Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on February 7, 1972 · Page 1
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Everyone Has a Snow Ball: »eparl.'.'i9nt of History 4 Archives Des koines, Iowa 50316 1- 1-7Q Festival Breaks All Records Official and unofficial observers agree: the Estherville Winter Sports Festival broke records in nfearly all departments. The youth dance Friday night at the VFW played to one of the moat packed houses ever seen in that hall. Various estimates have put the teen crowd at figures between 700 and 1,000, with 700 being the very minimum figures. On Saturday all the reserved seats were gone for the Old Gold Singers and Dave Major and the Minors by 3 p.m., and that night the auditorium at the high school was packed except for the end seats that were behind the musicians. And there was traffic, traffic, traffic. The never-ending swarm of automobiles snaked through the streets at all hours of the day, many seeking out the snow sculptures or heading to and from the busy events: ice skating, skiing, snowmobiling. PARTICIPATION was also record-breaking. There were so many entries at Holiday Mountain Sunday that the Iowa Senior Ski Championship had to be postponed for lack of time. It was nearly dark before the junior competition wound up. "It was way beyond our expectations," commented fatigued but overjoyed Dr. John Powers, inventor of the festival four years ago. Dr. Powers never dreamed that when the college division skiing was introduced that more than 150 would converge on the hill for the big competition for the Governor's Cup. That event took most of the day Saturday. The Old Gold Singers, billeted in homes throughout the city, didn't want to leave the hospitality. "We've never had such a reception," commented Ken Stump, an Estherville member of the University of Iowa singing group. "We'd like to return every year. We've had a ball," he told the audience at Saturday night's concert. Stun.p emcees the singing show. "ESTHERVILLE certainly gave us a cold welcome," smiled Governor Robert Ray after he had warmed up with a meal at the Country Club Saturday noon. The governor arrived five minutes ahead of his 11 a.m. schedule at the airport and jumped off his plane into temperatures that hovered near zero all day. At 8,500 feet over the city he noted the temperature at the time was just above 40 degrees. In a short, non-political talk at noon, the governor said, "The name of Estherville is spreading out. In my travels I tell about Iowa, and 'this event is one of the things we can spotlight," he said of the festival. The governor, his wife and aides had a tight schedule. From the airport the entourage went to the Izaak Walton League's grounds to attend the festival's trap shoot and Ray shattered the first bird that came out of the trap (he missed the second and quit while he was 50-50). Mrs. Ray also took a shot, missed the mark by a long way and had to be steadied when the shotgun kicked her mightily in the shoulder (see Social Page photo). Following a luncheon at the Country Club, the party toured the city and viewed all the ice and snow sculptures, and then the governor helped dedicate the new city vehicle decals (see picture Page 3). After a business conference, the governor chatted with friends Action Aplenty Thrills and spills were featured in the snowmobile races. Here drivers look over this crushed machine that was involved in a broadside collision with another machine. (Daily News Photo by Chuck Ostheimer) vid Cramer, Estherville, third.; Class C. Girls, 11-12 - Susie Powers, Estherville, first; Kelly Christensen, Estherville, second; Debbie Egertson, Jackson, third. Class C, Boys 11-12 — Steven Parsons, Estherville, first; Christopher Cramer, Estherville, second; Paul Coon, Estherville, third. Cold Welcome It was cold and windy when Governor Ray's plane landed, and he joked about the cold welcome that was quickly warmed. At the left, Attorney Dan Sanderson greets the governor while Chamber of Commerce Executive Secretary Bob Knox welcomes Mrs. Ray. Between them is Bill Jackson, governor's aide, then his highway patrolman driver and Bob Liddy of the governor's staff. (Daily News Photo by Stan Brotherton) Class D, Girls, 9-10 — Joanie Fltzgibbons, Estherville, first; Susan Andiets, Estherville, second; Christ! Cowin, Ledyard, third; Bridget Begel, Arlington, Neb., fourth; Robin Leonard, Estherville, fifth. Class D, Boys, 9-10 — Daniel Parsons, Estherville, first; Jay Bennett, Estherville, second; Myles Hubers, Estherville, third. Class E, Boys and Girls, 3-8 — Mia Stockdale, Estherville, first; Kim Sievers, Estherville, second; Charlie Sievers, Estherville, third. Snowmobiles STEAMBOAT ROCK operates more than paddle-wheelers. Snowmobilers from that Iowa community placed first, second or third in nine of the 14 major events of the USSA sanctioned races here Sunday. Top places in the two opening stock races went exclusively to Arctic Cats. Then the Polaris moved in, and there was a scattering of Skidoos, Chaparrals, Rupps and one Yamaha in the winning circle. Throo states were represented among the winners of the top throe spots in each class. There were 15G entries in the events witnessed by a good crowd on a cold day. STOCK 0-250 Pat McNeilus, Dodge Center, (Please turn to Page 10) KEN STUMP and cohorts at the Gardston Hotel, had a cup of coffee and headed for Holiday Mountain. Too early for the racing to be done, he posed with race officials and the Governor's Cup, then was whisked back to the airport and left 15 minutes behind his 3:30 p.m. schedule. Skiing "FANTASTIC," commented Ron Riedemann, race director, who pointed out that ski race participation on Sunday was 200 compared to 75 the previous year. Skiers didn't complain about the cold, even though the tem- peature could hardly get itself to zero in the bright sunlight. There were two accidents in the two-day skiing event. A college racer, Judy Lodge of Boulder, Colo., suffered a fractured leg and 12-year-old Dave Buckingham of Spirit Lake had leg ligaments torn in Sunday racing. Here are the resutts: COLLEGE Governor's Cup: Men's team from Grand Rapids (Michigan) Junior College, and Women's , team from the.University ofc.Wis-, consih ait LaCrosse. The trophy will be engraved with their names and will remain at Holiday Mountain. Individual Women — D. Steil, University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, first; K. Cunningham, Marquette University, Milwaukee, second; C. Dalton, University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, third. Individual Men — P. Daukss, Grand Rapids Junior College, first; M. Bresnahan, Grand Rapids Junior College, second; A. Swartz, University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, third. IOWA JUNIOR CHAMPS Class A, Boys, ages 16-18— Brad Buscher, Mankato, first; Paul Thompson, Mankato, second; Jim Coon, Estherville, third. Class A, Girls, 16-18-Mary Jean Fitzgibbons, Estherville, first; Ellyce Thompson, Mankato, second; Sheila Fitzgibbons, Estherville, third; Jodi Hunt, Estherville, fourth. Class B, Girls, 13-15— Julie Fitzgibbons, Estherville, first; Robin Ruser, Waterloo, and Chris Vaubel, Estherville, second place tie; Peggy Wolters, Estherville, third; Debbie Hubers, Estherville, fourth. Class B, Boys, 13-15— Mike Homan, Estherville, first; Mitch Eveleth, Estherville, second; Da- The Forecast WARMER Wind Chill (8 a.m.) -13 Extra Copies of this issue have been printed and are available at The News Office— 15 cents each. AILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 88 Estherville, Iowa, 51334, Monday, February 7, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Atop Holiday Mountain During College Racing Nixon Would Curb Sale of 'Saturday Night Handguns 5 WASHINGTON (AP) - The Nixon administration is expected shortly to unveil a proposal to curb cheap handguns, plugging a gaping loophole in the 1968 Gun Control Act but risking the election-year wrath of the gun lobby. Treasury and Justice Department officials say legislation aimed at eliminating the cheap pistols called "Saturday Night Specials" may be sent to Capitol Hill within two weeks. If this timetable is met, submission of the bill would come three months later than promised by administration spokesmen at congressional hearings last fall. But it will climax an extensive White House effort to privately assure the nation's 40 million legitimate gun owners that it seeks only to prevent crime, and not to infringe on the constitutional right to bear arms. The term "Saturday Night Special" was coined in the mid- 1960s by Detroit police wlio found that violent crimes, more frequent on Saturday night than any other time, were often committed with cheaply made, small-caliber handguns whose $10-to-$20 price made them easily accessible. Prior to 1968, virtually all "Saturday Night Specials" came from abroad. The Gun Control Act, passed after an assassin killed Sen. Robert F. Kennedy with a .22-caliber pistol sought to eliminate handguns by outlawing mail-order sales and the import of any weapon which could not qualify as a "sporting arm." Instead it spawned a new domestic industry which in the past three years has churned out hundreds of thousands of cheap pistols made from imported parts. Justice and Treasury officials say the administration will propose that both imported and domestic handguns be required to meet safety and quality standards, to be drawn up by the Bureau of Standards, and enforced by the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division of the Treasury Department. Such standards, officials believe, will protect the legitimate consumer from unsafe weapons while putting the price of a handgun out of reach of those most likely to misuse it. Just exactly how many of the 30 million to 60 million pistols in the United States are Saturday Night Specials is impossible to say. But law enforcement officials estimate that 2 million specials were put on the market last year alone. An Associated Press survey showed that in nearly every major city homicide by firearms, especially pistols, has increased since 1967, in some cases dramatically. There were 40 murders in Little Rock, Ark., last year, triple the number in 1967. 01 that total, 28 involved a handgun, and half of those were "Saturday Night Specials." "They are designed for killing," said Police Chief Gale F. Weeks. District Attorney Joseph Busch Jr., of Los Angeles agreed. "These guns have no possible purpose other than shooting people," he said. "They can't be used for target shooting or hunting." shooting or hunting." Busch said there are 5 million handguns in California, and 1.4 million of them are "Saturday Night Specials." Testifying before a Senate subcommittee last fall, Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York where eight policemen were slain by pistols last year, said the cheap pistols constitute "the most outrageous element of the handgun trade." But, said Lindsay, they are only part of the problem and "nothing less than national action against all handguns will suffice." It is this attitude that strikes fear in the heart of the gun fraternity which views any legislation is just one more step to­ ward eventual confiscation of all guns. "Any form of law always winds up being some form of discrimination against sportsmen," said James Mularky, president of the New York State Conservation Council. "If we ever admit that one gun is inherently evil, then we sell out our whole argument that it is not the gun but the man behind it who is evil," said Arnold Jeff coat, news edi- (Please turn to Page 5) City Store 'Blasted 9 in Burglary Here Saturday Coast-to-Coast Store in Estherville was broken into Saturday morning, merchandise and cash were taken and considerable damage done in the store. Police Chief Clarence Hackett said some information is being checked out in the investigation. Entry was apparently made through a window in the rear of the store. Approximately $600 in cash and $150 to $200 worth of merchandise were reported missing. In acts of vandalism during the break-in, the glass was broken In a pistol case, pistols were loaded and used to shoot into a paint-mixing machine damaging it beyond repair. Paint cans were also shot into, blowing the paint all over carpeting and other merchandise. Total cost of damages had not yet been estimated.

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