The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on June 8, 1974 · Page 4
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Saturday, June 8, 1974
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Sewage treatment plant ' *City *Grease Continued from page 1 are cleaned every year due to the accumulation of sludge. Friday morning city officials discovered eight feet of accumulated pig hair in the secondary digester. The grease and animal rendering waste products from Metro Meat upset the entire plant operation, according to Harland Wasviek, plant operator. The primary clarifier has a 40-foot diameter. Friday afternoon a one-inch film of grease covered the top of the tank. A skimmer removes the grease from the holding tank, Wasviek said. City employees must empty the tank full of grease every morning. The sprinkling apparatus on the trinkling filters are cleaned twice a week. The sprinklers were cleaned Thursday. Some of the sprinklers were clogged Friday afternoon — due to accumulated grease — according to Fritz Lauber, sewage plant maintenance man for eight years. Wasviek noted that the aeration of the waste water was a critical stage in sewage treatment. Sewage treatment employees have had difficulty maintaining the proper con- centration of oxygen mixed with the water due to the accumulated grease, Wasviek said. After leaving the final settling tank, the water should be clear. Before the water leaves the chlorinating tanks and enters the river it should be clear. Friday afternoon it wasn't. There remained a substantial film of grease floating atop the water in the . chlorinating tank. Wasviek and Lauber are able to remove 90 per cent of the remaining grease in the chlorinating tank, but it must be done by hand. After the waste water is mixed with chlorine, a trickle of the mixture is run through a testing device in the main control room. A filter in the testing device had accumulated a film of grease Friday morning, Lauber said. Plant maintenance requires four to five hours each day for each man. The grease only makes maintenance more difficult, Lauber and Wasviek say. "It never used to be like this before the Metro Meat plant opened up — once in a while (when National Tea operated the plant before selling to Metro in 1971) but never like this," Lauber said. The grease has been coming through for two years, and it's To Your Good Health By Dr. George C. Thosteson NO SPECIFIC LISTOF'GASSY FOODS' Dear Dr. Thosteson: I have been troubled with bouts of "gas" in the lower abdominal region. I find I am relieved by eliminating some foods from my diet but it is just guessing and trial and error. Can you please advise specifically what foods are responsible for producing gas 9 — E.S. You are falling victim to a commonly held but incorrect idea that there are certain foods which are "gassy" and others which are not Some folks are sensitive to certain foods, other folks eat exactly the same foods with impunity. Think of it in terms of allergy — some people are miserable from hay fever; others may not have any trouble with ragweed but are sensitive to certain flowers, trees, dog or cat danders, or whatever. Same way with foods. It isn't that there's anything inherently "gassy" about anything you eat. It's a question of which ones cause a reaction in you intestine. Sorry not to be able to give you a cut and dried list — bul the fact is you are going about it the right way already. Trial and error, and avoiding the things that you find cau» trouble. » Dear Dr. Thosteson: After X- rays I have been told I have a hiatal hernia but the only thing I was told to do was eat smaller portions at a time. Do you have a pamphlet on this? — E.L. Indeed I do: "Hiatal Hernia and Eight Ways to Combat It." There's lots more to it than eating smaller portions. Send 25 cents and a long, stamped, self- addressed envelope for the booklet. Dear Dr. Thosteson: Could you reprint an article you had about numbness in the arms and hands? My husband works on the docks and does a lot of heavy lifting and has been working 12 and 13 hours a day for several months. Every time he lies down his arms and hands get numb, especially the two middle fingersononehand. What coulc we do to ease the discomfort sc he can sleep better? What typt of doctor would deal with this problem? — Mrs. C. I have some doubt whether there is anything you can dc yourself to relieve the dis comfort, but I'll tell you what 1 most certainly would do if I had that trouble. The numbness implies son* interference with a nerve track, or perhaps more than one oi them. Hence I wouW go to a neurologist and let him pinpoint the source of the trouble. For a rather common situation, your husband may have some arthritis in the neck spine, or for some other reason developed a change in the shape of one or more of the vertebrae in me upper spinal column. It is not unusual for changes in bones to be so minute as not to cause trouble when standing up — but a shift in their position when lying down can exert pressure, perhaps very slight, on nerves where they emerge from the spinal cord. If that proves to be the case, brief, regular periods of spinal traction may produce enough separation to relieve the slight pressure. Again, the trouble may become more severe and require some more elaborate treatment by an orthopedist. But in any event, the first thing you need is diagnosis and a neurologist is the specialist who is trained for that sort of diagnostic work. What are ulcers? How should they be treated? What can you do to help rid yourself of ulcers and stay rid of them? For answers, read Dr. Thosteson's helpful booklet, "How To Heal Peptic Ulcers and Keep Them Healed." For your copy write to him in care of this newspaper, enclosing a long, self-addressed (use zip code), stamped envelope and 25c in coin to cover cost of printing and handling. Dr. Thosteson welcomes all reader mail, but regrets that, due to the tremendous volume received daily, he is unable to answer individual letters. Readers' questions are incorporated in his column whsnever possible. HOG HAIR - TWi if a btcket of compacted bog hair, rawed from the secondary digester at the city sewage treatment plant. Tte secondary digester is the final stage lor removal of solid wastes from city sewage. Treatment plant personnel removed eight feet of compacted hair from the secondary digester Friday morning. been getting heavier all the time, particularly during the last three months, Wasviek said. Plant Manager Calvin Larson noted that the sewage treatment plant was not designed to handle the. type of waste released from the Metro plant. "We try the best we can, but due to the amount of grease, we're overloaded," Wasviek said in a resigned manner. "We can't handle it." DRIVER ED GETS ASSISTANCE NEW YORK (AP) - Driver education, one of the more costly subjects taught in our schools today, is heavily assisted by private business, to 1972, approximately $138 million worth of cars were loaned to schools by local dealers. Many classroom materials are also provided. CoBtiNied from page i The May » letter from Neumann to Heimel orders the company to "effect substantial removal ... of grease, hog toenails, hoofs and paunch manure prior to discharge in the city's sewage system." In addition, there have been complaints by the Department of Public Safety to Heimel and Neumann of grease overflows and that plant odors are in violation of the city code. "This is one of the most difficult problems the city council has ever faced, since it affects the jobs and'health of so many Fergus Falls citizens," Terry Nelson, council member and chairman of the city utilities committee, said yesterday. "We've bent over backwards trying to work with Metro Meat but have met with a distinct lack of cooperation. We've asked Metro to use extra equipment and extra men" to screen the effluent before it is discharged. "We've had assurances and promises but there have been no obvious results." At one time, city officials were promised by Metro representatives that a pump would be installed to remove sludge from the discharge. The pump is intended to lift the sludge to huge cooking vats where the fatty wastes would be cooked out of the liquid effluent and skimmed away, according to Don Eisenhuth, city operation coordinator. Metro installed a $100,000 waste water treatment system in September, 1972, designed to remove 90 per cent of the grease and suspended solids from the plant's effluent. At that time Heimel emphasized the company's commitment to help solve national and local pollution problems. One of the primary reasons that the discharge must be stopped is that the pump has not been installed as promised and the "cookers are operating inefficiently," Eisenhuth added. "The council is in full agreement," Nelson said later. "When Metro brings the plant up to standards, they'll be able to stay in operation. The council members are very concerned, we don't want to close the company. We hope the citizens understand that there just isn't any other way to go." Alderman Victor Arneson discussed the problem Friday afternoon after viewing the discharge at the city treatment plant. "We appreciate city industry, but we can't jeopardize thi health and safety of the entire city. The health of the public must come first." George Heimel Jr. and Heimel Sr. were unavailable for comment this morning. Israeli schools noting anxiety By ARNOLD BRUNER AsswUted Press Writer TEL AVIV (AP)-When the alarm flashed from frontier army units to police posts, every school in the ancient hilltop town of Safad closed and children were kept home. "Terrorists in the area," the alarm signaled Friday. Security forces conducted a thorough search and police pa- Joenke quits form post WASHINGTON (AP) - E.A. Jaenke, chief executive officer of the Farm Credit Administration, has announced his resignation. « Jaenke told a news conference Friday that he was leaving the position after 5'A years because "it is time for me to move into new and different fields." Jaenke spearheaded a major restructuring of the farm credit system that became law in 2971. He served as an agriculture official in the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson. * Judge Continued from page! poena for Nixon who will be out of the country. In other Watergate developments: —A staff report of the Senate Watergate committee asserts that the Nixon administration used the federal bureaucracy for political profit, apparently violating criminal laws in the process. The draft report, submitted to committee members and obtained by The Associated Press, describes operations of a White House "Responsiveness Program" set up secretly in 1971 to take maximum advantage of the power of government agencies to help Nixon's re-election. -Deputy White House press secretary Gerald L. Warren acknowledged that Nixon once expressed willingness to help Ehrlichman and Haldeman pay legal expenses. But Warren said Nixon never followed through. He denied a report that Nixon offered Haldeman and Ehrlichman financial help from a $400,000 fund controlled by Nixon's friend, C. G. "Bebe" Re- bozo. Other communities not meeting fluoride law ST. PAUL, Minn. {AP)- Although Brainerd is by far the largest, the State .Health Department says there are about 60 other Minnesota communities or housing subdivisions which have not fluoridated their municipal water system. Under a 1967 state law, communities were directed to add the chemical to their water supplies to help prevent tooth decay. Some Brainerd residents contend that fluoride pollutes the wate{ and they say some persons are allergic to the chemical. The Brainerd City Council has scheduled an advisory referendum on the issue for July 3. The State Health Department may decide to take legal action against the northern Minnesota city of 12,000 persons at its regular monthly meeting June Brainerd is among about 35 communities which has submitted fluoridation plans but has not installed the necessary equipment. Only two of the communities have a population of more than 1,000. They are Glenwood, with about 2,600 persons, in Pope County, and Waite Park, a St. Cloud suburb of about 2,900. The other communities which have submitted fluoridation plans but not yet installed the equipment are Brownsdale, Sargeant Waltham, MiUville, Peterson, Canton, Alberta, Beaver Creek, Boyd, Buckman, Deerwood, Dover, Emmons, Floodwood, Hammong, Herman, Hills, Ironton, Isle, Kandiyohi, Lake Bronson, Landfall, Milan, New Munich, New Trier, Pequot Lakes, Richmond, Utia, Watson, Wilroont, Winton, and Forest Hills, and Meadowbrook, housing subdivisions in Oun- sted County. Many of these towns are "taking a wait-and-see attitude" on the outcome of the Brainerd case, says Larry Mierau, public health sanitarian for southeastern Minnesota. "Officials in town without fluoridated water generally give two reasons why they haven't met the law," Mierau said. "First, they say their local water works operator is reluctant to take on the additional responsibility or lacks the skill needed." "However the state department has provided two training sessions for operators and is willing to send representatives to the communities to help them adjust to the new process." That view was confirmed by Everett Fay, city clerk at Canton, a community of about 400 persons in Fillmore County in extreme southeast Minnesota. "Fluoridation is just one of those things we've been dragging our feet on," said Fay. "The people don't want it here and the water works operator doesn't feel he knows how to adequately administer the chemicals." State Health Department officials point out that compliance has been voluntary in communities which make up 99 per cent oi the state's incorporated population. In addition to the 35 or so communities which have submitted fluoridation plans to the State Health Department but made no installation, there are about 25 communities or housing subdivisions which have apparently taken no action. The Health Department identified those communities as Bellechester, Bigfork, Chandler, Correll, Danube, Grey Eagle, Henderson, Leota Okabena.Otisco, Remer, Rockville, Shafer, Stewart, Underwood, Walters' Wglverton and Wrenshall, plus Bouton's subdivision in Clay County, Elmhurst subdivision ui Hower County, Elmwood Terrace in Freeborn County, and Osjorp and Cravath subdivisions in Olmsted County. Balmoral Pavilion Saturday, June 8 "TEBASUS" They will lap anything yog've heard yet! I BELTONE Hearing Aid Counselor TO HOLD FREE HEARING AID CONSULTATION River Inn Hotel, Fergus Falls, Minn. TUESDAY, JURE 11-11 a.m. to 1 p.i. Cords, Batteries and Repairs on all Hearing Aids IF HEARING IS YOUR PROBLEM BELTONE IS YOUR ANSWER BELTONE HEARING AID SERVICE 300 Main-Suite D, Fargo, N.D.-Ph. J37-W7 VERNON C. MJELDE, Distributor Certified Hearing Aid Audiotooist trolled the town. No gunmen were spotted and by noon the military command reported all was clear in Safad - the hometown of 22 school children who died during an Arab terrorist attack in the nearby village of Maalot last month. The false alarm was typical of the anxiety afflicting Israeli parents and security officials since the massacre at Maalot and the April slaughter of 16 civilians by Arab guerrillas in the border town of Qiryat Shmonah. "It is like the early days of the 1950s when terrorists were operating in the country and crossing from Jordan or Gaza," said an aide to retired Premier Golda Meir. "Only these days the terrorists are betfer trained than before, and prepared to die as suicide squads." Since the Maalot bloodbath, Israeli security forces have killed nine terrorist infiltrators crossing from Syria and Lebanon, and captured five more alive. Israeli schools are the main centers of anxiety. School authorities in dozens of places have hired private security firms and professional armed guards, and enlisted parent volunteers as additional watchmen. Tel Aviv has budgeted $250,000 to erect security fences around schools. Most Israeli schools have had guard fences and security regulations for years. But until the recent massacres, antiterrorist measures were largely neglected. The professionals are augmented by a newly organized force of oivilian volunteers, most of them assigned to patrol the streets at night, carrying rifles or pistols. tofts Falls (Mi.) Jurui Sal., Jim 8,1974- J Dairy princess is crowned PELICAN RAPIDS - Sue Wold, Underwood, was crowned West Otter Tail Dairy Princess here Friday evening. Annette Arvidson, Vergas, and Sonja Boyum, Battle Lake, were runners-up. Keating is married PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) Kenneth B. Keating, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, has married Mary Pitcairn Davis in private ceremonies at the bride's home in New Jersey. The ceremony on Friday night was attended by about 15 relatives of the bride and bridegroom. Many Sizes Fireproof Safety •~~— : : Chest Some Models as Low as S18.95 VICTOR LUNDEEN'S Office Furniture West Otter Tail County Fair Association -Offices Now Open for the 1974 Season- Monday thru Friday 9a.m. to 4p.m. Pick up applications now for booth rental in exhibit building and space rental on grounds. Also entry blanks for Roll-Over Congest and Demolition Derby. Telephone 736-6941 1974 Fair Dates are July 10 thru 14 HANKS SUMMER. - AHINT SALS 5'ALUMINUM I STEP LADDER | • Exlrixied lop. rails * and steps I • Slip-proof safely I leet | Valu-Rite LATEX WALL PAINT* .Truly an economical value .Ones in 20 minutes — no painly odoi .Soap and walei c'uan-up White (0265G) , • —j L-^J *"' fi ! -\. 2 t^-Rfte Reg. $3.99 \ ^INTS ;t FS/ r< r;. ; .- ,'fe' «, .s) Custom Co/or LATEX WALL PAINT • Easy to apply and to a velvety lla: finish • Choose fiom 1200 colors , • Ou Best Se.'lmg Wall Paml > Whuc anrj Light co'ors \ ,0eep and Neutial co'ois . .S5.99 i; i Vc»t '^fWEnnifn^ I i* •^ w i 14 77i Reg. $7.39 39 a ,J. 5 GALLON Oak Manor LATEX WALL PAINT OUB BES7 ... r>j» CM( Guirintetd Super quality Looks !^M a lia! — scrips ar> enarre: Wh.:e ar>d bghi cokxs $8.99 Sale Ends Saturday, June 15 HARDWARE 4" OREL ' BRtSJLE BRUSHj Reg. 519 Tapered polyester br.slies are "deal for all oa r.ts and var- msres HANK DARRALDand ALICE GRENIER, Owners 224 East Lincoln — Phone , JV-9721 — Fergus Falls —Next to Red Owl Store— -OPEN MONDAY THRU SATURDAY 8:00 A.M. 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