The La Crosse Tribune from La Crosse, Wisconsin on November 6, 1974 · 23
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Wednesday, November 6, 1974
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La Crosse F rioune, Wednesday, November 6, 197423 Election A ctivities Joel Sandager, left, 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Sandager, 638 12th Ave. N., Onalaska, sneaks into the voting booths to check on what mom and dad are doing. They were voting in Onalaska s 2nd Ward. At right, Ruth Arnoldy, 406 N. 2nd St., La Crescent, stuffs multicolored ballots into multicolored boxes in a La Crescent polling place. Ripley Beats By Tribune Correspondents Moderille Ripley, a Republican, and Mauston police chief defeated James W. Sweeney, and appointee of Gov. Patrick Lucey, in a hot race for sheriff in Juneau County Tuesday. In Crawford County, Sheriff Raymond Childs was defeated in a re-election bid. In other county elections in Southwestern Wisconsin, voters continued their traditional habits, returning Republican incumbents in usually Republican counties and Democratic7 in What's ; Happening... ' In Wisconsin Hearing Set On Proposed Lake MADISON, Wis. (AP) A hearing is slated Nov. 15 at Phillips at which Price County will be given a chance to respond to an environmental impact statement on its proposal to dam Pine Creek and form a 1,400-acre recreational lake. The Department of Natural Resources scheduled the session after being ordered to do so by a circuit judge who set aside an agency order denying a permit for the dam. The judge said he had found nothing to show that the impact statement, dated June of 1973, was ever made public. Domain Strike Settled NEW RICHMOND, Wis. (AP) Domain Industries Inc., announced settlement Tuesday of a strike against two of its packaging machinery plants and said a new two-year contract, which will expire Oct. 31, 1976, was ratified by members of District 77, International Association of Machinists. The union workers last Thursday struck Doboy Packaging and MRM-Elgin division at two plants at New Richmond. Terms call for a wage increase of 13 per cent, equal to 55 cents an hour the first year, and a reopener for wages only in the second year. In Minnesota Coal Strike Impact Feared ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) John McKay, director of the Minnesota Energy Agency, says the shortage of coal that could result from the impending nationwide coal strike could produce a shortage of fuel oil and gasoline in Minnesota. If the strike isnt settled in 60 days well all be biting the bullet. Everybody is going to be short of fuel oil. McKay said every effort should be made to settle the coal industry dispute so as to alleviate rather than add to the economic problems facing our nation. Physician Fees Rise 10 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) A recent survey found that average fees charged by Minneapolis-St Paul area physicians for 23 common medical and surgical procedures are up 10.7 per cent over a year ago, or less than the 12 per cent inflationary rate for the over-all national economy during the past year. But it is the largest increase in three years. The median charge for taking out a youngster's tonsils is now $125, up $5 from a year ago, for gall bladder surgery, $410, up $50; for normal child delivery, $250, up $5, and for a spinal tap $23. no change. cumbents in usually Democratic counties. There were a few variations, however.- ' Ripley received 2,871 votes to 2.058 for Sweeney, a Democrat who was appointed by Lucey a year ago to fill an unexpired term. Richard E. Tyler, an independent, made a surprise showing, receiving 1,168 votes. He has been police chief at , Wonewoc for eight years. After losing to Ripley for the GOP nomination in September, he ran as an independent. Lucey In other races, incumbent county treasurer Eleanor Sullivan gained another term by defeating Democrat Mary Koca. Leo J. Czys, Republican, defeated Gilbert W. Saylor Sr. for county coronef, getting 3,207 votes to 2.511 for Saylor. Loma Stark, Republican, won the clerk of circuit court office, defeating Ann M. Wopat, Democrat. 3,174 to 2,781. Republican Lawrence Larson, incumbent, retained the register of deeds office, beating Bernard O. Clements, 3,613 to 2,534. William F. Gaigan was unopposed for county clerk, and Michael T. Solovey had no opposition for district attorney. Both are Republicans. In Crawford, Childs, a Republican, was unseated by Democrat William C. Fillbach by a vote of 3,338 to 1,884. Other incumbents remained in office. County treasurer Martin E. Sprosty, a Democrat, defeated Republican Charles F. LaPointe, 3.870 to 1,244 and Republican coroner Douglas C. Rice beat Democrat Jerold J. Matousek, 3.043 to 1.881. Republican Michael T. Kirchman won the district attorney race over independent Gary M. May, 2,530 to 1.612. Incumbent county clerk Milo J. Cooper and clerk of circuit court Paul L. Paulson, both Republicans, were unopposed. In the only contested Monroe County election, incumbent coroner Arnold Degenhardt, a Democrat, was defeated by Republican Gary Winningham. a Sparta medical technologist. The vote was 4.085 to 3.552. Degenhardt. a Norwalk farm implement dealer, was appointed to the post by Lucey in 1973. Other county races were uncontested. with the incumbents," all Republicans, keeping their of Petersen's Retirement Saddened By Watergate WASHINGTON (AP) - Henry E. Petersen's first 25 years at the Justice Department were overshadowed in the 26th by the Watergate investigation and accusations that he bungled it In the 27th year, the charge lingers and stiU rankles as Petersen ends his government career. His retirement Dec. 31 was announced Tuesday. Hardly anyone outside Washington noticed as Henry Edward Petersen scaled the bureaucratic ladder from a lowly job as an FBI clerk to the powerful position of assistant attorney general in charge of the department's criminal division. But millions watched during those stormy Senate Watergate committee hearings in 1973 when Petersen exploded in anger on national television. Under Lis direction, the original Watergate investigation had yielded only the indictments of the five burglars and G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt Jr. The White House high command was untouched when the probe was turned over to a spe Appointee fices. They were county clerk David Haring, treasurer Patricia Harrie, sheriff Ray Harris, clerk of courts Eleanor Austin, district attorney Ralph Osborne Jr., register of deeds Nettie Chapel and surveyor Harley Sime. Incumbent Republicans easily won re-election in contested races in Vernon County. With 42 of 43 precincts reporting, county clerk Roger Novy defeated Chris Hendrickson, 4,-448 to 3.223; treasurer Alvin M. Hauge defeated Elvin T. Fortney. 5,228 to 2,751 ; clerk of circuit court Morris Moon beat Harold Ostrem, 5,417 to 2,075, and Dist. Atty. Larry A. Sieger won over Alvin L. Woodmansee, 5.261 to 820. With the exception of Woodmansee. an independent, all challengers were Democrats. Incumbent sheriff Geoffrey Banta and Coroner Winnifred Ofte, both Republicans, were unopposed. Incumbent Democratic Sheriff Wayne Holte withstood the challenge of a Republican depu- Homemakers To Aid Area Vision Clinics BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. Jackson County Extension Homemakers will help the Jackson County Nursing Service conduct Lazy Eye Clinics to detect visual defects in the eyes of 4-year-old children. The clinics will be in Black River Falls at the Co-op Credit Union Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Nov. 19 at the Alma Center Legion Hall from 9 to 11 am.; Nov. 19, Hixton Village Hall from 1 to 4 p.m.; Nov. 20, Melrose Village Hall from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; and Nov. 21 at the Jackson County Bank from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. cial prosecutor. Petersen lashed out at his critics, his raspy voice rising in fury. That case was snatched out from under us when it was 90 per cent complete!" he shouted. Throughout the ensuing Henry E. Petersen ty. Maurice Scow, to win m Tuesdays election in Trempealeau County. Ho'te received 4,004 votes to Scows 3,417. Democratic incumbents in two other contested positions also won handily in the county. Democrat Monica Liley defeated her Republican challenger, Ronald McKelvey, for coroner, 4.209 to 2,917, and Democratic Dist. Atty. Romah Feltes defeated Republican challenger Frederic Berns. 3,983 to 3,286. Re-elected without opposition were Harold Tomter, a Democrat, county clerk; Bennett Anderson, Republican, county treasurer, and Evelyn Maldonado. Republican, clerk of circuit court. In Jackson County. Deputy Treasurer Delores A. Walton, a Democrat, was elected county treasurer with 2,730 votes to 1,-552 for her Republican opponent, Betty Easley. Re-elected without opposition were Clerk Virginia Emerson. Sheriff George Johnson, Coroner Darold Strandberg. Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Meek, Dist. Atty. Thomas Lister and Register of Deeds Lyle Larson, all Democrats. The incumbent district attorney in Richland County, Edward J. Fink, a Republican, was turned down in favor of his Democratic opponent, William P. Vogel. Vogel got 2.955 votes and Fink, 2.402. Vogel was the only Democrat on the county ballot. County incumbents, all Republicans, won without opposition. They are County Gerk Bernal Coy. Treasurer Marie Davis. Sheriff Charles M. Cupp. Coroner Richard Edwards. Clerk of Circuit Court Carl Gunnill, and Register of Deeds William Blackburn. months, Petersen fired blunt retorts at those who suggested he soft-pedaled the prosecution. Few critics questioned Petersen's integrity, but they argued that he trusted when he ought to have questioned. The familiar temper flared on one occasion when reporters raised Watergate questions. Petersen gripped a chair, his eyes flashed, an unruly lock of hair fell over his forehead and he stormed, I am not a whore! I walked through a minefield and came out clean." Petersen. 53, told reporters Tuesday he hasn't decided what to do but has no plans to write a Watergate book. "The events of the past couple of years have taken their toll . . he said. "I feel that my credibility has been affected and I think that's tembly important in a job such as the assistant attorney general." Another factor in his decision, was a federal pay system that makes his salary only $100 a month more than his retirement pay will be, he said. Money Search May Ease Opposition To Room Tax La Crosse and area hotel and motel operators may be planning to reverse previous opposition to a hotel and motel room tax as a means of expanding the services of the Greater La Crosse Convention and Visitors Bureau. Thomas Woulfe, president of the convention bureau and a vice president of the La Crosse County Motel Association, said the step is under consideration and may be suggested to the La Crosse Common Council in January. Woulfe said that move or some other that hopefully would raise a minimum of $50,000 a year shoudl raise La Crosse convention revenues from its present $2 million a year to close to $10 million annually. We are directly Competing with Green Bay, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Rochester, Madison, Eau Claire, Stevens Point and Eagle River, Woulfe said. Woulfe said a key objective of the group is to obtain a full-time executive director by the spring of 1975 a position he estimated would require at least a $15,000-a-year salary. Money is also needed for publication of convention maps, folders, and guides; arrangement of courtesy cars, buses, buttons and conventions; funds to bring more conventions here; and in some cases, provision of the Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium free Elections Are Old Hat For Ex-Deputy Clerk By PAT MOORE Tribune Staff Writer Elections are old hat for Ruth Christiansen, 142 S. 9th St., a 4th District poll worker. For 23 years until her retirement in March 1973, she was chief deputy in the county clerks office. For all but a few months of that time, she served under former County Clerk Esther Domke, who retired in 1972. She had little time to talk Tuesday. A steady stream of voters in the lobby of Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium kept the five poll workers busy. By 1:20 p.m., 370 had voted. In some past elections, that was more than the total number who had voted in the district by closing time. The total vote for the 74 primary was 301. Do you think its the Washburn School issue thats bringing them out? she asked poll worker Beth Ryan, lhh3 King St. Dont forget to vote on the referendum, Miss Christiansen told an elderly woman. I don't know anything about it, the woman said. And I don't vote on anything I dont know anything about. My children are grown and out of school. Miss Christiansen remembers those elections in the county clerk's office. You were always waiting for that last town to bring the ballots in. And presidential elections were double the work that any other one was. You got so many absentee ballots. In those days the county clerk sent them out for the whole county. Now the city clerk and the town clerks take care of absentee ballots At 8 p.m.. after the polls closed, we used to watch the lights go on on 3rd Street, she says, recalling the years prior to 10 years ago when state law requiring taverns to remain closed while the polls were open was changed. Emma Bakken, 228 N 10th. another 4th District poll worker, remembered the elections before the voting machines were used in city wards ( 1946. We used to have to count all the ballots by Thomas Woulfe to a convention group. Woulfe said the convention bureau is operating on a current budget of about $15,000 to $20,-000 a year. He said motels provide most of the money, but conceded that collections dont always meet the voluntary totals suggested. Quinn Johnson, manager of the Greater La Crosse Chamber of Commerce, said the convention group receives some chamber support, including provision of quarters and a fulltime secretary. But he said the chamber is not able to fully fund such a group, particularly since the convention group is a separate organization from the chamber of commerce. Woulfe said the convention bureau group is to meet Friday to discuss ways of expanding its operations. The motel association is to meet in December, and may come up with a decision on how it wants to get more funds. Woulfe said the convention hand. Sometimes it was later than midnight by the time you got home. In most towns in the -county, ballots are still counted by hand. The county offices should be nonpartisan, one elderly gentleman said. For a legislative office, thats a different thing; buth they should change that for county offices. By 1:50 p.m., 390 persons had voted in the 4th District. Poll workers seemed pleased. But it was still a small percentage of the 1,518 registered voters in the district. Shortly after the polls closed the phone in the county clerks office started to ring. Clerk Joan Dahl jotted down the results from the 1st District. By 9 p.m. official yellow ballots Ruth Christiansen In 4th Wards Polling Place Election Day Busy For Former Deputy County Gerk bureau has doubled convention ' income from $1 million annually ' to $2 million annually in the past 18 months. He said motels and hotels get about 28 per cent of the local convention dollar, restaurants about 27 per cent, -and the remainder spread among other firms and businesses. Biology Careers To Be Topic Of Program The faculty of Viterbo College biology department will present an informational program on career opportunities in the field of biology Saturday. The program, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will acquaint high school students ' with the variety of present and future careers available in biology. The discussion will field such questions as what biology is today, what type of academic preparation is required, where the competition lies and salaries , that can be expected. Parents, students, and teachers may attend. There is no registration fee but advance registration is required. Luncheon will be served courtesy of Viterbo College. Registration should be made with Stephen Clark of the Viterbo biology staff. covered tables and counters. It was surprisingly quiet for the . number of people who milled ' around. They included newsmen, some aldermen and supervisors," some kibitzers, but no can- . didates, other than County Clerk Russell Fiedler. By 10:45 p.m. with the results in from 37 of 49 precincts, it was easy to spot many of the candidates. Newly elected District . Attorney Eld Nix was being inter- -viewed. Defeated incumbent 95th District Assemblyman Lawrence Gibson, his victorious . opponent, Paul Offner, and re- -elected incumbents. Sheriff Bill Black, 94th District Assemblyman Virgil Roberts, ; Clerk of Circuit Court Jack Frost . and County Treasurer Chuck Whaley, all put in appearances.

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