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January 18, 1973

Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 1

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Can't Accept Corn, Soybeans To 5 03 l6 Rail Shortage Stymies Local Grain Shipments Whose Got the Button? Mayor Linn Foderberg, right, proclaims Estherville streets off limits for city and area residents not wearing a Winter Sports Festival button as of Friday, Jan. 19, by pinning the 'official' button on City Clerk Connie Garrison. Festival Chairman Al Conlee, left, looks on holding a card of the 'official' buttons being sold in most Estherville stores. The 1973 festival gets underway Friday, Feb. 2, and runs two consecutive weekends with activities for everyone. — Photo by Chuck Ostheimer. Estherville to Dogs For February Races Approximately 70 sled dog teams are expected to participate in the Sled Dog Races, a feature of the Estherville Winter Sports Festival, and scheduled for Feb. 10 and 11. Forty-four teams competed in the first races last year, this year's pre-registration already showing a considerable growth over a year ago, according to festival officials. The sled dog races are sanctioned by the International Sled Dog Racing Association and are staged under the auspices of the North Star Sled Dog Club, an organization of some 200 members. Participants in the races will be coming from five or six states and will be competing for $1,700 in prize money. As in 1972, the races will be staged on the Des Moines riv- er, where committee members will clear the course of all obstacles. Adequate spectator areas will be provided along the course. The Class B race, along a 10-mile course, will be run at 11 a.m. on Feb. 11; Class A, 18 mile run, 12:15 p.m.; Junior Class, 12:45 p.m. Class C, 5 mile race, 2:00 p.m.; and Novice Class, 2 miles, 2:45 p.m. The Class A entrants may use an unlimited number of dogs, while Class B is restricted to five to nine dogs; Class C, three to five dogs; and Novice, two to three dogs. With many of the team owners staying at the Villa Motel, it has been arranged that the public may see the dogs on Saturday at the motel and may have an opportunity to visit with the owners about their teams and about sled dog racing. Heading the committee planning the sled dog event is Dr. Hiram Leonard, other members being Jerry Hood, Doug Brandt, Malvern Moller, Al Ringham, Harold Reese, and Al Conlee. Pat Donovan, representing the Jaycees, is in charge of concessions. By CHUCK OSTHErMER Most Northwest Iowa grain elevators aren't buying corn and soybeans, except by contract for later delivery, because railroad cars to ship the grain aren't available. Representatives of several railroads that serve Iowa elevators told the Iowa Senate Agriculture Committee Wednesday that Iowa has a backlog of nearly 20,000 requests for railroad cars to move the grain from the state. "I wouldn't be surprised if that figure is about right," said Bob Skinner, executive vice- president of the Iowa Grain and Feed Association, after the committee meeting. Ivan Summa, manager of Superior Cooperative Elevator, and Mike Graves, owner of Graves Grain Co., both said they can't accept any grain at the present time because of the unavailability of the railroad cars. Summa said, "We're not buying anything until April except by contract which will not be received until then." He also said that the elevator has had cars on order for trainload loading for six months in advance but the availability of additional railroad equipment is just nil. Summa also noted that he doesn't see any easing of the situation but is seeking other modes of transportation. Graves said, "We need 300 boxcars." He also noted that the elevator can't receive any grain for immediate delivery and can't for at least a month, but grain for later delivery is still being contracted for. A spokesman for Terminal Coop in Graettinger said that the elevator is expecting a train of hopper cars this weekend but will not accept any grain until after they get the train. Skinner noted the combination of a delayed harvest, cold weather and the fuel shortage have made the problem "worse now than it has ever been." He said shipment delays haven't hurt Iowa grain prices yet, but that "it certainly will have some bearing on corn prices if it continues." Gail Danilson, director of the Iowa Agriculture Department's marketing division, however, dis­ agreed, saying grain prices are suffering because some elevator operators don't have the room to store the grain. He said elevator operators told him they could offer 10 to 15 cents more a bushel for corn if they had the means to transport it. Sen. Karl Nolan, D-Ralston, warned that farmers will have to protect shemselves by increasing storage space because the problem "is not going to go away." "You might as well realize the problem is going to continue," he said. "Don't rely on railroad cars to move wet grain. That grain is going to have to be dried or lost through spoilage." A shortage of railroad boxcars to deliver Iowa grain to ports "calls attention to the fact that we need a Department of Transportation (DOT)," Gov. Robert Ray said Thursday. Ray, who has proposed establishment of a DOT for the past two years, says the department needs to be established to consider all aspects of transportation needs for "our people and our products." Ray said the Iowa Commerce Commission (ICC) has been working on the shortage and that the problem now is less acute than it was two years ago. But Ray said the problem was especially critical this winter because of the bumper crop, the late harvest, timing of the federal government surplus corn sale and the continued decline in railroad spur lines. The governor said the DOT is needed to consider the railroads and their conditions and what will happen to them in the future. He said much of the traffic on Iowa's highways could be eliminated if railroads could handle grain shipments. "I'm not saying that if a DOT sprang up yesterday, we could have solved the boxcar shortage today, but we can't go' on with railroads abandoning tracks someplace while we are building highways somewhere else," Ray said. "We can't wait any longer in planning our (transportation) needs for the future." An Iowa Senate committee was told Wednesday that some Iowa elevators aren't buying corn and soybeans because railroad cars to ship the grain aren't available. Representatives, WINTER SPORTS CAPITAL OP IOWA 8 PAGES TODAY DAILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 72 ESTHERVILLE, IOWA, 51334, THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 1973 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c More Nixon Power After Vietnam Peace WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott says a settlement of the Vietnam war would strengthen President Nixon's hand in dealing with the Democratic Congress, adding that when peace comes "much will be forgiven" in the controversy between the White House and Capitol Hill. At the same time, Scott said the threat by congressional critics to seek a cutoff of war appropriations "has in my opinion lengthened the duration of the war." "The debate was proper— but Propose Daylight Time For Year-Round Basis ill-advised," the Pennsylvania senator said in an interview. He said the only thing that ''can now upset the peace" is the possibility that Hanoi may be misled by critics of Nixon's policy. Scott said the impact of the congressional antiwar effort "has been to cause Hanoi to drag its feet over a period of years and to indulge itself in the hope that, what it could not win through diplomatic or military action, it could now win through political action. "This will not happen and Hanoi by now is aware of it," he added. Scott said a settlement "will greatly strengthen the President with the public. As he is strengthened with the public, so will he be strengthened with the Congress." He said he expects an increase in goodwill between the Present. an3 Congress, though conceding "it will take some generosity of mind on the part of both the legislative and executive to achieve it." Scott urged congressional cooperation with the administration to set a ceiling on federal spending, and defended Nixon's action in impounding some past appropriations, a step which has drawn complaints in Congress. Without the President's action, Scott said, spending would have reached $261 billion this year and $280 billion next. Nixon seeks to hold it to $250 billion. Scott discounted congressional criticism of the impounding of funds. "Congress is publicly aroused and accuses the President of doing everything,short of amputating the citizenry," he said. "They are privately relieved that somebody else is taking the heat for them." Scott also said the President's shakeup and realignment of the executive branch of government "has not enlarged any presidential powers" at the expense of Congress. He said it is up to Congress to limit expansion of the federal government. "Government is too fat because congressmen vote too much lard," he said. Scott said he expects Nixon's reorganization steps to be ratified in effect "by ratification of his nominees" when second- term appointments are confirmed by the Senate. Enerson To Head Pork Producers Paul Enerson, Estherville, was elected president and Richard Solberg, Armstrong, secretary-treasurer of the Emmet County Pork Producers at a re- organizational meeting held recently in Armstrong. Additional officers will be elected at the next directors meeting scheduled for Jan. 24 at the Richard Solberg home. Directors elected included: Bart Evans, Emmet Township; Mervin Rasmussen, Lincoln Township; Delbert Hardecopf, Iowa Lake Township; Larry Hauser, Estherville Township; Paul Enerson, Center Township; Vern Sturm, Swan Lake Township; Richard Solberg, Armstrong Grove Township; Jerry Schacherer, 12-Mile Lake Township; Leroy Olson, High Lake Township; Walter Tlndall, Jack Creek Township; and Roy Moore Denmark Township. Nine of the twelve townships in Emmet County were represented at the meeting with 27 memberships accepted. Paul Queck, field secretary for The Forecast COLDER the Iowa Pork Producers Association described the state organization, its activities and duties and some pork promotions. Also speaking at the meeting were Paul Bernhard, president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association and Willis Keuker, district two state director. WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional boosters of a plan to extend Daylight Saving Time to a year-round basis say their chances are better than ever because of increasing crime and the nation's fuel shortage. The extra hour of daylight on winter afternoons would hamper purse snatchers and muggers who prey on late-afternoon pedestrians and it would reduce the use of electric lights in office buildings, they say. Rep. Craig Hosmer, R-Caiif., planned to introduce in the House today a bill to extend DST from its present six- months-a-year status to a full- time basis. DST is in operation in virtually all the states from the last Sunday of April to the last Sunday of October. Hosmer's office said 31 other House members had agreed to sponsor the legislation as of Wednesday night. The bill that died in the last Congress had 14 sponsors. One of the most important names on the bill is that of Rep. John Moss, D-Calif., chairman of the subcommittee that must first consider the bill. "I've been sponsoring this bill for several years in the hope that sooner or later its time would come," Hosmer said in a statement Wednesday. "This year may be it." Moss, who was cool toward similar legislation in the past, said the fuel shortage is the primary reason he has decided to back the measure this year. "I think at a time when we are admittedly faced with an energy crisis it makes very good sense to have year-round Daylight Saving Time," Moss said. Moss explained that under Daylight Saving Time big office buildings, for example, could take advantage of sunlight until later in the day and thus save on electricity. Hosmer stressed what he thinks extension of DST would do to the crime rate. "We want to get the people home from work before the twilight hours, which are the worst crime hours," Hosmer said. Grounds for Encouragement In Vietnam Negotiations Practical Introduction to Gov. Ray DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) I was introduced— rather abruptly—to part of Gov. Robert Ray's menagerie Wednesday. I started getting curious when several comments were made during the governor's regular press conference about his newly acquired mongoose. I didn't know what a mongoose was, and so, with a push Propose Local Sales Tax DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)-A bill introduced in the Iowa Senate Wednesday would authorize cities, towns and counties to levy a one per cent sales tax as a means of reducing property taxes. The measure, sponsored by Sens. Leonard C. Anderson and Kelvin Kelly, Sioux City Republicans, would also authorize local governments to levy a $5 per axle wheel tax on motor vehicles. Under the proposal, the local •ales and use tax would be ad­ ministered by the State Director of Revenue and "must be used to reduce property taxes." The vehicle tax would be administered by county and state officials. The local taxes could only be imposed after a favorable vote in a special election. The taxes could be imposed by a single city or town, jointly by two or more' cities or towns within a county, or countywide. Iowa's present state sales tax is three cents on the dollar. from Dick Gilbert, Ray's press aide, I was right up next to the cage containing the animal. Gilbert wanted to make sure I didn't miss a chance to see a real, live mongoose. Half of the cage was enclosed and the animal had what looked like its tail visible. Gov. Ray started poking at it with a pen to get some movement, commenting on how dangerous they are. He casually mentioned that he was scared of the animals and knew a man who had his hand bitten off by a mongoose. I was getting a bit edgey as someone else reminded the governor the thing needed a rabies shot. Suddenly the cage lid flew open and out Jumped a piece of fur. My heart took a giant leap right along with the rest of me. As the gales of laughter sub­ sided and my nerves steadied a little, I realized I had been a victim of one of the governor's practical jokes. I later discovered that a mongoose is a small animal from India that feeds on snakes and rodents. PARIS (AP) - The United States said today there are "grounds for encouragement" in the search for an end to the Vietnam war and "negotiations have made progress in the judgment of both sides." But it warned that "continued determination and seriousness" are required for further progress. North and South Vietnam and the Viet Cong also spoke at the semipublic peace talks of the difficulties still to be overcome. It was the 174th weekly session of the four-party talks. Acting U.S. delegate Heyward Isham called on the delegations to avoid polemics and make "the constructive effort necessary for restoring peace." He said some of the benefits of serious negotiations, such as President Nixon's halt in attacks on North Vietnam, have already become apparent. He added: "Achieving the full promise of negotiations depends upon the effort, attitude and will of both sides." North Vietnam's acting chief delegate at the conference, Nguyen Minn Vy, said recent disappointments of the hopes for peace call for "vigilance to prevent further last-minute reversals and to put a stop to warlike ambitions." The acting head of the Viet Cong delegation, Dinh Ba Thl, told newsmen: "While American planes, including B52s, are intensifying their bombing raids against South Vietnam, the Saigon authorities are continuing to put unrealistic and unreasonable obstacles on the way to peace. "The Vietnamese people and the people of the whole world must be vigilant and must follow the developments with concern. The decision on an early peace or a continuation of the war rests entirely with the United States." South Vietnam's Nguyen Xuan Phong called for "avoidance of haste, patience, calm and a readiness to make the necessary additional efforts .,. to overcome the remaining difficulties. "We have reached a point in the negotiations where we can already see the prospects of peace." But he warned against "a false peace which could lead to new confrontations." Iowa's Senators Pleased With New Oil Imports Sees Higher Iowa Gas Tax DES MOINES , Iowa, (AP)Rep. Richard Drake, R-Muscatine, says he believes Iowa's gasoline tax will be increased by one cent this year. Drake, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said Wednesday an increase is needed to maintain the present level of highway maintenance and construction. He predicted that the legislature will not authorize the State Highway Commission to issue bonds to speed up highway construction. Drake said: "There will be no bonding program. There are too many people against it." Gov. Robert Ray says he also opposes any long-range bonding program to finance highways. However, Sen. Barton Schwieger, R— Waterloo, said earlier he plans to introduce legislation that would authorize a 20-year, $250 million highway construction bond issue. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Iowa's two United States senators have expressed pleasure with reservations at President Nixon's announcement Monday that oil import quotas for the year would be about 65 per cent higher than 1972. Gov. Robert Ray's staff, however, said the governor wouldn't comment immediately, preferring to wait to see the impact of Nixon's move would have on the Midwest. The President also announced that controls on importation of No. 2 fuel oil would be suspended until April SO. The government's action would allow "unrestricted im­ porting of homo heating oil for the balance of the winter," said Sen. Harold Hughes, D-Iowa. But he added that he regrets the action wasn't taken a month ago, when he and another senator first requested it. "The 34-day delay is unfortunate," Hughes noted, "since there are strong indications that during this time, much of the available home heating oil on the foreign' markets has been bought up to meet similar fuel shortages in Europe." Sen. Dick Clark, D-Iowa, also said he was glad the action was finally taken.

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