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8 / DCS MOINES REGISTER • Frl., Aug. 29, 1975 Bicentennial song rejected By DON MUHM A song about Iowa, its corn and soybeans, composed by a native of the state, failed to gain endorsement from the Iowa Bicentennial Commission Thursday. Composer Nancy Erickson Goland, now a New York, N.Y. entertainer, and her sister, Sigrid Jones, strummed guitars and sang the song, "Miles and Miles of Iowa" to bicentennial officials at their regular month- _ly meeting here. The women's performance was applauded by the members, and several said the song was great. But the members refused to endorse the song as a bicentennial project, fearing that both the composer and publisher stood to profit from such an endorsement. Said one commissioner: "We can't lend any luster to a commercial venture." The women's effort wasn't a total loss, however. Fulk Interested Kenneth R. Fulk, secretary of the Bicentennial Commission and secretary of the Iowa State Fair, expressed interest in signing the two to sing their Iowa song at next year's State Fair. Goland, who said she wrote the song this summer for the nation's 200th birthday observance, said she has contacted NBC television officials about using the song as background music for a special bicentennial feature about Iowa to be aired Oct. 12 on the "Today" show. Part of the lyrics written by Goland and copyrighted by Va- lahdo Music Publishing Co. of New York, N.Y., refer to Iowa in this way: "She's the dusk, she's the dawn, she's standing strong. A beautiful lady, a beautiful song. She's the sweetheart of America, my wild rose from Iowa. "Plow-in', and plant-in', rota- tin' again — soybeans, peas and hay. Now the sun's high in the sky and her miles and miles and miles of corn will be knee-high come July..." The two women are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Erickson of Cedar Falls, j Both are graduates of the Uni- REGISTER PHOTO BY THOMAS DC PBO Sing bicentennial song Nancy Erickson Goland, left, and her sister, Sigrid Jones, stag their song about Iowa to the Iowa Bicentennial Commission here Thursday. The commission rejected the sisters' request to have their song endorsed as a bicentennial project. The women, originally from Cedar Falls, now make their homes la New York City. versity of Northern Iowa, and both entertain professionally. Vote Funding The Bicentennial Commission voted to f^und these projects: Navy Mcenfenniil — $1,370 was granted to help stage a series of events related to the 200th birthday of the U.S. Navy The events will Include a Navy combat art display in the Ruan Ctnter in Des Molnes on Oct. 4-10. Fremont county Historical society — S3,100 was voted to help pay roofing costs on a building owned by the society In Sidney. Ctnterviije Pancake bays — $4,000 was approved for the annual celebration In Centervllle. The money will be used this year and In 1976 to help pay for special equipment, displays and exhibits. Cincinnati centennial — $1,500 was given to help pay for publication of a history of Tnis Appanoose County community and for use In Its centennial celebration Saturday through Monday. TVA rules out boost In rates KNOXVILLE, TENN. (AP) — Accepting a recommendation by its power division, the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors ruled out Thursday any general rate increase for the three months beginning in October. Power division officials told the board that coal costs have stabilized and that no general boost in electric rates is needed at this time. Iowa horsewoman hits Wisconsin in trail ride By T. J. RYDER Register Stiff Writer SINSINAWA, WIS. - Mary Ellen Eckelberg of Clinton, la., who is on an adventuresome horseback ride to plug for more Mississippi River wilderness trails and to help observe the bicentennial, arrived at the Dominican Center here Thursday. She and her Arabian horse Sahnson looked tired as a group of more than 50 nuns and others greeted the little horsewoman with a chorus of "America." Eckelberg then was ushered inside for some refreshments and Sahnson nibbled grass on the front lawn and drank water provided by the sisters. "This is the best reception I've received," she said with tears in her eyes. "I really appreciate it." Eckelberg, 30, a schoolteacher turned welder, started at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, June 6, and plans to travelto the Gulf of Mexico along the Great River Road, a scenic route that extends from Canada to the Gulf on both sides of the Mississippi. She plans to arrive at the Gulf in November, then start back again along portions of the road she didn't travel. She is visiting historical sites along the way and stopped here because it was founded by Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, a pioneer missionary priest. Eckelberg, who is traveling alone, said loneliness, and insects have been her biggest problems. She said Sahnson injured himself when he got stuck under boards while sleeping in a Bagley, Minn., barn and lost three teeth and sus tained nerve damage to a leg. She said she was forced to use a substitute horse for four weeks. , Her schedule will lake her through several Iowa cities. BODY IS FOUND NEAR DUBUQUE By T. J. RYDER R«f (tier Staff Writer DUBUQUE, IA. - A body believed to be that of missing Dubuque podiatrist Dr. Joseph Blasi, 35, was found along railroad tracks six miles west of here Thursday, Dubuque County Sheriff John Murphy said identification was almost certain through a dental records check. Murphy said a more thorough check will be made when detailed dental records are received from an Army records center in St. Louis, Mo. Blasi spent seven years in the service and was discharged in May and came to Dubuque soon after. Murphy said a small-caliber pistol owned by Blasi was found near the body and it appeared Blasi died of a self-inflicted bullet wound. He said an autopsy was scheduled. Blasi had been missing since Aug- 18. His car was found abandoned on a country road Aug. 20 less than a mile from the spot where the body was Found by a neighbor who was looking for Blasi after the official search was called off. Blasi's wife had reported that ler husband had been nervous and despondent. Save regularly where your money • grows lately. . .Iniured Subilanlial ptnohv ttquirtd bXkmfortorlywiiMrowol SAVINGS and LOAN ASSOCIATION Mi & High • Dt> Moimt 30309 FRESH FROM FLORIDA 3 to 4' Scheffelera Plant Reg. 24.98 Now 12 98 Keg. 2.98 AFRICAN VIOLETS |98 Now BONSAI'S over 5 types to choose from 98 Priced from 9 Live Hanging Baskets 2O %o,, 20 varieties to choose from 20 Ib. 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No Firm Evidence Although authorities have no firm evidence of a link between the two Miami deaths and slayings stretching over five yean in California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Colorado, they say there are striking similarities. All the victims were white, under 30, had similar features, were drowned or strangled and their bodies were dumped either down an embankment or into creeks or canals. Each had long hair and pierced ears and was sexually molested. In most cases the bodies were nude except for a single item, such as a necklace. None of the clothing was recovered, leading police to speculate that the killer may be a fetishist. Police say there were 14 similar murders in California between 1969 and December of 1973, nine in Washington between then and September of 1974 and then three in Utah and two in Colorado between late 1974 and early 1975. Similar slayings in Oregon and Idaho during the same period have also been reported, police say. "When you go back into he dates of the killings, it's pos sible the guy started making his way east, leaving a trail of bodies behind him," said Dade County detective Charles Mus- soline. "But we have nothing concrete — except the consistencies." Detective Sgt. Erwin 0. Carlstedt of Sonoma County, Calif., conceding that there was no physical link between the killings, said, "All of our girls looked alike. And Washington's looked like ours." Dade County authorities say they have established a firm link between the slayings of Ronnie Gorlin, 27, and Elyse Rapp, 21, both found in the same canal after disappearing last month. Rapp was found eight days before Gorlin was slain. The two are among eight young women whose bodies have been found in canals this year in the Miami .area, but officers say definite* links exist only in the cases of Rapp and Gorlin. "Accumulating Victims" Dr. Ronald Wright, a medical examiner who performed autopsies on Rapp and Gorlin, said their slayer was "the same kind of killer as 'Jack the Ripper' and I believe he is rapidly accumulating a number of victims." The original Jack the Ripper preyed on prostitutes in London in 1888. His victims had their throats slashed and their bodies mutilated. The killer, who had seven murders attributed to him, was never found. 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