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BCity building needs repairspage A4 Area The Sioux City Journal Tuesday, April 30, 1991 page A3 County offices will move Relocation of some departments could save county to Bell building $1 1 0,000 a year in office rent "The cooperation from West has been just remarkable." Larry Clausen Supervisors chairman with West voice approval, recast the counter-offer to meet those needs. The three were engineering, asbestos and the right of first refusal on West property on Pierce Street, back-to-back with the 822 Douglas St. building. With proper county signatures the revised document was to be faxed to the West legal department in Denver and the real estate office in Omaha, for West signatures. "They ought to be faxing back to us within the day or by this time tomorrow their signed agreement," Golbuff said.

Supervisor James O'Kane asked about asbestos in the building. Golfbuff said that was studied earlier this year, and a review of the study has been ordered. O'Kane also asked about dates of possession. Golbuff explained the county could have all the floor areas of the building immediately, except for portions of the third floor, which would not be available until Dec. 31, 1993, at the latest.

A portion of the third floor contains telephone switching equipment. Supeivisor Don Lawrenson said West in its own scheduling had said the third floor could be available by August of 1992, but left themselves leeway. "The cooperation from West has been just remarkable," Clausen said. "The purchase price of this building shows a lot of civic concern on their part." The county legal staff must develop overall easements which will permit West to maintain certain telephone cables in the building, Golbuff said. The board also passed a motion authorizing the chairman to sign a memorandum to the owners of 'he Insurance Exchange Building exercising an option to terminate lease on that property.

The County Department of Human Ssrvices is located in that building. By Harvey M. Sanford Journal staff writer Some county offices now in rented quarters could begin moving into the building formerly occupied by Northwestern Bell at 822 Douglas St. as early as May. Monday, the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to buy the building from West for $350,000.

Last week a builder estimated it would cost $4.5 million to build a similar four-story, concrete-span, fully fireproof building today. Board Chairman Larry Clausen has stated the county now pays about $110,000 a year in rent for a number of county STl! r- 4 I 4 Iowa tax returns are due tonight By Rebecca Schossow Journal staff writer If you haven't found the time to file your Iowa income tax return yet, you're not alone. The deadline for filing state income tax forms is midnight tonight and Sioux City Postmaster Keith Warren said taxpayers will be able to mail their returns up to midnight at the main post office downtown and still have them canceled with today's date. Warren said the outgoing mail boxes outside the main post office will be tapped every 30 minutes up to the midnight deadline. He emphasized that the forms must be mailed at the main post office.

Warren said the post office is ready for a last mhute rush, but he doesn't expect it to be anything like the rush before the April 15 federal tax deadline. According to Marion Schaller, Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance, his office has been swamped with calls from people seeking assistance with their returns. "I've had up to 71 phone calls in one day and as high as 275 in a week," said Schaller. Larry Cook, head of taxpayer ser offices not now accommodated on county property. Board Administrator Bill Golbuff said Monday the signed counteroffer which came from West last week did not address county needs in three areas.

County staff members, sixth-grade teacher. As a highlight of the trip, the group will meet with State Rep. Wayne Bennett and State Sen. Don Doyle today and will watch the Legislature in session. "If it works out, we will be eating sack lunches on the capitol grounds, and we might even get a chance to meet the governor if he's in house," said trip organizer Joan Petersen, talented and gifted coordinator for the district.

"It's overwhelming that we can take our students to Des Moines and see the capitol," said fifth-grade teacher Dorothy Gunion. "Even as adults, we drive by it and don't think to go in." A combination of teamwork and a spirit of volunteerism brought the trip to reality. Decisions ranging from what first-aid items to take along to who, rooms with whom at the Springbrook dorms took the time ja West Monona fifth- and sixth-graders board the Conservation Education Center and the Iowa bus early Monday morning for a field trip to the State Capitol. (Photo by Carole Johnston) Onawa students visit capitol and energy of administrators, teachers, bus drivers and parents. For months, even years, the scheduling has been in process.

In order to provide for the approximate $2,000 cost of the trip, Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS), a local organization comprised of parents, grandparents and friends, held a soup supper in the gym at Central Elementary in March and raised enough money to cover the entire cost. Today's schedule is a living lesson in social studies, including a trip toa historical museum in Des Moines. Fifth-graders are to spend the afternoon at Living History Farms, which involves a 300-year walk back into time and a geography lesson at an 1800s-style schoolhouse. At the same time, sixth-graders are to tour the Botanical Gardens and the Science Center. By Carole Johnston Journal correspondent ONAWA, Iowa What does it take to get 98 kids, eight teachers and one school nurse to the state capital? Three big yellow buses, a load of planning and miles of excitement.

At 7 a.m. Monday, West Monona fifth- and sixth-graders left for a two-day field trip which includes a visit to the Conservation Education Center at Springbrook State Park north of Guthrie Center, Iowa, and the State Capitol building at Des Moines. "I'm excited because some of us get to camp out in tents. I'm taking my sleeping bag," said fifth-grader Scott Hansohn. "It's a fun way for kids to do activities in the environment, things they don't get to do in the classroom," said Linda Bjella, Paula Damon Child abuse stops when parent stops Baby, Baby, the stars are shining for a minute, because I'm so glad you're alive.

Baby, Baby, I'm here for you always and Baby, always and forever.J'm here for you, baby. so glad that you're "Baby, Baby" Amy Grant "Hello, this is Michael Bolton," the public service advertisement sounded. "Three children will die today as a result of child the rock star continued. Twenty-one died last week. The lives of some 90 ended last month In 1990, 1,095 died, and that many if not more will be tallied at the end of this year.

When I heard that public service announcement on April 5, the rescuer in me wanted to save the three who 1 would succumb to abusive treatment that day. The mother in me wanted to shield them. The child in me ached. Mourning, I wondered what awful rage would lead to that end? Who could have prevented the abuse? Who saw it coming seeing it but not looking; hearing it but not listening? Was there a neighbor, a teacher, a relative who could have sought help to intervene, to stop the madness, to save the child, to get help for the angry adult at whose hands the child was helpless? There was a child who needed patience, not a violent temper; a guiding hand, not a shove, or a push, or a punch, or a beating. There is an adult who needed time out from the chaos; retraining in parenting.

There are adults whose mothers and fathers never said the words Amy Grant wrote recently for her toddler, "Baby, Baby, I'm so glad that you're mine." And there are children who will never hear the sweet, soft sound of "I'm so glad you're here for you always." While April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, child abuse prevention is a daily responsibility. The National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse recommends 12 alternatives to lashing out at your kid. It suggests, "The next time everyday pressures build up to the point where you feel like lashing out STOP! 1. Take a deep breath. And another.

Then remember, you are the adult. 2. Close your eyes and imagine you're hearing what your child is about to hear. 3. Press your lips together and count to 10.

Or better yet, to 20. 4. Put your child in a time-out chair. (Remember the rule: one time-out minute for each year of 5. Put yourself in a time-out chair.

Think about why you are angry: Is it your child, or is your child simply a convenient target for your anger? 6. Phone a friend. 7. If someone can watch the children, go outside and take a walk. 8.

Take a hot bath or splash cold water on your face. 9. Hug a pillow. 10. Turn on some music.

Maybe even sing along. 11. Write down as many helpful words as you can think of. Save the list. 12.

Write for prevention information: National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, Box 2866L, Chicago, IL 60690." Paula Damon is a Journal correspondent. Senate preserves pension tax break DES MOINES (AP) Government retirees would keep getting a state income tax break on their pensions under a bill approved Monday by the Senate. The Senate voted 42-8 for a bill granting a two-year extension to keep the tax break in effect through next year. The bill now goes to the House, where its future is in doubt. The tax break applies to teachers, police, firefighters, judges and other state and federal government employees.

It excludes $2,500 in individual pension benefits from state taxation per year. Vacant car-lot office is destroyed in blaze A person or persons unknown set fire Sunday night to a vacant used-car-lot office stored near Second and Wall streets, and the building was destroyed, a fire official said Monday. Lt. James McCrory of the Fire Prevention Bureau said the owner was Jack Pinney, and that the small, wood-frame structure formerly stood at the southwest corner of Wesley Way and West Seventh Street. McCrory estimated its size at roughly 12 feet by 14 feet.

It had been put up on blocks in its new location, he added. No estimate of the value of the building was available. Four fire rigs responded to the alarm, along with the assistant chief, McCrory said. vices in Des Moines, said the rate of error on the returns already filed this year is somewhat higher than normal. According to Cook, most errors are caused by the new Iowa earned income credit and a change in the child and dependent care credit.

Schaller said persons unable to make the deadline can file for an extension. Those doing so must pay 90 percent of their estimated tax to avoid paying penalty and interest. Schaller said if persons with completed returns are unable to pay, they should mail their returns on time and send any payment they can. The Department cf Revenue then will contact them. "The Department of Revenue will work with you and arrange a payment plan," said Schaller.

Help in filling an Iowa tax return is available until 4 p.m. today by calling the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance at 258-4561. Cook said as of last week, only 10-12 percent of Iowans still needed to file their returns. "The numbers in processing are almost identical to the same time last year," said Cook. "The amount of refund is also nearly identical, with the average refund being within $10 of last year." Vermillion guard unit on way home RAPID CITY, S.D.

(AP) Some members of the 730th Medical Company of the South Dakota National Guard are expected to return from the Persian Gulf this week. Seventy men and women of the 129-member company from Vermillion and Winner are due to arrive at Billy Mitchell Airport near Milwaukee, early Wednesday morning, said Maj. Gen. Harold Sykora. The remaining 59 guard members are expected, to return from Saudi Arabia in the next few weeks.

The 730th was activated on Nov. 21, and deployed to Saudi Arabia on Jan. 15. It was one of six South Dakota guard units called for Operation Desert Storm. Pay For Your WANT AD In Advance And SAVE 7.31 In Cash! Lines Days Only 5 1 3 Extra Linn Ar OO Each.

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Wayne Bennett, R-Ida Grove, ranking member of the committee. "I think it makes sense to make it a one-year deal." The bill would cover fees for hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses for both residents and non-residents. Cottonwood Park wins federal grant WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Park Service has awarded an $11,200 Land and Water Conservation Grant to Dakota City, Nebraska 1st District Congressman Doug Bereuter announced. The federal grant will be matched by $11,200 in local funding and the total amount will used for campgrounds, sports and play fields and support facilities in Cottonwood Park.

Committee ups hunting, fishing fees DES MOINES Fees for hunting and fishing licenses would nearly double by 1995 under a bill approved Wednesday by the House's tax-writing panel. The bill would move the price of a resident hunting or fishing license from $8.50 to 12.50 next year. In four years, the license would cost $15.50. Most of the fees would rise Jan. 1, 1992, under the bill, which the House Ways and Means Committee voted 13-7 to send to the floor for debate.

The bill would increase fees for deer and wild turkey licenses on July 1. Supporters said the higher fees are needed to avoid a deficit in the state's fish and game trust fund next year. The fund helps pay for a host of outdoor projects. Iowa has not increased its hunting, fishing and trapping fees since 1984. will air Schnee murder mystery 1 was hard enough to watch the filming.

It was hard for me when they filmed the part where they brought her body out of the creek. I couldn't watch when they filmed the actual shooting, I just didn't think 1 was up for that." Franklin said she has traveled to Colorado every year since her daughter's murder and talked to people in hopes of finding a clue about her daughter's murder. "I talk to everyone I can, trying to find some new information, said Franklin. "There is somebody out there who did this and there is somebody out there that knows what happened. I want to know who they are." The Franklins are also scheduled to appear on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" on May 10 on a segment that will feature unsolved murders.

That segment is being taped this week. TV show By Rebecca Schossow Journal staff writer Mystery still surrounds the murder of Annette Schnee nine years ago. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Laurel Franklin, 3516 Correctionville Road, hope the airing of her story on "Unsolved Mysteries" will uncover new clues and clear up the mystery.

The segment of "Unsolved Mysteries" detailing the murder will air Wednesday at 7 p.m. on KTIV. Schnee, 21, and another Colorado woman, Barbara Oberholtzer, were murdered on Jan. 6, 1982, near Breckenridge, Colorado. Oberholtzer's body was discovered the following day, but Schnee 's body was not found until July 3, nearly six months later.

Both women had been shot, Oberholtzer in the chest, Schnee in the lower back. The bodies were found within 12 miles of each other and officials believe the two murders are related. Schnee graduated from East High School in 1978. She attended Patricia Stevens School for Girls in Omaha for a year before moving to Colorado in 1979. She was last seen in a Colorado drug store with another woman.

That woman has never been identified. "I'm hoping maybe the girl from the drug store will come forward and tell what she knows," said Mrs. Franklin. Franklin said a Colorado detective working on ue since 1985 was contacted by "Unsolved Mysteries." Franklin said she doesn't know how they knew of the mystery surrounding her daughter's murder, but she is hopeful airing the information available on nationwide television will jog some memories and renew interest in the case, "They (those working on the case) are trying to find anybody who knows anything," said Franklin. "Somebody out there knows what went on that night and "Unsolved Mysteries" is working hard to find out anything they can about the two girls' murders." The Franklins said filming of the "Unsolved Mysteries" segment was done in Colorado the first week in January, in the area where the murders were committed.

The couple went to Colorado for the filming, and said it was a very emotional experience. Franklin said the couple's younger daughter, Cindy, had orginally planned to play the part of her sister in the "Unsolved Mysteries" segment, but union rules and red tape prevented her from doing so. "After watching them do the filming, I'm glad Cindy didn't do it," said Franklin. "It would have been awfully traumatic for her. It.

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