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2A St. Cloud Times State Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1997 Today In History In 1 770, the German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born in Stuttgart. In 1859, Colonel Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful oil well in the United States near Titusville, Penn. In 1883, the island volcano Krakatoa erupted; the resulting tidal waves in Indonesia's Sunda Strait claimed some 36,000 lives in Java and Sumatra. In 1892, fire seriously damaged New York City's original Metropolitan Opera House, located at Broadway and 39th Street. In 1908, Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, was bom near Stonewall, Texas. In 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes. In 1962, the United States launched the Mariner 2 space probe, which flew past Venus the following December. In 1967, Brian Epstein, manager of the oeaties, was found dead in his London flat from an overdose of sleeping pills. In 1979, British war hero Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed off the coast of Ire land in a boat explosion; the Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility. In 1987, a Soviet Foreign Ministry official said his country was studying a proposal by west berman Chancellor Helmut Kohl to dis mantle his country's 72 aging Pershing 1A missiles if the superpowers destroyed all their intermediate-range weapons. . In 1992, President Bush ordered federal troops to Florida for emergency relief in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. In 1996, First lady Hilary Rodham Clinton addressed the Democratic convention in Chicago, forcefully making her husband's case for re-election while rebutting her Republican critics. California Gov. Pete Wilson signed an executive order aimed at halting state benefits to illegal immigrants. Actor Greg Morris ("Mission: Impossible") was found dead at his Las Vegas home; he was 61. Fair Share Of Corn Dylan will blow into Rome for pope set ROME (AP) Minnesota native Bob Dylan will sing for a very special audience next month: Pope John Paul II. The concert, announced by the Vatican Tuesday, will be in Bologna at the World Eucharistic Congress on Sept. 27. "This will not simply be a conceit, but an occasion for the pope to meet young people," said Monsignor Ernesto Vecchi, head of the organizational committee. Dylan, 56, was hospitalized this summer for an infection that caused swelling in the sac around his heart. An anti-establishment trailblazer in his early years, Dylan's hits include "Lay Lady Lay," "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Like a Rolling Stone." AP PHOTO Andrew Buchholz, 6, (left) of St. Cloud offered some sweet corn Tuesday to his brother Kyle, 2, at the Minnesota State Fair. Workers in county office report unusual illnesses lSTACLQUD iimes Official newspaper of Steams County and cities of St. Cloud, Sartell and Waite Park. Established 1861, the St. Cloud Times (ISSN 0742-7913) is owned by St. Cloud Newspapers Inc., a member of the Gannett Co. Inc. Published daily and Sundays. Principal place of business and address: 3000 Seventh St. N (P.O. Box 768. St. Cloud, MN 56302). Periodicals postage paid at St. Cloud, Minn. Postmaster: Send address changes to St. Cloud Times, P.O. Box 768, St. Cloud, MN 56302. Sonja Sorensen Craig, Publisher, 255-8709 Rhonda Barlow, Advertising Director, 255-8799 Patricia W. Carlson, Human Resources, 255-8798 Greg Fiorito, Production Director, 255-8701 Bemi Hollinger, Controller, 255-8787 Susan Ihne, Executive Editor, 255-8777 Susan Patterson Plank, Market Development, 255-8727 Geary J. Yaeger, Circulation Director, 255-8724 General Phone Numbers The general information telephone numbers for the Times are (320) 255-8700 and, toll-free, 800-955-9998. People with hearing impairments can call the Times' TDD line, 320-255-8789. Advertising To Dlace an ad. call between 8 am and Sum Monday through Friday. Classified ads may be placed by calling 255-8730. Classified display ads may be placed by calling 255-8730. Retail display advertising may be reached at 255-8721. The aavemsing rax numDer is zte-ws. Ramsey County staffers have high cancea; MS rates ST. PAUL (AP) Workers in a Ram sey County office buildine have been getting sick at an unusual rate. promot ing county and state officials to begin an extensive study of the building. Doctors have diagnosed countv employees working in the American Center Building with an unusually laree number oi cancers, and a high incidence of multiple sclerosis, respiratory problems and other serious illnesses. Workers have charted a pattern on the fifth floor of the building, where at least 23 people have contracted various types of cancer. The cancers were clustered among employees who sat at one time or another in an 84-foot by 34-foot area. At least 10 workers have been diagnosed with cancer in the last three months, according to county documents. County Manager Terry Schutten responded last month by setting up a team to investigate the problem. But some workers are worried that the team is only responding to a possible lawsuit. They said their complaints date back five years and previous investiga tions have been ineffective. "We think the only reason they formed the response team and are having any response at all is because of the threat of a lawsuit," said social worker Joyce Kaplan. She suspects that her lung and liver cancer developed as a result of working in the building. Kaplan is one of several employees who have contacted attorneys about their illnesses. The county's task force includes Darwin Lookingbill, chief civil attorney for the county. He acknowledged that some employees are suspicious of county leaders. "I think the lack of trust issue is what the response team is all about," he added. Lookingbill insisted that the response team was prompted by genuine concern for the employees. Workers said they want the new study to be more complete than one done in 1992. That year Claudia Swanson, then a unit manager, wrote a memo calling for an extensive study to determine whether the building was making people sick. She had gathered anecdotal health information from employees, and cited a particular problem on the fifth floor corridor. Wisconsin OKs Minnesota tuition deal Circulation For new subscriDtions or service, call 255-8710 (or toll-free 800-955-9998) between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturdays and holidays and 6 a.m. and noon Sundays Subscription rates are $3.25 per week by youth carrier, $3.55 per week by motor route and $4.00 per week by mail in state. News Hotlines Do you have a news tip? Call anytime or write to the appropriate editor. Sports scores may be reported by calling 255-8770 after 7 p.m. John Bodette, managing editor, 255-8760 Topic editors: Rene Kaluza, educationenvironment, 255-8761 John Hoogesteger, governmentsafety, 255-8747 Laura Cook, business and features editor, 255-8764 Dave DeLand, sportsrecreation, 255-8771 Mike Knaak, photo editor, 255-8768 Pia Lopez, opinion page editor, 255-8762 Randy Krebs, copy desk chief, 255-8776 Obituaries, 255-8742 Wvw Lining, 255-8743 Fax, 255-8775 MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin residents attending the University of Minnesota would see their tuition costs rise by more than $300 a year under an agreement approved by state lawmakers. Under the current reciprocity agreement, Wisconsin residents pay University of Wisconsin tuition rates when attending comparable University of Minnesota campuses, although Minnesota's resident tuition is generally higher. Minnesotans pay University of Minnesota tuition rates to attend the University of Wisconsin. The states make up cost differences through an annual payment. The new agreement, approved unanimously by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday, will require Wisconsin residents who attend the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and St. Paul to shoulder some of the difference. They will pay a surcharge equal to 25 percent of the difference between University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities tuition. That amounted to $320 under last year's resident tuition $3,929 at the Twin Cities and $2,651 at Madison. The new charge, which does not need Minnesota approval, will take effect in the 1998-99 school year. It is expected to raise an additional $1 million to $1.2 million annually from Wisconsin residents attending the Twin Cities campuses. With about $1 million in other new charges, Wisconsin residents will pay a total of at least $2.1 million more a year to attend Minnesota campuses. 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St. Cloud 320-252- 1 920 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30-8 pm; Sat. 7:30-4 Dm: CloH Questions or comments about our LOCAL COVERAGE? CALL OUR TOPIC EDITORS: hene Kaluza, educationenvironment, 255-8761 john Hoogesteger, governmentsafety, 255-8747 TOR PEOPLE WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENTS, TDD 255-8789 LocalState m? ST. CLOUD rimes 3A Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1997 Briefly Stearns County Board waits on new alcohol ordinance Stearns County commissioners will decide next week on a county-wide alcohol ordinance. Commissioners on Tuesday held a public hearing on the issue, which stems from the increase in drunken driving crashes in the past few years. The ordinance would outline stricter rules on the sale and possession of alcohol in the rnnnrv The board decided to table the issue until all commissioners were present to vote on it. Commissioners Leigh Lenzmeier and Henry Dickhaus had appointments and had to leave the meeting early. Kendra E. Johnson Sherburne could snag planning deal Little Falls State park will be subject of meeting LITTLE FALLS -An advisory committee assigned to develop a management plan for Charles A. Lindbergh State Park is looking for public comment during a meeting Thursday night at the Charles Lindbergh History Center. Discussions will include: wildlife management by Gary Johnson, wildlife manager for the Little Falls area; watershed management by hydrologist Tim Crocker; natural and cultural interpretation by Ron Miles and Don Westfall. Miles is a state park regional naturalist and Westfall is site manager for the Lindbergh House. The center is Vh miles south of Minnesota Highway 27 on South Lindbergh Drive. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. People interested in joining the advisory committee or com menting about the future of the park should contact State Park Planner Lee Markell at the Division of Parks and Recreation, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4039 or Ron Jones, Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, P.O. Box 364, Little Falls, MN, 56345. To call: Markell is at 612-296-4781; Jones, 320-632-9050. To fax: Markell is at 612-297-1157; Jones, 320-632-2667. Rene Kaluza Commissioners seek exemption from joint planning By Kristine Donatelle TIMES STAFF WRITER Local officials say an unprecedented regional planning project will collapse if the Sherburne County board of commissioners follows through with its request to opt out of the project. The board informed its local legislative representatives in writing that it wants to be exempt from a pilot project involving Benton and Stearns counties and the cities of St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park, Sartell and St. Joseph. A community-based planning bill passed by the Legislature this spring provides $350,000 toward the effort if each of the jurisdictions participates in a joint-planning district. The objective is to coordinate planning within two years to control growth. Previous area planning efforts Betsy Wergin COUNTY BOARD CHAIRWOMAN have unraveled because of turf battles. Said Rep. Joe Opatz, DFL-St. Cloud, an author of the bill: "(Sherburne commissioners) are, in effect, telling the whole region no one will be eligible for the $350,000." Board Chairwoman Betsy Wergin emphasized the request is not intended to destroy the planning effort or hurt other jurisdictions. "It is not, I stress, not because we don't believe in joint planning," she said. "It's that we believe we are already addressing the 11 points in the bill." In an Aug. 13 letter to Rep. Bruce Anderson, Wergin described how the county has already met the bill's goals: The county has worked cooperatively with neighboring communities. An orderly annexation agreement was drafted through meetings with the city of St. Cloud and Haven Township and its residents. Sherburne, Benton and Stearns counties have a joint-powers agreement that addresses border areas. Sherburne also is addressing transportation issues. A transportation improvements plan is being completed with input from residents. In the area of jobs development, the county economic development coordinator works closely with other communities and is part of the St. Cloud Area Economic Development Growth Partnership, which includes neighboring counties. The county has involved broad citizen participation in planning. The county's comprehensive land use plan was developed over three years with many meetings throughout the county. Concerns about affordable housing have been met, too, since the county offers a range of mobile home parks, low-income apartments and senior citizen rentals. Contrary to the board's opinion, Opatz said Sherburne County "has not done a good job in regional planning." "They have the most unman-aged growth and the most urban sprawl of the three area counties, and, have done the least to deal with it," he said. As one of the fastest-growing counties in the state, Sherburne is too critical a piece to be left out of the project, he said. Wergin said the board's stance is still "open for discussion." Not every board member wants to opt out of the effort. Although he supported drafting a letter stating the county's planning accomplishments, board member Ray Friedl of Clear Lake said that doesn't mean he spurns participation. "I don't know if we won't be at the table," he said. "Personally, I do want to be ... Being from the St. Cloud area, I believe there should be more integrated planning. So you have sort of a disagreement here (among board members). We're not monolithic." Rep. Leslie Schumacher, DFL-Santiago, said such a decision by the county would rob smaller communities access to planning dol lars. For example, she said, Zimmerman has "incredible growing pains and planning needs." If Sherburne opts out, "it would dissolve the pilot project," she said. "We have smaller communities that need to be a part of this." A meeting should be called involving all the jurisdictions to determine what to do next, St. Cloud City Administrator Chris Hagelie said. "I don't think we can effectively do a planning job without Sherburne County's participation," Hagelie said. Opatz said it may be time for Sherburne County to participate in the Metropolitan Council, a planning board for the seven-county Twin Cities metro area. "They will either have to participate with us in Central Minnesota or as a player on the Met Council," he said. Free Relief On A Hot Day j L '' 1 n , ZSJ Some thought armored car heist was training TIMES PHOTO BY KIMM ANDERSON Tyler Billig (left), 11, and Stephanie Rollings, also 11, hawked free Kool-Aid in Tuesday's heat in Sartell. They had few takers. The pair had two other friends with signs farther up the block to draw customers in. The kids decided to give away the first cup and then sell a second for five cents if the customer was still thirsty. "We just do it cause we love the sun," Rollings said. COON RAPIDS (AP) - An armored car heist in this Twin Cities suburb went so smoothly Tuesday that witnesses casually walked by thinking the robbery was some sort of training drill. Two robbers wearing bulletproof vests and carrying what appeared to be assault rifles sprayed chemicals in two guards' faces and grabbed their sidearms during the holdup outside a busy Cub Foods grocery store, FBI agents said. Customers casually walked bv as the masked men accosted the American Security Corp. guards behind their van, a witness said. "The robbers each had what looked like an M16," said the witness, who asked not to be identified. He said he thought the guards were performing some sort of drill. The robbers calmly drove away in a pickup truck with an undis closed amount of money, the witness said. The getaway truck was found burning in an Anoka city park less than a mile away a short time later. The blue pickup was believed to have been stolen about a month ago in Elk River, authorities said. FBI agents were investigating whether the heist is connected to two unsolved armed car robberies in Minneapolis suburbs years ago. A Brinks Security truck was robbed in Burnsville on March 27, 1990. A Ram Security armored car was robbed in Eden Prairie on April 18, 1989. "There are some similarities in the methods used in those robberies and the one today," said Colleen Rowley, an FBI spokeswoman in Minneapolis. There were no injuries during the incident. Minneapolis Toddler dies after hit-and-run accident MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A 2-year-old boy is dead following a hit-and-run accident Tuesday. Police said Riek Wuol ran into the street near his house in north Minneapolis and was struck by a car driven by a 20-year-old woman. The woman told police she panicked after the accident and drove home. Neighborhood resident Nathan Walker said he noticed the car before it hit the child. "I turned around to see this Mustang speeding through the neighborhood," Walker said. "I heard like something popped. I didn't know what it was." Walker said he rushed to the child, but it was apparent that the child was fatally injured. The child was dead on arrival at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. settini Bemidji Sex offender kept out under state law BEMIDJI (AP) A convicted sex offender won't be moving home to Bemidji this month after all Lyle Wilcowski, 65, was scheduled for release from the state prison in Stillwater last week. But the Beltrami County attorney's office petitioned to have him committed under a state law that allows indefinite confinement of persons deemed sexually dangerous. A judge agreed last week that Wilcowski was dangerous and ordered him to undergo a 60-day evaluation. Wilcowski is now confined at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. Goal is to limit student time devoted to sales By Patty Mattern TIMES STAFF WRITER Candy bar sales equal books, field trips and cultural enrichment programs for students these days. In the education spending crunch, school districts have reduced budgets for things such as field trips and even classroom equipment. Fund raisers, most often sponsored by parent-teacher associations, fill the void. "Most schools have fund raisers. In fact, I don't know of any that don't do some," said Duane Radeke, director of instructional services for St. Cloud schools. The amount varies from school to school, Radeke said. But fund-raising has meant big bucks to some schools such as Discovery Community Elementary, where more than $30,000 was raised last year. For the first time, the St. Cloud school district will have guidelines that elementary and junior high school fund-raising events must follow. Later the school district may consider applying the rules to the high schools as well, Radeke said. School board members are expected to adopt the guidelines at Thursday's board meeting. The seven parameters are designed mainly to protect young people, he said. Under the guidelines, school officials discourage unsupervised door-to-door sales and the use of prizes as motivational tool. Sponsors must make school administrators aware of the fund-raising or get approval for it. Schools will be limited to a reasonable number of fund-raisers each year. The rules also say students should not feel pressured or intimidated to participate. Schools would also be encour- 5 Back .fi School 9R Fund-raising is big money at schools aged to hold fund-raisers that have school spirit, family involvement and communicate well with families about the event. Parent Ann Stensland has advocated the implementation of rules to govern fund-raising for the past two years. She doesn't think the guidelines go far enough. She objects to the use of school time to teach children what she calls sleek sales techniques and says the PTA should not use children to raise funds. All door-to-door sales should be stopped for the safety of students and the parents who would accompany them, Stensland said. She is the mother of two Lincoln Elementary School students. "Fund raisers exploit children," Stensland said. She contends that approaches used to getting students into fund-raising puts pressure on them and pits students against other. rewards Discovery Community School raised $33,100 last school year. The school's PTA coordinates most of the fund-raising. Its largest fund raiser was held in October when students sold items such as food, decorations and wrapping paper, taking in $30,000. The money was used for field trips, PTA activities and bringing cultural groups into the school. More than $18,000 was raised at Talahi Community School last year. Jefferson and Lincoln elementary schools together raised about $12,000 to $14,000 last year. McKinley elementary on a yearly average takes in from $1,300 to $6,000 from fund-raisers. The money comes from candy sales, T-shirt sales and pizza sales. Madison elementary averages $7,000 a year from a read-a-thon, book fairs, T-shirt sales, card sales and memory book sales. Roosevelt elementary raises about $5,500 a year plus money from school pictures. Its fundraisers include book fairs, bratwurst sales, a read-a-thon, a carnival and a holiday fair. Kennedy elementary takes in about $9,500 to $12,000 each year. The fund-raisers include candy and wrapping paper sales, a spaghetti dinner and school pictures. Fund-raisins profit informa tion was not available from Clearview, Oak Hill and West-wood elementary schools. Patty Mattem Editorial praises education programs ST.PAUL(AP)-Gov.Arne Carlson has earned high marks on his education programs from Steve Forbes in an editorial the former Republican presidential candidate wrote in an upcoming issue of his magazine. "Against fierce union and bureaucratic opposition, he has pushed through major school reform that will enormously benefit Minnesota's children," Forbes said in the Sept. 8 editorial. His praise follows three editorials in the Wall Street Journal on the same subject. Carlson asked the Legislature for $150 million in tax credits and deductions for education, including private school tuition, over the next two years. The Legislature rejected that package and sent him a bill without the tax breaks, which Carlson vetoed. Alfalfa Cutting Time Am Stensland AGAINST SCHOOL SALES each Prize fnr highest sellers out more Dressnrp on students, she said Stensland favors fund-raisers such as silent auctions and bake sales fund-raisers that don't use children to sell. Other parents say the fundraisers are fine. In a survey of Discovery parents, 520 told school administrators they supported fund raising to provide educational opportunities for their children. Another 162 said they did not support such fund-raisers. Parents who support the fundraisers say children learn from the projects. At Talahi elementary, sixth-grade students learned about running a business when they sponsored a book fair. The desire to offer more educational opportunities drives parents and teachers to fund-raisers. Education budget cuts lead to fund-raising, said Alisa Kometz, president of the St. Cloud PTA Council and past president of Roosevelt Elementary's PTA. "In this day and age, we have no funding for cultural arts," she said. Kometz said students benefit from seeing productions by traveling theater companies or spending time with an artist-in-residence. In one artist-in-residence program, every student at Roosevelt became an author of their own book, she said. "It was great motivation for reading, writing and creativity," she said. Kometz said she supports the guidelines. She dislikes door-to-door sales and that is not being done at Roosevelt, she said. "We as a PTA definitely think there is a problem with fund-rais ing where children are expected to go out and go door to door. It's exploitative for children," she said. School admimstrators appreciate the fund raisers, because of the educational opportunities the money keeps intact. At Kennedy Elementary, the PTA is active and organized, which helps the school offer things not covered by the budget, said Hugh Skaja, who serves as principal at Kennedy. "Without their fund-raising, the enrichment portion of our program would be wanting," Skaja said. "I always have another place where I can turn if Pm in need of something for the building." PTA members do worry, however, that the school district will look to them too much, Kometz said. "If we start funding, then the district might say 'oh, look we don't have to fund this,' " she said. Ideally, many wish schools did not have to depend on fund-raising. "It's unrealistic to think that schools can keep going without any fund-raising at all," she said. I TIMES PHOTO BY JASON WACHTER Ray Traut, 21, was on the tractor for another cutting of alfalfa Tuesday afternoon near Sartell. Traut cut about 30 acres of alfalfa, which will be baled in a few days if it stays dry.

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