The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on March 5, 1974 · Page 3
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Tuesday, March 5, 1974
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National, world evenfs hove /iff/e effect on Roswe/l, S.D. By JAMES W. KOFSKI Associated Press Writer KOSWEU,, S.D. (AP) Many people tend to share the President's desire to get seemingly all-pervasive problems such as Watergate and the energy crisis behind us. Yeti there may be a few spots relatively untouched, as yet, by those concerns. Roswell is one such place. Koswell, population 32, hasn't changed much since Watergate and the energy crisis. "We've been holding steady for quite a while," says Mayor Mario Miller, 46. ••I don't feel the energy crisis will have much effect here," he says. And Watergate? "We don't discuss it. We don't talk about politics." leisure activities are more small-town oriented. ••If the weather's bad, people have card parties and visit the neighbors," says Miler's wife, Chris, 35. "And if it's good they take trips. ••I stay busy just keeping up the house," she adds. "And during the summer, gardening and mowing the lawn keep me busy." The couple's home is on a 100-by 125-foot lot. "This is the friendliest place I've ever been in," she says. "They're just real people. They don't even lock their doors when they go out." Mrs. Miller is a native of Bancroft, Iowa, population 1,000. She and her husband met in Sioux Falls three years ago and married last July. "Most of the people here are retired, and others own farms in the area," Mrs. Miller says. "It's a farm community," Miller adds. "Even if people are retired, they were farmers at one time." Roswell was incorporated in the 1800s under the Dakota Territory. "At its peak it had about 250 persons," Miller says. "But not too many young people are staying on now." "You can shout from one end of the town to the other," according to Mrs. Miller. Indeed. Main St., running off S.D. 34, is just three blocks long and has as many empty lots as buildings. There are 15 to 20 buildings in Roswell, including a Methodist church and an elevator. "There used to be three or four elevators," Miller says, "but they burned down a long time ago. I don't even remember any of them burning down. "Kire burned down a bunch of buildings in the commercial area," he adds. Now the foundations of a bank, two stores FARMERS CO-OP ELEVATOR Fergus Falls, Minn. Invites You to a SEED DAY THURSDAY, MARCH 7 Need help planning your cropping programs? A Northrup King Seed Information Specialist will be on hand. He w have management tips and recommendations to help you plan your total cropping program for maximum yields FARMERS CO-OP ELEVATOR Fergus Falls, Minn. and other buildings are overgrown. Miller has been mayor for the past 10 years, since filling out the unexpired term of his predecessor. "The last mayor got sick and resigned," he says. "I've never been opposed since then." Miller, who serves three- year terms, says there are 23 registered voters in Roswell. His salary as mayor is $2 per monthly meeting. He also is water superintendent, appointed by the town board and paid $10 per month. He says he has no further political ambitions. The town's water source is an artesian well 600 feet deep. Natural pressure forces the water up to within three feet of the surface, and a pump carries it to consumers. Other town officials are the president of the board, two trustees, a clerk, a treasurer and a constable. Miller appointed his wife constable last August and says her salary is "$12 a day, paid once a year." "1 asked for the job," she laughs, "not realizing it's $12 a day for one day, paid once a year. He adds an extra comma." Her salary, in effect, is $1 a month. "I haven't made any arrests," she adds. "No one's done anything. The biggest thing I do is answer the mail. People write in looking for people who have moved and want to know where they are. "One little girl in New York wanted to know what Roswell was like," she says. "She was studying South Dakota. It will be interesting to see if she stops by next summer. She said she would be in the area." That girl probably had a better idea of where Roswell is than one of Mrs. Miller's personal acquaintances. She said a friend once asked her how Roswell was affected by the flood in 1972 at Rapid City, 270 miles to the west. Roswell is 80 miles northwest of Sioux Falls, S.D. Miller wears a third hat in Roswell. Besides being mayor and water superintendent, he also is the postmaster. "The position was open in April, 1962," he recalls. "I had taken the Civil Service exam earlier." He was appointed by Postmaster Gen. J. Edward Day. His salary is $8,000. Miller works 6^i hours a day five days a week plus four hours on Saturday. As for the constable's hours, he says, "The executives are always on duty. "I work on the side now and then," he adds. That includes working at Roswell's only service station, owned by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Miller. There is a sudden influx of population in Roswell every year during the hunting season. "Hunting is kind of a tradition here," Mrs. Miller says. "It used to be the best right here for pheasant hunting. But it didn't last long this last year. People didn't get their limits." Any number of hunters is welcome in Roswell during the season. "They just come in with money," Miller says. "There's no limitation." The hunters often stay with families in the town. And some return regularly, staying with the same family year after year. "The custom is to give gifts to residents you get to know really well," Mrs. Miller says. "You get to be good buddies," Miller adds. His parents have received a two-level glass coffee table from their hunter guests. Miller is a handyman and built his own one-story home. l.ast fall he completed a religious shrine for Mary, using a bathtub set upright in a rock grotto in the backyard. "I used to tell the neighbors I would place a bathtub here for their benefit," he says. Kor a spiritual cleansing? Perhaps, but some of the issues that have preoccupied other communities in America seem to have passed Roswell by. And those communities may need a cleansing of their Watergates and other crises more than Roswell. BERDELLSKOGSTAD Hoffman man elected to post HOFFMAN - W. Berdell Skogstad, general manager of the Runestone Telephone Association of Hoffman, is the newly-elected president of the Minnesota Telephone Association, a trade group for 100 independent telephone companies in Minnesota. He will serve a one-year term in office. Painting saved by varnish NEW YORK(AP)-A thick coat of varnish on Pablo Picasso's monumental "Guernica" saved it from permanent damage when a man sprayed foot-high letters in red paint across it, Museum of Modern Art officials say. The 25 by 11 foot painting was quickly restored Thursday by museum conservators using a chemical solvent. The words "KILL LIES ALL" were sprayed across the masterpiece with a can of cherry red paint by a man identified by police as Tony Shafrazi, 30. "I'm an artist and I want to tell the truth," Shafrazi said as police took him from the midtown museum. Police said he carried an Iranian passport and lived at a $35 a week Manhattan hotel. He worked at times as a restaurant cook and was a fringe member of protest groups. Shafrazi was arraigned on a charge of criminal mischief and was released on $1,000 bail. On extended loan from Picasso's estate, "Guernica" memorializes the air attack on a Basque town in April 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. The painting has been widely regarded as priceless. But a museum spokesman estimated its value "in excess of $3 million." county court In County Court, five persons forfeited $15 bond each for failure to display 1974 license plates. They were: Terry Michael Boldingh, Breckenridge; Benjamin Henry DeLagoon, Fergus Falls Route 5; Janet Louise Hulleman, 212 W. Alcott; Lloyd Walter Paulson, Moorhead; and Patricia IMS Storeim, 524 S. Mill. Robert Earl Schultz, 723 W. Summit, was fined $20 for speeding. Three persons forfeited bond for speeding. They were: Franklin Theodore Morris Jr., Minneapolis, $23; Lyla Gertrude Pekarek, Pelican Rapids Route 1, $20; and George Richard Zender, Fergus Falls Route 1, $38. Bernard J. Maczkowicz Jr., Udgerwood, N.D., forfeited $15 for disobeying a flashing red light. Mark Frederick Nelson, 116 W. Channing, was fined $300 and sentenced to 30 days in jail for leaving the scene of a property damage accident; the jail term was stayed for one year on conditions set by the court. Gerald Richard Layman, Deer Creek, forfeited $25 for an improper turn. Charles Norman Parsons, 406 E. Cedar, forfeited $25 for having no Minnesota driver license. Bruce Allen Larson, Brandon, forfeited $50 for having an open alcoholic beverage container in his vehicle. Victim is identified MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Minneapolis police have tentatively identified the apparent victim of a hit-run motorist as Henry Tatum, 53, no known address. His body was found about 8:15 p.m. Sunday near the Cedar-Hiawatha Avenues underpass near Franklin Ave. Police said Tatum's hat was found 150 feet away from his body and personal effects were scattered between his hat and the spot where the body was found by a taxicab driver, indicating the victim had been knocked or carried on the front of the hit-run car for much of that distance. Alibi is rejected ST. PAUL,Minn. (AP)-The Ramsey County prosecutor used bank deposit records Monday in an attempt to refute the alibi of a 16-year old youth charged with third-degree murder in the shooting death of a Montgomery Ward security guard. Mark Allen Milter, Minneapolis, is one of three youths charged in the robbery of the St. Paul Montgomery Ward store Dec. 7, 1973. Mrs. Hazel Synstegard, 49, St. Paul, who was employed as a security guard, was shot and killed when she attempted to stop the holdup. Miller's mother, Mrs. Marianne Curry, had testified Friday that Mark stayed home from school because he was sick and that she could account for his whereabouts during most of the day, including the period when the robbery and shooting occurred. However, prosecutor Thomas Poch showed the jury a deposit slip from a bank Monday that showed the woman was not at home at the time of the robbery, but was in a Minneapolis bank conducting business. Poch also called "laughingly preposterous" the defendant's assertion that he at one time admitted participating in the robbery because he was told by a policeman that he would get light treatment if he admitted it. I Spring rains bring spring floods. Combine spring niins with sprint: thaw ;md you could easily h;i\v \\ vicious, destructive flash flood on your hands despite only an average winter snowfall. Spring rain can bring financial hardship. It can mean long, arduous hours of clean-up and irreplaceable lost time. You can protect yourself. With flood insurance now available to residents of many flood-prone areas. Get substantial protection for most private and public buildings; including dwellings, apartments, businesses, churches and agricultural, governmental and non-profu properties. Insure contents, too. Rates are reasonable. If your community lias been approved for the National Hood Insurance Program by the Federal Government, you should consider this important protection. Any licensed insurance agent or broker can handle your Hood insurance application. Call your local insurance agent now if you live in an eligible area shown below: Grant County THE ST. PAUL COMPANIES Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Since You Asked Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? vXvXxi&x-x-x-Xv A column answering questions vx-XvXvXvX-Xv X'X-x-XvX'X-x-Xv: submitted by Journal readers XvtvXvKvxXvX; QUESTION: My bank account is made payable to me or my son. I receive the interest as long as I live. Will my son be the owner upon my death or will the account have (o go through probate? QUESTION: If a person with only one adult child as heir has all property and money arranged with right of survivor is a will necessary? ANSWER: It would seem that both of the foregoing questions can be answered by the same comments. Normally, properties which have validly been placed in joint tenancy or ownership, with righljS to survivorship, will pass the survivor upon the death of one of the owners without the necessity of probate proceedings. As has been pointed out many times in this column, however, those properties may nevertheless be subject to Federal Estate Taxes and Minnesota Inheritance taxes and may require proceedings with or before the Federal Internal Revenue Service and-or the Minnesota Tax Department. A will is not necessary to pass ownership to a survivor with respect to all those properties validly placed in joint tenancy or ownership, with rights of survivorship. This does i:ot mean that a will is not necessary in all cases. It is difficult, if not impossible, to place many assets in joint ownership such as grain, livestock, other crops, farm machinery, jewelry, household goods, guns, sporting equipment and keepsakes, to name only a few. Thus it appears to the undersigned that a will may be a very desirable supplement even though an individual holds most of his assets in joint tenancy. Henry Polkinghorn Judge of County Court Probate Division . : . : . : . : . : . : . : (Address your questions to: "Since You Asked...," .-.-.-.•.•.•.•.• x-x-Xv BOX 506, Fergus Falls, Minn. 56537) :*x*x : : : : Fergus Falls (Mn.) Joirial Tues., Mar. 5, 1974 JQ NSP hike is offered ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) The St. Cloud City Council has offered to grant Northern States Power Co. (NSP) a 10 per cent increase in electrical rates, instead of the 15 per cent hike NSP had requested. However, council members did approve Monday night NSP's request for a 6 per cent boost in gas rates for St. Cloud consumers. St. Cloud eouncilmen had met several times recently with NSP officials to discuss the proposed rate increases. Councilman Gerald Williams said, "We felt this much of an increase (15 per cent) would not be justifiable." An NSP spokesman said the matter could go to binding arbitration if the NSP directors decide to fight for the full 15 per cent increase. More Security With FALSE TEETH At Anytime Afraid luU- (ecih will < at tlie wrong time? A dcntijn' adhesive cun hel[>. FASTKETIli 1'owclr-t Rives dentures a longrr, firrnor, sLi-adJrr hold. Why heembarrasKCHl? Kor more security unti comfort, use FAS- TEETH Dtnturc" Adhe.shv I'.iwdpj-. Dcindircs that fit are essential lo health. Sw your dentist regularly. Timely Tips on how to get the most from your FARM AUCTION SALE Select a newspaper that gets to the folks you want to reach. The Daily Journal is welcomed into 6,000 Farm homes six days a week. Make your ad big enough to be appealing. Your auction advertising is not the place to scrimp and save. Good-sized ads usually draw good- sized crowds . . . and this means more and bigger bids, more money for you! Handbills are important, but not nearly as important as your newspaper ad. Set up your ad or handbill — we can reproduce directly from a sale bill usually. You'll find that you can buy a bigger ad, and have a much more effective auction . . . and usually for less money, too! JOURNAL ADVERTISING PAYS YOU DIVIDENDS! Auction blank forms are free upon request to farmers, auction clerks and auctioneers. They will assist you in making out your auction. If you have had your machinery shedded; if you have high grade or purebred animals — be sure to mention it. if your machinery is new, nearly new or in excellent condition, tell these prospective buyers about it. It will pay you to do it right! PLAN EARLY, ALLOW TIME TO DO IT RIGHT St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company is ihcservicing comp.iny lor the National Flood Insurance program in Minnesota and ihe Dakota?. Allow the clerks, auctioneer and the Daily Journal ample time to do the job right. You cannot expect a good job from anyone of them if they get just a moment's notice of your intention to sell. Prepare your listings, have the vet test your cattle, get your ads ready so all of the potential buyers have time to read and remember your auction. The Daily Journal will list your Farm Auction date and location FREE in its auction listings, if you run your advertising with us. We will also give the general location of your farm so other auctioneers will stay away from your date and your location . . . wherever and whenever possible. It's another service we offer you. SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR SALE CATTLE AND HORSES . . .Groom and clean y every one. Make them look salable. Number I and tag each one. Have all the information | readily available to auctioneer and buyers. ' TRACTORS AND MACHINERY . . . Cleaned g u'p, oiled and greased. Good-looking, well- cared-for machinery brings more money. Know the best selling points of your equipment. CHECK WITH YOUR AUCTIONEER OR BANKER . . .They will both offer you their best advice. After all, their success is based on yours. There are many excellent auctioneers in this immediate area and practically every bank has a clerk who is knowledgable and will do his very best for you. HOGS, SHEEP . . . Keep them in small, graded groups, if possible. Display them in neat, clean surroundings if at all possible. If ungradable, or in different classes, pen them in small groups. MACHINERY, TOOLS, MISCELLANEOUS.. All should be clean and in good repair. Nothing discourages a buyer quicker than to wade through items not fit to be sold. CHECK WITH THE DAI LY JOURNAL.. .We will gladly assist you, your auctioneer or your banker in setting up your auction ads. We will suggest best days to run your ads, proper timing and even the right number of bills to order. This may be your first and only auction. Call upon our experience to help make it a good one! {Over 40,000 People Read The Daily Journal This Is the Place for Your Auction Ad .,. ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT 914 East Channing — Dial 736-7513 - Fergus Falls

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