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•"••ii^ |ittBHH| b&us VOL. ill NO. 31 HUMBOLDT, t6WA, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1974 12 PAGES-ONE SECTION Hits Humboldt schools hard 15c Flu epidemic zaps Newcomers officers Newcomers Club recently installed new officers who ill serve the next six months. From left: Mrs. Jerry Fagen, president; Mrs. Dale Heider, vice president; Mrs. Brian Johnsen, social chairman; Mrs. Bill Dodgen, secretary; Mrs. John Cline, treasurer; and Mrs. Larry Vinzant, membership. Not shown is Mrs. John Sleiter, publicity and historian. The Feb. 11 meeting will feature an informative film on breast cancer to which the public is invited.—Independent Photo. School officials throughout Humboldt County are urging Students suffering from the current influenza epidemic to remain at home Until over the disease to aid in keeping the absentee rate down in the learning centers. The absenteeism in the county is up, as it is across the state, with the Humboldt district the hardest hit to date with the rate up 10 per cent over the normal 5 per cent winter absence figure. However, the schools in other points of the county haven't hit the 15 per cent of absences recorded by the Humboldt district with total absence rates somewhere between 4 and 10 per cent. The overall absence rate for the entire county, based on total enrollment of 3,364 is 368 students or 10.9393 per cent. R. Wesley Carlson, Humboldt superintendent, told the INDEPENDENT Thursday Carter proud of team Humboldt High- ^School science and^"^ctinmsu'y 'instructor Guy Carter called this year's Wildcat high school bowl team "the best group of kids I've ever worked with," -before the KVFD-TV High School Bowl broadcast. The team dropped its contest in the second round of competition Thursday night to Fort Dodge St. Edmond, 300-85, on the half-hour academic quiz show. After the" loss, Carter repeated his earlier statement, still proud of "the best group of kids I've ever worked with." Team captain Lance Olson, Linda Northup, Kurt Stoebe and Jon Bogaard comprised this year's version of the Wildcat academic team. In prior years, Carter pointed out, the HHS reps have taken third and second before copping the championship title in last year's competition. "They've worked real hard," Carter said, "and they've spent a lot of time and effort. I'm very proud of them." The contest was closer than the score actually indicated. A number of times, the Wildcat team was beaten by thumbs- breadth on the buzzer button by the Gael whiz kids. For those who haven't seen the area-wide show, 32 teams started out at the beginning of the season with 16 teams remaining in the second round. Like athletic competition, the winning teams advance to the pinnacle of the championship. The competition isn't easy as was obvious Thursday night. The students are chosen for their academic excellence as well as the ability to think quickly and respond. Questions for the contests are not simple, college grads have trouble answering a number of them. Moderator Bob Tarbox was visibly surprised by the quickness of several answers to especially difficult questions. Humboldt's team was disappointed with the loss, for sure, but they were quick to point out the abilities of the other team. Following the fray, the two squads congratulated each other for a job well done. Well, there's another season coming up next year for Carter and his scholars. And, they'll be ready.—Linehan. afternoon average absentee rates are usually 6 per cent during this time of year. However, the rate has jumped to 15.1169 per cent. Of the 1753 total enrollment, 265 students were missing Thursday. The hardest hit was the junior high with 146 of 489 students out, the high school had 32 of 450, Taft had 50 of 494, Mease was missing 29 of 279 while eight of the Rutland 37 were out. "It seems like the rate of absence is hitting hard on specific groups," Carlson said. "It's going through rooms and grades. The local school head indicated the eighth grade and Taft sixth grade have recorded the highest percentage of absences. School officials also indicate there seems to be a variety of flu strains involved along with the average winter colds and the like. "Our biggest problem is getting the kids to stay home until they are well," Carlson said. St. Mary's School was only missing 8 per cent, Thursday, or 12, of the 134 parochial students. Sister George Marie, St. Mary's coordinator, indicated. the rate is pretty even right now but the 12-student absence is slightly up. In comparison to the public school, the most absences at St. Mary's, six/ were -iw 'the- eighth grade. The remainder of the county schools, except Boone Valley, Renwick, are at the 5 per cent rate or over. Boone Valley has 11 students absent in K-6 with three gone in junior high and high school. The 14 absent equals approximately 4 per cent of the 324 overall students. Lu Verne and Twin Rivers have approximately 7 per cent absence averages apiece. Lu Verne is missing 17 students of the 226 total with eight gone in the junior and senior highs and nine in the elementary grades. There were four freshmen absent. Twin Rivers was missing 16 elementary students of 215 and 17 from the seven through 12 grade figure of 232 to total 33 absent in the 447-student system, or 7 per cent. At Gilmore City-Bradgate, 13 students out of 231 seven through 12 were out, seven of 29 in the kindergarten and seven of 212 in K-6 at Bradgate. The kindergarten- ers had the highest percentage, 24, while the overall absent rate was 5 per cent of 472. The disease has been causing extremely high rates of absences in schools across Iowa according to state health officials. The reports began in the northeast corner of the state and have spread across the state to the south and west. The state normal absence rate is 5 per cent but is running as high as 40 per cent in recent weeks. Rates of absenteeism in business and industry are not available. According to the state health officials, Wisconsin had been reporting a similar epidemic prior to the outbreak in Iowa. Dr. Charles Herron, director of infectious disease control, Iowa Health Department said the State of Wisconsin passed on the identification of the "Influenza Type B Victoria 1970" to Iowa officials. The epidemic has not reached its peak proportions yet, but the peak is "just about coming although it's hard to say," Herron said. Also, it is just starting to hit the metro areas of the state with reports just starting to come in. Herron believes Iowa may be one of the first areis involved in a national epidemic. As quoted in a metro-area paper, Herron said the flu is not a disease which usually causes a great deal of problems. "It just makes you feel like hell," he was quoted as saying, "and then it goes away." Symptoms of the disease are sore throat, headache, aches and pains, runny nose and general cold symptoms. Herron said a person could be ill from two to seven days. Herron, in the article, brought up an interesting point, "For practical purposes, the real question is, 'What's this going to do to high school basketball?'" or wrestling, "It's going to take another three weeks before it's cleared out, so coaches may want to start thinking of how they're going to handle the possibility of having their teams wiped out with the flu before the big game," he said. Flu was of major importance during the recent North Central Conference Wrestling Tournament as a number of wrestlers were not only grappling their competition but the flu as well. Herron said he did not believe closing schools to control the outbreak would solve the problem although he advised persons to avoid large concentrations of people. The last major epidemic of influenza came with the Hong Kong flu, 1969, with another major outbreak occurring in 1957 with the Asian flu. We found one "down home" remedy in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS ALMANAC, which says, "A traditional remedy for colds or flu is a tea made from equal parts of cinnamon, sage and bay leaves with a little lemon juice added before drinking." We mixed that up with a regular tea base and tried it. It tastes better than it smells and it did relieve a headache. But we have the feeling we're just getting started.—Line-, han. Jaycees sponsor youth shooting education Humboldt-Dakota City Jaycees announce the adoption of a shooting education program, part of a national effort by Jaycees to teach good gunmanship to youngsters across the nation. The program, co-sponsored by Daisy, is open to all boys and girls 10 to 14 years of age and instructs in all. phases of. good gun , usage and proper- gun handling in a 17-week BB gun course. It concludes with a Jaycee shooting league in which boys and girls will participate in regulation team match competition. The sessions will be held in the Legion Building. Joe Felker, local Jaycee president, said the program is the most comprehensive shooting program ever provided ' for youngsters. "All boys and girls" Felker stressed, "are eligible and go through an extensive, but interesting series of lessons on all phases of careful gun handling and shooting." Heading the new program as instructor will be Ron Rasmussen, assisted by Gary Harris. Also taking part in the program will be Humboldt County Conservation Officer Harold Carter. Rasmussen stressed -that girls as well as boys are encouraged to attend the sessions and parents are welcome to observe the activities. The first of the weekly lessons in the new program is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in Legion Building. There is no charge for the sessions. Don Schuster not a part of Schuster & Co. After reading the news article in Wednesday's HUMBOLDT REPUBLICAN of the 50,000 sq. ft. Dakota City plant of Schuster & Co. Inc., Don Schuster requested that a statement be published that he was no longer connected 'with Schuster & Co. Inc. A statement in the story said: "In 1966 Schuster & Co. was incorporated with Robert A. Mickey as owner and president and Don Schuster, formerly of Badger and now of Humboldt, as shop foreman." At no place in the news story did it say that Don Schuster was no longer connected with Schuster & Co. ,It was not the intention of the newspaper writeup to imply that Schuster was still with Schuster & Co. Inc. Don Schuster said he had resigned from Schuster & Co. Inc. as of July 22, 1973. He is now one of the owners of Schuster Manufacturing and Equipment Co. located in the industrial park in north Humboldt. Kick sweet habit "Kick the sweet snack habit" is the slogan for 1974's Dental Health Week, which will be observed in Humboldt. Mayor Jean Kleve signed a proclamation, Wednesday, for Dr. Steve Gidel, local dentist and chairman of the week, setting Feb. 3 through 9 as Dental Health Week. Kleve and Gidel "urge all citizens" to join in the observance because, "the future is dependent on the good health of our children and youth, the citizens of tomorrow." "If you haven't had a recent dental check-up, this would be a good time," the mayor said.—Independent Photo.