The Minneapolis Star from Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 2, 1982 · Page 1
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THE MINNEAPOLIS' Friday, April 2, 1982 " : Copyright 1982 Minneapolis Star & Tribune Company " 'Single copy 25$ IB 5 n v , 1 XThe Minneapolis! f - Ik) ) fi 0 "CD l U 1 o 0 . Gift ll j Mai. Star .Illustration by J.W. Smith and Kent Macintosh w -l . . w. i ir.Tiorm By ANTHONY P. CARIDEO The Minneapolis Star ; The Minneapolis Star, a paper that in its final years strove to "glow in the dark" In a desperate effort to head off the loss of its readers, ceased publication today as a separate newspaper. Today's editions brought to an end 62 years of publication, decades in which The Star first earned a reputation as a workingman's newspaper and more recently as a bold experiment watched by journalists and editors across the nation.' -ii,';'H'.:o.V f-C More than 13,000 extra copies of the paper which will carry The Star's traditional yellow flag, dropped about a year ago to save money nsw 'Minnesota' ilyJ5tar : ,r Uk Dr MWIUIHM r W I lifWt WM bUWT W mem mem Yjmma The Star's top stories over the years: 9A were printed today for 'sale by v vendors ; downtown Minneapolis and in the front lobby of the newspaper's headquarters, at 425 Portland Ave. "It's kind of a sad way to have tQ sell papers, isn't it?" said Tod Curtiss, an employee in the sales and marketing department as he came into the building,' v' ?.;t-.;'iH .. .i Beginning Monday. The Star will mfirge with the morning Minneapolis Tribunefand the combined paper will be known as the Minneapolis ,Star and Tribune. The newspaper will be home-delivered in the morning; two later editions will be sold on the street in the afternoon. ' Subscribers to The Star will receive the Star and Tribune in the afternoon for several weeks until. delivery routes can be switched to the mornings (Readers who receive both ' papers should call 372-4343 or, beyond the no-toll area, their local Star and Tribune office. Those subscriptions will be combined.) In the new combined , paper, Star features such as Variety, Weekend and Community will adopt the format of the Tribune, and the news staffs of the two newspapers will become one. Thus will end a newspaper built largely by '' V;Star .IiJ: ,:' v' Turn to Page 8A For those of you who loveAus thank you for years of loyalty The first Star, on Aug. 19, 1920 v From the day newspapers were invented, reporters have been making the rounds with the sunrise to find out whether anything burned - down wblew up in town overnight;T -- It is part of the newspaper's mission as a. town crier, calling on the wardens of our dally lives,. the cops, fire departments and hospitals. Like the old grocery store deliverymeh taking orders, the reporters used to do it on a horse. But today they use word processors with television screens and telephones. And this morning, Paul McEnroe of The Minneapolis Star Was performing these hoary duties a few desks down the aisle when he stopped in the middle of his last Call on the last day of The Star. "Migawd," he said. "I just realized who I'm talking to'. The coroner." Which more or less closed the book. The death of any daily newspaper evokes scenes and moods that seemed to have been Jim jKlobuchar Columnist cribbed wholesale from Italian ppera. The dialogue Is laced with remorse and touched with , bitterness and strife, and there is one thing certain about the last-act agonies: they will be both inevitable and prolonged. 1 ; ? This puts the expiring newspaper in the novel position of being able to conduct its own post- 'i ' x . r..' v- ' K r .A ?' '4' 4 Klobuchar Turn to Page 8A Star Photo by Tom Sweeney John Cowles Jr.: Harsh economy dictated closing Star; 'r News Inside Unemployment rate rises to 9 Widespread layoffs and plant closings pushed the nation's unemployment rate to 9. percent last month, matching the nation's postwar high, the Labor Department reported today. ; Page 3A County may ask for payless days Page I1A Marketplace Business picks, up new customs Cultural differences can be be-, 'wilderlng and ignorance of the details can sink a business deal for Americans, working overseas. Thus more companies call on specialists to advise employees headed overseas. Page ID Index Pages Abby ..........L... SB Obituaries 3D 'Carman ............ IB Opinion 6-7A Comics 7B Personals -5B Classified.. 3D Religion...- 10-11 A Flanagan IB TV 2B Movies....... 5-11C Weather ISA Weekend Country queen wins nation Since Loretta Lynn's life story, "Coal Miner's Daughter," hit the movie screens two years ago, the backwoods girl who, had four children by age 17 has become a household name. Page 1C Variety Barbara recalls the last merger Forty-three years ago The Minneapolis Star merged with the ' Minneapolis Journal. Barbara Flanagan wasn't here, but recalls the-days when George Grim taught customers to say Star-Journal. Page IB "u'SportsFriday ' Farewell after year in sports The game is over; today's is the last Minneapolis Star sports section. Sportswriters reflect on events from a fight for life on Lake Superior to a tainted brat-wurst that almost killed a strike story. Page8 8-12B The Minneapolis Star and Tribune To our Readers: On Monday, April 5, The Minneapolis Star and the Minneapolis Tribune will be combined into a single all-day newspaper, the Minneapolis Star and Tribune. Star subscribers will get the Star and Tribune in the afternoon. Over the next three months afternoon home delivery will be shifted to morning. The home-delivered price of the Minneapolis Star and Trib une will be $1 for weekday delivery, an increase of 15 cents. There will be no change in price for Saturday or Sunday editions and no price increase for single copies sold in stores and on newsstands. If you have any questions concerning the price changes or the shift to morning home delivery of your subscription, please, call 372-4343. , James A. Midtbo Circulation Manager Metrodpme ready for Saturdays debut ; By DAVE ANDERSON and MIKE KASZUBA The Minneapolis Star , Minneapolis' new 'Center for the Perspifing Arts the inflatable, de-batable Dome is about Jo open its-doors. . " , ' The total cost including interest on the money borrowed to build the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the price of the land and the cost of moving nearby streets and utility lines will be cl6se to $150 million. -y The Dome has been one of Jhe most chronically debated topics in the Legislature, the Minneapolis City Council and the courts. In the end it was built to keep Minneapo-: lis a "major league" city to prevent the Twin Cities from becom-, ing, as was frequently argued by some Dome backers, "a cold Omaha." The fighting and the contruction are done now, except for a few finishing touches on each front, and Saturday night the Minnesota Twins will play the first of two exhibition games with the Philadelphia Phillies. v Although the Phillies won the World Series only two years ago, ticket sales for the games Saturday and Sunday are going slowly. At mid-week, 15,000 to 20,000 tickets had been sold for the Saturday game. Twins ticket manager Dave Moore said 10,000 to 15,000 tickets had been sold for the Sun day game. The Metrodome has a 55,055 seating capacity for baseball and is sold out for the opening day game Dome 5 Turn to Page 4 A ' ' , Hard-nosed Poss rides high as stadium opens By MARY JANE SMETANKA The Minneapolis Star ; v Five years ago, Don Poss predict-. ed that his new job as executive director .of the Metropolitan Sports , Facilities Commission would be "controversial but fun." The next year someone shot the windows out of his car while it was parked at his home, Pickets, political wrangling and name-call ing followed, and when the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome's inflated ceiling collapsed under the weight of snow one November evening, the skeptics cried that their misgivings about the project had come true. The unruffled Poss survived. In fact, he emerged' with his reputation untarnished, the stadium finished on time and within its bud- .' get. His admirers love his style and his critics hate it, but they agree on one thing: Poss, the self -described "stodgy engineer," is a bright, disciplined workaholic, a tough and sometimes rigid negotiator who drives a hard bargain and resolutely tries to avoid the politics. "He guards every tax dollar as if it were his own. He's kind of a Jack Benny when it comes to; spending the public's bucks," said-Phil Cohen, who was Brooklyn Center mayor when Poss was city manager. ; . . . I Cohen added that "sometimes ' people felt he was too hard-a ,' but that goes with his basic philos-' ophy that if you have a policy it, : Poss ' ;. - Turn to Page 4A Argentina ! Chile . Arsf tina awwiwiasi - ' Jrr- "" Falklandw Port Stanley Atlantic Occ in Junta says Argentina: has seized Falklands The Associated Press Star Graphic by Kent Macintosh BUENOS AIRES, Argentina-Argentine forces seized the British-ruled Falkland Islands early today and appointed an Argentine military governor to administer the disputed South Atlantic territory, the Argentine junta said. A source who requested anonymity said there might have been some injuries among the 84 British marine defenders. But there was neither an official report of casualties nor confirmation of an inva- sion from the British. Earlier, an Argentine communique spoke of "armed combat," but the official Telam news agency said there were "no armed encounters." The independent Argentine news agency DYN quoted a military source as saying that between 4,000 and 5,000 .Argentine troops: took part in the occupation of the islands, including 800 marines who landed on the islands of San Pedro in the south oeorgias. In Buenos" Aires, citizens went.: about their business as usual. But in the city of Bahia Blanca, 400 miles south of the capital, sirens were sounded and church bells rang in celebration. ' ; The Argentine government announced: 'A "The exercise of Argentine sovereignty over all the island territory and air and sea space has been assured. "The government calls on the country's citizens to understand Islands Turn to Page UA

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