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Estherville Featured Ron Riedemann and Dr. John Powers take time out from, their duties at the Estherville Medical Center to view a feature in 'The Iowan' magazine on the 1972 Estherville Winter Sports Festival. Pictures used in the article were taken from those published by the Estherville Daily News following the festival. The Daily News has extra copies of the magazine on sale In its business office. Dr. Powers "Was general chairman of last year's festival and Riedemann was in charge of skiing activities. Order Northwestern Bell To Refund $8.1 Million DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Commerce Commission announced Friday it has allowed Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. an annual rate increase of nearly $8.6 million, or less than half the $20.9 million requested by the company. The phone company, which serves about 625,000 Iowa residences and businesses in 230 communities, asked 18 months ago for rate increases of $15.6 million and put its proposed rates into effect under bond Dec. 1, 1971. It later amended the request to $20.9 million but did not collect the higher amount from its customers. ICC Chairman Maurice Van Nostrand said the company is ordered to make refunds of ap proximately $8.1 million including sales tax and interest. He said that will average $13 for each Northwestern Bell customer. In a statement issued Friday, Jack A. MacAllister, Iowa vice president and general manager for Northwestern Bell, said he was "deeply disappointed" in the ICC order. "This is not sufficient in the light of today's economic conditions," said MacAllister. "We believe we made an excellent case for the full amount in the hearings conducted by the commission." He indicated that Northwestern Bell will seek another rate increase. The rate increase granted by the commission is $8,581,313an- nually, allowing, the commission said, earnings on equity in system-wide capitalization of 10.7 per cent. Included in the $15.6 million requested by the company and put into effect last December were toll charge boosts of $3.1 million. Van Nostrand said the reduction in rates and refunds ordered by the ICC will apply to local service only. Existing toll charges will remain unchanged. In the commission's hearings and investigation on the rate increase, the ICC staff recommended the company be granted an annual rate boost of only $3.22 million. MacAllister's statement said "It is our obligation to supply our customers with high quality telephone service and we believe an earning level of 9.5 per cent is required in today's economy to meet that obligation. We simply cannot approach that earning level under the commission's order and we will have to ask for further rate relief." "I do not expect Iowans to applaud our efforts to increase telephone rates and improve telephone earnings," he said. "At the same time, however, I firmly believe that the public would be even more dissatisfied if we simply went along with the erosion of our service capability which would be the result if we neglected these rate efforts." For Waste Treatment Facilities -/3 $5.2 Million Grant For Estherville By CHUCK OSTHEIMER A grant for $5,202,750 for construction of new waste treatment facilities in Estherville was approved by the Environmental Pollution Agency in Kansas City last week, according to an announcement from the office of Congressman Wiley Mayne Friday afternoon. The grant sets the stage for the Estherville City Council to proceed with new waste treatment facilities at an estimated cost of $6,937,000 with industry participating in the local portion of the project cost. Industry's share, if the grant had not been approved by March 1, 1973, would have been based on their use of the facilities at the total cost of the project, a sizeable increase in their total costs. Although the grant has been approved, it is unlikely that construction will begin before 1974. The city still must obtain a site for the new facilities, then according to Lee Cronister, engineer for Henninghson, Durham and Richardson of Omaha, soil boring must be taken and another six to eight months will be spent on putting the final design on paper. The final design must have approval from both state and federal agencies before bids can be taken by the city, which likely will come either late this, year or early in 1974. Employes of the city and representatives of John Morrell and Company had made trips to both Kansas City and Des Moines in an attempt to get the grant approved before the March 1 deadline. In Des Moines on Dec. 11, 1972, Thomas Newmann, secretary for the Iowa Environmental Pollution Control Commission, told Estherville representatives that, if the grant comes before March 1, the city will be under the old law which requires that industry pay back only its 'fair share' of the local costs. Had the loan come after March 1, 1973, city industries would have been required to repay their use share of the total project costs. Newmann also said at the same time that Estherville was top priority and would be forthcoming as soon as the federal government released funding monies. The Estherville project, according to Newmann, was set back when a new federal law required that all projects be funded with 75 per cent federal funds which used up the state funds before reaching the Estherville project. Estherville is also eligible for another five per cent of the total project costs when an Emmet County Regional Planning Commis sion was established last year. WINTER SPORTS CAPITAL OF IOWA DAILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 60 ESTHERVILLE, IOWA, 51334, TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 1973 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Estherville Winter Sports Festival Hansen Chairman For Ice Sculpturing Still Difficulties For Vietnam Peace Service Cutback Due to a reduction in service, unemployment insurance claims will be changed from every Thursday to the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the Spencer Employment Office. The office also said that there will also be some delay in payment since all temporary winter help has been laid off. Council Agenda A resolution for making appropriations for fiscal 1973 will be presented to the Estherville City Council at its first meeting of the year at 7:30 tonight. Also on the agenda are discussion of salary increases for city employes, a recommendation from the planning and zoning commission for reclassification of various locations in Estherville, appointments to the Police Pension Board, bills for the month of December. School Board Meeting At the regular meeting of the Board of Education of Estherville Community Schools, two items on the agenda will concern bus storage space and school bond issue petitions. The board will discuss renewal of the contract with Emmet County Fair Board for use of a building for storage of buses. Also petitions calling for a third vote on the bond issue will be presented to the board for acceptance. PARIS (AP) — President Georges Pompidou said today that "real, precise difficulties, hard to overcome, remain in the peace negotiation that are to resume here next Monday between the United States and North Vietnam. But the French president added that he hoped this time the talks will succeed. Speaking to representatives of journalists' associations greeting him for the new year, Pompidou said: "The simple fact that negotiations resume is very important." Asked about France's role in the resumption of talks, the president said there had been an exchange of letters between President Nixon and himself "in addition to the usual contact with both sides." He did not divulge the contents of the letters. Pompidou spoke shortly before American and North Vietnamese technical experts were to resume their meetings today in discussing a draft peace treaty. Their last meeting was held Dec. 23, when the North Vietnamese walked out to protest U.S. bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong. Pompidou said he did not believe the United States will negotiate "at any price" and added that he did not think the bombing of North Vietnam "incited the North Vietnamese to much gratitude or concessions." In a move to bolster his position in the new round of talks, President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam is sending a pair of envoys to several world capitals, including Paris and Washington. The Forecast WARMER A snow and ice sculpture competition, with $750 in prize money, will again be a feature of the Estherville Winter Sports Festival scheduled for Feb. 2, 3 and 4, it was announced today by Carl Hansen, chairman of the sculpture division of the festival. As in previous years, organizations, groups, families and individuals are being encouraged to enter the competition, which has become a highlight of the annual festival. The competition is divided into two categories: No. 1 category for groups, organizations and neighborhoods, with a first prize of $200, second of $150, third of $75 and first runner-up of $50; and category No. 2 for families and individuals, with first prize of $125, second of $75, third of $50 and first runner-up of $25. Judging in both categories will be based on scale, or size, 25 points; originality, 25 points; detail (does it look like what it purports to?), 25 points; and structural excellence, 25 points. It is stressed by the committee that sculptures should be located on sites within the general environs of Estherville. Internal supports may be used but the entire visible surface must be snow or ice. Color is optional and will not be considered in judging. If color is used, entrants are urged to try to maintain the color for at least two festival weekends. Persons wishing to enter the contest are asked to obtain an application form with complete rules and regulations at the Estherville Chamber of Commerce office and to submit entry applications no later than Feb. 1. Judging will take place starting at noon on Saturday, Feb. 3. Doug Hall and Harold Reese are in charge of commercial snow and ice displays in downtown Estherville, including sculptures in the library park. Last year's winners in the group, organization, and neighborhood class of the sculpture competition were Iowa Lakes Community College, first place for its Mt. Rushmore sculpture; Junior High F.H.A., second for Billy Goats Gruff; the Francis Koenecke and John Parsons families, third for Dutch Treat; and Holiday Mountain Ski Lodge, runner -up for Saint Bernard Dog. In the individual and family category, the Benny Molands, with Disneyland, tied for first with the LeRoy Powers family 's Paul Bunyan. Third place was taken by the Marion Hubers with Sesame Street, while runner-up was the Carl Hansen family with February Events. Total prize money for the sculpture contest in 1968, first year of the festival was $265, as compared with the $750 being offered this, the fifth year of the festival. There were 38 entries in the contest last year, but, with increased prize money announced for this year, committee members expect an increase in the number of entrants. Al Conlee is general chairman of the 1973 Winter Sports Festival, which will feature a concert by Woody Herman on Feb. 3, ski championships, snowmobile races, snowman contest, balloon races, ice skating competition and on Feb. 10 and 11, sled dog races. China to Continue Contacts TOKYO (AP) - Despite the Vietnam war, Communist China apparently plans to continue in 1973 its policy of contacts with the United States and other non-Communist powers. This is the between-the-lines meaning of a long, long New Year's message carried by the three most important publications in China: the Peking People's Daily, the Liberation Army Daily and the theoretical organ, Red Flag. The way the papers put it, Communist Chairman Mao Tse- tung's "revolutionary line in foreign affairs" — the liberal approach begun with the Ping- Pong diplomacy of 1971 — will be continued in this new year. The decision appears to have been reached while U.S. bombers still were striking massively at the vitals of North Vietnam. Though it condemned the bombing and promised, if it persisted, to give "usual" all- out support and aid to the Vietnamese Communists, the New Year message gave no hint that it would affect the improvement of Chinese-American relations dating from President Nixon's visit to Peking last February. The message made the usual attack on the "power politics" of the United States and the Soviet Union, but the harsh words were reserved for the Russians, described as guilty of the heinous Marxist sin. The message painted a black picture of Chinese who have fallen for the Soviet heresy, revisionism. It named fallen Chief of State Liu Shao-chi and, by implication, the late Defense Minister Lin Piao. They not only betrayed the party and the country and became "renegades and traitors" but plotted to institute a fascist dictatorship made up of landlords, rich peasants, counterrevolutionaries, "bad elements" and rightists, it said. At F.F.A. Conference Two Estherville delegates were among the 100 F.F.A. leaders attending the F.F.A.-Farm Bureau Holiday Conference at Iowa State University in Ames on Dec. 27-28. Discussions at the meeting involved communications, marketing, and economics. Pictured from left are, Doug Nelson of Estherville, Dan Herbrandson of Estherville, National F.F.A. President DwightSeeg- miller of Decorah, and Iowa F.F.A. President Daryl Sywassink of Muscatine.