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Predict Heavy Snow for 1972-73 A Smile for Santa Tamera Strohman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Strohman of Estherville, gives a hesitant smile while giving Santa a verbal list of presents she hopes to find under the Christmas tree. Santa's last visits to Estherville prior to Christmas Eve will be from 7-9 p.m. tonight, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and 1-3 and 7-9 p.m. on Saturday. A Group Visit Six girls stopped into Santa's trailerhouse in Estherville for a brief visit with the 'Jolly Man' Saturday afternoon. Pictured with Santa are, front from left, Julie Clark, Cindy Sampson and Donnette Syverson. In the back are, from left, Sherry Clark, Brenda Sidles and Kim Clark. Santa also left some of his mail from the area at the Daily News with a portion of the letters appearing on page 5 today.— Photos by Chuck Ostheimer Will Allow Self-Service Gas Facilities in Iowa DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The State Fire Marshal's office has ro;noved its restriction on self-service gasoline facilities- allowing Iowa motorists to pump their own gas and possibly save several cents per gallon. "Forty-two states have already adopted such a regu lation," said State Fire Marshal Wilbur Johnson, who explained on Sunday that the change—effective Dec. 13— came as his agency was updating fire safety rules. The marshal said Iowa regulations require the presence of an attendant at the self-service facility, mostly as a safety pre- Graettinger Man Escapes Death in Car Wash GRAETTINGER - Ed Hurd, rural Graettinger, escaped possible death Friday in a mishap in a car wash when taking a tractor through. He reported taking his tractor, in preparation for a farm sale, to the D-X car wash. An automobile just left the wash when he drove in and the building was full of steam, killing the motor of the tractor. He started the motor again and let it run while washing it. He climbed into the cab of the tractor and was cleaning it when overcome by fumes. He remembers nothing further until about an hour later when found lying at the south door of the car wash. Mrs. Gene Leonard, who lives across the street saw him lying at the door and called for help. He had apparently crawled in the cold water on the floor of the building and eventually managed to roll dp to the door. Hurd was taken by ambulance to Emmetsburg Hospital where he was treated with oxygen and released. caution in case of gasoline spills. "There also lias to be a (gas) cutoff in case of a spill, and several other safety factors," Johnson explained. He said motorists who use self-service facilities in other states save as much as four cents per gallon and Johnson said Iowans might be able to realize similar savings. The state fire marshal said he knew of stations at Des Moines, Dubuque, Grinnell and along Interstate 80 in Shelby County that were ready to offer motorists self-service. Iowa's Odd Winters By J. C. JORDISON Drake University Journalism Student DES MOINES - "The state of Iowa has had a history of unusual winters, and this one should be no different," Iowa state cli- matologist Paul J. Waite said in an interview. He predicted a cold, harsh winter for 1972-73, with more than usual snowfall. Waite based his view on precipitation and temperature trends in the preceeding months in 1972, noting that this summer and autumn had been cooler than usual with more precipitation, and that these trends tend to carry on through the winter. But he said such a winter would not be unprecendented, citing Iowa's long history of blizzards, record snowfalls, and most recently, a worldwide cooling trend. Waite noted the worst blizzards in recent years were the storms of February 1960 and March 1965, with winds up to 70 miles an hour and deaths from exposure as travelers were stranded in the 1965 storm. "Snowfall is harder to predict than temperature," said Waite, "because of varying precipitation patterns." He said that snow will come in Iowa at any time from September to May, although "March is usually the snowiest month and holds more records than any other." As for the record accumulation of snow in the state, Waite mentioned the snowfall of Feb. 17-21, 1962, with 30.8 inches in Rock Rapids, and with 21 inches in Sibley for a one-day record. To qualify for blizzard status, a storm must have winds of at least 35 miles per hour, falling or blowing snow and temperatures of 20 degrees or lower, for a considerable period of time. According to a reprint of an article Waite wrote for the Iowa Farm Science magazine, "The word blizzard first appeared in print in the Estherville Vindicator to describe a storm that swept across Iowa and the Dakotas March 14, 1870." In the article, Waite noted the worst blizzard in north and west Iowa "is generally considered to be the Jan. 12, 1888, blizzard, which began in western Iowa in mid-afternoon and elsewhere that night. Many lives were spared only because most Iowans had returned home by the time it arrived that night." According to another article by Waite, "Iowa's earliest snow fell on Sept. 25, 1942. Amounts upward to four inches were measured at Mason City, Forest City, Allison and Millerton. Less than five years later Iowa's latest snowfall record fell over most of the state on May 28, 1947. Amounts ranged up to eight inches at Cherokee and seven inches at Waukon." In commenting during the interview on Iowa's first snowfall this year, in mid-November, Waite did not seem to think the amount of eight inches or the date was too unusual, although he did say that in some areas of the state in certain years, eight inches represented the winter's total. In one article Waite noted a possible reason for the variance in Iowa's winters. "There'sbeen a worldwide cooling trend underway for more than a quarter of a century, and the trend is re flected more in Iowa than in other parts of the world. But even in Iowa, the climatic change represents only a few degrees change in the average annual temperature," he wrote. He indicated the state's climatic cooling began in the 1930s, following "a remarkably strong half century of warming which had begun in the 1880s." Waite and other climatologists are at a loss to explain the reasons for the cooling trend, although some theories say it is caused by sunspots and other earth-sun relationships. One thing is sure, however, Iowa's winters can be counted on to provide the unexpected. WINTER SPORTS CAPITAL OF IOWA 12 PAGES TODAY DAILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 51 ESTHERVILLE, IOWA, 51334, MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Vietnam Politics Block Final Peace WASHINGTON (AP) - The disagreements Henry A. Kissinger says are holding up a Vietnam settlement are more than problems of semantics. They go to the heart of what the war is about and make it unlikely there will be peace any time soon. For the remaining two issues, concern the political control of the South. In other words, should South Vietnam be guaranteed the right of an existence independent of North Vietnam. Kis'iingor, in his first public discussion of the negotiations with the North Vietnamese since his Oct. 26 statement that "p>jace is at hand," refused to r «"scu6s the substance of the troublesome details. But he inched close on several occasions in his Saturday Washington Post Gets Social Ban WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House banned the Washington Post from covering three social events given by President and Mr.s. Nixon over the past weekend, the newspaper reported today. The Post said indications are that it will not be permitted to cover social events until after President Nixon's inauguration Jan. 20. Such a ban presumably would include such gala events in the nation's capital as the Inaugural Ball. The paper has been criticized frequently by the White House for its alleged anti-administration positions. It was a leader in publishing investigative stories about the break-in and alleged bugging of Democratic National Headquarters. Several of those charged in connection with the Watergate incident have been linked to Nixon's reelection effort. The paper said first hint of the ban came when reporter Dorothy McCardle, who has covered Washington social events under five administrations, arrived at the White House Friday night to cover a reception given by the Nixons for what were described as "New Majority" supporters. Mrs. McCardle was told she and five other reporters were not included in a pool of five who would be permitted to attend, the paper said. When Mrs. McCardle arrived Saturday night to cover a black-tie affair for past, present and future Cabinet officers, she was again told she was not in the pool, the Post said. But, the paper reported, Mrs.McCardle was the only reporter excluded Saturday night. She was also told, the Post said, that she was not in the pool allowed to cover a prayer service Sunday. The paper said a White House spokesman told Mrs. McCardle that her exclusion was not personal. The paper also quoted a report from presidential adviser Ronald Ziegler in response to the paper's protests that the Post has no special perogative to cover all White House events. Pooling of reporters at the White House was quite common, but all Washington newspapers always have been included in the past, the Post said. Postmaster Matre Urges Immediate Christmas Mail Estherville Stores Open Every Night Postmaster Jim Matre today urged immediate mailing of all domestic Christmas cards and parcels. "Although most of the suggested mailing dates for domestic holiday mail have passed," he said, "every effort will be made to deliver by Christmas Eve all cards, gifts and other holiday mail deposited within the next few days. In view of the excellent cooperation received from early mailers so far this year, we are confident that holiday mail deposited immediately will still be delivered in time for Christmas," Mr. Matre said. Earlier this year, the Postal Service urged the public to mail as early as possible and announced a series of recommended mailing dates to insure delivery in time for Christmas. The last of the suggested mailing dates is Thursday, Dec. 21, for mailing domestic airmail greeting cards within the 48 "mainland" States. The latest suggested date for airmail to Alaska and Hawaii is Dec. 20. "In extending our commitment to make every possible effort to deliver all Holiday mail on time — even though most suggested deadlines are now past— we hope the general public will respond accordingly," Mr. Matre said. news conference. "We wanted," he said, "some reference in the agreement, somehow, however elusive, however indirect, which would make clear that the two parts of Vietnam would live in peace with each other and that neither side would impose its solution on the other by force." North Vietnam has always insisted there is only one Vietnam and the Saigon regime has subverted the Geneva agreement ending the war with France by insisting on a separate life. In Hanoi's eyes, the demilitarized zone at the 17th parallel is not a permanent international boundary but only a temporary truce marker. In the first of the nine points outlined in the tentative agreement, the United States agreed to language that seemed to support this view: "The United States respects the independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Vietnam as recognized by the 1954 Geneva agreements." Both sides say the October agreement was final on this point, and now each accuses the other of recanting. Who changed position is uncertain. What is clear is that neither Kissinger nor his Hanoi counterpart, Le Due Tho, had IV same concept, about the meaning of the tentative accord. The United States is seeking a settlement with enough political stability to provide a "decent interval" between the end of the fighting and any resumption of conflict. This decent interval would give South Vietnam time to establish itself in the counLryside and the United States time to escape blame for a sellout of its ally if and when the conflict resumes. Hanoi wants a cease-fire with a loose understanding of the political agreement so it can continue its military support of its Viet Cong ally. Thus, when Kissinger said, " We have an agreement that is 99 per cent completed ... we are only one decision away from a settlement," he was talking only of quantity. For Hanoi to give Kissinger what he wants on this point would remove any claim it would have for legitimately intervening in the South if Saigon and the Viet Cong start fighting again. That the settlement is broken down over this crucial point is supported by a disagreement over a "technical" point, as outlined by Kissinger. This deals with an international force to supervise a ceasefire. According to Kissinger, "Our estimate was that several thousand people were needed to monitor many provisions of the agreement. Point of Entry Mario Aquirre is in custody of Estherville Police after reportedly breaking the above hole in a plate glass window of Christensen's Jewelry and removing approximately $1,000 in watches and rings.—Photo by Chuck Ostheimer Arrest Suspect After Robbery Estherville police are holding an Estherville man in city jail on $5,000 bond after he was arrested approximately 3:30 a.m. Saturday in connection with a robbery at the Christensen's Jewelry Store on Central Avenue. Mario V. Aguirre was charged with larceny after he allegedly stole 15 rings and seven watches from a window display in the store. Police saidentrywasgain ed to the store by breaking a front plate glass window. Arresting officers said they chased Aquirre about a block across the city park before they made the apprehension. The department was notified of the break-in by a resident of the Gard- ston Hotel, who said he saw someone break the window. Donovan Christenson, owner of Christensen's Jewelry, said Monday that "To the best of my knowledge everything was recovered." The merchandise taken was estimated to be worth $1,000. Christensen also said, "I think the police department did an excellent job and I appreciate their quick actions to recover the stolen goods." The Forecast ^PARTLY CLOUDY Among Other Things... ILCC Choir on TV The Iowa Lakes Community College Chorus will appear on KEYC- TV, Channel 12, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. The television concert will be sponsored by the Iowa Trust and Savings Bank of Estherville. To Discuss Rezoning The Estherville Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, to discuss revising the General Business zones east of the Des Moines River. The commission has discussed the zoning regulations at three previous meetings. Tonight's Council Agenda A petition for suspension or remission of taxes because of age or infirmity will be submitted to the Estherville City Council at its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 tonight. Also on the council's agenda is discussion of sewer regulations, new filters for the Water Treatment plant, building permit fees and transfer of funds.