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   Estherville Daily News (Newspaper) - August 3, 1994, Estherville, Iowa                                 lEsthervill« Daily N«ws » Spirit Introduce  Family Classified Âds  ' ¿ ¿.i. lAlUSfOO  $MOO yum)  5 Days - Up to 20 Words  Seé Classified Page for Details  TODAY'S POMCAST  Mostly cloudy High: 80s Lows: 60s ■XTINMD lOMCASr  Thunderstorms likely on Thursday High: Uppef80s Lows;Upper 60s  Insldm Spori*.. .  named to all-conference teams  Pagm ó  10 -NORTH SEVENTH ST., ESTHERVILLE, IOWA - 712-362-2622 - 35 CENTS - WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3,1994 - VOL. 123 - NO. 165  61 percent say farming relies too much on chemicals  Maioritv of farmers want fewer chemicals  AMES • Six out of ten farmers agree titatmodem farming relies too heavily upon chemical fertilizers, and 61 pgcent say modern fanning relies too'heavily upon insecticides and herbicides.  Only 30 percent of the respondents to the 1994 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll disagreed with those statements, said Paul Lasley, Iowa State University Extension rural sociologist and director of the poll.  However, Iowa farmers appear to be less concerned about the reliance upon pesticide use than they were  Quad County begins with liquidation  SPENCER - CD Farm Service of Spencer will take possession of the tire shop and the structures business (building grain bins, driers, etc.) of Quad County Farm Service as of Wednesday, August 3. The announcement was made by Ed Stokes, general manager of CD Farm Service.  CD Farm Service will take control of the L.P. and petroleum business of Quad County FS at a later date. Stokes said. The petroleum business, located mainly in Burt, will remain under die Quad County FS name until that date.  'fflP fe maintaining the personnel in thb aifidxlfie structures people," Stokes announced late last week.  "We will have a secretary at the tire shop (which will be hired this week), and we will employ some of the personnel out of Kossuth County."  Stokes added , that CD Farm Service iwill service Emmet and Kossuth counties out of the Eritmets-burg facilities.  Quad County FS stockholders voted July 5 in favor of company dissqjution. The l^oard of directors recommended liquidation to prevent further losses.  "The business needs to be maintained in the area," Stokes said. "There has been a great deal of support for the tire shop and the structures business, as well as the LP and petroleum business."  CD Farm Service has main offices in Spencer. Satellite offices are located in Paullina, Melvin, Ochey-dan, Evferly and Spirit Lake.  DAILY ALMANAC DATE BOOK  Aug. 3, 1994  of IS day i  Today is the 215th ■1994 and the U taf summer.  TODAY'S HISTORY: On this day in 1923, fallowing the death of Warren Harding, CaMn Coolidge was sworn in as 30th president of the United States by his father, a notary public. TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Rupert Brooke (1887-1915), ppet; Delores Del Rio (1908-1983), actress; Leon Uris (1924-), writer, is 70; Tony Bennett U926-), singer, is 68; Martin Sheen (1940-), actor, is 54; John Lands (19S0-), director, is 44; Marcel Dknne (1951-), hockey star, is 43.  TODAY'S SPORTS: On this day in 1921, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Landis refused to reinstate the Chicago pbgrprs Implicated in the "Black Sox" scandal, despite their acquittals in a trial  TODAY'S QUOTE: "I've noticed that nothing I never said has hint me." — Calvin Coolidge  TODAY'S WEATHER: Onthlsdayta 1891, more than 5.4 inches of rain Ml on Philadelphia in under three hours.  SOUKCS: -THI WIATBBB CHANNELS Ittt VMUMT G**CakB*r Aeewi MUttta* L*.  TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (July 30) and new moon (Aug. T).  OlIM NEWSPAEfB ENTERPRISE ASSN.  when asked the same questions in a 1989 Iowa Farm and Rurual Life Poll. In 1989, 78 percent thought farming relies to much on insecticides and herbicides, and 76 percent believed too much chemical fertilizer was being used. Lasley said the decline in the level of concern during the past five years may be due to increased attention to reduce pesticide and chemical fertilizer use. In the last five years, farmers have become attuned to reducing these inputs for environmental and cost control remedies.  Sixty-two percent reported that increased-use of sustainable farming;; practices- would help maintain thé ' nation's natural resources, and 47 \ percent think fanners would use * more sustainable fanning methods if more research was available. .  Farmers' attitudes about sustainable agriculture have changed very little in the past few years. The 1994 poll showed 6) parent agreed , it would result in improved soil conditions (compared with 65 percent in 1989), 59 percent thought it would lower production costs (58  percent in 1989), and 65 percent of the respondents believed it would improve environmental conditions (69 percent in 1989). Only 31 percent thought sustainable agriculture would result in higher profits, but that is up from 25 percent in 1989. "These data generally show that farmers are increasingly aware of the benefits of sustainable farming," Lasley said.  Farmers have been employing various practices to reduce commercial fertilizer and pesticide dse. Again, fanners have not changed their atti-  The Franzen Brothers Circus is in' Estherville, with two shows scheduled for tonight, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. under the Big Top at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. Wayne Franzen, Amos Nelson and Okha the elephant drew a large  Photos by Ron Menendez  crowd to the eastside plaza parking lot yesterday afternoon for free elephant rides sponsored by Hy-Vee. The crowd seemed to have an equally good time feeding Okha her favor treat, fresh carrots.  Armstrong seeks engineer for waste water collection project  By DAVID SWARTZ Staff Willii'  The Armstrong City Council con-tinned its work with the Community Development Block Grant program for improvement in the city's waste water collection system at its regular meeting Monday evening.  Ross Behrens, of the Northwest Iowa Planning and^pevelopment Commission, presented a letter that will be sent to firms or individuals interested in serving as engineer for the project and «As them to submit their qualifications.  Council approved the letter with the qualifications for the project engineer with (be criteria as presented in the IfHttr listed in order of importance.They m¿  The city of Armstrong's familiarity with the firm; familiarity with Ae city's waste wapr collection system; experience in the design and construction of waste water collection syrtem; knowledge of all applicable legal regulatory requirements  related to projects of this nature; experience working under the requirements of the Community Development Block Grant program for similar projects; availability and capability of staff to perform this project; and the firm's geographic location in relation to Armstrong.  The firm or individual selected to serve as engineer will be responsible for developing all necessary plans, drawings and specifications, and for ensuriig that all plans and specifications meet all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.  In other business, a resolution to increase housing units for the Northwest iowa Regional Housing Authority,to50 units was approved by council The units will A be divided as 30 one-bedroom units, 10 two-bedroom units and 10 three-bedroom units.  In closed session, the council discussed the lawsuit by Darwin and Vanetta Bunkofske and Maxine Crouch, all of Armstrong, for dam-  bides much in recent years. Seventy-six percent use soil testing moderately or heavily, up two percent since 1989. Fifty-four percent of the formers used animal manure and 17 percent used plant legumes moderately or heavily (1989 results showed 55 percept and 56 percent respectively).  However, 52 percent used crop rotations heavily, up from 44 percent in 1989. Sixty-eight percent of farmers use mechanical cultivation moderately or heavily, while in  1989 83 percent used mechanical cultivation.  The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll is funded by ISU Extension and the Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. The purpose of the poll, conducted since 1982, is to ask fanners' views on a variety of rural and agricultural issues. This year's survey of 3,498 randomly selected farm operators was mailed in February, and 2,030 responses were received, for a response rate of 58 percent.  Districts review E-LC sharing plan  Possible reorganization is discussed  By TRAVIS RIDOUT  Staff Writer  GRUVER - The Estherville and Lincoln Central school boards, meeting in joint-session Monday, reviewed the recently completed first year of a whole-grade sharing agreement between the two districts ' and discussed the possible reorganization of the districts.  No time frame was set for combining the districts and no decision was made to proceed with a reorganization, but Bill Hutchinson, superin :  tendent for both schools,.informed  board  would need to be taken by November of 1995 for a reorganization to become effective by the 1996-1997 school year.  The current whole grade sharing agreement expires after the 1995-19% school year.  LC board member Steve Pritts commented, "The tax issue will be the toughest one to deal with."  Currently, persons in the LC district enjoy a tax rate of $10.09 per $1,000, a rate that falls in the low« est 10 percent in the state.  Estherville, by contrast, has a rate of almost $17 per $1,000, placing it in the top 10 percent in Iowa.  Hutchinson explained that Estherville doesn't spend more than other districts its size but has a small tax base, one that has decreased by almost half from about 15 years ago.  Pritts said a lot of people living in the LC district would not want to pay the. higher taxes ttat woui&. come if the two districts became  one.  Though the public or the Estherville board can initiate a reorganization, both Hutchinson and Estherville board president Paul Mof-fitt expressed that the final decision should come from the LC board.  Pleas« turn to SCHOOL, Pag* 2  Council selects new recycling contractor  By RON MENENDEZ  Editor  Beginning in September, Estherville will have a new contractor for its curbside collection of recyclable materials, following city council action Monday evening.  Regular pickups in the residential collection program, which began three years ago, have been performed under contract with the city by Swisher, Inc., of Estherville, operated by city councilman Joe Swisher.  Swisher* Inc., was the low bidder on the contract in 1991, for a three year term.  As the contract was due. to expire this year and in accordance with general procedures, council advertised for bids on the project this past June and four proposals were re  ceived, initially for terms from three to six years, with differing additional terms and conditions.  New proposals for a fixed term of three years with no adjustments were requested and received from the four original bidders.  Low bid was received from Troy Montandon of Estherville at $2,430 a month, followed by Swisher, Inc., at $2,548 a month, F.F.F., Inc., of Mankato at $2,990 a month and H & H Recycling of Spirit Lake at $8,060 a month.  Of the four bidders, all have experience operating a curbside recycling operation except for Montandon.  Following considerable discussion about concerns over the low Udder's lack of experience and what city of-  Pleasa turn to CITY, Page 2  ages sustained June 6, 1991, with the city's .lawyer David Lester and engineer Neal Kuehl of Kuehl and Payer based in Storm Lake. But no action was taken.  A request was made by Sfteryl Weber for funds or anything council could donate to the Armstrong preschool. Weber was hoping for a donation for a scholarship for a couple of families that cannot afford to send their kids to the preschool, but council determined not enough funds available. Ilehdon Geerdes responded to complaints of his six dogs barking, and said he is attempting to get rid of. 3 or 4 of them within the next month.  Mildred Branley brought concerns of car parking in the way of parade vddckl on the Fourth of July, mud and snow melt pushed into her yard, and that school crosswalks need to bepaiaied before classes start  Pleas« turn to COUNCIL, Pag« 2  Registration times announced for Estherville School District  The Estherville Community School District has announced registration times for the Elementary and Middle School students beginning next week.  Middle school registration runs from August 8 -12, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The new students' tour will be held on August 12, but only in the afternoon.  All elementary students should register at the Demoney Elementary School office.  Lincoln students should register Tuesday, August 9 between 8 ajn. and 12 p.m.McKinley students should register the same day between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Demoney students should register Wednesday. August 10 and Thursday, August 11 between 8 am. and 4 p.m.  "Parents who can't register their children at the designated time, can register at another time," elementary school principal Gordon .Cornwall added.'  Student fees for the elementary this year are as follows: Book fees are $5 a semester, activity tickets are $15; School inswance is $11 yearly for school time and $41 for 24 hour coverage; dentU insurance is include'in the aforementioned, plans but extended dental accident insurance is $5.  Lunch .and milk tickets may be purchased at registration.  The first day of school in the Estherville district will be Monday, August 29.   

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