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A Iowa Municipal Water Survey ]>.•-... i - Of r»| 5 t 0 Desalination Study Set for Estherville Who's Arguing Although the regular hours aren't posted on the sign, its unlikely that any swimmers would take advantage of the cold water which now occupies the Estherville swimming pool. Swimmers, however, will again start beating a path to the only swimming pool in Estherville come the heat waves of next summer.—Photo by Jim Jerree By CHUCK OSTHEIMER Estherville is one of 10 Iowa cities selected In the study of the economic feasibility of desalination systems for municipal water supplies in Iowa, according to an announcement by Dr. Samuel J. Tuthill, state geologist and director of the Iowa Geological Survey. The other cities selected were Adair, Grunty Center, Holstein, LeClaire, Leon, Oakland, Oxford, Sibley and Washington. The study is being conducted under a grant provided to Iowa by the Department of Interior office of Saline Water, and is to be administered by the Geological Survey in conjunction with the Iowa State Department of Health and the Iowa Natural Resources Council. The study will determine not only (he range of economic feasibility of various desalting techniques but will compare the costs of using the present highly mineralized water and whatever treatment is provided with the cost of using the much better quality water that can be provided through the desalting methods. "The cities chosen," according to state geologists, "for inclusion in the study represent a wide range of conditions. Thus the final report will be applicable to any comparable city in the state." Then, any city that is interested in improving the quality of the municipal water supply will have a firm basis for estimating what the costs will be. In addition to providing a method of improving the quality of existing municipal supplies, it is believed that desalting will prove to be a water-resource management tool. At the present time many cities in the state have several sources of water available for their use, some of which are of inferior quality. The standard procedure has been to utilize the better quality water. In the process of selecting the cities to be included in the study Orville J. Van Eck, assistant state geologist and project officer along with Donald L. La-' verentz, project engineer for the engineering firm of De Wild, Grant, Reckert and Associates which holds the contract for completion of the study, visited 18 candidate communities and sought cooperation. The factors considered in making the final selection included population, the chemical quality of the water now being used, the availability of an alternate water source of adequate quality and geographic location. The selection was also based on obtaining a wide range in water chemistry for consideration in the desalting techniques because the natural mineral content of the water has a direct bearing on the treatment costs. The study will also include the total cost to the customer for using a higher quality water. These include hidden costs such as purchase of additional chemicals used by the housewife to add to washwater, the costs for maintenance of home softeners, the cost of increased maintenance or replacement of appliances, the cost for drilling and maintaining private wells as well as the regular customer billing. WINTER SPORTS CAPITAL OF IOWA 8 PAGES TODAY PLUS FARM AND HOME MAGAZINE DAILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 68 ESTHERVILLE, IOWA, 51334, FRIDAY, JANUARY 12,. 1973 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Note Mixed Reaction To Nixon's Phase 3 Legalizing Bingo, Betting Favored by Local Residents By CHUCK OSTHEIMER Eighty per cent of the persons interviewed in a Daily News poll favored the Iowa Legislature legalizing bingo for the state, but legalized games-of-chance at carnivals were favored by just 64 per cent and parimutuel betting by a slim majority of 52 per cent. Iowa voters, in the Nov. 7 general election, favored the so- called 'bingo amendment' by nearly 70 per cent across the state. Approval of the amendment by the voters, however, didn't legalize gambling as such in the state. Its passage gave to the legislature the authority to revise state laws on gambling, specifically bingo and conventional games of chance played on carnival midways. Both men and women who were polled strongly favored the legalizing of bingo, with both who were questioned giving the affirmative answers 80 per cent of the time. One woman questioned on bingo replied, "Sure, I can't see any reason not to. A lot of people think it's good entertainment and a lot of vices are worse than bingo." Several of those favoring bingo, especially in the 50-and- over age group said, "it gives people something to do." One woman, who was opposed to gambling in any form stated, "It is definitely against the scriptures ... the Bible says all gamblers will go to the lake of fire." Men favored carnival midway games at a 70 per cent rate while 60 per cent of the women polled were in favor. Jim Tholkes was somewhat reserved in favoring the midways, •however, stating, "you will run into shady characters. I am in favor of endorsing stringent enforcement." He went on to say that he doesn't think the carnival games are watched close enough. Dana Lund asked what's a fair for except fun and games? Those favoring pari - mutuel betting generally felt that such a program could definitely relieve some of the present tax burden in Iowa. The men interviewed favored the pari-mutuel betting at a 70 per cent clip while 60 per cent of the women were opposed to it. Dave Martin, definitely in fa vor of pari-mutuel betting, said, "You can sight Ak-Sar-Ben paying the state (Nebraska) $1 million for use of a coliseum so a guy can go to the race track and not spend a lot of money but still have a lot of fun." Tholkes said that, "I feel that it's a 'sport of kings' and people enjoy it like golfers enjoy golf." He also noted that it would keep money in the state. A woman, who wished to remain anonymous, asked, "Why give it (money) to some other state when we can have it?" But, in general, the feeling of those polled is that even if they don't wish to participate in the pastimes, they had no right to ban others from doing it. NEW YORK (AP) - Economic leaders have expressed mixed reaction to President Nixon's proposed reshaping of the nation's wage and price control machinery. Leaders in other areas who were questioned expressed these ^.views: Economists were worried about renewed inflation, businessmen called it a step in the right direction and many labor leaders expressed tentative approval. George Meany, president of the AFL-CIO, said his organization was "prepared to cooperate" with Nixon's Phase 3 plan, which eliminates mandatory controls in most sectors of the economy while leaving the government the option to step back in if price hikes get out of line. Leonard Woodcock, head of the United Auto Workers, said voluntary restraint had "long been a goal" of his union, but he reserved detailed comments until he had studied the plans further. But Albert J. Fitzgerald, president of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, charged that the new plan "will be a field day for profiteers and landlords." Among corporate executives, many comments followed the lines of that by Richard C. Gerstenberg, General Motors chairman. Gerstenberg termed the easing of controls "constructive," pledged support for Phase 3, but urged "an early termination of controls and a return to the discipline of a competitive market." W. D. Kenna, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, said, "I am sure that industry will want to cooperate in developing the new framework of wage and price controls into a workable and effective system. We regard it, however, as an interim program designed to permit the restoration of free markets at the earliest possible time." Under ,• Nixon's new plan, the health, construction, and food fields will remain under stricter government supervision than the rest of the economy. Walter Hoadley, chief econo mist for Bank of America, the nation's largest commercial bank, praised the "astuteness" of the selective approach. "Pieces of the economy are straining, but not the whole economy," Hoadley said. However, some economists were. worried about an easing of controls resparking widespread price rises, particularly in the wake of a big December rise in wholesale prices. Beer, Pizza Delivery In Same Home Order DES MOINES - (IDPA) - The attorney general's office says it's okay for pizza houses to deliver beer to a private residence along with the pizza. The question has been raised by Rolland A. Gallagher, director of the state beer and liquor control department. In requesting the opinion, Gallagher said he personally could see nothing wrong with the actual delivering of beer in its original container with an order of pizza. However, Gallagher did express concern that this practice might get out of hand and "more-or-less" lead to bootlegging as the law now reads. Assistant Attorney General Robert D. Jacobson cited two previous attorney general opinions dealing with the identical subject; both held that such a delivery service is permissible. One opinion, issued in 1936, said the sale of beer for consumption off the premises may be made in a number of methods, "the grocery store having a class 'C permit may accept an order for a case of beer over the telephone the same as any other order for groceries." Jacobson concluded that the delivery and sale of beer from the premises of a liquor licensee or beer permittee to a private residence "irrespective of where and when payment >is made," is not contrary to Iowa law. Butz Overhauls Programs But Leaves Door Open WASHINGTON (AP) - Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz is leaving the door open for further tinkering with the 1973 feed-grain program if surveys show farmers are lagging in plans to turn out more soybeans this year. Butz, under White House pressure to do something about food prices, already has overseen massive overhauls in crop programs for this year's production of feed grain, cotton and wheat. If farmers respond fully, at least 30 million acres of land idled in 1972 will be available for use this year. The latest change, announced this week, canceled a set-aside requirement for taking land from production under the 1973 wheat Five Skating Rinks Open in Estherville Five ice skating rinks are currently in operation for public use, according to Al Bolty, Estherville recreation director. The rinks are located at the Good Samaritan Park, South 14th Street Park, Trinity Lutheran Church, the lagoon by the North 4th Street bridge and at North Riverside Park. Also, a warming house has been opened for use by skaters at the Riverside Park rink. "This is the same house that had to be closed in the past because of vandalism," Bolty noted. "It is hoped skaters will not abuse the house this time," he added, noting that anyone seeing it mis used should contact the recreation department. Bolty said the house would be unlocked during after school hours until 10 p.m. and on weekend afternoons and evenings. A special hockey area has also been prepared at the Riverside ice rink equipped with hockey goals. "Any skaters wishing to play hockey are to use only this rink with no hockey allowed on the other rinks for the safety of other skaters," Bolty said. Bolty also noted that skating lessons are being planned and there will be trophies for figure skating at the Estherville Winter Sports Festival. program. That action alone will free up to 15 million acres for spring wheat and other crops this year. In addition, USDA had previously announced the feed- grain program would require only about 22 million acres of mandatory set-aside in 1973, about 14.5 million less than farmers idled last year. The cotton program also has been put at "zero" set-aside for 1973, making around 2 million acres available. Officials have hoped farmers would use the extra land to produce more livestock feed, particularly soybeans. Butz told a news conference Thursday that no decision on further adjustments on the feed-grain program will be made until after a special plantings survey report on January 19. The Forecast WARMER rCE- •rnr-TT- Discuttsing Merger Shown above are board members and superintendents in a five-county school board meeting held at the Hotunda last night. At the far end of the tables facing the camera, from left, are: Tom Williams, Dickinson County; James W. Johnson, Vernon Origer, Leonard Duer, Robert Stall, president of Emmet County Board, and Roy E. Stroud, all of Emmet County; and William H. Young, Emmet-Palo Alto County superintendent. Five County School Boards Study Merger Possibilities Possibilities of a school board county merger are to be studied as directed by the school boards of five counties which met in the Rotunda last night, Thursday. Boards attended of Kossuth, Palo Alto, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties with the superintendents at the invitation of the Emmet County board. The five boards agreed by a resolution offered by William Vandervelde of Palo Alto County to appoint members to a study committee. The committee is to be composed of the superintendents with two members to be appointed by each board. Specificially the superintendents will be asked to gather information which the committee can use to analyze possible financial advantages and expansion of programs over the larger area. It was pointed out that certain insurance programs now carried separately by individual boards could be combined. Specialists such as psychologists and speech therapists could be used more efficiently over a combined area. Disadvantages suggested and to be studied would include the personnel needed and traveling expense over such an area. The committee was directed to make the study applicable to either the combinations of the five or only Kossuth, Palo Alto and Emmet counties. In preliminary discussion, Vernon Origer of Estherville, stated that he had recently talked with Dr. Robert Benton, state superintendent of Public Instruction, who discouraged a renewal of the cooperative now in effect for Emmet and Palo Alto counties. In lieu of the fact that the joint county superintendent, William Young, has announced his retirement as of July, 1973, Dr. Benton urged that the counties should replace the cooperative by a larger merger. According to an announcement from the State Board of Public Instruction of Thursday such cooperative agreements among Iowa's county school districts won't be approved by the State Board until the Legislature takes action on reorganization of the state's schools. Board members Thursday said that some co-operative agreements now in existence aren't effective and should be replaced by merged districts. The board decided to delay action after reviewing a request by Emmet and Palo Alto counties to hire a joint superintendent State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Benton said there wouldn't be any point in approving the request if the Legislature this session agrees to reorganize the state's schools.