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BILLINGS COUNTY PIONEER North Dakota PTA members tak- drivers. ing part in the recent statewide The only other resolution passed poll favored emergency federal aid b ythe 34th annual convention com~ for construction of school buildings lmended state officers and conven- 6,237 to 4,336. tion committees for the success of The poll conducted by the Norththis year's meeting. Dakota Congress of Parents and The convention adopted a plat- Teachers also showed a 5,573-to- form which commits the North Da. 4,837 preference for federal aid for kota organization to: education. Endeavor to enhance the Of the state's 340 units a total teaching profession at all levels of 253 units took part. More than Encourage the provision of 10,300 votes were recorded, or better adequate elementary and secondary than 20 per cent of the state's total school buildings PTA membership of 47,800. Recognize the needs of col- leges for expanded facilities. . Delegates at last week's conven- Encourage e x p a n s i o n of tion of the North Dakota Congress library services. of Parents and Teachers in Fargo Support more positive action tabled two motions presented by for better mental health through R. W. Wheeler of Bismarck. education and therapy, and advocate The first resolution called on the convention to disassociate itself from the National Congress of Par- ants and Teachers. describing this organization as "little more than a pressure group acting without grass root direction or control on the pretense of spokesman for child- ran and youth". The resolution also asserted that "this state organization's extravag- ant need for a building arises entire- ly from its obligation to disseminate propaganda teaching, applying and justifying the policies of the Na- tional Congress." Another resolution presented by Wheeler and tabled by the organ- ization called for the state PTA to go on record "as being opposed to federal support for education of the type incorporated in the Mur- ray-Metcalf bill." The PTA Congress tabled another resolution, also, which opposed fed- eral aid to education. A resolution passed by the Con- grass called for study and legislation to bring about a uniform code per- raining to school buses and bus strengthening the mental health program within the state health de- partment. Favor extension of a sound program of special education Favor any feasible means for coordinating and expanding North Dakota's adult education programs, and recommend that they be placed on a more permanent basis by in- cluding them in a division of adult eduactian within the department of public instruction. Support the state sales tax and oppose any effort to divert any proceeds to other than educational purposes of elementary and secon- sales tax funds for school construc- dary schools, opposing the use of tion or equipment. Favor further legislation to facilitate school district reorgani- zation. Seek to up-grade the stand- ards of teacher qualifications, striv- ing towards an ultimate goal of a minimum of four years of teacher preparation for every teacher in the schools of our state. Salt Plant Nears Completion Construction is now 75 percent complete on the $2,000,000 Dakota Salt and Chemical C o m p a n y plant near Willis~on, which is scheduled to go into operation June ~.~s is the first n~ so, plant g~'~into operation in ~this country in the last 15 ~ears, according to J. A. Bierbaum, vice-president and general manager of the plant whose parent company is GenexaI Carbon and Chemical Corporation. 1t; is also the only United States salt processing operation between Minneapolis and Seattle, north of a line running through Nebraska. A complete line of livestock salt, table sale, commercial and industrial salt wil be produced. Production for the first year has been set at 70,000 tons, athoug~ plant capacity at peak is estimated at 120,000 tons annu- ally. The salt will be mined from a 230: foot thick salt bed located more t~an 8200 feet below the earth's surface. This is said to be the deep- The first two wells on the pro- perty were drilled in late 1959. Since February of this year, water has been forced into the salt beds and the resulting brine is being pumped india third 5,500 foot d~oo~l until the salt processing plant is COmpleted. It is anticipated by late June a cavern will be available for the storage of 130,000 barrels of LP gas. The new plant was financed un- der legislation passed in 1955 call- ed the municipal industrial develop- ment act. Encouragement and assis- tance in developing the project were given by the North Dakota industrial commission headed by Governor John E. Davis, the econ- omic development commission, the greater North Dakota Assn and the Great North Railway. The city of Williston is supplying actual financing through the issu- ance of tax exempt bonds secured by a first mortgage covering the facilities. Dakota Salt and Chemical st salt mine of its kind in the world, } Co is leasing the plant, with the a factor which wil make the salt ren'tal income scaled to retire the almost 100 percent pure. The large caverns vacated after the removal of the salt will be made available on a lease basis to producers and bulk marketers of LP gas, as a low cost storage facility. The salt is hydraulically mined at the 8,000 foot level by forcing water into the salt bed, under ex- treme pressure. The resulting brine is then displaced out of the hole and the salt is taken out of the brine through an evaporating pro- Ce.SS. bonds as they mature during the next ten years. The Bank of North Dakota is purchasing two-thirds of the bonds, $3(}0,000 worth are being sold to the public, with the remainder be- ing held by the parent company. Salt production in North Dakota is an indirect result of oil production in the state. Drilling activity in the early *,50s established locations of substantial salt deposits. MISSILE TEAMS WITH A-SUB--A Navy Regulus I missile envelops the conning tower of the nuclear submarine Halibut in exhaust as it roars skyward near Hawaii. The Pacific firing marked the first time any type of missile has been sent aloft from a nuclear sub. The Regulus flew more than 277 miles to 'q~it" its target. ]Baker t0 Leave Education "Board . " . - of higher education. The MJnot radio station execu- tive has been endorsed for state senator from the 29th district by the Ward County Republican Com- mittee. He has served as a member of the state house of representatives. The governor will designate Bak- %r's successor from nominations by the chief justice of the supreme court, the superintendent of public instruction and the president of the North Dakota Education Assn. PIONEER WOMEN ELECT MRS, NAADEN Officers were elected at a meet- ing of the Pioneer-Tachers Assn. Monday evening at the school. 2~hey are Lloyd Orser, president; Edwin Weisenburger, vice presi- ] dent; Mrs. W. J. Moore, secretary, and A. C, Gutman, treasurer. Entertainment was provided by the fifth and sixth grade orchestra under the direction of Harold Van Heuvelen. Solos were played by Alice Sanderson and Greg Soeflker. with the U. S. Geological Survey. She came to the League with a background of personnei work and with a master's degree in public administration from the University of Minnesota. She served as the first full-time executive secretary for the League and is on of four women holding similar positions throughout the United States. Foley said a successor has not been named, and that persons in- terested in the position may write him at Rolla. I /ORTH DAKOTA'S MICROWAVE SYSTEMS A new 102.4 mile radio relay system (microwave) between Bis- marck and Minot will be placed in operation May 11, according to Omer Tweeten, manager of the Bismarck telephone office for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. "This installation is in addition to six others already in service in North Dakota between Minot and Williston, Fargo-Finley-Grand Forks Air Base. Linton-Linton-Wishek, Minot-Minot Air Base, Fargo-Grand Forks - Fargo-Winnipeg and Fargo- Bismarck - Beach - Seattle," Twee- ten said. The new Bismarck-Minot micro- wave system is being installed at a cost of approximately a million dollars Initially, the system will accom- modate 60 simultaneous conversa- tions, with a maximum of 240. By adding two more radio channels. 1.800 simultaneous conversations could be carried. "Many of these long distance cir- ,eurits terminate in the Bismarck switchboard and others will tie into the microwave system 1o Gettys- burg, S. D. and into the Minneapolis- Seattle system," Tweeten said. Prime reasons for establishing mi- crowave systems in this area, he added, are the rapid and continuing growth in long distance usage, and the need to "storm-proof" the long distance service. Using the microwave system, ra- dio signals are amplified a million times at each tower along the route, then rebroadcast. Self- supporting steel towers have been erected at Minot, Underwood and Bismarck, and guyed towers have been erect- ed at Wilton and Benedict. The towers support aluminum re- flectors which act as mirrors, to beam the signals to the distant station. apart, to avoid interference from the curvature of the earth. Adjustment of the reflectors is very critical. All reflector points must be aligned with less than one second of one degree variation-- comparable to hitting a dime dead center at 100 yards with a .22 rifle bullet. The system operates by transmit- ting and receiving messages in two different frequencies in each direc- tiom Th~s if one route is lost through equipment failure, a second of stand-by channel immediately takes over. The system is a marvel of auto- mation, including equipment which can cut ]n emergency power plants plants m case of commercial power, failure. The system also has an In the radio relay method of alarm control which has 18 signals transmission, super high frequency that are sent automatically from radio waves called (microwaves)each tower location to Bismarck are beamed from tower to tower] in case of trouble. along the route. Since the signalsI Other automatic functions include travel in a straight line, the towers starting and stopping emergency are located no farther than 30 miles engines and transferring receivers. Calling Fargo from Auto-Phone Congressman Quentin Burdick is pictured as he opened the new Bur- leigh--Emmons--Kidder mobile dial telephone System in Bismarck re- cently. He called Fargo from the automobile. Pictured with Burdick is Victor Sorsdah]. manager of BEK. The dial system has been organized as the BEK telephone mutual aid corporation, a patron-owned cooper- cation program. ative similar to the rural electrifi- The new phone system has been organized under the RTA program. RTA is a patron-owned cooperative, similar to REA. RTA cooperatives are completing arrangements for the dial wireless system. Coverage will extend throughout western and northeast- ern North Dakota. A series of transmission towers receive the radio waves from the wireless telephones and converts the waves to the wire system that ties into the entire telephone net- work in the world. A driver may call and receive calls from any tele- phone as long as he is in the radius of the towers. Towers can receive anywhere within 60 miles, Sorsdahl According to Sorsdahl, exchanges said, depending on weather and for the BEK phone system are lo- topography. cared at MeKenzie and Fairfax. The The mobile phones are now avail- BEK setup is the second in the state able to the public through the BE~d~ to be put into use. Several other business offices at Steele. P~BLIC HEALTH SEE~CES INCREASE; ONSRUD CONCERN Public assistance health services in Nort~ Dakota have increased from a biennial rate of $6,132~96 in April of last year, to $8,205,192 mo~tl~ .11- $2,072,4~6 increase. This is a percentage gain of 35.79 per cent. Carlyle D. Onsrud, executive di. rector of the state welfare board, said this was alarming, especial' y in view of the fact there is an en- hancement of the increase in the ]~t three months. 'P~tul health expenclStures this month were $341,88&8~, which is a ,$~ 3~5.07 increase over March. 'Just this one month's makes an jected ahead 24 months makes an $8~0,000 increase for a biennium," Onsr~td explained. What is alarming, in the view of the state welfare board, is not only the rapidly accelerating increase in heal~ services expenditures, but the widening arc of potentials for public assistance. Onsrud said fhat even thou~$h' the state sales tax can continue to provide the funds, the use of those funds is contingent upon an everincreasing federal contribution and more county mo- ney. He said the evidence shows more and more people, once illness sttrikes, are using public assistance as a first rather than a last resort. Total expenditures for public as- sistance in April amount to $1, 0~6,320~, a 25 thousand dollar in- crease over March. The number of persons receiving maintenance care dropped 60, leaving a 10,351 total ~n Old Age Assistance, 7,289 re- cipients received a total of $659,- 238.93. -4:3-- In dairy herds of less than 35 cows, hand feeding of silage is less expensive than with automatic equipment. Mechanical unloading costs about 2/3 as much as hand la- bor for 60 cows, and half as much for 109 cows. MRS. HUMPHREY MEETS A 'FAVORITE SON'--Mrs. Hubert Humphrey takes time out from campaigning for her hus- band in Morgantown, W. Vs to meet the state's "favorite son," All-American basketball player Jerry West. He'll play pro for the Minneapolis Lekers of Senator Humphrey's home next year. Son Douglas Humphrey looks impressed. First Boat Licenses Mailed Tom Schneider, accountant for the Game and Fish department, takes out the first load of North Dakota boat licenses mailed to boat own- el~. All boats powered by motors of I0 horsepower or more must be re- gistered with the department and licensed before they can be used on North Dakota waters. So far, appli- cations are coming in slowly. The department fears there will be a last minute rush this spring, resulting in lengthy delays in processing ap- plications. Application forms are available from county auditors, department field personnel, sporting goods stores and boat dealers. Present levels of radioactivity from fallottt are still several hund- red fold below the levels form nat- urally occurring radio-isotopes in soil, USDA seientists say.