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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Frl., Oct. 4, 1974    5Defamine Rail Problems: Iowa Selected for Pilot Study By Gordon Hanson DKS MOINES (AP)— Iowa has boon selected for a federally-funded pilot study to determine its railroad problems and to guide other states in meeting their transportation needs. Study results will be used nationally to bolster faltering railroad systems, federal Railroad Administrator John Ingram told a news conference in Des Moines Thursday. Ile said Iowa was chosen for the project because “there is no question that state government in Iowa understands the importance and effect of railroads on the state and will set a fine example for the rest of the nation.” Research Needed Ingram said the Iowa research is needed because the federal Department of Transportation “is trying hard to develop a national transportation policy. “Frequently, such policy falls into what some cynical people in Washington call POO—or a Penetrating Glance into the Obvious.” He said there are no plans for federal funding of ailing railroads based on study recommendations, but “somebody should put on paper what the railroads should do. Results of the study will be in valuable to the rest of the states.” He said the study “should Im1 a hallmark for improving transportation systems from coast to coast.” Contract Signed Under terms of the $281,974 contract signed by state and federal officials, the Iowa DOT will conduct the study, subcontracting the research to Iowa State university and Fire Destroys Grant Wood Boyhood Home mmmm Wood Home in 1973 ANAMOSA—A    Thursday morning fire destroyed the boyhood home of Grant Wood, located thro*1 miles east of here off highway 84. The house presently was being rented by Mr. and Mrs. Louis Siebels from Carl Ort* gies, of Anapiosa, but the couple and their son were not at home when the fire broke out. Persons driving down the highway reported the blaze to Branch Project Begins DES MOINES (UPI) -Iowa's railroad assistance program, long debated by the state Energy Police Council (EPC), will yield its first concrete results Friday with the start of a branch line improvement project in northwest Iowa. State Energy Director John Millhone said Gov. Robert D. Ray and other state and local officials will be on hand in Ida Grove to participate in ribbon cutting and spike driving ceremonies for the $176,000 project. This first project to actually get started under the railroad assistance program involves improvement of a 38.4-mile Chicago and North Western branch line from Ida Grove to Maple River. New ties and crushed rock will be laid at various deteriorated septs along the right-of-way, Millhone said. Larger Loads When the improvement project is completed, the line will be capable of carrying 100-ton grain hopper cars, he said. The maximum it can handle currently is 75-ton cars. Millhone said it is hoped most of the improvement work can be completed before winter so the larger hopper cars can be used on the line to transport this fall’s corn and soybean crops. “The line will allow greater shipping economic and energy Clark Calls for Increased Federal Education Spending By Fart Clark IOWA CITY - Sen Dick Clark (D-Iowa) made a hit with the Iowa Congress of Parents and Teachers Thursday when he called for more money to be spent on federal educational programs. Speaking at the Highlander Inn in Iowa City, where the state parent-teacher organization has been conducting its three-day meeting, Clark suggested that the moneys could come from decreased military spending. “I am convinced we can have a strong military establishment without spending $83 billion,” he said. Clark s remarks were greeted with strong applause from the FTA delegates. Clark also emphasized the effect inflation will have on American education. “Tradi tional sources of funding have led to increased and prohibitive property taxes as well as state taxes all across the country. Predictable resistance to this is threatening the financial foundations of the American educational system.” Clark said this was a principal reason congress recently passed the elementary and secondary education act. He said the act will give educational systems “the capability to maintain current programs and instigate new ones without further burdening state and local taxpayers.” The PTA was to conclude its convention Friday. Delegates heard speakers on topics ranging from sexism in education to the need for more volunteers and the problems of juvenile offenders. efficiancy,” Millhone said. “It also will improve the line’s shipping capacity.” The 1974 Iowa legislature appropriated $3 million for improvementof rail branch lines in Iowa’s rich grain-producing areas. The EPC’, which spent many hours debating which branch lines should receive state assistance, finally earmarked $80,000 for the Ida Grove to Maple River line. Money Returned Millhone said the railroad was chipping in an additional $16,000 for the project with the Crawford Elevator Co. and the Arthur Co-Operative Elevator each contributing $40,000 The two elevators’ money will be returned to them through reduced shipping rates on the rail line, Millhone said. The Chicago and North Western has agreed to re-in-vest the $80,000 from the state in other improvement projects around Iowa at a later time, he added fire officials about 9:30 a m., but the flames were already shooting through the roof of the two-story frame house when Anamosa firefighters arrived. Anamosa Fire Chief Don Brady said it is believed the fire started on the first floor, but the cause has not yet been determined. Grant Wood, along with his widowed mother, two brothers and a sister, moved from the farmhouse to Cedar Rapids in 1901 when Wood was IO years old. The house was about a quarter of a mile across a field from the Old Antioch school, which Wood attended as a child and now contains a Grant Wood museum. Wood, who died in 1942, began as a local painter, home decorator and general handyman, but went on to become one of the nations’s best known regional artists. His "American Gothic" paining brought him almost overnight international fame in 1930. Upper Iowa Hosts ‘Piano Festival’ FAYETTE—Upper    Iowa college has been chosen as a site for one of the “Piano Festivals” to be held across Iowa Feb. 15, 1975. Pianists From ll counties will be on campus for instruction and critiques by experts. It is also expected that over 50 pianists will attend the event. Refuses to Shave Beard; Officer Fired MAQUOKETA (UPI) - A Maquoketa police officer, who refused to shave off his beard, has been dismissed from the city’s police force. Policeman Rick Stewart was discharged Thursday by Police Chief Buddy Olson for disobeying an order to shave the beard off. Stewart, 23, who was originally suspended for five days and told if he didn’t shave he would be fired, said he would appeal the discharge to the Maquoketa civil service commission. Olson said he regretted the discharge because Stewart had been a “good officer" during his 20 months on the force, but added “if I compromised with Rick and permitted him to have a beard. I’d have to let the others have beards and I can’t do that.’’ project management to the Iowa commerce commission. The project is to be completed in late 1975 or early 1976 “The study will concentrate upon the role of branch line railroad mileage in Iowa, how it influences the economy of the state and how it fits into the entire state transportation system," said LL Gov. Arthur Neu, who announced the contract in Gov. Robert Ray’s absence. What To Do “We want to help Iowa find out what it wants to do and should do with its railroads,” said Ingram. “We want a thorough analysis of where the lines go, what they do now, what the prospects are for the future and how vital they are to the economy of the state." Steve Garst of Coon Rapids, a member of the new Iowa DOT commission, said “we need the input" of the study to help streamline various modes of transportation—such    as truck, plane, pipeline and river barge. Garst said the ICC “has tried to hold off wholesale abandonment of branch lines and give us time to do studies. Now this joint effort in a study grant is most welcome" to the Iowa DOT Iowa's major rail problems are “branch line abandonment and equipment shortages at peak shipping seasons," Ingram said. The research “will include a detailed study of the social, economic and environmental aspects of rail transportation, and consideration of interactions with other modes." Approve Policy to End Discrimination DES MOINES (UPI )-A set of policy statements designed to eliminate sexist practices in Iowa's public schools have been approved by a special state education committee. The special committee on sex stereotyping in education, organized July by the state board of public instruction, approved the statement Thursday and forwarded them to the state board The policy statements, which must be approved by the board before they go into effect, deal with employment, curriculum, textbooks, extra curricular activities and leadership roles. 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