The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 8, 1976 · Page 1
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New military bill expected WASHINGTON (APJ-Con- gressional leaders indicate they may not try to override President Ford's veto of a H-bilUon foreign military aid measure, of his U.S. aid decisions violates the Constitution's separation of powers doctrine. The bill originally was passed . .. . . on votes that would indicate aying toy are more likely lo neither the House nor Senate itfer a new compromise bill. muM mmt*>r th» tu-ft-thi^^c Daily Journal Ford vetoed the bill Friday, accusing Congress of unconstitutionally trying to restrict his foreign policy powers by including items that would limit his ability to dole out weapons to foreign countries. Among items that will be likely targets for compromise are proviswns that would temporarily lift the Vietnam trade embargo and one that would impose a $9-billion ceiling on US. military sales. Ford accused Congress of trying to make itself a "co-administrator" of foreign policy. The President said the provisions lifting his Vietnam trade embargo and provisions allowing congressional veto of some Ozone probe is linked to power line ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has been asked by a group of rural Minnesotans to monitor ozone pollution in the area where a high- voltage power line is to be built. Harold Hagen, president of Counties United for Rural Environment (CURE), said Friday that the group had written to MPCA Director Peter Gove saying the proposed line would contribute to ozone air pollution. The Minnesota Environmental Quality Council (F.(JC) announced earlier Friday that an "eastern corridor" route had been chosen for the line, which will run through Scott, Le Sueur and Blue Earth counties from near Buffalo to near Mankato. The EQC voted 10-1 in favor of the route lying east of the Minnesota River. The line will carry power brought from generating facilities in North Da- kola. The line is to be built by- United Power Association (UPA) and Cooperative Power Association (CPTA), which had favored a corridor on the west side of the Minnesota River. CURE asked the MPCA to monitor the existing level of ozone pollution in the area of the proposed line this summer to determine whether additional pollution from the power line would violate the MPCA ozone standard of 70 parts per billion (ppb). "Given the known potential .for damage to crops and plants from ozone and for adverse health effects, we believe it is imperative to know what existing ozone levels are and what those levels might be if the line is built," Hagen said. He said the ozone levels had approached the 100 ppb alert level in readings by the MPCA last summer at Dayton and Becker. However, the chief of technical services for the MPCA's air quality division said he would advise against the study. Gary Eckhardt said the increase in ozone pollution from the power line would be "a very, very tiny amount." could muster the two-thirds vote needed to override Ford's veto, and leaders of both chambers indicated they felt this makes a compromise bill more likely than an attempt to override. Rep. Thomas E. Morgan, D- Pa., chairman of the House International Relations Committee, and Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, D-Minn., chairman of the Senate foreign assistance subcommittee, both said they were considering putting the vetoed military aid authorization into a new measure that would provide funding over a two-year period. Humphrey, Morgan and several other leaders accused Ford and his aides of giving them no warning in consultations while the bill was being drafted that he objected strongly enough to veto it. "I feel we were sandbagged," said Rep. Jonathan B. Bingham, D-N.Y., who wrote the provision on dropping the Vietnam trade embargo. "We cooperated with the administration and they cooperated with us ... and nothing was ever said about a veto." The provision would have lifted the embargo for six months. II could have been lifted permanently at the end of that time if the Vietnamese accounted for Americans missing in the Vietnam war. Other congressmen said House and Senate committees may be willing to soften the bill's $9-bilUon annual limit on foreign military sales. There was uncertainty on the prospects for compromise on provisions that would let Congress veto or limit Ford's military aid decisions. The present power to veto any U.S. Veapons sale of $15 million or more would have been expanded in the bill to empower it to veto sales of major weapons. The vetoed bill also would have let Congress cut off military aid to a country that grossly violates human rights. The bill also would have required that any U.S. military sale or service contract abroad be suspended if there is racial, sex or ethnic discrimination against American workers. 103rd YEAR NO. Ill FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA56537 SATURDAY, MAY 8, 1976 SINGLE COPY 15c New slogan being used by President Possible Carfer-Mondale Democratic ticket foreseen ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) With Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey's presidential chances apparently on the wane, the name of Sen. Walter F. Mondale is creeping into the political speculation in Minnesota. Mondale is likely to be among those mentioned as a vice presidential possibility if Jimmy Carter remains the odds-on choice for the Democratic presidential nomination. Two national magazines already have listed Mondale in what is being called the "veepstakes." Political sources around the On the inside Area happenings. Page 2 FFHS choir concert scheduled. Page 5 Area sports roundup. Page 10 state Capitol say it's too early in the game to consider Mondale a prime candidate. For one thing, they say, Carter still is not a cinch and there remains an outside chance that Democrats might turn to Humphrey. If that happens, Mondale is out of the picture because, even if practicality allowed it, the constitution bars both members of the national ticket from being from the same state. Minnesota Democrats note Carter has a reputation for being close-mouthed and for having a very small circle of advisers. "If Carter picks someone we're not likely to know about it until the decision is made," said one leading politician. If Carter continues to lead, however, Mondale is certain to be mentioned repeatedly on the rice presidential lists. One reason is geography, since Minnesota balances nicely with Georgia on the U.S. map. Another reason is Mondale's Washington, D.C., experience, a balance to Carter's anti- Washington theme. However, if Carter's message is selling, he might reinforce it with a running mate from outside Washington. Mondale might be viewed as more liberal than Carter, another balancing factor. One Minnesota politics- watcher put it this way: "I suppose if Carter is nominated, you could draw a line from Georgia to Minnesota, and horizontally through Illinois, and you could guess that a running mate would come from somewhere in this northeastern slice." For a summertime diversion, politics followers can guess at what would happen next if Mondale gets the nod for vice president. (MoDdale) Continued on page i Prairie chickens display splendor A ritualistic dance performed by prairie chickens on booming grounds near Rothsay this spring has attracted more than 500 spectators. They have included college classes, members of Audubon clubs from the Twin Cities and bird watchers. Prairie chickens, which number about 1,200 in Minnesota, are more properly known as pinnated grouse. They're also called square tails, yelkw legs and Old Muldoon. Only the male birds go through the annual display, Gordon Nielsen, game manager with the Department of Natural Resources, explains. During the dance they take in and release air from wind sacks, orange- colored expansions of their throats. The Rothsay Wildlife Management Area of 3,000 acres is one of 80 booming grounds remaining in Minnesota. The grassland range is a strip extending from Wilkin County to Clay, Norman, Mahnomen, Becker, Polk and Red Lake Counties and include: a small corner of Otter Tail. :g|: Besides state-owned lands, there are natural prairie S> areas that have been purchased by the Nature Con- iji servancy, including 2,000 acres in Wilkin County, fiv Hothsay is known as the Prairie chicken capital of jj-i Minnesota. (Journal photos by Harley Oyloe) S* m LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) President Ford, declaring a fresh start for his suddenly embattled campaign, toured the nation's heartland today with a new vote-seeking slogan: "Peace, Prosperity and Trust." Using the slogan for the second straight day at an Omaha breakfast reception for campaign workers, Ford said, "Those are three pretty good words." The President is using them as a shorthand way of making campaign claims that he has kept the nation out of war, restored the economy and overcome the crisis of confidence triggered by the Watergate scandal. Before driving here to deliver the commencement address at the University of Nebraska, Ford told his Omaha workers that the Cornhusker State is "very crucial" to his hopes for nomination and, calling for "a maximum effort" on his behalf, said that "what we do between now and next Tuesday is critical." Meanwhile, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan, who now leads Ford in committed delegates to the GOP convention 366 to 292, took a rest from campaigning, spending the day in his home state. And Jimmy Carter's campaign for the Democratic nomination won endorsements from United Auto Workers president Leonard Woodcock and Ford Motor Co. president Henry FordH. The schedule for Ford's two- day trip to Nebraska and Missouri emhasized non-political appearances, including participation in an afternoon ceremony in Independence, Mo., honoring a Democratic president, Harry S. Truman. Twice on Friday, Ford repeated the phrase "peace, prosperity and trust," trying out what apparently is a new campaign slogan, and for the first time in weeks went through a series of public ap- pearances without once expressing himself on issues raised by Reagan. Predicting success in his restructured campaign, Ford suggested to N'ebraskans, who hold their primaries next Tuesday, that "a mandate would be very helpful in maintaining the momentum that we now have for peace, pro^ierity and trust." Ttoe auto company president said his endorsement of Carter was for the Democratic nomination and that he had not decided who he would back in the general election. Woodcock, who said Carter reminded him of the late President John F. Kennedy, said his endorsement was personal, but had the support of other UAW leaders. He predicted the union would throw its support to Carter at the Democratic National Convention. While in Omaha, Ford stopped at a public park under construction at the site of the house where he was born on July 14, 1913. The house was destroyed by fire five years ago. After Ford lost primary bat- I Slogan) Continued on page C Weather roundup Clear to partly cloudy and warmer today, tonight and Sunday. Highs today tow or mid 79s. Lows tonight mid 40s. High Sunday upper 70s or lower 80s. Southwesterly winds 10 to 15 miles per hour today. High Friday 63. Overnight Low 34. At 8 a.m. 52. At 11 ajn. 68. Precipitation 24 hours ending > a.m. today none. Temperatures One Year Ago Maximum 60. Minimum 48. Celebrated persons come forward to speak out as reformed alcoholics WASHINGTON (AP) - As- • tronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., the second man to set foot on the moon, joined television personality Garry Moore and 50 other prominent persons today in declaring that they are recovered alcoholics. The group of celebrities acknowledged their alcoholism at a press conference in an attempt "to dispel once and for all the myth that alcoholism is something which does not happen to 'nice' people," said the president of the National Council of Alcoholism. The majority of the VIPs previously had not publicly identi- fied themselves as alcoholics. Others scheduled to appear at the press conference included actors Dick Van Dyke, Tom Ewell and Dana Andrews; Rep. Wilbur D. Mills; journalist Adda Rogers St. Johns; CBS- TV vice president Thomas Swafford and Edward "Moose" Krause, director of athletics at Notre Dame University. There also were the Earl of Kimberky, a member of Great Britain's House of Lords, and Sylvester Tinker, chief of the teage Indian nation. Other recovered alcoholics who agreed to let their names be used at the event were co- median Shecky Greene, actors Jason Retards Jr. and Robert Young and insurance company president James S. Kemper Jr. John Maclver, president of the alcoholism council, said the group was "standing together as recovered alcoholics to demonstrate that alcoholism is a treatable disease and presenting a united fropt to el'minate the stigma which is killing people needlessly. "This disease affects people from all walks of life," he added. "There are an estimated 10 million alcoholics in the United Slates, less than 3 per cent of whom are in a skid row situation." »:.**:»*fi*fi¥*ra Many new crops being grown in parts of Red River Valley FARGO, N.D. (AP)- Canary seed, pinto beans and seeds to plant sunflowers aren't considered major farm products in the Red River Valley of Minnesota and North Dakota, but agricultural officials say the region has major portions of the national markets in each of the crops. Officials estimated K per cent of the nation's canary seed is grown along the states' common border, 75 to 90 per cent of the sunfliSwer seeds for planting and 20 to 30 per cent of the country's pinto beans come from the region. There appears to be no booming future in any of the markets but officials agree demand is stable and most fanners make a profit in the specialized crops, "Five years ago, they told us we could never grow enough to be effective," said bean farmer Gordon Me Lean of Gilby, N.D. "They underestimated us." farmers started growing canary seed less than 25 years ago, sunflowers were introduced in the early 1960s and dry edible beans began making their nitch in the north central plains this decade. Much of the reason for the relatively new crops has been the fertile soil of the Red River Valley and weather conditions which lend themselves to the speciality crops. "Canary seed does well in the northern area because of the nature of the plant," said Harris Peterson, manager of the SOO-member Minn-Dak Growers Association cooperative at Donaldson, Minn. "Even in southern parts of the valley, the temperatures aren't that conducive to growing the seed." Canary seed, which resem- bl es milkt although it is gray in color, will product 1,300 to 1,500 pounds of grain per acre, Peterson said. The base price offered by the coop is J14 per hundredweight. Fanners in the northern regions of Minnesota snd North Dakota will produce 15 to 20 million pounds each year. "It takes specific knowledge-special know-how," Peterson said. "But generally, good grain growing practices hold true for canary seed." "The usage of bird seed is limited," the co-op manager said. "The price of canaries is very high and that limits the outlet." Prices for pet birds have been high for four or five years because of a government quarantine on imported birds which Peterson predicted will even- tually be withdrawn. When the quarantine is withdrawn, demand should go up, although Peterson said he "wouldn't call it a boom." Bird seed consumption before the import ban was between 20 and 24 million tons; Peterson pegged the current domestic demand at about half that. Rodney Webster of SL Vincent, Minn., started growing canary seed about 10 years ago. Now, 200 to 300 acres of his 3,000 acre farm are planted with the bird (cod product. "At that time, we were looking for a substitute for wheat," Webster said. "The yield and the price of canary seed were about the same as wheat "We don't have any more problems with canary seed than with any other crop," he added. Webster was especially happy with the way canary seed fit into the rotation schedule of his farm which produces a variety of other Red River Valley crops. "It's fussy to harvest," he noted. "But it doesn't shell out," allowing farmers latitude in when they harvest the canary seed. Dry, edible beans offer less involvement than many Red River Valley crops, according to McLean. "A lot of people have slipped out of potatoes and have started with beans," said McLean, who is president of the Red River Edible Bean Growers Association. "They are harder to grow than wheat is, but much easier than beets and potatoes." McLean, who has 200 of this 3,500 acres in pinto beans, moved into the specialty crop several years ago, "because it looked like a pretty good price." McLean thought the current 11 cents per pound for pinto beans was slightly below the price he wanted. He called 12 cents a pound "the incentive point." "We would be much more comfortable if they were selling between 15 and H cents a pound," he said, although he felt higher prices would bring too many bean farmers into the business. Pinto beans average about 1,200 pounds per acre as McLean estimated valley planting in 1976 at 230,000 acres. North Dakota produced about 1.1 million hundredweight of pinto beans in 1975; Minnesota produced about 276,000 hundredweight. Navy beans were also pro- duced in large qualities last year as Minnesota, ranked second in the nation for production, turned out 92,000 hundredweight. North Dakota was third with 61,000 hundredweight although Michigan outranked both states with 3.7 million hundred weight. "I don't see a whole lot of expansion unless we find some foreign markets," McLean said. "But a slight increase in demand would affect us greatly," because there are not great numbers of bean farmers. However, McLean felt the future of bean yields h ad not been fully explored. "We are working with Idaho and Wyoming varieties which were developed 25 or 30 years ago. They, were not developed for this area," he added. (Crops) Continued on pagr 6 SftttWfiWSftWSWffi^^^

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