The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on April 26, 1976 · Page 1
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Monday, April 26, 1976
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At FFCC 8 students are facing deportation 'DalluJournal 103rd YEAR NO. 100 FERGUSFALLS,MINNESOTA5o537 MONDAY, APRIL 26, 1976 SINGLE COPY B)'PATWALKUP Family Living Editor Eight foreign students at Fergus Falls Community College face the possibility ol losing their student visas and having to leave the United States by May { on orders from the U.S. Office of Immigration. Utters to the students from the immigration office indicate that their student status was jeopardized by working without work permits. Six of the students had been participating in a work-study program offered by (he college's sociology department in cooperation with Fergus Falls State Hospital. The course, which is offered for credit, requires that students live on the state hospital campus and work 15 hours per week helping with basic care of patients. They receive no wages, but are provided with rooms on the hospital grounds. According to the immigration office's ruling, this constitutes working without a work permit because the students are receiving a benefit-a "free room"—for their work. The six foreign students in the program, which also includes 34 American students, Weather roundup Clear to partly cloudy with little change in temperaturer through Tuesday. Lows tonight 28 to 33. Highs Tuesday 58 to 63. Winds easterly 5 to 15 miles per hour tonight. High Sunday 62 Overnight Low 34 At 8 a.m. 44. At Noon 58. Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 a.m. today: None Tempera lures One Year Ago Maximum 52 Minimum 36 are Zenebech ("Z") Eshetu, Ethiopia; Ebenezer Sackey, Guana; Yuc KHTXJ (Steven) Kwok, Hong Kong; Ali Narianani, Iran; Milsu Katayama and Yuuji Yamalula, both from Japan. Two other students, Hrut (Ruth) Tegene and Tsedale (Sadie) Belete, were working with private concerns. All of the students have stopped working after receiving instructions from the immigration office. Ha) Leland, college counselor, says the letters received by the students inform them they must leave the US. at their own expense by May 4. The letters also contain a proviso which says their cases will be reconsidered, and their student status may be reinstated, if the immigration office receives letters from their employers stating that they have stopped working and from the college stating that they are students in good standing. Both such letters have been sent to the immigration office, I/eland reports. He adds that the immigration office has informed him that two other foreign students at the college will receive deportation letters in the near future which will not include any ' provisos for reinstatement. Leland did not want to disclose the names of these students at this lime, and commented that the cases are of a "very serious nature." One of the cases, he says, may involve a misunderstanding on the part of the immigration office which he will try to clear up, but he's not sure he can do anything about the seco nd case. Both Leland and Alvi Borgen, assistant personnel manager for the state hospital, will be talking with immigration officials Wednesday in St. Paul to try lo gel them to change their (FFCC) Co ntinued on page 21) Busy weekend for Pelican firemen PELICAN RAPIDS-Fireir.en in Pelican Rapids spent about a dozen hours this weekend fighting three fires one of which gulled a building at Cross Point Resort on the south side of Lake Uda, another which did the same to the Eerke photo studio in Pelican Rapids, and a third which involved a grass fire north of town. The tire department received the first call Saturday, about 5:30p.m., from the Cross Point Resort. The main building at the resort, which houses a store and living quarters, was destroyed by the blaze, but firemen were able to contain it and keep it from spreading to nearby buildings. There was nobody living in it at the time and the cause has not yet been determined, according to the fire department. Firemen spent about four hours at the scene. At5:30a.m.Sunday the department was called again, this time to the Herke studio. Mrs. Leonard Zierke, who lives above the studio, was barely able to escape after she discovered flames on the first HOOT, fireman Vince Lodta said this morning. The fire apparently started in the vicinity of the furnace. Olson's Men's Wear, next door, was-damaged by smoke from the fire, but the blare was confined to the Zierte building. An undetermined amount of camera equipment was lost in the blaze. After spending over five hours there the firemen received a call sending them to a grass fire on the north end of Prairie lake. That was extinguished fairly quickly and firemen then got another call to return to the Zkrke studio which had begun to bum again. That, too, was quickly extinguished, putting an end to a weary weekend. CRASH NEAR ORWELL DAM-Charles Carson, Elbow Lake, was injured Sunday wben Ms plane crashed in a field on the Carl Youngberg farm six miles southwest of Fergus Falls. Sheriff's department reports said the plane, en route to Fergus Falls from Grain bill proposed WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is- taking up a controversial grain inspection bill which would allow more federal muscle to assure that foreign buyers get the quality and amount of wheat, com and commodities they pay for. President Ford, indicating that he favors keeping the present system, has said he will veto any bill calling for complete federal control of the program. As designed by the Senate Agriculture Committee, the measure would create a semi- independent agency in the Agriculture Department to inspect and weigh all grain leaving U.S. ports and the nation's 25 largest intend elevator terminals. The House earlier this month passedoverwheliningly a measure that would limit grain in(Grain) CoDtiiued « page 20 PRAIRIE CHICKEN CAPITAL DEDICATION— Robert Herbst, Mmraissiooer of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, spokt Saturday afternoon al Rothsay High School during the Rothsay 'prairie chicken capital 1 dedication formally held Saturday ByTOMHINTGEN Wire Editor ROTHSAY-Over 300 people gathered Saturday for the official dedication of Rothsay as the "prairie chicken capital of Minnesota." Held at Rothsay High School, the dedication included talks by U.S. Rep. Bob Bcrgland and Robert Herbst, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The well-known Rothsay prairie chicken statue will be painted and later erected (by June 18) near Interstate 94. June IS, 19 and 20 has been set aside for Rothsay Bicentennial events. Art Fosse is chief architect of the prairie chicken statue. It is 13 feel tall and 18 feel long. Over 1500 rods, each welded together, were used during construction of the huge bird. Members of community pitched in and helped work on the statue. In remarks at the dedication Saturday afternoon, Herbslsaid the Rothsay community "has contributed to the preservation and perpetuation of unique prairie lands essential to the survival of one species of bird in Minnesota—the prairie chicken." The Department of Natural Resources commissioner referred to "the Rothsay commitment," praising the community for its "do it yourself dedication." Herbst officially proclaimed Rothsay as the prairie chicken capital on behalf of Gov. Wendell Anderson. The commissioner reminded the audience that hundreds of people have converged on the Rothsay region foranannualspringphenomenon: the courtship dance of the prairie chicken on its spring grounds. "They came from near and far to hear and to witness the mystic, haunting booming of this bird, to speculate on Indian legend and lore and the relationships of the ritualistic courtship dance of these prairie birds. It seems to me that visitors lo this small zone of Minnesota were trying to recapture something natural and meaningful." Herbsl praised the cooperation of many people working hand in hand with the Prairie Chicken Society, state chapter of nature conservancy, legislators and wildlife managers. Land suitable for prairie chickens and other wildlife has been acquired. Other speakers at the Saturday dedication included Max Partch, St. Cloud, discussing Prairie Chicken Society activities; Terry Wolfe, DNR official from Crookslon; Si Flan, Rolhsay, official convener for the program; Gorily Nielsen, Fergus Falls, area wildlife manager, and Rothsay Mayor Ray Goltz. Co-chairmen for Rothsay Bicentennial events are Mrs. Richard Rudh a-xl Mrs. Ralph Ouse. Red Oak, Iowa, apparently ran out of fuel around DOOB. Canon, who was alone in the plane, is listed in serious comMloa in St. Luke's Hospital, Fargo. (Journal photo by Ruth Norris) Seventh District I-R and DFL gatherings held in Moorhead ByTOMHINTGEK Wire Editor MOORHEAD - It isn't often when Republicans and Democrats gather at the same meeting place. But that is exactly what happened Saturday afternoon at the Ramada Inn, Moorhead, when Independent-Republicans ended their Seventh District convention and DFL'ers started their multi-county gathering. The Republicans held a banquet Friday evening and conducted official business Saturday. The Democrats held their banquet at the Ramada Inn Saturday evening and met for the main business session Sunday at Mqorhead State University. Two Fergus Falls residents were honored by party members over the weekend in Moorhead. Erna Berg received the Independent-Republican Seventh District outstanding woman award for 1976. DFL'ers honored Anne Siren for her work as Seventh District associate chairperson. She held the post for two years. Highlight for the DFL'ers over the weekend was the speech given Saturday evening by Minnesota Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey. Sounding like a man ready to challenge other candidates for the presidency, Humphrey was urged to seek the nomination. The Minnesota senator has not declared his candidacy but has repeatedly staled he would accept a draft for the Democratic presidential nomination. Hiram Drache, Baker, was the featured speaker at the Independent-Republican banquet Friday evening. 'He is a noted educator and farmer. Republicans did not officially endorse a candidate to oppose Seventh District Rep. Bob Bergland, DFL-Roseau. Bergland received the official endorsement from DFL'ers who met in Moorhead over the weekend. In a straw vote taken Saturday, area Republican delegates gave preferential support to former California Gov. Ronald Reagan. He collected H9 votes while President Ford gathered 126 with one delegate undecided. Of the three Seventh District' delegates to the national COP convention in Kansas City, two will vote for Reagan and one delegate will vote for Ford, The three GOP delegates to the convention will be Lorraine Lind, Bertha; Marlene Luna, Wa<Iena and Dwaine Hoberg, Moorhead. One area resident, Mary Ellen Quincer, Wadena, was selected as a GOP national alternate delegate. lone Lundeen, Otter Tail County I-R chairman, served on the Seventh District nominating committee. A total of 22 individuals were interviewed as potential national GOP delegates. Six Seventh District DFL delegates and four alternates were chosen for the national Democratic convention in New York. Included as delegates are Sandy DiBrito, Perham, Otter Tail County DFL chairman, and Mae Isaacson, New York Mills. The six delegates and four alternates are pledged to the nomination of Humphrey. Several resolutions were passed by both Republicans and Democrats at the conventions over the weekend in Moorhead. Independent-Republicans passed a resolution calling for positive education of the free enterprise system in the U.S. public school system. The proposed plan would be structured in a consumer- worker-voter philosophy. Republicans went on record in opposition to a state-wide building code. While supporting unemployment compensation for those in need, the 1-R delegates were opposed to On fhe inside Early day farming' to be shown museum. Page 6 Area happenings. Page 9 On the local scene. Page 15 WAYNE E.RONNING payments for individuals who voluntarily quit jobs and for those who are- employed as seasonal workers. A pro-tourism resolution was also passed by Republicans. DFI-ers voted down an antiabortion resolution and gave (Seventh District) fontinuedonpage20 Wayne Homing seeks school board post Wayne E. Ronning, 620 S. Court Si., filed today for the school board. Six candidates now seek the two three-year terms to be voted on May 18. A resident of Fergus Falls for 13 years, he has been an engineer with the Dieseth Specialty Company for five years. He received an engineering degree from the Merchant Marine Academy and was previously employed by Oiler Tail Power Company for eight years. Ronning and his wife are the parents of three children, two of them presently in grade school and one in junior high. He has been active in the community in a number of ways, particularly in youth programs. "I've always been impressed with the quality of our school syslem and I feel that we as parents have an obligation to our children to give them UK best start in life that we can," he said when he filed. "There are many difficult decisions lo be made these years ahead and 1 feel I would like to contribute what I can to help shape the policies used to help educate our youth." Other candidates for the board are Dennis Bogen. I^rry Barber. Dolores Simdorn, Donaid Haus and Robert Reed. Tomorrow is the last day to file. oVdicjttw of the commniity as pralrte cilcken capful of".Mi»- oesota. (Journal photos by Tom Htatgea)

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