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BILLINGS COUNTY PIONEER Another Shipload of Mi dwest Grain Goes Out Arthur Leno tleft), president of the North Dakota Chamber of Corn merce Executives Assn congratu- lates Capt, O. Nordfeldt (center) of the Swedish motor ship "Madam Butterfly", which recently took on 300.000 bushels of upper midwest grain at Duluth. destined for Liver- pool, Also standing at the wheel of the sllip ~s Robert T. Smith. dlrcc for of the Port of Duluth. Tile Stockholm line:" brought I.- 800 Volkswagens to Toledo and De- troit. The ship will continue haul ing grain out of Duluth for fhe remainder of thc season. Ix.no recenlly attended the Tri- State Conference of Chamber Ex- ecutives from North Dakota. South Dakota and Minnesota. The Bismarck Chamber m'mager pointed out float more than 115 million bushels of grain were load ed out in 1959, and it is expected that Duluth will soon become the number one grain shipping port m the world. "The connecting channels between lakes now have a 25-foot depth," he said. "A deelaening project has been underway for two years and will be completed in 1962. bringiqg the full depth to 27 feet. Eventually, a 30-foot depth may be provided." Each additi<~nal two feet of draft permit an additional 24, million tons of cargo to be carried through u;e i Seaway annually. Size of the new kacks permits passage of ships Up The Lone Ranger to 730 feet long, 75 feet across the beam and 25 feet m draft When the channel deepenin~ :s compleled, up to 80 per ten! of the world f!eet will be able To use the Seaway. The Port Authority estimates that by 1968 some 50 million tons of i eargo will be mowng thrcu.~:h lhe seaway each year. Approximate cost of construct:n~ the Seaway project was $470 ,nillion. of which Canada paid approx:malely $340 million and the United Stules $130 million. The Duluth Port Authority has spent an additional $10 million m developing port facilities which now include transit sheds and warehot, se with 234,OO0 square feet of floor~ space, storage tanks, and two glallf~ 90 ton gantry cranes with an in-, tandem capacity of 180 tons. Duluth is now rated the "heaviest lift port" on the Great Lakes. Leno said. Four ship-side railroads service the 540-fool open berth area. The. Port Authority also dredged more man a million cubic yards of sand' into the bulkhead berthing area, Duluth- Superior presently has 49'~ miles of harbor frontage, which will eventually be increased to 60: miles. Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. has again been denied an electric rate increase requested in 1957 and put into effect Oct. 4 of that year. Failure of the rate increase to be granted would mean refunds to MDU customers amounting to about a million dollars. R. R. Gamble, MDU vice president and treasurer, said the firm will seek another hearing before the PSC. The rate increases average about 13 per cent. The state supreme court ruled that the increase was legal between October 4, 1957 and Jan. 24. 1958. A PSC order issued May 26 pro- vided that MDU reinstitute the rate schedule which applied before MDU's 1957 application. The order also directed the company to re fund to its customers with interest all monies collected under the new MDU must submit to the PSC with- in 20 days of the order the method rates since Jan. 24. 1958 order said it will use to make such refunds. Gamble said no refunds will be made until his firm seeks another hearing before the PSC. So far the company has posted $900.000 in bonds with the Su preme Court in the event such re- appealed to the Supreme Court. On Marcl~ 7.3, 1960, the high court sent the case back to the PSC di- recting that a new rate of return be computed. In denying'the rate PSC Presi- dent Anson Anderson had this to tsay: "MDU's annual reports in 1958 and 1959. which includes the in- creased rates, show their rate of return in 1958 was 6.07 per cenlt and in 1959, 6.45 per cent. "The company's financial con dition has continued to improve since 1956 in the state of North. Dakota and over their entire sys- tem. , "Their over-all annual report as filed with the federal power com- mission reveals in 1956 their rate of return was 5.51 per cent: in 1957. 5.74 per cent: in 1958. 5.76 per cen[, and in 1959, 6.09 per cent. This clearly shows that their rate ef rzturn has increased to over 6 per cent under the old rate, which in my opinion is sufficient to main tain the company in a strong fin- ancial condition." In it's original rate increase re- quest the company said it needed an additional, $320.935 a year for failed to do this. In the rlrst 1958 denial, Public Service Commissioner ]VIartin Vaal- er had dissented, but the deni~a~l pass with Anderson and Ernest D. Nelson voting for it. In a concurring opinion Thurs- day Vaaler said, "I agree that the evidence will not properly permit a finding as to what a reasonable rate of return should be. "However, I think a further hear- ing should be held so that this m- formation can be made available." Vaaler noted three years have gone by since the comp~P.:/'s first application. He said the failure to hold another hearing will lead only to more court litigation and will necessarily, result in indefinitely de- laying the final disposition of the case. The PSC pointed out their or- der was issued .~ersuant to the March 23 opinion of the Su~)reme Court. --J-b-- STATE HAS 13,231 'EMERGENCY' V]EHICI~S In case of a state or national dis- ster. Motor Vehicle Registrar A. N. i Lavik says there are 11.758 station wagons and 1,473 convertibles in North Dakota that could be press- ed into service as emergency ve- hicles. Station wagons made good emer- gency ambulances, Lavik said, and convertibles are more easily adapted to emergency use tha nregular two- fair rate of return on its Northdoor and four-door models fund action would be directed. Dakota investment. The figures were compiled by It was on Jan. 24. 1958, that the ! In its order the PSC said th]e IBM specialist eLonard Mennes of PSC finally issued its first order burden rests with the company toI the motor vehicle department dur- denying the rates That was up show its proposed rates are {ust ling the recent civil defense exer- held in district court and MDU:and reasonable and the company" I cises. ~'~'IA/~ A /-/lOhV~ PLAC~ /iV THE ),YO0,~.5 0,4/THE FAR OF" THIS l-/ILL. ( --THP.N IHURRIEE; "TO "THE TRr:.E6 OR ~ DOWNHILL eLOPE. CHILDREN'S PLEA HALTED--A police inspector leaves the City Hall in Johannesburg, South Africa, after recording the names of placard-carrying "emergency orphans" who appealed to Mayor Alee Gorshel to help release their parents who are being held in connection with recent disturbances. Children shown in picture were among twenty taken into custody. PAY / )~fY" MEN NO HOLIDAY FROM DEATH--Police make out a report on the death of Robert Sola, 19, in Lake Success. N.Y. The student was an early casualty in the highway death toll for the Mem- orial Day week-end. The National Safety Council predicted there would 375 deaths on the road during three-day holiday, YOU CAN'T ABDUCT ME ir KASY. 12L NOT HURT