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Thurs., June 26, 1 986 Daily Times, St. Cloud, Minn. 1 C SECTION C Home sales fall1 OC Classified3C-9C Stocks1 OC Weed iospectoir . put foot down on lawn length by the city. The city then bills those property owners for the work, Hallgren said. While she's out on weed patrol, Hallgren sometimes spots attractive, well-manicured lawns. Owners of those properties often are rewarded with a letter of congratulations from Hallgren. "A lot of people put a lot of effort into taking care of their yards, and it's nice to be recognized" she said. People who maintain their yards properly not only contribute to the attractiveness of the city, but also help prevent fire hazards created by tall, dry grass and weeds, she said. The weed problem appeared to be growing out of control this past spring, she said, and that prompted numerous complaints. The calls kept her so busy checking specific lots that she didn't have time for the routine inspections that usually begin in May. "I had complaints like crazy, and I couldn't start my street-by-streets until about two weeks ago," she said. Calls now average five to 10 a day. Weeds2C By MIKE KENNEDY Tim Staff Writer Let the grass or weeds in your yard grow more than 10 inches and you'll be hearing from Kim Hallgren not to mention half the neighborhood. Hallgren, assistant city weed inspector, is the enforcer of an obscure city law passed in 1916 that orders all city residents to keep their grass and weeds from sprouting out of control. Ten inches is the magic number in the ordinance because five inches, which was the original limit, wasn't noticeable enough, Hallgren said. She should know. Hallgren spends her days cruising the streets of St. Cloud, eying every vacant lot, every residence and every business. By the end of the summer, she will have covered all of St. Cloud in her city-owned car. Those who let their lawns get out of control will get a notice from Hallgren in the mail, warning them that they have five to 10 days to get out and do some cutting. "We send out from 200 to 400 notices every year," she said. If folks ignore the notices, their lawns or lots are mowed for them by a private contractor hired Steamy weather may blow away this weekend Today's weather might be ideal for growing corn, but it could wilt a few humans. The mercury was expected to hit 90 degrees, according to Ralph Nistler, meteorologist in charge of the St. Cloud office of the National Weather Service. And the humidity was expected to hover around 50 percent, he said. "With that temperature, that's quite sticky." Prolonged exposure to that combined temperature and humidity could cause heat stroke, Nistler said. The record high for this date, set in 1933, was 99 degrees. Today's forecast called for a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers or thunderstorms and winds from the south at 15 to 20 mph. Tonight's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and a 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms, with some producing locally heavy rain as a cold front moves through the area. Tonight's low is expected to be 65 degrees. Friday will be partly cloudy with a few morning showers and a high in the mid-80s. The extended forecast calls for clear to partly cloudy skies with little or no chance of rain Saturday through Mon day. Highs will be around 80 and lows Ainnprl hpptlp in the upper 50s. iuyou uccuc So far this month, the weather ser- With his radio-controlled model airplane tied to the top of a Volks- vicehas recorded 3.74 inches of precipi- wagen with an electrical cord, Graham Smith headed up North- tation. L , , - - -' - - ... -aVi-.. . :. . . 4 Times photo by Jason wacnter Kim Hallgren, assistant city weed inspector, looks for out-of- control weeds along 1 5th Street North. - Cf ' -mm ''J"0' AftV. .,., . ,, i, ,1 W V i Times photo by Jason Wacnter way Drive Wednesday night for a little flying at Whitney Park before going to work. Car accident leaves friends, friendship scarred By MICHAEL NORTON TlmM Staff Writer When Joe Clarke's parents moved to Minneapolis in 1984, it made sense for him to move in with Barry Jones. Joe and Barry were good friends, both were seniors at Technical High School and Joe planned to go to St. Cloud State University after graduation. Clarke had been living at Jones' parents' home in Clearwater for about four months when the accident occurred. The two boys were heading to Clearwater from the St. Cloud area. They had not been drinking, the court complaint said. Jones was driving his Pontiac Trans-Am south on Steams County Road 75 when he began racing another sports- car on the road. After a few minutes, Jones had passed the other car and turned onto Stearns County Road 143, but still was traveling at a high speed. Clarke said he remembers screaming at Jones to let him out of the car. Jones didn't stop. Soon afterward, he lost control of the car. The exact speed of the vehicle is disputed, but a Stearns County Sheriffs Department investigator said the car slid across the road and hit a field approach road, then vaulted an estimated 260 feet and rolled another 120 feet. Jones was thrown from the car and landed near the right rear corner of the car. He had head injuries, a broken back, two broken shoulders, a shattered lit seemed like it didn't bother him one bit about really messing up someone's life J Joe Clarke Paralyzed in crash hip and other injuries. His mother, Louise, said Barry was unconscious for the next 15 days and had 300 stitches taken in his face. Clarke was found inside the car. He spent the next five months in a hospital and, because of the accident, is paralyzed from the waist down. On Monday, Jones will begin a 45-day sentence in Stearns County Jail for a reckless driving conviction stemming from the accident. The families and friends of both young men say it is a tragic case of two people whose lives were changed and friendship shattered by the accident. Since the accident, Joe Clarke has moved ahead with plans to attend St. Cloud State. He said Wednesday that staying active and being with friends has kept his attitude positive. Clarke, 19, lives alone in a St. Cloud apartment, but his girlfriend, Chris Michels, said Clarke's place "is like Grand Central Station" with friends constantly stopping by to socialize. Clarke has a new Z-28 sportscar outfitted with special controls and said he has surprised himself with how much he can do without the use of his legs. He can no longer go skiing, one of his favorite sports before the accident, but he still swims and enjoys trips to the Brainerd lake area and Canterbury Downs with his friends. Clarke said the crash "was really a freaky accident. There was no reason for it, he just went over the line." Clarke said he does not want to be bitter about the accident because, he said, "it won't do me any good." Crash2C Miss Minnesota says giving up title was tough ROCHESTER (AP) - Lisa Phy-liky of Rochester, who decided to give up her Miss Minnesota title because of recurring knee problems, says the decision was the hardest she's ever had to make. The 20-year-old woman, who rel in-quished the crown just a week after winning the annual Miss Minnesota Pageant in Austin, said she thought her action was necessary for the good of the state and the pageant. "There is so much importance to how you walk your posture, grace, poise," she told the Rochester Post-Bulletin. "So I had to cope with the most difficult decision I've made in my life. I had worked so hard and I did not want to give it up." Title2C (" "Mi i si M f w v, CI had to cope with the most difficult decision I've made in my life. I had worked so hard and I did not want to give it up. J Lisa Phyliky Knee problem ends reigri . Dylan-Dead opens Dome gets first big rock concert test MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - With some 50,000 people expected to attend tonight's Bob Dylan-Grateful Dead concert in the Metrodome, concert promoters and Dome officials are waiting to see how the bubble-topped sports stadium stacks up as a concert hall. Since the Dome opened in April 1982 there has not been a full-blown concert there. What concert promoters, music fans and Dome officials will want to know is how the stadium sounds, how good the seats are for viewing, and how much security is needed to control rock-concert crowds. Fans planning to "attend the music show are being encouraged to bring binoculars and they should prepare to be searched for contraband at the door. Dennis Alfton, Metrodome director of operations, said his staff is confident it has covered all safety issues with the concert promoters. There will be 200-250 ushers working the concert, about the same as at a Vikings game. But the number of off-duty police working as security will be doubled to about 50. In addition, 100 T-shirted security officers will work the concert. To protect the floor of the dome, about 3,000 sheets of plywood were laid over the playing surface and they were covered with a fireproof tarp rented from Rich Stadium in Buffalo, N.Y. In brief South Haven woman: injured in accident CLEARWATER A 29-year-old South Haven woman was listed in serious condition today at St. Cloud Hospital after a one-car accident early Wednesday morning on Stearns County Road 44 near Clearwater. Ruth M. Kowalczyk was driving south on the road at about 3 a.m. when her car went off the road, struck a field approach road and rolled over, according to a Stearns County Sheriffs Department spokeswoman. Kowalczyk was taken by ambulance to St. Cloud Hospital, where she was admitted shortly after4 a.m., a hospital spokeswoman said. City of St. Joseph limiting water use The city of St. Joseph is restricting water use, according to city officials. Those residents with even-numbered houses may water lawns only on even-numbered calendar days, and odd-numbered houses may water only on odd-numbered days. City officials say they hope to relieve water demand by imposing the restrictions. Part of Wilson Avenue to be closed to traffic Wilson Avenue Southeast from Minnesota Highway 23 to East St. Germain Street will be closed to traffic from June 30 to July 18, according to a report from the city engineer's office. City work crews will be installing a storm drain across Wilson Avenue Southeast at Second Street Southeast. Ringsmuth appointed to another MTC term Waite Park Mayor Al Ringsmuth has been appointed to another three-year term on the St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC), effective July 1. . The Waite Park City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to return Ringsmuth to his MTC post. Ringsmuth is chairman of the MTC, which oversees mass transit service for the cities of St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park. Other MTC commissioners are St. Cloud Mayor Sam Huston, Sauk Rapids Mayor Bill Bentfield and St. Cloud City Councilwoman Sybil Hollern. Chicago chosen as new Lutheran headquarters SEATTLE (AP) Chicago will be the headquarters of the Lutheran church formed out of the merger of the country's three major Lutheran organizations. The Commission for a New Lutheran Church held meetings in Seattle this week to work out disagreements hampering the unification of most U.S. Lutherans. The bishops of the three merging Lutheran synods expressed optimism and excitement about the merger at a Wednesday news conference, emphasizing that any matters yet to be resolved were not monumental enough to halt the merger. The 70 members of the commission agreed on provisions of a new church constitution, including chapters defining the role of individual congregations and synods within the national church, pensions for pastors, and the nature of the ministry.

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