The Sioux County Capital from Orange City, Iowa on February 10, 1972 · Page 8
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February 10, 1972

The Sioux County Capital from Orange City, Iowa · Page 8

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"Crises in Cornbelt" We should draw together our risk capltol that someone is using and build the confinement feeding systems for cattle, hogs, and poultry that meet PC A requirements and couple them with the high school and adult agricultural- vocational school programs, so that the father of a farm boy or Individual doesn't have to take such extreme risks before he is trained in the processing of raw materials —"the one step further"-before letting them leave the area. These Agricultural Industrial Parks are not Intended to be competitors to our free enterprise farmer, but rather the training ground for the expanded specialized use of raw material, people and money. As a tax Incentive for new industry to locate in a community I would suggest an abatement of the Social Service budgets of the Real Es - tate taxes. This would amount to 60-70% of the tax bill, yet the Industry would pay for services rendered to It's real estate. After all this industry has not created a welfare or school problem, but it can solve It by providing worthwhile jobs. What Is more important the $6,000 real estate taxes on a new industrial building or the $300 per family of real estate taxes on the 200 new job holders for an amount, of $60,000. In the area of financing with SBA - conventional and the new authorized city bonds, the loan portion is pretty well covered. It's the equity or risk capital that presents the problem. I worked on the sale of local stocks for the Windom Industrial Development Corporation, most of the refusals we got were because the individual figured it wouldn't do them any good. Whether It is individual, employee, bus- ness man or industry there is good reason for us all to invest in our local Industrial Development Corp. More jobs expand the labor pool, increasing business and insures the Investment in our homes and other real estate because, where there are jobs there is demand for goods and services. It is just as important to present employees and future ones to have seed capitol to provide new buildings and equipment for jobs. Just as employees contribute for union dues, they .could contribute $1 per month for industrial search and development. In Windom with 1500 jobs this would create $18,000 per year or $180,000 or more The recent "Crisis in the Cornbelt" conference held at Worthington drew such, broad attendance and such widespread interest that plans have been made to continue it as an annual event. The three primary objectives of the conference: 1. To bring the citizens of the 10—-county area of Northwest Iowa and South west Minnesota together to discuss common problems. 2. To bring the area's problems to the attention of state and federal governments. 3. To find some way to bring solutions to the severe problems the area faces. About 500 persons attended the January 18 conference. Following Is the text of one of the addresses on industrial development given at the meeting by Wm. Robert Soleta, a realtor at Windom, Minn. Others will appear in future Issues of The CAPITAL. "The big picture" of what is happening In the rural area of Southwest Minnesota and Northwest Iowa Is "depopulation and poverty." Americans flon't like to be losers, worse yet when the winners become the losers. "The winners" the remaining farmers of today are the best In the world. Their capabilities have supplied the United States with unlimited food and fiber, plus a surplus for export. However, if you couple excessive productivity with the failure of our government and our international sales force to put these valuable resources into a distribution system to where they are needed you spell disaster for our farmers. The local result of this overall situation is an ever narrowing margin between the cost of production and the sale price of the farm products put into the market. This narrowing margin causes the farmer to use, to the best of his ability, more productive seed, fertilizer, feed additives, productive equipment and better practices. The end results being, the forced displacement of the farmer's own sons, smaller farmers and future farmers. All of this "push" Is necessary just to retain his net earnings at a worthwhile level. This struggle has also raised the farmer's age level to 58 vears, making farming "an old man's game." This has become true not by desire but by economic pressures. Who will replace these skilled retiring farmers? They will be replaced partially be greater investment in machines, or technical advancement, but the final replacement must be by new skilled young farmers, diversified individuals, and specialists. There is something very curious about our rural area, we EXPORT raw materials in the form of feed grain, young people, high school graduates, displaced farmers, and the money that our people invest in mutual funds, bonds, shares, most of which leaves the local area. Raw material, poopln and money are three necessary ingredients for economic growth and we ship them out. HOW STUPID CAN WE BE? What can we do to change this? We must adopt a policy of processing all our raw material "one step farther" before we ship it out. We must apply technology, management, and salesman- ] ship to these basic commo- ; dlties of raw material, people ; and money. ; A metropolitan banker re- ' cently said "Show me an ultra-conservative smalltown banker and I'll show you a man who is killing his community.''^ this our problem? Has our money been so hard- earned that we are not willing to risk it here? Don't kid yourself, someone else is taking our money and risking it somewhere else—processing our raw materials and employing our displaced people. Is It also the lack of "leadership" in our educational systems that is causing our good people to be uprooted and used in someone else's industry? Our people already have a background training and understanding that is available for this one step further processing of our raw materials. Three forms of industrialization must take place in the rural areas to raise our economic level, they are: 1. The production of food. 2. The processing of food. 3. The manufacture and assembly of products for local and national resale. Just as we have industrial manufacturing parks being built in each progressive city in our area, why can't we create AGRICULTURE INDUSTRIAL PARKS where these additional skills of technology, money and people, ' managnment and the use of raw materials can be developed into gross national" products 8--THE SIOUX COUNTY CAPITAL, Thursday, February 10, 1972 in 10 years. A small price to pay for generating new jobs. Reversing the flow of job seekers into the big city Is near impossible unless you provide a job opportunity before that person leaves. One ' of our local personnel men said he Interviewed 36 applicants to fill three job openings and then complained he couldn't find enough help. The 33 who walked away were still looking for Jobs. If we could provide one here those same people would not be causing unemployment and welfa..*-' problems In the big city, compounding the whole mess. Industry looks for cheaper overhead in all forms balanced by productivity of the employee, coupled with available raw materials and good distribution. This is where the philosophy of processing our products one step further really counts. We have It first; why let It go. An Industry employing women in the rural area really puts a boost In the local economy. The earning per family Is raised sharply to create a better standard of living. We can thank Fln- gerhut and Toro Mfg. for this In Windom. They in turn have said thanks in return by adding new jobs because of productivity per employee. Many urban problems such as pollution, transportation, crowding and schools have caused manufacturers and top level employers to look at spacious rural communities. The awake smaller town that has most of the necessary service facilities, good schools, health service,housing, summer and winter recreational facilities are getting favorable consideration. The manufacturing industrial parks of each developing city should always have a vacant speculation building for the relocation or expansion of an industry as long as it is determined there Is an available supply of labor. It should especially have a 6000 square foot building for the pilot operation of the very smallest of manufacures who want to give it a try. Just as we provide a home for people, we should also provide a home for new industry. THEY CANNOT WAIT SIX MONTHS FOR A MAYBE. When we lose our available supply -of labor we also lose the need for money and raw materials for further growth. There Is one gross inequity in our system of taxation that adds to the narrowing margin in farming. That is the taxing of real estate to support social services, such as health, education and welfare. A farmer must use large quantities of real estate to make a living. Therefore he pays from five to twelve times more to educate his children than does his fellow citizen In the same income category. The only difference is their method of employment. Our educational leaders preach that a good education, gives a letter job income through life, yet they continue to promote the use of real estate tax — "an unrelated source of taxation" -- to Support education. They may some day be one of the unemployed, disabled or retired that can no longer afford to keep their real estate because of this unrealistic tax system burden. If we believe in education, free enterprise and the capitalistic system, then let us use the PROFITS of the system to pay the expenses of its operation. Any banker, accountant, manufacturer, farmer, businessman, or laborer can tell you profits are the only way you can pay the expense of any operation including education. If we remove the unjust tax burden from the farmer, improve our processing ability, expand our use of money, improve our technology and yet are not able to sell our farm products locally or abroad at a profit we will still have a sick economy. I liken our farmers as to raindrops in a cloud, each drop does not create much water, but put them all together and you have a cloudburst that fills the streams of distribution to flood stage. Too much food and fiber, like too much water is a waste unless properly controlled. If we can't sell or BARTER the . foods In our streams of distribution, -then we must control it at its origin - at the same time properly conpen- sating those who must produce it. If we do not THE SOURCE SHALL SURELY FAIL. It has been said "cheap food" is a "political policy" of the U.S.A. If this is true, then those who preach the policy of cheap food shall alscr fail. Slavery of our farmers shall also fall to produce a world-wide supply of food for all. My fellow citizens, politicians, educators, farmers, industrialists, and business people, we must gather together NOW to solve these problems or we will become part of this national failure. On Dec. 30, 1971, C.B.S. TV report, the one glaring statement that stood out above all others was - "the U.S. economic strength is the strongest of all forces in the shaping and controlling of world peace." After I returned from eight years of service in the U.S. Air Force in World War II and during the Korean conflict, I met Senator Humphrey at the Windom high school and asked him at that time, "why is it with all the smart people in Washington, can't they see that our surplus food is the greatest weapon we have lor woHd peace." 1 am sure s °/naTor Humphrey was asup- corter of the food for peace Kam. Letusallcarryon this program by employing our greatest assets "the Am- K farmer" and his creative ability In producing this to holler up the farmhouse stairway at 5.30 Monday morning, "Everybody upj the day after tomorrow is the middle of the week and you ain't got a thing done yet." A cousins party was held on Monday evening, Jan. 31st at the Auto Dine in Sioux Center. Those attending the supper were Mr. and Mrs. Steve Pop- pema, Mr. and Mrs. Al Wai- raven, Mr. and Mrs. Searle jacobsma, Mr. and Mrs. Gerrit Horstman, Mr. and Mrs. Neal Dykhuizen, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Mars, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hoffs, Mr. and Mrs. John Roetman, Mr. and Mrs. Herm Fedders, Mrs. Harriet Fedders, Mr. and Mrs. John Fedders, Mr. and Mrs. Marinus Fedders, Mr. and Mrs. Gerrit Alons, Mrs. Tlllie Ten Clay, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Tensen, James Hofland, Mrs. Catherine Schuiteman. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Kroon of Sheldon welcomed the arrival of their first /child, a son, Scot Alan, born at 11:45 p.m. February 4th at the Sheldon Community Hospital. His recorded birth weight is 8 Ibs. 2 oz. The mother is the former Barbara Kreykes. The little lads grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kreykes and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kroon all of Hospers. Mr. and Mrs. Wein Van Oort of Sheldon and Mrs. Marge Kreykes of Hospers are the great-grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. John Sols- ma, Sr., were Monday afternoon callers last week at the John T. Runia home at Ocheyedan. Mr. and Mrs. John Van Iperen and family have moved this past Saturday from their trailer home into their newly built house at the north end of Hospers. Mrs, Henry Testroete hosted farewell coffee party last Thursday afternoon at her home for Mrs. Evan Schmidt of La Habra, Calif, who returned to her home Thursday evening by plane from Slow Palls, after spend ng 11 couple weeks visiting with her parents, Mr, and Mrs, Gerhard Kasteln! Those attendlngwere Mrs, Gerhard Kasteln, Mrs. Ed Oldenkamp, Mrs, John Vander Berg of Sheldon, Mrs. Rich Schnurr, Michelle and Keith, Mrs. Arloa Te Stroete of Sioux Center, Mrs. Fred Reekers, Mrs. Andrew Vander Berg and Mrs. Evan Schmidt. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Blorn, Jr. and Amy of Alton and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Bruyn and Lori attended a wedding reception on Saturday evening, Feb. 5 * at Chandler, Minn, in the Legion Hall for their nephew, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Vanden Berg who were married on Jan. 8 at Blooirtington, Minn. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kamles John Ramies and Lisa of Orange City attended a birthday party Thursday evening for their grand-daughter and neice, Jennifer Jurgensen at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Randy Jurgensen at Le Mars, for her first birthday that day. Mrs. Liz Foreman and boys of Le Mars, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Haag and Janelle of Sheldon were last Monday night supper guests at the home of Mrs. Syl Haag. Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Vande Kamp and boys were Sunday afternoon callers at the Albert Vande Kamp home at Sioux Center. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Te Stroete were Sunday afternoon callers at the Gerhard Kastein home. Mr. Larry Scheiffer, music teacher at Floyd Valley School will be moving into the trailer house vacated by the Van Iperen's. The young men who rented trailer home of Mrs. Mary Anderson moved this weekend to Sheldon. Who , pays when you are sick, .or, hurt?' For details about an Income Protection policy See DON VAN DER WEIDE, C.L.U. Phone 787-4500 or 737-2309 Orange City New York Life Insurance Company Life Insurance - Group Insurance - Annuities Health Insurance - Pension Plans GOOD/YEAR 4-PLY NYLON CORD "ALL-WEATHER Iff" TIRE Clean sidewall design, radial darts on shoulder • Triple-tempered nylon cord construction • Buy now at these low prices FOR COMPACTS Comets, Corvairs, Falcons, Uarts, Specials and Valiants Size 6.50x13 tubeless, plus $1.75 Fed. Ex. Tax. No trade needed. MEDIUM SIZE CARS Camaros, Chevrolets, Chevy Us, K-85s, Fairlanes, Ambassadors, Corvettes, Rebels, Plymouths and Tempests $ Size 7.75x15, 7.75x14 or 8.25x14 tubeless, plus $2.12 to $2.29 (depending on size) and old tire LARGER CARS Hoicks, Fords, Dodges, Mercurys, Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles, T-Birds Size 8.55x14 or 8.55x15 tubeless, plus $2.41 to $2.48 Fed. Ex. Tax.(depending on size) and old tire BAMH CREDIT CMOS HONORED AT GOOOVtAR SERVICE STORES AND MOST GOOOVEAR DEALERS Use Our Rain Check Program: Because of expected heavy demand for Goodyear tires, we may run out of some sizes during this offer, but we will be happy to order your size tire at the advertised price and issue you a rain check for future delivery of the merchandise. GOODYEAR - THE ONLY MAKER OF POLYGLAS' TIRES Foreman Tire Service M^ftndMrs.ftfo, Mr, And Mfs. Gary KleinhesS" Sunk and ^liy and mryl Kieinhesselink all of Orange City were Sunday dinner guests at the parental Joe Klelnhessellnk home in observance of »e birthdays of Darlo schaap and Mrs, Gary Klelrthessellnk. sally, Julia, Margaret and Rose Dyke from Sioux City were Monday supper guests in the home of their sister, Mr. and' Mrs. Ben Vanden Berg. Mrs. Marie Grotenhuis, Mrs. Tilla Tlnklenberg and Mrs. Margaret Klynsma all from Hospers spent Sunday afternoon visiting in the home of Mrs. John Wiersema. occasio Order your f | 0 for Valentine's EARLY Phone or leave order at VILLAGE 737-4978 BARTEL PLOR AND GREENH LE MARS For your Valentine Fanny Farmer Valentine Candy - Valentine Hearts^ from 890 to $5.50 \ Valentine Cards School Packs Many Gifts MANY SPECIAL ITEMS Cologne & After Shave Phone 737-4844 After hours 737-4722 104 Albany Ave. NE ORANGE CITY Winter t days are good days for planning... . for your vacation next summer . for new living room furniture . for going into business for yourself . for a college education for your children . for financial independence during retirement years Most of us have plans . . . plans to do something after 1 we've saved enough money. And we've said to ourselves while reviewing the family's finances on a winter evening: "I'd like to save but can't seem to get started." If you've said it — than here's a successful saver's tip: DECIDE WHAT 1 YOU WANT MOST AND SAVE TOWARD IT REGULARLY! Sounds simple. The fact is, it is simple . . . and it worses: Setting a goal helps you get started. And saving regularly helps you get there. Talk your plans over tonight -- and tomorrow open a savings account at the Northwestern State Bank. The Northwestern State Bank and its office In Maurice will not open for business on Febr, 21 because of Washington's birthday. Call on us whenever we can be of service in any of these ways Savings Accounts -- Home Improvement Loans - Travel Checks Checking Account* ... Personal Loans - Safe Deposit Business Loans - Farm Loans « Auto Loans Rich Foreman Alton, Iowa Phone A 134 Northwestern State Bank A FULL SERVICE BANK Office at Maurice ORANGE CJTY Member

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