Star Tribune from Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 24, 1978 · Page 14
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VJineapo:s I 3 2B State news Thursday August 241978 Record rainfall drenches Duluth V ?.J -I'VJ ...... I . l-r-y V ' Associated Press After a record 5.76 inches of rain in 12 hours, a harried troubleshooter for the Duluth Sewer Department appealed Wednesday to a higher authority. "We need a good turnout at the prayer meeting tonight to stop this rain," said Henry Berg, chief engineer for sewer maintenance. The rain that doused most of Minnesota Tuesday night and yesterday was heaviest in Duluth, but rainfall was heavy over other parts of northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, the National Weather Service said. Damaging winds were reported in South Dakota and North Dakota. The rain and lightning in Duluth, which began at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, caused widespread power outages. Interrupted telephone service, flooded basements, put roads under water and put Duluth International Airport out of service for a time. Telephones rang incessantly yester-: day morning at the city fire, water and sewer departments as householders awoke to find their basements flooded. In the Hunters Park area, water poured into basements faster than fire department crews could pump it out. In some basements, water got as deep as four feet. Minnesota Power and Light Co., Duluth, reported five big power outages overnight and numerous smaller outages. Service had been restored before daybreak yesterday. Weather service records indicated that the 5.76 inches was a record for a 24-hour period in Duluth. To help reduce anticipated flooding of farmland this weekend in the Aitkin area, the U.S. Army Corps of , Engineers In St. Paul announced it will reduce the the flow of water from reservoirs along the Mississippi River headwaters. Water is expected to rise in the upper Mississippi between its headwaters and the Aitkin area. The corps of engineers and weather service expected the Mississippi to crest near bankful Saturday at Aitkin and Lib-by. The corps said Pokegama and Big Sandy lakes will rise 1 feet by the weekend. Both lakes already were at normal summer levels, the corps said. "Lake residents who may be affected by these rises should take necessary precautions to protect personal property," the weather service said. Three to six Inches of rain fell overnight from around Lake Itasca to the Duluth area and across northwestern Wisconsin. Some flooding resulted. Water closed Hwy. 45 between Clo-quet and Scanlon, in the Duluth area. Hwy. 33 between Cloquet and Hwy. 2 had about two inches of water on it at White Pine River. Traffic was not interrupted. Rainfall at other areas included Be-midji 2.39 inches; Hibbing 1.91 inches; St. Cloud four-tenths of 1 inch; Grand Forks, N.D., 2.18 inches; Aberdeen, S.D., 1.87 inches; Gordon, Wis., 6.33 inches. Wind damaged seven homes in Pierre and Fort Pierre, S.D. There were no reports of injuries. Roofs were damaged on four homes In Pierre and three more homes in Fort Pierre from winds clocked at 70 miles per hour. Perpich is asked to reject coast plan , Gov. Rudy Perpich heard two small groups of Lake Superior shore residents ask him Wednesday morning to reject the federal Coastal Zone Management program. Perpich met with about 10 people in Two Harbors, Minn., and 15 in Silver Bay, Minn., including city planning-and-zoning officials, a Lake County commissioner and the Silver Bay mayor. Th residents of the small towns bordering Lake Superior asked Perpich to refuse entry into the federal diurnal Zone Management program M-'au-V! the coastal area is already fj(jlaied by three government bod- It ,fh KfWin of Silver Bay, one of , vxal opponents of the fed - V;;v .:. Staff Pnotos by Mike Zerby Debbie Gary, the world's leading f t. V -t Once in the air, they went bottoms f I- '4 " 1 itii-lMnfM. g,r Here they did a "hammerhead" over farmland southwest of Alexandria, Minn. eral program, said the coastal land and waters are supervised by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the county. "We felt that with these three government bodies caring for the land and water that we didn't need a federal one," she said. "(The federal plan) wasn't any more restrictive the way it was written, but we wanted our own local controls." Ericson said a handful of North Shore residents have been "battling back and forth for four years," over the coastal zoning issue. The controversy peaked late in 1974, when the Minnesota State Planning Agency drew up a coastal land use plan that Perpich rfiNnuJ on page 6B ::f woman show pilot. up. Photographers' chase helicopter V af - , ' 5 i ' 4 Officials identify Bloomingtonboy, North Dakota man who drowned Associated Press The body of a man who drowned in Red Lake River near Crookston was identified as that of Friedell Olma, 25, of Grand Forks, N.D., Red Lake County officials said Wednesday. Olma drowned Sunday afternoon at Huot Park 10 miles northeast of Crookston. The body was recovered early Monday. In Anoka County, officials said the body of a Bloomington boy has been recovered from Lake Martin. The boy, Richard LaFontaine, 3, apparently drowned after he fell Sunday from a powerboat operated by his father, Richard LaFontaine, 32, of 150 W. 86th St., Bloomington. .y ' -. CL f44c'i . ,r ,- Vv'A- vi-nrd ' j Debbie Gary was visible through the window, . $ .t 1 C Litchfield: charged in A suburban St. Paul man, 19, has been charged in the sexual attack of a 68-year-old woman from Darwin early Sunday. James J. Plisek of Woodbury is charged with aggravated sodomy, first-degree criminal sexual conduct (rape) and two counts of kidnapping. He remained in custody at the Meeker County jail in Litchfield after bail was set Tuesday at $30,000. The complaint alleges that Plisek drove past the woman twice as she was making her customary two-mile morning walk, then stopped, dragged the woman into a field and attacked her. The victim's name was withheld. Meeker County Attorney Thomas D. Nagel said the incident happened at f s and Jon Weaks close the door just before takeoff W behind pilot's head I . ! 'I I I ! I Debbie Gary, Glenn Kershaw, assistant cameraman, and Jon Weaks are jubilant at the end of the flight. Woodbury sex attack about 5:30 a.m. at the edge of Darwin in Darwin Township. Plisek was arrested Sunday afternoon in Darwin Township. The victim was treated by a doctor Wm Tribune State Minneapolis (6 1 2) 372-4542 News Bureaus Rochester 708 Marquette Bank Building (507)288-1417 St. Cloud 14 N. 7th Av. (612)253 6366 Up and down and around they go A television show on acrobatic flying is being filmed in Alexandria, Minn., this week. The segment on aerobatics is being made for a children's show, "The Big Blue Marble," and stars Debbie Gary, of Alexandria, the world's leading woman show pilot. As filming is done, she teaches Jon Weaks, 17, of Plainview, Texas, how to do stunt flying He will learn such things as rolls, inverted flight, loops I i.Mn.MnUnJ 1..... . J iL.- plane goes straight up and then straignt aown. Alter a tngnt Wednesday, Weaks described it, "Think of yourself in a bottle and getting shook every way you can." "The Big Blue Marble," which has won Emmy and Peabody awards, shows documentary programs and dramatic serials about children around the world. H is sponsored by International Telephone and Telegraph Corp. and is shown around the United States and in 60 other countries. 1 r VI man, 19, of woman Mid r. -.jt l Around Minnesota for severe bruises and abrasions, said Steven Drange, assistant county attorney. Around continued on page 5B

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