Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on December 20, 1972 · Page 1
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Estherville, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 20, 1972
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i Five-Year Iowa Highway Program I By CHUCK OSTHEIMER A five-year highway program calling for improvements totaling $629.7 million in fiscal years 1974 through 1978 but reflecting future uncertainty over federal financing was approved by the Iowa Highway Commission Wednesday. The five-year program calls for replacing the Des Moines River bridge on highway nine in Estherville, extension ,of the climbing lane west of the city limits four-tenths of a mile and widening of a bridge near the Emmet-Palo Alto County line on Highway Four. The Des Moines River bridge, budgeted at a cost of $319,000 in 1975, was listed as being advanced three years because of the condition of the bridge. State Representative Roll in Edelen said that "I was told that the construction will start on the bridge in 1973." Edelen also said that the state has several bridge designs on hand and would take one which is applicable for use in thi Estherville site, thus not having a delay of drawing up plans. The state has also contacted property owners along the bridge right-of-way, according to Edelen, and has been in contact with Emmet County Engineer Gary Stribley concerning possible detours during the construction period. If the bridge is constructed next summer, the work will be done in conjunction with extension of the creeping lane west of the Estherville city limits for four-tenths of a mile at an estimated cost of $32,000. The extension would continue to a point near the driveway of Dan Nelson. The extension, which is on the north side of Highway Nine, "is what should have been done when the original creeping lane was put in," Edelen said. The section of highway, which runs past the Highlander, Chief Drive Inn, A & W Drivein and Tom Davies Insurance Service, has been the scene of several accidents during the past five years. Widening the bridge on Highway Four, just north of the Palo Alto County line, is slated for 1976 at a cost of $50,000. Listed as critical needs for Emmet County but which cannot be achieved because of lack of funds are resurfacing 4.4 miles of highway from the Palo Alto County line to Wallingford, replacing bridges on Highway Four near Estherville, reconstruction of 20 miles of Highway Nine from Estherville east to the Emmet County line, reconstruction of 6.6 miles of Highway 15 from Christmas Around the World Christmases in other countries was a part of students Rick Rosburg and Karla Thelen's studies in classes at Maniece School. Rick and Karla were studying Christmas in Holland and demonstrate how people in Holland use wooden shoes instead of stockings for receiving gifts. Karla and Rick are members of the first grade class at Maniece school. — Photo by Jim Ferree U.S. On-Again, Off-Again Bombing in Vietnam By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The resumption Monday of U.S. bombing above North Vietnam's 20th parallel is the latest installment in an on-again, off- again bombing policy dating back more than eight years. The first American bombing raids against North Vietnam came Aug. 4-5, 1964 following the Gulf of Tonki incident in which two American warships, the USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy, allegedly were attacked by communist patrol boats. Those raids were directed against North Vietnamese coastal bases, patrol boats and oil installations. However, the first sustained bombing raids did not come until Feb. 7, 1965, in retaliation against Viet Cong attacks against American ground installations in South Vietnam. The bombing continued un­ abated until May 13, 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a halt in hopes that North Vietnam would make a reciprocal move to de-escalate the war. The bombing resumed four days later. On Christmas Eve of that year, the bombing was halted again as part of a holiday ceasefire. The raids remained in abeyance until Jan. 31, 1966, while U.S. officials in Washington waited for a "peace signal" they hoped would lead to an end of the war. The raids were halted briefly several times in 1966 and 1967 for holiday observances but there was no major change in U.S. bombing policy until March 31, 1968, when President Johnson announced a bombing halt in an area north of the 20th parallel including "90 per cent of North Vietnam's population Insurance Representatives Meet with ILCC Board Meeting in its last regular session of tye year, the board of directors of Iowa Lakes Community College discussed the college's liability insurance coverage, hearing a representative from Continental Western Insurance Co. explain current coverage. Stanley Young, Estherville insurance agent, discussed errors and omissions insurance and the board voted to purchase such a policy through Northwestern National Insurance Co., with the Young agency to be designated the agency of record. The board also heard a brief explanation of a projected Selected High School Pre-vocational program that is currently in the investigative stage by college personnel. Under this program students currently in high school would have the opportunity to enroll in vocational programs conducted by Iowa Lakes Community College in cooperation with high schools in Area in. m a resolution adopted by the board, official support and commitment were indicated for "Project Cooperation," a project that would involve the college entering into agreement with area elementary and secondary schools for the development of career-oriented curricula. Application has been made by the college for federal funding to support this project. Only one area college in the State of Iowa will be chosen for the pilot program funding. Part-time instructional personnel for the Department of Adult and Continuing Education were employed, as recommended by the department. The next regular meeting of the board will be on Jan. 23, 1973. and most of its territory. This curtailment, announced during the same speech in which Johnson disclosed he would not seek re-election, was followed by the agreement for the Paris peace talks. On April 7, 1968, U.S. military sources in Saigon said U.S. units had been ordered to bomb no further north than the 19th parallel and on Oct. 31, 1968, Johnson ordered an end to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam. Except for periodic "protective reaction" strikes, there was no more bombing of North Vietnam until last April 6 when, without formal announcement, U.S. planes resumed large-scale bombing following a North Vietnamese invasion into South Vietnam. On May 8 President Nixon announced that he had ordered the mining of all North Vietnamese ports and said that "air and naval strikes against military targets in North Vietnam will continue." On Oct. 22 Nixon limited U.S. bombing operations to the 200- mile-long Panhandle area of North Vietnam south of the 20th parallel. U.S. planes resumed bombing north of the 20th parallel Monday and the White House has indicated such raids will continue "until such time as a settlement is arrived at." Swindle INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP)The Warren County sheriffs department says an elderly Carlisle widow was swindled out of $900 by a man posing as a bank examiner. Authorities said Tuesday that the man told the woman that shortages had occured at her bank and asked her to withdraw her money to help resolve the problem. The woman said she gave the man the money and hadn't heard from him since. Armstrong north to the Minnesota State line, and acquiring right-of-way from Ringsted to junction of Iowa 15. No work is slated for Dickinson County until 1975 with 7.3 miles of right-of-way to be purchased from Milford to Junction Highway Nine west of Spirit Lake at an estimated cost of $500,000 and reconstruction scheduled for 1976 and 1977 at a total cost of $5,059,000. Scheduled for 1977 and 1978 in Dickinson County are purchase of right-of-way at a cost of $113,000 and grading and draining at a cost of $709,000 of 9.8 miles on Highway Nine from Spirit Lake east to the Emmet County line. Reconstruction of Highway Four from the Pocahontas County line north to Mallard, a distance of two miles, is scheduled to start in 1975 with purchase of right-of-way at a cost of $35,000, grading in 1976 at a cost of $158,000 and paving in 1977 at a cost of $255,000. Also in Palo Alto County, rebuilding the curve at the west edge of Emmetsburg on Highway 18, a distance of seven-tenths of a mile, is scheduled for 1978 at a cost of $22,000. The report also contemplates postponing completion of the 784- mile Iowa interstate highway system until fiscal 1979 or later. The program also includes further reduction of the mileage of old 18-foot primary highways in the state from the present 1,029 miles to less than 600 miles in the fiscal year. Director of Highways J. R, Coupal said the commission had decided that both state and federal revenue projections for highways should be held to the conservative side so that the five-year program wouldn't call for completion of more work than there will be money to pay for. "Therefore, the resource projection upon which this program is based assumes that only 90 per cent of anticipated federal apportionment will actually be made available," Coupal said. Another assumption, which is a departure from the five-year program announced a year ago, is that state sales tax revenue which was allocated to highways annually before 1969 will not be restored. Where the commission a year ago had estimated its new financial resources for the years 1974-77 at $835.6 mil­ lion, the new five-year program figures them at only $746.4 million. The five-year program calls for paving Interstate 35 from Highway 106 near Mason City to Highway 3 in Franklin County in 1974 and paving the last gap in the superhighway through Franklin and Hamilton counties from Highway 3 to Highway 20 in 1975. The commission said it was dropping its previous plan to complete the interstate system during the five-year period because of a likelihood that Con­ gress is going to reduce federal interstate funds. An analysis of construction programs over the last 12 years indicates substantial progress has been made toward meeting the law's requirement that primary road conditions be equalized over the state insofar as possible, the commission said. It said the most progress in the last 12 years has been in the southern third of the state but the emphasis now is shifting "to concentrate on the areas still below average, largely in the eastern part of the state." WINTER SPORTS CAPITAL OF IOWA 12 PAGES TODAY UDAILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 53 ESTHERVILLE, IOWA, 51334, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Legislators Favor Bingo, Games of Chance for Iowa DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Most Iowa Legislators apparently believe they have a mandate from the people to legalize bingo at least for nonprofit organizations, during the 65th General Assembly which begins here Jan. 8. And at the same time, many legislators would like to legalize pari-mutuel betting (at horse or dog races) or establish a state lottery. In the past, gambling in Iowa was not only illegal, but unconstitutional. Iowans voted more than 2-1 last month to remove the provision barring lotteries from the Iowa Constitution. Supporters of the constitutional amendment touted it as a bingo measure, to allow church and other nonprofit organizations to organize bingo gamesf The Iowa attorney general earlier ruled that bingo was a lottery and is, therefore, unconstitutional. More than 90 per cent of legislators answering an Associated Press survey indicated they will support at least a limited bingo bill in the coming session. And many were quick to add they would also support carnival games which were declared illegal by Atty. Gen. Richard Turner last summer and were halted on state and county fairgrounds. "I favor legalizing bingo and games of chance that have in the past been played at county fairs and state fairs," said Sen. William D. Palmer, D-Des Moines, echoing the sentiments of many other legislators. "I also feel due to the interest demonstrated by the public, that pari-mutuel betting should be discussed in the upcoming session of the legislature," Palmer said. In the AP survey, more legislators said they will not favor going beyond legalizing bingo and carnival games at this time than said they.favor legalizing pari-mutuel betting. But a good many legislators said they are still undecided. "I favor a thorough study by a legislative committee into all forms of gambling to be allowed," said Sen.-elect John S. Murray, R-Ames. "The main question to be answered with regard to legalizing any form of gambling is whether or not we would allow organized crime to secure a foothold in Iowa— whether or not the cost to our society outweighs the benefits of allowing our citizens to enjoy themselves as they desire," Murray said. "If organized crime can be effectively kept out, I would favor legalized bingo and pari- mutuel betting," Murray said. Many legislators said they will support bingo but will vote against any other form of gambling. "I will oppose any other form of gambling very strongly," said Sen. Cloyd Robinson, D-Cedar Rapids. "I do not see legalizing gambling as an asset to any community or to the state." Se.-elect William Plymat, R- Des Moines, contends that if bingo is legalized, it should be very carefully controlled. "I think there should be some limit on the amount of prizes and the organizations" that can organize bingo games, Plymat said. He said the organizations should be non profit and the state should carefully license those - organisations. Other legislators favor a state-run lottery instead of or in addition to, legalized pari- mutuol betting. "Many states are using the revenue raised (from state lotteries) to hold down taxes and not institute new types of taxes," said Rep.-elect James T. Caffrey, D-Des Moines. House Speacker-elect Andrew Varley, R-Stuart, said gambling bills will be debated in the House during the first couple of months of the session. But Varley said he does not personally favor passage of major gambling before 1974, after legislators have had a chance to study proposals for pari-mutuel betting or a state lottery. Lt. Gov.-elect Arthur Neu, R- Carroll, says he will assign bills pushing major gambling to a committee he believes will take a "go slow" approach because of the potential influence of organized crime. Rep. (Sen.-elect) Michael Blouin, D-Dubuque, says stiff state controls would eliminate major problems. The Dubuque Democrat said he will propose a 50 per cent lottery operated by the state »• and feels most people would look on it as "a fun way to pay taxes." Rep.-elect Adrian Brinck, D- West Point, proposes legalizing gambling in general and "let the local governments place the restrictions on gambling." Planning and Zoning Commission Recommends Rezoning Eight Areas Shopping i Days Till i Christmas; Recommendations to the Estherville City Council for rezoning eight sections of property in the city were approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission at its meeting Tuesday night. If the council decides to follow the Planning and Zoning Commission's recommendations, a public hearing is required by Truman Unchanged KANSAS CITY (AP) - Former President Harry S. Truman remains semiconscious and in very serious condition. His doctors say he cannot last indefinitely with his deteriorating kidneys performing inadequately. At a 10 a.m. EST briefing, the hospital reported Truman was somewhat less responsive during the night but that around 9:45 a.m. he became more alert. Doctors said his over-all condition was unchanged from Tuesday and that he remained very serious. A spokesman said Truman's kidney output for the past 24 hours was 645cc. A hospital spokesman quoted Dr. Wallace Graham, Truman's personal physician, as saying more poison is entering the blood stream, even though kidney output is greater. Truman's vital signs remained within normal limits, the spokesman said, with blood pressure 110-50, pulse 84, respiration 24 and temperature 97.4. Won V Accept C R E S T 0 N , .Iowa (AP)-Thomas E. Mullin, a Creston attorney who was elected Union County attorney by a write-in vote in the November general election, has announced he will not take the post. law and legal descriptions will be published. Concerned property owners will have an opportunity to voice objections, either written or verbal, at that time. The commission recommendations included: — That four lots in Cox's Addition presently zoned commercial be changed to residential; — A recommendation that a triangular piece of property occupied by Larry's Gulf Station on Central Avenue and S. 5th St. be changed from light industrial to general business; — That the west side of Sixth Street from 1st Ave. S. to 2nd Ave. S. be changed from light industry to general business; — The east side of south Sixth Street from 2nd Ave. S. to 4th Ave. S, be changed from general business to light industry; — Both sides of Central Avenue from Ninth Street to 13th Street be changed from multifamily and light industry to general business, including the original right-of-way of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad from Central Avenue to 1st Ave. N.; — To change all property bounded by First Ave. N., 18th Street, First Avenue South and 17th Street that is presently zoned light industry to general business; — Rezone approximately a 200 foot strip of land south of Central Avenue from S. 18th St. to the property owned by the Iowa State Highway Commission that is presently light industry to general business; — Lot one of Murray's Addition be rezoned from light industry to general business. The commission tabled a request from the Estherville Medical Center asking that recommendations be made to the council to rezone the property they own from residential to general business. The Forecast PARTLY CLOUDY Ready for Santa Mike Ande rson and Heidi McDormott know that Christmas is on the way and hang stockings in preparation for that jolly ole' man who'll be visiting soon. Mike and Heidi are members of Mis. Susan Strong's first grade class at McKinley School. — Photo by Jim Ferree Plan New Bridge for Estherville

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