Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on May 10, 1971 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Monday, May 10, 1971
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Lawmen Given Drug Testing Kit Until Thursday, substances which local law enforcement officers believed to be drugs had to be sent elsewhere for testing, a process that somefimes took weeks. County Eppo Bulfen (left) and City Police Chief Rich Groen (right) attended an Algona Kiwanis Club meeting and received this drug testing kit (about $40) as a gift from the club. Kiwanians working on the project included: (from left) Roger Wilson, Jim Peterson and Armin Lauck. (Alqona Pub Co. ohoto) ADVANCE ALMANAC Digest off Week's NEWS ALGONA WEATHER MAY 1 MAY 2 MAYS MAY 4 MAY 5 MAY 6 MAY 7 High 67 54 68 .77 70 66 — Low 33 31 31 46' 41 44 39 WEDDING PERMITS William Jensen, Ringsted, and Joyce Sifert, Algona. NEW COURT CASES Leslie V. Wildin, Algona vs. Automation Machine Training Center, Inc. of Kansas city, civil suit, $1,096.50. ST. ANN BIRTHS APRIL 3 - Mr. and Mrs. David Stuflick, Algona, boy. MAY 1 - Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bormann, Bode, boy. MAY 4 - Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Moffett, Algona, boy. MAY 6 - Mr. and Mrs. Richard Simpson, Burt, boy. Rain .16 Trace .04 Trace .29 ST. ANN HOSPITAL APRIL 30- Lawrence Doege, Burt, medical; Harold Ristau, LuVerne, surgery; Kathryn Peterson, Algona, surgery; Mrs. Richard Cook, Algona, medical; Mrs. Joseph Cogley, Algona, medical; Mrs. John Berninghaus, Algona, medical; Phillip Thompson, Algona, surgery; Mrs. Lloyd Robinson, Algona, medical. MAY 1 - Mrs. Marguerite Long, Algona, fracture. MAY 2 - Vernon Riebhoff, Bancroft, medical; Mrs. Wayne Hutchinson, Bancroft, medical. MAY 3 - Mrs. Leo Wood, Whittemore, medical; Mrs. Nina Fehr, West Bend, medical; Antone Zittritsch, Algona, medical; Allan Ruhnkj, LuVerne, medical; Kenneth Nemmers, Bancroft, medical. MAY 4 - Randy Sarchet, Algona, medical; Mrs. Arie Dittmer, Burt, medical. MAY 5 - Mrs. Ray Schill- moeller, Algona, fracture MAY 6 - Nick Eischen, Algona medical; Mrs. Michael Baumann, Rodman, surgery; Terry Reffer, Algona, medical. NEW VEHICLES Lloyd R. Hill, Algona, Palomino TT; George H. or Lydia I. Manus, Burt, Brougham TT; William R. Wermers, Burt, Kawasaki MC; James Engelbarts, Elmore, Honda MC; Henry P, Ricke, Algona, Honda MC; Vernon Subject, Algona, Honda Mini Bk.; Richard C. Mawdsley, Honda Mini Bk.; Todd J. Christenson, Algona, Honda MC; Ervin W. Johnson, Lakota, Rupp MC; Richard C. Gruber, Fenton, Honda Mtr. Bk.; Oscar J. Froehiidi, Algona, Chev. Utility Blazer; Arden A. Runksmeier, Ledyard, CMC p/u; Martin W. Knoll or Marion A. Knoll, Lone Rock, Chev. p/u; Edward A. Schiltz, DBA Ed's Champlin Serv., Bancroft, Ford p/u; Schwans Ice Cream, Co., ..Algona,,. Intf.1 Trk.; John E; Gecke, Algona, Chev. Van; Loren B. or Luella M. Bishop, Algona, Chev.; Camilla M. Metzger, Algona, Chev.; Maxine C. or Nicholas B. Hoch, Whittemore, Pontiac; Edward A. or Lyla Lloyd, Ledyard, Chev.; Maurice J. Bormann, West Bend, Chev.; Richard R. or Marcita Chipman, Bancroft, Chev.; John C. Bradley, Algona, MG '70; C. L. Egesdal, Ledyard, Volks; Duane O. Schmicking, Swea City, Chev.; Herschel W. Hartman, Lone Rock, Ford; Edward M. or Helen Adene Smith Jr., Burt, Ford; David M. Lindholm, Algona, Chev.; Donald D. or Marion J. Trupke, Algona, Olds.; John K. Olson, Lakota, Ford; Glenn E. Chally, Algona, Chev,; Herman Faber, Bode, Chev.; Edward L. Attig, Wesley, Pont. Albert J. Johnson, Lakota, Merc. Arnold E. Johnson, Swea City, Chev. BUILDING PERMITS Bill Watkins, sidewalk; Mrs. R. M. Phillips, driveway. Library State Hist ,, „„., „ A _, _ „„ VOL 7, - NO. „ - MONDAY, MAY ,0, WI _ M6O NA, 1OW A - ONE SECT.ON- ,4 Pages of I.., nance City Council Passes Highway 169 Resolution An attempt to reach a decision on the future route of Highway 169 through Algona was voted down here late Wednesday afternoon when the Algona City Council, meeting in special session, voted 5-to-l against a resolution opposed to the location of Highway 169 on the present State and Jones Street route. Kevin Nash, the councilman who made the motion against the present routing, was the only member who supported the resolution. Voting against such a resolution were councilmen Stan Muckey, Herb Hedlund, Mark Me Guire, John Levy and Sheridan Cook. Council then adopted a resolution favoring the present location of the highway. EXPLANATION According to Mayor Bill Finn, passage of the latter resolution was a necessary preliminary to having the Iowa State Highway Department conduct a more detailed study on the present route. He said the state will, hopefully, come back with a schematic drawing of improving and widening the present route. "We're still in the preliminary stages," Finn said, "if the state gives preliminary approval to our resolution, they will send a similar resolution back to the council for final approval." Finn also explained that the resolution passed Wednesday was designed to keep state Highway Department money from going elsewhere. He said it would actually only give supporters of the present routing an amount of state study equivalent to that which has been completed on the state-proposed relocation along Phillips and Oak Streets. -BUY ROLLER- In other business, the Council authorized the city street Department to purchase a used roller for $1,800. Also, an application for underground construction of a water line on Highway 169 near Hood's Super Value was approved. Straw Vote Split Down Middle On Highway 169 The ballot printed in last Monday's Advance and Thursday's UDM caused a great deal of interest both among residents along the two proposed Algona highway 169 sites and others as well. And the final tabulation of votes indicated the town is split down the middle on where to put the new highway. A total of 297 ballots were mailed or brought to the Algona Newspaper office and of this number 145 voted to put the highway along the present route and 152 favored a new North Phillips and Oak street highway. Many of the ballots were turned in by persons not directly affected by the highway and these were evenly split also. / So>> although the straw vote did not give tH*-council any clear mandate as to where to urge the highway to go, it did show that no matter where it goes, some folks are not going to be happy. Union Slough Will Open This Saturday TITONKA - Announcement was made today by Stephen S. Berlinger, Refuge Manager, that two recreational areas located at Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge will open for the summer season, Saturday, May 15. The Buffalo Creek picnic Area, one mile south and five miles west of Titonka, is open for picnicking and fishing. Picnic tables, metal fireplace grills and restroom facilities are provided. The Prairie Springs Fishing area located south of County Road A-42, along the Bancroft-Forest City blacktop, will also be open for fishing and wildlife observation. .*• * All public use on the refuge is permitted during daylight hours only. Show At West Bend A variety show "It's Up To Us" will be presented at the West Bend Community school gym, Thursday, May 13,at8p.m. Admission for adults will be $1, for students 50$.. A lunch will be served following the show. The public is invitad. , Wisconsin Graduate Among the 532 candidates for an under-graduate degree from Wisconsin State University at Platteville, Wise., is Michael Leistikow of the Algona area. Leistikow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Leistikow, is completing a bachelor of science degree in business and economics. TO COMPLY WITH "FAIR MARKET VALUE" RULE All Algona Residential Valuations Upped 25 % Every homeowner in Algona last week received a pink form from the County Assessor's office which indicated a raise in assessed valuation of a flat 25 percent on each piece of property. County Assessor Larry Hudson said that state law requires a revision in real estate valuation, every four years, "at 100%ofthe fair market value." The assessed valuation is 27% of the "fair" market value. Impact of the new assessment figures were evident at the assessor's office, where a fairly steady stream of taxpayers appeared to inquii ». about the new figures, and also in the office of the Algona Newspapers, where numerous telephone calls of inquiry were received. Revised assessment figures include both land and structure, and Assessor Hudson said he thought the best answer to potential questions was: "is my property worth the figure listed under the column '100% of actual sessments were not altered, he said. Objections to the new valuation figures may be registered with the Board of Assessment and Review, now in session, but such objections must be made up through Thursday, May 20, when the board ceases to meet. Objectors can fill out a form indicating in what area they are to register objections, which the review board takes under consideration. Hudson said that the new res- iiiential property figures have nothing to do with the reappraisal now being made by the Clemenshaw Co. That company in turn will also arrive at appraisal figures sometime in the near future, and assessments may be raised or lowered accordingly. Compilation of taxes finally paid by property owners are not always clearly understood by the general public. It is not necessarily the assessed valuation figure that increases taxes, asKij/umg- (hat a)) assessed valuations were fair and equitable from property to property. It is THE SUM TOTAL OF APPROVED BUDGETS from the various units of government or education that determine the final millage levy. This in turn determines the final individual property tax. If, for example, the askings of all governmental educational units were the same next year as this, with a higher total valuation the millage levies would drop, although the tax totals paid might remain about the same. BUT, if the budgets approved RAISED the amounts, and the new valuation figures are used, then property taxes in Algona most certainly would take a substantial leap. The question of whether or not actual taxes paid next year rise will be determined almost entirely by the approved budgets of city, town, county, school district, and special budgets which include the assessor's office and county board of education, area <:>jiniinutity '.'olk-£e, etc. ESTIMATE LOSS AT $200,000 Explosion, Fire Destroy Elevator At Swea City VwrrTJt* t" "^Tl ^r <|H«S. 0 M "1*$ •••:.'• ' ** ' W ° elev ° tOrs in Swea At 3 p.m... about 1950. The cause of the dust explosions and ensuina fire was undetermined. (Algona Pub. Co. photo) Paul Johnson H C used hit handi from victim. to beat ? L £ Ba , ncr ° ft ° nd Armstr °"9 could do nothing T cep I p '5 e ! ire frL ° m s p readi "9 »° °^ ^\\d\ ngt and slow the speed of combustion of the elevator. Swea City are chief Fred Albers stands amid fallen coals and in front of the toppled 120 dryer leg, the elevator's base and three Cargill steel storage bins. The bins were savd. (Algona Pub. Co. photo) (More Fire Pictures on Page 12) Harold Carlson Of Wesley Dies, Rites Today TITONKA - Harold Carlson, 54, rural Wesley, died at 9 : 15 Friday evening at Mercy Hospital in Mason City where he had been a patient since Thursday night. Funeral services will be held today (Monday) at 1:30 p.m. in the United Methodist Church at Titonka with Rev. Paul Hansen ollicialiui;. Burial will !>e in Un; Kvu;:i<:i;j; rHiieiery at Wesley. Blake Funeral Home, Titonka, is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Carlson was a well-known magician and operated the Mario Shows for many years. He is survived by his wife, Marion, and one daughter, Melinda, who is in the eighth grade. Hospitalized Harold Blinkman, Minneapolis, former Algonan and son of Mrs. Minnie Blinkman, is a patient at Unity Hospital in ; Minneapolis following a heart attack. He is reported improving and his address is 550 Osborut? Koud One Employee Critical With Severe Burns SWEA CITY (Special)- Four persons were injured, one critically, in an explosion and fire here Friday afternoon which destroyed the Cargill, Inc. elevator. The most seriously injured, Dean Berndt, is in the Mayo Clinic burns treatment center at Rochester, Minn, and is in "serious" condition. The 37- year-old father of seven (children 12 or younger) was taken off the critical list Saturday morning. His wife is with him. Hospitalized at Holy Family Hospital in Estherville were Morris Holm, in "good" condition, and Dick Schnittjer, in "satisfactory" condition with extensive burns. Hospitalized in Buffalo Center with a broken arm and a facial cut was Mrs. Ross Sidles, a secretary at Swea City Concrete Products Co., located adjacent to the elevator. She was walking nearby when the explosion occurred. -CAUSE UNKNOWN Berndt, assistant manager at Cargill for the past year, was . working at an electric switch at ground level of the 110 ft. high elevator when the first of three s blasts occurred. Elevator manager Schnittjer, 37, and Holm, 28, an employee, were in the pit of the elevator trying to get a cleaner ready for soybean drying. Although it was agreed that the blast was the result of a grain dust explosion, no one had an official explanation as to what caused it. Cargill area manager Maurice Kelly of Fairmont, Minn., said an insurance man was expected to arrive here Friday night. He declined to set a dollar value on the elevator. He said it was opened Jan. 13, 1969, and had a capacity of 85,000 bushels and was "partially" filled with corn and soybeans. -THREE BLASTS Townspeople heard three blasts and felt the first. The initial one came at the top of the elevator, according to Kelly, blowing the top of the elevator skyward and rocketing names down the shaft to where the three men were working. The men managed to walk outside under their own power despite their burns. A number of men, including fire chief Fred Albers, Paul Johnson, Dick Ottman, Marlyn Paul and Dennis Mittag, ran over to help.. Johnson used his hands to beat the names off Berndt's clothing. Berndt tried to extinguish the flames by rolling on the ground. "He was burned bad," Johnson said. "His clothes, well, he didn't have too. much on when I saw him. Both pant legs were off and there wasn't too much left of his shirt. His hair was burnt." Ottman described the explosions: "The top went and then flames shot out the sides." Albers said he felt the first blast in Beck's Cafe one block away. "Everybody could feelthe force of the explosion, even indoors," he said. "All three men looked badly burned to me when I got there." - AMBULANCE WORK- The Swea City ambulance service, with Bob Gerdes driving and Gary Anderson assisting, took the three men to Estherville, apparently unaware of Albers 1 advice that they be taken to Bui* falo Center, which is farther from Swea City but closer to Rochester. After cursory treatment at Estherville, Berndt was driven back to Swea city so thathiswife could join him in the ambulance on \tj

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