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HUMfiOLBtV IOWA, SA DAY, DECEMBER 29, 1973 fufwre action ONE SECTION 15c Cochran hits energy crisis irev crisis was a nnVp it u/onto «,e'ii (,„,,„ _ir &MH . •.« ,i.,ii,-»*. . . . , . * The energy crisis was a major topic of discussion among members of the Humboldt-Dakota City Kiwanis Club, Thursday noon, ad State Rep. bale Cochran Visited the club. Cochran, a 10-year veteran Of the Iowa House, is currently in his fourth year as minority leader and the solon also discussed legislative action up for this year as well as last year's accomplishments. The energy crisis came up during the question-answer topics and Cochran answered, "The energy crisis disturbs me. It's real yet unrealistic." The member of the state's Energy Crisis Study Committee commented the most disturbing factor was "the manipulation by the major oil companies." He said America's "energy czar" William Simon was not informed of the potential and future fuel supplies because he "can't get the information from the major oil companies." The Vincent representative said he did not believe there will be a 50 mph speed limit but "maybe 55." "Fuel seems to be loosening up," he said. "As soon as the petroleum industry gets the price it wants, we'll have all the petroleum we'll need." He called the current situation "psychological warfare by the major oil companies." Cochran has run for the Legislature five times and each time his district has been different due to reappoiht- ment. He indicated the latest redistricting is in effect until at least 1980 which should create a "more closely-knit district." He represents northeast Webster County, northeast Fort Dodge and southern Humboldt County. Collective bargaining for public employees will be a big and "touchy" issue before the upcoming Legislature, Cochran said. "Many parts of the state don't need .collective bargaining for public employees," he said, "but many locales do. Some people will agree with me that we need it." He admitted "mixed emotions" on the issue but lauded the current bill which calls for no strikes but for mandatory bargaining. Cochran is supporting a "rainy day fund" for the $120 million surplus in the state treasury. Set dates, sites for assessments Humboldt County Assessor Marie Phillips advised rural and town taxpayers in the county of the field assessment dates which have been set for January and February, 1974. The assessor asked for cooperation from county farmers in bringing in their supplemental property listing form and crop report blank in when they come to be assessed. The fieldmen will ha,ve soldiers and homestead exemption applications and also the $2,700 personal property tax credit forms which may L$ signed at the lime uf assessment and intret be signed if the exemption is to be received. Mrs. Phillips requested farmers not come to the sites except on days designated as there will be no representatives available except on the specified dates. She also suggested persons whose names begin with letters A through M come in the morning with the rest in the afternoon. The dates of assessments in stations for townships, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., are: Jan. 3 Beaver Jan. 4 Corinth Jan. 7 Norway Jan. 8 Rutland and Avery Jan. 9 Weaver and Avery Jan. 10 Humboldt and Delana Jan. 11 Grove Jan. 14 Avery and Wacousta Jan. 15 Wacousta Jan. 16 Delana and Wacousta Jan. 17 Lake and Vernon Jan. 18 Norway, Beaver and Corinth Jan. 21 Lake and Vernon Jan. 22 Weaver, Lake and Grove Jan. 25 Rutland, Avery and Vernon Jan. 29 Humboldt, Delana and Wacousta Feb. 12 All Courthouse-Dakota City Courthouse-Dakota City Community Hall-Thor Town Hall-Rutland Legion Ilall-Gilmore City Town Hall-Livermore Courthouse-Dakota City Cafe-Bradgate Presbyterian Church basement-Ottosen Cafe-Bode Maint. Shop-Hardy Courthouse-Dakota City Legion Hall-Renwick Courthouse-Dakota City Courthouse-Dakota City Courthouse-Dakota City Courthouse-Dakota City Assessment dates have also been set for county town dwellers who may either mail their forms back to the assessor's office or take them to the designated site. The fieldmen will have homestead, extra homestead, soldiers and the $2.700 exemption application blanks which the taxpayer may take care of at the time the assessment is turned in. Mrs. Phillips indicated taxpayers who can not come to the designated site may contact her office for assistance. "If you do not have any personal property to turn in and do not have a homestead or soldiers or personal property exemption to sign, please make uut th» supplemental, showing- nothing to assess and send it back to us," Mrs. Phillips said. All assessments should be turned in by Feb. 15, 1974, Mrs. Phillips indicated. The dates and sites for town field assessments, 8:30 a.m. to 4:80 p.m., are: Community Hall-Thor Town Hall-Rutland Legion Hall-Gilmore City Jan. 7 Thor Jan. 8 Rutland Jan. 9 Gilmore City Jan. 10 & 11 Livermore Jan. 14 Bradgate Jan. 15 Ottosen Jan. 16 Bode Jan. 17 Hardy Jan. 21 Renwick Jan. 31 Dakota City Feb. 1 Humboldt A thru E Feb. 5 Humboldt F thru K Feb. 7 Humboldt L thru R Feb. 8 Humboldt S thru Z Town Hall-Livermore Cafe-Bradgate Presbyterian Church basement-Ottosen Imperial Cafe-Bode Maint. Shop-Hardy Legion Hall-Renwick Courthouse-Dakota City Courthouse-Dakota City Courthouse-Dakota City Courthouse-Dakota City Courthouse-Dakota City Cochran speaks State Rep. Dale Cochran [D-Vincent] addressed the Humboldt-Dakota City Kiwanis Club, Thursday noon, and touched a number of legislative topics. The House Minority Leader talked about the energy crisis, surplus money, and other issues facing the state solons when they get into session next month.—Independent Photo. He suggests "holding back $40 million for that purpose and releasing,the remaining $80 million'to "use widely for the people of Iowa." He is not in favor of rebating the money back to the taxpayer and cited the expense to the state and small amount received by the taxpayer as his reasons. Cochran would rather see the surplus used for non- recurrent cost projects such as needed state office buildings, environmental or recreational projects. ' ' ting caught by inflation, Cochran explained, and said the legislature could "possibly"- look at budgeting the money into cost-of-living pay increases for these employees. The surplus was, generated from retail sale and income taxes. Another afea under consideration is 4 Department of Transportation which would administrate, all transportation in the state, Cochran said. Iowa's, usury law will be under consideration after the state supreme court ruled the 18 per cent.charged by many creditors wis illegal and set the amount a't nine per cent. A new amount "will be another decision for the legislature," Cochran said. Home rule will have to be reconsidered after an Iowa court ruled several portions of the new law were unconstitutional. Cochran indicated '"someone may want to challenge his decision" in the legislature. All in all, it/was a good year for the Iowa Legislature, Cochran pointed out. The veterah representative explained 54 Of the legislators were freshmen this past year and many '. Were under 30 years of age. "They have more, energy, more ability and more drive" than Cochran had seen in the legislature and have done "a tremendous job." The last session was a "very balanced" one, he indicated and said the session accomplished more than in any other of the nine he has participated in. Cochran is very optimistic about Iowa's future and lauded the "good, honest citizens" of tho state. To help protect the state, the legislatw^Jiworking •oSy,'*..-. land-use policy to protect agricultural lands. The policy would designate agricultural- . ly areas'as well as provide for the orderly planning of industry and recreation he indicated. Compared to other states in the Union, Cochran said, "We're in an enviable position." i Who's '74's 1st M ^* *:" MohHny, 4an.'^r,iiwH1 mark Iho beginning of the yearly season of Humboldt Community CHorus. All regular rehearsals will be hold Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in Humboldt Junior High music room. The chorus' annual musical variety revue is slated for Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6. The title of this year's show will be "Pop Goes The Chorus" with a program of latpsl popular tunes. The Sheriff protects Humboldt County In laying out our last paper, the type gremlins got onto the front page and played with the Louis "Bauser feature. Several paragraphs were out of kilter, so, to clarify the story we are re-running it. For the right version, take the trolley to .... Page 4. Sheriff Andersen Humboldt County Sheriff J. Marvin Andersen serves the county with his two deputies Daryi Long and Dick Jergens. Together, the three men drive over 100,000 miles patrolling and investigating community activities.- Independent Photo. Three men in Humboldt County work 60 to 70 hours a week, are responsible for every road, grain bin, and citizen in the county, and remain on call seven days a week, 24 hours a day. According to County Attorney Richard Williams, "these three men handle a job 5.3 men could comfortably maintain." These dedicated men comprise the Humboldt County Sheriffs Department. Sheriff J. Marvin Andersen, and his two deputies, Dick Jergens and Daryl Long have been serving countians on and behind the scene collectively since 1965. According to Andersen, the crime rate in Humboldt County is relatively high per capita as compared to surrounding counties. To combat the continuing rise in crime the sheriffs department added a second deputy in 1969. The state and federal governments are pushing for more man-power in county patrol systems. Presently they are seeking to eliminate town marshals in communities under 5.000 since Pioneer, Rutland, Ottosen, and Hardy have no marshal. The town marshals in these smaller towns have been delegated to lake care of streets, lights, and water mains within the community as the other half of their marshal duties. Secondly, the state legislators are approving laws of civil service, setting up boards to test applicants for civil service offices. This board would approve and submit names to Andersen for appointment of a third deputy if the Board of Supervisors should decide it was necessary. Only 14 counties in the State of Iowa have set up their own civil service boards, Humboldt being one of the first to comply. Sheriff Anderson stated that the job he holds "gives a person an opportunity to help and aid and meet other people, the good and Ihe bad. The job is a constant challenge—I never know what has or is going to happen when the phone rings. It could be a wrong number or about a person swinging a loaded shot-gun in a crowded bar." Patrolling all smaller towns and gravel roads in the county, as well as Humboldt, keeps the sheriff and his deputies busy. Often, by frequenting a restaurant "for 15 minutes, I can find out more information than if 1 went out and beat the bushes for 24 hours." Together, the three men drive approximately 100,000 miles per year in the county. According to the sheriff, Humboldl County jail is (Continued on page 7) Police check 2 accidents in Humboldt Over $500 damage is estimated for repair of four vehicles involved in two accidents occurring within Hum- boldl, the Humboldt Police department revealed. An unknown driver forced Candyce L. Carlson, 27, Humboldt, into reportedly striking Duane M. Williams, 33, Livermore, who was REC's Heike Tjaden serves over 32 years .Tracey Renee Julius, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Julius, Gilmore City, was the first baby in Humboldt County for 1973. She was born at 5 a.m., Jan. 2 and won the last first baby contest. Who's to be first this year? Whatever little one is, there are prizes to be collected from Humboldt merchants in the annual First Baby Contest. To see what may be won, check out page 10.—Independent Photo. Community Chorus to begin practice Heike Tjaden, line superintendent for Humboldt County Rural Electric Cooperative ,(REC), will be retiring at the end of 1973. Tjaden started working Nov. 1,1941, and has been line superintendent for most of these years. When he retires he will have served Humboldt County REG longer than any employee or board member. During his more than 32 years of service Tjaden has seen many changes and much growth for Humboldt County REC. The miles'of line have doubled from 425 miles to 850 miles and the number of members receiving electric service has gone from approximately 900 to 1800 members. The greatest change has been in the amount of electricity used as it has increased from an average use of 81 kilowatt hours per member per month in 1941 to an average use of 1300 kilowatt hours per member per month at the present Heike Tjaden time. In their retirement Mr. and Mrs. Tjaden plan to do some traveling and to spend more time with several hobbies in which they have an interest. $557,184 spent by VA in county chorus will be under the direr-lion of Humboldt Community Schools Band Director Gary Curric who stated, "Membership in the Humboldt Community Chorus is open to all interested singers in the area with the musical enjoyment of the members being the primary purpose of the organisation." For any further information contact Community Chorus President Mrs. Dean Hurklau. The Veterans Administration disbursed $165 million in Iowa during fiscal year 1973, an increase of more than $9.6 mHliojY""pver' the previous year. ' '"' ',' ' ' '*" '••• ' $557,184 was spent in Humboldt County. $369,672 went for compensation and pensions; $145,083 for readjustment and vocational rehabilitation; and $42,429 for GI insurance and indemnities. Approximately one-half of the state total, $78.3 million, represents disability compensation and pension checks to veterans, their dependents and survivors. Approximately $30.7 mil- lion provided for GI bill educational and vocational rehabilitation programs for Iowa veterans, and $44.6 million went toward VA hospital regional office operating costs. The remainder was expended for GI insurance and indemnities ($9 million), direct home loans ($549,000), and construction and related costs ($1.6 million). The VA has four field stations in Iowa, including general-medical-surgical hospitals in Des Moines and Iowa City, a neuropsychiatric hospital in Knoxville and a regional office in Des Moines. Christmas thieves raid county homes Three Humboldt County homes were robbed and vandalized Monday evening of Christmas gifts according to Humboldt County Sheriff's office reports. The thieves took the farm residents' Christmas presents and vandalized the trees in all three homes while the families were away. One farm .was not locked and the thieves gained entry to the remaining two by kicking in the main door. According to Deputy Long, "all were robbed by the same people," and the sherriff s department have suspects in mind. "If these thieves are brought before the court and found guilty, I hope the judge can see the little kids and their sad faces before he pronounces sentence." Long added. legally parked beside the curb on 1st Avenue South, Dec. 14. The Carlson car received damage on the front of the car and repair estimates were set at $125. Williams' car was damaged in the left rear and trunk .and his estimates were set at $175. The unknown driver did not stop. Viola A. Schmitz, 59, Humboldt, was making a left turn in her vehicle and was allegedly hit by Gary J. Green's auto, 31, Humboldt, on Taft Street Dec. 17. Estimates were set at $57.68 for Green's damaged right front and $150 for the left rear damage on the Schmitz car. Weather Date high low pre wind sun 23 24 25 26 27 30 32 32 28 28 20 30 17 15 15 .45 .15 .10 .10 E E NW NW SE pcldy cldy cldy clear cldy Accidents average $606.79 damage January, June and July were the worst three months for traffic accident incidence in Humboldt for 1973 through November. There were 188 accidents during the first 11 months of this year with total damages of $114,078 figures released by former Police Chief Harold Lockwood. That averages $606.79 per wreck. January was the worst month as far as number of mishaps and property damage. Twenty-eight accidents were recorded with $18,026 set in damages. June and July were next high in occurances with 24 each. June had $8,386 in damage while July recorded $12,529. In monetary losses, after January's total was March with $15,022 in 19 accidents and April with $14,219 in 14 wrecks. September $13,023 in 15 accidents. had By month, the accidents and damage were: January 28, $18,026; February - 16, $6,119; March - 19, $15,022; April - 14, $14,219; May - 10, $5,652; June - 24, $8,386; July - 24, $12.529; August - 15, $8,864; September - $13.023; October - 12, $5,244; and November - 13, $6,994.