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By The Associated Press Winter-like weather that dumped more than a foot of snow on the upper Midwest ground its way toward Canada today, trailing low temperatures, gusting winds and some heavy snowfall. The National Weather Service said the storm at midmorning was pushing through upper Michigan and Wisconsin and said winds as high as 40 miles an hour were common in parts of Minnesota and northern Iowa. Many roads throughout the Midwest closed by the blizzard remained blocked by snowdrifts. Travelers advisories for blowing and drifting snow continued in effect today for Blizzard Immobilizes Upper Midwest Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin and eastern upper Michigan. A heavy snow warning was issued for western upper Michigan, with four inches or more expected during the day. The blizzard through this morning dumped 14 inches of snow at Canby, Minn., 13 inches at Bemidji, Minn., 12 at Watertown, S.D., and 11 at International Falls, Minn., the weather service said. Snowfall was heavy, too, in parts of North Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. ' ; Sunny skies were reported after daybreak in western and northern Minnesota, among the areas hit hardest the last two days, and motorists left stranded through the night were headed for home. Residents of eastern South Dakota burrowed out from under snow drifts, too, to resume normal activities in the aftermath of the early blizzard. Two deaths in Minnesota were blamed on the storm, which began Tuesday night. Michael Muzzy, 23, of Thief River Falls, was struck and killed by an industrial loader as he worked to remove snow Wednesday near his hometown. And a motorist, Sandra Kerzman, 25, of Ward Springs, was killed Wednesday morning east of Sauk Centre when she was struck by a car while trying to signal for help. County authorities said an elderly man found frozen near Agri-Women Deem Strike a 'Disaster' GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A national farm strike proposed by Western wheat growers was described Wednesday by farmers' wives as a disorganized over-reaction to "the financial problems squeezing U.S. agriculture. "They are angry and emotional, but they have no program," said Joan Adams of Buffalo, Okla., newly elected national coordinator of American Agri-Women. Sharon Steffens of Grand Rapids, Mich., current AAW coordinator, said the strike advocates "haven't thought this thing through. We have not endorsed the strike." The AAW, a 3,000-member organization of farm women in 33 states, is holding its third annual convention, having been formed in Milwaukee. A big topic among the 200 delegates is the call by the Colorado-based American Agriculture Movement to halt production Dec. 14 and refuse to buy supplies in hope of forcing the government, to increase crop price supports to 100 percent of parity. Mrs. Adams, president of Oklahoma Women for Agriculture, said attendance at strike-promotion meetings has been good, but that audiences seem to be heavy with persons who are more curious than committed. A college agricultural spokesman, Sister Thomas More Bertels of Manitowoc, said strike participation figures would be suspect in the winter when farmers aren't necessarily plowing and buying anyway. "It's easy for a farmer to say he won't buy a tractor now, but wait until spring when the (implement)dealer calls," she said. Some farmers "feel pushed to the wall, but this will not help," she said. "It is a demonstration calling attention to a difficulty. But as a policy, it is a disaster beforehand." Stimulus Program: No Impact Until Next Year WASHINGTON (AP) — President Carter said today the nation's unemployment rate has levelled off at 7 percent and that he does not think his economic stimulus program can begin to have a substantial impact before next year. "It's a tedious, slow process," the president told a nationally broadcast news conference. Carter said the "general worldwide economic slowdown" is causing unemployment problems in all nations, a situation he said he hopes will improve next year. Carter noted that the economic stimulus package passed by Congress early this year contains $21 billion for programs designed to reduce joblessness. He said the full amount would not be pumped into the economy until next June. Carter also said he expects to endorse within a few days a modified version of full-employment legislation that has been an issue since the 1976 presidential campaign. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Huber H. Humphrey, D-Minn., and Rep. Augustus Hawkins, D-Calif., sets a goal of an adult unemployment rate no higher than 4 percent within five years and would have the government provide jobs for people who couldn't find them otherwise. Carter said he agrees with the concept and his staff is negotiating changes in the details of the legislation. Weather Sunrise 7:19 SunsetS:36 Clear and much warmer Thursday night. Lows In the upper 20s. Sunny and warmer Friday with highs in the upper 50s. Southwesterly winds 5 to IS mph Thursday night. Temperatures for the 24 hours ending 7 a.m. Thursday. Max. Mil). Free. Dodge City 43 22 GARDEN CITY 43 17 Goodland 36 17 Russell 41 24 Garden Sass If you really want to meet your expenses, Gus Garden says, go home to your wife and children. Perham on Wednesday had apparently died of natural causes not related to the storm. In South Dakota, Gov. Richard Kneip and the state's budget officer, Rich Garry, remained stranded in Sioux Falls today after flying in Tuesday for meetings with lawmakers. They were sealed in when the airport was closed. "Hopefully we'lj get the state plane over there at noon," said Dan Garry, the governor's aide in Pierre. The Highway Patrol still was advising against travel on roads in the extreme eastern part of the state. Snow plows were hampered by cars and trucks stranded along the roadways, they said. Schools and businesses in most of eastern South Dakota remained closed today. Most of the storm's punch— with winds gusting to 65 mph— was absorbed Wednesday by western Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and the Dakotas. Winds knocked down the top 600 feet of the 700-foot transmitting tower of KRSW, the FM station of Southwestern Minnesota Public Radio, south of Chandler. The Minnesota National Guard set up emergency shelters Wednesday and looked for people stranded in the har- desthit areas of the state. Fifty cars were stuck in deep snow along Interstate 94 Tumbling Terminated This tumbleweed's tumbling days seems to have been flying rather have ended since it got hung up on a than tumbling because It is telephone pole ground wire during suspended about 20 feet off the the high winds Tuesday. The weed ground. john.Monu-e Zoo Gates to Be Locked; New Visiting Hours' Set New visitation hours at the Lee Richardson Zoo were established Wednesday by the Garden City Commission. New zoo hours are 8 a.m. to one-half hour after sunset. In the past, without adequate means of control, 11 p.m. was set as "closine time'' Elks Lodge Dining room has now reopened.—Adv. for the zoo and any unauthorized persons caught in the zoo after that time could be fined $25-$100 and sentenced to 10-90 days in jail or both. The same penalties are in effect for the new zoo hours which are to be enforced by locking the gates on the recently-installed fence around the zoo area. The fluctuating closing time for the zoo—one-half hour after sunset—was decided upon in order to allow for the change in seasons and the annual change back and forth from daylight savings time to standard time, according to City Manager Deane Wiley. Maytag Self-Service laundry-64 machines. On Fulton across from Wheat Land Motor Inn.—Adv. near Fergus Falls. The sheriff's office said two turkey trucks were among vehicles stranded on state Highway 210 and many of the birds froze to death. Hotels and motels were crowded Wednesday night. "We've got strangers ... sharing rooms," said Roger Dohrmann, manager of the Castaway Hotel and Restaurant in Detroit Lakes, Minn. A motel owner in Alexandria, Minn., reported turning away at least two dozen people. Guardsmen then turned an armory into a dormitory for weather refugees. Gov. Robert Ray mobilized Iowa's National Guard to help pluck 150 to 200 people stranded along a 20-mile stretch of highway south of Sioux City. But before the guardsmen arrived, local residents organized a makeshift platoon of snowmobiles and four-wheel drive vehicles and began rescue work. "We've got a genuine February blizzard in November," said Lyon County Sheriff Craig Vinson. Gusts whipped up to 65 mph. In South Dakota, a convoy of four-wheel-drive vehicles took four hours to crawl 38 bliz- zardswept miles between Salem and Sioux Falls to take Daniel Thorne, 22, of St. Paul, Minn., to a hospital after his legs were crushed in a high- way accident. A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper, who helped in the convoy, said: "When one of us got stuck, the others helped him out and that's the way we made it." A school bus carrying the Grand Forks (N.D.) High School girls' basketball team to a game in Jamestown, about 120 miles to the southwest, was pulled from the shoulder of a road after it had been stalled for about two hours. After the bus was returned to the snow-packed highway, Coach Pat Sullivan said, "It took us 6% hours to travel 78 miles." Garden City Telegram 15c a Copy GARDEN CITY, KANSAS. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10. 1977 Vol. 49 16 Pages -No. 9 Stevens FB Wants Armstrong to Resign HUGOTON, Kan. (AP) The Stevens County Farm Bureau called Wednesday for the resignations of John Junior Armstrong, president of the' Kansas Farm Bureau, and Allen Grant, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, for their nonsupport of a proposed farm strike. The resolution will be presented to the membership of the state Farm Bureau at its annual meeting in Topeka Dec. 4-7, according to Walter McClure, who helped draft the measure. The western Kansas farmer said he did not know how much support the resolution would elicit, "but at least we will bring it up and then see what happens." The resolution, signed by 10 members of the Stevens County Farm Bureau's board of directors and presented at a Farm Bureau listening post in Ulysses, critized both top officials for their stand on the strike. "Everybody just sat there real quiet, they didn't say a thing," McClure said. "I thought there was a feeling in favor of what we're doing but it was really cold yesterday, there was just no response." A group called American Agriculture has called on farmers to halt production and Vets Day to Be Observed In observance of Veterans Day Friday all city and county offices will be closed. Money will be even harder to come by, because all Garden City banks and savings and loan associations also will be closed all day Friday and Saturday. Garden City Telegram will publish as usual. Veterans Day ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. at the Fine Arts auditorium at Garden City Community College. Chief Assistant Attorney General Don Hoffman will be the featured speaker. The event is sponsored by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. V ARMSTRONG . . . happy here but not applauding action in Stevens County. all unnecessary buying Dec. 14 if Congress does not raise support prices for their crops. In a letter to county Farm Bureau offices last week, the state organization said the strike could not be supported by the Farm Bureau because of possible violations of antitrust laws. According to the resolution, "We feel at this time we need strong leadership which will step forward and help preserve our farm heritage during this recent movement by concerned farmers and ranchers. We have seen a reluctance and a weakness in our Farm Bureau leadership. Therefore we are submitting this resolution requesting a resignation from both Kansas Farm Bureau President John Junior Armstrong and American Farm Bureau Federation President Allen Grant." The resolution also called Farm Bureau leadership "detrimental" and claimed it has been "projecting a bad influence to our cause by releasing untimely statements which are in effect stating Farm Bureau policy without proper authorization from the voting membership." McClure said that when he and three other board members presented the resolution, other Farm Bureau members attending from Stanton, Haskell and Grant counties seemed shocked and cold. At least six county farm bureaus in Kansas have drafted resolutions supporting the strike. (Armstrong, contacted Wednesday night by Harris News Service, declined comment, saying he would wait to read the resolution and talk to the people who approved it.) Man Dead in Wake Of Lethal Cloud PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) Brisk winds pushed a cloud of poisonous ammonia gas from a freight train derailment out over the Gulf of Mexico today, after the vapors killed one man and forced evacuation of at least 1,000 people from their homes. The evacuation was ordered Wednesday night as the gas spread through residential sections here and in neighboring Santa Rosa County. By dawn police in Pensacola, in Florida's panhandle, reported the toxic cloud over Escambia Bay on the Gulf. Thirty persons were treated for ammonia inhalation and six were hospitalized. The train's crew members escaped injury, authorities said. Officials identified the dead man as Dr. John R. Thorshov, 38, a pathologist at West Florida Hospital. Authorities say the gas from three derailed tank cars 40 feet away swept over his home. His wife Lloyda, 38; their daughter Daisy, 4, and son Gangee, 16 months were all reported in critical condition. "Nina Ricoi" Hoovers.—Adv. only at Late Utility Payment Penalties Stiffened Garden City Commissioners Wednesdy passed an ordinance setting new procedures and penalty fees f£>r handling late-paying utility customers. The new policy will go into effect with the next set of city utility bills sent out by the city clerk's office. Effective then, second and final notice sent to a late customer will be sent by registered, return-receipt mail instead of regular first class mail as it has been in the past. To compensate for the additional time and cost of sending the seconfl notice, an additional $3.50 charge will be made to customers to. who the second notice is sent. As proposed by the city staff, the ordinance would have set a $1.50 charge for the second notice, but the commission voted 4-1—Commissioner John Miller dissenting—to up the penalty to $3.50. The charge for reconnecting meters which have been shut off for failure to pay also will be increased from $2.50 per meter to $5 per meter. (The normal 10 percent late penalty will remain in effect. City Clerk Tim Knoll said he hoped the new policy would cut down on the number of utility customers who repeatedly let their utility bill go until they are past-due before payment is made. By cutting down on the number of past-due payments, Knoll said, the time required to process the bills will be cut, saving time and money in the city clerk's office. In presenting the ordinance for the commission's consideration, City Manager Deane Wiley used payment record in the northern section of town as an example for the need of the new policy. There, he said, 3,023 utility bills were sent out on Oct. 9. Those bills, he said; stated the amount due on or before Oct. 25, with a 10 percent penalty to be added if payment was made Oct. 26 or after. On Nov. 3, 280 second notices were sent to people in that section of town who hadn't yet paid the bill which was sent on Oct. 9. That second notice notified the past-due customers that if the bill was unpaid after an additional five days, the utility service would be disconnected. As of Tuesday—the end of the five-day extension—142 of the bills remained unpaid. According to the city clerk's records, 99 of the bills remained unpaid as of Wednesday afternoon. Thursday—three days after the five-day extension has expired—the remaining 99 past- due customers were to be contacted by telephone or personally by a city employee and told that if the bill isn't paid within two more days (34 days from the original billing) service will be disconnected. When the service is cut, generally to both water and electric meters, a $2.50 charge per meter is assessed for reconnecting the meters. Knoll estimated that 20-25 of the customers may be disconnected before they finally pay the utility bill. "They always seem to find the money when the electricity gets cut off," Knoll said. Under the new policy, the second notice would be sent by registered return-receipt mail (at a cost of 98 cents per notice to the city) and there will be no telephone or personal contact after the five-day extension is given. Were the new policy in effect now, Knoll said, 99 customers would have been disconnected in the billing period example Wiley cited. Cost to reconnect the meters will be $5 per meter under the new policy, unless the service is performed after hours or on a weekend or holiday, Knoll said. Then, an additional charge will be billed to the customer to cover the overtime charge for the serviceman to reconnect the meters. \ \.

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