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The With The Grocery Bargains BY RUSS WALLER Duties of mayorship, like duties of the presidency, sometimes bear heavily. Take the situation of Mayor Bill Finn. His phone rang. He answered. A feminine voice on the other end asked him if he couldn't "do something about the sonic booms because they make my china rattle and I'm afraid they'll break." All the mayor could think of at the moment was either moving the china to a safer location or calling the Pentagon! * * * Our Sage of Main Street says he doesn't know which is going up the fastest, mini skirts or prices ... but he adds that he will keep his eye on the situation 1 That, we believe. * * * Troop 90, Boy Scouts at Fenton, have developed a unique public service. They have mimeographed a set of instruction sheets to be filled out for baby sitters before parents leave them in charge of the tots. To be filled in were such questions as "Where we will be, with phone," "Our doctor, and his number," "Nearest neighbor and their number," and information on fire department and police phone numbers, and where a flashlight is kept and exits from the house, etc. * * * Not much in the daily news about it, but in a postal hearing, chairman A. S. (Mike) Moroney in hearings on the postal deficit which is still going to be with us despite increases in postal rates, has suggested one radical change if it would improve the revenue situation - eliminate the third class mail classification. The P. 0. Dept. has launched a study on the subject. * * * To show how times have changed, the entire general revenue budget of the Iowa state government was $18.5 million in 1936 .... far less than the A.D.C. payments alone today. * * * Sign in a retail store: "Drop in. If Ben is busy ask for Lew. H Lew is busy ask for Ben. If we're both busy, Hurrah I" * * * Then there is the wife who shot her husband with a bow and arrow because she didn't want to wake up the children. * * * For a while it may have seemed to some that Algona was the only place having problems with dumping and garbage. Then came the New York trouble, and now it has broken out in a new place — Venice, Italy. The city's 400 garbage collectors have gone on strike protesting delays in their Social Security payments and the folks in Venice are now throwing their garbage out their windows and into the city canals ... if you're planning a trip to Venice, beware I * * * Federal government agencies just have to stick their noses into all the corners possible. The Civil Aeronautics Board has advised airlines that they must charge passengers for drinks and movies in flight, over and above their travel ticket costs. Just out of curiosity, wonder why the C.A.A. would want to impose this extra cost on a passenger and actually by what authority they even have the power to so decree. * * * One of the most interesting programs of TV in a long time was the visit of Secretary of State Rusk (or Risk, as some term it) to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to answer some questions. He did a good job of talking around the questions without reaching the kernel of the nut, but the main theme seemed to be that the way to gain peace is to wage war. * * * We dedicate our Famous Last Line this week to the Pentagon, where Murphy's law seems to prevail. Murphy's law states that "II anything can go wrong, it wUl." jlome* ESTABLISHED 1865 Entcrort us second class matter at the postoi'fice at Algona. Town inOSlli. Xov 1. l;iU2. under Act of Congress of March 3. 1871) ALGONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 1968 LuVerne Student & Family Plan Canadian Goose Trek Two Sections — 20 Pages VOL. 109 NO. 20 David Trauger, 25, of Lu Verne, his pretty young wife also from LuVerne, and their eighteen- month-old son Brent have a unique project for the coming summer. They are going to make a family project of a 2,500-mile trek into northern Canada to study one bird — Ross' goose. The bird is the smallest of any to nest in the Arctic, and it is believed that fewer than 25 white men have viewed them. David is a graduate student and wildlife biology instructor in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at Iowa State University. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Trauger of LuVerne, where his father operates a grocery store. His wife is the former Kathy Hanselman, his high school sweetheart. She is a graduate of the Iowa Lutheran School of Nursing in Des Moines. In 1961 David worked at Union Slough as a student assistant to Harold Burgess, now at Squaw Creek Refuge in Missouri. Other summers he did similar work. He lias taken an interest in wildlife since a child, an interest he says developed as he and his father went hunting together. Even the name of their son, Brent, has a connection with the subject. It is the European spelling for brant, or goose, he says. Last summer, with two Canadians, Trauger flew in a single engine float plane to a Canadian Wildlife Service cabin far north, and trekked north from there. In the process, they photographed some 15,000 geese, most of them Ross'. This summer the Trauger trio will leave April 1, with the research under the sponsorship of the U. S,. Wildlife Service. They will travel in a station wagon with luggage carrier and want to get to their destination by the time the nesting season begins. They must make it over the Mackenzie River while the ice is still solid enough for driving. Otherwise there would be a delay before the ferry starts operating. Ross' goose spends its winters in California, and arrives at the Canadian nesting ground in early June. By the last of August, they start traveling south. (Map courtesy of Des Moines Tribune) Wm. Mefzger Of West Bend Rites, Mar. Services for William Metzger, 82, were held Wednesday at 9:30 a. m. at the" Schellhammer Funeral Home and at 10 a. m. at the Apostolic Christian church, West Bend, with burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Metzger died Sunday morning at St. Ann hospital in Algona following a long illness. Surviving are his wife; five sons, Emil, Silas and Bernard, all of West Bend; Arnold and Wilmer, both of Whittemore; five daughters, the Misses Marie and Darlene Metzger, both of West Bend; Elizabeth Metzgar, Elgin, 111.; Mrs. Martin Knoblock, Rock Rapids; and Mrs. lola Knoblock, Lester; 41 grandchildren; one foster grandchild; two brothers, Fred of Lester and Sam of West Bend; five sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Schmidigall, Hancock, Minn.; Mrs. Ted Theodore, Salem, Ore; Mrs. Mary Banwart, Anoka, Minn.; Mrs. Nathan Kellenberger, Elgin, Minn.; and Mrs. Ernest Kellenberger, Morris, Minn. Mr. Metzger was born in Cissna Park, 111., where he was reared and educated, in 1911 he married Ida Banwart in West Bend where they made their home on a farm in 1913 until his retirement. Call* Demo Meeting County Chairman Joe Straub has called a meeting for tonight, Thursday, March 14, at 8 p.m. at the American Legion building in Algona for all Democratic precinct committeemen and committeewomen, preparatory to the county' Democratic caucuses, which will be held March 25. Port Radium-JV -_-.,,.£ VICTORIA 'Cambridge Bay Canadian Wildlife Service Cabin 2l ( Karrak Lake ~-~~^-^% Ross Goose Nesting Lake" ' NORTHWEST TERRITORIES Yellowknife -/ ~ P=~ — Great Slave C" HaRiver ^ / CANADA T^fPeace River / ^ }j t "^\^^ ) :'/ ^A: - --. / 's^'" ; .;•• SASKATCHEWAN..^ . ---'Prince i „ * Albert K MANITOBA.' x : ( ONTARIO. ^Winnipeg *Kenora £j DAKOTA ^ /'Jamestown "' •©St. Paul; : tfs. ' V^Minneapolis ;: A 5 ^NEBRASKA,. ^ Ames Des Moines 0 .''ILLINOIS Map shows route Mr. and Mrs. David Trauger and their son, Brent, followed last spring and will again this year. At Saskatoon Trauger will have reunion with John Ryder, with whom he visited largest Ross' goose-nesting ground in Canada at Karrak Lake in 1967. Funeral Held Wednesday For Mrs. Berte, 80 A solemn requiem high mass for Mrs. Anna Berte, 80, St. Joe, was held at 10:30 a. m. Wednesday in St. Joseph's Catholic church there, with Fr. L. C. Schumacher celebrant, Fr. Skahill, deacon, and Fr. Staber, sub-deacon. Burial followed at the church cemetery and Hamilton Funeral Home was in charge or arrangements. Mrs. Berte, lifelong resident of that area, died Sunday evening at St. Ann hospital. Pallbearers at the rites were Richard, Randall, Dennis, Michael and Steven Berte and Charles Streit. Born at St. Joe March 14,1887, Anna Freilinger was a daughter of Peter and Anna Altman Freilinger. She married Charles Berte at St. Joe April 13, 1914 and he preceded her in death in March, 1947. She is survived by five children, Agnes Berte and Francis Berte, St. Joe; Alvin Berte, Livermore; Raymond Berte, LuVerne; and Anna Marie (Mrs. Melvin Von Bank), Whittemore; two sisters, Sr. M. Sienna and Sr. M. Gervase, Dubuque, a brother, John Freilinger, Livermore; and 21 grandchildren. Meanest Thief May Have Hit Sexton Church SEXTON- While making plans to visit the past weekend with their daughter and family, the Wally Murphys at Cedar Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Gabriel son came up with a nomination for the meanest thief in the territory. Part of their plan was to take along some furniture .a friend had made for Mrs. Murphy when she was a little girl and now , it would be just the right size for the grandson, Mark. It had been stored for all these years for safe keeping in a remote corner at the top of Uie Sexton church, now owned by the Gabrielsons. But a search revealed someone had walked off with these family treasures. The Gabrielsonr should have been suspicious when they donated the church bell to the Algona school for a victory bell tliis fall. When the bell was taken down it was found an attempt had been made to walk off with it also, as it had been cut from its supports. Firemen Are Called Twice Tuesday Night Algona firemen were called twice as a result of reported fires here during the night Tuesday. The first call at 9 p.m. resulted in no battle against flames. Someone reported seeing smoke coming from the Kossuth Historical Society Museum. Upon arrival at the scene, firemen found the smoke to be coming from the furnace of a nearby building. About 1 a.m. Wednesday, an electrical short apparently caused a minor fire at the Clarence Rochleau home, 620 East McGregor street. Very slight damage was reported by firemen. Carrie Jensen Dies, Seneca Rites Today SENECA-Mrs. Carrie Jensen, 82, died Sunday evening at the Balmer Nursing HomeatEsther- ville where she had been making her home for a number of years. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. at the Blak- jer Lutheran church at Seneca, of which she was a member. Pastor Harold Anderson will have charge of the service with interment in the local church cemetery. Survivors include three sons and four daughters. The sons are Calvin of Armstrong, Maurice of Cedar Falls, and Bernhard; also five daughters, Dorcella Lampe, whose home is in Florida; Bernice, Mrs. Sig Olsen, Walla Walla, Wash., Harriet Doocy of Washington; Victoria, Mrs. Art Claussen, Swea City; and Florence, Mrs. Gene Madsen, Bradgate. Her husband, Fred Jensen, preceded her in death in 1952. One daughter, Esther, also preceded her in death. Mrs. Jensen lived in this area all of her live. 2,022 Farms In Grain Program Feed Grain clerk Barbara Dearchs said 2,022 farms (65.5 percent) in the county were enrolled as of Monday in the Feed Grain program. Last year 71 percent of the farms participated in the program which is considered an average signup. "Monday was especially busy," she said. "More tlian 90 signed up. $129,000 Loan To Whittemore Club Gets O.K. Kossuth county, especially the Whittemore area, will have lots more swingers (of golf clubs, that is) within a few months. Ed Elbert, president of the Whittemore Golf Course, announced during the organization's annual meeting there Monday evening that the FHA had approved a $129,000 loan, which paves the way for completion of a 9-hole course and clubhouse. The loan application was made last year and the approval was on forms from the St. Louis, Mo. office of the FHA, although directors of the club had been told earlier that loans under $150,000 could be approved by the Des Moines office of the federal bureau. There were 59 club members (and some wives)present at Monday night's meeting and Elbert; Albert Kramer, vice president; Harold Poppen, secretary; and Vic Perkins, treasurer; were all re-elected to new terms. Elbert said it is possible the engineer on the project, Richard Pugh, Williamsburg, may have final plans for the course and clubhouse ready by the end of this week. If board members approve them, the FHA will then study them - and approve or turn them down. Approval by the FHA will clear the way for letting of bids, and it is possible construction may get underway very soon. Therefore, the course should be ready for full time play next year — and members may get a chance to belt the ball around a little late this fall. At present, the club has 217 members and a few more will undoubtedly join. Plans call for . a limit of 250. A work party reported to the site of the course, about a mile east of Whittemore on McGregor Road, Tuesday afternoon and cleaned out a large barn on the place. It has not been determined for certain if the barn will be used as a maintenance shed or not. The new clubhouse will be split-level, with a 30x60 lower portion, complete with lounge, pro shop, locker and rest rooms and a patio, while the upper area will measure 40x60, with a kitchen, dining room and dance floor. The group has also hired a greenskeeper. He is Ralph Walker, Whittemore, an ex- farmer who has already attended a conference at Des Moines to learn how to take care of a golf course. The course at Whittemore has members from all over that area and will run the total number of golf lay-outs in Kossuth county (or with Kossuth addresses) to four. Cong. Mayne To Appear Friday WASHINGTON - Congressman Wiley Mayne returns to northwest Iowa this week for a series of speeches and other appearances in four counties in the 6th Congressional District. Congressman Mayne's busy weekend schedule begins early Friday morning in Humboldt where he will speak to a joint breakfast meeting of the Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, JayCees and B.P.W. Clubs. A flag which has been flown over the United States Capitol will be presented by Congressman Mayne at 8:50 Friday morning to the student body of Humboldt Community High School. Friday noon Mayne will appear at a public luncheon in the American Legion Hall at Algona. From 2:30 to 4:00 that afternoon he will conduct office hours open to the public in the Kossutli County Court House. Friday night will find Mr. Mayne in Palo Alto county at the Miss Shamrock Pageant in Emmetsburg. Father Succumbs The father of Otto Ohlinger, local barber who recently purchased the former Bunkofske shop here, passed away at Tem- pieton, Iowa with funeral services set for today (Thursday). County to Get Tough On Bouncing Checks Burt Break-In Tools This assortment of tools was rounded up by Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst and FBI agents following the recent break-in at the Burt Savings Bank. Most of the pry-bars, punches, etc. were inside the suitcase shown at the left and it was found in front of a building across the street from the bank soon after the robbery attempt was thwarted at 2 a. m. March 5. However, the hammer and pair of adjustable pliers in the photo were discovered in the back yard at the home of Ron Jurgens, manager of the elevator at Burt, which was also entered the same night. Sheriff Lindhorst is still working on meager clues that were found after discovery of the crime. Nothing new, however, has been discovered recently. (Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst Photo) Esfrherviiie Vs. Emmetsburg 2-City Feud Rages - Community College A feud is raging between Esthervilie and Emmetsburg in connection with future plans for development of the Area III, Iowa Lakes Community College. This "first cousin" battle finds Algona and Kossuth County sitting ringside, in the controversy which affects the five counties within the new college area, including Kossuth. Edgar Meyer, Algona, one of the college board members, said that at a meeting last week the Emmetsburg Junior College chose not to come in to the new college unit except on terms they specified, and these terms were rejected by the new college board. Fully understanding the statewide set-up of new community college units is not easy. In most instances the previously existing junior colleges around the state have voluntarily been absorbed into the new community college program. However, in jurisdictional matters some fear losing their identity, and that seems to be the case in Emmetsburg, where the community college group wants to consolidate the liberal arts courses at Esthervilie, and eventually the vocational training unit in Emmetsburg, which presently also has liberal arts courses. In the meantime, the Iowa Lakes Community College intends to open a vocational training course in Algona, to start June 24, in automotive mechanics. A similar vocational course in auto body repair is slated to begin at Spencer and a secretarial training program at Spirit Lake. At Emmetsburg, 120 acres of ground has been purchased for eventual construction of a $750,000 vocational school that would be part of the Iowa Lakes college set-up. Meyer said total investment in this expansion would probably add up to about a million dollars. When completed, the other three temporary courses would be moved to Emmetsburg, while Estherville would continue with the general liberal arts courses. Locally, the former Big Bear store, owned by Buscher Bros, on North Main St., will be the location for the automotive training course here. Anyone interested in the automotive training course should write to Iowa Lakes Community College, Estherville, Meyer said. About $30,000 for training here has been allotted for the first year, with two instructors to handle the Algona courses. It is Emmetsburg's fear that if their junior college willingly joined the new college set-up, they would face some loss of control. The board's contention is that whatever might be lost in liberal arts students would be more than compensated for with construction of the new vocational technical building there. The college program has faced numerous difficulties since its inception, including resignation of the originally appointed superintendent, Doyle Carpenter, to take affect June 30. He cited "differences of philosophy between myself and the board" as his resignation reason. Orville Thoreson of Swea City is also a member of the seven- man board governing development of the Iowa Lakes Community College program. Algona Farmer Fourth To File For County Post A fourth candidate, Richard R. Kain, rural route 2, Algona, filed for the soon-to-be vacant supervisor post in Kossuth county's second district. He filed with County Auditor Marc Moore Tuesday. Others who have filed for the post are Lee Schenck, Earl Zeigler and Mayor Bill Finn, all of Algona. Mr. Moore, County Clerk Alma Pearson and Mrs. Mertie Huber, county recorder, will name a successor to Garry McDonald, present supervisor in that district, possibly by the end of March- or shortly after. Mr. McDonald resigned recently, effective April 15- Nice Weather Continues Here Kossuth county temperatures ranged from eight above to 58 above during the past week, with .14 rainfall last Friday, first of the spring season. The week's weather as recorded by KLGA weather station follows: DATE HI LO R March 7 58 28 March 8 50 28 .14 March 9 46 38 March 10 34 20 March 11 33 19 March 12 28 8 March 13 — 11 Officers Warn Of Stricter Legal Angles Persons who write checks and present them in payment for goods (or partial payment, or for cash) to business places in Kossuth county in the future, had better have money in the right bank- and enough to cover the check. Many businessmen, peace officers, etc., 60 in all, attended a meeting on "no account" and "insufficient funds" checks Monday night at the courthouse here. County Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst and County Attorney Walter B. MacDonald explained the check laws to those present — then answered a variety of questions from some of those in attendance. According to Mr. MacDonald, the turnout from Algona was rather disappointing. Most areas of Kossuth were represented, however, at the session. The county attorney also announced that the same presentation on checks was to be given by him and Sheriff Lindhorst at a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce office here this morning (Thursday). The county officials pointed out several very interesting items to those assembled. For instance: although an individual may have funds in his bank account - if he does not have sufficient funds to cover the check at the time it is written, it is a criminal offense. There has been a great amount of misunderstanding on this point. Some had believed they were safe if they had an account, even if not large enough to cover the check. Untrue. It means trouble for the check writer. It was also explained that although checks under $20are misdemeanors and handled injustice of the peace or mayor's courts, that after a third conviction on a bad small check, the individual will be prosecuted on a felony charge in district court when he writes the next check. The group present was also told that if criminal information or a complaint is filed, the defendant will be arrested by the sheriffs office and prosecuted by the county attorney, with the court records of convictions being made public. Most such cases in the past have gone unreported - unless the offender received a prison sentence. Although this procedure may result in the complaining witness (possibly a merchant) not receiving his money back (for the bad check), the criminal penalties of jail and fine will act as a deterrent and the number of bad checks in this county should decrease. A "get tough" attitude on checks will have to be put into action by all merchants in Kossuth - if it is to have any teeth. Past policy by some business places has made it possible fora number of persons to repeatedly pass no good checks without any action on the part of authorities. They hold the checks until the writer has enough money in the bank to cover it, or hold it after it is returned by the bank, then deposit it again when there are funds to cover it. Some businesses in the past have also let bad checks pile, up for a period of time, then turned them over to the sheriffs office for possible action. And in many cases, where there has been prosecution in lower courts, the penalty is not severe enough to deter further bad checks by the same party. And in widely-scattered cases, forgers have passed through the area, presented no-good checks, received a small amount of goods and cash, then departed. Forgers are not often caught in the same area where the crime occurred - usually because law officers receive uo notice of the forgery until too late. Cooperation on the part of everyone accepting cheeks yiil be appreciated by the county attorney aad sheriff - and help in a big way,

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