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January 11, 1973

Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 1

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Estherville's Elderly Housing A 1 ' <"S <3g To Sculpture Plans Building an ice sculpture for the Estherville Winter Sports Festival in hopes of winning one of the prizes is being undertaken by the Iowa Lakes Zoology Club in an attempt to raise funds for a trip to Puerto Rico. Other projects planned to finance the trip, which is estimated at $300 per person, include candy sales which are already underway, a flea sale, chili supper and some projects still being planned. Looking at the plans for this year's sculpture are, from left, John Powers, instructor Roy Powers, and Rodney Winter in the foreground while Ritchie Berkland and Roxana Johnson look on in the background.— Photo by Jim Ferree Add Commercial Sculpture Class . •__ 1 n IAKIM tvairoHnor ft*nnhv frl Estherville business firms arc being encouraged to enter the Commercial Division of the Ice and Snow Sculpture Contest for the Estherville Winter Sports Festival. According to committeemen Doug Hall and Har­ old Reese, the Library Square has been reserved for the construction of commercial sculptures, although entrants for the construction of commercial sculptures are not necessarily restricted to this area and may build their entries anywhere within the Estherville city limits. Although there will be no cash prizes in this new commercial category, there will be awarded Invite Area Band Members To Woody Herman Clinic High School band directors in the area are invited to bring their students to a clinic to be conducted by Woody Herman and the Young Thundering Herd on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Iowa Lakes Community College. Band students and their directors will be guests at the college for the event, according to Mike director of college bands. Day, Herman, who will be featured in a public concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, in the Estherville High School Gymnnasium, will present a mini-concert to be followed by sectional work and Among Other Things... Income Tax Book Taxpayers may now obtain the Federal Income tax book, with information on whether and how to file a return, at the Estherville Post Office. The announcement was made by Jim Matre, postmaster, who said the book includes answers on the kinds of deductions that can be taken and sample, filled-in tax forms. The book sells for 75 cents. Car Disposal Abandoned cars will be accepted at the Mike Dalen property, 1/2 miles north of Estherville, until Tuesday, according to Bob Knox, Estherville Chamber of Commerce executive vice president. Knox also said that the cars will be taken 'free of charge' but must be on the property before the crushing machine leaves. The county, city and Chamber of Commerce cannot be involved in transportation of the cars for insurance reasons. Revenue Sharing Emmet County's second revenue sharing check for 1972 arrived, according to Mildred Danielson, county auditor. It amounted to $105,994, making a total of $216,453 with the addition of the check received Dec. 11. City Clerk Connie Garrison reports the city has received its second revenue sharing check also, which amounted to 834,241. With the revenue sharing check received earlier of $35,685, the total revenue sharing received for the city is $69,926. discussion for each instrument. Also, there will be a "rap" session with Herman on problems of rehearsing, a stage band, special scoring, arranging problems, and a final question and answer period. The free clinic for the high school students will be held in the new college building at 300 South 18th Street in Estherville. The public evening concert by Herman and his group is the principal entertainment feature of the Winter Sports Festival. The 17-piece band has been drawing crowds since the 1940s and '50s and his repertoire now is a combination of a nostalgic "big band" sound of former years and contemporary rock arrangements and jazz blues. "This promises to be a concert that will appeal to all age groups and to a wide variety of musical tastes," said George Shadle, chairman of the entertainment committee for the sports festival. Members of school music groups from junior high, high school, and college will be calling at homes in all neighborhoods throughout the city with tickets for the event. They sell for $3 per seat. "We have made a substantial financial commitment to bring this band to Estherville," Shadle said, "and it is vital that we have a good advance ticket sale to insure the success of this event." Tickets are also available at both Estherville banks, the Chamber of Commerce office and Stan Young Insurance Agency. a large traveling trophy that will pass to the winner named each year. Business firms wishing to enter the competition are being encouraged by Hall and Reese to make official entry immediately, since first entries will have their choice of location. The city of Estherville will begin hauling snow for the sculptures immediately. There are no limitations placed on the sculptures as to materials, color, or size, and the sculpture may be built by the businessmen themselves or then- employes, or may be constructed by individuals especially hired for the job. Firms interested in entering the contest are being asked to contact Hall at 2-4664 or Reese at 2-2645. The commercial competition is one phase of a city-wide snow and ice sculpture contest that is open to individuals, families, neighborhoods, and organizations. Carl Hansen is general chairman of the contest. Planning Continues Despite Loan Freeze The board of directors of 'Estherville Housing, Inc.' moved to proceed with planning for a 24-unit elderly housing complex in Estherville despite the government freezing loans administered by the Farm Federal Home Administration. Board members also drafted a letter, which will be sent to President Nixon, Sen. Dick Clark, Congressman Wiley Mayne and Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz, stating: "We are very sorry to hear that the Rural Rental Housing Loan program as administered by Farm Federal Home Admin­ istration has been frozen. We feel it unfortunate this program has been cut and urge you to do all you can to reinstate it. Estherville is desperately in need of housing for senior citizens and as this program was just in the process of getting a start in our community, the freezing of these funds is a blow to the senior citizens as well as to the community as a whole." The board, however, decided to proceed with plans when told by John Hulshof, assistant county supervisor for the F.H.A., that he felt the freeze was just temporary. Hulshof told the board that, "I don't know the length of the freeze but do encourage you to proceed so when the funds are reinstated you will not lose time." He also said that he felt the freeze was just to review the program. It was also noted by Hulshof that no direct government funds are used in the loans but that the government just guarantees payment of the notes and they are resold to private investors. The only cost to the government is administrative and subsidization of the interest. "The loans are made at a 3 per cent interest rate and resold to investors at a higher rate," Hulshof said. Action to be taken by the board, on the premise that the loan will be granted, is to obtain an option on a suitable building site, obtain building plans and secure $10,000 from local contributors in a fund-raising campaign. Board membtrs also urged that local citizens write their congressmen urging that the funds be reinstated for such programs. WINTER SPORTS CAPITAL Of IOWA 12 PAGES TODAY DAILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 67 ESTHERVILLE, IOWA, 51334, THURSDAY, JANUARY 11. U73 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Would Prefer Downtown Site Obtain Land Options For Shopping Center Options to buy land in Estherville have already been obtained &y a multi-millionaire developer, The Planning and Zoning Commission was told last night at a meeting attended by Estherville businessmen at City Hall last night. Dale Jacobson, president of Estherville Industrial Development Commission, said that a developer, Gordon Bakken of Fergus Falls, Minn., whom he described as a multi-millionaire, had visited the city during the past week looking for land on which he could get a 90-day option. George Shadle, president of Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, told the commission that Bakken had obtained options on two pieces of land in Murray Addition in the eastern part of Estherville, north of No. 9 in the vicinity of Bradshaw and Short, Inc. Jacobson explained that Bak­ ken builds stores for a major chain which has about 20 stores at the present time. They have given him a list of 25 towns in a 10-state area in which the company has made market surveys as promising locations. The developer then obtains land options in each city from which the company chooses the building site. "He said they prefer downtown but usually can't get the space downtown," Jacobson said. The developer did not disclose the name of the chain, according to Jacobson, but said it was listed on the New York stock exchange. The major chain store requires 40,000 square feet of space, he said, with 20,000 square feet for "four or five others who come along with it." O. C. Gibson, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, questioned Jacobson as to the steps that might be taken in Implementing the Downtown Redevelopment Concept plan if it were adopted. Jacobson said that the city council could handle it completely making all decisions, or appoint a redevelopment authority which could be given power to make all decisions except actual condemnation of land. If adopted, he emphasized that the plan would serve as a guideline for businesses, while priorities would be determined as to feature or sections of the plan. Detailed plans and action would then be taken on part of the plan according to priorities. Gibson observed that he would place as priorities convenient parking area first, and the location of professional offices separately from the retailers who depend on "heavy foot traffic" by their places of business. Robert Knox, executive vice- president of Estherville Chamber of Commerce, urged that it Charge Nixon Violation In Spending Priorities WASHINGTON (AP) - A leader of Farm Belt forces in Congress claims President Nixon, in "complete violation of our constitutional provisions," is following dictatorial methods in setting spending priorities. House Agriculture Committee Chairman W.R. Poage, D-Tex„ adds that he agrees with a need Three Ringsted Boards Eye Community Center RINGSTED - Three boards, Youth Council, Advisory Board and Senior Board, met this week, choosing officers and planning for selection of a building for a community center. Officers were elected in meetings held Tuesday at Ringsted High School. Chosen for the Advisory Board were Maurice Miller, president; Dale Johanson, vice-president; Mrs. Loren Johnson, secretary; and Max Pelzer of Estherville, treasurer. On the Senior Board, officers elected are Carl Bonnicksen, president; Mrs. Edna Kyhl, vice- president; Mrs. Lizette Holte, secretary; and Clifford Nelson, treasurer. Youth Board officers chosen are Jane Thomsen, president; Joan Jensen, vice-president; Susan Howe, secretary; and Mark Howe, treasurer. Discussion of possible sites for held Three the Community Center was in a meeting Wednesday, buildings are being considered—the old Legion building which was offered by the American Legion and Auxiliary in a meeting with Mrs. Melvin Nielsen, the old depot and the Culbertson building. Those attending the meeting Wednesday were Mrs. Allan Glasnapp, Dale Johanson, Max Pelzer, Maurice Miller and Mrs. Mervin Nielsen, together with Jack Morris of Omaha. The three boards plan a joint meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday in front of the old Legion building to visit the three locations available. Larry Howard, Bob Naig and Gene Ostedgaard will give estimates on remodeling costs of the three buildings. The next board meeting is to held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, 18. be Jan. to balance America's budget. And Congress, he said, "has gone too far in appropriating funds . . . and, in my judgment, the President is right in suggesting that we've got to keep our expenditures within our ability to pay. "And I think that there comes the crux of this question— who makes the decision of these things we should retain. The President has undertaken to make the decision." But, Poage said in an interview Wednesday, it is Congress that should keep expenditures within the limits of resources. Nixon, said Poage, "seems to have simply gone out with the idea of wiping out most of the activities that the government has carried on for a good many years" in rural areas "and he's apparently succeeded pretty well." Poage attacked recent administration cutbacks in popular federal aid to farmers for housing, conservation, electrification and emergency-help Congress should assert its authority, Poage said. "If the priorities of expenditure are going to be handled by the executive The Forecast SUNNY branch rather than by the legislative branch, you don't have representative government but you have a dictatorship. I don't care who it is, the president under those circumstances is a dictatorship." would be to the best Interests of businessmen to encourage the chain store to build downtown rather than developing an outlying shopping district. "Contrary to rumors that are going around, the Estherville Chamber of Commerce is not trying to keep this company from locating in Estherville," he stated later. "We are hopeful that this would complement the downtown area and get this plan moving." A nearby businessman concurred in the statement as he emphasized that surveys have shown that Estherville, with 8,200 people has retail outlets of a town of approximately only 5,000-6,000. Other businessmen showed impatience in comments following the meeting. "It is absolutely essential to our present situation and our future growth," said one of the concept. "Not in its entirety, but knowing full well that it will never be accomplished to its full extent— but so that we will have a guideline." "I suppose we need a concept," said another, "but we don't have the machinery. Leadership is what we need." "If we drag our feet on this," came from another, "and ask these people to delay one or two years, they will go somewhere else. They have made the surveys and know that they can make it here, even out there (referring to a shopping district) moving their own snow." Slow License Sales Reported in Emmet "I'm late, I'm late, I'm late." Like Alice's white rabbit, more than 1,000 people of Emmet County are already late this year and don't seem to remember what for. According to the office of Emmet County Treasurer L. K. Brunsvold, by this date of other years, they would have bought their vehicle registrations. Not only have they lost their sense of timing, they are about to cause a lot of trouble to their neighbors who normally like to get license plates at the last minute. These tardy registrants are damming up the floodgates so that the normal last-minuters will have to stand hours in line the last few days of January. Some will doubtless become disheartened and spill over into the penalty period which begins Feb. 1. Apparently buying stickers to attach to the old license number just doesn't have the appeal that a shiny metal plate in exciting color with a new number to memorize had. Brunsvold's staff handles the registration for about 7,100 cars as well as trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles and other vehicles. The penalty, beginning Feb. 1, adds 5 per cent to the cost for the month of February and an added 5 per cent each month thereafter. . ^-V*N,.M^. """""" ~3f*&*Pi\S:-

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