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Minneapolis Star and Tribune Tuesday November 151983 3B bersiar announces " y & for Boschwitz seat if IS - I State mews ----- tWMWffHr" inn 1 1 w'TTti iiiiimrT Ifllriiliini :ii if i m i in in - ii v ' Y'"nTinirf ' i " mnn Wlni m rii-n m imir i - n i ' ' " ' ' ii r i T i ' TiTirT 1 to. 1U 5 ' By Betty Wilson Staff Writer U.S. Rep. James Oberstar announced bis candidacy for the U.S. Senate Monday with a sharp attack on incumbent Rudy Boschwitz and the Reagan administration, saying that they are "out or step with the people of Minnesota." The Eighth District congressman has been exploring a Senate candidacy for the past 10 months. He made his formal announcement at a press conference in St Paul, where he has opened a campaign headquarters, and he is seeking to build support in the Twin Cities area. His wife, Jo, appeared with him, along with their four children, and In a speech of her own said her hus band shares her commitment to the equal rights amendment and other women's issues. "I join wholeheartedly with Jim in what he is attempting to do, and I support his candidacy totally, as do the children," she said. (Later Oberstar said his wife, who had breast-cancer surgery earlier this year, has completely recovered and has only one more chemotherapy treatment) Oberstar, who is trying to demonstrate he has backing from a broad-based coalition, also announced the co-chairmen of his campaign. They are Bill Peterson, president of the Minnesota Building Trades Council, and Richard Nolan, former Sixth District congressman. 'is the press conference continued J" State may push quality, hot auantitv. for school time . By Gregor W. Pinney Staff Writer Minnesota children apparently will not be forced to spend more time in public schools each year, even : though two national study commissions have recommended more time as a way to improve American education. But. students in the state's schools may be forced to spend their class time more productively with fewer interruptions for sports activities and announcements over the public-address system. At a hearing Monday, a legislative subcommittee received a report from the Minnesota Department of Education that gave only lukewarm support to the idea of extending the school year. The Legislature had requested the report And after the hearing, the subcommittee chairman, DFL Rep. Kenneth Nelson of Minneapolis, said the Legislature is unlikely to extend the school year beyond the present requirement of 175 days. Nelson originally favored increasing the year to 180 days, but he said he has changed his thinking. fit's because of the cost and because of the strong belief that the time we have now could be used better. Before we push the quantity of time, we should push for the quality." Further, he said, Minnesota's required time for secondary schools 175 days at six hours a day compares favorably with other states, most of which have more days but shorter hours each day. He said he wasn't aware of that during the last legislative session, when he was Psychiatric center worker pleads guilty to sex charge Associated Press Faribault, Minn. . An employee of the Constance Butt-man Wilson Center pleaded guilty Monday to sexually abusing a former psychiatric patient. Michael Reed, Faribault entered the plea just before his case was to go to trial He had entered a not-guilty plea Sept 1. District Judge Urban Steimann ordered a presentence investigation, including a psychological evaluation, and did not set a sentencing date. Reed's attorney said she would ask that her client be placed on proba- tion. 'Reed has been on paid leave of absence from his job as the psychiatric center's athletic director pending the outcome of the case. He remains free on $1,000 bail. During a six-month investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) into allegations I of sexual abuse of patients at the center, Reed was one of two employ inside the St Paul Radisson Hotel, three women who said they are members of the Abortion Rights Council and the National Organization for Women, picketed the hotel entrance. They criticized him for his antiabortion position, and said that as Individuals they support Joan Growe, now secretary of state, who favors freedom of choice in abortions. Jane Weisbin, Minneapolis, carrying a sign reading, "Oberstar says Self-Determination in Central America, How about for American Women?" said the abortion issue "is the priority issue" for many women. Oberstar, 49, who has represented northeastern Minnesota in Congress for nine years, is the third announced DFL candidate for Bosch-witz's seat John Denis, chairman of the Hennepin County board, and Growe already are in the race. Former Gov. Wendell Anderson and state Sen. Donald Moe of St Paul are expected to announce their candidacies by the end of the year. Oberstar cast Boschwitz as one of the "most fervent advocates" of Reagan policies that have "cost millions of Americans their jobs, driven federal deficits to record highs and destroyed programs set in place to help the neediest of our fellow citizens," and brought "a relentless military buildup." "The folksy style of Rudy Boschwitz handing out free milk at the State Fair can no longer be allowed to mask political beliefs and votes that are out of step with the people of m pushing for 180 days. Summer school would be one way to increase the school year, he said, conceding that it would benefit only those who chose to attend. Because : of tight budgets, the state government has withdrawn most of its support for summer school, but the Legislature might want to restore that support said Nelson. In a widely publicized report to the Reagan administration last April, the National Commission on Excellence in Education recommended that "school districts and state legislatures should strongly consider seven-hour school days, as well as a 200- to 220-day school year." Later, a task force of the Education Commission of the States said states should increase "the duration and the intensity, of academic learning." The report from the Department of Education yesterday said that scholarly research has shown a "moderate, positive relationship" between the amount of time a student spends on learning and how much he or she achieves. It also said that increasing the school year by one day would be fairly cheap $9 million at today's prices because more than half the districts already offer at least one day extra. But extending the year by 10 days would cost $108 million and extending by 30 days would cost $344 million. The largest cost would be In salaries. The report went only so far as to recommend that local school districts study how much time they spend on instruction and how effective it is. If the results show deficiencies, it added, the districts should ees accused of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He and Ronald Martin, a former center employee now living in Minneapolis, were accused of engaging in sex with a 17-year-old male patient In the summer of 1982. No trial date has been set for Martin. He told the court he had not engaged in any similar activity with any other patient before or since. The center was told last week that the BCA investigation had been completed and no other charges were expected. Dr. Robert Wilson, president and director of the center, said Friday that an internal investigation indicated nothing faulty with the institution's personnel and reporting practices. The center, which was opened in 1971, treats adolescents who have severe psychiatric disorders. It is licensed for 55 inpatients and has a staff of about 200. About one-fourth .of its patients are from Minnesota and the rest are from throughout the country, Wilson said. Minnesota," Oberstar said. Oberstar said Boschwitz has advocated defense spending policies "which have doubled this country's military spending since 1979." He said he would be "one senator who is willing to withstand the rhetoric of the Reagan administration," and who is willing to "cast a vote for fiscal responsibility when it comes to military spending and restrain the grotesquely overbloated military budget of the United States." He said Boschwitz opposed a nuclear freeze and disgraced Minnesota by being absent from the Senate and missing a vote on the nuclear freeze, "the most important issue of a generation." "Yet he found time twice to vote for the resumption of nerve gas production, a policy abhorrent to most Min-hesotans and most people of this country," Oberstar said. He also criticized the invasion of Grenada, ordered by Reagan and supported by Boschwitz. "There were other ways of extracting our citizens from that country than to overthrow the government" he said. In his only allusion to his rivals for the DFL endorsement Oberstar said, "Of all my friends who are potential candidates for the DFL endorsement, I alone can offer the people that (clear) choice" on voting records. Tom Mason, Boschwitz's press secretary, said in reply, "It sounds to me I Rep. Ken Nelson Improve their use of time or try increasing it perhaps with state-funded experiments in longer days or longer years. Education Commissioner Ruth Randall, whose staff presented the report said in an Interview later that she believed in the value of more "time on task" and would like to see some experiments to convince the taxpayers of it But she would not want the law on the school year changed without first conducting the experiments. The committee heard several remarks that sports activities and announcements on school public-address systems constitute major disruptions of class time and that some districts are trying to do something about both. Nashwauk girl, 4, dies after head-on crash Associated Press Onamia, Minn. A 4-year-old girl from Nashwauk, Minn., died of injuries suffered in a head-on collision near Onamia. Three other people were Injured critically. Melissa Diiorlo died in an Onamia hospital. The accident occurred Saturday on Hwy. 169 about 5 miles south of Onamia. The child was a passenger in a car driven by Sharon Kowalski, 27, Nashwauk. Kowalski was hospitalized in critical condition In St. Cloud. ' Another occupant of the car, . Michael Diiorlo, 7, was in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. The driver of the other car, Gregory Yeager, 37, Bethel, Minn., was listed in critical condition In the Onamia hospital. f ' ' y f Staff Photo by Charted BJorgen U.S. Rep. James Oberstar gestured candidacy for the U.S. Senate. like Mr. Oberstar has his demagogu-ery machine cranked to full scale. It's something we expect He's got the reputation for that, so it's something we take in stride." Oberstar reaffirmed his pledge to "abide by the endorsement process" of the DFL Party in the Senate race. Asked if there were any circumstances under which he might run for reelection to his House seat, he said that's an issue he'll have, to face after the state DFL convention June 15-17. Oberstai-s announcement yesterday is expected to set off a scramble for that seat by DFLers including County official is accused of megai hunting The Houston County auditor, whose job includes the sale of Minnesota hunting licenses and the distribution of hunting rules and regulations, has been charged with hunting with an invalid license and trespassing. Doug Moen, Caledonia, Minn., is accused of shooting a buck without a valid hunting license and hunting on land without the permission of the owner. Both charges are misdemeanors. Conviction could result in a jail sentence, a fine and suspension of hunting privileges. Moen was cited for the violations in Wilmington Township, just south of Caledonia, on Nov. 7, two days after the start of the deer hunting season. Moen, who has been auditor since 1979, could not be reached for comment He Is scheduled to appear in Winona County Court Nov. 22 before Judge S.A. Sawyer. Houston County Judge Robert E. Lee removed himself from the case to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest County Attorney Susan Steffen Tice said she also would withdraw if Moen pleads not guilty. Houston County Board Chairman Winston Relder said Moen would not face any disciplinary action by the board If found guilty. Brother testifies in Duluth murder trial that Larry Race bought raft from him By Sharon Schmickle Northern Minnesota Correspondent Duluth, Minn. Larry Race bought a raft from his brother and picked it up six months before he took his wife on a fatal boating excursion, according to defense testimony in the Hoyt Lakes man's first-degree murder trial. But Tom Race, 35, of Backus, Minn., didn't tell authorities about the transaction until shortly before his brother's trial started in St. Louis County District Court. His testimony which opened the case for the defense Monday is a key to Race's claim that his wife, Debbie Race, 33, panicked and took fo a raft the night of May. 11, 1982, after their 21-foot cabin cruiser developed an engine leak. Her body was found on the Duluth shoreline May 12. She had died of hypothermia, according to an autopsy report. Larry Race, 34, told authorities that there were two identical yellow-and-blue two-man rafts aboard the Jenny Lee. But one leaked. So Race, an experienced scuba diver, said he donned a "dry" suit and tried to propel his wife in the second raft about a mile toward shore. Cold water and cramps forced him to leave her and swim back to the Jenny Lee, he reported. Monday during a press conference state Sen. Ron Dicklich of Hibbing. Later Oberstar and his family flew to Chisholm, his home town, where he repeated the announcement of his Senate candidacy and held a rally and fundraiser. He returned to St Paul at the end of the day for another fundraiser. So far, Oberstar said, he's raised $100,000 and has set a goal of $250,000 over the next 2i2 months. He estimated it will take at least $2 million to run an effective general-election campaign against Boschwitz. In a related action, Gary Berg, chair Land trades to bringl bigger wildlife refuge By Dean Rebuff oni Staff Writer A group of landowners at Wabasha, Minn., and a Wisconsin city have agreed to land exchanges that will : expand slightly the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge, a federal agency said Monday. The Fish and WildUfe Service said the exchanges will add 172 acres of prime wildlife habitat, including marsh and forests, to the big refuge. In return, the Wabasha landowners receive an 11-acre strip of riverfront land and Alma, a small community near Wabasha, gets a 21-acre island in the river. The exchanges are related to the federal government's gradual phasing out of private docks, boathouses and other recreational structures from its land along the river between Minneapolis and Guttenberg, Iowa. That land, covering 133,500 acres, is on both sides of the river and includes tracts in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Most of the land is within the refuge. More than 900 people along that 255-mile stretch of the Mississippi have federal permits allowing them to maintain recreational structures on federal property. The plan by the wildlife service and the Army Corps of Engineers calls for restrictions on the private, exclusive use of that property to make it more accessible to the public. The prosecution contends that Race owned one not two rafts and that he murdered his wife by setting her adrift in a life jacket During more than two weeks of testimony, St Louis County prosecutor John De-Santo has asked dozens of witnesses whether they had ever seen the raft Race said she was on. None had. It has never been found. But a leaky raft was found wet aboard the cruiser when investigators boarded the boat early May 12, . according to testimony. A laboratory technician from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension testified Thursday that it was probably punctured from below while inflated with a dull knife. Testimony by University of Minnesota diving Instructor Jean-Francois Aubineau, who owns a St Paul scuba-diving business and organizes diving outings on Lake Superior, supported Race's story. Aubineau said that given wind and weather conditions on the night of May 11, It is unlikely that Debbie State News Minneapolis (6 12) 372-4542 Bureaus Rochester 708 Marquette Bank Building (507)288-1417 Duluth 817 Medical Arts Building (218)727-7344 in St. Paul to announce his man of the political action comriut-; tee of the United Auto Workers anion in the state, said the committee is considering endorsing a Senate candidate by the end of the month. He said he supports Oberstar, but jie refused to speculate whether the congressman can get the two-thirds vote required for endorsement . Growe announced she and a group of friends and advisers will visit Central America Nov. 27 to Dec. 6 and travel to Israel about the first week in January to get firsthand informa- tion on the problems of those, countries. However, the agencies have said that they are willing to consider land exchanges with riverfront cities and private landowners that would allow continued use of recreation structures on what is now federal property. The landowners at Wabasha, organized as the Teepeeota Channel View Corp., bought a 142-acre tract of wildlife habitat near the Minnesota city and traded it to the wildlife service. In return, they received a mile-long strip of riverfront land. The 21-acre island acquired by Alma has been used for a marina and tennis courts under a federal permit. In return, the service acquires a 30-acre tract of marsh and woods adjacent to the refuge. Service officials stressed that, even though land exchanges can be undertaken to improve wildlife refuges and other government tracts, federal law requires that a great many qualifications first be met. The service generally enters into such exchanges only when the lands it acquires are more valuable for wildlife than the federal lands being divested. Also, the service and the Army engineers stress that under their new plan, about 98 percent of the federal land along the long riverway will continue to be available for fishing, hunting, camping and other forms of public recreation. Race could have drifted more than 1.6 miles without the help of a raft or boat Prosecution witnesses placed their boat about 7 miles from the spot where her body washed up. - 7 . Aubineau also said that Debbie Race could have flipped out of the .raft and that the type of raft she reportedly used could sink readily if it developed a leak. He also said it would have been difficult for Larry Race to propel a raft toward shore while swimming in a dry suit The prosecution contends that Race was unhappy with his marriage .and troubled about debts. Witnesses have testified that he had sexual affairs with other women and that the couple insured Debbie Race's life-for $108,353 a few months before her death. : But under cross questioning by defense attorney William Mahlum, many prosecution witnesses have depicted Race as a kind man who was devoted to his wife and three children. .-

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