The Humboldt Independent from Humboldt, Iowa on December 15, 1973 · Page 1
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[VOL* 113 NO. 24 HUMBOLDT, IOWA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1973 Corn Belt gives members look at long range 12 PAGES-ONE SECTION 15c ARC brings joy Humboldt County Association for Retarded Children sponsored a Christmas party Tuesday night In Taft Auditorium. The Youth ARC had touch to do with the success of the party, and made pinatas filled with candy and treats for The children. At left, Chuck Hertel, administrator of Sisson's Care Centre, assists with the breaking of one of the pinatas. Paul Rogness played piano, by ear, as the assembled group sang songs appropriate to the season. Table favors were made by students of Livermore Opportunity Center and Santa Claus, assisted by Hertel, made appearance.—Independent Photos. an Directors and managers of 14 north central Iowa REC's as well as presentatives of Municipal Electric Cooperative Association (NIMECA), numbering around 150, attended the 1973 Corn Belt Power Cooperative Member Information Meeting. The meeting was held Monday at the Starlite Restaurant in Fort Dodge. Representing the Humboldt County REC at the meeting were Henry J. Lenning, manager Humboldt; directors Eugene Drager, Algona; Orren S. Olson, Humboldt; Hugh Haverly, Renwick; Charles Nygaard, Wesley; Warren Whipple, Humboldt; Lawrence Strachan, Humboldt; and Milford Zeman, Ottosen; and Dennis Fuller, Humboldt, and Harold Peterson, Humboldt. L. N. Henriksen, president, Renwick, represented the Boone Valley Electric Cooperative. Officials of Corn Belt, power supplier for the 14 member distribution cooperatives, detailed the cooperative's activities regarding energy conservation and fuel acquisition for future operations. "With the higher cost of materials, generating facilities and money i all members . ' •—-• -~~ •'• Humboldt County land value ranks fifth highest in state Test plot Average land values in Humboldt County are now estimated at $843 per acre, up $218 from last year, according to a recent Iowa State University study. Only three other counties in the state have a higher land value. The Humboldt value compares with a $579 per acre average for all grades of land in Iowa, an increase of $139 from 1972. Only counties with higher land value are Hamilton (Webster City), $849; Polk (Des Moines), $847; Scott (Davenport), 9895; and Grundy (Grundy Center), $870. Calhoun (Rockwell City), has the same land value as Humboldt County. Neighboring Pocahontas County has a land value of $775; Wright, $828; Kossuth, $733; and Webster, $820. The figures are based upon a Nov. 1, 1973, Iowa Agricultural Experiment State survey using information from 504 licensed real estate brokers in Iowa. While the figures reflect broker estimates of present value, the totals closely parallel reports of actual land sale prices. ISU economist William Murray and graduate assistant Larry Walker used the survey figures and the last official value per acre reported in the 1969 Census of U.S. Agriculture in arriving at the county land values. The nothern and central portions of Iowa experience the greatest rise in average land values during 1973—a range of from 34 to 47 per cent. The smallest over-all price (Continued on page 9) Milan Petras, Humboldt High School vocational-agriculture instructor, reminds area farmers the Corn-Soybean Test Plot meeting originally set earlier this month has been reset for 8 p.m., Monday evening at HHS. Petras urges all area farmers to attend. Energy awareness week Students at the three Humboldt elementary schools were aware of energy this week as they held special observances to commemorate National Energy Awareness Week. Students at St. Mary's School, above left, were aided by Mrs. John Greene's "Food in the Round Day" where Mrs. Greene prepared round foods for Thursday lunch to emphasize the energy cycle. Included in the picture are from left, Handy Lee, Lynn Childress, Mrs. Greene, Martin Schultz, Mark Schactner, Lory Peterson, Sandra Ford, Michelle Fontana, an unidentified older student, and Jeff Reed. Students at Taft heard an energy talk by R. W. Buckner, general manager of Corn Belt Power Cooperative and held other activities. Posterroakers include, below left, Bill Curran, Steven Caryl, Frank Uiedrick, Wayne Jensen, and Rod Dunscombe. They are members of Miss Velma Johanson's Primary 3 class. Mease students, above, in Mrs. Ed Bakker's sixth grade class were caught by the photographer as they prepared an energy mural for their school. When it all boils down, the students are more energy-conscious and conservation-minded than the older, "more-wise" adults.-Independent Photo. of the Corn Belt system have to take a hard look at the future. Where we are going to meet the increased needs of our members is one important aspect and the way we meet these increased needs is also important. It has been shown by pooling resources with, other utilities, great savings can be realized. We are now working to find the best answer to the long range power question," R. W. Buckner, general manager said. Corn Belt Member information meetings are held yearly and their sole purpose is to provide members with information on everyday workings of their power supply cooperative and future planning. Christmas present Ruth Barrett, president of the Humboldt Business and Professional Women presented Elwin Hodges, County Social Service director, with a check for $25 to be used toward the purchase of fruit for Christmas Baskets delivered to county residents. The Humboldt County Social Welfare Office is responsible for the deliyery of these gifts.—Independent Photo. No rape conviction Jury returns verdict of unlawful assault After deliberating since 2:27 p.m., Wednesday, the District Court jury deciding the case of State of Iowa vs. Douglas Altman, returned^a verdict of "guilty" of unlawful assault, and not rape, at 1:45 p.m., Thursday. Jury foreman Loyd Lent gave the verdict to the court as the last function of the 12-member panel which heard the testimony in the trial. Annexation hearing Monday The Humboldt City Council will hold an annexation hearing at 8 p.m. Monday at the council chamber in the Municipal Building. To be considered for annexation are approximately 4.4 square miles of land lying north, west and south of the present Humboldt city limits. The Humboldt council earlier turned down a proposal to annex approximately 6.8 square miles. Proposed to be annexed are two square miles north of the present city limits, a strip of land one-half mile wide west of the city limits extending south 2'/2 miles from the Union Cemetery road. Also included is a strip of land lying north of the Chantland Manufacturing Co., bounded on the west by Highway 169 and on the east by the West Des Moines River. There are two 80-acre tracts included, owned by B. J. Fevold and M. M. Robbins, lying west of Highway 169. School Yule Vacation Students in Humboldt Community and St. Mary's Parish schools will be celebrating the Yuletide season starting Friday. Christmas vacation for both public and parochial schools begins Friday and will be longer this year than usual. Students will not return to classes until Jan. 7, due to the energy crisis. We doubt if any student will complain about a few extra days off. Altman, 31, a Gilmore City area farmer was charged by the state with raping Dixie Lee Tinken, also Gilmore City, during a rural neighborhood party at the Gary Naeve farm, Bradgate, Aug. 11, 1972. Unlawful assault was the least of four guilty verdicts open to the jury in the case under the instructions given by Judge Russell Hill prior to the beginning of deliberation, Wednesday. Free show SaturdayI The annual Free show and treats for children will be held at the Humota Theatre Saturday afternoon, Dec. 15. There will be two showings — at 12:30 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Next Monday evening, the Chamber will offer another opportunity for children to have their pictures taken with Santa Claus. The pictures will be taken from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Legion Building. Stores in Humboldt will be open every night nex,, week until 9 p.m. Hill instructed the jury to return one of five possible verdicts. The first was guilty of rape, the second was assault with intent to commit rape, the third was assault and battery while the fourth was unlawful assault and the fifth, not guilty on all counts. Unlawful assault, a simple misdemeanor, is punishable by a $100 fine or 30 days in jail. Following closing arguments, Wednesday, the jury began its deliberation upon instruction of Judge Hill at 2:27 p.m. The jurors .were allowed to go home about 9:30 Wednesday evening and resumed their work at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. At 1:45 they returned the verdict to the court and it was read to Altman by Clerk of Court Charlene Oberman. Harlyn Stoebe, defense attorney, requested a polling of the jury by the court. In response to the judge's questioning, each of the 12 panel members answered, "Yes, this is my verdict." (Continued on page 11) Don Mangle is recovering from snowmobile injuries Don Mangle of Spirit Lake, former Humboldt resident, was released Thursday from the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient for a week following a snowmobile accident. Mangle, who owned and operated Mangle Plumbing Heating, and Air Conditioning in Humboldt until earlier this year, •said he was able to conduct business from the hospital while there and would continue to do so at • home while recuperating. He suffered fractured ribs. The accident occurred about 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in Templar Park on the west shore of Big Spirit Lake. On a snowmobile ahead of Mangle was Norman Meinking, Spirit Lake business man. Mrs. Mangle was following in a third snowmobile. Meinking glanced back to look at the machines behind him about the same time as Mangle looked back. Meinking made a turn and was struck by the Mangle snowmobile. Meinking suffered a fractured leg. He was also released from the hospital Thursday. New Kiwanis member Dean Kaestner, left, manager of Hanson Tire Service, became the newest member of the Kiwanis Club Seven O'CIockers at the Friday morning meeting at High Chapporal. Kaestner was inducted by the Noon Kiwunis Club's Millard Vance. Clair Tabor was also to be inducted at the meeting but was absent. The new members raise Humboldt's newest service club to 22 members.-Independent Photo. r

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