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Des Moines, Iowa
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Sunday, September 26, 1982
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DES MOINES SUNDAY REGISTER SEPTEMBER 24, 1 9823B Farmer found A -i 1 'AST- : " S.J- v. . ' As law enforcement officers look for footprints leading to a shed, top photo, from the farmstead where Shawn Jacoosen was found dead in a refrigerator. Dickinson County Sheriff Wendell Kilts keeps the curious away Saturday Jacobsen's body was found Friday in a refrigerator stored in the shed. 1982 Medicaid bill includes $2.9 million for psychiatrists Continued from Page One Aldrich, a Des Moines pediatrician. Second highest was Thomas Schemmel, who got $136,999 from dental practices in Des Moines and Osceola. A total of 23 Iowa physicians and dental practitioners each received more than (50,000 in Medicaid during fiscal year 1982: Payments to Doctors Kassar of the Department of Social Services says that spending for medical doctors, osteopaths and dentists during the past year reflected the decrease in Medicaid clients. Medicaid payments to medical doctors and osteopaths increased from (24 million to $24.3 million during the past fiscal year, while expenditures for dentists rose from $9 million to $9.1 million. Some steps have been taken in an attempt to curb spending for the Iowa Medicaid program. ' Starting Oct. 1, hospitals will be placed under a new reimbursement system that is Intended to slow the Jgrowth of Medicaid expenses. Also, the maximum payment of $26.50 per iay for nursing home patients was not increased by the Legislature, despite complaints by nursing home Operators that private patients will ie forced to pay more for care. ' In addition, last April 1 the state imposed a 2.5 percent reduction in payments on many providers of Medicaid services. But because of soaring health care costs, in some cases the state reductions resulted Des Moines Tribune publishes its final edition By WILLIAM PETROSKI AMlltar Staff WrtMr : The Des Moines Tribune, Iowa's largest afternoon daily newspaper, published its final edition Saturday, saluting its readers with a banner headline stating, "So Long! It's been good to know you." The 75-year-old newspaper, which 'had a circulation of 68,900 'households, will be merged with The Des Moines Register, effective Monday. The consolidation came ;after a lengthy company study showing a declining number of readers and advertisers who were willing to support both a morning and afternoon daily. i The final edition of the Tribune was :"put to bed" at 7:57 a.m. Saturday. Only 2 minutes earlier, City Editor Charles Capaldo was on the telephone to Clive Police Department headquarters to check out a tip about six police cars seen in the Hickman Road area. It turned out the squad cars were in the area simply to monitor a running event ; About 45 reporters, photographers pnd editors gathered in the newsroom Saturday morning and chatted quietly while they waited for the last newspaper to be printed. Many of 'them wore blue or red T-shirts that missing boy's body in unused, unplugged refrigerator -W only in smaller increases in Medicaid bills. Co-payments The state also has adopted a co-payment program that requires Medicaid recipients to pay a small portion of their bills. For example, the co-payment for drugs is 50 cents, while the co-payment for dentists Is $3 per visit. Federal regulations forbid adoption of co-payment programs for doctor or hospital services. Patrick Cavanaugh, assistant commissioner of the Department of Social Services, said he wouldn't characterize the state Medicaid program as abuse-ridden. But he believes providers of health care, along with patients, may be responsible for some overuse of Medicaid services. This may partly be a "matter of professional judgment", by physicians, he said. Doctors and other health practitioners who treat Medicaid patients often have criticized the program because they are paid by the government on scales less than the rates billed to private-paying patients. According to R. Joe Mahrenholz, a state Medicaid administrator, the fiscal 1982 Medicaid bill In Iowa included: $62.5 million for inpatient hospital costs, $8.9 million for outpatient hospital expenses, $101 million for intermediate care nursing facilities, $48 million for Intermediate care nursing facilities for the mentally retarded, $24.3 million for physicians, $9.1 million for dentists, $16.3 million for prescription drugs and $2.9 million for psychiatrists. read, "Des Moines Tribune 1907-1982." On Page 16 of the final edition, among a list of 11 Des Moines obituaries, was this listing: , TRIBUNE Des Moines, 75, of 715 Locust St., died tt home Saturday. After the first bundles of newspapers appeared about 8:30 a.m., many newsroom staff members walked across the street to the Office Lounge, a reporters' hangout, where they sipped bloody marys and beer In a subdued atmosphere. Saturday night, a group of news employees met at Drake University,, where they viewed a Humphrey Bogaft flip) classic, "Deadline USA," which chronicles the last days of a major metropolitan newspaper. The consolidation of the Des Moines newspapers is resulting in the dismissal of 187 full-time employees In the news, promotion, circulation and production operations of the newspaper company. The Tribune's circulation has been concentrated in central Iowa. The Register has been a statewide paper and will continue to be distributed in 99 counties with a projected daily cir 1 Continued rom Pope 0n class gathered under 'a set of bleachers, ignoring the 44-6 rout over Hartley-Melvin while a Milford policeman tried to comfort them. The answers thev and the stunned townsfolk were seeking trickled out Saturday afternoon. Terry Johnson, a special agent for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said prelimi- nary findings indicate no foul play was involved. But the circumstances surrounding the death remain a mystery, Jacobsen's body was discovered about 6:30 p.m. Friday in an unplugged and unused refrigerator D.M. drag firm tops Medicaid fund category Continued from Page One Marshalltown, $31,472; John L. Beattie, Perry, $50,399. Osteopaths: Phillip A. Llnquist, Des Moines, $82,835; Cecil G. Cunningham, Sioux City, $58,476. Dentists: Thomas J. Schemmel, Des Moines and Osceola, $136,999; David R. Sonksen, Fort Dodge, $97,218; Norman G. Knott, Council Bluffs, $83,203; David C. Collier, Des Moines, $65,186; Gene V. Mueller, Davenport, $60,705; Bruce C. Heilman, Des Moines, $51,552. Psychiatrists: Dormer Dewdney, Des Moines, $103,692; Gerald A. Brooks, Sioux City, $64,42?; Ronald L Bendorf, Council Bluffs, $61,596; Ronald M. Larsen, Mason City, $56,919. The five clinics, providing medical doctor or osteopathic services, which received the most Medicaid funds were: Wilden Clinic, Des Moines, $571,028; Medical Associates Clinic, Dubuque, $475,230; McFarland Clinic, Ames, $309,011; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., $290,948; Community Health Care Inc., Davenport, $141,017. The five general hospitals getting the most Medicaid funds for Inpatient service were: University Hospitals, Iowa City, $7,624,531; Mercy Hospital Medical culation of about 248,000. Advertising rates have been restructured and the newspaper distribution system has been reorganized. The suggested price of the new Register will remain at 25 cents on the newsstand and $1.10 per week for home delivery. On the front page of the Tribune's final edition were stories about the newspaper's legacy. Columnist Walt Shotwell recalled the Intense competition between The Register and Tribune staffs and compared it to the inter-service rivalry in the Armed Forces. "A highlight of any day at The Register and Tribune was one paper catching the other in an error or coming up with a story that the other paper had missed," Shotwell wrote. The front page also carried a story about longtime columnist Elizabeth Clarkson "Beanie" Zwart, and another that was headlined, "Lives of employees shaken by merger." Publisher Gary Gerlach, in a bylined article, explained the consolidation of the two newspapers, praising the quality of the Tribune, but stating that because of changing times the merger Is necessary to about 15 miles from the boy's Milford home on Highway 9 in rural Spirit Lake. Tom Underwood, who grazes 20 head of cattle on the land, found the body when he walked into the shed to get a bag of feed. Underwood said he didn't know what prompted him to open the refrigerator door. Johnson said preliminary findings of an autopsy conducted Saturday by Dr. Brad Randall, a Sioux Falls, S.D., pathologist, indicated no ioui ptay was involved. Johnson said the cause of death was asphyxiation, apparently stemming from either an accident or a suicide. "I'm satisfied that there's no foul play." Johnson said, "and I don't REGISTER PHOTOS BY RICK HICKMAN Center, Des Moines, $3,525,918; Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, $3,214,306; Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines, $2,683,839; Des Moines General Hospital, Des Moines, $2,650,306. The five general hospitals getting the most Medicaid funds for outpatient service were: Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines, $894,516; University Hospitals, Iowa City, $812,581; Des Moines General Hospital, Des Moines, $414,306? Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, $358,021; Mercy Hospital Medical Center, Des Moines, $339,611. The top five recipients of Medicaid funding for intermediate care nursing homes, the most prevalent type of nursing facilities in Iowa, were: West Park Care Center, West Des Moines, $900,154; Ravenwood Health Care Center, Waterloo, $888,273; Black Hawk County Health Care, Waterloo, $843,892; Good Samaritan Center, Davenport, $809,589; Indian Hills Care Center, Sioux City, $809,082. The five highest recipients of Medicaid funds for prescription drugs were: Hammer Drug Co. Inc., Des Moines, $214,073; D.R. Pharmacy, Sioux City, $133,522; B.A. Ruegnltz Drugs, Dubuque, $132,194; C.J. Miller and Co., Waterloo, $131,433; Claxton Pharmacy, Cedar Rapids, $124,197. produce a stronger newspaper. Tribune circulation peaked at 147,000 in 1947 and has declined steadily, in recent years. Although the "Tribune" name will not be used atop the new newspaper, the parent business organization will continue to be known as the Des Moines Register and Tribune Company. Besides columnist Zwart, the final Tribune Included stories by and about four other writers who left their mark at the newspaper: Lillian McLaughlin, Bill Bryson, Herb Owens and Gordon Gammack. The Tribune's Saturday press run was about 8,000 more newspapers than the usual Saturday press run. In the Register and Tribune lobby in downtown Des Moines, about 700 copies were sold to walk-in customers by 7 p.m. Many papers were emptied from vending boxes throughout the city within the first hour after the papers hit the streets. If any copies of the Saturday Tribune remain today, they can be purchased in the building lobby. know that we'll ever know any more." He said preliminary results of the autopsy snowed no bruises on the boy's body to Indicate a struggle, although blood tests will be made. Authorities expected the findings to allay the fears of Dickinson County residents, many of whom had speculated that Jacobsen had been kidnapped and murdered. Throughout the week, while the search for the youth continued, parents in northwest Iowa had warned their children not to go outside without a friend. In Lake Park, a few miles west of Spirit Lake, children reportedly had been Instructed to walk only In groups. Still, Jacobsen's death marked a tragic end to a four-day search, in which members of his class were given one afternoon off to aid in the hunt and residents expressed optimism that the boy unanimously described as easy-going, polite and well-liked would be found safe. "It's just a damn shame," said Doug Mclntire, who lives across the street from the boy's parents, Raymond and Lois Jacobsen. Mclntire said he joined a group of volunteers, estimated at more than 200 by Lynn Davis, director of civil defense in Dickinson County, in the search for Jacobsen. "I walked and walked and walked," Mclntire said. "I just had the feeling that I was helpless. There was nothing I could do to help out. "It just about made you want to crawl in a hole and bawl your eyes out." The mystery began Monday morning when Jacobsen, starting school after a week-long bout with the flu that kept him at home, failed to show up for class. The school notified his parents and they called authorities. Officials from the Milford Police Department, the Dickinson County Sheriffs Department and the DCI investigated the disappearance. At first, authorities thought Jacobsen simply might have skipped school, since he had been described as an "outdoorsy type" who liked to hunt, fish and golf. But the freshman didn't return home after school Monday afternoon. Authorities and volunteers concentrated their informal search in a brushy, rough area that stretches west of the high school. Gravel pits TffrlTOiTMr Inauguration set at The RteMir't towt Ntwi servtc -' MOUNT DES VmOINES Mount Pln anf member for the past 12 years, had been vice president for academic affairs since 1975. A minister of the United Methodist Church, he served churches in Pennsylvania and Iowa, and came to Iowa Wesleyan in 1970 to develop the Responsible Social In-volvement program. A graduate of Lycoming College, he holds a bachelor of divinity, degree from the Evangelical Congregational School of Theology, . a master of divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary, and a doctor of ministry degree from the St. Paul School of , Theology. Richards succeeds Louis A. Haselmayer as president of the ' four-year liberal arts college, which has an enrollment of about 600. Regional jail recommended Waterloo I DES MOINES 1 recommendation to the Board of Supervisors last week. The federally funded institute Is providing free technical assistance to the county and a citizens committee, which are considering improvement or replacement of the existing county jail. Voorhies said the county is an ideal location for a regional jail. He said the county jail has space and design problems and that the city jail is not used to capacity. Baptist school parents appeal Char let City I DES MOINES j The appeal, filed last week in Floyd County District Court, names Dr. Robert Benton, superintendent of public instruction, as ' a defendant. He had recommended against the exemption. The parents requested the exemption on the ground that state-' required teacher certification implies state control of religion. : They support their claim by pointing out that all the academy ; teachers are ministers. The plaintiffs in the appealed case are Fred and Donna Pruessner, the Rev. A.C. Wegner Jr., Robert and Sue Crooks, Dallas and Jean Michelson and Gail Vosburgh, all of Charles City. -Floyd residents Martin and Emily Miller are also plaintiffs. Creston man dies in crash DES MOINES Macktburg 6 M.I.I 200 Ossian, was driving east on when he lost control of the vehicle two miles east of Macksburg. Two passengers in the car, Charles Lee Norris, 21, and Ronald Dean Norris, 25, cousins who also live in Creston, escaped with cuts and bruises. and a lake were dragged for the body. A close friend of the Jacobsen family, who was searching through that area Monday, found the boy's schoolbooks neatly tucked under a bucket, but there were few clues in the case. During the week, residents speculated that the Jacobsen case might be linked to the disappearance three weeks ago of John Gosch, 12, of West Des Moines, who is a cousin to the Milford police chief, or to a Minnesota case in which a note saying, "Help, I'm being kidnapped," was found in a service station bathroom after two young men haJ left the station. But authorities discounted any possible ties. Johnson said Jacobsen probably had been dead since either Monday or Tuesday. DCI agents and Milford Police Chief Steve Zimmerman' combed a cornfield south of the shed Saturday morning and afternoon. The investigators, Johnson said, found footprints indicating Jacobseq had crossed through the field to the shed. "I'm satisfied nobody brought him out here," he said. Jane Gath, who lives across the road from the shed, said she was washing dishes Friday, night when Underwood and his wife, Delia, knocked on the door. "They said there was a body in the shed and to call the sheriff," Gath said. "Both of them were upset. They probably didn't get a wink of sleep last night." - Townsfolk who knew Jacobsen; including his doctor and minister, said they had no indication anything was troubling the boy, whose family and friends said repeatedly he wasn't the type of person to run away from home. ' "He was a good boy," said the Rev. John Petersen, pastor of the First Lutheran Church In Milford. "In two years of confirmation Instruction, he gave no reason to believe he had problems." Several Milford youngsters playing sandlot football at the high school field Saturday said Jacobsen kept to himself but was popular. "He always had a smile on his face," said Jeff Starr, 13, an eighth-grader. Todd Cass, a 15-year-old sophomore, said a few people in Jacobsen's class used to taunt the youth, who was smaller than many oT his classmates. "I suppose they were jealous of him," Cass said. Wesleyan PLEASANT, IA. - Dr. Jerry L. Richards will be inaugurated as the 24th president of Iowa Wesleyan College here in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. next Sunday in the college's Chapel Auditorium. Richards, 42, an Iowa Wesleyan faculty WATERLOO, IA. (AP) - A federal consultant has recommended the construction of a regional : jail for Black Hawk County to replace the county . and Waterloo city jails. David Voorhies of the National Institute of Corrections in Boulder, Colo., made the informal CHARLES CITY, IA. (AP) Parents of students attending the Calvary Baptist Christian " Academy have appealed a State Department of I Public Instruction's ruling denying the school's . teachers the so-called "Amish Exemption" from : certification. MACKSBURG, IA. A 23-year-old Creston man was lulled early Saturday after his car left the road and rolled over several times in a ditch near here. A spokeswoman for the Madison County Sheriff's Department said Jeffrey Desmond County Road G61 about 2:30 a.m.

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