The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 7, 1976 · Page 1
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Friday, May 7, 1976
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Notional jobless rate is unchanged WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's unemployment rate held steady in April at 7.5 per cent, ending five straight months of decline, the government said today. The leveling off of the jobless rate indicated further improvement will be more difficult in the months ahead. A bright spot in the job report was that total employment jumped by another 700,000 in April to a new high of 87.4 million, a sign of strong business growth. However, because the number of Americans finding work nearly offset the big increase in jot seekers last month, the jobless rate was unchanged. In April, another 720,000 went looking for work, raising the siie of the civilian labor force to S4.4 million. Despite the growth in jobs, the number of unemployed totaled about 7 million last month, the Labor Department said. Although this was substantially below the recession peak of 8.3 million in May 1975, joblessness remains'very high by postwar standards. Both the unemployment rate and inflation have improved dramatically since last October, but administration officials have repeatedly warned that the dramatic gains could not be sustained. The administration has forecast an inflation rate of about 6 per cent this year with the jobless rate falling to about 7 per cent or below by December. The big increase in employment last month occurred mostly among men in blue-collar jobs, the government said. This was in contrast to earlier months when most of the growth occurred among women. The jobless rate for adult males edged down from 5.6 to 5.4 per cent in April. It had been as high as 7.2 per cent at the height of the recession. age rate edging up from 19,1 to 19.2 per cent; the rate for household heads, regarded as the family breadwinner, slipping from 5 to 4.8 per cent. For whiles, the jobless rate edged down from 6.8 to 6.7 per cent while the rate for blacks and other minorities rose from 12 5 to 13 per cent. The average length of unemployment continued to decline last month, as those jobless for 15 weeks or more fell by 260,000 to 2 million. In addition to the 7 million unemployed, another 3.2 million Americans were working parttime because they were unable to find full time jobs. Since dropping to its recession-low in March, 1975, total employment has risen by nearly 3.3 million, an average gain of about a quarter-million a month. During this time, adult make employment grew by 1.4 million but was still some 150,000 below the pre-recesskm peak level. At the same time, employment among adult women exceeded its 1974 peak by nearly 1 million. The Labor Department said 70 per cent of the 172 industries surveyed snowed job gains last month, with the bulk of the increase in the service-producing sector. Employment in manufacturing rose by 100,000 in April, with the increases mostly in the electrical equipment, transportation equipment and primary metals industries. The average work week declined two-tenths of an hour in April lo 36 hours, largely because of a drop in overtime hours resulting from the Easter and Passover holidays during the survey week. Average hourly earnings for production workers were J4.76 in April, a one cent increase from March and a rise of 30 cents over the year. Average weekly earnings were $170.01, 12 cents below the March level but J11.19 above last April. In advance of the report, Maynard Comiez, the Com-' merce Department's acting chief economist, said there is little indication of any further sharp declines in the jobless rate this year. "Whatever improvement we're going to get will be very slow unless the economy really continues to advance quite rapidly, resulting in large increases in employment that would offset the normal increase in the labor force," he said. Comiez and other government economists also say they wouldn't be surprised if the jobless rate edged up slightly to compensate for what may have been an over-adjustment in factoring out seasonal influences earlier this year. Unemployment declined in March for the fifth month in a row to seven million persons, or 7.5 per cent of the labor force. The March decline was slight - one-tenths of 1 per cent. It capped a steady decline from 8.6 per cent last October and an over-all improvement of 1.4 per cent since the recession peak of 8.9 per cent last May. The spate of good economic news this year was broken Thursday when the Labor Department reported that wholesale prices surged eight-tenths of 1 per cent in April after five months of nearly stable prices. (Jobless) Continued on page 14 NO CAUSE FOR ALARM - Smoke billowed upwards from a grassy area II miles south of Fergus Falls this morning, but it was plained burning by the Department of Natural Resources. But Fergus Falls firemen did respood to an unplanned fire this morning at the Manic Rlan residence on toe north edge of Hoot Lake. The blaze began In a rubbish burner and spread to a nearby duck beat, but no other damage was reported. (Journal photo by Harley Oyloe) Military aid bill is vetoed } ailuJournal 103rd YEAR NO. 110 FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA54537 FRIDAY, MAY 7, 1976 SINGLE COPY 15c WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford today vetoed a $4 billion military foreign aid authorization bill, saying it contained unprecedented and unconstitutional restrictions that would obstruct his ability to condiict foreign policy. Ford said the legislation was an attempt by Congress "to become a virtual co-administer" in foreign affairs decisions. Jobless rates for most other Some provisions of the law vio- worker groups showed little late the constitutional separa- change last month, with the lion of powers between the ex- rate for adult women holding ecutive and the legislatives steady at 7.3 per cent; th« teen— branches of government, Ford Four major stores signed for mall Four major stores have signed fully executed leases for space in the Westridge Mall, the Ericson Development Company's shopping center development at the west edge of Fergus Falls, Tom Hasselbach, executive vice president, has announced. Herberger's of St. Cloud, Herbst Stores of Fargo, White Mart and Red Owl Markets have leased space totaling 105,000 square feet, he said. Hasselbach said there also are fully executed leases with several mall shops. They include Johnson Hallmark Cards, the Outlaw Ranch Western Wear, Pirates Den Amusement Center, Cook Liquors, Stereoland Music Store, Jewelry Hut, R & S Fabrics and Team Electronics. In addition the Ericson company reports interest has been shown by 23 stores. Construction is scheduled to begin before July 1 this year and opening date of the entire project is anticipated in August, 1977, Hasselbach said. The 30-acre tract slated for development is located between Kordel Furniture and Womer Auto Sales south of Highway 210. On the inside On (he local scene. Page 3 Area happenings. Page 9 Baker honored for special education. Page 9 said. The legislation imposes broad new congressional controls on foreign arms sales. It also allows congressional veto of proposed foreign aid grants and credits to countries engaging in discrimination against American contractors on racial or religious grounds or engaging in violations of human rights of their own citizens. In a lengthy message to Congress, the President cited "a number of unwise restrictions," including ceiling: on arms sales, the requirement that countries receiving aid meet international human rights standards, possible removal of trade restrictions on North and South Vietnam and the termination of grant military aid after fiscal 1977. The bill was passed 215 to 185 in the House and 51 to 35 in the Senate. Both margins were less than the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. "In dispproving this bill," Ford said, "I act as any President would and must, to retain the ability to function as the foreign policy leader and spokesman of the nation. In world affairs today, America can have only one foreign policy. Moreover.that foreign policy must be certain, clear and consistent. "Foreign governments must know that they can speak with the President on foreign policy matters, and that when he speaks within his authority they can rely upon his words," Ford added. Complaining about provisions he said would violate the constitutional separation of powers, Ford said the bill would "forge impermissible shackles (Aid veto) o« page H Ouster's ride to be recreated RANDOLPH, Minn. (AP) Three young men, two of them teachers and all three experienced horsemen, plan to recreate the Seventh Cavalry's rHe to the Little Big Horn exactly 100 years after the historical event which ended with "Custer's Last Stand." The trip on horseback will begin May 17 at Camp Lincoln, .neacMandan, N.D., where Custer's ill-fated expedition began. Joining in the ride, a fundraising effort for three charities, will be Tom Heski, 28, a fifth grade teacher at Randolph; his brother, Robert, 27, Duluth Minn., a shipyard work- Larson, 26, Hastings, a fifth and sixth grade teacher in Randolph. Wearing uniforms similar to those worn by troops of Gen. George A. Custer and traveling the same route, the trio plans to arrive at Little Big Horn in Montana, at the Custer battlefield, on June 25. On June 25, 1876, Cusler and about 226 men mand were killed by Indians at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The Heski brothers and Larson plan to stay at the same campsites and move at the same pace that Custer's troops did. Army C rations will substitute for fresh game but their other food willbesimilarlothat eaten by Custer's men- hardtack, beef jerky, coffee and tea. The Randolph School Board has excused Urson and Tom Heski for the time they'll be gone, reliving history. The trio is accepting pledges for each mile of the ride, and Randolph area businesses already have contributed. The trip is under sponsorship of the school district and proceeds will be donated to the March of Dimes, the Minnesota Heart Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. ;.;. er at Superior, WLs., and Larry Proposal for resort unification facing tests from area groups By BILL BANK Area News Editor The fate of a proposed county-wide resort association met with highly-mixed reactions last night at two spring meetings held by existing county associations. In Pelican Rapids the proposal for unification was unanimously voted down by 10 resort owners at a meeting of the Pelican Rapids Resort Association (There are 17 resort owners in the association). In Perham seven resort owners voted for the proposal, two against it (The Perham TREE PLANTING PARTY - Hearten of the WECEP prognm at the Fergus Falls Junior Higli School planted trees lorth of the Ugh school football field this morning. Elementary students wffl mUitttlMplutfegs wtkt wfU total *bo»t l,5Mtna, prtvidtd by Mm Kraitz, district forester fnm AtexodrU. Time plutiig I* is morning tachxW Mirk Bdd, Joe KeBy, Toiy Keeper, Robert Iff. Paul Kort, Glen HirvorsoB and Roger Denbrook. (Jtmil pkote by Harley Oyfee). Area Resort Association includes 24 resort owners). Tom Mullen, president of the Pelican group, said he felt one of the reasons the proposal for unification was voted down was because the Pelican Rapids Chamber of Commerce was against the idea. "I personally think it (unification) would be a good thing, but the resort association gets half its money for operating an information center from the chamber and we feel we need that money and the center," Mullen said. There was apparently some question as to whether the chamber would continue to support the information center, and, if it did, whether the resort owners could afford the new membership in a county-wide association while at the same time helping to maintain the local information center, Mullen explained. Alec Murray, president of the Pelican Rapids Chamber of Commerce, said this morning members of the chamber were a bit worried that by going to a broader base the service to the local area would decline. "We were afraid the smaller communities would kind of get lost in the shuffle," he said this morning. "And we weren't sure Weather roundup Sunny this afternoon and Saturday. Clear tonight. Highs this afternoon 52 to 60. Warmer tonight and Saturday. Lows tonight 32 to 38. Highs Saturday 65 to 72. West to northwesterly winds 10 to 15 miles per hour becoming southwesterly 5 to 10 miles per hour tonight. High Thursday 57. Overnight Low 24. At I a.m. 37. At Noon 50. Precipitation U hours ending 8 a.m. today, none. JTemperatures One Year Age Maximum 54. Minimum 49. if it (the cost of maintaining a local center) would fall completely on the chamber or what." Richard Hadiey of the Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce worked on the proposal along with directors and representatives of the five associations during a series of meetings held last winter. He said this morning that lack of understanding might have been one reason for the opposition in the Pelican Rapids area. He said he had offered to meet with business representatives of the Chamber of Commerce but received no invitation. He added that some of the resort owners of the Pelican group are also members of the Otter Tail Empire Tourism Association and he felt they might still approve of the plan. Hadiey, who attended the meeting in Perham last night, fielded numerous questions which reflected long-standing feelings of suspicion about who would benefit most from such a planandhow it would affect the identities of Ihe vario'js parts of the county. "Who is going to count the ballots?" asked one woman. Directors from each individual association would have that responsibility, Hadiey replied. "Where will the central office be located?" asked another. It depends on who is hired to manage the association, Hadiey said, adding that Fergus Falls would most Ukely not be the location. "What's going to happen to existing information centers in towns around the county?" queried another at the meeting. They will continue to operate as usual, Hadiey said. But the comments of the Perham group as a whole (about 25 persons) indicated that they felt the benefits of county-wide organization outweighed the drawbacks. Resort unification could offer (Resorts) Continuednn page 11 Italian quake toll mounting VENICE, Italy (AP) - Rescue workers dug frantically today for possible survivors in the earthquake ruins of dozens of tow ns and ullages in northeast Italy and it was feared the death toll would reach at least 300. Art treasures apparently escaped damage, however, in the massive shock Thursday night that was felt in half of Italy and at least six other countries, causing panic among millions. There were no reports of casualties or major damage outside Italy or in major Italian cities. At midday today, national police headquarters in Rome reported 243 bodies recovered in 19 towns, with scores feared trapped under the wreckage of leveled buildings. More than ],000 persons were injured, a number of them seriously. A U.S. Army base in Vicenza sent out six helicopters to shuttle the injured to hospitals and to ferry medicine and water. The worst quake in the last 10 years in Europe and Asia Minor was in eastern Turkey in 1966 when 2,529 were killed. More than 17,000 died in Guatemala in a quake last February. Thursday night's quake rocked an area from Venice to the Yugoslav border in the east to Milan in the west and tremors were felt as far south as Naples, as well as in sections of Yugoslavia. Austria, Czechoslovakia, West Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. Hundreds of Belgians fled from high-rise apartment houses. Floods in November 1966 heavily damaged Florence's art patrimony and accelerated the decay of churches and other buildings in Venice. But after an intensive check of buildings in the lagoon city today by the Venice fire department, a city official reported that not one church or historic (Quake) Continued on pageH Hearing Tuesday on five downtown lots ByRUTHNORRIS CityEdfUr A public hearing on five parking lot projects in downtown Fergus Falls is expected to draw a large crowd Tuesday, and at this point, nobody's predicting which way it will go. After the hearing, set for 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland School, the City Council will have to decide whether to go ahead with parking lots on the former Minnesota Motor site; the Mill Street location of the former Hannah, Benson, Oyloe and Journal buildings; Ihe former Worner site on Junius between Mil! and Cascade; the City Hall Annex tot, and the Webber lot at Court and Cavour. The five projects' estimated cost is $761,544, of which $403,785 would be assessed to benefiting businesses and $356,069 to parking revenue bonds, to be paid back from parking meter collections. The five lots would provide 325 additional parking stalls. The lots currently are in various stages of development. The City Hall Annex kit, 4S stalls, is already complete and needs only to be financed The Womer tot, 45 stalls, has been leveled and would require surfacing. Buildings have been removed from the Mill Street lot, ?6 stalls, but no construction work has been done. The Minnesota Motor building would have to be demolished for the 79-stall lot lo be constructed there, and the city would have to purchase half of the Webber lot (the other half has been acquired). Financing follows a formula worked out by Chamber of Commerce manager Burke McCormick, based on projected use of the tots. Businesses have received preliminary assessment estimates. "None of the costs come out of the general fund." McCormick notes, "and therefore the general taxpayer will not be affected." Bonds sold by the city would be paid back from money- collected from parking meters. McCormick said he is aware r.f some opposition from down- Continued i^n page 11

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