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January 9, 1973

Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 1

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- • ' • V a a * »J v Mosf Can 'Get by' l~ v OS 1-V3 City's Effects Vary With Fuel Shortage Their First Applause Estherville's entry into the girls' basketball field, which had its debut Monday night, saw both old and new faces in the packed house. The 'new' Estherville varsity team responded to the standing ovation above with a 51-22 victory over another new team, Spencer. Story on page 10.— Photo by Chuck Ostheimer By CHUCK OSTHEIMER The nation's fuel oil shortage is having various effects on Estherville with some businesses having an ample supply and others questioning where their next load will come from. Estherville schools were the first to feel the 'cool' of the short supply when unable to hold classes Monday afternoon after a lower grade of fuel oil refused to flow to the furnaces. Classes, however, resumed Tuesday when maintenance em­ ployes were able to maintain flowage of the lower grade fuel oil to the furnaces of the high school and junior high buildings. News that the Nixon administration has agreed to import 250 million gallons of additional fuel oil during the next four months has encouraged Iowa State officials. The federal action announced Monday would raise the import quota for No. 2 fuel oil coming from the Virgin Islands. The Interior Department said oil would go to applicants in states east of the Rocky Mountains that could certify that the oil for which they apply is required to meet contract obligations. Although Iowa Commerce Commissioner Maurice Van Nostrand estimated Iowa's deficit this winter is 50 million gallons. He said that, "any additional oil coming in will make a significant difference. It will help a lot." Wadco Food, Inc., however, is going to close its drying plant already and possibly will have to close down its entire operation in Estherville if additional fuel oil cannot be obtained, according to plant manager Dick Downs. Downs said, "My supplier called me today and said they would give me one load per month and I need eight." Downs also said that he is working on other alternatives but if they don't pan out then the plant will have to shut down. Wadco requires No. 1 fuel oil in its operation. "Don Wischhof, manager of Peoples Natural Gas, has given us 100 per cent cooperation," Downs added. The Estherville Municipal Power Plant, one of Estherville's major users of fuel oil, has been getting the fuel oil which was contracted for earlier by bids from Hammond Oil Company at the rate of two transports per day, according to plant superintendent Malvin Petersen. The transports, which each holds an average of 6,600 gallons, is slightly above the 11-12,000 gallons a day being used by the plant. Petersen said that the plant has around 180,000 gallons of the No. 2 fuel oil on hand at the present time and if it continues to get the oil at the present rate the plant is in good shape. Roy 'Doc' Stroud, owner of Hammond Oil Company, said that he has been able to serve his regular customers but has not been able to accept any new customers. Chet Pier son, manager of John Morrell and Company in Estherville, said, "We're in very tight supply of fuel oil and are operating on a week-by-week basis but up until now our supply has been adequate and we are mak­ ing every effort to conserve heat wherever possible." Pierson also noted that Mor- rells uses natural gas and fuel oil only on a standby basis. Leonard Roberts, head of maintenance at the Holy Family Hospital, said they have been fortunate enough to get two semi loads of fuel oil since the last time the hospital was forced to use fuel oil for heat and still have enough to last between eight and eight and one-half days. Roberts also noted that the hospital has only a 4,000 gallon storage tank at the present time but did locate a second tank to hold some fuel for the present shortage but could not stockpile as much as he would like. Most other businesses in Estherville said that they had an adequate supply at the present time and have not been notified that their suppliers cannot get more if needed. But, with the heating season still having another eight to 12 weeks to run, much of which could conceivably be extremely cold, fuel oil could be at a premium in the city before spring rolls around. Mrs. Barnes President Of County Housing Group WINTER SPORTS CAPITAL OF IOWA 12 PAGES TODAY 'Estherville Housing, Inc.' voted to retain its present board of directors for the following year at its first annual meeting held Monday evening at the Estherville City Hall. Directors elected when the organization was formed last month and to serve for the next year are Harriet Barnes, president; Doug Hall, vice president; Alice Heywood, secretary; George Shadle, treasurer; and Gene Rullestad, director. Max Pelzer, attorney for the organization, reported that corporation papers had been filed and presented a corporate charter indicating "Estherville Housing, Inc." as a nonprofit corporation of the State of Iowa. Also present at the meeting were John Hulshof, F.H.A. representative, and Stan Griffith, who will serve as architect for the building project. "Estherville Housing, Inc." is a non­ profit corporation that is working on housing for the elderly in the Estherville community. Following adjournment of the annual meeting, a general discussion of the project was held concerning location, land costs, the type of housing that would be the mostdesirableandguidelines to following as required by the Farmers Home Administration, financiers of the building project. John Hulshof, F.H.A. representative, suggested that the board consider as its initial project 24 one and two - bedroom rental units with the one-bedroom unit being 620 square feet in size and the two-bedroom units 720 square feet. Also, that the kitchen be furnished with a stove and refrigerator, all floors carpeted, and that the monthly rent should include all utilities paid, including heat, lights, water, laundry facilities and any out­ side maintenance such as shoveling walks and mowing lawns. He also pointed out that the construction should be single story with no basements, leaving steps to a minimum. Stan Griffith pointed put that building costs are less with'mul­ ti-unit construction than building single unit dwellings. He also pointed out that this requires less land and outside utility installation such as water and sewer line hook-ups. He recommended that the board consider four six- plexes for the 24 apartments. John Hulshof suggested that 23 of the apartments be used for rental units and that the 24th be converted to storage for outside maintenance equipment, laundry facilities, and a small recreation room for get-togethers. Stan Griffith discussed building procedure and hiring a contractor to build the project. He pointed out that when an agency of the Federal government finances a housing project, the board must advertise for bids, making the construction job available to all eligible contractors. The contractor must post a bond in the amount of the con-, tract. Also that construction is subject to regular inspection by representatives of F.H.A. He also pointed out that F.H.A. building requirements are very strict, resulting in good quality housing. The Farm and Home Administration makes low interest loans available for special housing projects. The first $10,000 must be raised locally, however. This week the board of directors plan to make a formal application to F.H.A. for a loan, organize a fund raising campaign to acce;jt -HOUSING Continued on Page 9 DAILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 65 ESTHERVILLE, IOWA, 51334, TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 1973 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c :New Shopping Center Eyeing Estherville BY CHUCK OSTHEIMER Being confronted with a retail outlet with an estimated 40,000 square feet locating in Estherville within the next year, the Estherville Retail Bureau voted to endorse a downtown redevel­ opment concept plan and push for its adoption by the Estherville Planning and Zoning Commission and the Estherville City Council. The company interested in locating in Estherville, at the present time, is unknown to the city but a representative has contacted Estherville Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice-President Bob Knox and the Estherville Industrial Development Commission expressing desire to obtain short term options on property which would fulfill its Add Balloon Competition To Winter Sports Festival An invitational hot air balloon competition will be a new feature of the 1973 Estherville Winter Sports Festival, it was announced today by the festival committee. The event will be a "Hare and Hound Race" starting at the snowmobile racing course at the airport. One balloon will take off and the object of the race is for the other balloonists to follow the first balloon, the one landing closest to where the lead balloon lands being declared the winner. Tom Davles, Estherville, will pilot the "hare" balloon. He is also planning the event, which is sanctioned by the Balloon Federation of America. The satisfactory running of the competition will depend to a considerable degree on the weather, since the race cannot be run in high winds, according to Davies. The competition is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4. Most of the hot air balloons range from 45 to 50 feet in diameter and 70 to 90 feet in height. Propane fuel is used to supply the heat for flying, filling the specially coated and reinforced nylon envelope with the hot air that supplies the "lift." Balloons normally stay up about two to four hours, depending on air temperature and weight being carried, and while altitudes in excess of 30,000 feet have been recorded for hot air balloons, most of the sports- Among Other Things... Dickinson's First Baby Dickinson County's first new baby of 1973 arrived at 7:03 a.m. today, Jan. 9, at Dickinson Memorial Hospital. She was a baby girl, weighed 8 pounds, &V2 ounces, born to Mr. and Mrs. David Davis, Milford. She is awaited by a shower of gifts from the local business houses. Last year's baby kept the county in suspense a day longer, delaying arrival until Jan. 10. men enjoy floating at 200 to 500 feet over the countryside. While a balloonist can theoretically travel as fast as the wind blows, most pilots will not inflate if the ground level wind velocity exceeds five miles per hour, since the probability of being dragged through obstacles increases with landing velocity. A balloon generally goes where the wind goes, Davies explained, the trick being to pick the altitude that has the wind direction a pilot wants. Upper winds usually blow 90 degrees opposed to the winds at ground level, sometimes even 180 degrees. There are approximately 200 members in the Balloon Federation of America, membership including 150 pilots and 120 owners. Other events in the annual Winter Sports Festival are a concert by Woody Herman on Feb. 3, ski championships, snowmobile races, snowman contest, ice skating, ice and snow sculpture contest, trapshooting and sled dog races on the weekend of Feb. 10 and 11. A New Column Every Tuesday... Viet Vets Open House From left, Bob Dixon, Bob Olson, Bill Reiter and Francis Sheda display a poster marking the observance of Vietnam Day, as declared statewide by the Veterans of Foreign Wars for Monday, Jan. 15. An open house will be held at Iowa Lakes Community College and all Vietnam and post-Korean veterans are invited to tour the new college educational facilities and to visit with college counselors.— Photo by Jim Ferree Open House for Vietnam Veterans Joint Meeting Set At th« WORLD YAWNS imj By STAFF WRITERS Members of the Estherville Chamber of Commerce Retail Bureau will meet with the Planning and Zoning Commission at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, to discuss views on a concept plan for downtown redevelopment. The public is invited to the meeting, to be held in the City Hall Auditorium. ... Please Turn to Page 9 Today! The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3388, and Iowa Lakes Community College are collaborating in an observance of Vietnam Day, as declared statewide by the Veterans of Foreign Wars for Monday, Jan. 15. The first phase of the observance will be an open house at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville between the hours of 1 and 5 p.m. on Jan. 15. Vietnam and post - Korean veter­ ans are being invited to tour the new college educational facilities and to visit with college counselors and staff members about veterans' educational benefits. Transportation will be furnished by the college so that veterans may also visit new facilities at the south attendance center in Emmetsburg. At 7 p.m. the veterans and their wives or girl friends will be guests at open house at the V.F.W. Club that will include a free dinner, dance, door prizes and refreshments. College counselors and instructors have also been extended an invitation to be guests of the V.F.W. at the dinner. A brief program will be held during the dinner, with Robert Dixon and Robert Olson of the college and Francis Sheda, Executive Secretary of the Veter­ ans' Affairs Commission for Emmet County, making brief remarks. Representatives from the State V.F.W. organization are expected to be present for the occasion. The events of the day are being coordinated by Jim Burt, V.F.W. Commander; William Reiter, Vice-Commander; Lyle Heidenwith, also from the V.F.W. and Dixon and Olson from Iowa Lakes Community College. needs should it decide to locate here. According to Knox, the company is considering a retail outlet for the city which would consist of 40,000 square feet plus an additional 20,000 feet for other outlets at the same location, noting that four to five other firms generally locate with the firm. Knox also said he was led to believe that the firm is looking at property in approximately 25 cities and would probably build in around 15 of them in the very near future. The feeling of the retail board was that, if possible, it would prefer to have the firm locate downtown if suitable space could be acquired in time and ample parking could be provided. Dale Jacobson told the board, before it went on record as favoring the downtown plan, that onre it is approved by both the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council, then development was not required to proceed at any definite pace. Jacobson noted, however, that once the plan is approved, then building could be stopped which does not fit the plan. Also, he noted, that when new businesses locate, they would know what routes the city plans to take and could act accordingly. As a result of the Retail Bureau's action, they will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the City Hall Auditorium with the Planning and Zoning Commission, hoping to get the commission to approve the plan and recommend it to the city council for its approval. Should the Downtown Concept plan be approved and adequate space made available and accepted by the inquiring retail outlet, then Estherville's business district would remain in one central location, a situation which the retail bureau feels could complement all concerned. The Forecast

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