Sioux City Journal from Sioux City, Iowa on November 9, 1989 · 1
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Thursday, November 9, 1989
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.4 Officials work on Mississippi spillpage A4 Data on farm injuries to be collectedpage A5 The Sioux City Journal jwteto Area Thursday, Nov. 9, 1989page A3 Developer: Make riverboat national draw Mark Fageol It's written that you can never go nome again. Of course that's not true. You can physically go home. It's just not the same. I made that trip "home" as part of a recent vacation. About 40 miles out, I tuned in to the better of Burlington's two radio stations. It was as pathetic as always somewhat of a reassurance that things probably hadn't changed in my hometown. I wondered how I had ever survived all those years listening to that station, and pondered how a good selection of radio stations in Sioux City had spoiled me. tooling down highway 34, more than ready to end my seven-hour trek across Iowa, I reached the outskirts of Burlington, and eagerly began a reunion with a town I had lived my entire life in and had finally bid a farewell to in March. The streets seemed narrower, rougher than I remembered them to be. A few new businesses had cropped up, others had folded shop; one prominent building no longer existed. It was an odd, uncomfortable tour of my town, seeing things that had occurred in my absence. I suddenly realized that I had become a visitor in my own hometown, and I was viewing Burlington through a visitor's eyes. I was no longer being treated as a resident, rather as a guest. I found that to be rather disquieting. One of my first reunions was with my family, catching up with how everyone was doing and what was new. Of course, having kept in touch since I moved, there weren't many surprises with my relatives. With the family ties still intact, I began making calls and visiting some friends and acquaintances, and for the next two days I was hopping from one friend's house to another, visiting with as many people as I possibly could. One special reunion was with Hillary, my former old English sheepdog. Before leaving Burlington, I gave Hillary to a couple on a farm north of town. Hillary agreed to disagree with the other pets (being my main attention getter, it's understandable that she wanted to be top dog in the new household, too), and she was given a new home with a single fellow on another farm. As I pulled into the drive, I saw Hillary, wagging her fanny, eager to greet whoever this person in the truck was. Walking up, I called "Hi, Hillary!" and was promptly knocked down by the furbag. She almost knocked the wind out of me. Some things never change. After Hillary calmed down a bit, I visited with Scott, her new owner. It seems that she hasn't lost her love to drag people. When I owned her, we were concluding a walk, nearing home, when she began chasing after something, with me attached to her leash. I fell on a bad piece of concrete and was drug a few feet by "Fido." Shortly after acquiring Hillary, Scott had her collar hooked to a chain. Not yet wise to her tricks, Hillary made a few quick loops around his feet and then took off toward the woods, dragging her new "master" until the chain caught. I smiled and held back the laughter as he related the incident, glaring at Hillary as he told the tale. A quick education for Scott. A final visit was one I looked forward to most, yet dreaded most, too. Walking through doors which I had passed through many times as an employee, but now simply as a visitor, I had a chance to visit with my former co-workers at the Hawk Eye newspaper. After having spent the past few days jumping from one location to another, it was nice to spend a few hours in one location and visit. The Hawk Eye also has undergone many changes, including several new faces I'm not familiar with. All the while, it seemed strange to be a visitor, a guest, not at work. Tuesday morning came, and it was time to leave Burlington and begin a long trek across Iowa. One nice thing about driving, particularly across familiar terrain, it gives one time to think and reflect. As the miles of 1-80 crept past, I did just that. I surmised that you can go home again, if you are prepared to face changes. Those changes are not only reserved in people and places you go home to. Changes also come from inside one's self. Moving to a new location, getting a new perspective and how you perceive things from that new i vantage cause change, loo. 5 Home is where you make it. The home of my past will always be Burl-' ington. The home of my present and ' future is Sioux City, j Maybe that's why you can never go ' home again. Because it's here. I Mark Fageol is chief photographer I for The Journal. By Bill Zahren Journal staff writer A partner in the company that wants to operate a riverboat on the Missouri River in Sioux City said Wednesday the company wants to make the area into a national tourism attraction. John Schagen, half of Fried-Schagen Inc., told the Missouri River Historical Development corporation that he is thinking big when it comes to the proposed Sioux City riverboat. MRHD is formed of representatives of various areas of the city and will hold the gambling license for the riverboat if such a license is issued. The group held its first meeting Tuesday night. Gambling on the riverboat was approved by Woodbury County voters in September. "We want to make this not just a local gambling attraction, but a national tourist attraction," said Schagen. To do that, he and partner Franklin Fried of San Diego, have assembled a wide variety of investors with the finances and knowledge to take the boat beyond "a local gambling attraction," he said. Schagen also said the boat would be connected to a larger development surrounding where it docks in Sioux City. That development will be the topic of discussion between Schagen and city officials today. He declined to be specific, but said the on-shore development would "evolve over a period of years." That evolution would present many opportunities for local businesses to ride the wave of tourism on the riverfront, he said. At first the area will involve Iowa arts and crafts, a farmer's market and things "of 100 years ago." He declined to get into the specific proposals he has for the city, but did respond to questions about a "theme park" without giving any details about any proposed park, except to say it is "just one idea." "We have a unique development plan and a very simplistic development plan. It is up to the city and what we decide we want to do and what land is available to us," Schagen said. Some members of MRHD also asked to see disclosure statements showing the background and financial strength of Fried-Schagen. "I don't know if the guy is worth $25,000 or $25 million and I've done VI ' Pi " , a 1 S n 14 A .1 Colette King and three of her children Aaron, Sarah and Lisa look through a medi cal publication's article detailing King's lymphoma treatment. (Photo by Jan Watson) Woman undergoes variety of treatments for lymphoma By Jan Watson Journal correspondent SCHALLER, Iowa - Colette King finds time to raise five children, play the church organ and hold down a part-time job as church education coordinator. But the 35-year-old Schaller woman also has to budget two days every fifth week for trips to Iowa City where she undergoes treatment for a rare form of lymphoma. In 1980, when King was pregnant with her third child, she noticed reddish patches of skin on her ankles. It didn't itch or bother her, so she didn't think much about it. By 1984, the reddish patches had progressed to other parts of her body and King sought the help of a dermatologist who diagnosed psoriasis. A second opinion produced the same diagnosis and medical officials told King she simply "just had to live with" the ailment. Not completely satisfied, King decided to try one more doctor. She went to the McFarland Clinic in Ames where Dr. Robert Sprowell recognized the skin scaling and pat-chiness as mycosis fungoides, a type of T-cell lymphoma. He had seen the condition only once before years ago when he was a medical student. "Dr. Sporwell sent me to Iowa City right away," says King. There she became a patient of Dr. Warren W. Piette in the department of dermatology at University Hospitals. King's therapy has progressed through several conventional treatments for lymphoma. First, she was put on a drug therapy program in which she took 50 milligrams of methotrexate once a week. Then it was decided to use psoralin ultraviolet "A" light that exposed King to three minutes of ultraviolet rays in a booth. For that treatment, King had to travel to Omaha three times a week. Later, the treatments were reduced to twice a week and eventually to once a week. "Anyone who has to do a lot of traveling for outpatient treatment should contact human services or call the cancer hotline (1-800-4-CANCER). They sometimes reimburse you for mileage and various expenses," says King. Presently, King is being treated by a new therepy extra corporeal photopheresis. That treatment involves having a small portion of her blood removed from one arm by a machine and separated into its various components. The white blood cells and plasma are exposed to ultraviolet "A" light which "kills" the cancerous white blood cells that have been sensitized by the drug. King remains hooked up to the machine for nearly four hours while her blood is being drawn and separated and while the white cells are being treated with the ultraviolet "A" light and finally returned to King's circulatory system. The process is repeated again the next day. "It really works," King says. "I feel a lot better. I've got more energy, less skin discomfort, more vitality." King says, "They believe this treatment may prove effective for rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and lupus " Trustees vote to add Christmas lights to skywalk over 4th Street By Dave Dreeszen Journal staff writer Another downtown skywalk bridge will be decked with Christmas lights this holiday season. The Skywalk System Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to purchase lights for a north-south bridge on Fourth Street connecting the Terra Centre and Jackson Plaza. This is the first time the board has purchased lights for a skyway bridge. However, two private organizations, The Terra Centre and JCPenney, have purchased lights for skyway bridges. Terra Centre bought lights for bridges connecting the center to Ramp A of the downtown parking garage and the Toy National Bank building, said Patty Heagel, the city's project manager for the skywalk system. JCPenney purchased lights for a bridge connecting the Martin Tower Apartments and the Town Square. The lights for the skyway bridge connecting the Terra Centre and Jackson Plaza is expected to cost $900, Heagel said. The board also will pay to install the lights. The board also made a committment to purchase lights for one bridge each year. There are six more bridges in need of lights, Heagel said. The request for the lights came from Greater Downtown, an organization of downtown retail officials. The organization has agreed to install the lights purchased by the Terra Centre and JCPenney, she said. In other business at Wednesday's meeting the board: Learned Lew Weinberg, owner of the Martin Tower Apartments, would wait until next month to request a $10,000 grant to help pay for a skyway opening. The proposed opening would be the first in the east-west skyway between Pierce and Nebraska streets. Heagel said the request has been delayed until Weinberg receives the necessary information from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The board has a grant program to encourage more skyway openings by paying part of the costs. Received two proposals from architectural firms to enhance the directional system of the skyways. The proposals came from Building Design Group of Sioux City and Yamamoto Moss, Inc. of Minneapolis. Members of the board will review the proposals next Wednesday and then make recommendations to all of the trustees at the December meeting. Market suit jurors continue talks A U.S. District Court jury is scheduled to enter its third day of deliberations today in Sioux City in a federal lawsuit involving 15 Midwestern cattlemen who claim they were victims of an unlawful market manipulation. Jury deliberations began Tuesday afternoon and continued Wednesday without a verdict in the civil suit filed against Hawarden, Iowa, native Thomas H. Diltmer and REFCO Inc. of Chicago. REFCO began in 1969 in Sioux City as Ray Friedman and Co. Friedman is Dittmer's stepfather. The plaintiffs allege that Dittmer and REFCO acted unlawfully lo corner the 1979 commodity market, and that such acts caused financial harm to the cattlemen. They allege that Dittmer and REFCO violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, the Commodity Exchange Act and the Sherman Act by entering into a conspiracy with others to manipulate the cattle futures market. They are suing for financial compensation of damages they claim to have suffered because of the alleged illegal manipulation of the market by Dittmer and REFCO. While the U.S. Department of Agriculture was saying the cattle outlook for 1979 was "bearish" because of the number of cattle on feed, and the presence of increasing quantities of poultry and pork on the fresh meat market, attorneys for the plaintiffs claim, Dittmer was telling his REFCO brokers and others the market was "bullish," or favorable for an increase in prices. enough business with developers to know that sometimes you end up burned," said John Gleeson, chairman of the Sioux City Chamber of Commerce board. MRHD president Betty Strong said the committee's executive committee had already committed to Fried-Schagen, but the information Gleeson asked for would be provided. Schagen said that information is also needed for the application for a license with the state Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission and will be available to committee members then. Ex-KCAU executive Turner joins KTIV j n Turner By LynnZerschling Journal staff writer Community and broadcasting lead er William F. Turner, former longtime head of KCAU-TV, has been named vice presidentgeneral manager of crosstown rival KTIV-TV by the new owners of the NBC affiliate. Turner said Wednesday he expects to assume his new duties by the end of November upon Federal Communications Commission approval of the transfer of ownership of KTIV, Channel 4. The New Jersey Herald, Inc. is purchasing the station from American Family Broadcast Group. The New Jersey Herald is a subsidiary of Quincy Newspapers, Inc., Quincy, 111. "This will be quite a departure for me, but I am really excited about this," Turner said, noting he had served as presidentgeneral manager of KCAU, Channel 9, the ABC af-fialiate, from 1966 to 1985. For the past four years. Turner has been special assistant to the president of Citadel Communications Co., Ltd., owners of KCAU. In 1987, he also served as acting director of broadcaster congressional relations for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Washington, DC. Turner, 60, will replace Ron Johnson, KTIV's general manager, who will remain with the American Family Broadcast Group. Turner said he plans no staff changes at Channel 4. "There are a lot of employees there that I know. In fact, Dave Nixon got started in television with me a ' number of years ago," he said referring to KTIV's anchorman. "There's been a tremendous tradition of quali- ty at 4 to build on and I hope to assist them in reaching greater heights." Turner said the job offer came from the Oakley family, whom he has known for more than 20 years. "We are longtime broadcast friends. It's not very often an individual gets the opportunity to stay in his own community which he loves and gets to go to work for some friends who have made a major purchase in your community," Turner said. Thomas A. Oakley, president of Quincy Newspapers, Inc., said in a news release, "We are thrilled to have Bill Turner join our QNI team once the sale is finalized. He has a distinquished record of service to the Siouxland and the broadcasting industry. His goals for business and most importantly, community service, match perfectly with ours." Turner pointed out Channel 4's new owners have owned the Quincy newspaper for five generations . "They are very, very community oriented," he said, adding, "And, I think it should be pointed out we have professional broadcasters purchasing this facility ." He said he first met the Oakley family while working for KOTA Radio and TV in Rapid City, where he worked from 1954-66. A 43 year veteran in broadcasting. Turner received the prestigious Grover C. Cobb Memorial Award earlier this year from the NAB. Currently, he is a member of the Sioux Gateway Airport Authority and is past president of the Sioux City Chamber of Commerce. He is a former commissioner of the Iowa Development Commission and trustee emeritus of Briar Cliff College. Magistrate Myers pleads not guilty Jeffrey T. Myers, Woodbury Coun-ty magistrate, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to have control of his motor vehicle. Myers appeared before Sioux County Magistrate Thomas McGill of Rock Valley, Iowa. McGill, seated on a Woodbury County bench, was cull ed especially by officials of the Third Judicial District to act in the case. Charles Thoman, Northwest Iowa area prosecutor for the Iowa attorney general, represented the state, and attorney Phillip Furlong represented Myers. Trial on the charges was et tor 1:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Myers' ability to respond to McGill's questions was hampered because his lower jaw was broken in two places in the Nov. 1 accident He has since returned to the bench, however, presiding in small claims court Police say Myers was not at the scene when they were arrived at an accident in the 4:((X) block of Stone Park Boulevard to which they had been called about 2 a.m. They found a car had gone off the road and had shattered a utility pole. When police found blood in the car they became concerned the victim might be wandering aimlessly or be unconscious in the vicinity. Because of the rural nature of the area they called for help from the Marian Air ( are helicopter, which used its powerful spotlights to help scan a wide area on either side of the road The helicopter was used about three hours in that search. Police said the car, valued at $38,0oo, was damaged beyond its value, Myers called police from his doctor's office the morning after the crash to say he had lost control of the car when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer Dittmer and others then took large deliveries to increase cattle prices in the June and August 1979 live cattle contracts, planning to deliver them in October of 1979, while urging customers to purchase long futures positions in October and December of 1979, causing prices to rise in the October and December contracts, the plaintiffs allege. They claim that deliveries of live cattle and cattle futures Dittmer and others had initiated added up to $3,890,685 by Oct. 10, 1979. Trading opened Oct. 1 on CME at 71.3 cents a pound for October and 75 4 cents a pound for December, attorneys for the plaintiffs contend, but after Dittmer's deliveries or notices of intent to deliver, prices dropped substantially in both contracts WMHM.HiJ!lfn7 3 Workshops planned for social workers The Northwest Area Service Center of Lutheran Social Service in Sioux City will host a Western Regional In-service Training Program for its staff today at the center. Approximately 60 agency social workers and therapists from Sioux City, Spencer, Demson, Council Bluffs and Atlantic will attend the all-day event. Seven workshops will be offered The workshops will include: "Play Therapy," led by Knud Knudsen and Denise Marandola, therapists at the Sioux City office; "Foster Care Recruitment" and "Grief and Depression," led by Jerry Christensen, office director for Lutheran Social Service's Cedar Rapids office; "Treatment of Sexual Abuse Victims," led by Helen McDonald, office director at Spencer; and "Crisis Intervention and Anger Management," led by Bill Glienke, social worker at Spencer. Don Sturdevent, Department of Human Services social worker at Spencer, will present two workshops: "Dependent Adult Abuse Training" and "Child Abuse Training." Sergeant Bluff farmer acquitted of theft Sergeant Bluff farmer Charles A. Kerr has been cleared of criminal charges that he sold levied corn. Kerr, 60, was acquitted Tuesday by a Woodbury County District Court jury of first-degree theft charges Prosec utors had alleged that, on Dee. 12, 1988, he sold more than $12,000 in corn that had been levied upon by the sheriff's department and secured by First National Bank. Police investigate child abuse case Police are investigating a complaint of sexual molestation lodged by a 12 year-old girl The girl said she was molested in August by her mother's male companion. The incident occurred in Riverside, she told police

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