Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on January 12, 1972 · Page 1
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At Sports Festival Guaranteed Purse 1U / — — For Snowmobiles A 100 per cent guaranteed purse will set the pace for snowmobile races at the Fourth Annual Estherville Winter Sports Festival according to Al Ringham, race chairman. Hie snowmobile races will be held on Sunday, Feb. 6, on the new half-mile earthen race track at the Estherville Municipal Airport, located three miles east of Estherville on Highway 9. Festival officials also report that they are expanding the warming area for racers and spectators, and that a heated tear-down area will once again be a feature. Food service will be provided at the race site, also. The Trail Breakers Snowmobile Club of Estherville is helping with the details of the United States Snowmobile Association sanctioned race. Both Rohlin Construction and Whitehouse Construction Companys of Estherville are once again providing free services to help condition the track and make facilities ready for the races. Crews from the City of Esther­ ville will also be assisting with clearing parking space and other such services. Registration for the races will be from 9 until 11 a.m. at the airport with a drivers meeting to be held by USSA officials at 11:30 a.m. Races will then start at noon with stocks to be first on the race bill. Other divisions will be modifieds, junior division and powder puff races. Trophies will be awarded the first three placings in each division, as well as the cash payoffs. Those who plan to enter the races with their snowmobiles are encouraged to obtain their registration blanks prior to the festival and to complete them as soon as possible to save on time race day. Blanks may be obtained from the Estherville Chamber of Commerce office or by writing Estherville Winter Sports Festival, Box 257, Estherville, Iowa, 51334. Admission to the races will be $1. USSA officials will be on hand Soeth Selected For West Point Mark Soeth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Soeth, Estherville, today was named one of four Northwest Iowans who are principal nominees to the United States Service Academies. Congressman Wiley Mayne (R- la.) announced his nominees for the classes beginning in the summer of 1972. Mayne was entitled to make two principal appointments to the U. S. Military Academy at West Point this year. Soeth and James 0. Volkert of dishing were appointed. Soeth is presently an honor student and senior at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo. . .•cW'>v^jii;t.-.^i/. >•»•.&.•.<< Mayne's appointee to the Air Force Academy is Leslie Garrison of Sioux City, while Steven J. Raher of Sioux City Is the appointee to the Naval Academy. The winners were among 29 candidates considered by the con-, gressman's district advisory committee. Letters of notification have also gone out from Congressman Mayne to alternate candidates selected for the academies. Alternates will receive appointments if for any reason their principals are unable to qualify. Congressman Mayne stated "Appointing these fine young men to our service academies is one of the most pleasant responsibilities a congressman has each year. The candidates were of unusually high caliber this year and the advisory committee had difficult time reaching the final decisions. I am confident those selected will be a real credit to Northwest Iowa at the aca- for the race to assure track safety and to settle questions involving the proper classes snowmobiles should enter. Racers under 21 years of age will be required to have their parents or guardians sign a special statement giving them permission to race. Portable bleachers for seating of spectators once again are being provided by the Lincoln- Central school district. Registration fee for stocks will be $15.; modifieds, $20.; powder puff,, $10. and juniors, $5. In addition, there will be a $2. insurance charge. All racers must be members of the U.S.S.A. Those who are not members may join when they register for the races on race day. Classes of competition will be as follows: Stock: Class A — o-250cc; Class B— 251-295 cc; Class C- 296-345 cc (rc-18 Wankel) and Class D - 346-400 cc. Modified: Class I - 0-295 cc; Class H - 296-340 cc (rc-18 Wankel); Class m - 341-440 cc; Class IV-441 - 650 cc; Class V- 651-800 cc. Junior Class: J-l-0-250 cc (ages 12-13); J-H - 251-295 cc (ages 14-15); and J -m- 296-345 cc (ages 14-15). Powderpuff (stock only): WC-I- 0-250 cc; WC -n - 251-295 cc; WC -m- 296-345 cc; WC-IV- 346400 cc; and WC-MOD 1-0-295 cc. A r* -i I v s s ues Moines, Iowa 50316 1- 1-70 AILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 70 Estherville, Iowa, 51334, Wednesday, January 12, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Court Mulls Iowa Remap Challenges DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Supreme Court had under advisement Wednesday three lawsuits challenging constitutionality of the 1971 legislature's reapportionment plan. Chief justice C. Edwin Moore said the court would give the reapportionment challenge top priority and recognized that "time is of the essence" because the case must be decided in time to allow persons running for the legislature this year to know what districts they will be in. The Supreme Court devoted five hours Tuesday to receiving briefs and final arguments in have the three lawsuits which been combined for trial. "If you have heard rumors that the court has been spending a lot of time on this case before receiving briefs and arguments, you can be sure that they are true," Moore told the standing room only crowd in the courtroom. He said the court's newest member, Justice K. David Harris, who was sworn in only Tuesday morning before arguments started, had worked with the court Saturday and Sunday on the reapportionment case and "we brought him up to date. "We have pushed aside vir­ tually all other work to permit concentration on this case," Moore said. Attorneys for the three groups which filed the suits contend the legislature willfully acted to create districts with wider population disparities than necessary, in order to preserve politically "safe" districts for incumbent legislators. They asked the court to throw out the legislature's plan and order into effect a plan developed by the Iowa League of Women Voters which has population disparities from the largest to the smallest districts of only .79 of one per cent while Responsibilities Go With New Rights for Under-21s MARK SOETH demies and thereafter in the services. I want to thank the members of the committee for their outstanding service to the people of this district at considerable personal expense and inconvenience. My congratulations and best wishes to the appointees and alternates, their families, teachers, schools and communities." Hurled from Bike HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) Ralph J. Schroeder Jr., 19, of rural Cedar Rapids, died in a Houston hospital Tuesday evening of injuries suffered two hours earlier. He was hurled nearly 90 feet after the motorcycle on which he was a passenger struck a car at a city intersection. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A bill to give 18-year-olds full adult rights and responsibilities was sent to the Iowa House Tuesday. • v -**~v The House State Government Committee voted unanimously to recommend passage of the bill which would allow 18- through 20-year-olds to purchase liquor, drive trucks and become accountants. At the same time, the 18- year-olds would become liable for all responsibilities of adulthood. The committee recommended the bill to the House shortly after turning down a revision offered by Rep. Charles Uban, D- Waterloo, which would have granted all rights except the right to purchase hard liquor. "One of the easiest things to overdo is intodicating liquor and beer," Uban said as he proposed that 18-year-olds be allowed to drink beer, but the right to drink hard liquor should be reserved for 21-year- olds. But the other committee members disagreed. "It's not a matter of what quired to have 21-year-old drivers. The bill also would allow . . . . , + „ „. „ males to obtain marriage 11- tal consent. they drink but how much they indulge," Rep. John Camp, R-Bryant, said. full rights," Committee Chair man C. Raymond Fisher, R- Grand Junction, said. "If he goes into a bar and gets drunk on liquor or beer, he will have to suffer the full consequences as an adult." "The whole concept is the extension of trust," Murray C. Lawson, R-Mason City, agreed. The bill would also allow 18- year-olds to obtain chauffeur licenses. Some members of the committee had proposed leaving chauffeur licenses to age 21, contending that trucking firms that allowed the 18-year-olds to drive trucks could be in violation of federal laws which require 21-year-old drivers in interstate commerce. 3ut the majority of the committee members felt that the 18-year-old should be allowed to drive trucks within the state. They said that firms which dealt with interstate commerce would know if they were re- Present Iowa law requires parental approval for males under 21 and females under 18. The bill would also remove restrictions that currently do not allow persons under 21 to be licensed for such occupations as pharmacists, accountants and architects. Fisher said there is no reason those persons should not be licensed at 18 if they manage to accumulate the education required. He said the principal reason^ the- cdurV-. a for not allowing licensing in League of those professions at age 18 has been that, under present law, the 18-year-old is not accountable. Fisher said some age requirements such as 23 to become an Iowa Highway Patrolman and 25 to be a mine inspector are a matter of maturity and not a matter of responsibility. State Sues Roadbuilder DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Atty. Gen. Richard Turner announced Monday that his office has filed suit for $134,087.67 against W. Hodgman and Sons, Inc., Fairmont, Minn. The action is based on a contract of indemnity between the Iowa Highway Commission and the Minnesota contractor. Turner said the action evolves from an accident involving James H. Weisbrod, Al- gona, on U.S. 169 south of Algona on June 23, 1964, while the highway was under construction. Wiesbrod was awarded $120,000 in a suit against the state of Iowa in Kossuth County District Court. The Iowa Supreme Court affirmed the judgement against the state last month. "As a result, the amount of $134,987.67 has been paid to Weisbrod," Turner said. the legislature's plan has a spread of 3.8 per cent. Atty. Gen. Richard Turner accused the three groups of "nit-picking" and said the court should deny the lawyers' attorney fees. Turner heatedly argued that the legislature's plan Is close enough to equality of population to meet constitutional standards. He said every legislature since 1963 has enacted a different reapportionment plan and every one has been challenged in the courts. He told the court if it found the legislature's plan unconstitutional "you will Invite continued litigation." Turner said the "average" deviation from the "perfect" House district population in the legislature's plan is just 262 persons and that is insignificant when the ideal district is 28,250. "We can't be concerned with trifles," Turner asserted. "Take the over-all picture and there isn't any discrimination. The people have substantially true equality now." Harry Smith of Sioux City, attorney for two officials of the Iowa Federation of Labor, told 'wtBtovm «rth* Women Voters "made a good faith effort to reach precise mathematical equality of population between districts" while the legislature did not. Smith said both the U.S. and Iowa Supreme Courts have held that the attempt must be made "even though they know it is impossible" to achieve mathematically precise equality, and have said the only disparities allowable are those found to be inevitable or which can be justified. He said "eight or 10" legislators had testified when evidence in the reapportionment suits was taken last fall and only two, Rep. Elizabeth Shaw, R-Davenport, and Sen. John Mowry, R-Marshalltown, had said the legislature's "over-riding consideration" in adopting its plan was achieving population equality. Mrs. Shaw, chairman of the House Constitutional Amend­ ments and Reapportionment Committee which put together most of the bill, testified she "thought it was silly to try" for exact population equality because the federal census bureau admitted its figures might be inaccurate as much as 2.5 per cent. Smith said. Former Lt. Gov. Robert Fulton, representing Democratic State Chairman Clif Larson, said neither census errors not possible population shifts should have concerned Mrs. Shaw because the Iowa Constitution says legislative apportionment is to be based on the federal census figures. He also said that while Mrs. Shaw and Mowry said equal population districts were their chief concern, the rest of their testimony didn't bear this out. Fulton noted Asst. Atty. Gen. Elizabeth Nolan had argued the legislature was right in preserving intact as many existing districts as possible because Iowans are disturbed by the frequent reapportionments since 1963 and are entitled to the security of knowing what legislative district they will be in. •'••> ^K -togtelatop'fc ^tot ^of a«l». . trict" where he feels sure of reelection "is far, far greater than any voter's," Fulton commented. Asst. Gen. Richard Haesemeyer said a legislative apportionment plan is not created by a "deus ex machina from Mount Olympus" but by "150 human beings" with human frailties, and he contended they did well to arrive at a plan he called "a good plan, a fair plan and a constitutional plan." But attorney Dan Johnston of Des Moines, representing the League of Women Voters, declared that politically astute legislators could "rig the system for 10 years" given a permissible population deviation of 3.8 per cent. He told the court if it would throw out the legislature's plan and adopt the league's, it "would be telling legislatures of the future 'If you don't do the job right, someone else will do it for you.' " Soldier 'Adopts 9 Estherville, U.SA. BY STAN BROTHERTON Daily News Editor Who is Mike Kirchner? When the Estherville Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary responded to his request for gifts for 4,500 Vietnamese children at Christmastime, it seemed the thing to do for an Estherville boy who was serving his country and wantingtodosome- thing for the less fortunate. One of those who pitched in to help pack the gifts was Mrs. Kirchner. At the time the Daily News, and later the national magazine of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW, stated: "When Sgt. Mike Kirchner wrote that his outfit in Vietnam plans a Christmas party for more than 4,500 Vietnamese children, residents of his hometown of Estherville, la., responded in an unbelieving fashion." MIKE KIRCHNER has spent a total of about four weeks in Estherville in his entire life. Yet he does, indeed, refer to Estherville as his home town. Mike is currently home on R and R from Vietnam and last night relaxed as he told the story of how he adopted this city as his town. Born in Germany of German parents, he came to the UnitedStates with his mother in 1956 and they moved to Chicago. Three years later he joined the U. S. Army, even though he was not a citizen of the United States. His declaration of intent to become a citizen cleared the way for army enlistment and hereturnedtoEurope with his outfit There he met and married his wife, Gertrude, also a German citizen. Today they are the parents of a son, Richard, 8, and a daughter, Regina, 6. "Regina is the only 'true' American," he says. "She is the only one in our family born in America." While serving in Germany, Kirchner and one Raymond Dahna of Estherville became close friends. "Ray told me when he was discharged that if I ever needed a home for my family it should be Estherville. "I'd always kidded him about the town," he recalls. "But when I got orders to go to Vietnam my family needed that home Ray talked about. My mother had left Chicago and I didn't have any other place where anyone knew us." That was his first tour of duty in Vietnam. The family came here and with Dahna's help was quickly settled and got acquainted. Kirchner joined the VFW post here. He's now completing his second tour in Vietnam and when he returns next Monday will have eight months left to serve there. He arrived home last Wednesday. Estherville people will recall Kirchner's letter of thanks for providing the gifts for the young children of Vietnam. At the VFW last night, where he presented a hand-made plaque to the post, a gift from his outfit in appreciation, he revealed a bit more about the Christmas party. "The kids had all had their party and were gone by 10 p.m.," he said. "Then the boys in our outfit showed their appre­ ciation by giving us a Bob Hope show in reverse. All the big Viet stars, the singers and dancers and other entertainers, put on a show for us by way of expressing their gratitude." Kirchner is one of just eight Americans in the Transportation Advisory Division in Saigon. This huge outfit is in charge of all types of transportation in the area. The Americans are advisers. LEARNING TO speak the tongue of his host country, Kirchner attempts to live much the same as his hosts. "We don't put on the dog or act like the rich Americans," he points cut. "I have learned to eat their food (some of which he is not particularly fond) and to respect their ways. At Christmas we simply tried to show what Christmas meant to us and while most of the people are Buddhists they understood and respected us for it." Kirchner states that the reduction of American troops in Vietnam is very noticeable. And he believes that the Americans should pull out completely. He does not, however, believe that by so doing we are "throwing them to the wolves." "THOSE PEOPLE are very capable," he states emphatically. "They have been well trained in their jobs and I believe they can handle it. They don't need all the refinements that we expect. Why they can keep a truck running on wire and tape." They scorn fancy test equipment but Kirchner says they know how to keep the machinery turning. Kirchner states that Saigon is Involved in a great period of construction. "There are buildings going up everywhere," he revealed, "and not just little ones— but great buildings." The Vietnamese are not fatalistic about their futures, it appears. He said there are about a dozen Hondas for every car in Saigon. There are hordes of Hondas and as many as five or six people may be seen riding on the two- wheelers at a time. "The smog in Saigon is fantastic. You can cut it with a knife in the early morning." After Vietnam, what? Kirchner hopes to be assigned in Europe. "Stateside duty is not for me. To me it is just like going through the motions. Serving my country in another land makes me feel like I'm doing something worthwhile." WITH 13 ARMY years behind him, Mike is shooting to retire after 20 years. "With the changing attitudes of many younger people, a guy with too much service just can't hack it. We don't know how to handle the kids if we get too old." His wish for the younger generation is that they'll learn to love and respect their country. Mike has a great feeling for his adopted country, for the service and for the unfortunate people of the world. And he loves his adopted town of Estherville. Answering the question of where he'll make his home after his 20 years are up, he says simply: "Where else?" Vietnamese Gift Vietnamese soldiers made a special plaque for Estherville VFW Post 3388, and Sgt Kirchner, second from right, presented it to post officers last night. The board is made of native mahogany, the letters of solidbrass, the brass made from reconstituted shell casings and laboriously shaped with a hand file. Kirchner and Post Commander Frank Vedder hold the plaque where it will be hung in the post home. At the left is Merlyn Wee, quartermaster, and at right, Bill Berven, adjutant, members of the committee that headed up the "Christmas in Vietnam" program for Kirchner's company. (Dally News Photo by Stan Brotherton)

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