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Chamber Holds Annual Banquet A - • r tie; • in I ..A j tory ft Sawyer Seeks Steering Committee By CHUCK OSTHEIMER Harold Sawyer, new president of the Estherville Chamber of Commerce, told persons attending the annual Chamber banquet Monday that "I want to see a steering committee started in 1973 to guide projects." Sawyer noted that the committee should be made up of representatives from several organizations be cause "in the past we have had too many things going at one time." Sawyer also said, in his first official appearance as the Chamber president, that "I am going Newly elected Estherville Chamber of Commerce President Harold Sawyer, seated, is shown with a portion of the 1973 Board of Directors. Standing from left are: Charlotte Ohrtman, vice-president; William Harvey, special farm director; Jim Sawyer and Company Valen, a new chamber director, Kermit Graber, now chamber director; and Dick Pentland, a member of the Chamber retail bureau.— Photo by Chuck Ostheimer Honored by Jaycees Honored by the Estherville Jaycees at the Chamber of Commerce and Jaycee Banquet Monday were, from left, Donna Siers, outstanding young educator; David Glasnapp, outstanding young farmer; Larry Winer, outstanding young religious leader; and John McFadden, Distinguished Service Award.—Photo by Chuck Ostheimer. First Report! Iowa's Cold Water Cave Page 8 Today! WINTER SPORTS CAPITAL OF IOWA 12 PAGES TODAY Plus 16-Page Tabloid Forecast DAILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 80 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Engineers Report to City Council Recommend Doubling Water Rates BY CAROL HIGGINS Reporting on what is needed , for Estherville's water system and how to pay for it, engineers advised the Estherville city council last night that a substantial raise in the rate schedule should be made. The rates recommended would more than double the cost of water for most Estherville consumers." Estherville city council met with Gary Sindelar and Terry A. McCarl, representatives of Kirkham, Michael and Associates of Omaha and Minneapolis to give the results of the firm's study on treated water rates here. They reviewed previous studies made which recommended measures to be taken for raising the water pressure in the west and north sections of the city. Greater water pressure is needed in those parts they said, "not only for the resident who wishes to take a shower but for the owner whose house Peaceful Devastation By MORT ROSEN BLUM Associated Press Writer THANH PHUOC, Vietnam CAP) - This little village of 2,500 survived the war just fine despite its precarious location on the Saigon-Phnom Penh highway. It was peace that brought devastation. "My house, my clothes, our rice.. . ," wailed 43-year-old Ho Thi Ket, squatting by the smouldering remains of her family's wood and tile home. Neighbors were too grief- stricken to listen. One sadly shook his head at the wreckage of his own brick and masonry home which collapsed to shoulder height when hit by a shell from a tank gun. About half of the village's homes were wrecked. Villagers had celebrated the cease-fire early with a party Saturday night. The next morning many of them gathered around a radio for the official announcement of the start of the cease-fire at 8 a.m. President Nguyen Van Thieu came on the air and they leaned forward to listen. "We were very happy, very happy," recalled one villager. That lasted 15 minutes. At 8:15, the villagers said, a party of Viet Cong entered Thanh Phuoc from the forest in back. Soon after, some South Vietnamese soldiers arrived. Whoever started it — the villagers say it was the Viet Cong Among Other Things... National Recognition A full color photo of Estherville's Sled Dog Races last year highlights the cover of Wallaces Farmer, dated January 27, 1973. The caption reads; Dog Sled Races, Emmet County, Iowa. A brief on this year's races appears on the index page. Complete Jail Inspection Max M. Soeth, foreman of the Emmet County grand jury, reported that the grand jury has made its annual inspection of the Emmet County jail, Emmet County home and Emmet County courthouse and has no recommendations to make. Other members of the grand jury are Joan Swanson, Merril Christiansen, Trygve Larsen, Richard Krumm, Hans Hansen, and Lloyd Birkland. Mayne to Attend Festival Sixth District Congressman Wiley Mayne will be attending the Estherville Winter Sports Festival on Saturday, Feb. 3 as a guest at the Robert Rice home. During the day Congressman Mayne will attend several of the •porta events and will present the Governor's Cup to the winning College Ski Team at the evening Woody Herman Concert — the battle lasted all day. The government forces used tanks and heavy weapons. The other side fired back with machine guns and bazooka - type rockets. The houses of Thanh Phuoc lay right in the middle. The village about 35 miles from Saigon had been lucky during the long war, escaping most of the damage along the highway to Cambodia. This time it was shattered. Even the coconuts were charred atop broken palm trees. Residents fled to safely during the fighting, but their cows and chickens didn't. Rice stocks were also destroyed along with blankets, baby shoes and bottles of beer. Incense burned along with everything else, scenting the air. A little girl sat atop a cart of rubble, looking calmly at television crews filming her. A black-uniformed militia officer wrote on a banner in red paint: "We accuse the Viet Cong of violating the agreement on January 28, 1973." One old woman with teeth stained from betel nut cried to herself. Another muttered over and over: "My house is finished, everything is gone, what do I do?" Other villagers sifted through the smoking ashes for unbroken roof tiles and sheets of tin so they could start all over again. Veterans Day DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)After several legislators criticized what they said was the "Cavalier attitude" of Congress in changing Veterans Day from Nov. 11 to the fourth Monday in October, the Iowa House has voted to restore the observance to Nov. 11. The matter was sent to the Senate Monday after the 75-16 vote. may catch fire and who will need a heavy stream of water to save his property." After a study of the present water distribution, the firm had recommended installation of booster pumping facilities west of the river and north of Nth Avenue North, construction of a 1.5 million gallon storage tank in the western section, as well as renovation of the 500,000 gallon standpipe west of MeKinley school for storage of raw water and the installation of larger water mains aL various points about the city. Studies had been made analyzing costs of procurement, transporting, treatment, pumping, distribution, storage, operation and maintenance, administration and management of the total Estherville water utility. Sindelar and McCarl said the water rate schedule which is recommended was designed to "recover from each customer class the respective costs of providing service." Rates for treated water should be based on a lower minimum quantity of 250 cubic feet as opposed to the present minimum of 292 cubic feet per month, according to the Kirkham Michael study. The existing water rate schedule was quoted as follows: KATES PER MONTH CUBIC FEET PER 100 Cubic FEET First 1000 60 cents Next 4000 40 cents All over 5000 30 cents (Minimum charge per month— $1.75 per month, per meter.) The recommended treated water rate schedule is as follows: RATES PER MONTH PER 100 CUBIC CUBIC FEET First 250 Next 5000 Next 60,000 All over 65,250 Revenue from the FEET $1.40 1.10 .85 .70 recom mended rates was calculated to provide for operation, maintenance and development of the water system. It was designed to allow for expansion of customer needs with population growth and inflation effects over a five-year period. In a study of patterns of water usage for 1971, it was shown that residential customers, totaling 2,468 accounts, use 53 per cent; commercial accounts, numbering 159, use 10 per cent; and industrial accounts, totaling 7for Estherville, use 37 per cent. Some discussion also centered on the requirements for renovating the standpipe on the west side of the river. Kirkham Michael engineers had recommended that the facility be sandblasted to remove all rust, treated with epoxy paint and renovated by welding. Councilman Ken Meadows pointed out that it had once been recommended that all the cement ballast in the bottom be removed so that engineers could check the condition of the bottom before determining how much work should be put on it, which had never been done. Councilmen adjourned to take more time to study the reports before making decisions. to support the school bond issue but for a different reason. When I attended school in Estherville, good facilities were furnished for me to use and, although my children are past the stage of attending junior high, I want to do this for someone else's children." Francis Eveleth, outgoing chamber president, told those attending the dinner to "get involved," a remark that he hears at every meeting. He also said that "if you complain, then you should compliment." Eveleth also noted that if everyone would attend just one meeting during the next year, then attendance would surpass 1972. In closing, Eveleth thanked Chamber of Commerce members for "giving me the pleasure of being president for 1972." Bob Knox, executive vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce, noted that in 1972 the chamber aimed toward better re' lations with the rural areas and community development. "In the past," Knox said, "we felt we were not appreciative of what the rural community does for 'us." Knox also said that "we must always be working toward the future of Estherville, whether it be a one, two or ten-year program." The 1973 board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce includes Harold Sawyer, president; Bruce Barnes, first vice- president; Alan Robinson, vice- president; Charlotte Ohrtman, vice-president; and Bob Knox, executive vice-president. New directors of the chamber are Keith Godfrey, Kermit Graber, Farm Representative William Harvey, Bob Stall and Jim Valen. Retiring directors included Francis Eveleth, Barry Huntsinger, Wally Spence, Dan Poppen and Bob Graff. The Estherville Jaycees also presented four awards for outstanding service during 1972 during the program. The OuteUnd|ns Young Educator went to Mrs. Dpim Slera, Outstanding Young Farmer to David Glasnapp of Ringsted, Outstanding Young Religious Leader to Larry Winer and the Distinguished Service Award to John McFadden. Receiving awards of appreciation from the Chamber of Commerce for 1972 were the Es— BANQUET Continued on Page 9 Sports Festival Is 'Go By CHUCK OSTHEIMER Contrary to some rumors, the Estherville Winter Sports Festival still has the 'green light' with only one change, according to the committee. Al Conlee, chairman for the 1973 festival, reports that "we have plenty of snow for the snowmobile races and skiing and that snow will not be a problem for the teen dance, Woody Herman Concert, balloon races, trapshooting or ice skating." He did note, however, that judging of the ice sculptures would be delayed one week and will now coincide with the first day of the sled dog races on Feb. 10. Conlee also said that the deadline for entering the sculpturing contest will be extended until Feb. 8. "We also will need four-wheel drive vehicles to assist with the balloon races," Conlee said. The vehicles are needed to follow each) balloon and pick up participants when they land. Skiing competition gets under way at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, with registration at Holiday Mountain for college ski racing participants with the college men's and women's racing to start at 10 a.m. Registration for high school boys and girls, ages 13-18, starts at 10:30 a.m. with racing to start at 11 a.m. for the Iowa Junior Ski Championships. On Sunday, registration for boys and girls, ages 3-12, starts at 10:30 a.m. for competition in the Iowa Junior Ski Championship and at 1:30 p.m. for the Iowa Senior Ski Championship. Also on Saturday, ice skating gets under way at 9:30 a.m. for youngsters 6-15 years old at the Riverside Rink, trapshooting will get under way at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and a snowman contest in the courthouse square at 9 a.m. Entertainment starts Friday night with a Youth Dance at 9 p.m. at the V.F.W.; The Woody Herman Band will hold a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Estherville High School gym; and at 9 p.m. Saturday the Estherville Bowling Association will hold a dance at the V.F.W. with the Floyd Warren Orchestra. On Sunday snowmobile races will get under way at 1 p.m. on the one-half mile track at the Estherville Airport, and Hot Air Balloon Races will be held at 3 p.m. at the Airport, weather permitting. On Saturday, Feb. 10, judging of ice sculptures will get under way at 12 noon, sled dog races will start at 11 a.m. and mutt races for area boys and girls will be held in the afternoon. The sled dog competition will also start at 11 a.m. on Sunday with competition both days to be held on the Des Moines River starting at the North Fourth Street Bridge in Estherville. Suit Asks $17,500 Williamson et al vs. Breevaart, a case which grew out of a car-bicycle accident of May 4, 1968, is now being tried in district court at the Emmet County Courthouse. The suit claims the accident occurred when Robert Williamson, minor son of Harvey Wil liamson, Estherville, was riding a bicycle which collided with a car operated by John Breevaart, Estherville. The Williamson boy sustained a broken leg. The suit asks damages of $2,500 for Harvey Williamson to cover hospital and medical expenses and $15,000 for Robert Williamson for his injuries. Fourth in a Series You and Your, . . School Bond Issue On Feb. 8, you, as voters, will cast your ballots on the school bond for a proposed addition to the Rotunda building. Many of you have questions to which you need answers in order to come to a decision. Fifteen typical queries were put to members of the school board and their responses appear here. HOW OLD ARE THE SCHOOL BUILDINGS NOW IN USE? Answered for the board by Robert Rice, superintendent of schools: "Senior High School — The original section of the senior high school was constructed in 1956 with the wing connecting the Senior High School and Maniece Elementary School being constructed in 1962. "Junior High School - The Junior High School building that is at 301 North Sixth Street was orginally constructed in 1912 and for many years served as junior, senior and also junior college facility. That building also presently houses the District Administrative Offices. "Lincoln School—Lincoln School which sits at 12 Avenue North and North 9th Street had the original and older part of the building constructed in 1902 which presently houses four elementary classes and an addition was built to the west side of the old Lincoln building in 1949 which houses three elementary classrooms. "Margaret Maniece — The Margaret Maniece Building was constructed in 1951. "MeKinley School — MeKinley Elementary School was constructed in 1960 with 2 . l h mill school house levy funds. "Roosevelt Elementary — The Roosevelt Building which is located just to the north of the old Junior High School Building was constructed in 1929." When will current bond issues be retired? Wayne Richards: "At the present time we are paying on two bond issues — (1) the original high school building which retires in 1975 and has present indebtedness of $150 ,000, and (2) the wing addition which retires in 1980 with a present indebtedness of $175 ,000. These bonds, sold in 1956 and 1961 respectively, totaled $1,115,000. This puts our total indebtedness at $325,000 which is very small amount for a school district such as ours."