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   LeMars Daily Sentinel (Newspaper) - March 5, 1973, Lemars, Iowa                                Early March thaw on Floyd river at Seney and Le Mars Springtime temperatures, light rain, mist and thaioing brought the Floyd river out oj its banks over the weekend. Widest spot in the river (at lejt) was at Seney a jew miles north of Le Mars. Aerial photographer Cal Stickel, who took these photos Sunday morning, reports the Floyd north oj Alton toward Hospers did not appear to have much chance oj jlooding unless heavy spring rains would swell the stream jrom its present bankjid status. About a mile north oj West Le Mars there was an ice jam on the West Branch of the Floyd. Water behind the jam was spread over nearby fields. Looking south from Seney (at right), the Floyd a.ssumes its usual springtime pattern. Le Mars is at left center. After the thaw water moves to Le Mars and below, the Floyd comes up at Merrill and llinton. (Photos by Cal Stickel) Mrs. Postma to head drive for county retarded children Mrs. Frank Postma, has been appointed chairman of the 1973 membership campaign for the Plymouth county Retarded Children's Assn., to be conducted during March, it was announced today by Mrs. Robert Reitz, president of the Plymouth county ARC. The local membership drive is being held in conjunction with efforts on the part of more than 1.500 member units of the National Assn. for Retarded Children. NARC units across the country are seeking members during this month to aid the continuing programs of mental retardation research, prevention, education and services. In accepting the appointment as membership chairman, Mrs. Postma stated, "There's a big job to be done in our community, and in our nation. There are over six million mentally retarded children and adults in America - an estimated 3 percent of our population. "Between 100,000 and 200.000 babies are bom every year, mentally retarded. "Here, in our community we sponsor the Plymouth county work activity center and a summer recreational program for Chamber consort service is public Ash Wednesday The Le Mars community is invited to an Ash Wednesday service March 7 at 7:30 p.m. which will feature a service of worship with chamber music by the Nuova Baroque Chamber consort of Augustana college, Sioux Falls. The consort, which consists of an oboe, flute, two violins, bassoon, harpsichord . and soprano soloist travels regularly and performs under a grant from the South Dakota council for arts. The consort will perform music and texts relevant to the Lenten season in conjunction with spoken parts of worship. An offering will be received to defray the expenses of the group and a coffee hour will follow in the church fellowship hall. Artists in the consort are: Jeff Kull, oboe; Cindy Scoehren, flute; Pamela Hug-dahl, violin; Lori Mies, violin; Jean Prestegaard, bassoon; Becky Blanken-feld, harpsichord, and Shirleen Peterson, soprano. Service will be at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ. school-age children. "During membership month, we hope many citizens of Plymouth county will gain a better understanding of the needs of our mentally retarded children and adults,'' Mrs. Postma said. Membership is open for people* in all walks of life. You can be a part of this association by contacting Mrs. Frank Postma, Le Mars, or any association members. Dues are $5 a person or $7 a couple. Membership also entitles you to state and national newsletters. Democratic caucuses are next Monday Biennial Democratic precinct caucuses will be held next Monday, March 12, at 8 p.m., it was announced today by Jim Waite. county Democratic chairman. All citizens, 18 years of age or over are eligible to participate. Meetings of these caucuses will be held at a place to be designated by a precijict" chairperson. For information regardmg the place where a caucus will be held, call 546-4291, Mr. Waite said. "The purpose of these caucuses is to update the Democratic party organization and to elect various precinct officers, as well as to prepare for the 1974 elections, which are coming up sooner than we think," Mr. Waite explained. "For those who prefer that residents of Plymouth county receive financial attention from their governments, rather than only Lockheed, ITT and Penn Central, these caucuses are of tremendous importance," Mr. Waite said. Weekly Lenten services set A series of six mid-week Lenten services will begin Ash Wednesday, March 7, at St. John's American Lutheran church, Arnold Imbrock and Don Deines. pastors. Services will be each Wednesday at 4:15 and 7:30 p.m., focusing on the theme, "Journey To Joy." Incorporated in the services will be tamiliar Lenten hymns, the passion account, and relevant filmstrips and meditations. The 7:30 service also will include choir participation. The public is welcome. Westnnar lay witness movennent part of Key 73 progrann Plans and preparations are currently underway at Westmar college for a lay witness mission on Key 7.1 movement. Chi Alpha Omega is sponsoring the event which will take place April 6. 7, 8 on the Westmar campus. The lay witness mission is being planned with senior high school and college age youth in mind, Youth from throughout the area are invited to share what Christ has done in their lives. Guest coordinator is Art Walker, a student at Oral Roberts university in Tulsa, Okla. Several witnesses from ORU will be in attendance along with gue.st witnesses from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Kansas. Le Mars Daily Sentinel Iowa s only completely local      daily newspaper 10 Cents Per Copy Le Mars, Iowa, 51031, Monday, March 5, 1973 Vol. 101, No. 46 Draft may be over but registration continues "Even though draft calls have ended, young men in Iowa will still have responsibilities under the law. The selective service local boards will continue to function," Col. H. J. Flcischacker, slate director of selective service, announced today. Col. Fleischacker said the selective service act will still require young men to register at age 18 and local draft boards will continue to process some of these young men in order to have a "readily available pool" in the event of a national emergency. Col. Fleischacker added this standby role for selective service becomes effective without the requirement of any new legislative action by Congress. The state director said the slaiulby role for selective service would result in a reduced level of operation across the country. He went on to say the current year's budget for the system on a national basis would be curtailed by as much as M percent in the upcoming fiscal year. Assuming approval of these funds by Congress, a substantial reduction in the number of paid selective service employes will be required. The total reduction will be from approximately 7.300 employes nationwide to 4.300 employes. "These reductions must be accomplished nationwide by Dec. 31." Col. Flcischacker said, "and the reductions will result in uniformly reduced staffing levels for all stales." Col. Fleischacker said it would be necessary to reduce the number of selective service employes in Iowa from 97 to 62. However, he pointed out that normal attrition would take care of many of the necessary reductions and every effort would be made to assist those employes of the svslem who face termination to find other federal employment. In anticipation of the .standby draft. Iowa selective service system commenced collocating its local boards some months ago. Presently local board office sites have been reduced to ,"54 and by Dec. 31 will be reduced to the established goal of 22 sites. Uncompensated registrars have been appointed in the communities of the counties for the convenience of young men who must register, in order to preclude avoidable travel for them. Interest-discussion groups arc being planned including topics on drugs, alcohol. Christian living and giving. Holy Spirit, Christian service and witnessing. Main activities of the weekend will include singing, witnessing, praying in formal and informal worship experiences. Westmar college is the site of the first lay witness mission on any college campus in the nation according to reports from a Key 73 office in Nashville. Pre-registration is necessary for off-campus participants who plan to attend. All interested should write Loretta Wesely. Westmar college, Le Mars. Iowa 51031 by April 3. How it wuz Predict thundershowers Light rain Sunday evening amounted to .07 of an inch of moisture, cleaning up some sidewalks and streets and making' others muddier and slimier. Clouds, mist and fog were back Monday morning - the tale of the entire weekend. There was some brief sunshine Saturday. Now a new winter storm is building up in the Rockies, with the winter sound of 4 inches or more of snow expected. A move toward western Nebraska and Kansas is predicted. That storm system may trigger more rain in western Iowa tonight as the cold front arrives. Clouds, light rain or drizzle are expected today, with high temperatures in the 40s. Outlook for Tuesday is a 50 percent chance for thundershowers and 50-degroe readings. Morning low Monday was 33, with 40 the top Sunday. At the hospifol Admitted Friday at Floyd Valley hospital: Mrs. Herman Wessels. Le Mars. Dismissed: Mrs. Anna Wormley, Le Mars; Mrs. Vernon De Raad, Le Mars; Mrs. Phyllis Rann, Le Mars; Arlington Lohrman. transferred to St. Vincent's hospital, Sioux City. Admitted Saturday: Bert Utcsch, Le Mars, Dismissed: Mrs, Clarence Lang, Le Mars; Mrs. Alma Rohde, Le Mars; Mrs. John Gaffey, Le Mars; Carl Stabe, Le Mars; Mary Geary, transferred to Brent- Band shelter money headed to hospital? It appears that money collected over 25 years ago to construct a memorial band shelter will now be turned over to the Floyd Valley hospital campaign drive. According to S. H. Luken, trustee of the money, a survey of many of the older band members indicated the new hospital would be a good place for the money to go. Involved is approximately a little over $5,000, starting with some $2,000 which had been on deposit at the Le Mars Savings bank since 1963. A legal notice is published today (Monday) in the Daily Sentinel stating that any contributors to this fund who object to giving the money to the hospital campaign will be asked to file a written objection with the trustee, Mr. Luken. before May 1. Mr. Luken said the original purpose of the fund was to build a band shelter in honor of Plymouth county veterans of all wars. He added a plaque honoring these veterans will be placed in the new hospital. The money was raised thi'ough a fund drive which fell short of the needed amount and then was placed in a savings account. Interest has accrued to the point where today the fund amounts to just over $5,000. People continue migration to cities �from small towns and rural areas of Iowa by Richard Norman Drake university journalism .student Des Moines - The steady flow of lowans from small towns and farms to urban areas is virtually certain to continue into the future, according to experts. And in urban areas, experts sec no hall in the movement to the suburbs. Since 1940 the shift from rural lo urban has been about 5 percent of Iowa's population each 10-ycar census jjcriod. In the decade from 19(U)-70 the migration to city living resulted in a 10.5 pci'ccnt increase in Iowa's urban population (fi'om l,4()2,512to 1,616.405). From 19.')0-()0 the increase was 16.9 percent, uj) from 1.2.')0.93ii in 1950. Iowa's rural population fell from l.'295,025 in 1960 to 1.207.971 in 1970. a drop of 6.7 percent. From 1950-60 it dropped 5.5 percent, from 1,370,135 in 19.50. Dr. H. C. Chang, sociology professor at Iowa Slate university in Ames, explained what caused the population shifts and why .they will continue. He said "the mechanization of farming and the increased cost of managing a far-m" have contributed to the out-niovcmenl from rural areas, and he anticipates no reversal in this trend within the next decade. Studies by the Iowa employment security commission support Dr. Chang's contention that agricultural jobs are gel-ting scarcer. The number of vvorkei's employed in agricultural production in Iowa has dropped steadily, from 28-1.400 in 191)2 Xired:Everettc.�,Hnk.oT,8cci,y County oumbers to remoin on Admitted Sunday: Mrs. Russell Knapp. Le Mars; Mrs. Earl Hildebrandt. Le Mars; Mrs. Robert Petersen, Le Mars. Dismissed: Roy Jebson, Hinton; Henry loos, Le Mars. icense plates says state office Tape cassette taken from parked car Le Mars police report that a tape cassette player was taken from the car of Mark Mertes Sunday night while it was parked at 101 Fifth St. NW. Police are continuing their investigation into the case. Last Friday the Iowa Department of public safety apparently rescinded a plan lo remove county numbers from car license plates starting in 1975. According to the announcement the 1975 license plates in Plymouth county will have the number 75 in the upper left hand corner of the license plate along with three letters and three numbers. The original plan called lor the complete deletion of county numbers from license plates. This proposal set off a wave of opposition including the introduction of a number of bills in the legislature this year requiring that county numbers be retained. Reportedly Iowa will get new license plates in 1974 and then in 1975 the new system will go into effect when three-year plates will be issued. to 185,000 in 1970. And the commission projects even more dramatic drops in agricultural jobs by 1980 - to about 161.000 by 1975 and to about 148.000 by 1980. Dr. Chang said one of the adjustments rural people make when faced by lack of jobs is lo move to urban centers to seek job opportunities. He continued: "The movement is mainly by young adults . . . bel'ore they're married or maybe shortly after they're married. These are the people who have not been established in the rural occupational structure. So they inove out and find better paying jobs, These are maily available in the urban centers." Another adjustment rui'al lamiliesmake is a lowering of their fertility rale. "We have been told that higher fertility is found in rural areas, but this is not supported by the data." said Dr. Chang. "Urban counties tend lo display highe.r fertility than rural counties. Kven though it is only slightly higher, it is enough to pi'ompl as lo take a second look at the situation." Prof. Herbert C. Van Devenler, chairman of Drake university's social science department, said the flight lo urban areas is "definitely continuing" and he .sees "no stop to it through the 1970s." He repealed the factors mentioned by Dv. Chang, and added there is an increasing amount of "status and glamour" attached to city life which is attracting rural people. I'lcasc litni lo pane 9, coluiivi 6   

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