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   Daily Tribune, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1971, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin                               THE DAILY TRIBUNE fifty-Sixth INFORMING THE SOUTH WOOD COUNTY AREA OF WISCONSIN Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, 54494, Saturday, April 10, 1971 Single Copy 15 Rescue 2 Enemy stages new attacks youths in river here on South Vietnam bases YOU CAN FOLLOW HIS ADVENTURE TODAY Eric J. Howen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Howen, 530 17th Ave. S., finds ice cream mighty tasty and cooling following the removal of his tonsils last week at Riverview Hospital. Eric's adventuresome trip to the hospital and what happened there are pictured on pages 6 and 7 of today's Daily Tribune. (Tribune Photo) Oil fire cost four lives, million NEW ORLEANS (AP) Oil- men move in today to try to strangle the last oil well in an offshore oil fire which has cost four lives and about million since it started Dec. 1. Fed by 11 wild wells at its height, the once-great inferno had been reduced to a gush of flame resembling a king-sized blowtorch when the drilling rig Margaret braced for the final kill. The fire'started 131 days ago when an explosion ripped the Shell Oil Company's 22-well control platform which stood on stilts in 55 feet of water 10 miles off the Louisiana coast, south of New Orleans. Tsvo workmen died in the blast and two died later of burns. Since then, Shell has picked off the wild wells one by one, smothering them deep beneath the bottom of the Gulf of Mexi- co with the slow and expensive "killer well" technique. The method was adopted fo avoid any sea pollution which could have come from efforts to blow out the fire and try to cap the wild wells at the sur- face. Instead, the gushing oil- thousands of barrels of allowed to go up in smoke while five big drilling rigs were called in. A Shell spokesman said each of the 11 "killer wells" cost about to drill and were sunk to a depth of feet beneath the sea floor. Rev. Houston resigns Columbus High post MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) The Rev. Robert B. Houston will resign effective April 30 as principal of Columbus High School. Houston said Friday he will leave the post after four years because of personal and health reasons. Once-Over THE DAILY TRIBUNE Warm, cloudy Easter Tonight's forecast is for warmer temperatures, with lows between 37 and 45 degrees. Sunday should be mostly cloudy and warmer, with highs in the 60s in the north and west and 70 to 74 in the southeast. Variable cloudiness with a chance of a little rain is expected Monday and Tuesday; partly cloudy Wednesday. Turning cooler Monday and gradually cooler into Wednesday. Highs Monday should be in the 50s, lowering to the upper 30s and 40s by Wednesday. Wisconsin Rapids had a high of 57 and a low of 28 Friday. The 6 a.m. reading today was 23 degrees. Two Wisconsin Rapids youths learned the hard way Friday, afternoon that the Wisconsin River in April is no place to get an early start on the canoeing season. Jerome B. Krause, 20, 211 13th Ave. S.. and Milo Plante Jr., 16, 230 12th Ave. S., were pulled from the raging river by Wisconsin Rapids firemen after the homemade canoe in which they were riding capsized when it struck an arch of the Jackson St. bridge about 3 p.m. Both were taken to Riverview Hospital where they were treated for shock and exposure, and then released. (See Page 2 for pictures of the two yoiAh and their rescuers.) According to Wisconsin Rapids police and fire depart- ment reports, the youths launched their canoe near the Elks Club about p.m., and attempted to navigate the river upstream. They got as far as the Jackson St. bridge before the canoe tipped over. Wilford "Woody" Doughty, whose barber shop is located near the Grand Ave. bridge, said he saw the youths below the bridge, not wearing life jackets. Doughty said he told the youths they'd better put on life jackets. They apparently heeded the advice, as both were wearing life jackets when rescued. Police and firemen were notified of the incident at p.m., by a witness who said he saw the canoe capsize. Police officers went to the -Northwestern Railroad bridge- and attempted to throw a line to the youths as they drifted under, hanging onto the over- turned canoe. One of the victims grabbed the line, police said, but was unable to maintain his grip and that effort failed. The Wisconsin Rapids fire department rescue boat, meantime, had been launched from a spot about three blocks south of the Elks Ciub, and the rescue unit caught up with the victims and their canoe near Riverwood Lane. The youths were pulled from the water and brought to shore in front of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herb Nichols, who supplied blankets to cover the youths until the ambulance arrived. The entire episode lasted only about 15 minutes, according to the report. The canoe, owned by Krause, was last seen drifting through Port Edwards. SAIGON (AP) Souih Viei- namese troops repuised a North Vietnamese attack o.i besieged Fire Base 6 today as enemy forces launched new assaults on government posi- tions in the central highlands. South Vietnamese headquar- ters said 12 enemy commandos were killed and tl-at the gov- ernment defenders seized three rifles, five rocket-oropeiied gre- nade launchers and some ex- plosives which were to have been used to blow up the base. Headquarters said there were no South Vietnamese casu- alties. Four hours after the attack was- beaten back. South Viet- namese jets bombed North Vietnamese positions about a hill-mile north of the base. The spokesman said 20 enemy sol- diers were killed and .the bombs triggered several secon- dary explosions, indicating hits on ammunition stares. Enemy gunners shelled three otler South Vietnamese posi- tions near Fire Base 6, which has been under seige since March 31. Two South Vietnam- ese soldiers reported wounded. Mortar shells triggered a fuel fire in one of the attacks on the airfield at Dak To. north of the fire base. U.S. bombers and helicopter gunships kept up their around- ihe-clock attacks against ele- ments of three North Vietnam- ese regiments in the region to prevent them from overrunning tl'e South Vietnamese positions. U.S. B52 Stratofortresses have been dropping tons of ex- plosives on enemy troop con- centrations within two or three miles of the mountamtop artil- lery base, 300 miles north of Saigon near the tri-border junc- ture of Laos, Cambodia and South Vietnam. After the B52s struck Friday, smaller U.S. fighter-bombers and helicopters saturated the jungles around the base with napalm in an effort to burn off ilit heavy growth giving caver to the North Vietnamese. Nearly 100 miles to the east, along the Bong Son plain bor- dering the South China Sea, U.S. paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade clashed twice with enemy troops. The U.S. Command said 11 enemy were killed, while nine Ameri- cans were wounded. One U.. air cavalryman was killed and six were wounded in a patrol action 51 miles east of Saigon. Enemy losses were not known. Elsewhere, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops shelled four Cambodian positions along an embattled 15-mile stretch of Highway 4. which links Phnom Penh and Cambodia's only deepwater seaport at Kompong Som. As the enemy commandos launched their attack on Fire Base 6, U.S. helicopters braved ground fire to slip in and re- trieve an American artillery of- ficer who had been trapped be- hind enemy lines for nine days. Four Cobra gunships pro- vided cover for the rescue heli- copter that brought 1st Lt. Brian Thacker, 25. of Hawaii, to a field hospital in Pteiku. He was reported in satisfactory condition. The helicopter crewmen that brought Thacker out were from the same unit that the lieuten- ant had helped earlier. When Fire Base 6 was overrun on March 31, Thacker stayed be- hind and covered for seven helicopter crewmen, two c-f them wounded, whose craft had been shot down. They escaped but the lieutenant was cut off behind North Vietnamese lines. Thacker was declared miss- ing April 1. South Vietnamese forces reoccupied the base the next day, and on Friday the lieutenant walked back in after nine days in enemy-infested jungle. May restrict 5ome celebrate Easter in less traditional way Pleads guiltv to arms charge ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Retired Army Maj. Gen. Carl C. Turner pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to unlaw- fully soliciting 136 firearms from the Chicago police and keeping them for his own use. mercury use in Illinois CHICAGO (AP) Illinois an- tipollution officials say the state may move to tighten regulations on the use of mer- cury and possibly impose a ban on mercury batteries. David P. Currie, chairman of the Pollution Control Board, said Friday he will ask the State Institute for Environ- mental Quality to develop regu- lations that would cut down ir-ercury emissions. A report released this week by a St. Louis research firm in- dicated high levels of mercury downwind of four municipal in- cinerators and eight power plants in the Chicago and St. Louis areas. The study reported the 12 sources annually release pounds of mercury into the air as opposed to pounds per year of mercury discharged hi the country's lakes and rivers. The high amount of airborne mercury has been blamed by some scientists on "long-life" alkaline batteries which contain the metal. The batteries ex- plode if burned and release mercury as a vapor. Mercury in the air is washed down onto land and waterways by rain. It is absorbed by fish and can contaminate them as a food source. Today's chuckle One of life's pleasantest moments is when your children get to the age where you don't have to pretend any longer that you know everything. By the Associated Press Christians prepared today to celebrate the most important date on their church calendar with traditional across the nation, while Jews observed the second day of Passover. Passover began at sundown Friday in homes and syna- gogues with ceremonial dinners and readings of the story of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. The dinner, called Se- ders, will be repeated tonight by Conservative and Orthodox Jews. Thousands are expected to at- tend Easter Sunday sunrise services, although many, in-, eluding vacationing college stu- dets, will observe the holiday in a less traditional manner. A group of 100 students from 10 Eastern colleges is spending the Easter recess in Nevada, Mo., assisting elderly, handi- capped and other persons and conducting a clean-up at a youth center at nearby Metz. In Fort Lauderdale, Fla.. a mecca for vacationing colle- gians, students were reported listening to rock tunes about Jesus Christ over transistor ra- dios as they sunned on the beaches. At Needles. Calif., an esti- mated persons were camped along the Colorado River. Authorities said the campers were mainiy young people and "the majority are pretty well befcaved.'" At Canon City, Colo., 70 hand- icapped and underprivileged children were expected inside the walls of the state prison for an Easter egg hunt sponsored by two inmate self-help groups. At Bryn Mawr College In Pennsylvania, the sunrise serv- ice will begin with the launch- ing of a "floating sculpture" entitled "Resurrection." It is a trapezoid made of mirror- coated plastic, suspended by about 100 balloons, the work of New York artist Paul Von Ringelheim. The Nixon family will spend the Easter weekend at nearby Camp David, Md., and attend Easter Sunday services at Get- tysburg, Pa., with Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower. The presidential party will in- clude President and Mrs. Nix- on, Julie and David Eisen- hower, Tricia Nixon and her fiance, Edward Cox. Because of founder's death 'we'll be open' GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) "Because of the death of our founder, we will be open Good Friday, Noon 3 p.m." Those were the words of an enterprising advertisement placed in the Press-Gazette by Trinity Lutheran Church. Church will start sex sfucfy early LOS ANGELES (AP) A minister says his Unitarian congregation is starting its own sex education program for youngsters from 3 years "We want to tell them what they want to know, not what we think they should know." "These Mds are filled with -questions never answered be- said the Rev. Robert F. Kaufmann of the Emerson Uni- tarian church in suburban Ca- noga Park. Kaufmann, 49 and father of two children, said 60 children would take part in eight weeks of Sunday morning classes. He said they would be split by age in to classes of 10 to 12 students with an adult couple present. Schools aren't answering the students' questions Kaufmann said. "School sex education often amounts to a basketball coach showing the kids some frogs and telling them to be sure and take showers take two laps around the says Kauf- mann. He said classes would begin with pupils submitting written, unsigned questions about sex. He said no question by the 7 to 11-year-olds will be left unan- swered but the 3 and 4-year-old toddlers will be eased into sax education more gradually. "The older ones will learn terminology to begin with. All the words for the organs and all the acts. We try to take away the thrill of using a dirty word." he said. Break ground Tuesday for new Savings Loan building State leaders criticize support for Lt. By the Associated Press The public support for William L. Callcy Jr. which has built up since his recent con- viction for the murder of 22 South Vieinamese at My Lai was strongly criticized by high Wisconsin political and reli- gious leaders Friday. "Frankly, I am dismayed by the popular reaction which lends to make Callcy some sort of hero nnd which defends his U.S. Rep. Robert Kastenmeier, D-Wis., said in a newsletter sent to constituents. The reaction may be a pro- tchl against singling out one person to eliminate a collective guilt feeling, or a protest against the Vietnam war, he said. But atrocities of the Viet Cong do not excuse the conduct at My Lai, said Episcopal Bish- op Donald Hallock of Mil- waukee. "We must never take our moral and ethical stands from the atrocities committed by Hallock said in a state- ment made in conjunction with the Diocesan Department of So- cial Action. "War demoralizes. Those who believe this war to be justified must continually face this risk." Ground will be broken Tuesday at the northeast corner of Sth St. S. and East Grand Ave. for construction of a new. S 3 0 0 ,0 0 0 Wisconsin Rapids Savings Loan Association building that will double t he space of the present facility, ErI Odegard, association executive vice president announced today. The new savings and loan building, scheduled for com- pletion by Nov. 1, will be a foot single-story structure with masonry and brick exterior and tinted glass windows, and wiH be equipped with six teller windows, one drive-up teller window and a night depository. The building, which will bo carpeted throughout, also will have a full basement and will have 270 feet of frontage on East Grand Ave., on Sth St., and feet ot> 9th St. Persons using the drive-up teller window will drive in from 9th Si. and exit into Sth St.. Odegard said. The facility also will have about 22 parking spaces for customers and 10 for employes. Total estimated cost of the new facility, wjih the land price included, is expected to be about Architect for the building is John J. Flad Associates, Madison, and the general contractor is Gritz Builders of Wisconsin Rapids. Plumbing will be done by Eron Gee Plumbing Heating Co., Wiscoasin Rapids, heating and ventilating by Mid-State Con- struction Co.. Wausau, and electrical work by Van Ert Electric, Rudolph. The present savings and loan building, located at 133 2nd St. N., "will be sold Odegard said. Artist's rendering of the new Wisconsin Rapids Savings Loan Association Building SPAPESJ   

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