for an exchange of ideas, and a little fellowshipping. Some of the men attending last year hadn't seen some of their farming friends for a year or more - sort of a reunion. * * * Congratulations to Mrs. Delia Moxley and the Cadettes at Algona High, who have again been asked to participate with a drill between halves during the state girls basketball tournament in the near fu- Des Moines. * * * Maury White's recent sports page column about his desk- neighbor, Ries Tuttle,andthesad disarray to be found on Tuttle's desk, was a r a r e bit of Des Moine s Register writing, and in Maury's case didn't call for too much research. All he had to do was look around him. Littered desks are presumed, to be the result of a disorganized mind, but we've often noted they are indicative of things cooking. However, in our own office, our able bookkeeper, Jo Waldera, evidently has read all of the "clean desk" ads, and each evening she very neatly slides everything off the surface of the desk into her lap drawer. It's out of the way, and the desk looks neat. Our sidekick, Don Smith, also is a neat desk man, but he has four big drawers crammed with a little bit of everything. He knows where the stuff is, but woe betide anyone else trying to find anything. As for yours truly, the worst looking desk in the place. . . .after a couple of hours Sunday morning we can get it cleaned up, but it's only temporary. * * * REMEMBER WHEN. . . .going down to the Milwaukee station to see the evening Sioux come in was sort of a ritual, especially for the kids. . . .you were allowed only four personal fouls in basketball, and there was a center jump after each score. . . .silk hats were the prestige headgear and a major target for snowballs. . . .women did their own baking. . . .a quarter section was a respected "family farm" and a goal for any young farmer. . . .you talked to one or more sweet-voiced operators when you made a long distance call. . . .it wasn't too long ago, either. * * * A scout informs us that San Francisco is braced for a riotous summer. A host of M-15 automatic weapons have been traced to a distribution area in S-F, and police expect major trouble. . . . glad you live in Kossuth County? * * * It's been a little over 100 years since we've had any real war on U. S. soil. .. .if, in our lifetime, we'd have had some, there might not be as many Hawks around. * * * Don't fret over the ban on foreign travel. If you must roam, there's everything and anything to be seen on the North American continent, and Mexico and Canada are not on the travel-ban list. * * * Famous Last Line - Forty is a good age; women are still interested in you but the Army isn't! Annex 4 Area School Districts To Swea City The county school board, by a 4-1 vote, Tuesday night decided to proceed as the law concerning school districts dictates and annexed the only remaining non-high school areas in Kossuth, without alteration, to the Swea City Community Sciiool District. The four areas, Greenwood, Ramsey and Grant townships and the Bancroft School District, under law thus become a part of the Swea City district. A. M. Quintard, county superintendent of schools, made the announcement of the decision following Tuesday's lengthy session. He also stated that necessary legal documents on the board's decision will be drawn and forwarded to the Iowa State Board of Public Instruction just as soon as possible. The county board's decision is subject to the State Board. It is not known for sure when the state group meets next, but Mr. Quintard assumed it would be about Feb. 22. That board's decision should be known soon after they meet and discuss the annexation. It had been pointed out earlier, before a court case brought proceedings to a halt for about two years, that lack of school reorganization can result in loss of state school aid. Annexation, under law, can be accomplished in districts where the public school enrollment is 300 or less. Residents of the areas involved in the annexation have reportedly held private meetings in the past, without any member of the county board or Mr. Quintard present, and discussed a variety of school district alignments. Some persons were interested in joining districts other than Swea City, possibly because of geography of the areas, and a meeting will be called by the county board, at which time these persons will have the opportunity to express their views. A decision by the county board and subsequent decision, later this month, by the State Board had to precede any such meeting here. There has also been talk of the areas annexed Tuesday night joining with Swea City, Ledyard and Lakota, to form one large school district. Under future reorganization plans, such an idea is feasible. Depending upon action by the State Board, it is possible the annexation of the four areas involved could become effective July 1, 1968. Mr. Quintard also pointed out the possibility that a court case could again be filed against Tuesday night's decision. Any such action, if it comes, will have to be completed after the State Board meets and hands out its decision on the matter. IOWA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1968 Two Sections - 18 Poges Teachers Hand Algona Board Big Surprise In a meeting of the Algona Community School District board of education meeting, Tuesday afternoon, Adolph Knobloch and Robert Johnson appeared before the board, as representatives of the Algona Education Association Salary Committee. They surprised the board with an initial announcement that local teachers have no set amount decided upon with regard to salary raise requests for the local teaching staff. The board had expected a specific request for higher pay schedules. The statement was made in reference to stories following the convention of the Iowa State Education Association recently in Des Moines, that teachers would present requests for a considerable raise in base salaries. Mr. Knobloch said the statement was made as a result of polling the opinion of local association members. He stated that in the interest of good education, it is the consensus of opinion in the area that the local associations will request their school board to adjust the base salary to induce teachers to come to the particular community, as they may decide. He requested that the percentage increase schedule be restored as it was two years ago. This gives a base pay for college degrees and a definite table of percentage increases for eacli year of service. No action was taken, and further conferences will be held between members of the AEA and school board, Also discussed, witty no action taken, was a two-day personal leave which will allow teachers to participate in church, civic, school, etc., activities. This would be for a non-paying leave, during which the teachers would not be paid for their services while on leave. The plan would be contingent upon the hiring or availability of substitute teachers. Mr. Knobloch pointed out that the salaries of Algona teachers are close to the average of area salaries, but that the association feels that the teachers are "running behind" without per- centage increases. Also discussed was a 6% on top of base salary, to offset higher taxes and the increased cost of living. No action was taken. In answer to a question by a member of the board, Mr. Knobloch stated that about 60% of teachers participated in the local survey. No date was set for future meetings, but it was recognized that a decision must be made soon, as luring of teachers for next fall will soon start. Mr. Laing pointed out the fringe benefits now received by the Algona staff of teachers are generous, that these will have to be taken under consideration by the AEA. It was recommended that a blanket insurance policy, rather than the one now in use, wherein various types of insurance are carried by several agencies, might be advisable. The board agreed that a thorough study of the matter should be made. In gasoline bids, three were received, with William Hilton being awarded the contract at 22.4. This gas is for the current year 1968-69. Also bidding 22.4 was the Chrome truck stop. Consideration to the distance to travel the approximate mile to the station was given, and after discussion, the contract was voted on. Seven bids were received for fuel oil, the K & H being awarded the contract at a net 12?. Other bids were from Sunray at 12.1; American Oil at 12.04; Don's Oil at 12.35; Continental at 12.65; Sinclair at 13.4, exclusive of taxes; and Gulf Oil at 13.59. Four bids for a school bus, 60 passenger, were received. After considerable study, tentative action was suggested, but figures and comparisons are now under study by Mr. Laing and Vaughn Rising, secretary. The schedule involves study of comparative bids for chassis, bodies, transportation, etc. Approved was a recommended small salary adjustment to several members of the staff in various departments. The next meeting will l>e held Monday, Feb. 26, at 3 p. m., at which the architect, Cliff Prall, and others will be present, in order that the board may resolve other important questions. Three Licenses Three wedding licenses were issued at the office of County Clerk Alma Pearson this week. They went to Donald J. Paulsen and Helen C. Lickteig, Feb. 1; and William J. Byrne and Judith K. Mescher; and Gale Stone and Alice M. Elbert, Feb. 2. VOL. 102 NO. 11 Probable County Signup Of Expect KGLO-TV Translator To r For 1968 Feed - Grain Program As Twp. Farmers Planned For 1968 More Diversion In Kossuth For Operate Soon The Upper Des Moines, during a chat with Lloyd Loers, president of KGLO-TV, Mason City, which is installing a 450-foot translator tower and antenna a mile east of Algona to serve this entire area, learned Tuesday afternoon that only action on a channel by the Federal Communications Commission stands in the way of service here. Mr. Loers stated KGLO was very sorry for the delay, which became necessary after re-filing for a new channel on UHF. Originally, the station filed • with the FCC for channel 71, but an objection was raised (rightfully so, according to KGLO) by channel 70 because there seemed to be a possibility t)f overlap. While the possibility was very slim, KGLO went ahead and re-filed for channel 73. Mr. Loers, during his conversation, said he does not know for sure when the okay will come from the FCC, but every time a long distance call comes to his office, he hopes it's the one he's looking for - the one that will clear the way for final installation of all equipment. The entire 450-foot tower has been completed. An antenna will be hoisted to the top after clearance is given on a channel. It must be set before it is installed to coordinate with all the other necessary equipment before the set-up can be put into use. Just as soon as the channel is okayed, the entire project will be completed and the area served by the towe r just as soon as possible. School Bus In Collision At W-Bend Monday A West Bend man, Jerald E. Kunce, 30, sustained a head cut in a car-school bus mishap there early Monday morning. The accident could have been much more serious if the bus had been loaded with children. Driver of the bus was Bernard J. Horkey, 59, West Bend. He was just starting his pick-up of children and had pulled out of a gas station along highway 44. He was crossing the highway, headed east when the Kunce auto, a station wagon headed north, struck the bus in the front door on the right side. The bus wound up barely east of the highway and came to rest on a crossroad, while the auto ended up across the east lane of the highway. Damage to the auto was estimated at $1,200, while $800 damage resulted to the bus, according to Deputy Sheriff EppoBulten who investigated. Kunce was treated by an area doctor and released. Ttie mishap occurred at 8:05 a.m. Bulten was also called to investigate a one-car mishap Saturday at 6;30 p.m. a mile south of Algona on highway 169. An auto driven by Delbert Fosnaugh, 60, Algona, struck a bridge after lie met an oncoming vehicle and was blinded by headlights. Damage to the auto was estimated at $90. A third crash occurred on South Jones street here at 7:55 a.m. Tuesday. An auto driven by Mrs. Dan Menke, 21, Algona, slid into one driven by Frank A. Smith, 59, also of Algona, resulting in an estimated $60 damage to the ve- ' hides. City police investigated. Memorial Service An American Legion Post Everlasting memorial service was held Monday evening here in memory of three recently departed members, G. D. Brundage, H. M. Smith and W. A. Lorenz. LuVERNE TOWNSHIP'S sign-up table had a full house at the ASCS building in Algona, Tuesday. Pictured above, seated left to right, are Owen Curry, Edwin Marty and Fred Will, and at right, foreground, Duane Anderson, all of LuVerne township. Standing is George Detmering of Wesley alternate county committeeman on duty during the sign-up. ' _^£sv-,,<l / PORTLAND TOWNSHIP'S sign-up table, Tuesday, had these three men present when visited by an upper Des Moines photographer. Left to right are, Rollo Moore, township ASCS chairman, Ralph Carlson and Merle Phelps, Portland township farmers. RIVERDALE TOWNSHIP'S sign-up table, Tuesday, had Hubert O'Brien, Bill McGuire and Barney Thilges, seated, left to right, going over papers for the 1968 feed-grain sign-up. Standing is county committeeman Don Bollig of Seneca township, who with other committee members was assistin" sign-up work. D Grand Jury Condemns Jail 600 Buffalo A Kossuth grand jury examined the county jail with Sheriff Ralph Undhorst this week and decided a new jail, with all-modern facilities, should be constructed here as soon as possible, The jury, with Richard Madson, foreman, went through the nearly 67-year-old jail and came up with these conclusions: Cost of heating is excessive; it lacks facilities for juveniles and women, making it necessary to send them to jails with such facUities, with the cost paid by the county; it is not secure enough to prevent escape attempts; and it is unsafe for officers and others entering it as they must step into the immediate area where prisoners are confined. It was the unanimous opinion of the jury that immediate steps be taken by the county board of supervisors to secure adequate jail facilities. The jury recommended construction of a new jail, preferably on the present site. A new jail has been discussed for some time, and while there are no exact cost figures available, the last figures mentioned ranged from $75,000 to$100,000. Retail Meeting A meeting of the retail bureau of the Chamber of Commerce of Algona is to be held at 9:30 a.m. today (Thursday) at the C. of C. office here. Joe Pomplun is committee chairman. Eaters Attend Ike' Dinner Over 600 buffalo eaters attended the Izaak Walton annual Buffalo Dinner Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Algona V.F.W. Hall. Because of the large crowd, serving time was extended one hour - to 8:30 p.m. Club member Louis Maharas termed the feed a "big success" and said that only 25 to 30 Ibs. were left pver from over 1/2 ton of buffalo meat prepared. Reports are that the Walton League members are already planning another buffalo hunting expedition into the wilds of the Soft Water . Pond area in anticipation of a much larger dinner next year. 1968 Indicated Kossuth county farm operators were signing up this week for participation in the 1968 feed grain program, and indications were that there would be about an 80 percent participation in the program this year, according to Curtis P. Haahr, office manager of the Kossuth County ASCS. There was a participation of 71 percent in the 1967 program. The sign-ups for 1968 began Monday, when Cresco, Irvington, Letts Creek, Plum Creek, Union, Wesley and Whittemore townships were on the agenda for help or sign-up for 1968 at the ASCS building in Algona. Tuesday the townships being processed were Burt, Garfield, LuVerne, Portland, Prairie, Riverdalc and Sherman. There was no township signup schedule for Wednesday. Thursday, Feb. 8, the signup was to be for Eagle, Fenton, Grant, Greenwood, Harrison, Seneca and Swea townships. The Friday, Feb. 9 sign-up is for Buffalo, German, Hebron, Ledyard, Lincoln, Ramsey and Springfield townships. The sign-up is from 9 a. m. to 3 p. m. However, sign-ups may be handled over the counter until March 15, but the general signup meetings indicated a good 1968 participation. This week's meetings should afford farmers a chance to meet with township and county committeemen to help with any problems. In 1967 there were 3,108 farms in Kossuth county with 2,208 of them in the program. A total of 45,^56 acres were diverted or a 20.5 land diversion in the county. In the 1968 program, the possible diversion has been raised from 20 to 50 percent of the acreage. The early trend for 1968 seems to be to divert about 30 percent of acreage. This year there are 3,109 farms in the county, a gain of one farm from 1967. The big loss in farms for Kossuth was between 1966 and 1967 when the total dropped by 80, Manager Haahr said. The rate of support this year is $1.28 per bushel on corn, with a loan rate of 98? a bushel. The participation payment per bushel is 30?. The national average loan level is $1.05 per bushel. The county average yield is three bushels higher which raises the Kossuth county payment some. Corn and grain sorghum will be the only feed grains in the diversion program. The price- support payment is determined according to the crop planted. In a letter to all farmers, the ASCS had this to say about the program in general: "In six years the program accomplished the goal of reducing surpluses and increasing income. Last year, because of world pressure for feed grain and a lack of a reserve for emergencies, the program was relaxed. This apparently wasn't the thing to do; because of increased production, prices have gone downward." The 1968 program evidently intends to correct the situation to some extent, at least. It is interesting to remember that in 1966, cash payments to farmers in Kossutii county were $3,922,100 for participation in the feed grain program. Figures for 1967 have not yet been compiled. Honor 2 Student* Two Twin Rivers high students, ' Dale Rossing and Steve Bergum, have been named as Outstanding Teenagers of America for 1967, Their overall record at Twin Riv* ers resulted in their selection by Outstanding Americans Fouada* tion. Dale is the son of Mr, an4 Mrs. Conrad Rossing of Bode, and Steve is the son of Mr. an,d Mrs, Milt Bergum of Uvermore,

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