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Albert Lea Freeborn Patriot (Newspaper) - January 11, 1935, Albert Lea, Minnesota Albert leads Only progressive paper. Watch it grow Freeborn Patriot vol. I. No. 7. Albert Lea Minnesota Friday january 11, 1935 i established to meet i a Public demand i for an Independent newspaper 5c cents a copy Waterloo workers Bolt . Join la. Of hints a a collusion on bids Rath packing House employees vote four to one for change a revolt in the ranks of the amalgamated meat cutters. A. F. Of l., in Waterloo la., tuesday night resulted in a four to one vote to join the Independent Union of All workers. Dissatisfied with the Progress under a. F. Of Leadership workers in the Rath packing Plant called a meeting to discuss a new Type of organization. Frank Ellis militant business manager of the Central Union who had been working in Waterloo for 10 Days addressed the group for about 40 minutes. At the conclusion of his talk in which he outlined the set up of the in of a the rank and file voted overwhelmingly in favor of withdrawing from the amalgamated meat cutters and joining the Independent Union. A. Clark Cedar rapids who has been organizing a state federation of packing House workers had been invited to appear also. Due to inclement weather he was unable to attend. The workers agreed to retain their present officers until thursday night when another meeting was called at which time reorganization was planned. O. J. Fosso president of the Central Union spoke at the Waterloo meeting and Ellis spoke in Mason City. In commenting on the achievement Ellis expressed his pleasure continued on Page 2 presents program a v a w booze and jazz Don t mix says dry Alderman identical proposals on county printing entered by publishers of 3 newspapers Road to query attorney general gov. Floyd b. Olson Olson asks solons to protect labor Board would Cut Era workers pay Resolution that Fera workers wages be fixed by county boards in accordance with the a going rates instead of a Flat 55 cents per hour was adopted by the Board of commissioners tuesday. A similar Resolution was passed recently by the Blue Earth coun nor proposed to commissioners. Wages in surrounding states Are lower and Are fixed in some states by local agencies it was stated. At the same time it was suggested the men be employed for longer periods. A give them More work and they wont have so much time to organize and Start grievance committees a said John g. Johnson vice chairman. Governor Floyd Olson performed a feat of magic wednesday when he addressed the state legislative bodies. Prior to his inauguration political commentators told their followers that he was waving an Olive Branch in the direction of the Law makers. But the Olive Bough turned into a dog whip As he lashed out with his inaugural address and proposed a legislative program fully As stinging and fully As Radical As the platform on which he ran for governor. Twice before has governor Olson had the Opportunity of delivering inaugural addresses and from the standpoint of radicalism this speech stood out As a Milestone in the March toward the future. In the opening part of his address he said a there can be no permanent alleviation of the suffering of the masses under private individualistic capitalism a and proceeded on that basis to draw up his program of suggestions for the Law makers. Among other things the Gover asserting that a booze and jazz done to mix a councilman Edward Fretheim ardent dry monday night told the Council that a we must take liquor out of the dance a discussion of liquor control was precipitated by or. Fret Heimus remarks. A if we Are going to have to Deal with the problem a he said a i believe we might As Well go Back to the old time Saloon or whiskey House. Me must take liquor out of the dance Halls. Booze and jazz done to mix. I think it should be taken out of filling stations too and handled right City attorney William p. Sturtz said reports indicate that the trend is for centralization of liquor places in Small downtown areas. Mayor e. L. Hayek asserted he believes a it is the duty of the councilmen to visit places where liquor is sold. A i think we should know about these places a he declared. A i vis it them everywhere. I claim to be an expert on places and How they Are handled. I think it is my at this Point councilman James Nelson offered his opinion on liquor control saying a there Are Only two ways to handle hard liquor. One is with the Saloon and the other through a municipal liquor store. I prefer the municipal liquor store. But even saloons would be a Paradise to what we have asks old age pension that the old age pension system be liberalized to adequately support the aged. That Relief fund provisions to the extent of $20,000,000 be appropriated. That the mortgage moratorium act be extended. Continued on Page 2 opposition against Patriot continues opposition to the Freeborn Patriot continues. Joining hands with certain other local cliques the Power Trust has entered the Campaign to stamp this newspaper out of existence. This is to be expected of course. The Patriot was established in Albert Lea to meet the demand for an Independent aggressive newspaper which will Tell the truth. It was established to perform a service to readers and advertisers. We believe we Are performing this service. With continued publication we will be Able to broaden this service to the Community. Merchants who advertise in the Patriot Are displaying their friendliness toward the cause of the worker and the Farmer. In return the worker and Farmer should patronize the advertisers who regularly patronize the Patriot. Debts taxes lower in City with municipal Power Plant a debt of $755,000 necessitating an annual interest payment of $52,000 flotation of $56,000 in Bonds levying of a special assessment of $133,000 to reduce the City debt Are a few of the facts about Albert leads financial condition contained in the municipal year Book for 1934, published for the International City managers association. Several interesting comparisons of the financial standing of Albert Lea and Ames la., also Are presented. Albert Lea owns and operates its water system. Ames owns and operates its water system and Power and Light Plant. The statistics show 1. That Albert Lea collected $74,633 More from its taxpayers to replenish the general fund than did Ames. 2. That Ames received $238,500 More from its utilities than did Albert Lea. 3. That Albert Lea sold $56,000 Worth of Bonds while the Ames municipal Plant gave the City $30,000 to reduce taxes and floated no Bonds. In a preliminary report in the same Book the following significant statement is made a one general observation that can be. And. No made is that Many cities appear 0 i were $609,284.2. They of entry Are making up deficiencies of Ali of.935.56 and the incidental fund a debit of $310 52. Between july 1 and december 31 the treasurer collected $416,-750.90 in taxes $685.40 mortgage registry lax $1,138.84 on private redemption $48,502.28 for the Road and Bridge and county Aid Road and Bridge funds $5,777.50 in fines and licenses $28,484.11 in ditch assessments $5,883.71 from miscellaneous sources and $87,-451.07 in the school apportionment and state Loans and interest. Disbursements for the same per while asserting that they a cannot prove it a members of the Freeborn Board of county commissioners tuesday hinted strongly that they believe the county is the victim of collusion on the part of certain newspaper publishers. Bids for county Legal printing were opened tuesday afternoon. As was the Case last year All three bids were identical. Bidders were the Albert Lea Tribune the Emmons Leader and the Glenville Progress. The Alden Advance did not enter a proposal tuesday but wednesday it entered a did at the same rate. In each instance the maximum Legal rate was bid. This is 90 cents per Folio for the first insertion and 45 cents per Folio on subsequent insertions for publishing county matter and 15 cents per description for the delinquent tax list plus 25 cents additional for tabular matter. The Tribune agreed to furnish other county papers with Board proceedings and other matter. One proposal stated the publisher was prohibited by the graphic arts code from reducing the Price. To this statement or. O. A. Hanson replied a the Law says 90 cents is the maximum they can Rob you of. That is the maximum Price. It had to be set because otherwise they might have set it at $6. They have a perfect right to bid less than 90 a hold up and a a graft were some of the words used by the commissioners in speaking of the bids. A it seems too bad that we can to get a fair competitive bid a commissioner Carl a. Stensrud of Freeborn said. Two years ago High bids were entered and commissioner Stensrud acting under orders of the Board asked the publisher of the Alden Advance to bid. The pub usher bid 37 % cents per Folio and the Tribune Cut that Price bidding 35 cents. The bid of the Tribune was accepted. Since that time bids have been boosted to the old rate. Thoroughly disgusted the Board instructed the county attorney to query the attorney general a office for a ruling on a How far the commissioners a can the attorney general will be asked to state whether any of the bids must be accepted. The Law states that if the Public interest is at stake the Board May reject All bids and designate a newspaper to do the printing. One commissioner asked Why the state legislature did not reduce the maximum rate which May be charged and county attorney Elmer Peterson replied the newspapers have a the most powerful lobby in the state. Balance of $128,000 in county Treasury a balance in the county Treasury of $128,876.69 As of december 31, 1934, was reported to the county Board this week by county auditor a. C. Hartz. Balances were reported in the following funds Revenue. $24,375.-23 poor fund $8,655.15 county Aid Road and Bridge $1,556.73 Road and Bridge $45,272.42 Sanatorium $9,961.75 contingency fund $928.42 tuberculosis test $31.08 state Loans and interest $8,652.77 inheritance tax $8.45. Deficits were reported in the ditch and incidental funds. The j feed and seed and the county will ditch fund showed a debit of $43, furnish the other half. Poor farm will be handled on shares in an Effort to make the poor farm at least partially self sustaining the Board of county commissioners this week decided to rent the acreage on a share basis. De Dahl superintendent for 17 years was re hired. Or. Dahl will furnish the machinery and horses half the cows pigs and chickens he will be paid $75 per month As in the past and an allowance of not to exceed $30 for hired help will be provided by the county. The county will pay for the groceries. The Board agreed to build a silo. The farm is comprised of 100 acres of land not All of which Are tillable. In their general revenues out of surplus revenues of municipally owned utilities because general fund revenues in Many cases do not nearly equal the total general fund disbursements. It is noted that in these same cities Utility revenues exceed Utility expenses by substantial same population Albert Lea had a population of 10,169 and Ames population was 10,261 in 1930. Assessed valuation of Albert Lea in 1933 was $5,974,000, and of Ames. $6,522,000. All other figures Are for 1933. From the general property tax Albert Lea received $140,000. Ames received $65,367. Albert Lea received a government Grant of $5,000 and Ames received a Grant of $30,000 continued on Page 2 Revenue fund. $438,789.36 poor $16,872.80 private redemption $1,006.10 Road and Bridge $29,076.71 county Aid Road and Bridge $30,101.05 general ditch 87,871.58 town funds $90,751.66 school District fund $221,399.54 Sanatorium $2,939.-85 miscellaneous $13,644.29 state funds and Loans $71,831.98. Office of Patriot moved downstairs to be Able to serve the Public with greater convenience and to provide More space for its staff offices of the Patriot were moved this week to the main floor of the building at 247 South Newton Street. Until now the Patriot has shared quarters in the Union office. Plan most popular girl will leave saturday miss Irene qually recently acclaimed the most popular girl in Albert Lea will leave saturday morning for a 17-Day trip which will take her through Seattle Portland san Francisco san be held at 8 p. M. Monday,"janu-1 Diego los Angeles new Orleans Ary 14, in Union Hall to perfect and Chicago. Plans for organization. J i Quot the popularity contest Spon sponsored by the Independent i sorted by the Albert Lea merchants Union of All workers the meet j miss Qualley led her nearest Oping was called following an action j potent by More than 1,000,000 at the last meeting of local no. 2. Votes. She had the support of the officers will be elected and a pro Independent Union of All workers Gram will be outlined. A musical the 20-year-old daughter of or. Program will be Given and a and mrs. Cornelius Qualley 704 Range ments will be made for fun Madison Street is literally a thrill Ture entertainment. I de to death on the eve of her de Era workers to organize monday a mass meeting of All Era workers in Freeborn county will the unit will have its own grievance committee and will meet parture. In her own words a a it a the biggest thing that Ever came at regular intervals. Purpose of into my life. Even the play crazy the new organization is to bring the workers together socially and to Aid them in bettering conditions and taking advantage of new re Lief projects. The unit will have the backing of local no. 2. Politics does no to bother me when i think of the but the most exciting part was when she was declared the Winner. A for a moment i talk a she recalled

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