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February 25, 1960     The Billings County Pioneer
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February 25, 1960

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BILLINGS COUNTY PIONgER } COURT WARD, NOW -- Mrs. Katherine Geddes Benedict (upper left) hides behind a folded newspaper as she leaves her New York town house with granddaughter Gamble Benedict (leaving, upper right) to go to Brook- lyn ma~istrate's court, where Gamble was made a ward of the court and paroled in Mrs. Benedict's custody. Andre Porumbeanu. 35. the married Romanian ex-chauffeur she ran off to Europe with, also is shown (lower) at court, accompanied by his attorney. The department of defense this week claimed it won't be able to get under more than 8.000 new inter- state highway bridges with its Atlas intercontinental missiles and other military hardware, and proposed an increase in minimum clearance to 16 feet. As many as 2,259 bridges may have to be rebult, house in- vestigators were told. R. E. Bradley, chief engineer for the North Dakota highway de- partment, said the change would in- volve some 57 bridges in North Da- kota, ~nost of which have already been constructed with clearances m excess of the 14-foot specification originally required by the bureau of public roads. North Dakota constructed its first eight bridges with 141/e foot clar- ances, and It has 47 others with 15- foot margins and two with 16-foot clearance. Bradley said the department has received no directive from the fed- eral government to make the changes. He said questions raised by the proposal include whether ramps could be constructed around the bridges, to be used only for de- fense purposes and who would pay for the cost of building such ramps, or either raising the piers or low- ering the grade under the bridges. The federal government pays 90 cent and the state 10 per cent of the cost of the interstate high- Wey. On diamond interchanges, he said, raxn~s which are part of the inter- ichange could be used. thereby by- ,passing the bridges. Bradley estimated roughly that it WOuld cost only $2.000 or $3,000 to increase the clearance from 14 to 16 feet, if the change is made while the bridges are being design- ed. He added the-cost would be con- siderably more if changes must be made in those which are completed, but he could make no offhand esti- mate. The-cost where a railroad crosses a highway would be particularly expensive, he said. --q=)--- To get an even golden brown on cakes and breads, use shiny alumi- num or glass pans. Blackened or darkened pans absorb heat, causing uneven cooking and burning. Blue Cross "59 Outlay Is New Record North Dakota Blue Cross dis- bursed a record $4,930,000 for hos- pital services used by members in 1959. "This is the largest amount ever l expended during any one year and brings the total paid for member care by Blue Cross since its birth in 1940 to over 25 million dollars." states Ronald A. Jydstrup, director of the North Dakota Plan. Jydstrup said that "in 1960 we forecast payments of $5,694.000 in member claims, an increase of $763, 0O0 over 1959. In January of this year alone, claims expense were over one-half million dollars due m0stly to an increase m upper re- spiratory infections of Blue Cross subscribers." "Many new records were est- ablished in 1959Y Jydstrup said. "A new high in enrollment was reached. At the end of December, more than 217,000 Norlh Dakotans were protected by Blue Cross. This m an increase of 29.000 members since December. 31 1958 or 15.4 per cent gain in total membership." Anticipated operating expenses for 1960 have been set at $550,000 or approximately 8~ per cent of subscriber earned income, the bal- ance being set aside for payment of claims on behalf of subscribers. Jydstrup said, "about 95 per cent of the ammmt paid in behalf of Btue Cross members goes to North Dakota hospitals. Through an ar- rangement with all ot~her Blue Cross Plans, claims are also paid for members hospitalized in out-of state hospitals. In a year-end message, Jydstrup said that "Blue Cross is working together slith its companion plan Blue Shield, with the hospital and the doctors, and with the general public to provide the pest possible solution of the problem of financ- ing needed health care protect on. This will hold true in the months and years ahead," he said "It must hold true if volun|lary prepaid health care is to continue, and government intervention in the healtih care field is to be avoided," he concluded. Plan Western Sheep Day Twelve sheep producera from Farm Bureaus to promote the sheep t . counties west of the Missouri river industry in western N. Dak. Seated left-to-right: Robert Carl- decided recently that Hettinger son of Beach, Herbert Urlacher would be the location for the first of Richardton," Daryl' An,~ rson of North Dakota Democrats will hold their nominating convention April 7-9 in Bismarck, it was decided Saturday in Jamestown by the Dem- ocratic executive committee. The committee also decided to in- vite the Nonpartisan League to meet in Bismarck at the same time. so that mutual agreement may be reached on whom should receive en- dorsement as the U. S. senate nom- ination, to fill the vacancy creat- ed by the death of Sen. William L. Langer. The NPL executive committee met Jan. 30 in Bismarck and, set its convention date for March 25-26 in Bismarck. contrary to the recom- mendations of an NPL convention last November. The Democratic executive com- mittee issued its invitation in de- ference to the wish of the NPL con- ventionand directed the invita- tion tocounty chairmen of the League.rather than to the NPL executive committee. At the Democratic meeting Sat- urday in Jamestown. State Sen. Ray Vendsel of Carpio introduced a re- solution, unanimously adopted, de- claring that the state Republican administration was misrepresented to the people as efficient and hone~ The resolution said the governor's in pril 7-q office had suppressed evidence of gross mismanagement It said thou- sands of dollars of nublic funds had been withheld from the genee~l fund of North Dakota. It also said that there had been bun~{lin~ at the ;~,tate Tra:nin~, Jamestown, the State Trainin~ School at Mandan the State Pen- itentiary at Bismarck. ~he School for the Blind at Bathgate and the School for the Deaf at Devil~ Lake. The resolution said ~he Hepub- lican party and its leaders have proved their inability ~o honestly and efficiently conduct state af- fairs, It also urged a vigorous investi- the "misconduct of public officials." gation of the state institutions and Another motion by Vendsel. also adopted, thanked Murphy for the time spent in his investigations. Bill Lanier, Fargo, and State Rep. William L. Guy, Amenia, seconded Vendsel's motions. The executive committee accept- ed the resignation of Mrs. Agnes Geelan, Enderlin. from the Victory- in-'60 Committee and named Adrian R. Dunn, Bismarck, to be state fin- ance chairman. A spring campaign budget of $3'5,- 000 was adopted, for which new county quotas will be set up. WOULDN'T FILE INCOME TAX RETURN--Erosesnna Robinson, 35, a social worker, is carried from a U. S. marshal's van into federal court in Chicago for a hearing on a charge of refusing to file an income tax return. She wouldn't walk. After this transportation, they deposited her in a wheelchair and wheeled her before Judge Edwin Robson, Who sent her to the lockup for an indefinite period. Miss Robinson is an art institute graduate and a former athlete. IN CONTROL--With insurgents In control of Algiers, two of the top leaders, Pierre LaGalllarde (left) and Joseph Ortiz, harangue followers from balcony of their headquarters. Followers of President Charles De GauUe abandoned the city to them. (Radto~i~oto) TO AID FARMS ON BUSINESS ANGLES I~lformation to help farm fami- lies decide the extent to go into different crops and livestock this year to get the best incomes is be- ing presented at meetings and con- feranees arranged by county ex- tension agents. The work represents a shift of emphasis from production type in- formation to the business side of agriculture in planning operations to suit the resources of the individ- ual family. In tlhe meetings farmers are get- tting technical facts and comarisons as a bas/s for decid/n~ on practices that will reduce costs, increase in- comes, or beth. The sessions al- ready are underway in some coun- ties and will begin in the rest of of the Extension Service at NDAC for use by the county agents in their discussions wi~h farm fami- lies. The seris of meetings this winter covers such subjects as the poten- tial cash returns t~rough use of suitable ferilizers of livesock PVodudtion and ~edin~? figuring livestock returns on t~e units need- ed to return the desired net income, and profit possibilities in dairying. Extension v~gen~ ~athered real "farm exPerience" facts to present on the subject, "Why some farmers make more money than others." Ad- ditional topics deal With making farm homes more attractive and on the family food supply. I~ stressfng the business mdeof agriculture in its currenteduca 1 s~rn Sheep Day. This Western Reeder, George Ott of Reeder, Phil- the counties soon. tional meeting~ the Extension Ser- if. ould be held the third or fourth son of Taylor and Howard Gordon, I~mldnff on the practices being en- ators can use in selecting entie;- P Day, the committee decided, ip Beehler of Solen, Kenneth Knud- . Research data and other material vice is supplying facts farm oper. a. prises likely to give them the most week in February. This group was district field service director, North ~u~-agled Ill the ex~rlsion meetings called together by western county Dakota Farm Bureau. ve been prepared ~ specialists income this year. / Spears (left) in custody of am FB! agent in Phoeni~ Mrs. Frances Spears. 36, breaks down in Dallas at news husband is alive. She had said he would be there if he was. AIR CRASH MYSTERY MAN UNDER ARREST--The mystery of "Dr." Robert V. Spears, the heavily-insured ex-convict who was presumed to be among the 42 killed when a National airlines plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico Nov. 16, begins to clear with his arrest in Phoenix, Ariz. He was living at a motel under an assumed name, no new thing for him, Spears reportedly had had contact with Julian A. Frank, the heavily-insured New York attorney killed when & National airlines plane crashed in North Carolina Jan. 6, Sen. Kennedy Plans Return Visit Senator John F. Kennedy smiles at Bismarekers during his recent brief visit, promising to "return as soon as possible". Addressing a crowd of over 500 at the Memorial Building, Kennedy assured North Dakotans of his interest in thei )roblems. discussing wheat prices and Garrison Diversion plans. With Kennedy is Bill Herrmann. Bis- marck, who supplied the four car, for Kennedy's party. LRC Group to State Agencies The LRC subcoramit~ee on Gov- ermental Organization will meet in the Capitol Blue Room Monday morning to discuss possible congoli- dation of various state agricultural agenaies with the Department of Agriculture and Labor, according to Senator Walter R. Fiedler, Ryder, chairman. The afternoon session will be spent considering "SCR-V" direct- ing the Legislative Research com- mitee to study the feasibility of a central administrative agency to handle licensing of trades and oc- cupations. All licensing agencies and boards have been invited to attend this session and present their views, Sen- ator Fiedler said. The consolidation of agricultural agencms study will dig into the possibility of centralizing the many agricultural activities now admin- istered by separate boards, commis- sions or institutions. The afternoon session on licensing is expected to attract many wit- nesses, Senator Fiedler noted and, he added, it is quite possible this session may extend into the follow- mg morning, Feb. 16. Members of the subcommittee are, in addition to Senator Fiedler, Sen- ators Isak Hystad, Velva; George Longmire, Grand Forks; John E. Ytmker, Durbin; Frank Wenstrom, W t 11 i 'S t on; and Representatives George Gress, Dickinson; Brynhild Haugland, Minot; Charles F. Kara- bensh, Mandan; Oscar J. Sorlie. Buxton; Thomas R. Stallman, Bar- ney; and Sophus Tr0m, Casselton, FARM RECORD ROUTE Farm families in four central North Dakota counties are getting regular help on keeping farm and home business records in a new pro- gram which went ihto operation in Jan, ttary 1960. The four counties are Barnes, Stutsman, Benson and Eddy, Ninety-cne families are enrolled in the effort being conducted by extension agents in the four coun- ties, along with help from NDAC ExSertsion Service farm manage- ment personnel. Farm visits to go over the individual record book~ are set to begin Jan. 25. Farm fam- ilies subscribing to the service pay a fee to cover part of the expense involved. B]orne Naaden, extension econo- mist in farm management, says the p~ograrn could lay the groundwork for record keeping service in other parts of the state. An enrollment of 100 to 200 farms in the area will provlde a practical basis for de. ve!opment of a route. In the plan now underway, special assistance is being provided liy the Extension Servicb. ~V'nere routes have been established in other states, families utilizing the service pay most of the cost on a subscTlp- tion basis. IOWA OFFICIALS STUDY STATE WELFARE METHODS Two staff members of the Iowa Department of Social Welfare were in Bismarck recently, studying North Dakota state welfare board admin. istrative procedures and methods, according to Carlyle D. Onsrud, ex- ecutive director of the wei~a~ board. Henry Larson, director, dlv|Ion of accounts and audits, and A. ~. Mauske, supervisor of ta~alath~ equipment, Des Moines, were brief- ed on the processing of payments for medical care.