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June 2, 1960

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BILLINGS COUNTY PIONEER Menagerie Points up Need for Bismarck Zoo Children from Bismarck's Jack and Jill Kindergarten, who toured the Marymarc Meadows Zoo north- west of Bismarck recently, are just some of more than 3,000 who have visited the Marc Christianson farm this spring to see the impressive collection of creatures on view there. / From "Diablillo," the ocelot pic-I tured above, to the new babyt coyotte pictured just below, theI private zoo holds out endless fasci- nation for human beings of all ages Besides such exotic creatures as Brown Caiman alligators from South America, the Spider monkey, "Rastus" pictured on this page and the six other monkeys caged at Marymarc Meadows, the collection includes such North Dakota natives as 'badgers, a racoon, prairie dogs, flickertail gophers, skunk and op- possum. Two buffalo gifts for Bismarck's proposed new zoo, are also quarter- ed at the Christianson farm. Christianson is president of the Bismarck Zoological Society, which is currently conducting a campaign to raise money for the zoo, to be located in Sertoma Riverside Park along the Missouri river just south of Memorial Bridge. A model of the zoo is now on dis- play at the Grand Pacific Hotel. Zoological Society memberships are available at $10 for family mem- berships, $1 annual membership for persons under 16, and $5 annual membership for adults. Tbc Society has obtained fencing for the buffalo pen and plans to in- stall the posts Saturday. Bismarck's two buffalo will be shipped to Jamestown to be on dis- play during Jamestown's dedication of its new concrete buffalo tourist attraction. Their new "home" at the zoo site should be ready by the time the animals are returned to Bismarck early in June. With its new zoo, Bismarck will join numerous other communities of comparable population, which have found in their zoos a source of pride and enjoyment. For example, Sanford, Fla with a population of 16,000, has a zoo con- taining several hundred animals and Baby Coyotte Hasn't a Chance birds valued at more than $11.000-- and it all began abaut 1923 with some pet racoons ,two alligators and a few monkeys. Attendance runs about 1,000 a day and as high as 3,000 on Sundays. Another striking example is Ben- son's Wild Animal Farm at Hudson, N. H a town of 2,500 that can be reached only by automobile or bus. Despite this zoo's location and a relatively high admission fee of 60 cents for adults and 30 cents for children, it is visited by as mar~y as 200,000 persons a year. "Any city of 10,000 or more can have a very nice small zoo for an initial cost of about $20,000," says the superintendent of the Saniord zoo. "And it could very nearly break even, perhaps make money, if the area is enclosed and a small admission is charged." No longer are zoos within the realm of possibility only for large metropolitan areas. Such commun- ities as Hermosa, S. D Moose Jaw, Sask Minot, N. D. and Manhattan, Kan. have shown it can be done-- and Bismarck is about to do it. Christianson. The first thing Rastus [ of the other ,monkeys' cages and i was to climb all over the outside scream triumphantly. did when released from his cage, "Rastus," Spider monkey at the Marymarc Meadows zoo, timidly ac- cepts a tidbit while holding on to IKE LEAVES STORMY SUMMIT SESSION--President Eisenhower waves from his car as he leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris after a bitter exchange at the summit with Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev. The latter withdrew his invitation to the President to visit the Soviet Union in June and threatened to walk out on the summit conference. Eisenhower accused the Premier of coming all the way from Moscow to sabotage talks. Burdick Assails 'Whole Farm' S0il Bank Feature Rep. Quentin N. Bt~rdick tD-ND} this week called on congress to re- fuse to renew the soil bank's "whole farm" provision, asserting it is de- stroying many North Dakota com- munities and "depopulating the state." Burdick in a house speech, said hundreds of farmers are abandon- ins their and moving to cities and towns "to disrupt the urban economy, and in many eases de- serting the state entirely." The congressman said operating farmers, laboring men, small busi- nessmen and community leaders are protesting "this abandonment of whole farms." He said it is a situa- tion which must not continue. Burdiek told the house that as people leave their farms and sell their machinery and personal pro- perty, the community loses tax money, the small town loses cu- stomers and the entire community gradually declines. He said schools, churches, muni- cipal projects, township and coun- ty roads and all institutions support- ed by tax money are hurt. Furthermore, he said. the pro- gram is not accomplishing any- thing in reducing the farm surplus. Burdick said individtlal farmers who have banked their land in the soil bank cannot be blamed be- cause their economic outlook is dis- couraging. He emphasized that existing con- tracts under the soil bank program The Elks memorial service will be honored if the program is not Bismarck Elks ~o held at4p. m. on the CapitolI. grounds ,with a flag day service telrenewed" p follow. Harold Schafer of Bismarck[ ---~- Pre are f0r will be the speaker, i Business sessions begin at 9:30 a./ PSC Pr0Iesis !i m oo~a, Oil' 81ateBism rrl ~11~1 vhn~ ~tho~d~tE nven on The annual banquet be he d/ gains annivers--"y"'"-Y'a~-::~-tc~"--n'Y-'~nar state Elks onve tie at 6:30 p. m. Monday at St. Mary'sJ Central High School. Import Change June 12-14. FAks bands from Devils Lake, Dr. W. C. Brunsoman is convention Williston, Fargo, Jamestown, Minot chairman, and Grand Forks will be on hand. Anson ,1". Anderson, president of Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. A.L. Hirsch is exalted ruler of the North Dakota public service Saturday, June 11. host Bismarck Elks Lodge 1109, and commission, has sent a letter to the First events will be the men'sFrank F. Roberts is secretary, department of interior expressing protest on the part of the PSC against the department's oil ira-. port regulation. The PSC says the ell import reg- ulation wil lcompletely shut down oil production in Burke, Bottineau and Renville counties. Anderson explained that the pro- posed amendment to bureau of in- golf tournament at Bismarck Mun- But 'Baby Jill' Isn't Crowded icipal Country Club and the regis- . . . toted trapshoot at the Bismarck Gun Club grounds north of the city. "I like little fingers," hisses "Baby slithering, snaFping aligators. Only to teethe for some time, which may Jill.', one of the farm zoo's seven ltwo years old, Jill will continue partly account for her rather ugly disposition. ---[]- The first creamery in the United States was established at Goshen, New York in 1848. MR. K. RIDES TO SUMM/T SITE--Soviet Premier Niklta l~31rush- The production of milk in North Production of all milk in North Leading counties in dairy cow I:)akota during June is twice as Dakota during January and Febru-[numbers per square mile are: Lo- ary 1960 showed an increase of 2% ] ~an 125" McIntosh 11 4" LaMoure great as November--the lowe,'st ~, --~ over last year month. [] "'--~-" . I mons9'l; Richland8.1. 8.4; Sheridan 8.2; Ern- There would be very little veai on [ The farmer's share of the con- the market if there was no dairyi --Z3-- sumers's dollar went from 39 to 37 industry. Nearly all veal is produc- North Dakota now ranks 5th in cents between Nov. 1958 and Nov. ed from dairy calves, the nation in butter production/ terior regulations will prohibit Northwestern Refining Co of St. Paul Park. Minn. from entering into trade agreements for foreign crude. Because of this. he said. they must start purchasing crude h-ore Can- adian sources at a cheaper rate than can be purchased in North Dakota. Anderson said the amendment prohibits Northwestern, Lake Su- perior Refining and Bay Refining companies from exchanging foreign crude with other refineries because of certain advantages they now en- joy. Anderson noted in his letter that the PSC recently granted author- ity to construct a gathering system and 118-mile pipeline from these fields that would extend south to Minot. He said the proposed amendment by the interior department's oil im- port administration threatens the gathering system and pipeline con- struction plans. Under a complex system ot gov- ernment-controlled import quotas, Northwestern can buy North Dakota crude at a price competitive with Canadian crude. The crude involved amounts to about 8,500 barrels a day, from northern (District Two) counties out of a total production there of a~bout 14,000 barrels daily. --C]--- Hard seeds in alfalfa and sweet clover, are normal, but have an ex- tremely hard cast and so do not absorb water, and germinate within 6 or 7 days after planting. chev, who had been making a pre-Summit meeting tour of "Paris in the springtime," gets down to serious bu$iness as he rides in an open ear to the Elysee Palace with mem~ of his party. Guards stand at attention in foregrotm~ In ~nt seat are USSR Ambassador to France Serge~ fgitiogradSv (left) and K.hrushehev. In rear are Soviet Defense ~ Radtoa Y. Malinova~ (left); an interpreter for the RuSsian leaders is partially hidden, and Foreign Minister Andrel Gromyko.