Sioux City Journal from Sioux City, Iowa on November 20, 1990 · 1
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n n ESMill Creek site preservedpage A4 EHealth Insurance may save moneypage A4 mm Area The Sioux City Journal Tuesday, Nov. 20, 1990page A3 John Quinlan -' Moving is a lot of fun. J It's almost as much fun as visiting a dentist, watching a Minnesota Vikings football game, listening to Roseanne Barr sing, or walking across town in wet underwear. .""Or ... in the immortal words of Norm Peterson ("Cheers"): "It's a dog-eat-dog world, Sammy, and I'm wearing Milk Bone underwear." I I'd rather be in Philadelphia ... or Poughkeepsie ... or wherever than in Sioux City the week that we make pur next move. Which is this week. ; Since I'm not here (at work anyway), this was written last week and I have no idea what today's weather , ifvill be like. It is, I presume, simply awful. I The temperature is probably well below zero, and it is either raining or sleeting or snowing. Probably all of the above. And one or all of the Quinlans will fee suffering from the flu or some fcther debilitating malady, in addition to their already acquired aches and pains. . Two weeks before the big move, Wife Susan was suffering from some kind of ulcerous condition, Daughter Heather was suffering from a broken finger, and I was anticipating my next back attack. i One week before the big move, the tyeather was incredibly, unseasonably wonderful. I; By sustaining the proper level of pessimism about future moving plans, it is altogether possible we will be pleasantly surprised if it isn't knowing and the temperature is only $ degrees below zero. And we survive. At least we know we can't be (.disappointed. . I That is what I call proper prepara- tion for moving day. ! Sort of getting your mind right, 1 Cool Hand Luke style. J Some people will give you the Jusual moving advice, about notifying (your utilities, post office, phone company, cable TV people and the .like, collecting boxes and how to x',properly pack your belongings. X; That never really prepares you for ' the inevitable day, however. Nothing does. '. The weather has to be awful this ;time for the simple reason that our ;last two moving experiences were so decent. Luck doesn't last forever. . We were shocked in fact, that .when we moved into our last home $n Glenwood, Iowa. It was shirtsleeve weather and it was February. Probably the warmest February in the history of that usually nose-lumbing month. ; Moving in November, in fact, makes about as much sense as get- iing married in November. ; At least we didn't do that. ; No, we waited until December so we could take off on a honeymoon during a raging snowstorm. : Hoping to reach Kansas City our .first night, we got no farther than St. Joseph, Mo. But since a honey- mooner really needs nothing more Elegant than a decent motel room, we ;didOK. Maybe we will survive this move after all. 1 ' And maybe not. ' Part of the problem is that we have ;way too much stuff. Some people would call it junk "treasured stuff like books, records, 'knick-knacks, videotapes, clothing ;and other collectible-type things which seem to reproduce on their jwn. Hundreds of books. Hundreds 5of records. I "This stuff has made each move rnore threatening, more frightening, more oppressive, more, uh, just IMOREthan the last. ; For every lost sock, we have acquired a dozen pieces of no-longer-wearable clothing. ' For every book loaned away, dozens more have sprung up to replace it. j The last time we had a rummage sale part of a block sale one young member of our family acquired about as much "stuff' from neighbors' sales as we were able to get rid of ourselves. . When I left home nearly 20 years ago, it took only two car trips to ftiove all of my worldly belongings. And that seemed like an awful lot at the time. ; Today, two cars couldn't accom-rnodate half of our clothing. ; And that's after I finally got rid of jny Nehru jacket. John Quinlan is a Journal copy fditor. amps OMAHA (AP) Lower releases in winter, a shortened navigation season and a balancing of upper basin reservoirs are highlights of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 1991 operating plans for the Missouri River, corps members said Monday. Brig. Gen. Eugene Witherspoon, Missouri River Division Engineer, said he had delayed making his decision on the corps' annual operating plan until after a meeting of the Missouri Basin States Association in Denver on Nov. 13-14. The associa- !!on. S0UZh alternatives to the pre- lunmary Plan re'eased by 'he corPs on 0ct- l' but dld not reach consen- Dixon County will bid to court clerk after 32 By Marie George Journal correspondent PONCA, Neb. Irma Foulks, only the third clerk of district court for Dixon County since 1900, will retire in January after 32 years on the job. She will be replaced by Jackie King, the winner in the Nov. 6 election. Foulks was the first woman to be elected to a political office in Dixon County, and at that time few women with small children held jobs outside the home. One of her chief concerns was arranging care for her three children, then ranging from 3 to 10 years. Her husband was supportive, she says. As it turned out, she says, "It was a good decision.' ' When Foulks first attended state conventions for clerks of court, she was one of the few women in attendance. Gradually the group became about half and half, and today few men are clerks of district court, she says. She has held the position of district court clerk longer than any other clerk in Nebraska's 93 counties. Without a moment's hesitation, Foulks says the increase in the number of child support cases is the biggest change she has seen in the district court system. When she took office, her office was processing five cases of child support. Today, the office is processing about 120. State and federal laws have put teeth into child support cases, greatly increasing record-keeping needs, she says. She also notes a great increase in the number of divorce cases. She attributes this somewhat to the change from needing to prove a reason for the divorce to the current Dunes clubhouse will close Jan. 1 Members of the Dakota Dunes Country Club attending tonight's annual meeting will be told the clubhouse will be shut down during the first three months of 1991. The closure, which will affect some 20 employees, is due to the seasonal nature of the golf business, according to Paul Mankowsky, who joined the Dakota Dunes Country Club last August as general manager. In its peak business months, the club has about 60 employees, but many already have ended their employment for the year. The layoff will involve primarily food and beverage workers, he said. ' "We are anticipating a very busy December and a very good holiday business," Mankowsky said Monday. "Next spring, the golf course and all related facilities will open as normal." In a letter to employees, Mankowsky informed them that the clubhouse will close on or after Dec. 31. The closing already has been approved by an advisory board of the Dakota Dunes Country Club, he added. Although the golf course and clubhouse will operate during the opening months of the 1991 golf season, they will close when the new course and clubhouse open at the Dakota Dunes development across Interstate 29. Mankowsky said the new facilities are expected to be South Sioux pick-up changes SOUTH SIOUX CITY - The Thanksgiving Day holiday on Thursday has caused a change in the garbage pick-up schedule for some South Sioux City residents. The garbage pick-up schedule for residents living south of 21st Street will be advanced one day to Wed remain on Missouri River sus on a modified proposal. Releases from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota this winter will continue at minimum rates to conserve water in the Missouri River reservoirs, the corps said in a news release Monday. The current rate of 9,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) will be maintained as long as weather allows. Releases will be increased during periods of freeze-in to prevent loss of municipal drinking water or powerplant cooling water. The 1991 navigation season will mirror the 1990 season if drought conditions persist, the news release -4 X " ' """""" ', ; fr J $m mwmMmMMM -nr.,- - mi-nr to3" ! j K ' , .. ' ' ' . 1 j After 32 years on the job, Irma Foulks retires in January as Dixon County clerk of district court. (Photo by Marie George) requirement to simply state that the relationship is irretrievably broken. Through the years, record keeping has changed from documents written in long hand to being typed. Today, computers and copy machines make life in the office easier, Foulks says. As Foulks reflects on the eight terms she has served as clerk of district court, she says she finds it hard to reconcile her experience with an often popular proposal to limit elected officials to one or two opened by mid-summer. "Right now, we are planning on the Ben Hogan tournament being played again on the existing course. If the new course is ready, of course, the existing course will close," Mankowsky said. With the new facilities open, he continued, the future of the existing ones (known as the Sioux City Boat Club until two years ago when purchased as part of the Dakota Dunes development) is uncertain. Mankowsky said, "I am not sure what will happen to the clubhouse. We will maintain the course on a minimal basis and somewhere down the road it will likely be used on a semi-private basis. It is, and has always been, a very popular course." He also dismissed reports that the 100-year-old course will be torn up, noting such an idea makes "no sense financially." The Sioux City Boat Club held its centennial in June 1989. Construction of the new Dakota Dunes Country Club has begun and it is expected to open a short time before the new course opens for play. When that opening occurs, the existing staff will move to the new work sites. "We are not viewing the closing as a negative. The real emphasis will .be on opening a new world class facility. We feel it will be one of the premier clubs in the country and be one that the Sioux City area can be proud of," Mankowsky said. nesday instead of Thursday. The garbage pick-up schedule for residents living north of 21st Street will be Friday as regularly scheduled. South Sioux City city offices and the library also will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving Day holiday. said. It will open one week later than normal in the spring and close four weeks earlier in the fall with minimum service flows. Season dates will be from April 8 to Nov. 1. The plan allows for extending the shortened season if the drought breaks or above normal runoff occurs next spring, the release said. The benefits of the additional water would be shared both upstream and downstream with increased reservoir storage and the opportunity to move next fall's harvest on the river in November. Releases from Garrison Dam, in North Dakota, will be reduced about goodbye years terms in office. "You lose a lot of experience" by doing that, she says. She says she has no special plans for her retirement "Just take it easy, and see what pops up." She says her career has been rewarding. "If it wasn't, I wouldn't have been here 32 years, she says. feel I've been able to help people, and I've been a listener when peo ple have wanted to come in to talk." i;(i'j:ikiiiiH:io Sioux Cityan jailed on murder charge A second Sioux Cityan has been scheduled to stand trial Jan. 29, 1991, on charges of first-degree murder for the Nov. 4 fatal stabbing of Kelton DeCora. Phillip Henry Creek, 28, remains jailed in lieu of 5500,000 bond awaiting trial in Woodbury County District Court. He has entered a not guilty plea to one count of first-degree murder. DeCora, 32, of Winnebago, Neb., was stabbed with kn'ves and beaten with a tire iron in the early morning assault in the 400 block of Douglas Street, police said. Police reported that a group of men were involved in the fight, and that a number of them fled when officers arrived. Also in jail awaiting trial in connection with DeCora's death is Elias Walter Wanatcc, 21, Sioux City. Man posts bond on intent charge Abel Orizmwendi Tellez, 28, 2103 W. Fourth St., appeared in court Sunday on allegations of going armed with intent. District Associate Judge L. M. Goldblatt set bond at $6,000 and ordered Tellez to appear for preliminary hearing Nov. 28. Police said they found Tellez punching Sheryl Morris, 32, also of 2103 W. Fourth St., and said Morris told them Tellez had cut her finger with a knife. She refused medical attention. Tellez posted 10 percent of his bond for release from jail. Husband in court on gun shooting Larry Mitchell, 33, 1215 Vi Villa Ave., appeared in court Monday on allegations that he fired two pistol shots at his fleeing wife. District Associate Judge L. M. Goldblatt set a preliminary hearing for Nov. 29, appointed a public defender and set bond at $6,000 each on allegations of going armed with intent and terrorism. Police said Mitchell got into an argument with his wife, Trina, at the residence, went outside to get a .38-caliber pistol from the glove compartment of his car, and when his wife fled from him, fired two shots at her. Mitchell remained in jail Monday. City youth robbed at knifepoint Three men used a knife to rob a Sioux City youth Saturday night, but got no cash. The youth, whose name police withheld, was walking in the vicinity of West 15th and Dale streets at midnight when the alleged robbers put a knife to his back and demanded money, the youth said. He gave them his wallet, which contained no cash, he said. The three assailants each were described as Asian, about 25, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 140 pounds. Marketplace store plans Brio play day Toys & Treasures International is sponsoring a Brio play day Saturday at its Marketplace store. A collection of wooden Brio trains and Briomec construction sets will be displayed for children and adults to play with. The trains, toys and construction sets are made of beechwood. 3,000 cfs less than past winters as a further conservation measure. This effort could leave the reservoir 2 feet higher than it would have been without the reduced releases, Witherspoon said. "Releases will not be increased from Garrison Dam next spring to help the fish spawn in Lake Oahe," Witherspoon said. "We presented an option in the draft operating plan to help the battered fishery in Lake Oahe should the drought continue. Following coordination with officials from both North Dakota and South Dakota, we have modified that idea. "We will do our utmost to balance Lawyer wants funds to find Jill Cutshall MADISON, Neb. (AP) -Believing a missing Norfolk girl may still be alive and in possession of her captors, an attorney representing a man charged with the child's kidnapping filed a motion Monday seeking funds to investigate reported sightings of the girl. In a motion filed with Madison County District Judge Richard Garden, attorney David Domina said nearly 6,000 pages of police reports Domina received on Nov. 14 contain 100 or more "apparently credible" sightings of Jill Cutshall, who has been missing since Aug. 13, 1987. Domina's motion asked the court for $10,000 in additional funds to hire a private investigator to follow up on the possible sightings. Domina also said the "tardy disclosure" of the police reports by special prosecutor James Smith of Hastings may force Domina to seek a delay in the start of the trial, tentatively set for Dec. 10. Garden is tentatively scheduled to hear the motion on Wednesday. Domina represents David Phelps, a former Norfolk resident, who was arrested on a grand jury indictment charging him with Jill's kidnapping. Smith's wife and secretary, Barb Smith, said Domina received the police reports at the same time Smith did. She also said the search for Jill never has stopped and the prosecutor is ready to go to trial. In his motion, Domina wrote, "The very best possible evidence of the defendant's innocence would, of course, be to locate the victim and to ask her what occurred to her. The next best evidence would be to locate, interview and follow-up with thorough investigation of the statements of credible witnesses who have seen Jill Cutshall alive since her disappearance in August 1987." Most of the reported sightings were in the north-central United States, in what Domina called a clams the levels in both reservoirs during next spring's spawning season, but if inflows are insufficient to do that, releases will be adjusted so that both will fall equally. Lake Oahe is the reservoir that typically falls in the spring during times of drought," Witherspoon said. The annual operating plan will be re-evaluated during a public meeting in April, when accurate snow accumulation figures are available and runoff forecasts can be made. If inflows are not adequate to support the proposed balanced reservoir levels, adjustments will be made in consultation with affected governors. "The very best possible evidence of the defendant's innocence would be to locate the victim." David Domina David Phelps' lawyer "chronologically and geographically significant cluster." He said the Norfolk Police Division has expended as much effort as could have been reasonably expected in its investigation. But, Domina said, the distant sightings forced Norfolk police to rely on law enforcement agencies in Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. There is nothing to indicate whether local authorities received meaningful assistance from those outside agencies, Domina said. Norfolk Police Chief Bill Mizner said they checked reported sightings of Jill as best they could and Domina's request for a private investigator was a judgment call on Domina's part. The Associated Press called Jill's mother, Joyce Cutshall, for comment Monday but no one answered the telephone at her home. The motion contained harsh words directed at Smith, saying the prosecutor's conduct threatens Phelps by posing a "chilling dilemma" between the right to a speedy trial and the right of the defendant to see all information known to the prosecution. Test may give clue to find missing man Medical tests are being done to determine whether a small piece of flesh found near the site of last week's Nutra-Flo Chemical Co. explosion belonged to a man still missing from that explosion. "We are working with the county medical examiner on that," Lt. Gary Brown, executive director of Woodbury County Disaster Services, said Monday. "They will be comparing blood types. We want to see if it belongs to the victim who died at the hospital after the explosion or belongs to the man who is still missing." Officials are searching for John Abraham, 25, 3700 2Sth St., who was one of two employees welding on top of a tank when vapor inside exploded, hurling them off. The other worker, Jimmy Allen, 52, rural Hor-nick, Iowa, was killed in the Thursday morning blast. Brown said omciais searcnea the i i . i riveroanivs aim nvcr uiitc again Monday seeking the missing man. Nothing was found. The piece of flesh was found on the shore . Pay For Your WANT AD In Advance And SAVE 7. 32 In Cash! 3 Lines jF Days oiv3 26 Extra Lines Art M.00 Each. When Paid In Advance MasterCard Or Visa Accepted CALL 279-5092 OR CALL TOLL FREE 1-800-397-3530 8 am - 5 pm This rale is for non-commercial advertisers only and must be paid in advance. Sorry, no refunds on early cancellations, 5 lines maximum.

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