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December 19, 1972

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Fire Precautions Too Costly- Santa's Helpers Packing Santa's helpers pack a box of toys for Santa to take to the Julie Billiart Home for Children at Jackson. The helpers are, from left, David Vagle, Mrs. John Juist, Mrs. Frieda Willett and Diane Vagle. Story and more pictures on page 5.— Photo by Carol Higgins Endorse, Question Nixon On Viet Bombing Raids By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Newspaper editorials commenting on President Nixon's decision to resume the bombing of North Vietnam were divided in their assessment of the new policy. Some endorsed /-the President's decision while others questioned the efficacy of bombing as a means of achieving a peace settlement. Here is a sampling of comment published Monday and today: Chicago Sun-Times: "The American public wants an end of its involvement in Vietnam and it wants it now. If peace was at hand two months ago, it should be at hand now. Only a momentous foul-up would justify a resumption of bombing. That is why we view such a resumption with the bitterness in our hearts that Pope Paul described." New York Daily News: "It was a test of America's will, pure and simple, and Mr. Nixon's response was fast and plain: U.S. air power will not be leashed indefinitely while Hanoi dawdles on a final, clear- cut, honorable settlement. The way to p e a c e and permanent relief from bombing is open to North Vietnam any time it is ready for a real peace effort. Until that day comes, the enemy shouldn't expect immunity from attack while prolonging the conflict." Cleveland Plain Dealer: "With the near-peace coming apart, America once again is faced with the unpleasant prospect of President Nixon's swinging to a hawkish line on Vietnam ... it is questionable whether Hanoi's clever and slippery negotiators can be bombed back into secret peace Estherville's Skating Rinks Being Prepared The Estherville Recreation Department and the YMCA are in the process of preparing ice skating rinks for public use. "The lagoon by the North Fourth Street bridge is ready for use now," Recreation Director Al Bolty said, "and the other city rinks will be flooded soon." Bolty also asked that "The public stay off the land rinks until it is announced that they are ready for skating. It is important that the ice is not disturbed on the first freezing until it has a chance to get hard." Bolty also stated that various skating programs for this year will be announced soon. Skating lessons, figure skating, and competitive hockey are some of the programs which are being planned. Kirkham-Michael Informs Council Nursing Homes File Suit To Halt New Regulations talks . . . and if there is still hope of more secret peace dickering, bombing may squelch that hope." Honolulu Star-Bulletin: "Even though this seems likely to open a new round of recrimination in America and in the Congress, the evidence since last May suggests that the American public will support the bombing of the North and the mining of its harbors rather than simply surrender." New York Times: "The best hope for peace in Indochina since 1954 has been severely shaken by a hail of American bombs ... It is not likely to hasten — and could indefinitely postpone — the 'just and fair' agreement that Henry Kissinger has said is the President's objective." Minneapolis Tribune: "We find it hard to see how Hanoi will be made more amendable by a U.S. air offensive. Mr. Nixon has often spoken of the importance of giving the Thieu government a 'chance.' How great, how certain, how long and at what cost does he intend that chance to be?" Charlotte, N.C., Observer: "The bombing resumes as Christmas approaches. That means full-scale war again. The United States, as we read the reports on peace negotiations, chose to bow to President Thieu rather than to pursue our own country's — and Vietnam's — best interests." DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)The Association of Iowa Nursing Homes wants Polk County District Court to declare Iowa's new state nursing home regulations illegal. A law suit filed Monday by the association names as defendants Social Services Commissioner James Gillman; Dr. Arnold Reeve, state health commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wilbur Johnson. Specifically, the association wants the court to say the new regulations are illegal and to issue a temporary injunction to prevent enforcement of the regulations. "There are so many improvements required," said association president James C. Stephens of Waterloo, "that there's no way we (the association's 10 member homes) can comply in the three months or a year specified in the regulations." He said some members would have to add about $20,000 worth of fire protection devices under the new regulations. Stephens said his membership consists of "principally small businesses—ranging from four to 100 beds. Many have 1819 beds and are managed by a husband and wife or sometimes only one person." Harold Showers, president of the Health Facilities of Iowa Association, said his group of mostly larger, newer homes won't join in the suit. In fact, Showers said his association "was instrumental in development of the regulations and endorsed them from their formation through implementation." He explained that it's "very possible" that the new regulations could mean some older, smaller facilities would fail financially. "Each of the homes must make a decision on the level of care they can offer, from skilled nursing home care to custodial care through adult foster home care," Showers said, adding that some facilities may have to change the types of services they offer. The regulations call for more nursing and medical services and more space per patient, in addition to increased fire safety precautions. "Statistics show there's no real fire threat or hazard in our situation," said Stephens, whose membership consists mostly of older, smaller homes. "We've been operating under fire controls for a long period of time." Stephens said his membership was "able to comply with regulations issued in 1957. State agencies and the fire marshal have continually upgraded the regulations," Stephens continued, "but not real severely." Showers said Stephens' group "filed its suit with the full knowledge of stricter federal standards." He said the Association of Iowa Nursing Homes "failed to be aware that the entire country is awakening to the needs of elder citizens." WINTER SPORTS CAPITAL OF IOWA 16 PAGES TODAY 104th YEAR; NO. 52 UDAILY NEWS ESTHERVILLE, IOWA, 51334, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Arrest Three Youths In Area Drug Raids Polk County Sheriff Dies ANKENY, Iowa (AP)-Polk County Sheriff Wilbur Hildreth, 63, died at his home here late Monday night. The sheriff was pronounced dead at his home after being stricken about 11:30 p.m., apparently the victim of a heart attack. The Ankeny Fire Department's rescue unit was called, but war. unable to revive the law officer. Funeral arrangements were pending at the Ankeny Funeral Home. Hildreth, a Democrat, was first elected in 1954 as a reform candidate. He was defeated Nov. 7 for re-election to his eighth consecutive term by, Jack Woodard, who will take office Jan. 1. The sheriff was born April 22, 1909, on a farm near Alleman and lived in Polk County all his life. He is survived by his wife, Clara, and four children. In a follow-up of a drug raid held Sunday in Dunnell, officers raided a farm home in the northwest part of Palo Alto Co., where they found drugs and made three arrests. As reported by State Trooper Dick Fellin, who assisted in the raid, arrests were made early Monday of Russell Handeland, 21, Ringsted, Jerry Holz, 20, Fairmont, and a 16-year-old youth from Graettinger. The Graettinger boy was released into the custody of his parents while Handeland and Holz are being held in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond. They were charged with having possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Officers were said to have found substances believed to be marijuana, LSD, hashish, mescaline and barbiturates in the farmhouse raid. Assisting officers were Dick Knudston, Em- metsburg, State Troopers Fellin and Marlyn Mossman of Spirit Lake, Officer Al Glover of Milford and three deputies from Martin County sheriffs office in Minnesota. The investigation in Palo Alto was held in conjunction with raids made in Dunnell Sunday, according to Fellin. Participating in that raid, according to the Martin County attorney's office were Martin County sheriffs officers and Fairmont police department, on a search warrant. After search of a Dunnell apartment which had been occupied by Larry Bickle and Fred Schultz, officers found sizable quantities of marijuana and mescaline as well as aboutfour rifles and two pistols. Bickle was arrested as he returned to the apartment and Schultz was arrested in Fairmont where he was found with a 9 millimeter revolver on the seat of the car. Both are being held on charges of possession of controlled substance with intent to sell. Bond was set at $10,0 n 0. Handeland, arrested in Palo Alto County, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Handeland. He was said to have been injured by a motorcycle followed by hospitalization at Rochester about two years ago. Want to Use Old Law WASHINGTON (AP)- The Supreme Court has agreed to rule on the government's power to use a 19th century federal refuse law to bring criminal action against industrial polluters of the nation's navigable waters. Record Farm Exports To Start Fiscal Year Water Rate Study Nears Completion BY CHUCK OSTHEIMER Representatives from the Kirkham-Michael Company, consulting engineers for Estherville's water treatment facilities, told the City Council Monday that design for new iron removal filters at the water treatment plant have been completed. Gary . Sindelar, engineer for Kirkham Michael, said that the design is complete and has been sent into the Iowa State Department of Health for approval, noting that the design is expected back in 30 to 60 days. Sindelar also said that he re- Shopping; Days ; Till i Christmas: viewed the plans with Superin- tendant of Public Works Ed Anderson and minor changes were noted which could be placed in the design with little difficulty. Asked by Councilman Mac Brashear as to the progress of the rate study, Kirkham-Michael representatives told the council that the final data is now being gathered and should be ready in two months. The raw water rate study was completed in May of 1972. Council members instructed City Clerk Connie Garrison to talk with the Iowa State Auditor to check on making transfers in the 1972 appropriations to accounts which are currently overdrawn. At the end of November, four accounts were overdrawn a total of $119,090.04 while remaining appropriations had a balance of $243,773.56, leaving the city with a balance of $124,683.52. Operating expenses for December must be taken from the cur­ rent balance, however, and is unlikely that enough funds will remain in the appropriations at that time to make up the deficits. Funds showing a deficit are sanitation of $25,873.22, Trust and Agency of $7,631.52, Sewer rental of $19,072.80, and electric light retirement bonds of $66,512.50. Mrs. Garrison told the council that the city has collected but $4,000 of its tax money. She also told the council that there are certificates of time deposit of $15,000 in the light fund and $6,000 in sewer rental and the city does have revenue-sharing funds of $35,685. Council members alsopasseda resolution asking for $120,000 to be budgeted in the road use fund for construction and repair on the city's streets. A proposed temporary building permit fee schedule proposed by Steve Woodley, city code enforce­ ment officer, was approved when Woodley said that with the present personnel of the department he was unable to perform all services described in the code and therefore the current rates were excessive. Woodley also said that he had been charging under the old rate schedule because of the same reason rather than the new rates adopted in April of 1972. The temporary schedule calls for a $5 fee on a building costing $1,000, $15 on a building costing $5,000, $25 on a building costing $10,000, $40 on $20,000, $70 on $50,000, $95 on $100,000 and $100 on $300,000. Also approved by the council were the Clerk's report, appropriation statement, and utility report but the council asked for another Treasurer's report when the one submitted showed a $62,745 variation between the end of business on Oct. 31 and the opening of business on Nov. 1. WASHINGTON (AP) - Farm exports in the first four months of the fiscal year which began July 1 totaled a record $2.98 billion, the Agriculture Department said today. Although a record high, the export pace lagged slightly behind the rate needed to meet Nixon administration predictions U.S. farm exports will rise to an all- time high of $10 billion when the 1972-73 year ends next June 30. A spokesman said, however, that reports for November and later are expected to pick up the pace, barring unforeseen transportation tie-ups and sudden drops in foreign buying. The export progress report was in "Foreign Agriculture," published weekly by the department. Exports in October . totaled $908 million, the highest one- month value on record, topping the old mark of $842 million set in December last year, In Oct. 1971 farm exports were only $466 million, held down by dock strikes, the report said. For the whole 1971-72 season, however, U.S. farm sales abroad totaled more than $8 billion, second only to the value expected this fiscal year. Part of the reason for rising values of farm exports is higher prices for U.S. grain and oilseeds. But volume also is rising, helped by the big purchases of grain and soybeans by the Soviet Union. In another report, USDA foreign analysts said last Fri'day that world agricultural production declined slightly in 1972. Preliminary indications show a general downturn this year, The Forecast WARMER mostly because of adverse weather. Measured on a base of 100 as an average of "world" agricultural output in the years 196165, the index of 1972 was put at 123 per cent. That was a one point decline from the 124 reported in 1971 when the index gained four points from the previous year. Although USDA experts say the 1973 picture is still uncertain, they add that world demand for some products, particularly oilseeds and meal, continues to grow in larger proportion than the supply. About 200 suits depend on the outcome of the case accepted Monday for review this spring. The government is seeking to overturn a decision by the U.S. Circuit Court in Philadelphia that limited the scope of the law. The Justice Department's appeal complained that the lower court had stood the law on its head and emasculated what Congress had in mind in 1899 when it prohibited dumping of all refuse except common liquid sewage into navigable waters. The case concerns the conviction last year of the Pennsyl- v a n i a Industrial Chemical Corp. for passing iron and aluminum solids and compounds into the Monongahela River. The firm was fined $10,000. In other decisions, before beginning a three - week holiday recess, the justices: 1. Ended compulsory chapel at the Army, Navy and Air Force academies by turning down a government appeal from a ruling by a lower court that the regulations violate the First Amendment's ban against establishment of religion. The government contended future officers required "an appreciation of our moral and religious heritage." The rejection was unanimous. 2. Broadly upheld the power of the states to regulate local operations of out-of-state firms. The 8-0 ruling approved South Carolina's assessment of $21,540 in income taxes against Heublein, Inc., a Connecticut liquor firm. 3. Agreed to decide whether the Interstate Commerce Commission should have fully considered the impact on the environment when it raised freight rates in a way that made it more expensive to ship scrap iron and steel destined for recycling. 4. Gave the government authority to check out the names of all contributors to a domestic organization allegedly linked to Irish insurgents. The vote was 6-3. 5. Rejected an appeal by former Louisiana Atty. Gen. Jack P. 1''. Gremillion, who was convicted of perjury to a federal grand jury investigating. Program Tonight Part of the Roosevelt chorus rehearses in preparation for the Roosevelt Christmas Program to be held in the Roosevelt Auditorium tonight beginning at 7:30. Singers standing around music teacher Walt Lund are left to right, Steve Bolin, Brian Johnson, Kay Fitzgerald, Laura Beaver, Kim Alex and Paul Mitz. The program will feature the entir,<j fourth, fifth and sixth grade chorus. In addition, Hub Christen will lead the audience in some caroling with Bob Lee at the piano.— Photo by Jim Ferree

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