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BILLINGS COUNTY PIONEER idences. "Real and personal property tax- es against farm property are larg- er, in relation to farm income, than are total real and personal prop- erty taxes in relation to total in- come. It should be noted, however, that farm real estate taxes in North Dakota ~re lower in relation to farm income than in comparison states or the Uniter States as a whole," the tax study points out. Farm properties are assessed, on the average, ~t 33.2 per cent of l~heir actual value while non-farm residential property is assessed at 26.4 per cent. Preliminary data con- cerning variation within property classes reveals that farm land as- sessments average as high as 51.4 per cent of actual value in one county and as low as 22.5 per cent in another county. Obviously, the objective is to get the averages to meet so that prop- erty owners throughout the state are paying proportionately equal taxes on all property, farm or res- idential. To overcome the inequality, %he Koenker-Fisher report recommends that four condRions be met. First, ~a l~dfd~iunal' tMl~-time ~,essor s~ould be employed. Assessing real estate is a highly technical job and only rare]~ will a part-time asses- sor 'have the necessary skill. Second, accurate sales-assessment ratio studies must be made to pro- vide assessors a basis for establish ins value. Third, all property must he clas- sified. This means sell classification for farm land and by construction and location for urban areas. Fourth, the state must provide assistance to the assessors in cer- tain aspects of their work. In conclusion, the report says these suggestions do not constitute a magic wand whic~ will solve all the assessment problems, but they will help make adiustments that will eventualIy equalize the tax for all North Dakota citizens. Further reports on North Dakota taxes will be made to the LRC Sub- committee on Taxation by Koenker this fall, Senator Luick said. --Uu- TREES PLANTED ON MINE SPOIL BANKS ~Jnsightly spoil banks which re- main where strip coal mining is ~)racticed are becoming a wildlife asset in the Beulah area as a result cf a tree planting program the past two year~. Mine operators have cooperated in the planting of nearly 21,000 trees in a plan to develop the spoil bank area northwest of Beulah into wild- life habitat. Planting of 9,900 new trees was completed this spring. More than 40 acres of spoil bank area have been planted. Most of the valleys between spoil banks from stripping operations done from 1952 to 1956 have been covered with trees. More planting will be done but probably will be reduced in 1961 to permit time for the earth in the spoil banks to settle Since operations started in 1952, the Knife River Coal Mine has stripped an average of 18 acres annually. A total of over 132 acres has been stripped. Mining operations started in May now leave the piled soil much smoother than was possible with WAC Specialist Monitors Fast Talking Machine FAST TALK-Automatic data-processing machines talking a punchcard language in microseconds at the bidding of a Women's Army Corps specialist. This expert is one of the many young women of the Corps who receive invaluable training while building a rewarding career, Local Army recruiters have details about how to apply for the many immediate openings for this type of assignment. (U. S. Army Photo) [KNOW YO R 14 INCH NAVAL RAILWAY GUN I THE ARMY HAULED UP ITS MONSTER CANNON "BIG BERTHA" AND STARTED LOBBING SHELLS INTO PARIS FROM A POSITION 75 MILES AWAY. THE NAVY COUNTERED WITH 14", 50 CALIBRE CRUISER GUNS MOUNTED ON RAILWAY FLAT cARs. THE SAILORS, COMMANDED BY ADMIRAL C. I'. PLUNKETT, MOVED IN TO DUEL "BIG BERTHA". BUT WHETHER THEY SCORED A HIT OR NOT IS UNKNOWN, HOWEVER, BERTHA WAS FOREVER SILENCED AFTER THE COUNTER ATTACK BY ADM. PLUNKETT ANDHIS RAILROADING BLUE JACKETS. former practices. The system is termed "benching". The tree plant- ing on mine property is in coopera- tion with the State Game and Fish Department, says John Zaylskie, forester of NDAC extension service. A [ribute to hotel and motel personne]: m m m When the door of a betel room or motel unit opens to these weary travelers, it's suddenly their "homo away born home if only for a few hott/s. But home wets never quite like this with Someone ready to satisfy the tourist's every need. A phone call to the "desk a question to any of the personnel, the tourist quickly learns what there is to Bee in the area, Where the scenic and historic spots are and how'to reach them. , personnel of North Datcota's oteIs and merck play a vital role in one of the state s fastest growing businesses-the tourist industry. They re helping to develop new income for the state in much the same way as the farmer, the oil rigger, the manufacturer. coopee=,en No, Et Datota C/ bw of Cameron. Reverses Oil, Gas, Decision Foreclosure of a mortgage on land does not terminate oil and gas roy- alty interests when royalty holders are not made defendants in fore- closure according to a decision of the North Dakota Supreme Court. The decision reversed action of Judge Eugene A. Burdick of Willis- ton taken in MdKenzie County Dist- rict Court in a suit to quiet title to McKenzie county land, bought by Steve Yttredahl and others against the Federal Farm Mortgage Corp and several other defendants who claimed nonparticipating oil and gas royalty interests under a lease given in 1949. The royalty claimants had ap- pealed. Two district judges, Clifford Schneller of Wahpeton and Philip R. Bangs of Grand Forks. served on the Supreme Court when it con- sidered the appeal, in place of Chief Justic P. O. Sathre and Judge Al- vin C. Strutz, who disqualified themselves. In the opinion, written by Bangs, the Supreme Court said the trial court held the defendants were bar- red from asserting royalty interesh~ by a 10-year residuary statute of limitations. With this the Supreme Court dis- agreed, holding foreclosure of mor- tgage on the land by the Federal Farm Mortgage Corp without nam- ing the royalty holders as parties, did not eliminate their interest. DUNN TELEPHONE F~ GETS REA LOAN OKAY The Dunn Telephone Mutual Aid Corporation of Killdeer has been granted authority by the public service commission to borrow $111,- 000 through the rural electrification administration for construction af additional service facilities The telephone company's propos- ed exchange rates were ~tlso approv- ed. Monthly business rates range from $9.25, for mu.lti-party rural in Group "P to $11.00 for one-party lines in Group 'C". Dunn Center and Killdeer switcher6 are in Group "C". Grassy Butte, Manning, Halli- day and Dodge are in Group "B". --UP- When families in this country are poorly fed, the foods they neglect the most often are milk and milk products and vegetables and fruits. especially the dark-green and deep- yellow vegetables and the citrus fruits. --'OR I Hog cholera is highly contagious, land sanitation alone will not keep lit off your farm. NIXON SPEEDS DRIVE PLANS -- Vice PresidentlCabot Lodge, Vice Presidential nominee, and Richard M. Nixon, speeding his Presidential l Robert F. Finch, Nixon's administrative assistant campaign preparations, confers in Washington lwho was named campaign director. Later, the nt one of a series of strategy conferences. Shown I Vice President and Lodge went to Newport, R. L, (L to r.) are former GaP chairman Lea Hall, for a meeting with President FAsenhower to make now general campaign chairman; Nixon; Henry the final plans for Nixon's first campaign tour. Labor Dispute Laws Inadequate, U,I GDc ve rPno r0!;e cJ aaco m mittee on Labor Laws met recently in Bismarck discussed a possibility of recommending that a new state post of labor commissioner be established and heard UND law professor Charles L. Crum brand North Da- koat's labor dispute statutes "legally sterile". Crum listed four things the gov- ernor's labor disDute board can do: Fix representation of bargaining units: conciliate disputes; arbitrate. practices, to subpena records, ' n IG0vern0r Fixes force compulsory attendance at " hearings, to make a binding order= Antelope Season on the parties and to have perma- nent personnel. Since the law took effect in 1953, Cvovn John E. Davis has proclaimed said Crum, the governor has appoint bow and rifle seasons for hunting ed boards to help settle 14 labor antelope in North Dakota. disagreements. Total cost to the The bow season opens at 11 a.m. state has been $3,911. ]CST of Sept. 2 and runs through "It's just a joke, as ar as we're]Sept. 18. concerned," said W. W. Murrey, aI The rifle season opens at 11 a.m. member of the study committee and CST of Sept. 23 and runs through president of the State Federation Sept. 26. of Labor. "This law has not done anything --only create a lot of disturbance." But another committee member Fargo attorney Philip B, Vogel, said "I was under the impression tha' this had worked fairly well in a with the consent of the parties, and number of cases." make public recommendations for T-urpose of the ll-member corn- settlement of disputes. I mittee is to stu~Iy and make recom- He also listed five things the mendations on North Dakota labor board lacks: laws to the legislature. Chairman Power to prevent unfair labor is state Rap. Ralph Beede, Elgin. Antlope hunting is limited to specific areas m western North Da- kota, to licensed hunters. --[2 Mature green tomatoes or part- ially ripened tomatoes are usually better buys than red tomatoes that are overripe, soft or bruised. Ripen then where there's plenty of light, but not too much heat. [] Cut millet for hay as soon as head- ed, and not later than full bloom. HOLD WHEAT PROMOTION CONFERENCE IN BISMARCK KEY NORTH DAKOTA leaders Im the use at wheat and wheat products met in Bismarck recently to discuss ways and means of I~romoting the use of wheat products in North Dakota and the na- tion. The meeting, sponsored by the North Dakota State Wheat Commission. was held in Blm- marek. Attending were {left to right, standing): Paul E. R. Abrahamson, administrator. State ~R~neat Commission: Mrs. Earl Morrell. vice President and chairman of beef promotion, American National CowBelles; Mrs. Gilman Peterson. public relations, American National CowBeiles: Tom Ridley, Langdon, member. State Wheat Commission; Walter O. Stack, advertising manager, King Midas Flour Mills, Minneapolis: Harold Barth, manager, Sweetheart Bakery. Bismarck: and Eveline ~chuehard, Wheat Commission staff member. Seated left to right are Mrs. Alma Oehler. advertising manager, North Dakota State Mill & Elevator. Grand Forks; Art Knorr. Sawyer. member of State Wheat Commission; Mike Herrick, vice president, Sweetheart Bakery, Bismarck; and Ran Kennedy= vice president and publie relations, Peavey Co Minneapolis, Guatemalan Team Tours Burleigh SAMPLING HARD WHEAT at the Ervin Boargois farm north of Bismarck are members of a 6-man wheat trade team ffro~itiGes~?~el~ The ~ gr~p .t~ ed NorthDakota studying farming methods. storage and milling . cxper~men~ stations ane the research facilities. Paul E. R. Abrahameon, administrator of the Wheat Commission, is traveling with the team to explain in detail the various aspects .M. the .Sta.te wheat Industry. Tl~e tour is sponsored by the Corn. mission and is an exchange m me vtm mane ny at)ranamson to Cehtral and South America earlier this year. Pictured left to right are Manuel Pena, Adolfo Cordon, Felipe De Leon, Francisco Matin V, Os. waldo Porres, Alfredo Salazar, 04 the Guatemala team. Ben Barrett, Emmons County farmer, Cllf- ford Wahl, U. S. soil conservation department, Abrakamson, and Marx F. Koehnke, Great Plains Market Assn are also pictured with the group. i~ i~