Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on February 22, 1971 · Page 14
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 14

Algona, Iowa
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Monday, February 22, 1971
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16 - Kossuth County Advance Monday, February 22, 1971 AIM STEM BY JULIAN CHRISCHIUES "Twice Honored by State Awards" Plans May Wedding ST.. JOE - Mr. and Mrs. Francis L. Erpelding, St. Joe, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Carol Anne, Denver, Colo., to Michael H, Turner, Government Workshop Examines Local Government And Schools THE FIRST known victim of an errant Spiro Agnew golf-shot was pro golfer Doug Sanders, a year or so ago. Agnew conked Sanders on the head and since that time has sprayed a number of other shots into galleries. So it was amusing to read the other day that Vice President Agnew reported he was no longer going to play golf with Sanders. "He plays too slow," said the VP. "He stops at every tee to read over the codicils of his will!" WE'VE STAYED at a number of Twin Cities' hotels and motels in the past but none can offer any more than the Highland Inn, a complex on Interstate 94 in St. Paul, just 15 minutes' drive from downtown Minneapolis. It's got everything for a couple or family who want to relax a few days during the winter months - large indoor swimming pool, sauna baths, heat lamps and a warm-water whirlpool, all enclosed in a resort-type area with loung chairs and tables. Add a fine restaurant and cocktail lounge with nightly entertainment and you have as relaxing a spot as the Twin Cities can offer! ***** A TIP OF THE HAT to Supt. O.B. Lairig, who will conclude 39 years of service to the Algona school system this summer when he retires. He has been a devoted and loyal servant to the needs of Algona school children. He joined the staff here in the early 1930*5 before school buses, hot lunches and teachers' unions. And prior to a number of other problems of our day including teachers' salaries, sky-rocketing costs of operation and buildings and Civil Rights organizations that limit the effectiveness of discipline in our school system. To say that he has devoted his working life in building a remarkably efficient and productive school system in Algona would be a very realistic and true statement. Like all of us, he can be faulted possibly in some areas but his dedication can never be disputed. We wish him and his wife well in any future plans they may have after he ends his duties as superintendent here July 31! THERE IS a good reason why Iowa's rural areas are hard up for doctors these days although the problem prevails throughout the U.S. as well. Not too many years ago, there seemed to be an ample supply of physicians to take care of the health needs of lowans, no matter where they lived. What became of the country doctor? Basically, two things: (1) There is a tendency for more young physicians to go into speciality practice or into research and fewer into general practice. In 1931, 83% of all doctors practicing in the U.S. were generalists. With the development of speciality medicine, the figure has dropped to 32% nationally although it still stands at about 50% in Iowa; (2) Those who do go into general practice usually don't set up in small towns. They tend to follow the shift of population to the larger metropolitan areas. WITH REPRESENTATIVES like Richard Radl of Lisbon in the legislature, no wonder DM Register columnist Donald Kaul has so much reason to belittle the DM lawmakers. In case you didn't know, Radl was the man who suggested to a meeting of the Iowa Property Taxpayers Association the other day that Iowa shut down its public schools for one yea$. "I'm willing to do it. Are you?" he asked the 100 or so present and they responded with enthusiastic applause. That figures. He also suggested that taxpayers should vote down every board proposal for school improvement. That proposal was met with loud applause, too. If you think the Women's Lib movement has some punch, how about the reaction of a couple of hundred thousand Iowa mothers if the DM lawmakers decided to follow the Lisbon Rep.'s suggestion and shut down the schools for the 1971- 72 school year? The march to DM would make Cox's Army look like a chow line! DOES THIS SOUND familiar? "One old gentleman from Minnesota warmed up to me while the band was playing this forenoon - the effect of music on the soul, evidently - and told me how he made his money in the lumber business. He actually showed me his little vest pocket note-book, where he keeps a record of his most confidential business affairs I doubt if he ever even shows it to his wife - and said that he had his matters pretty well cleaned up now, and had reduced his indebtedness to $500,000. He told me the only way to make money was to be a borrower." "Some people you can talk to, others do all the talking themselves. Both are interesting when you have nothing else to do and are away from the daily grind, "outside of the machine" when you no longer feel the "pressure of the neighbor ing wheels" or the pull of the 'driving belt. 0, it certainly is fine to feel like a butterfly in a strange garden." So what's new? The above two paragraphs were written by my grandfather J. T. Chrischilles in a booklet he wrote entitled "A Mediterranean Cruise" - in 1911, a full 60 years ago! Things haven't changed much have they? And here we thought we had some new wrinkles on living! Littleton, Colo. A May 29 wedding is being planned at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in St. Joe. Mono Bonacker Out Of Hospital After 7 Weeks Mr. and Mrs. George Bonacker arrived in Algona Thursday noon after seven weeks in California. They had gone there to spend the holidays when Mrs. Bonacker suddenly became seriously ill and spent seven weeks in Herrick Hospital at Berkeley. Their daughter, Janice, Mrs. Bill Ward, Charles City, new to California to be with her parents and accompanied them on the plane to Des Moines. They went to Carlyle and all were accompanied to Algona by another daughter, Dawn, Mrs. Ed Nelson, who will remainhere indefinitely. Mrs. Bonacker, for many years, taught first grade at the Bryant school. She is able to get around in a wheel chair and will undergo therapy at home. ISU Study: Co. Mergers Save 14.5 Million? Merging Iowa's 99 county government units into 16 regional units might save the state $14 1/2 million per year, an economic projection done at Iowa State University indicates. Results of the ISU study were presented in Algona last Wednesday at the "Government by the People" program sponsored by the three Board of Regents' universities -- The State University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. - POTENTIAL SAVINGS "The potential $14 1/2 million savings sounds worthwhile. And it is a respectable amount in comparison to the $23 million projected savings that would be obtained by adopting all of the report submitted by the governor's economy committee, explained Eber Eldridge, extension economist at Iowa State. "At the same time, $ 14 1/2 million represents less than two percent of total state and local tax collections in Iowa. So county government consolidation would not be a cure-all for the state's financial situation," Eldridge added. The ISU study indicated the savings by either millage or cost per person would be greatest in the low density population areas of the state when county governments were consolidated. - HOW TO SAVE "To obtain the projected savings through county consolidation, ISU economist Marvin Julius plotted total costs of all county-wide functions of government except roads against the population of the county. This provided a pattern indicating the cost of operating a county government including all county special districts, in Iowa was $175,000 plus $31.27 per person per year. The $175,00 is the fixed cost of operating a county government and is the potential savings for each county government units eliminated." But other problems are involved in county consolidation. If the new total cost of the area government were spread across the existing taxable property of the new district by a uniform property tax levy, there would be considerable variation in the distribution of savings. In some areas, some taxpayers might pay more taxes after the,mergerthan before. Generally, these would be in the more rural counties, Julius added. Whittemore MRS. DENNIS MILLER 94 YEARS YOUNG Mr. and Mrs. Deb Wichtendahl and Mrs. Edna Meyer went to West Bend Sunday where they visited Mrs. Kathryn Harms, Fred and Kate. Mrs. Harms was 94 years old Thursday. - o Mr. and Mrs. Henry Haag and Kathryn Haag visited at the home of Mrs. Vilo Haag at Thompson Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Craig Espe and Jeff, Winona, Minn., spent the weekend at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Espe. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Menke and Sarah, Yankton, S.D., were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Besch. WHO ... READ THE ALGONA NEWSPAPERS AND YOU?l<L KNOW1 READ'S COMPLETE FLOOR SERVICE Featuring Carpet Laying Linoleum Floors Ceramic Tile Work Formica Counter Tops BRAND NAMES Bigelow Carpets Mohawk Carpets Armstrong Floors Congoleum-Narin Floors STOP OR CALL 5-2216 FOR COMPLETE FLOORING ANI COUNTER TOP NEEDS!! READ'S INC 210 N. Phillips Algona DR. EBER ELDRIDGE Re-Schedule 4-H Winter Camp To March 5-7 The 4-H winter camp for seniors that was postponed earlier due to the weather, has been re-scheduled for the weekend of March 5-7. 4-H'ers who were unable to go on the original dates, but could go now, are urged to send their $12 registration fee to the Kossuth County Extension office by March 1. The group will leave by bus from the Extension off ice parking lot south of the USDA building in Algona by 5 p.m. Friday, March 5, and will return there about 5 p.m. Sunday, March 7. READ THE WANT ADSl Iowa School Problems Differ By Population Iowa schools in sparsely settled rural areas are under pressure for further reorganization because of high costs per pupil and the difficulty of providing a full line of course offerings. But in urban areas, school finance is under pressure from sharply-rising property taxes, Marvin G. Julius, extension economist at Iowa State University said in Algona last Wednesday. Julius addressed the second session of the "Government by the People" program, sponsored by the State University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa and ISU. - LIMITED EVIDENCE "Our evidence for measuring educational performance is limited, but the evidence we have suggests that schools in sparsely populated rural areas have problems producing economical and efficient education. This is because many schools are too small to use teachers and classrooms at effective capacity," Julius said. ' ' "The problems of sparsely populated rural areas are likely to itensify,", he added. "This is because birth rates have dropped and the number of futi'"-" o»oils DR. MARVIN JULIUS -——»•••••——.—•••••» will likely be less in relation to the population as a whole than it is now." The highest cost per pupil in Iowa schools for 1968-69 was $1130, and this was in the district with the smallest enrollment. Average costs per pupil in Iowa that year ranged from $852 for districts with 200 to 500 pupils, while the cost dropped to $680 per pupil in schools with 2,000 to 3,000 students. - RURAL SCHOOL PROBLEMS Small rural schools confronted with these problems have three basic alternatives the speaker said: * Ignore the problem, bear the rising costs and allow the children to take whatever con- sequences follow; * Study the problem, reallocate resources within the present system, increase spending and try to provide educational opportunities equal to those throughout the state. * Carefully plan school district organization that will most nearly provide economical and efficient schools. "The problem for school financing seems to be most acute in 'bedroom towns' surrounding the larger cities. In many of these towns there is a relatively high income per pupil. But high income is not necessarily associated with ownership of property. Consequently, some property owners, particularly older retired residential property owners, may carry a heavy tax burden in relation to their income," Julius concluded. Former Burt Men Have CMS Rated Boar-"Stardust" Two former Burt men are rapidly gaining state-wide attention with their excellence in hog raising. W. J. and Dave Stewart, now of Waverly, la., recently attained a superior rating on a registered Duroc herd Boar, "Stardust 423617" in Peoria.Ill. The title of CMS has been attached to this outstanding boar, as reported by the United Duroc Swine Registry at Peoria. CMS is .one of the three main ratings of the all breed swine certification program and stands for "Certified Meat Sire." The purpose of this program is to recognize certified superior strain meat hogs. Rigid requirements must be met before an animal receives this rating. A boar must sire five litters that qualify as certified litters. In order for a litter to qualify, two pigs must be slaughtered from each litter. The 10 pigs slaughtered from litters by Stewarts' boar averaged the following figures: slaughter weight - 222 Ibs.; days to 220 Ibs. - 170; length - 30.44 inches; backfat - 1.24 inches; loin-eye area 5.42 square inches. The Stewarts boar "Stardust" was the 'premier sire at the Iowa State Fair in 1970. Stephen Wingert Awarded Medal In Vietnam CAMP EAGLE, VIETNAM Army Specialist Four Stephen M. Wingert, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claire Wingert, Wesley, recently recieved his second award of the army commendation medal at Camp Eagle, Vietnam. The medal was.awarded for meritorious service. Such service can be over an extended period of time or for outstanding achievement in a single situation. In either case, the recipient must have demostrated skills and dedication far above the average. Spec. Wingert received the award while assigned with Company A, 27th Engineer Battalion at Camp Eagle. Stephen entered the army in June 1969, completed Basic training at Ft. 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