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V C Daily Times, St. Cloud, Minn. Frl., Nov. 18, 1983 Computers aid ST. PAUL (PA) A "large" number of highway contractors is being investigated by the Minnesota attorney general's office for possible bid rigging, a spokesman for that office ' 'says. " o Stephen Kilgriff, head of the antitrust division, said Thursday the 3robe involves "dozens" of highway omtracts and contractors. But he said ajiot enough evidence has been collected to justify putting a case before a gTand jury at this time. Kilgriff did not identify the contrac From page 1C Phillips - something, someone with a -Question," she said. !r " 'Mrs. Fritscher, which hat do you have on now? Your principal's jr your teacher's?' they will say." e Fritscher and her staff are fiends. "They are very good at knowing which hat I have on," she "aid. "Jane is positive with people, lets hem know what she believes, what .she stands for, an excellent teacher," Said Greg Spofford, a former Dr. S..G. Knight faculty member, presently on the Lindbergh 'Elementary School staff, .s-j "At a time when the dollar doesn't ngo very far, the Randall people have helped me so much," Fritscher said. couldn't have done this without otheir support. "I like children, like being with Vhem, teaching them, but what I Hike the most, I guess, is the Satisfaction I get in seeing each child experience success. That is what being a teacher is to me." Fritscher thinks her students are learning from the experience, too. "I feel very comfortable with the way we do things here. The students (have a sense of responsibility when they see what must be done." Second-grade teacher Linda Lundquist sees no problems with jFritscher's move into the principal's Joffice, no friction between faculty members "I always wanted to teach in the jRandall school. It's like one big 'family," she said. V "People there work together, the -people out in the community with Jfthe faculty and the students. Jane is I&n top of things. So far everything has worked smoothly." purvey- ijuana 20 or more times in their lives, Scompared with a statewide average of 314 percent. S The high cost of marijuana may in qpart explain why Little Falls students siise that drug less than other teens in $he state, Buker said. it "Pot has doubled in price in Little gf alls in the last year," he said. National surveys also show a decline in marijuana use in the United States, Buker said. When asked how upset they thought their parents would be if they came fiome drunk, only 36 percent of the kittle Falls boys and 46 percent of the feirls said their parents would be very fpr extremely upset. That compares Iwith a statewide average of 56 percent Jpr boys and 66 percent for the girls. r 'That's something to point out to speople," Buker said. "People wonder fwhy there weren't very many people jat the Chemical People meetings." ! He referred to three town meetings earlier this month that were designed to focus the community's attention on the problem of alcohol and drug .abuse. Parents are not doine their Dart in teaching youths the seriousness of chemical use and abuse, Buker said. He said he hopes the new local Chemical Peode task force, which met Thursday, will stimulate parents to take a more active role in reshaping attitudes toward alcohol and drugs. Forty-four percent of the Little Falls students said they drink in their homes most or all of the time, compared with a statewide average of 35 percent. "That bothers me," Buker said. "Those are the same parents that come to me and say, 'Here, fix my kid.' " Man convicted ' DULUTH (AP) Sentencing was scheduled this morning for Larry Race, a Hoyt Lakes man found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife during a 14th wedding anniversary cruise on Lake Superior. A St. Louis County District Court jury deliberated about 12 hours over two days before returning their verdict at 5:45 p.m. Thursday. The conviction carries a mandatory life sentence. Race will be eligible for parole in i7i years. Shortly after the verdict was read, courtroom spectators watched as Race lunged away from two deputies who had grabbed his wrists to handcuff him. tors or the projects. State Transportation Commissioner Richard Braun said the probe covers contracts of the past four years. State Attorney General Hubert "Skip" Humphrey III acknowledged his office is conducting such an investigation, but said, "Until we get to a point where we feel we have the proper evidence, we cannot comment." Investigators are using a computer program to analyze bidding data and spot trends or patterns that indicate collusion among contractors to fix Farm - they expected it to be," said Sam Got-vald, an owner at Pierz Implement Inc., Pierz. Farm analysts had hoped grain given to farmers now for not planting last spring would spur sales of farm equipment. But the few PIK participants in the dairy-dominated Pierz area are not buying, said Gotvald, who is prepared to record 1983 as the worst sales year since his business opened three years ago. "Most of these guys are so far behind on bills, any extra money they get they're using just to keep their heads above water," Kramer said. On the bright side, end of the year equipment purchases a farm tradition based on tax advantages could create a small sales surge in December, Howell said. Also, farmers in grain-growing areas may help create a rebound. Paynesville Implement owner Harlan Beek said the grain farmers south Shuttle astronaut tells New Ulm students about life in space NEW ULM (AP) Eating in outer space can be tricky, and sleeping while floating weightlessly is also a problem, space shuttle astronaut Lt. Cmdr. Dale Gardner says. Dressed in his blue flight suit, Gardner mesmerized students from New Ulm Junior High and Washington Elementary schools Thursday with stories of his experiences aboard the space shuttle Challenger in August. Most of the food eaten by astronauts is dehydrated, but is re-hydrated when a hose with a needle is injected into it, Gardner explained. "Solid food sticks, and if you're very careful, it won't come off the spoon or fork," he said. Crumbs can be a problem, too. "Your friends know if you're being really messy, because the crumbs float past their faces," Gardner said. Sleeping also was different, because beds aren't necessary in the weightlessness of space travel, Gardner said. "I tried floating the first night, and didn't get a bit of sleep," he said, adding that he finally taped and pinned his sleeping bag to the wall. After the shuttle had landed, Gardner said, "It felt as if I weighed a 1,000 pounds and had sandbags all Boo's win By GENE LAHAMMER Associated Press Writer ST. PAUL The capture of a Minnesota House seat by Independent-Republican Ben Boo in a traditionally Democratic-Farmer-Labor area has boosted IR hopes that their party will win a majority in 1984. Boo was sworn in Thursday as the newest member of the House. Contests to fill the 134 House seats next year will have unusual visibility because the state Senate is not up for election and the six constitutional officers are midway through four-year terms. Consequently, staff time and campaign money will be poured into the House races, along with the U.S. Senate race and the eight congressional races. Rodger Bailey, the new executive director of the state IR Party, said the state organization is placing a high priority on capturing a majority in the state House of Representatives, as well as regaining the two U.S. House seats Republicans lost in 1982. Helping to re-elect Sen. Rudy Boschwitz to the U.S. Senate and car- Race stepped up on a spectators' bench and struggled before the deputies pulled him down, arms behind his back. "I don't believe it. How?" Race said softly and began sobbing as the handcuffs were snapped. He was neatly dressed in the blue suit and tie he wore throughout much of the month-long trial. Race's sister one of several relatives present at the reading of the verdict shouted "No" and ran sobbing from the courtroom, returning in time to see her brother handcuffed. "Leave him alone," she pleaded. "Lord, why?" As she reached out for her brother, bid rigging investigation prices or otherwise win a bid illegally, Kilgriff said. Informers also are helping the investigation, he said. The antitrust division, with help from the DOT, has been collecting data on highway bids and contracts since 1980 after national media reports about price rigging on highway projects. "From the national phenomenon, we have to ask ourselves if Minnesota is any different," Kilgriff said. Minnesota will award nearly $215 million in highway contracts this of Paynesville are beginning to buy equipment again in the wake of an increase in corn and soybean prices. "Business has picked up the last two months," Beek said. 'The grain farmers' attitude has improved, but the dairy farmers are still not buying." Sales at Paynesville Implement among grain-growing customers have jumped 15 to 20 percent, Beek said. With no crop diversion program planned for corn and soybeans, and less than enthusiastic participation expected in the wheat diversion program, next spring's fence-row-to-fence-row planting might improve sales in grain-growing areas, Howell said. Smude said he expects sales to improve as grain farmers prepare for the planting season on the strength of profits from improved grain prices. Still, Central Minnesota farm equipment dealers won't be optimistic until milk prices improve. "It looks like we're going to have another year of this unless they do something to help the dairy farmers," Gotvald said. over my body." Gardner told the students that the astronauts' work is "always different, always a challenge, and it's really fun." When a student asked him what was the most exciting part of the six-day trip, the astronaut replied, "Looking at the Earth was the most exciting. We never got tired of it." It was the last stop in a tour of schools and communities for Gardner, Minnesota's first man in space. Gardner is scheduled to return to Houston today to begin training for the next shuttle flight in October. Among the audience members were the astronaut's former and current pen pals from fifth-grade teacher Ted Sauers' classes. Sauers and Gardner were friends from kindergarten through seventh grade in Sherburn. A parade in Gardner's honor was held Wednesday in Sherburn. Gardner brought back a New Ulm city flag, which he had taken aboard the shuttle, along with a Challenger crew patch. The flag made 97 orbits around the earth, traveling 2.4 million miles at a rate of 5 miles per second. fuels l-R Analysis rying Walter F. Mondale's home state for President Reagan are also part of the IR game plan in 1984. Bailey said Boschwitz is expected to spend about $4 million in his re-election effort. "That's going to be a big plus for us," he told the House IR Caucus Thursday. But picking up 10 seats in the state House will also be a high priority. DFLers still have a ,76-58 majority in the House and Republicans haven't controlled the chamber since 1971. Not surprisingly, IR and DFL leaders offer vastly different views on how important Boo's victory was in a Du-luth district which generally elects DFLers. "We see Boo's election as a repudiation of the economic policies of the DFL-controlled Legislature and a sign of things to come in the 1984 legislative election," said state IR Chairman Leon Oistad. "I don't think you can read long-range political implications into one special election," said House Majority of killing wife during cruise she was restrained by an assistant defense attorney. Judge Jack Litman ordered Race jailed. He had been free on $25,000 bail during the trial. The body of Debbie Race, 33, washed ashore in Duluth on May 12, 1982, the day after she and her husband celebrated their anniversary with a cruise aboard their 21-foot boat, the Jenny Lee. Race, 34, was accused of killing his wife by luring her into an inflatable raft and using scuba equipment to swim under the raft and puncture it with a knife, leaving her to die from hypothermia in the 35-degree water. He was indicted by a grand jury last 4- year. Since 1980, the U.S. Justice Department has won indictments against more than 500 companies and individuals for bid rigging on road jobs, Kilgriff said. There have been no federal bid rigging indictments for a state highway project in Minnesota, according to Kilgriff. Kilgriff made his comments Thursday after he explained the computer-aided probe to a state legislative committee. He told committee mesibers that only Minnesota and Massachu On tocieff Seminar scheduled on super-insulated homes A seminar on super-insulation is set for Dec. 5 at the Pine Edge Inn, Little Falls. Gary Nelson, managing partner of the Energy Conservatory, Minneapolis, and author of many energy publications, will discuss the latest information on super-insulation. Topics to be covered include the basic principles of super-insulation, construction details, double walls and Swedish I-beam walls. Foundations, floors and windows will be discussed, as will air tightness and air vapor barriers. Other topics will include blower door tests, mechanical ventilation, indoor air quality, heating systems, moisture problems and re-insulating older AP photo Lt. Commander Dale Gardner, an astronaut on the Challenger space shuttle mission, spoke to students in New Ulm Thursday. Many of the students at the elementary and middle schools have been his pen pals. He begins training for his next shuttle flight scheduled for October, 1984. hopes for House Leader Willis Eken, DFL-Twin Valley. House IR Leader David Jennings of Truman said that because of the size of the Boo victory (67 percent) and the fact that the DFL candidate, Thomas Huntley, tied himself closely to Gov. Rudy Perpich, "it seems to me there's a message there." The message that Jennings sees is that voters are tired of the DFL spending programs and will turn to mure conservative alternatives next year. Eken scoffs at the notions that the DFL majority is in jeopardy or that Perpich's popularity is waning because the governor campaigned for a DFL candidate who was beaten badly in a DFL area. "You don't see the Democrats running away from Rudy Perpich at this point in time like you saw the Republicans running away from (IR Gov.) Al Quie after one year in of fice," "E'ken said. A number of factors contributed to the Boo victory. He had served two terms as mayor of Duluth and was extremely well known and well liked in the 16 precincts of east Duluth. February. The prosecution contended Race killed his wife for $108,000 in insurance and to get out of his marriage. Prosecutor John DeSanto told jurors Race didn't love his wife, citing numerous extramarital affairs during the last several years. DeSanto said the testimony affirmed Race was ashamed of his 5-foot, 5-inch, 180-pound wife because of her weight and her housekeeping and spending habits. DeSanto told reporters on the courthouse steps that "the system worked," and that the jury returned "the verdict that had to be, based on the evidence." setts have such computer programs. Braun said his department has been working with the attorney general's office on the bid rigging project. "I don't know if they're locked on somebody," he said. "Based on the performance (indictments and convictions) in other states, you really have to have a canary, somebody who sings." Computers can show patterns of trends in bidding and bid granting, but normally a solid legal case cannot stand alone on those results, Braun said. structures. Nelson has worked with the National Bureau of Standards, Princeton University and the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, as well as serving as a consultant on many new and remodeled super-insulation projects. He also has served as a consultant to the Minnesota Department of Energy, Planning and Development. The seminar will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is not included in the $20 registration fee. For information, call (218) 894-2430, extension 514. Additional information also can be obtained by writing Adult Education, Staples Technical Institute, Staples, Minn., 56479. A second seminar, featuring the same information, will be held Dec. 12 in the Staples Technical Institute's north campus auditorium. Registration deadline for both seminars is Nov. 30. A spat between Duluth Mayor John Fedo and Huntley, a member of the City Council, hurt DFL unity. Huntley was further wounded when an attempt to endorse him at the state AFL-CIO convention in Minneapolis was embarrassingly rejected, at the urging of Duluth labor leaders. Boo, 58, was the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor in 1970 and lost a close race to Perpich. He was elected to succeed DFLer Tom Berkelman, who resigned to take a lobbying job with American Telephone & Telegraph Co. Jennings said Republicans can gain their first House majority in 14 years if they recruit the best possible candidates and raise enough money. Republicans have already targeted districts where they feel DFL incumbents are vulnerable. "The trick is not to find 15 more Ben Boos. The trick is to find 15 more candidates who can closely match their district, like Ben Boo did." Has the Boo victory already helped GOP fundraising efforts? " Vu bet," replied Jennings. Defense attorney William Mahlum left the courthouse quietly with his assistant,- Ann Barclay. The attorney said he wouldn't comment on the verdict until after Race's sentencing. Testimony from many of the 50 prosecution and 11 defense witnesses protrayed Race as a man who led a double life a debt-ridden but hardworking, benevolent and kind husband and father while at home, and a fast-living, danger-loving, playboy while away on many diving trips. Race always maintained his wife's death was an accident brought on by trouble with their boat's engine and ! '. " ' i '.' , ' : : "' "' ' " " ' Acid rain prevention measures debated By bill McAllister Times Staff Writer COLLEGEVILLE A link between power plant emissions and acid rain has been clearly established by scientists and decisive action is needed immediately, according to a Canadian ecologist. Eville Gorham, a University of Minnesota Iimnologist who has been studying acid rain for 30 years, said Thursday that hundreds of scientific papers show that sulfur dioxide emitted by fossil-fuel combustion plays a significant role in the formation of acid rain. In a debate at St. John's University, Gorham was rebutted by Edwin Anthony, director of media relations for the National Coal Association. Anthony, though agreeing that some acid rain results from burning coal, said natural sources of acidity have been downplayed. He said authors of several acid rain bills in Congress mistakenly believe that wind transports acid particles over long distances. Anthony also said that the provisions of the 1970 Clean Air Act are successfully reducing emissions from power plants and that expensive new programs would be detrimental to the economy without affording any greater reductions. Acid rain refers to compounds that actually can be wet or dry as they fall to earth. They are formed in the atmosphere by the interaction of sulfur dioxide, nitrogren oxide, which comes primarily from motor vehicles, and other airborne pollutants. Volcanic eruptions contribute to acid rain. Acid rain has been blamed for the death of more than 200 of the 2,200 lakes in the Adirondack Mountains in New York, and has been the source of tension between President Reagan and the Canadian government, which says that much environmental damage there has been caused by American industry. Although the power industry has argued that more study of the problem is needed, several congressmen, including Minnesota Sen. David Duren-berger and U.S. Rep. Gerry Sikorski, have sponsored bills to reduce power plant emissions by up to 50 percent. Anthony said the cost of such acid-rain legislation would be from $5 billion to $14 billion a year, or potentially the same as for all the components of the Clean Air Act. And it's unnecessary, he said. Because of the Clean Air Act, all new coal plants must have "scrubbers" to trap pollutants in the stacks, Anthony said. So it is the older plants that pose the greatest environmental threat. Anthony also said that the farthest that wind can carry acid particles is 325 miles and then only during specific conditions in the summer. Of the 219 "critically sensitive" lakes in the Adirondacks, 206 are in one state park, which is "not much of a dispersion," he said. There is evidence that soils there contribute two to three times the acidity that falls from the sky, he said. But "the long-distance transport theory" spawned by the construction of tall stacks to prevent localized pollution is the basis of all the proposed legislation in Congress, Anthony noted. And the proposed measures fall unevenly on states that produce the same amount of pollution, he said. Gorham listed a variety of groups and committees that have called for the reduction of emissions. He said some Republicans and industrialists have joined in the chorus. It will take five to 10 years from the date of passage for legislation to result in reduction of emissions, Gorham said. That's plenty of time for the research the power industry says is necessary, he said. But while agreeing that the effect of tall stacks is exaggerated, Gorham said there is scant evidence that natural acidity in soils is a great contributor to the acidification of lakes and streams. There is no acidification where there is not acid rain, he said. Coal plant emissions can be cut by switching to lower-sulfur coal, washing coal, using innovative combustion techniques, conserving energy and developing alternate sources of energy, Gorham said. her tremendous fear of water. Many witnesses confirmed she had such a fear. Race claimed that when water sprayed from around a manifold bolt on the boat's engine, his wife panicked and he couldn't calm her. He said he was partially in a panic himself and helped her into a raft, donned his diving suit and entered the water, pushing her toward shore the same way he pushed his daughters ashore when the craft sank in 1981. Numbing cold made him abandon his wife and swim back to the boat, which he was able to drive to shore, he told investigators. (

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