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   Estherville Daily News (Newspaper) - January 23, 1976, Estherville, Iowa                                January Deadline For New Licenses ESTHERVILLE - Persons must purchase their 1976 license plates and stickers on or before Saturday, Jan. 31, or face a five percent penalty, according to Jim Blekfeld, Armstrong, Emmet County treasurer. Blekfeld says that automobiles, trucks, trailers, motorcycles and mobile homes are included in the Jan. 31 deadline. Friday, Jan. 30, is the final day the courthouse is open for the month, but Blekfeld said that all mail orders for new license plates and registrations would be honored if postmarked on or before Jan. 31. "The pickup date for failure to have new registrations will be March 14," Blekfeld adds. "We're now about 600 sales behind last year for auto registrations," Blekfeld adds in noting he expects long lines at the treasurer's office late next week. Iowa Cattlemen Elect John Greig President DES MOINES - John Greig of Estherville was elected president of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association at its 76th annual convention in Des Moines Wednesday. Other officers elected included Bill Schimmer of Latimer and Bob Anderson of Clarinda, vice presidents; Joe Feldman of Terril, secretary; and Wayne Anderson of Yale, treasurer. Sheriffs Department Checks 127 Accidents ESTHERVILLE - One fatality and $121,159 in damages were involved in 127 accidents investigated by the Emmet County Sheriff's Department during 1975. The fatality occurred on July 16 when Burt Edward Thompson, Spirit Lake, was killed in a car-truck collision 3% miles west of Armstrong on Iowa Highway 9. In addition to the one fatality, there were 64 personal injuries in the accidents, 51 of which involved two or more cars and 76 single car crashes. The seven accidents reported during April was low for the year although they did include five personal injuries. February and September each had eight accidents and May nine. December, with 16 accidents, and November, with 14 accidents, were high for the year. Emmet County Sheriff Richard Dahl also reported that the Sheriff's Department served 1,240 papers during the past year, compared to about 1,600 the previous year. "But we made more than 1,240 trips," Dahl adds, "because we had to make several trips to serve some of the papers when we were unable to locate anyone." Department       aiat^ry A Des Uoioas, Iowa 50316 S*mpU C�py Official Newspaper For Ali Emmet County Jan. 30, 31, Feb. 1 IJBAILY 105th YEAR; NO. 76     ESTHERVILLE, IOWA 51334 Re-Elect Whiti ECCOG Chairperson FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 1976 COPY, 15* ESTHERVILLE - Bob Whitehouse, Estherville, was re-elected as chairperson of the Emmet County Council of Governments (ECCOG) during its Thursday night meeting. Tony Theesfeld, Estherville, was elected as vice chairperson and Steve Woodley, Estherville, was re-elected secretary. A solid waste disposal proposal from the city of Fairmont, Minn., was presented to ECCOG members. According to a letter from Gailen O. Narum, Fairmont city engineer, the city of Fairmont would be willing to receive Emmet County's solid waste, unshredded and at no charge, if Emmet County would transport the waste to Fairmont. Fairmont is in the process of building a new solid waste treatment plant that can handle 150 tons of solid waste a day. Three ECCOG members, Bill Kolpin and Woodley, Estherville, and Jack Richmond, Armstrong, were named to a committee to meet with Fairmont city officials to find out more about the process and potential costs involved. They will report back at the next ECCOG meeting. In other action, ECCOG approved a EIDG's Annual Meeting Monday ESTHERVILLE - The Estherville Industrial Development Corporation (EIDC) will elect directors during its annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at the Gardston Hotel. President Dale Jacobson said that the EIDC will also hear a report on the past year's activities. treasurer's report which listed a balance of $205,725.26 for ECCOG at the end of 1975; received an expenditure breakdown for the $92,392.44 spent by ECCOG during the past year; approved a raise for the ECCOG secretary to $3.50 an hour; and heard a report that Theesfeld was replacing Ralph Rouse, Estherville, as a representative to ECCOG from the Emmet County Board of Supervisors. Graettinger Council Names Committees GRAETTINGER - Dean Brobst was appointed mayor pro-tern and Gilbert Stueve, chief of police by Graettinger Mayor Alan Graettinger during the first regular council meeting for the 1976 newly elected councilmen. In addition five other committees were designated to attend specific areas of interest in city government, which include, Community Protection Committee: Roy Nissen, chairperson, Merle Jensen and Avery Bonstead; Human Development Committee: Merle T. Hanson, chairperson, Dean Brobst and Merle Jensen; Home and Community Environment Committee: Avery Bonstead, chairperson, Roy Nissen and Merle Jensen; Policy and Administration Committee: Dean Brobst, chairperson, Merle T. Hanson and Merle Jensen; Natural Gas Committee: Merle Jensen, chairperson, Roy Nissen and Dean Brobst; Merle T. Hanson will be the councils' r> representative on the swimming pool board and Dean Brobst will be the finance chairperson. Ringsted Students Crown Royalty- Ted Riley (back row rightf and Sue Olson (front row right) were crowned homecoming king and queen Thursday at Ringsted High School. Candidates for king included, back from left, Terry Christensen, Allen Meyer, Jeff Ulrich, and Ted Riley. In the front, same order, are the queen candidates including Vickie White, Terri Johansson, Elaine Hanson, and Sue Olson. Thursday was Hobo Day at Ringsted High School and the royalty came appropriately attired. Tonight (Friday) Ringsted will meet Burt in a boy-girl homecoming doubleheader and a dance immediately after the boys' game will climax activities. - Photo by Ron Baldwin Utility Increases Prohibited Bill to Limit City, DES MOINES (AP) - Cities, counties and other political subdivisions would be limited to a 6 percent budget growth under a bill approved for Senate debate by the Ways and Means Committee Thursday. "This makes a mockery of the home rule principle," said Sen. William Gluba, D-Davenport, the only member to vote against the measure approved 13-1. "We're saying you can't raise your budget more than 6 percent while we - the state - are raising ours by 10 to 12 percent," Gluba said* "I think we've acted in haste." SEN. NORMAN RODGERS. D-Adel, committee chairman, set a public hearing for next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Senate chamber so local officials could comment on the proposal. Meanwhile, the measure goes to State Government Committee because it would create a new state board. The chairman of that committee, Eugene Hill, D-Newton, said he doubts it will take very long for his committee to send it to the Senate floor. The bill would limit budget growth of the political subdivisions for the next two years. GOV.   ROBERT  RAY  proposed similar legislation in his State of the State message as a way to curb increased property taxes, Without such legislation, local governments could raise property tax dollars collected from individuals - without raising millage rates - because of recent property revaluations ordered by the State Revenue Department. Ray also suggested that a lay committee be appointed to study the whole area of property taxes and how local government should be financed. The committee has not yet studied that proposal. The House Ways and Means Com- Presents Historical Map Kevin Gardner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Gardner, rural Estherville, presents the historical map of Emmet County which he made to Ivadell Ross, Estherville, treasurer of the Emmet County Historical Society. Gardner, a student at Lincoln Central in Gruver, has also made two similar maps which he has presented to Mrs. Robert Nielsen, Ringsted, for display    i in the Ringsted museum and to Mrs. Emma Gaarde, Armstrong, for display    � in Armstrong. This map, which will be placed in the Emmet County    j Historical Society museum in Estherville, features points of interest    J throughout Emmet County. - Photo by Connie Davis i Milford Man Faces Hearing! On Appointment to Regents; DES MOINES - Special Senate hearings  on reappointment  confirmation of three members of the State Board of Regents, taelutUx^ a Mttfprd man,! are iiot"necessaryT*G6v. TtoBert Ray said Friday. "If they start having hearings on all House Passes Two Bills Patching Election Laws DES MOINES (AP) - Two bills to patch up errors and technical flaws in a major revision of state election laws passed last year were passed by the Iowa House Thursday. One, approved 68-19, would eliminate the requirement that persons using the new postcard voter registration form must sign it before a notary public. The other, passed 87-1, would make a number of technical corrections. But the House also tacked on an amendment to compromise a dispute over the time when the polls are to close. Both Gov. Ray Not VP Candidate DES MOINES (AP) -, Gov. Robert Ray says he is not a candidate for vice president but would consider the post if it were offered. Commenting Friday after President Ford mentioned him and seven other Republicans as possible running mates, Ray said, "I think that's very nice of him. I'm not a candidate for anything, but I would certainly consider it if it were offered." Ray said he had not talked with Ford about the possibility of joining the ticket. bills now go to the Senate. REP. RICHARD Drake, R-Muscatine, objected to further liberalizing the new postcard registration system. "We keep on spoon feeding the voters so that they don't have to make any effort to register," Drake complained. He said the postcard registration form could be used for fraudulent purposes, such as proof of legal age to buy liquor and beer, and county auditors would have no way to check on validity of the information supplied by the registrant. BUT REP. W. R. Monroe, D-Burlington, said he favors making it as easy for Iowans to vote as possible. He said less than 38 percent of those eligible voted in the nation last year. "If spoon feeding is what we need to overcome that, then spoon feed we must," Monroe declared. The time for closing the polls in any election was set last year at 9 p.m., an hour later than has been the case for many years. BUT THE HOUSE voted Thursday to provide an 8 p.m. closing for local nonpartisan elections while keeping the 9 p.m. closing time for state primary and general elections. the appointments, we'll have a full time legislature in a hurry," Ray explained. \ Hearings on the reappointment of � Petersen, Harlan, and Regents Ray Bailey, Milford, and Donald. Shaw, Davenport, are being scheduled. The Iowa Higher Education Association told senators that hearings would be advisable. "We've seen times these appointments have been cut up and down simply because they were Republicans," Ray said in response to the Democratically-controlled legislature. Mrs. Petersen is a Republican while Shaw and Bailey are Democrats. "With some of this business they go through, sometimes it's not easy to get capable, competent people to serve," Ray said. The governor said they are sometimes sharply questioned in confirmation hearings and take a lot of "flack" while serving. Say Abortion Issue Dead WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite some intensive lobbying for a constitutional amendment banning abortion, both advocates and opponents of such a ban say there is no chance that Congress will approve such legislation this year. Thousands of antiabortionists from around the United States visited members of the House and Senate Thursday to urge support for such a ban. But Rep. Albert Quie, a Minnesota Republican who has introduced one of the amendments pending in the House, said the issue is dead in the 94th Congress Budget Growth mittee is currently studying variations of the same proposal and other methods to hold down local property tax increases. OFFICIALS NOTED that whatever action taken must be done soon because local budgets must be certified in March. "It's going to be a great benefit to local government to get it done and get it done fast," said Sen. Roger Shaff, R-Camanche. The measure would limit the allowable growth of all political subdivisions, except for cities with populations of 500 persons or less. Officials said there are 493 Iowa cities with less than 500 residents, but those residents make up only 2 percent of the state population. EXEMPTED FROM the 6 percent maximum growth would be federal funds, interest on government loans, money authorized in special elections and pension, retirement and Social Security costs. Most parts of school budgets would also be exempted as they are limited in other sections of the law.   ' MUNICIPAL UTILITIES would be prohibited from increasing charges for gas, water, heat or electrical power by more than 6 percent, but could pass on extra fuel costs to customers. If a city or county had an emergency, it could appeal to one of three appeal boards for an exception. The board could then allow the political subdivision to increase its budget. Emmet County Supervisors Public Not!c& Pago 6   

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