The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 15, 1976 · Page 1
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'DailyJournal 103rd YEAR NO. 117 FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA56537 SATURDAY, MAY 15, 1976 SINGLE COPY 15c Firsf rail campaigning since Truman days President travels by train in Michigan AlCTADn TUP DDFCmPU C4L'M-9l mjwnharp nf n_ __ r* .. , ,•• . . .. ^^ EARLY FISHING SUCCESS - Caiting this mixniig at Stiver Lake near Battle Lake, Oeitoo Laige, left, a»d Milton Reynolds, both from the St. Cloud area, found success as the Bihiag seasm officially opened In Minnesota. Lange holds a three-pound walleye aid their net included other walleyes as well as crapples. Bait included leeches, shiners and flathead minnows. Their party of three, indodlng Dwaine Mason, caught 18 walleyes. (Journal photo by Bruce Bakke) ABOARD THE PRESIDENTIAL SPECIAL (AP) - President Ford got an enthusiastic sendof fat Flint, Mich., today as he lucked off the first presidential whistle-stop train trip in 28 years. "1 ask you to help us out on Tuesday," the President said to the crowd from a platform at the rear of the seven-car train. "We must win in Michigan. " In the last 21 months, I think Jerry Ford has done a good job and I want your help," he added. Repeating themes he discussed in a swing through suburban Detroit on Wednesday, Ford said he has kept the nation strong militarily and brought the economy out of recession. "We have the capability militarily and in other ways to maintain the peace, and we will do so," he said. Speaking of the economy, Ford said: "In the last 12 months we nave added 3,300,000 jobs." A light drizzle began as the train departed wilh the President and Mrs. Ford waving to a crowd of more than 1,000 at the tiny Flint passenger sation. Before boarding the train Ford shook as many of their hands as possible. A handful of demonstrators dotted the crowd, one carrying a sign proclaiming: "Nixon's not my name, but pardon me just the same." There were also several members of an an- liabortion group carrying placards. Earlier, the President predicted victory in Michigan and repeated his slogan of "peace, prosperity and trust." The 165-mile tour was to take him from Flint to Miles, via Durand, Lansing, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. Not since President Harry Truman's victorious campaign against Thomas Dewey in 1948 has a president used railroad cars for campaigning. Amtrak rolled out its newest locomotive and cars for the occasion but for Ford's personal use had to turn to a 22-year-old observation car, the only one in the national passenger rail system having a rear platform suitable for presidential speechmaking. "We are going to make an all- out effort in Michigan because Michigan is very crucial and we need aU the help and assistance we can get. We want Republicans, Democrats and Independents," Ford said. He said he wasn't worried that Democrats who otherwise might have voted for Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace would cast GOP ballots for Reagan because the Wallace cause is almost dormant. "I think I'll get more Democrats and more Independents than he (Reagan) will because, ideologically, I think there are more Democrats who'll agree with me, and I think I'll get more Republicans than he." The Ford drive in Michigan was very much a family affair, Mrs. Ford joined her husband in Flint for the train trek and together they were joining daughter Susan at the annual Tulip Festival parade in Holland, Mich., in the afternoon. As Ford began a three-day campaign swing Friday, his optimism about his impending home-state battle with challenger Reagan seemed to escalate as he went along. In Memphis, Tenn., he told campaign workers that "we expect to get some momentum evening he was flatly forecasting victory. The President has said he must win over Reagan in Michigan and most observers agree that a loss here would severely cripple his already embattled campaign. In Tennessee and Kentucky, where other primaries loom a week from Michigan's primary, Ford drew friendly crowds and met with campaign workers who seemed lo display more enthusiasm than has sometimes been Ihe case during his travels. After spending Saturday night in his home town of Grand Rapids, Ford will return to up" in Michigan. By the time he Washington Sunday evening via got to Louisville, Ky., in early Saginaw. Before addressing an Armed Forces Day Dinner in Louisville Friday night, Ford signed a new law lhat authorizes him lo mobilize up to 50,000 reservists for a period of no more than 90 days, without having to declare a national emergency or get congressional approval. The authority was needed, he said, because "over 60 per cent of our tactical airlift capability and over 50 per cent of our strategic airlift capability are made up of reserve and national guard personnel . Pledging to use the authority "most judiciously" if at all, Ford said, "In signing this bill I can assure the American people that its provisions will be invoked only where clearly warranted." Reagan gains backing of Oklahoma delegates Council splits 4-3 on revising "fl By RUTH MORRIS City Editor The five downtown parking lots discussed at a public hearing by the City -Council thisjreek will apparently not be acceptable as a package plan. Whether any of the lots will be constructed this year remains to be seen, after a meeting of the council as street committee Friday noon. The recommendation, on a 4-3 vote, was to delete purchase of any additional land (which would eliminate the eastern portion of the Webber lot) and go ahead with the rest of the project. All aldermen except Robert Cookman were present. The differences remaining among the various council members, however, raise the prospect of a possible t'e vote when the recommendation comes to the council Monday night, or a delay that would put the entire project out of reach for this construction season. The difficulty arises over the cost of the proposed lots and a question of who should pay for how much of them. But questions about how much parking the city really needs surfaced persistently. The recommendation on deleting the Webber lot and proceeding with the Minnesota Motor, Mill Street, City Hall Annex and Junius lots failed on a 4-3 vote, and then passed after a motion to accept the whole package was rescinded without a second. None of the aldermen indicated much willingness to compromise further. Of those who favored the recommendation adopted,-Terry Nelson, Terry Black and. Russell Anderson said they favored the five-lot package in its entirety but were willing to give up half the Webber lot at Court and Cavour in hopes of getting the projects passed. Olaf Draxten supported the recommendation as adopted. On the opposing side, Barbara Ebersviller asked that the Junius and Webber lots be omitted or delayed, and Karen Barber would delete or delay the Webber, Junius and half the Minnesota Motor lot. Al Haagenson agreed with Ebersviller, but added that he also had reservations about the Minnesota Motor and Mill Street lots. At one point Haagenson and Black inquired about another hearing lo sort out the alternatives, but were told by City Administrator Rodger Neumann that even now calling for bids for this season is borderline with regard to getting a good price, and further delay would effectively scuttle the project for this year. Whatever they decide, the council is bound to get some heat. Bob Fritz, owner of the Photo Center, criticized the suggestion about deleting the Webber lot, pointing out that businessmen are willing to pay for the whole package, even though they consider the Minnesota Motor purchase a mistake. If any lot were to be cut out, it should be that one, he noted, because of its *3,«0 per stall cost as opposed to UwW^70-per stall cost of-th*-— Webber property. But while most downtown property owners support the-parking project, a number of them object to the cost. Deletion of the Webber lot would mean a $100,000 saving. "The alternative to this program," Nelson told the committee, "is half a million on the general tax rolls," referring to the $500,000-plus already spent. "In this program, we have the merchants taking over half the cost and developing the lots. We're trading a $500,000 debt for a $350,000 debt." Ebersviller and Haagenson didn't find that completely valid, pointing out that the city is spending an additional $350,000 to recoup the debt, and asking that the project be reworked on a more gradual basis so that it could be kept more in the black. Barber's objections were based mostly on constituent Input. She called the proposal worked out by the Chamber of Commerce for assessing the five lots "a good plan" but said she has heard from many citizens that this much development is simply not needed downtown. By JONATHAN WOLMAN Associated Press Writer Ronald Reagan detoured his Michigan primary campaign today for a stint before the Oklahoma Republican convention, while President Ford was setting off on a whistlestop train tour across southern Michigan. Even in Oklahoma — where he was to keynote the convention at which Republicans were expected to elect 18 more delegates to give him all 36 Oklahoma delegates — Reagan couldn' t escape the significance of Tuesday's Michigan primary. Asked if he expects to beat President Ford in Michigan, Reagan said, "Michigan is the crucial one for the President. It's his home state. "I think Michigan is of far more importance to him, in the sense that a win is expected for him, but a defeat would be quite a reversal and quite a shock." Ford, campaigning early Friday in Memphis and Louisville before flying to Michigan for a weekend effort, predicted he would blunt Reagan's challenge with a home-court victory. The Democratic focus was in Michigan and Maryland, where front-runner Jimmy Carter faces challenges on Tuesday from Arizona Rep. Morris Udall and California Gov. Edmund G. Brown, respectively. At a fundraising rock concert for Brown near Baltimore Friday night, thousands — mostly teen-agers — cheered when a band, the Eagles, dedicated their most popular song to Carter. Its title: "You Can't Hide Your Lying Eyes." Brown later declined to add ahyUiing'to that sentiment, but called attention to the audience's enthusiastic response. Another song, by the Eagles along with singer Linda Ron- stadt, was dedicated to Brown. Its title: "There's a Place in the World for a Gambler." Brown said he thought he could win in Maryland despite his late start and pledged to bring a "new spirit" to politics. Former Georgia Gov. Carter met Friday in Washington with AFL-CIO president George Meany. Carter said afterward he believed he would have labor's support if he gets the nomination. There was no word on the subject from Meany. In Michigan, an unsmiling Udall denied emphatically Friday charges by Carter that Udall and Sen. Frank Church had agreed that only Church would run against Carter in Nebraska and that only Udall would take Carter in the Michigan and Connecticut primaries. "There was and is no deal between Sen. Church and myself concerning the Nebraska and Michigan primaries as the ex-governor charged, nor did Church and I ever discuss an arrangement." Anderson preparing to head party committee Robbery Woman affifefe-fufid plan outlined suspect is shot MONTREAL (AP) - Police shot to death today a suspect in the March 30 $2.6 million robbery of a Brink's armored truck in Montreal, a police spokesman said. The man was not immediately identified. The spokesman said the suspect was shot and killed in a west side apartment building by members of a police squad investigating the Brink's holdup, which was believed to be the biggest in the company's 117- year history. Police said five bandits used an antiaircraft machine gun to seize the Brink's truck and got away with $2.8 million in cash and silver coins commemorating the summer Olympic games. The cash was in denominations of $100 or less. The coins were worth $5 to $10 each. MORRIS, Minn. (AP) Plans for the first women's athletic scholarship program in University of Minnesota history were outlined Friday for the university's Board of Regents, University Vice President Walter Bruning said the women's athletic department will award 25 grants of $300 each to cover tuition and fees. The scholarships will be go to sophomores who have demonstrated athletic ability, he said. Source of the money will be non-restricted university income, such as gifts and some federal grants, Bruning said. "It is the feeling of women's athletic administrators that students should apply for these grants on the basis of need," he said. Belmar Gunderson, director of women's athletics, has said she does not want to get involved in recruiting high school seniors for athletics. Regents Erwin GoMfine and Robert Latz disagreed with the decision not to recruit. "Especially with regard to core city and minority women, you will miss many people who would not come to the university for economic reasons," LaUsaid. Bruning said the university is required by Title IX of the U.S. Civil Rights Act to provide athletic scholarship aid for women by July 1978. By that time, he said, Minnesota will have doubled its allocation for women's scholarships to $+3,000. In other action, the regents voted to form a committee to study student representation to the board and approved a student legal system for the Minneapolis-Si. Paul campus. Although students from the various campuses currently sit on regents' committees, they have no voting rights. Several regents said the appointment of Michael Unger, 21, to the board places the issue of student representation in a different light. Unger, a junior at the Minneapolis campus, was named by Gov. Wendell Anderson recently to fill the unexpired term of St Paul mayor-elect George Latimer. Both Unger and Latimer opposed any change in student representation on committees. Latimer said he was not persuaded that there is justification for changing the current system. Unger told the board that he resented the idea of being automatically given the role of representing just students. "Essentially what they're doing is delegating me to a sec- ond-class regentship," Unger said. "The present system was a reflection of our effort to compensate for the fact that there was not a voting student regent," she said. "There is one now and I think the system should be modified to reflect that fact," countered Regent Wenda Moore of Minneapolis. The plan to provide legal representation for students would be supported by a $1 quarterly fee paid by students. Under the plan, students will be prohibited from suing the university or from filing class-action suits. Dr. C. Peter Magrath, university president, strongly endorsed the proposal. BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) Gov. Wendell Anderson, recommended Friday to head the Democratic party's Platform Committee, says he would accept the post "If I were approved by the committee, I would accept," Anderson said following an announcement by Rhode Island Gov. Philip W. Noel that he will not seek Ihe chairmanship. Noel, who has been temporary chairman of the Platform Committee, said he and party Chairman Robert Strauss will recommend Andersen for the permanent chairmanship. The Platform Committee holds an organizational session in Washington, D.C., Monday before conducting hearings Tuesday through Thursday. Anderson said he plans lo familiarize himself with issues before the committee during six regional bearings before the platform is presented at the Democratic party's national convention in July. ' 'My own prejudice is that the No. 1 issue is unemployment," 'he said. "We ought to have a national program to put people lo work." The governor said he also feels American farmers have not been treated fairly. "The country is strengthened when the farmer gets a fair return," he said. "I don't think he's gotten a fair shake from the present administration." The governor was at Brainerd as host of a party for outdoor writers in connection wilh today's opening of the Minnesota fishing season. In his announcement at Providence, R.I., Noel said controversy over remarks he made about black ghetto life had trig- gered his decision. "I believe that someone other than myself would be better able to direct the completion of the committee's work with the same harmony we have enjoyed for the past six months," he said. At a meeting earlier this month in North Carolina, the Caucus of Black Democrats called for Noel to resign from the Platform Committee chairmanship because of the remarks. In an interview taped last fall, Noel said he opposed court- ordered school busing lo achieve racial balance because, when a child from a Mack ghetto is not in school, "he's back in tht sweathole or wherever he comes from with the drunken father and the mother that's out peddling her ass, or whatever." False Hughes wills angering officials On the Inside On the local scene. Page 3 Area happenings. Page 3 Senior citizens shine at liobhy show. Page 5 Area sports roundup. Page 8 Kothsay's Dave Gnllz «ins first game of vrar. Page 8 LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) Authorities have let it be known that they are not amused by the number of wills piling up at the courthouse here to cash in on the billion dollar-plus estate of the late Howard Hughes. Clark County Dist. Ally. George Holt, in fact, finds the whole situation so unamusing he is considering an investigation into felony complaints of forgery, fraud or perjury lhat could land the authors of the purported wills in prison for 1- lo-lO years. "At this time we don't have any investigation," Holt said Thursday. But the county clerk's office has received four wills — three this week — and, he said, "we're looking into it very seriously now." Holt, in a prepared statement, said his office would "vigorously prosecute criminally any such person or combination of persons who fradulently claim heirship." Holt said he would announce shortly whether a formal investigation win be launched. Weather rou Variable cloudiness and cooler today with slight chance of rain. Clear to partly cloudy and cooler tonight and Sunday. Highs today mid 60s to low 70s. Lows tonight upper 30s. Highs Sunday -offer 50s. Winds north 10 to 20 mph today increasing to 12 to 25 iriph tonight Chance of rain 20 percent today. High Friday 87. Overnight Low 39. At 8 a.m. 63. At 11 a.m. 68. Precipitation Z4 hours ending 8 a.m. today, none. Temperatures Q^ y,,, ^ Maximum 69 Mmknmn S3. 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