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SIBLE RAIN (Details on Page 5) FIFTEEN CENTS PER COPY ^BMDJI DniLr PIO\EEH VOLUME LXVI NUMBER MB PLAY PIONEER PAUL'S CASH-IN GAME BEMIDJI. MINNESOTA MONDAY. APRIL 7, IMS President Takes Time Out for Rolling Easter Eggs, Ball Game By FRANK CORMIER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon took time out today from the weighty problems of his office for a little fun and games—rolling Easter eggs and watching some baseball. The President, just back from a Florida weekend, set aside time in the morning to join in the traditional Easter egg roll on the White House lawn. Following this was a trip to the Robert F. Kennedy Stadium to throw the first ball marking the opening of the 1969 major league baseball season. In attending the game between the Washington Senators and the New York Yankees, Nixon was following a tradition started in the early part of the century by President William Taft. The day wasn't devoted entirely to such light-hearted affairs. Nixon had called a morn- ing meeting of his Urban Affairs Council to push ahead with plans for his own program of domestic legislation. While spending five days at his waterfront home at Key Biscayne, Fla., Nixon bore down on paperwork in the domestic area and held one formal conference review of home front policies. The chief executive's final bit of official business before returning to the eapitql Sunday night, however, involved touchy relations with Peru. JohnH. Irwin n, Nixon's special envoy to Peru, stopped by for an hour-long meeting en route back to Lima. Irwin is 'seeking a solution to the dispute over compensation by Peru for seizing the American-owned International Petroleum Co. If no solution is forthcoming, Nixon could be forced to cut off American aid to Peru and eliminate the annual quota permitting sugar importi( from that country. m ^f HF ^B^W ™^^ ^B^W ^w »» ^^^r IN BRIEF Ships Disaster New Orleans l/P) — A head-on collision between a Formosan freighter and an oil barge set both ablaze, sent sheets of flame soaring into a heavily traveled bridge and covered a section of the Mississippi River with burning petroleum Sunday night. The Coast Guard said 25 of the 51 members of the crew of the freighter, the 7,301 ton Union Faith, were unaccounted for. Twenty- five were taken to hospitals. The fire-swept ship sank about six hours after the collision while being towed away for beaching. Former Resident Dies Following Purse Snatching MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A city woman died in a police car Friday while telling policemen about two teen-agers who snatched her purse and escaped with 50 cents. Police identified the woman as Mrs. Grace Grave, 66, The county medical examiner said the cause was "apparently a heart attack." No suspects were arrested in the purse-snatching, Mrs. Grave was a housemother at the Bemidji Lutheran Student House from 1962 to 1964. Her husband was a nephew of the late Herb Grave of Bemidji. Seeks Middle East Peace— MAKING PLANS FOR DINNER ... A group of men from the Lester P. Watford Chapter of United Presbyterian Men met to finalize plans for the men's roaii beef dinner scheduled for Wednesday. April 16. Pictured, left to right, are Dr. Arne Gilmer of the greeting committee; Daryl Knoer, ticket chairman; Roger Swalbotki, tiblt waiter; Charles Naylor. general chairman: Clarence Gordhammer and Dr. LeRoy Hill, table waiters. The dinner will be served from 5:30 io 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Glass Block Drug and Herington's Shoe Store. Donor Found HOUSTON,Tex. (AP)- Doctors at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital started an operation at 7 a.m. (CST) today to replace the mechanical heart implanted in Haskell Karp, 47, with a human one, A spokesman for the hospital said the donor was a 40-year-old Lawrence, Mass., widow who had suffered irreversible brain damage after she was flown to Houston this morning, Lawrence General Hospital identified the donor as Barbara Ewan. Financial Crisis MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The chairman of the Democratic- Farmer-Labor party has urged DFL lawmakers to fight a proposal by Gov. Harold LeVander to postpone tax payments of $98.8 million to local governments. Warren Spannaus said that if the proposal by the Republican governor is adopted Minnesota will face "the most serious financial crisis in its history" in 1971. Privacy Rights WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court, in a major free speech ruling, held today that it cannot constitutionally be made a crime to possess obscene films or printed matter in the privacy of a man's home, "This right to receive information and ideas, regardless of their social worth, is fundamental to our free society," said Justice Thurgood Marshall in delivering the opinion. 77 Winter Quarter Graduates To Receive Degrees From BSC Bemidji State College degrees will be granted 77 winter graduates at commencement exercises at 2 p.m. June 8, according to Dr. R. D. Decker, BSC president. There were 55 bachelor of science degrees in education, 22 bachelor of arts degrees in subject matter fields and five master of science degrees completed by students at the end of winter quarter. Those students receiving master of science degrees are Matthew A. Bergan, Jr., Hibbing; Larry G. Domish, Grand Rapids; Vernon Humphreys, Moose Jaw, S a s k.; Charles F. Nelson, Cohasset, and Sylvia M. Nelson, Pine River. Graduating with bachelor of science degrees with Fire Destroys Building at Rosby Saturday A fire of undetermined origin completely destroyed a storage building at Rosby late Saturday afternoon, according to a report by the Division of Lands and Forestry. The two story frame structure was owned by Wesley Kleeb and was being used for storage of airplane parts for use by the Kleeb Flying Service. No one was injured in the fire. A forestry fire fighting unit was sent to the scene about 5:00 P. M. to protect other buildings in the vicinity after a report had been received by the Bemidji Police Department. Although no inventory of the damage has been made, the loss of the building and contents may reach several thousand dollars. honors were Carolyn H e gland, Park Rapids, summa cum laude; Joseph Gates, Henning; Leo Soukup, Backus; Opal Stave, Bagley; Elton Cunningham, Akeley, and Glenda Aubich, Hibbing, all graduating cum laude. Graduating with bachelor of science degrees are: U'amla Axvig Bartisch, Susan HauRen, Ann Johnson, Michael Smith. Irene Keil and fmane D. Kern. Bemidji: Ruth Powell, Guthrie: Chester Welander, Becitla; Sandra E. Anderson, Effle; Richard A. Johnson, Bauclette; Oren Larson, „„..., Radger; Nora Sycka, Backus; £1^'Linda Thayer, Kelliher; Rich- Mass arcl Fischer. Mizpah. ICdward Rudd, Brainerd; Janice Ahhas, Cross Lake; Francos Spurlock, Pequot Lakes; Judith Kuhn, Pine River; Mi- Hriel nanser, Crosby; Julee Krickson. I r o n t o n; Ma urine Uruior, New rim: Beverly Dyr- lanil, Avon: Jim McT'hee, Alexandria; Raymond Kalinza, Bro- \vt-rville; Charlotte Short, Grap-nla: Dianne Dizer, Braham: FraiH-ine Anderson. Sally Gra- lu-k and James K. Oilman, Gilbert: Gary H. Blauvert, Bovey; Janr Hirvela, Hibbing: James c. I''rent-h, Virg-inia: Dale Granley, C-.irlton; Linda Gustafson. Cook; Franklin Johanson Kveleth: David Podlosar, Hnhlutt. John Siskar, MrKinley: Marvin \Virtmark, Grand Rapids; Peter Stupar, Xashwauk; Jane Granley. Cloquet; Jill Marie Xelsnn and Christine Tynjalu. Mnkinen; Robert Borp:, Roches- tor; Carolyn Hauble, White Rear Lake; Ch,arles Moore and John Baser. Minneapolis; Jef~ o-h n s o n, Leominater. Robert Scarpino. O 1 d —GRADUATES— (continued on Page 5) Argentina Guitarist to Be Featured in Concert Wednesday Jorge Morel, Argentina guitarist, will be featured in concert Wednesday evening at 8:15 p.m. in the Bemidji High School Auditorium, sponsored by the Bemidji State College Cultural Arts Series. Introducing Morel for a recent concert sponsored by a chapter of the classic guitar society, the president warned the audience that the artist's skill would inspire them to do one of two things: either go home and practice more diligently, or burn their guitars. His performances may provide a certain amount of anxiety among amateur and professional guitarists, but the majority of his audiences who have no instruments to burn are due to experience sheer pleasure and musical satisfaction whenever they hear the handsome virtuoso. Morel, who now owns three guitars, explains that they must Prayer Offered for Thief Who Robbed Woman in Church Jorge Morel be "broken in" by two or three years of use for mellowing and developing the fullest tone, before they can be used for public performances. Season's tickets apply. BSC students will be admitted free on their identification and activity cards. At the door, adults $2.50 and students, SI. King Hussein of Jordan To Visit President Nixon By DENNB NEELD Associated Press Writer BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) King Hussein, who has steered Jordan through 16 years of war and peril, is going to Washington this week to ask President Nixon to do all he can to smooth the course of the Big Four talks on the Middle East. Hussein pins his hopes for peace on the talks that the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain and France opened in New York last week. The young monarch feels that continuing tension in his area can only serve Soviet purposes. One of the most flexible and pro-Western of Arab leaders, Hussein rules an embattled land shorn of its richest province and Picking Up Fast— 27 Persons Die on State Highways Since April 1 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Twenty-seven persons have died on Minnesota roads in the first six days of April, raising the state's 1969 road toll to 138 compared with 224 a year ago. The weekend victims included two Cottage Grove women who died when two cars-driven by a mother and her son-crashed near St. Nicholas in Stearns County. Killed Saturday was Narlouis Geislinger, 27, a passengerina ear driven by Mrs. HildaBeek- ius, 51, Watkins, Minn. Mrs. Beckius' son, Robert J. Flood Waters Rising; First Death Recorded By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Flood - fighting emergencies arose along southern Minnesota steams today in the wake of balmy weekend weather that sent streams to higher levels with high water crests still to come. A call for relief help was sounded at Springfield, Minn., where about 150 men and boys worked through the night strengthening dikes to ward off the rising Cottonwood River. The levees were holding this morning but beginning to wash •from strong current in the Cottonwood which rose more than four feet over the weekend. Some householders were being evacuated and others were Warned to be prepared to move out The high waters claimed its first victim, a Hutchinson man who drowned in the swollen Crow River near that McLeod County community. The sheriff's office said John F c n s k e, about 60, drowned Sunday when he attempted to rescue his dog from a chunk of ice and tumbled into the stream. Tho sheriff's office said Fenske went for a drive with his brother-in-law to inspect the flooding Crow River. They stopped their car about 21/2 miles southwest of Hutchinson and the dog got out of the vehicle and ran onto a piece of ice. When Fenske ventured onto the ice to rescue the house pet he fell into the swift current. The river is up to 12 feet deep in the area. The dog also drowned. Beckius, 21, Watkins, was identified as the driver of the second car. He was alone. A car-train crash near Owatonna took the lives of three teen-age boys Saturday. Dead were David Randall, 17, Owatonna; Scott Keogh, 17, Rochester, and Steve Stennis, 18, New Richland. Their car and a Rock Island train collided three miles south of Owatonna. Ronald Heacock, 27, Morristown, died in a Rochester hospital Sunday of injuries received late Saturday when his small foreign car went through a barricade and struck a piece of heavy construction equipment. The accident happened on a county road near Clinton Falls in Steele County. Heacock was alone in the car. David S. Olson, 22, Cedar, Minn., was killed early Sunday in an intersection collision in Coon Rapids, a Minneapolis suburb. He was alone in his car. A St. Paul man, Edward K. Kramer, 64, died late Saturday in a McLeod County collision. Kramer's car collided with a vehicle driven by Dennis W. Christiansen, 20, a mile south of Glencoe on a McLeod County road. Christiansen reportedly escaped injury. David J. Huth, 19, Jordan, Minn., was killed Saturday when his car collided with a Chicago & North Western train on Highway 41 just south of Chaska in —DEATH TOLL— (continued on Page 5) overcrowded with embittered refugees. Because of the refugees, Jordan has become the main base for thousands of Palestinian guerrillas who wage hit-and-run war against neighboring Israel. This has made the country the target for repeated retaliatory raids. Its towns have been bombed and farms in the Jordan Valley devastated. The plucky, 34.year-old king has weathered plots and assassination attempts and has narrowly averted a showdown with the Arab guerrillas. But a showdown may still be inevitable. He believes the United States could do more to persuade Israel to take a conciliatory line, and he will warn Nixon that time may be running out both for peace prospects and for himself. Hussein has said repeatedly he seeks peace with Israel provided it is based on justice. But his position is too precarious for him to make a unilateral settlement, and for the same reason the concessions he can make are limited. The guerrillas reject any solution that provides for the continued existence of Israel. Tiiey have no illusions about Hussien's desire for peace. But the king continues to rule probably because no one else— including the guerrillas—wants to take over Jordan's problems. The guerrillas do not interfere with the king's administration provided it does not hamper their activities. They run their own bases, military police, courts of drumhead justice, medical services and youth movements. They are virtual masters in the teeming camps that accommodate nearly half a million refugees in Jordan. The Jordanian army frequently gives the guerrillas covering fire when the Israelis chase them back across the Jordan River. Full Agenda Set for City Council Tonight A decision on the controversial Nymore sewer extension is expected to be reached tonight at the first April meeting of the Bemidji city council. A continued hearing on the matter is listed on the agenda along with a hearing on the Midway Drive lighting system. City manager Rudy Mikulich will report on an offer to acquire a new rotary snow blower, public restrooms and a possibility of moving the city dump. Also up for consideration is the advisory committee's recommendation to create a full- time engineering department and the planning commission's approval of the master plan. Bemidji Man Dies of Gunshot Wounds Sunday Jerome Lester (Jerry) Olson, 29, Route 4, Bemidji died of gunshot wounds sustained at his home Sunday. He was born at Jamestown, N.D. June 5, 1939, the son of Jay Lester and Evelyn Olson. He moved to Bemidji in 1956. He was married to Joann LaCroix in Bemidji Sept. 28, 1958 and was employed as a mail carrier by the Bemidji post- office. Survivors include his wife; three sons Daniel, Kenneth and Scott; his parents, Mr. and M-s. Jay Olson, Fergus Falls; a brother, Dareld Olson of Bemidji; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Anna Olson, Jamestown, N.D. Services will be held at the Evangelical Covenant church Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Hev. Ben Larson will officiate with burial in the Calvary Lutheran cemetery. Visitation at the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. UHIQUE EASTER MESSAGE—The message of Easier WM exprened at the Trinity Lutheran church. 29th and Bemidji Avenue, Easter Sunday by a charred cross entwined and surrounded by Easter lilies.The charred cross was made from the Christmas tree by the young people of the congregation and was placed in the chancel of the church at the beginning of Lent to symbolite the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. (Pioneer Photo) By Bob M. Gassaway A.vsi.ilali-:! Pre»» Writer Miami OT — There was a special Easter prayer service for a thief at St. Hugh's Catholic Church Sunday — the thief who robbed Sophia Larsen as she knelt in solitary Lenten prayer. "We asked God to be merciful to this person," said Larry Dies, a layman who led the 25-minute service. "It was a very small thing," the Rev. James Kiley said. "Just a few of the neighbors got together and figured they'd like to pray for the guy that robbed her. It fits in very nicely with the story of the Good Thief —you know, the whole story of Christ's crucifixion." "It was an effort to show true Christian charity in terms of asking that God have some consideration for this person who did this thing," said Dies, a counsel- ing psychologist for the Veterans Administration. Mrs. Larsen, 57, was praying alone in the church the afternoon of March 28 when she heard a voice behind her. The voice said: "Don't move, don't say anything, just sit quiet and still." Two hands appeared from behind. One pointed a pistol at Mrs. Larsen's face and the other took $14 from her purse. "This is the sort of thing that can frighten people into feeling it's not safe to be there," Dies said. "That's wrong." Dies said the special Easter Sunday service attracted 28 people who contributed $28. "We're going to give the money to the lady and my understanding is that sho is going to give it to some charity," he said. "I don't know the lady herself. I have never seen her." MATCH'S PRAYER BREAKFAST . . . About M men gathered at the Elks Club dining room Saturday morning for the first annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. The men heard the Rev. Lloyd Sprecher of Pillager say that the gospel can contribute to the needs of today, and that It can, and will Jit, into the life of the community and nation M well at the UTW of IndlvUhMla. Abo taking part In the observance were (left to right) Ed Aalberts, Don Palm, chairman, Mayor Chet Oman and Leonard Dickinson. The breakfast was sponsored by the local Christian Business Men's Committee, (Pioneer Photo)

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