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Dateline Iowa A collection that's built on lots of sole Adair woman has 450 different shoes and a story to go with each one Two Burlington residents killed in car accident Fort Madison, la. (AP) Two Burlington residents died Friday night when the car in which they were passengers went out of control and was rammed by another car. The victims were Kelli Jo Allen, 20, and Joseph Phillip Ray, 23. Lee County Sheriff Dave Ireland said they were in a car driven by Tracy Earl Williams, 19, also of Burlington. The accident happened about two miles north of Fort Madison. The car skidded sideways into the path of a car driven by Louis Schnell-bacher, 59, of rural Fort Madison. The drivers of both cars were not injured. Seymour man dies after furnace malfunctions The Register's Iowa News Service Seymour, la. A 24-year-old Seymour man died from carbon monoxide poisoning Friday. Robert J. Deputy was found dead in his home. The Wayne County Sheriffs Department said the accidental poisoning was the result of a furnace malfunction. Stratford man convicted of growing marijuana The Register's Iowa News Service Stratford, la. A rural Stratford man has been found guilty of growing a 1990 crop of marijuana that the government contends was worth about $1 million. A U.S. District Court jury in Cedar Rapids returned its verdict Friday afternoon against 35-year-old Jack Clark, who argued that possibly someone else had cultivated the plants near his residence. The jury also found Clark guilty of possessing a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking offense. Clark is to be sentenced Jan. 6. Ex-physician's assistant penalized by Iowa board The Register's Iowa News Service Fairfield, la. The Iowa Board of Physician Assistant Examiners has disciplined a former Fairfield physician's assistant who now lives in Missouri. The board placed the license registration of Daniel Earnest of Springfield, Mo., on a two-year probation. The board charged Earnest with excessive use of alcohol or drugs and diverting controlled substances for his own use while employed as a physician's assistant in Fairfield in December 1990. He was fined $100 and ordered to abstain from using drugs not prescribed by a physician. In Iowa, physician's assistants can be licensed only while working under the supervision of a doctor. Former Iowan claiming amnesia pleads guilty The Register's Iowa News Service Burlington, la. A former Burlington man pleaded guilty last week In Boise, Idaho, to a charge of petty theft in a case involving missing gourmet food, amnesia and the television show, "Unsolved Mysteries." Arthur Paul Beal was originally charged with grand theft of $1,600 of gourmet food from his employer in Boise. He was found in Nevada and was allegedly suffering from amnesia. He did not know who he was until he appeared on "Unsolved Mysteries" and friends in Burlington identified him. Beal was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 88 of them suspended, Assistant City Attorney William Nary said. Beal already served two days in jail. He was ordered to pay restitution of $1,982 to replace the food and cost of retrieving the business' van. An additional $300 fine was suspended, and he was given a one-year probation. ghM mm i mm- 'tJ U . J Afv s.s,n i 6 : . I I' 3 ! illl B it Kill vmi I mm illlll v A ..; .... if- ". - liX: 14 I 1 VrvV I ' X .k I-Mf.lilA 3, ,-, t' .... , I ... : ; - x,. 1 .'-,.. ... & M - A sK. j "if-?-aW, v, . - i iii iii -nil i r - n , .1 t 1 I i Most people get a kick out of hearing Louise Arter discuss her unusual hobby. By KATHLEEN BREWER Rivgistcr Staff Writkr Adair, la. If your shoes could talk, they probably would wander over to Louise Arter's house in Adair for a chat and a cup of lemon tea. Arter is the Shoe Lady. She loves DES MOINES) 0 Mini 200 7 - '.Al rs. I tint BOB MODERSOHNTllE REGISTER "Shoe Lady" Louise Arter of Adair wearing table where she displays them. Each shoe has a silver boot earrings and surrounded by shoes story, and she's willing to tell any agreeable lis- shows off her collection. They're on the big tener each shoe's story. shoes. She collects shoes. People she's never met send her shoes. Arter, who has spoken publicly on a variety of subjects for 15 years, began spinning yarns about shoes 11 years ago when she was golfing with a friend. "She just mentioned that the more the minister talked on Sunday, the tighter her shoes got, and I said, 'Well, if the shoe fits . . . ' That's how I got my idea," Arter said. Now Arter travels the state giving her talk on shoes: "If the shoe fits . . . " She boasts 450 shoes in her collection, not 225 pairs. "Can you imagine how many shoes I'd have if I had them in pairs?" she asks, gesturing to the boxes upon boxes of shoes that she takes to her speeches. She wears silver boot earrings and a corsage with a tiny shoe on it instead of a flower. She smiles and chuckles, circling the giant table where she displays her shoes. Her gauzy skirt of reds, oranges, blues and purples sways as she picks up shoes and and tells their stories. "Texas Shoehorn" When she spoke at a cattlemen's convention she stuck a small shoe on the end of the horn on a plastic longhorn steer. "That's my Texas shoehorn." One classic black pump has a bunch of plastic grapes on the toe. "That's my mother-in-law shoe. That way she has something to eat when she sticks her foot in her mouth." A shoe box with mailing paper peeled off of it lays open on a chair. Inside is a silver pair of size four-and-a-half "Miss Wonderful" high heels. "A woman from Marshalltown sent me these," Arter says. "I don't even know her name." She picks up a work boot that has toes facing each direction and no heel. "This for the farmer that doesn't know which way he's going." One high heel has a small plastic toy trumpet on its toe and a plastic toy saxophone on one side. She Dicks ud the shoe, brings it to her face and hums a tune into the tiny saxophone. "This is mv shoe horn." she says "When I do my speech we all sing together. I always tell people it's OK to blow your own horn if you have talent. She rubs her hand across the soft suede on a bright blue spike heel. "I always ask people what they think of when they see the blue suede. They say Elvis, and I tell them the story of this shoe is that money and fame aren't everything." Royal Decline Arter has a letter from Buckingham Palace, politely declining her request for a royal shoe. "If they gave me a shoe, they'd have to give one to everyone," she says with a shrug. In the curio case next to the table of shoes are more shoes. Tiny porcelain shoes, hand-painted glass shoes, glistening crystal shoes, even a shoe '? 4 4 Shots don't have a story j unless they've been worn, f 9 Arter The Shoe Lady IA .0 key-ring. She even gets mail that is addressed to merely "The Shoe Lady." Arter said she has "always loved shoes." In addition to the ones she uses In her speeches, she has 55 pairs of shoes that she wears. She said wherever she goes, she's always searching for new ones. Sometimes she stops people who are wearing unusual shoes, i "People look at me weird, but I've told people, 'If you ever want to get rid of them, I'll send you money for the postage,' " Arter said. That's all she'll do. Although she has seen some lovely shoes in stores, she won't buy them for her speech. "No, I don't do that," she said. "Shoes don't have a story unless they've been worn." Developers plan 42-acre water park for Okoboji area Town of Milford will be the site of an entertainment park catering to the tourist trade. By CHRISTINE NEILS0N Register Correspondent Milford, la. The gateway to the Iowa Great Lakes will have a different look when it opens next summer. The flood gates will spill, splash and flow over a new 42-acre family entertainment spot recently approved by city and county officials. After three years on the planning table, work has begun on Boji Bay Water Park, a recreational venture designed by three Des Moines entrepreneurs. If Mother Nature cooperates, the Water Park could be up and running by June 1, according to co-owner Tim Cochran, a Des Moines chiropractor. The park is being built at the intersections of U.S. Highway 71 and Iowa Highway 86. When temperatures soar, tourists will be kept afloat on Colorado River rides, side winder water slides, hydrotwisters, white water rapids framed by rock cliffs, waterfalls and fountains. After they're done in the water, patrons may enjoy a volleyball game on a white, sandy beach or stroll through gift shops or to the recreation clubhouse. The community of 2,500 is welcoming the water park with open arms. "Boji Bay is going to provide local people with jobs, and the city of Milford will benefit from new business opportunities related to the park," Milford Commercial Club President Gloria Fitzgerald said. Chamber of Commerce Iowa Great Lakes Area President Rob Keizer shares Fitzgerald's enthusiasm. "It's a very positive project and will be an other reason for people to stay longer in the Great Lakes area," he said. Mayor Dorothy Fredericks said she supports the park, but said the city will have to "wait and see" how Boji Bay will affect its tax base. Cochran, in turn, complimented area residents. "The Great Lakes is a beautiful and fun area, and the Milford community was extremely open to our plans. Everyone we dealt with from the mayor to general com- MHford I OES MOINES munity were favorable. They were cooperative helping us with each step, from annexing to zoning to special-use per mits." After buying the land, Cochran and his cohorts, developers Jack Clark and Craig Smith, hit the road to observe other water parks and to develop a plan. "We picked a little from each park we visited, along with listening to Craig's experiences," Cochran recalled. Smith is co-owner of Des Moines' White Water University and fiberglass fabricator of 60 to 70 water parks throughout the United States, including a former Great Lakes slide in Arnolds Park. Clark has developed Iowa resort projects at Holiday Lake and Lake Red Rock. In addition, Clark has built nursing homes in Iowa and Florida. Will the new project cut into the profit margin of the vintage Arnolds Park amusement park? "We'll complement one another," Cochran replied. "Arnolds Park is a beautiful facility and as progressive as (Arnolds Park owners) Long Lines has been in the area, we believe our facility will also be a real boost to the lakes region. Arnolds Park General Manager Rick Serie agreed. "Anything more we can get in the g area to hold people here for an extra day or two is great. The only competition will be in the hiring of help we're short on numbers here. Our area is real expensive to live in dur ing the summer months, so not a whole bunch of out-of-town help is hired. W rely on local hiring." M The new park will operate from Memorial Day to Labor Day with 70 to 100 high school and college students emnlnved nart time as the crew, with full-time supervisors at the helm. On the environmental side. Boli Bav will recycle and refllter all of its waterJMany S noes win be wheelchair- and handicap-accessible. "Our concern Is the 1pv1 nt ooft Tho - - iv v vimv t A iiv park is designed to meet the needs of atl age groups, Cochran said. I -!LLl..lL:JLiX!!i i Voyage is delayed The Sunrider Expedition a Fairfield man's 52,000-mile voyage around the world in a tiny boat powered by vegetable oil has been postponed until spring. Bryan Peterson says he decided to delay the launch until April because of problems with the aluminum cabin on the 24-foot rigid inflatable boat. But Peterson insists his 30-month circumnavigation of the world, which is co-sponsored by Earth Day International, will take place. The craft will be propelled by a conventional diesel engine powered by a revolutionary new fuel made from canola oil the basic ingredient in Puritan cooking oil. Electricity for sophisticated navigation and communication equipment will be provided by an array of solar panels mounted on the Sunrider's recyclable aluminum cabin. Winter's Halloween trick was no treat On the bright side, youngsters didn't have to wait at all to replace jack-o'-lanterns with snowmen as seasonal decorations in front yards around o w 200 Iowa last week. A winter storm swept into the state on Halloween and hammered away all day Friday, Dnbury I DES MOINES leaving more than a foot of snow in northern locations and downing power lines serving thousands of homes around the state. Some whole towns were without electricity or telephone service. Iowans weren't ready. "I've never known it to be this bad this early," said Vera Welte of rural Danbury in northwest Iowa. "If this keeps up, it looks like it could be a bad winter."' !! li "rftilllll .r.U:; Associated Press CMng their uncle a hand, Ray Tott, 9, left, and Joe Tott, 7, help Jason Quigley remove snow from his driveway in Sioux City Friday. An early snowstorm left about 10 inches in northwest Iowa. HWho fights dirtier than religious groups throughout history?" she asked. "I said he should get Into something clean like politics.! f GretUdeGroot mother qf the Rev. Michael Kinnamon, who lattt tceefc was rejected by the Christian Church (Disciples qf Christ) in his bid to become president qf the one mtilionmernber denomination. Kinnamon is a native Iovoan. r . ; .1 -4 Mhlfe-iuMiA

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