The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 22, 1976 · Page 3
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'DallyJournal _103rdYEAR NO. 123 . FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA M537 SATURDAY, MAY 22, 1976 SINGLE COPY !5c 28 killed in California bus plunge APPLE BLOSSOM TIME -Two students at the Lutheran Breton* Schools enjoy the beauty and fragrance •( flowering crabapple blossoms. Shelly Rogntsj, Marysvllk, Wash., and Diane Sloutltad, Enclao, Calif., admire the blossoms of trees owned by Sdvin Grimstad, 2M W. Cedar. (Journal photo by Barley Oyloel Federal funds resume for candidates WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal subsidies are flowing to presidential primary candidates once again. A two-month shutdown- resulting fromaSupreme Court order ended Friday when a reconstituted Federal Election Commission certified $3.2 million to nine candidates barely an hour after President Ford swore in the six FEC commissioners at a White House ceremony. For tie candidates, the resumption of federal matching funds means a chance to pay off campaign debts, order more media advertising, boost staffs and tackle all the other campaign tasks that cost money. Candidates had been counting on the federal money for one-third or more of their' primary election budgets. While the freeze was on, the primary campaigns of Sen. Henry M. Jackson and Fred Harris faded for lack of funds. Several candidates whose campaigns were out of cash had representatives waiting to grab the federal checks as soon as they were written. The flow of campaign cash stopped on March 22 as a result of a Supreme Court ruling that the FEC was' improperly constituted. The court said all FEC . members should have been appointed by the President and none by Congress. r Because the federal subsidy is contingent on the raising of private money, the biggest ben- eficiary is the man whose campaign was already in better shape than the others — President Ford. He got $1.3 million of the money passed out Friday, raising his matching firnds total for the year to J3.3 million. That put him ahead of Gov. George C. Wallace for the first time. Wallace had previously received $2.8 million, but had no applications ready for approval Friday, despite the two- month gap. Here's what other candidates got Friday and what they've received to date: Ronald Reagan, $509,217'for a total of $2.2 million; Jackson, $315,675 for a total fl.9 million; Ford campaigns in Oregon By The Associated First President Ford took his campaign to Oregon today, attempting to dent Ronald Reagan's strength in Western stales. Reagan, meanwhile, raised the possibility o! selling the Tennesseee Valley Authority, an issue which put a crimp in Sen. Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign. Ford's first stop was in Medford, Ore., where Republican voters hold their presidential primary next Tuesday. The President was also scheduled to be in Medford, Portland and Pendleton, Ore., on Sunday, before going on to Southern Call- Complex tax laws relate to errors WASHINGTON (AP) - IRS Commissioner Donald C. Alexander has told a congressional panel that the IRS plans to continue its accelerated effort to provide accurate information to taxpayers. However, Alexander agreed with a House Ways and Means subcommittee that the complexity of federal tax law raises the question whether a high level of accuracy can be expected from anyone dealing with tax returns. "A simplified tax law will make it easier for taxpayers to Weather roundup Partly cloudy through Sunday with occasional sprinkles today and tonight Highs today low 70s. Ixjws tonight mid or upper 40s. Highs Sunday upper 60s or low 70s. Winds northeast 10 to 13 mph today and tonight. High Friday 61. Overnight Low 56. At 8 a.m. 64. At Noon 72. Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 a.m. today, trace. Temperatures One Year Ago Maximum 76. Minimum 48. understand and meet their tax obligations and will ease the burden of tax assistors in communicating the law accurately to taxpayers," Alexander said in a subcommittee staff report released Friday. In the report, summarizing a year-long field study, the congressional investigators said the IRS has markedly improved its taxpayer information service. But they noted that there is a high error rate on technical questions by both IRS and private tax preparers. The staff summary said that "an appropriate question is whether our tax laws have become so complex that it is unreasonable to expect an acceptable level of accuracy from any group of tax preparers." Among problems still facing the taxpayer information system are equipment and personnel limitations that often cause an unacceptable level of unanswered telephone inquiries, the report said. The investigators recommended that each taxpayer assistant be monitored regularly to make sure that he or she is dispensing accurate information. They also suggested that the assistants be required to specialize, because no one person is likely to know all the tax laws. fornia Sunday afternoon. His Caliornia stay will be interrupted for a quick Monday trip to Las Vegas. .The President's Western campaign swing, his most ambitious tour of the primary season, may be extended. Press Secretary Ron Nessen acknowledged Friday that consideration is being given to stopping in another state — presumably Ohio — before returning to Washington on Tuesday. Reagan, who.campaigned today in.Fort Smith, Ark., Topeka, Kan., and Portland, Ore., generally is seen as the frontrunner in Nevada, and is expected to be a formidable oppo- ' nent in his home state's race on June i. The largest number of GOP delegates -167 - will be selected in California. But Ford, talking to a group of Tennessee reporters Friday, predicted he will pick up more votes than Reagan in the six Republican primaries next Tuesday, although he said the vote "will be very close." In addition to Oregon and Nevada, Ford will be competing against Reagan on Tuesday in Idaho, Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas. The six primaries represent 176 Republican convention delegates and 1S1 Democratic delegates. Reagan now has 528 committed delegates to 479 for Ford; 322 are uncommitted and 1,130 are needed for nomination. Jimmy Carter leads the Democrats with 714 and Arizona Rep. Morris Udall is his closest contender with 275; 1,505 delegates are needed to nominate. The count will change over the weekend as GOP delegates are selected in Kansas, Alaska, Vermont, and Pennsylvania^ Democrats choose delegates in Vermont, Virginia and Washington. Responding to a question in Nashville on Friday, Reagan said the sale of TVA power facilities to private industry "is something to look at" He later backtracked, saying he had no plans to sell the TVA and could not as president since the TVA was created by Congress. Ford, meanwhile, said in his interview with the Tennessee journalists that he had heard no complaints about TVA operations but "perhaps the situation should be re-examined." And Udall, also campaigning in Tennessee on Friday, said he thought the TVA and the federal government'should have a broader role in producing power and energy. Campaigning in Chattanooga in 1964, Goldwater called the TVA "an example of creeping socialism" and suggested it should be sold. Jimmy Carter, $137,489 for a total $1.5 million; Morris Udall, $312,258 for a total $1.2 million; Frank Church, $120,972 for a total $352,352; Harris, $120,524 for a total $613,802; Milton Shapp $19,301 for a total $297,311, and Ellen McCormack $42,619 for a total $211,663. The Democratic and Republican national committees each also received $500,000 toward the eventual $2.2 million each will get for its national nominating convention. In all, the FF.C now has certi-. tied payments of $15.8 million to 14 presidential candidates and $2.6 million to their parties. Tne FEC picked Vernon W. Thomson, former Republican congressnian and governor of Wisconsin, as its chairman for the next year. It also began formal steps toward adoption o! regulations explaining complexities of the new election law. Although these aren't expected to actually take effect until after Labor Day, the FEC anticipates interim voluntary compliance from candidates for federal office. Stassen may try again PHILADELPHIA (AP) With four reporters and a news coordinator on hand and 26 empty chairs facing him, Harold E. Stassen announced he was considering a repeat of what he failed to do in 1946 1952, 1964 and 1968 - capture the Republican presidential nomination. "I could unite the Republican party, unite the country and provide the essential leadership to lift America with full employment, without inflation, and establish conditions of peace with justice and freedom," Stassen, 69, said Friday. MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) "It was like a bad dream," said Perry Martin, who awoke from a nap inside a bus as it plunged from a highway ramp across the bay from San Francisco, killing 28 persons on a high school choir tour. "All I can remember is waking up and seeing everything turning around and around and around," said Martin, who suffered only a sprained wrist and some cuts. "I held onto a seat so that I was hanging above a lot of other people." Martin, an 18-year-old senior at Yuba City High School, was one of 24 survivors. His girl friend, 16-year-old Kris Huston, was among the dead. Eleven of the suvvivors were in critical condition andtwowerelistedas guarded. At the wheel, officials said, was Evan Prothero, 50, who had a record of two traffic coh- .victions since 1970 — one for drunken driving and one for speeding. He was in semi-critical condition. Just before noon, the 26-year- old chartered bus smashed through 90 feet of steel guardrail on a tightly curved highway exit ramp arid landed upside down, crushing its roof. "I guess we were just going too fast," said another survivor, Tom Randolph. The speed limit on the ramp is 20 miles an hour. Police were investigating the cause of the crash. Two persons were ejected from the bus when it landed 30 feet below. But most survivors had to wait while rescue workers cut their way through the wreckage and two cranes labored to right the vehicle. The trip began in Yuba City, an agricultural community of 15,000 north of Sacramento. After a concert at a high school in nearby Orinda, the excursion was to have tinted with « via* to Fisherman's Wharf acroa the bay in San Francisco. In Yuba City, students wept in the halls of the high school and attended a memorial Mass at St. Isadore's Roman Catholic Church. Twenty-seven of the dead were students, most of them girls. The only adult lulled was Christina Estabrook, a music teacher and wife of the choral group's adviser, Dean Estabrook, 35. Estabrook was driving a car ahead of the bus and was hospitalized in shock after the accident. "I looked in my rear view mirror and saw the bus go off the road," he said. "H all happened so fast." The bus left the road at the Marina Vista exit of Interstate 680 on the south end of the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, which spans the narrow Carquinez Strait northeast of the San Francisco Bay. "Suddenly a big cloud of dust went up, the bus leaned over, hit the rail and its wheels went up, then it dropped over and landed directly on its lop," said Larry Beaty, an employe at a nearby oil refinery. The bus was chartered from Student Transportation Lines, Inc., in Marysville, near Yuba City. It was last inspected in May 1975 and was due for another state inspection within a month, police said. The accident was the second worst bus tragedy in the state's history. On Sept. 17, 1963, 32 farm laborers died when a bus collided with a train near Salinas. In 1968,20 persons died in an auto-bus collision near Baker. Lundeen endorsed for state senate lone Lundeen last night received unanimous endorsement for state senator from District 11, an area that includes Douglas, Grant, Traverse and Otter Tail Counties. She will seek the seat presently held by Wayne Olhoft. The district Independent- IONE LUNDEEN Glenwood people to pray for rain ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Little rain was expected over the weekend to ease the fire danger in forests and grasslands as a lengthy drought continued in Minnesota. In Glenwood,plans were made to pray for rain. There were'about 15 fires, mostly small, Friday. Ray Hitchcock, fire prevention chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said, ".There are so many these days that I've lost count." The largest of the Friday fires burned over 50 acres of forest land north of Cotton, in northwestern Minesota. Hitchcock said the fire was extinguished by crews from the Cotton area aided by a DNR helicopter brought in from Hibbing. 'Hitchcock said recent fires have been burning to the forest fleer, "requiring lots of control action." He said the risk of ma jor fires increases each day there's no rain. "If the wind picks up, we'll probably have the same number of fires but they'll be worse Hqy hit hardest by drought Crop loss placed at $ 210 million ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Farmers in Minnesota have lost $210 million in corn, small grain and hay because of severe drought conditions this spring, state Agriculture Commissioner Jon WefaU says. Wefald said Friday the loss figures only the potential market value of the crops, and does not include permanent damage to hay and pasture stands and the loss of fertilizer and pesticides applied to field crops that are being written off. The drought is most severe in IM qui Parle, Lyon, Yellow Medicine, Chippewa and Swift counties in west-central Minnesota, Wefald said. However, he said 78 of Minnesota's 87 counties are "critically short" of moisture. The only counties in the state where precipitation has been about normal, Wefald said, are Kittson andltoseau in extreme northwestern Minnesota, and Dodge, Winona, Houston, Wabasha, Mower, Fillmore and Ounsted in southeastern Minnesota. Minnesota's hay crop has been hit hardest, with ?120 million in potential crops lost, We- fald said. The com crop loss was estimated at $30 million and the small grain loss was set at $60 millioa Wefald said state farmers face a "very serious economic disaster" unless there is some widespread rainfall within 10 days. The National Weather Service said no meaningful rainfall is expected through next Monday. "Meaningful rain is a half or three-fourths of an inch," said John Graff, head of the NWS office in Minneapolis. "That's what it would take to have any appreciable effect on the critical areas." each time," the DNR official added. At Glenwood, in parched southwestern Minnesota, the Chamber of Commerce declared Sunday "rain day." Area residents were asked to attend church services to pray for rain. "It goes without saying that the rain situation is critical throughout much of the state," said Chamber President John R. Stone. "While we can talk about it, maybe we could do a better job ofasXing the one Man who could do something abut it." The National Weather Service offered only a slight hope of relief, saying widely scattered showers and thunderstorms were expected in western and southern Minnesota early today, with south| western Minnesota the most 'likely to receive significant precipitation. • Occasional sprinkles were forecast for northwestern Minnesota through Sunday. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said firefighters were prepared for another potentially explosive weekend in forest areas, where the state fire buildup index was the highest since off kials began keeping records. The index measures the dryness and combustion levels of forest land. A ban on open burning remained in effect in the northern two-thirds of Minnesota, and Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario also implemented a ban on open fires Friday. Motorcyclists were urged by the DSR to stay out of forested areas because of the hazard of the exhaust sparking a fire. Officials also cautioned fishermen and campers venturing into forested areas to use extreme caution. Smokers were told to make sure their matches were cold before disposing of them. They also were cautioned to grind any cigarette or cigar butts into dry dirt away from any grass or foliage to make sure the lire was out, then to shred the butt Republican convention held in Fergus Falls also endorsed Rep. Dave Fjoslien, incumbent in District 11B. The convention adjourned to a later time for endorsement of a candidate for District 11A. Jack Lacey, Grant County farmer, expressed an interest in that race. Henry Berghuis, Alexandria, chaired the convention. Officers elected included Madeline Miles, Barrett, chairperson; Dr. Jerry Mohs, Alexandria, vice chairperson; Dolores Flint, Elbow Lake, secretary-treasurer. Senator Roger Hanson, Vergas, gave the keynote address at the convention held at Our Lady of Victory School. Kirby Green, Underwood, who sought endorsement for the senate, moved from Lundeen's unanimous endorsement. _ Richard Pemberton nominated Lundeen and John Kilde seconded the nomination. Lundeen, who has been active in civic and government affairs, said preservation of Minnesota's high quality of life will be a central concern in the campaign. ''There are very real threats to the good life in Minnesota that must be met," she said. "The business climate in the state is steadily deteriorating. Jobs are flooding out of the state. Middle income Min- nesolans pay the highest income taxes in the nation. We've got to develop policies that create new jobs, not discourage them." "State government must also be directed to do everything possible to help agri-business. We must free fanners from unrealistic government regulations so that agribusiness can continue to be the cornerstone of our state's economy." "The quality of political life is also being threatened. The trend towards a one-party system in our state is increasingly dear. Our system of checks and balances, necessary to good government, is being weakened. The status of our citizen legislature is threatened. "The time has come for a legislator who can be trusted by the residents of District 11 to show concern for their particular needs rather than following the dictates of party leadership more concerned about the Twin Cities than outstate Minnesota." Lundeen, her husband Ed and son Dan live in Fergus Falls. Another son, James, is serving in the United States Navy as a Lt. j.g. A daughter, Olivia, is finishing her junior year at Northwestern University. Lundeen is a member of, and was treasurer of the nine county District V Parents Teachers Students Association, a member of the Fergus Falls Lake Region Hospital Auxiliary-, the Fergus Falls Woman's Club, her church and several other civic and community organizations in the region. Ijmdeen is also a registered nurse and is a member of the Northwestern Hospital Alumni Association and the Abbott- Northweslern Hospital Associates. Filings for office open July 6 and close July 20.

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