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Sioux Center News (Newspaper) - February 23, 1977, Sioux Center, Iowa Sioux Center wednesday february 23,1977 Page 2 de. Notes the Sioux Center welcomes All letters and correspondence whether in editorial form either for or against views expressed or in response to articles features or interviews which appear j this weekly publication. The accepts Only those letters signed and reserves the right to edit and abbreviate same for purposes of clarity and  space availability. Blades let us know quest editorial Rural population growth continues a Between 1970 and,1975 Rural areas and Small towns in the United states grew by 3.6 million people. This was an increase of 6.6 percent compared with a 4.1 percent increase of for metropolitan areas according to the . Department of agriculture. The trend Howard renewed Rural population growth first reported in the 1970-72 period thus " continued through 1975, reports demographer Calvin Beale of the department s economic research service ers. His analysis is based on census Bureau county estimates. " the trend reverses the massive Rural to Urban migration that occurred from world War ii through the 1960s. No metro counties had lost 3 million people through out Migra Lifton in the 1960s. Some of the Rural growth in the 1970s is due to sprawl from metro areas into neighbouring no metro counties which grew by 7.4 percent Between 1970 and 1975, however suburban sprawl does not explain the whole phenomenon according to Beale. No metro counties that did not Border on metro areas grew by 5.7 percent substantially exceeding the National growth rate of 4.8 percent for the same period. None of these growth rates is particularly High historically because the . Birth rate has been Low in the 1970s. The Rural revitalization is not a Back to the farm movement. In 1970-75 the . Farm a population declined by about 850,000 or 8.7 percent. Although More americans Are living " in Rural areas an increasing proportion of them Are not Farmers. Agricultural employment a is Small enough that further reductions have Little effect on total no metro population change says economics and attitudes Are causing people to move into no metro areas. A key economic Factor employment there has increased faster then in metro areas in every major Industry except government. I about half the migration to no metro counties in 1970-74 was to retirement counties where people usually go by Choice rather than for employment. These retirement counties i. Were the fastest growing group of no metro counties in 1970-74. Their population a increased 14.5 percent triple the National average for a net gain of 932,000 people. T another reason cited for the movement to no Mentro areas is the narrowing Gap a. Between Urban and Rural Quality of life. Conveniences such As water Supply plumbing heating electricity roads and communication Are available in Rural areas. A City v limits sign no longer signals a striking difference in lifestyle or convenience f. Other factors enter into the population change too the end of significant additional mosses in farm employment the revival of mining continued growth of a retired a a a population which favors Small communities and recreational areas the Impact of the environmental and ecological movements on residential preferences the unfavourable v image of big1 cities in such areas As crime drugs pollution race conflict school troubles 7 and finances the High Cost of metropolitan housing and the emergence of an adequate t system of higher education in no metro areas. J f there seems to be a general trend toward living in smaller places in both Rural and Urban categories. Smaller metro areas 50,000 to 750,000 Are retaining or attracting j population much More than larger areas which Are growing slowly or diminishing. And i ithe most Rural counties with no place of 2,500 people had the highest i rate in the 1970s, after having declined in the 1960s. Also the trend of people into Juno metro areas is no longer toward higher income areas As it was in the 1950s and 1960s, i Beale notes.  six.  Iowa farm Bureau a a two a to. Iski hot i  f letters to the editor Media joining together dear people while Reading the opinion Page of this weeks Sioux county Index reporter i realized i am not the Only one that occasionally has trouble staying in a meeting that according to Law is a Public meeting. Editor Dick Sherman says there is a problem with the people of Sioux i county viewing the Media As Well that editorial gave me an idea that 1 am throwing out for your consideration. The Media of the county could form a Sioux a county this group could meet periodically and discuss and hopefully act on problems unique to Sioux county. A group like this could provide a unified front for the county s Media and hopefully could improve our Public image. The meetings j could be held As frequently As the members wanted. Also we could meet with mayors or / the sheriff or a officials and the like. It could prove helpful to our operations. When you sit Down to think about it gathering in this area is not easy of course that is not to you because we live in a Rural Community and Many of us cover More than one town also there Are problems of dealing with various governmental agencies. J some of us no doubt belong to other associations but most of these Are based in Sioux City or Des Moines or some other Large metropolitan area. Just How often do they ? talk about the problems of the Small newspaper or radio station from my limited x experience about once every other solar eclipse. N s if you think a group like this would be a Good idea Why Don t you give me a Call give f me a Call if you think it is a bad idea too. If i get enough response i la try to line up meeting so we can talk it Over. Thanks for listening. I look Forward to hearing from you. Sincerely j Darin Veldkamp 1 director kor i de. Note it will please you to know Dann that a Sioux county publisher s association f was formed recently with Sioux Center Rock Valley Orange City Hawarden and Hull included., a word of appreciation dear or. Dominowski a word of appreciation for the cooperation you have Given us in publishing the articles for our monthly activities in particular our luncheons. A special word of thanks for the unique Way you presented our up coming luncheon in the feb 9 Issue of the trusting you will continue to print our articles related to out organization and its activities thank you for your cooperation a  sincerely  mrs. Ardith Visser chairman dear editor in the heard it in town column of the Sioux Center wednesday february 9, 1977 we noticed an interesting Titbit regarding the publicity for the Dort College International hockey tournament. We Are sorry that you first Learned about the tournament by noticing our poster in the Bowling Alley. Many people Learned about this tournament in detail by carefully Reading the Sioux Center of wednesday february 2, 1977 on Page eight. Those readers who May have overlooked this article certainly would have seen the tournament schedule found in the Community Calendar on Page two. For your information the Dort College hockey team will have their next major hockey event on saturday March 12, 2 00 . At the Sioux City auditorium. At that time the Dort Blades will play the Calvin College knights. Again we Hope that you will give us adequate space in your papers on wednesday March 9, 1977. Just to make sure that no ardent readers of your paper will miss this we ask you to give us front Page bold print coverage. A sincerely Dort Blades advisors Rev. W. Kobes . Booted. Note thank you for letting us know. And thank you for letting the readers know. Clearing up matters de. Note for the past three years communities such As Sioux Center have tried to pass enabling legislation that would allow municipal electric systems to jointly plan and finance Large scale generators and transmission facilities either with themselves or jointly with other Utility entitles. This letter from the executive director of the Iowa association of municipal utilities explains opposition Public owned utilities have come up against in attempting to gain passage of this legislation. Gentlemen for the past two years the municipal electric utilities of Iowa have attempted to get legislative approval for a Bill which would permit our utilities to join together and form an Agency or authority which would do the needed planning negotiating and financing necessary to provide for our critical future Energy needs. By banding together in this manner these Small utilities could share in the costs of such planning and operations thus accomplishing a much needed service for the 400,000 iowans who depend upon us to satisfy their Energy demands. Because of the Small size of most of our municipal utilities 133 such utilities serve communities of less than 3000 people there is no Way in which individual communities can come up with the resources in Money and skills to take care of their own individual future Energy needs. Even with All of your size and resources no plants in recent years have been built without the involvement of a number of utilities some including municipal utilities. If such multiple involvement is considered necessary for you with your resources and skills such involvement is even More necessary for our utilities. Legislation similar to that which we have proposed has successfully passed the Legislatures in Georgia Connecticut Utah Massachusetts North Carolina Texas Wyoming Kentucky Colorado Michigan and Minnesota. The Michigan Bill supported by the governor of that state passed just before this last Christmas with a unanimous vote in the Senate and an 85-11 vote in the House. The Minnesota Bill passed last Spring with Only one dissenting vote at the very time we were unsuccessfully trying to get our Bill out of the Iowa House Commerce committee to give it a Chance for a full and open debate in the Iowa legislature. Out failure to get legislation during the two years can be attributed to your aggressive opposition plus the total Lack of support for our the part of other Iowa Utility interests who might have been expected to support our position As municipal utilities throughout the nation have Long supported their legislative efforts. We Are curious to know the reason for the violent opposition on your part of our Bill and the total Lack of opposition on the part of such a powerful Utility As the Northern states ,. What is so different about our municipal utilities and our problems in Iowa As compared to the municipal Utility systems in Minnesota Why the difference Between the attitudes and the philosophies of the investor owned utilities in Minnesota As compared with your attitudes surely Northern states Power which Sells More Energy than All of you put together has because of its great size As much clout in the Minnesota legislature As you can have in Iowa. Surely if the arguments which you advanced against our legislation had the slightest Merit or Validity the same arguments could have been used against the Minnesota Bill by Northern states and other investor owned utilities in that state.  i believe that the legislators of Iowa and the people of Iowa Are entitled to have an explanation from you As to its curious difference in attitudes. Could it be that you really fear that our Small municipal utilities who in the aggregate sell about eight percent of All Energy sold in Iowa Are a threat to your existence or could it be that your opposition stems from the belief that if you can keep our Small municipal electric systems from solving our future Energy problems these systems will eventually be unable to support themselves As we have done in the past and will fall into your laps \ a. It will be a tragic Day for the citizens of our municipal Utility communities and the citizens of Iowa if this should Ever happen we regret your opposition to our proposed legislation. Why Are you seeking once again to Block this legislation in committee so that it will have no Opportunity to be debated openly on the floor of the House is it possible that your opposition cannot stand Public scrutiny and a floor debate would indicate to the legislature and the citizens of Iowa just How ridiculous your arguments Are we Are not giving up the fight. The Bill which we have submitted is the Bill which passed almost without opposition in the Minnesota legislature. The Minnesota Bill has been changed Only to make it conform to existing Lowa Law. In the Light of the Minnesota experience we will be interested in your reaction to this proposed legislation. At a time when we Are ail desperately seeking Energy facilities which Are vitally necessary for the continued growth and development of our Energy deficient state when utilities such As our own Are seeking ways in which to Cope with our problems without involving assistance from outside sources we fail to see any sound reasoning Why you should hamper our efforts and at the same time continue with the planning and development of Large scale facilities which will Benefit your own utilities. Sincerely . Pat Touchae 1 executive director hmm Center sett 32-3rd Street n.w., Sioux Center Iowa 51250. Telephone 722-0741. Official newspaper for Sioux county and the City of Sioux Center. Fro a Yvo 5 i v published every wednesday and second class postage paid at Sioux a for Ciwa a by the slow Center . Subscription Raton w.50, $12 a Sioux county. Elsewhere $7,50 per year $14 for is in i Wye %  w v v i gym Iai Linda publishers editors Wayne pm Roger soft Dennis Durband. Composition Elinor Vij a la peeking a most by Ted Kaemingk. Dennis Durband Here. Heard it in town. By Wayne v. Dominowski newspaper people journalists All Are pretty much the same under pressure. Major Bob Anderson of the army guard s Public information office said he feels nervous when things Are quiet. That might have been a Day ago last wednesday he was really go tight a term used to express extreme pressure when meeting a deadline. Bob was t in the mood to talk which shows you journalists Are never Happy they re despondent when things Are smooth and mental wrecks otherwise. That s probably Why we re the Only group allowed insurance for nervous breakdowns and insanity. A Paul and Darlene Moerman of coast to coast recently joined with their family a sizeable one to sit for a photo session. Noticing everyone standing around Paul his face beaming it was commented that he quotes for thought. If communism is As wonderful As they Cal mat Isit looks like they would take Down their Iron curtain and put in some it s the time of year again for predicting prognostic Ting forecasting and other forms of Learned Coin-flipping.", 1  Al Indianapolis Star the trouble with being a Good sport is that you have to lose to prove Jack Herbert the worst kind of reducing Pill is on who keeps telling you Hoty she did it.". T a Spong look Magarine looked like a proud father. Mrs. Moerman picking up the remark turned and said i should Hope not you had the feeling Darlene was somehow Resolute in her response. They say that Sioux Center people Don t get excited. The word stoic is used in describing them. For starters if Comers Aren t sure what this All Means they ought to sit in on a City Council session. Looking Over a 100 Page budgetary report involving the City s fiscal future the Only voice heard was that of someone a requesting a breakfast Roll. It s Good the voice said. What the budget a reporter asked. No the Sioux Center people Are everywhere. At last week s municipal league meeting one Sioux cent Erite discovered several of his neighbors attending a meeting in another room. Al Bloemendaal Don Meuer Bill Roelofs Leonard de Stigter Duane Beek Huizen Jim Stachour Dick Kraayenbrink Dave Harskamp and Russ Vandevegte were attending an insulation seminar while so City officials were in attendance at the league meeting. Formed last week. 20 years ago feb. 21.1957 seven Sioux Center High school students earned the right to compete in the District speech contest which will be held at Rockwell City March 1 and 2 by winning division i ratings in a speech contest held at George saturday feb. 16, under the auspices of the Iowa High school speech association. Local students receiving division i ratings were Virginia Oliver Dorothy Sandbulte Karen Rensink Carol ver Hoef Carol de Ruyter Marlene Mieras and Linda Popma. Another week of comparatively mild weather has been experienced by Sioux Center and Vicinity. The Mercury climbed to near or above 40 degrees on six out of seven Days. Low for the week was 5 degrees recorded tuesday morning. 30 years ago feb. 20, 1947 according to a Story in the . Register of feb. 16, Sioux Center is one of the towns that will get an Airport within three years. A class i Airport with unpaved runways 1800 to 2700 feet Long will be built at the following neighbouring towns under the 10 years ago feb. 23,1967the City of Sioux Center has made application with the state travelling Library Al Lviv. For s40.000 in Federal funds to help finance sufficiently heavy there to warrant install construction of a proposed City Library Tion of traffic lights City officials were in a recent traffic count by state Highway commission personnel at the Sioux Center downtown intersection main ave. And third Street indicates that Cross traffic is program Sioux Center Orange City Rock Valley Sibley. The Board of directors of the Community Hospital made a Complete Survey tuesday evening and made a Public statement that a Hospital is not a sure thing. The recent clean up drive in the town of Sioux Center has brought in enough to pass the half Way Mark. The Board estimates that we will need Between 200 and 300 More members for a 25 to 30 bed Hospital. 40 years ago feb. 25, 1937 miss Elizabeth de Mots teacher of the adult education class in Sioux Center for the past several years received notice from supervisor de Vries tuesday evening that. She has been reinstated. Miss de Mots is an outstanding teacher however and the students insisted that she be rehired. These students had no objections to the teacher but they wanted miss de Mots. Members of the class went out with petitions and received Over a thousand signatures asking that she be reinstated. It was a result that the Board reinstated miss de Mots. The adult classes continued at miss de Mots Home even during the time of the teacher voluntarily coming and for these classes she received no remuneration. American state Bank p i i a re of boys District basketball at Sioux cloy auditor univ 730pvmi ,1. V women s world Day of prayer atthe Bethel Christian reformed Church at 1 30 . Speaker Wlla be mrs me Vlad no of Chesil a Ftp Chris ten gtasshopl/4, a. I Iii Iii i i Al Nihil Jii ii i my in

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