The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on April 30, 1976 · Page 1
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Ford gives reaction to HHHstand 103rd YEAR NO. 104 FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA5A537 FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 1976 SINGLE COPY I5>: By The Associated Press President Ford, embroiled in a key Texas primary race against Ronald Reagan, is already locking toward November, telling audiences in the Lone Star state, "We don't really know what Jimmy Carter stands for." After Carter's easy Pennsylvania primary victory and Thursday's decision by Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey lo stay out of the primary battles, Ford said he believes Carter will be the Democratic nominee. Ford — whose campaign swing through Texas continued today — is now suggesting he Hill surprise people in the Texas Republican primary Saturday in which he has rated himself an underdog. After several days of poking at Reagan, he abruptly shifted gears on Thursday and began talking about the Democrats. Reagan, meantime, returned to 1 Texas to wind up his campaign. In Beaumont, the former California governor called for a "spiritual revival" in the country and suggested "getting God back into public schools" might be one way of doing it. "Now we' have something called federal aid to education," Reagan said. "It's federal interference with education. Schools are a major program that should be turned back to the local school districts for authority, and, who knows, we might even be able to get God back into the classrooms." At a Waco session with Baylor University students, Ford said of a potential Ford-Carter contest, "Ford and Carter? Well, we don't really know what Jimmy Carter stands for. But, if he gels the nomination, we will darned sure find out." After predicting for months that Humphrey would be the Democratic nominee, Ford changed his mind. "I simply thought that the combined Democratic pow- ermakers, or dictators, in the top echckm, would probably endupp'jtting Hubert in the top spot. But Jimmy Carter seems to have some momentum going that will make it very different unless they go to a backroom, smoke-filled room situation," Ford said in Waco. Humphrey, while declaring he would be willing to rui if the Democratic convention turns to him, said there was not enough timetomakeapr imary bid. Hs told reporters, "One thing 1 clon'l need at this age is to look ridiculous" Shortly after Humphrey said lie would not enter New Jersey's June 8 primary against Carter, New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrr.e endorsed Carter. Byrne called on the nation's 38 other Democratic governors to rally behind Carter for national party unity. Sen. Henry Jackson and Rep. Morris Udall, Carter's main opposition for the Democratic nominal ion, both said Thursday that they think they will benefit from Humphrey's decision by attracting his supporters. In other political developments: —TheCaucus of Black Democrats, 2,500 of the nation's black elected officials and civic leaders, began three, days of meetings in Charlotte, N.C., today. Hatch Act repeal has been rejected WASHINGTON (AP) - Sup- porteis of a vetoed bill that would have allowed federal em- ployes to participate in political campaigns say they will wait until next year before introducing the measure again. "We have no intention of trying to revive it again in this session of Congress," said Rep. William L. Clay, D-Mo., after the House failed on Thursday to override President Ford's veto of the bill. The unsuccessful legislation, aimed at revising the Hatch Weather roundup near to partly cloudy and cooler through Saturday. A chance of a few sprinkles Saturday afternoon: North to northwest winds diminishing to 5-15 miles an hour tonight and increasing to 10-20 miles an hour Saturday. High this afternoon and Saturday in low Ms. Lows tonight 31^6. High Thursday 63. Overnight Low 43. At 8 a.m. 46. At Soon 51. Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 a.m. today .03. Temperatures One Yeir Ago Maximum 47. Minimum 34. Ad, would have opened the way for the nation's 2.8 million federal government workers to get involved in political campaigns and to run for political office themselves. "An effort will be made next year to revise the Hatch Act," said Clay. "And if we have a Democratic president I feel confident it will be successful." He said initial passage of the bill this year proved that the Hatch Act is not untouchable. "For 35 years, most members of Congress were reluctant to even amend the act," he said. "The situation now Is quite clear that there is a great need for revisions and a strong amount of support for extend- ine polities! rights to federal employes." The vote sustaining Ford's rejection was 243 to 160, or 2$ votes short of the two-thirds needed to override. In his veto message, he said "the public business of our government must be conducted without the taint of partisan politics." The Hatch Act, passed in 1939 to take partisan politics out of Civil Service, forbids federal workers from organizing fundraising drives or otherwise assisting persons running for political office. The vetoed bill would have let (Hatch Act) Continued on page 18 COLLEGE SET FOR OPEN HOUSE - Fergus Falls Community College will hold open bouse Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 pjn. Buildings on the completed campus conform in style to the first units built in 1K8 with a concrete canopy between the two structures. Other photos on Pages 19 and 11. (Journal ptidc by Har!ey Oytoe) Decision was difficult for HHH WASHINGTON (AP) - Hubert H. Humphrey, win three • times sought the presidency, says he will stay on the sidelines this election year unless his candidacy is demanded by a deadlocked Democratic con- SSWrSfiw^ Resort owners expect super summer season DRY-DOCKED MOMENTARILY— Adolpi Macal, who has been nuking and selling docks on Otter Tail Lake for the past dozen years, took a brief pause yesterday afternoon. Weekend weather, wkich is ejpected lo be good, should prompt owners lo begin installing them soon. By BILL BANK Area News Edit* The opening of fishing season is still two weeks away but eager vacationers are . already biting on the lures of area resort , owners who report earlier and heavier bookings than last year. "Reservations are excellent, better than last year, it should be a really great year," enthuses Mary Loll, who along with her husband, Duane, Operates Loll's Resort on Pickerel Lake. "1 have 95 reservations so far for our 11 cabins, that's about 90 percent filled up to the last part of August." . The early warm weather has helped all 'resort owners get a head start on fixing up cabins and doing necessary yard work. "This fantastic weather has really helped us get ready sooner but you always wish you had an extra month," says Mrs. Loll. Cal Mielke says reservations are about equal to last year at his resort on Lake Marion. Three days ago he rented his first cabin to a couple who are vacationing this year. "That's the earliest I've ever rented one," Mielke says, adding that another couple with a camper arrived Wednesday from Nebraska and plan to stay two weeks. Mrs. Lillian Hirsch, who has been operating Camp Idlewile on Loon Lake for about 20 years, says bookings look good. "I'm pretty well booked up now through about three-fourths of the summer/ 1 she comments. "August is still a bit sparse, but I can't complain." One of her three cottages are booked completely from May 29 through Aug. 28. Charles Malmstrom, who operates Madsen's Resort on Blanche Lake, reports bookings for this lime of year to be just as good or better than last year, which was also a good year for resort owners. "Reservations are coining in rtally good, we're just about filled for the whole season already," he says. Most resort owners, like Ed and Bette Prescher, who operate Balmoral Resort and Trailer Park on Otter Tail Lake, will open for business May 14, the day before fishing season starts. Mrs. Prescher says reservations have been coming in much earlier this year, perhaps because the early nice weather has prompted people to start thinking about vacations earlier than usual. Dick and Charlotte Burns, owners of Twin Pines Resort on West tost Lake, recall that last year at this time the ice had just melted off the lake. This year looks better for the Bums in July, says Charlotte. "The good weather has helped us get the yard work done early this year," she says. Last year's late thaw made that difficult, creating a sea of mud that hampered all outside activity. Dick and Shirley Peterson, who are preparing for their third season as owners of the Bonnie Beach Resort on Clilherall lake, are also enthusiastic about this (Resorts) Continued on page 18 vention this summer. After two days of conferring with supporters wno pleaded with him to enter the last round' of primaries before the party's July convention, Humphrey tearfully announced Thursday that a fourth run for the presidency w as just not in the cards. "the one thing I don't need at this stage in my life is to be ridiculous," the Minnesota sen- aim said, obviously agreeing with those who were advising him that a fourth unsuccessful try for the White House would classify him as a perpetual candidate. But many long-time Humphrey supporters had urged him to actively enter the race, seeing him as the only way to stop the campaign of former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter, »lm trounced all other rivals in the Pennsylvania primary on Tuesday. Carter said he had "mixed emotions" about Humphrey's decision, that having Hum- phrey in the race would have made for a clearer choice for the convention delegates and the primary voters. Two other Democratic candidates, Hep. Morris Udall of Arizona and Sen. Henry M. Jackson of Washington, said Humphrey's decision would help their campaigns. Humphrey's backers urged him to enter the June & New Jersey primary, the last state balloting before the Democratic convention. At a minimum, they pleaded with him to approve formation of a campaign committee that could line up delegate support and solicit funds. But the 64-year-old "Happy Warrior" met newsmen in the Old Senate Office Bidding's caucus room to say of his party's nomination, 'I'm not aspiring. 1 shall not seek it, shall not compete for it, shall not search for it, shall not scramble for i t." Then the man who had so of- ten sought the presidency, who finally had won his party's nomination in 19C8 only to lose the White House to Richard M. Nixon, who had served as Lyndon B. Johnson's vice president, added; "But I'm around." He said he does not think any of the announced candidates will be able to win his party's nomination on the first ballot and said he will 'take a good hardlook"at the situation after the primaries. But he said, "I stud) not enter the New Jdrsey primary, nor shall I authorize any committee or committees to solicit funds or work in my behalf," He said his intention now is to seek reelection to his Senate seat. Shortly after Humphrey made his announcement, New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne endorsed Carter and urged the nation's 3G other Democratic governors to rally behind Carter for national party unity. Howard Hughes' will provisions revealed LAS VEGAS, Xev. (AP) Three scrawled pages of instructions that leave millions of dollars each to the Mormon Church and a 31-year-old Utah gas station owner, who says he or.ce loaned Howard Hughes a qiiarjer, will be probated as the will of the late billionaire. "It's just legal procedure from now on," said Xoah Dietrich,87,the former top Hughes aide named in the faded document as executor. "1 have no question that it's his handwriting and his signature," Dietrich said Thursday in I/)s Angeles. "It was brought to me this afternoon, using the copying method over the telephone, and I no longer have any question about it." Dielrich earlier had expressed doubt about the validity of the document turned over to a court here because of numerous spelling errors, but he later changed his mind. The dof- : Jn;«iu gave no indication ot the over-all value of Hughes' estate. Speculation on its total value has ranged as high as $2.5 billion. The document stipulates that the Mormon Church and the gas s :ation owner are each to get ot e-six- leenth of the estate - - which could mean about SI 56 mill ion if the $2.5 billion figure should be accurate. A tattered envelope containing the crudely written instructions was given to Clark County Clerk I,orelta Bowman earlier Thursday by Wilford W. Kirton Jr., legal counsel for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). Kirton said it had been found Tuesday at the church's headquarters in Salt Lake City. He said a handwriting expert consulted by ^hl^mon officials said the document seemed authentic. However, officials at Summa Corp., parent company for Hughes' vast holdings, said they doubted the will had been drawn by Hughes and a court fight over its authenticity seemed probable. The judge here who will decide whether the document is the last will of the eccentric billionaire said Dietrich would have lo prove its validity. "Since Dietrich has been named executor, it wo'ald be up to him to submit proof that this will was indeed the last will and testament of Howard Hughes, that it was properly signed by Howard Hughes and that Howard Hughes was mentally capable of executing a will at the time it was signed," said Chief Judge Keith Hayes of the Wh Judicial District Court. Hayes declined to say specifically what he would accept as proof of the will's validity but commented, "Someone would have to prove that this will was written by Howard Hughes and that it is legally binding. 1 would say that someone would have to have been famili ar with Mr. Hashes or ibe) some kind I Hughes) I'rmtimjrd nn pa£i'IS Jensen convicted l.aurence Lee Jensen. Moorhead, was convicted Thursday on one count of attempted second degree murder and one count of aggravated assault in connection with the incident last October that injured George Rohde, 70. a r.d his wife Mary, 64. at their Pelican l.ake Home. Jensen h as been charged with attempted first degree murder ofbolhoflheRohdes.butJudge Charles W. Kennedy ruled (hat evidence of premeditation was not sufficient for conriciioa :n George Rohrk's shooting, and that the attack on Marv Rohde VacationerswillsoonbcpausiiigbeforetlusinaieofsIpiseeOtterTanuke. (fcm-iiBW>i6,u «:«.:«««-:.:.:«*>:«:»w^^ On the inside Pro-life candidate has a 'joint-effort' campaign. Page 12 Area sports roundup. Page 11 On the local scene. Page 15 Area happenings. Page 18 constituted assault rather than attempted murder. Jensen, a real estate salesman, formerly associated with the defunct Modern Auto Glassand Dirty Bird I-ounce in Mwrhead. testified Thursday that his business failure;- and his oufler as lay Va'.er of the Jehovah's Witnesses conurbation tr> uh:cr, ho and the Re-hies belroce.i. led to depression and dreams in which ho s.m Geerce Rohde be.itir,p h-.s cbldrtn. Jensen said bis air.i -.las lo P'i-iish the RoMos ralher than kill them. But Count} Attorney Harlar. Nelson presented evidence- that Gcvriie Riihde, who was shot in three locations as he attempted lo escape Jen-en, esrv.e h'.ira'.lj with-.n a fraction of *n iirh of r.is life. Senlencin^ w<is set for r- 30 Vorrlay nwrr.'.r.j: ar.el Jensen was remanded to i-jstody. He faces a iiiaxix-jiu i:n- •.irisor.KuT.! e: JO usrs, en the atteiv.plod murJe'r eonviclion srd 10 wars or. the .'^.'i\iK

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