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Northwestern States Portland Cement Co. Globc-Gaistte, Mason City, Is. Dec. US, 1964 15 Sets record production,sales, income Production, sales and net in- -c o m e of the Northwestern States Portland Cement Company hit an all-time high this year. The income picture will not be reflected in dividends to stockholders at this time, however, Gen. Hanford MacNider made clear in his report as chairman of the board. His report was made Tuesday at the annual meeting of the stockholders. • Operating income was less than last year, the general re- ported. He attributed this to "increasing heavy maintenance costs of our present older manufacturing facilities, higher wages, supply and interest expenses, as well as lower selling prices." The lower prices, he explained, were due to cuts by competitors in "the most competitive situation we have ever experienced." The approximately two per cent reduction in federal income taxes and the seven per cent investment tax credits al- lowed on new plant construction more Uian offset the lower operating income, MacNider continued. This "allowed us to chalk up - our highest annual net income, surpassing that of any previous year in our history. We feel that this is a remarkably good record and is an encouraging portent for results from our plant once it is properly modernized and on line in the next two or three years." The competitive situation has no solution for the Mason City firm, MacNider continued, except reduction of manufacturing costs. "This calls for complete modernization and the replacement of a great part of our old plant with new cost cutting facilities, requiring the use of many millions of borrowed dollars over the next several years." This new construction financing requires that all available funds be used until the money borrowed is repaid, the chairman concluded. "The eventual benefit to our stockholders should be readily apparent even though the returns on their investment with us may h a v e to be curtailed temporarily." Northwestern States already has completed a new distribution center at Minneapolis which went into operation in the early summer. In addition, distribution plants at Cedar Rapids and at Fargo, N.D., are now under construction. Largest expenditure, however, is the installation of a new kiln and related facilities, now under construction at the Mason City plant. The new kiln will replace all the older, small kilns which have been in operation for a number of decades. At the stockholders meeting in the Hotel Hanford, all directors were re-elected. In addition to General MacNider, they are: E. C. Fruddcn, president Frudden Lumber Co., Dubuque; D. P. Davison, vice president Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York; Jack MacNider and Tom Mac- Nider, both of Mason City; Gordon Murray, president First National Bank of Minneapolis; John G. Ordway Jr., president of the MacArthur Company, St. Paul; Wilson Persinger, president the Wilson Trailer Co., Sioux City, Gen. L. J. Svercl- rup, president Sverdrup and Parcel and Associates, St. Louis; R. J. Tearsc, Winona, Minn., and Donald Winston, treasurer Marshall and Winston, Los Angeles. All officers were re-elected by the directors. They arc: General MacNider, chairman of the board; Jack MacNider, president; Tom MacNider, executive vice president; W. R. Wilkins, vice president-marketing; Robert E. Campbell, vice president- production; E. C. Frudden, vice president; F. B. Pirkl, secretary-treasurer. Earl Smith and Robert H. Shepard were appointed general counsels and R. D. Bond, independent auditor. Farm Bureau: Taxes, remap are top legislative issues Farm Bureau leaders from 11 North Iowa counties were in Mason City Monday to discuss the organization's position on major issues facing the 1965 Iowa legislature. About 70 Farm Bureau members — county officers and members of county legislative committees — met at the Moose Hall. Counties represented were Kossuth, Winnebago, Worth, Mitchell, Hancock, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, H u m b o 1 d t, Wright, Franklin and Butler. Leading the discussion were Harry Storey and Ralph Anderson of the'Iowa Farm Bureau Federation office in Des Moines. Major issues facing the legislature this year, according to Storey and Anderson, are property tax relief, agricultural land tax credit, reapportion ment, highways and daylighl saving time. On property tax relief, the be used to alleviate the tax [the Constitutions to permit one Farm Bureau recommends thai additional state revenue should burden on property'owners for support of local government. This revenue for property tax replacement should be distributed as aid to local school districts, a direct credit to property taxpayers or as re- >lacement for personal property axes, the Farm Bureau position says. The additional revenue for this replacement should be raised by establishing a new single rate net income tax to increasing the sales tax and income tax rates. On the subject of agricultural land tax credit, the Farm Bureau position is that "the legislature has a moral obligation to regard a substantial increase in agricultural land tax credits as a priority item in the state's needs unless a major property tax replacement program is provided by other means." The Iowa Farm Bureau believes that Congress and the Iowa legislature should amend house of a bicameral state legislature to be apportioned on a basis that "will permit people residing in sparsely populated areas effective representation." The Farm Bureau also has gone on record as favoring the reapportionment plan passed by the special session of the legisla :ure which will permit district ing within a county in establishing legislative districts where counties qualify for two or more representatives or senators. Storey also pointed out thai the Iowa Farm Bureau opposes any further changes in the allocation formula of road use tax funds that will result in reducec funds for secondary roads. Although the Farm Bureau still is opposed to daylight sav ing time, it does favor uniform time for the state, Storey pointed out. HHHE magic number in life today is nine. At least J_ that's the opinion of "Joe Benign," an alleged North lowan who went to an awful lot of work in proving his point. The following commentary in rhyme on modern advertising came to us unsigned in an envelope bearing a Mason City postmark. It bore no signature as such, but in the interest of good fun we'll reproduce it in its entirety. You'll agree, too, that by golly, perhaps the guy is right! Here it goes: If it becomes clear that a majority of the people of Iowa lavor daylight saving tirne, the Farm Bureau resolution says, the Farm Bureau proposes legislative action limiting its use to the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day. i Enterprise Mutual out of business The business of the Enterprise Mutual Insurance Co. oi Mason City, a four-year-old health and accident firm, was taken over Tuesday by the Des Moines Life and Casualty Co. State Insurance Commissioner William Timmons said the Mason City firm does not have sufficient funds to continue opera- Spanish led way Educational TV plan based on area interest EDITOR'S NOTE: This is [been area leadership of the sort NARRATOR—With the Newman High School Girls Glee Club as a backdrop, Gerald 'Jorgenson narrates for "The Fiddler," one of the numbers in the school's annual Christmas concert. Open to the public and free, the band and mixed chorus also will perform in the Newman auditorium at 8 p.m. Wednesday. I cased some supermarkets one time to check the prices ending in nine. Cheaper grades, five pounds for forty-nine; celery a bunch for twenty-nine; head lettuce, too, was twenty-nine; tomatoes, three for thirty-nine — and so it went all through the line, most of the prices ending in nine. Oranges a dozen for fifty- nine, larger sizes up to eighty- nine. (For oranges on the tree, the grower, for a ton, gets thirty-nine — top grades up to forty-nine. But for the consumer a ton costs four hundred and nine!) In the jam, jelly and canned goods line, so many prices ended in nine that to listen to them would be a waste of time. Bread, a loaf, was twenty-nine — bake it yourself for about a dime. When cigarettes got up to twenty- nine, I quit smoking — but in a very short time I was back with one in my mouth most of the time. Over in the meat department all I could see was the figure nine. All the sliced bacon prices ended in nine. The same was true in the sausage line. For a change of pace, why not use the figures seven or eight part of the time? I bought a steak one time —the weight read two pounds point sixty-nine. I said to the butcher, "I thought we used the English system of ounces and pounds, how come this two point sixty-nine?" To me he said, "Old man, you're behind the times. In weights of less than a pound we use the decimal system all the time!" U.S. choice beef costs the retailer about t h i r t y-nine, round steak a dollar nine, chuck, ribs and boneless rump roasts from sixty-nine to ninety-nine, T bones one thirty-nine. With bargains like that these markets will go broke in time. Up on Main Street I nearly go blind reading the prices ending in nine. Even last February had twenty-nine. I sold my corn for ninety-nine, my Sunday shoes cost eighteen seventy-nine. I bought a suit with two pairs of pants for fifty-nine — original price was sixty-nine. My dress shirts on sale cost three eighty-nine, my sox •ixty-ninc. No hats do I wear, in sum- mertime my head is bare because the sunshine's good for this old white hair. In wintertime a cap I wear — got it back in fifty-nine on special, a buck ninety-nine. My furniture didn't cost me a dime — it was a gift from mom and dad when I went farming in nineteen-nine. With my income tax I have a rough time. I never can balance. I divide by nine — it's transposition most of the time. A gas station had a sign that I thought read twenty- six point nine. When I reached the pumps I was stumped for a time. The wind couldn't have inverted that six to read nine! "Grandpa," I said, "your vision is getting worse all the time — you'd better see your occulist some time!" My gas actually cost twenty- nine point nine — the very next day that very same sign said twenty-seven point nine. But I didn't mind just as long as the price ended in nine. The daily press must be doing fine with full page ads most of the time, listing the specials ending in nine. I've often wondered who first used the figure nine to create the impression in the buyer's mind he was getting bargains all the time. P. T. Barnurr. once said "You can fool some people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all of the time." However, I'm convinced you can fool all the people all of the time by using the magic number nine. • With taxes and overhead up and farm prices on the decline, I may end up in the county home before I reach the end of the line. My name is Joe Benign. My age is seventy-nine. I live on Section Twenty-nine, Township ninety-nine, range fifty-nine west of the fifth P.M. PS. — I've been a bachelor for quite some time. For a balanced diet I don't have time. I'm too busy milking cows and feeding the swine. It's bacon and eggs most of the time. I'd like to meet a nice young gal about the age of fifty-nine who likes to cook and hang wash on the line. Give it some thought — if you are so inclined, drive out and see me some time! Will the real "Joe Benign" please stand up?! tion and the Des Moines company is taking over the policies to prevent a financial loss to the estimated 1,000 policy holders. Records at the Cerro Gordo County recorder's office show the firm was incorporated April 6, 1960, by Estle L. Warren, Waterloo and Clear Lake, and Isadore Nadler, Mason City. The original board of directors, according to the papers of incorporation, were Warren, Edith Warren, James Smith and Alfrdd Rothschild of Waterloo and Harry I. Nadler, Mason City. It was incorporated out authorized capital." with- Small parcels not wanted at tax sale Small parcels of Cerro Gordo County property still were not attracting much attention Monday from bidders at a second tax sale. Treasurer Ethel Riclgeway, who said there would be still another sale at 10 a.m. next Commission may rebuild golf greens Rebuilding of either the old No. 4 or the old No. 2 green at the Highland Park Municipal Golf Course was discussed by the Mason City P-ark Commis- ion Monday. Park Supt. Floyd Kinnan told the commission that it cost $1,633.29 to rebuild the old No. 1 green, including an allowance for the cost of city labor. Most commissioners favored rebuilding the No. 4 green first. Kinnan also reported he has received $113 for ducks sold from East Park. He said that^ people still are feeding the' ducks, making the birds difficult to catch. The commission spent most of the meeting discussing the golf course and policies. The books cept by Frank Duda, Highland golf pro, were at the meeting. A complete report on the financial status of the course will be given at the next commission meeting after a routine audit. HEAVY BEASTS A female musk ox weighs approximately 700 pounds and a male about 1,000 pounds. Funeral set for Floyd E. Johnson The funeral for Floyd E. Johnson, 82, retired business associate of the late W. E. Bricc, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Patterson-James Chapel. Dr. George Truman Carl, pastor o] the First Methodist Church, wil! officiate. Mr. Johnson died suddenly late Sunday afternoon home, 4 S. Taylor. at his Pallbearers selected are Har Ian Girton, Gilbert Bovard, Mer vil C. Merriss, R. C. Keister am J3. C. Miller, all of Mason City and Max Johnson, Iowa Falls. Mrs. Leigh R. Curran, Mrs Roger C. Patton and Mrs. A Paul Clifford are in charge o flowers. Mrs. Earl Ehlers will be organist. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Masdnic services were scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel by Benevolence Lodge 145, AF & AM, with V. M. Floden, worshipful master, in charge. The family prefers any memorials be given to the Shrincrs' Crippled Children's Home or the Masonic Temple Building Fund of Mason City. Visitation has been scheduled at the chapel until the time of services. Monday, reported little interest n small pieces of land on which axes have not been paid. Despite the lack of interest rom bidders, the total from tax ales to date is greater than hat for a year ago. Bidders ave paid $35,084.88 for 156 >arcels as compared to $31,15.12 for 183 parcels a year ago. The figures do not include he small number of bids from he county. The majority of the bidders are in the real estate business. These persons can earn 10 per cent or more by paying someone else's back taxes. The own- :r has three years in which to •edeem the property by paying .he investor the delinquent taxes and accrued penalty and ntcrcst. The bidder may secure a title o the property if the owner does not pay back taxes. Prop erty involved in bidding for the first time this year could no change hands until 1967. If a proposal — now under study — is given favorable ac tion by the 1965 Iowa Legisla ture, this could be one of the last years that private investors could participate in the bidding The plan calls for the county tc collect the interest and penal the first of a series of articles in which the Globe-Gazette will present information compiled in the new National Association of Educational Broadcasters report recommending an educational television station for North Iowa and Southern Minnesota. By JAMES R. OWENS When North Iowa educators got together several years ago to establish televised Spanish lessons over KGLO-TV here, they took a significant step toward the newly proposed North Iowa-Southern Minnesota educational television station. The background of "interest, experimentation and progress" in educational television here was a major reason for the year-long study of area possibilities—the study that has resulted in recommendation that n area educational TV station je established. On the basis largely of this regional interest, the National Assocation of Educational Broadcasters asked and received a grant to finance the study. The grant was from the W. and Maud Hill Family Foundation of St. Paul. 'Leadership in determining a need for educational television service... has been amply demonstrated over a period o several years, chiefly in th Mason City area," the study report says, citing the present use of KGLO services by county and local school districts for elementary instruction. While not involved in thej already evidenced in this North Iowa-Southern Minnesota area. The "great interest" in educational TV was one of six area factors known at the time the survey was proposed for support from the Hill Foundation, The others were: The area is not served by an educational TV station or by community antenna systems carrying educational TV service. No plans were existing to serve the area with educational television. No VHF service is possible, study was for a possible UHF station. The standard VHF channels arc not available for allocation in this area.) No UIIF channels have been reserved for education by the Federal Communications Com mission in this area. (New tele vision sets can pick up UHF broadcasts, and older sets can be converted to do so.) Total population of the approximate area to be served is at least 250,000, and no one of le three largest cities in the rea would be capable of sup- mrting an educational TV sla- lon alone. lowa State was joined by many other groups in studying clevision. According to the survey report here: "Various authorities 1-uvc declared that no single emicational Icvelopmcnt has been so horoughly researched. More .hart 1,000 recorded research i-x- ;>enments exist, all of which support the thesis that teaching .>y television is equal to (or setter than) conventional classroom teaching." As of now, mure than 12 million school-age children in the United States receive some part of tlicir daily classroom in- nois, one in Missouri, one in Nebraska, one in South Dakota, one in North Dakota pnti ihne in Wisconsin. A state educational TV riot- work is authorized in Hobraska. one is operating in Minnesota and others :ire planned in Soulli Dakota and Wisconsin. Theve plans would call for a total of 17 new stations in the states nrn- tioncd, in addition to the present 13 in operation. The Upper Midwest Six-Stale Educational Television Network came into being in 11)50 and since IHliO has achieved -iiajor goals bolli in planning and in regular program slniction by television— not to mention college use of the medium. One of (he "notable" experiments is now being conducted by the University of Minnesota which is offering four freshman courses by television for resident credit. Besides two stations in Minnesota and one in lovvn, the carby area now includes three on-commercial stations in Illi- Besides local and area interest, the researchers at the outset were also looking at develop ments and interest on a broader geographical basis. In pro posing the study, it was sue KGLO project, Austin and Al- )ert Lea, Minn., community ed- cationa! and.civic leaders have xpressed interest in that North owa project and in extension of ducational TV to their cities. "At least a dozen meetings oncerned with this subject ave been held in Austin or Alert Lea during the last five ears," the report noted. Obvious need for educational e 1 e v i s i o n advantages has layed a part in bringing cdu- ational television stations into eing, the researchers said. Jut, they said, the main factor n setting up such stations has y. PTA PARTY ALTA VISTA — The annua Christmas party of the Parent Teachers Association will b held Thursday night, Dec. 17, i the Municipal Hall. Children o the Alta Vista public school w: present the program and th New Hampton Junior Hig School Band will be here. Thcr will be treats for the children Merle Goettel dies in Mason City hospital Merle Goettel, 64, formerly of (Vaterloo, died Monday evening n a Mason City hospital. He had been making his home with his sister, Mrs. Merle Smalldridge, 1436 N. Jefferson. Mr. Goettel was a retired employe of the John Deere Works of Waterloo. The funeral will be in Waterloo. The Patterson - James Funeral Home is in charge of local ar rangements. Newberry rites are incomplete Robert G. Newberry, 61, Route 4, Mason City, died at his home Tuesday morning. Services are incomplete at Hogan-McKee Funeral Home, Mason City. gested that a station serving North Iowa and Southern Minnc sola in this region might evenl ually be interconnected with ex isting educational station KTCA Ty in the Twin Cities or KDPS TV in Des Moines, or both. An eventual connection wit! 'he developing Upper Midwcs Six-State Educational Telcvisioi Metwork also was seen a among the possibilities to keep operational costs low whil drawing from resources of tin entire region. The Midwest, according t the report released following ; year's study, is "one of the mon advanced regions of the countr; in terms of educational tclcvi sion planning and activity." Modern educational use o television dates back to the carl 1950s. The Federal Communica tions Commission in the sprin of 1952 reserved the first grou of TV channels for exclusiv educational, non - commcrcia use. The following year the firs such station began operation at the University of Houston, Tex. Of the some 100 now operating, many serve Midwestern students. Much of the early develop- Mason City-Austin-Albcrt Lea developments on an area basis thus could be a part of Amoral Midwestern developments, \\ilh stations sprinkled across a number of stales where local and area interest spark their million. • It would be a long ;- - tcp from the group of North Iowa districts that started leaching Spanish over television five MONEY B B For Holiday Expenses ment work in the educational Iplevision ticld look place in towa, the report notes, with Iowa State University, Ames, experimenting in the field in the early fifties. 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