The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 25, 1976 · Page 1
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Minnesota forests driest since 1910 A quiet, windless night reflected an the sow* airfare of Lake Alk*. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Weather in SOTM Minnesota forest areas is described as just as dry as the Sahara Desert, but a state spokesman said today that "as of now there are no plans to to close any state forests or parks" because of the fire danger. • II was noted, however, that a contingency list of high hazard areas in the forests was being prepared, in the event strong winds combine with the dry conditions to accelerate the wildfire danger. Chris Olson, a staff forester for the state Department of Natural Resources, said the list might be used when wildfire danger is highest, such as when winds are strong and humidity tow. He said areas with limited access and stands of pine are the most likely to be on the list The greatest problems would be in pine forests where fires "crown" to jump from the top theaslern Minnesota. Some- of one tree to another, he said, uhal higher wind In hardwood forests fires move along the ground and are much easier to control. i There were 20 fires in northern and central Minnesota forests and grasslands. And the outlook is for continued dry weather with warmer air this week, said John Graff, acting meteorologist in charge of the Minneapolls-St. Paul ol- fice of the National Weather Service. "Relative humidities of H per cent were reported Monday at Deer River and Bemidji, which is about the same as the figure for the middle of the Sahara Desert," a DNR spokesman said. Adding to the problem today will be increasing winds, ranging from 10 to 20 miles per hour in northwestern Minnesota and from 5 to 10 m.p.h. in nor- DailuJournal 103rd YEAR .NO; 125 FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA56537 TUESDAY, MAY 25, 1976 SINGLE COPY 15c Schools hear President gains needed support Region 4 plan for services By JAMES GRAY More than 20 of the 41 school districts in Region 4 were represented at a meeting in Fergus Falls last' night to hear information about a regional Educational Cooperative Service Unit (ECSU). Legislation passed at the last session makes such units possible to provide .educational services and' programs on a regional basis and to provide for in• service training of teachers. Funding of $45,450 to pay for overhead for the fiscal year also is provided. Supt. Richard Baker, who has supported the concept, explained that (7,000 was provided last year for. planning done by Dr. Larry Anderson, interim planning director, and 25 schools showed interest. Speakers at the meeting stressed that the legislation is permissive. School boards will determine whether or not they want to join the service unit. Dr. Gayle 'Anderson from the office and planning and development, state Department of Education, said districts have no obligation to participate. But he pointed out that mandates from federal and state ' levels along with a new requirement for comprehensive planning will require joint efforts. Dick Wollin, director of a pilot program in the Southwest and West Central area, said the purpose of an ECSU is to equalize educational opportunities and such a unit is an extension of the local school district. The service unit's board is made up of elected school board members. . "You don't give up control, you share it," he said. The unit he directs has 105 schools. The units are supported on the basis of service provided. About 70 percent of the funds are paid by schools, 18 percent by the state and the rest federal in Wollin's area. Services provided through a cooperative service unit could include audio-visual materials, special education, Right to Read, farm management, tutors for adults and the hearing impaired, Wollin said. The unit facilitates communication among schools and provides workshops in curriculum education. Dr. Larry Anderson explained procedures. Boards were asked to vote on a resolution'to join the West Central ECSU byJune20andtosuhmitnamesofboard members as nominees for the board. Ballots will be senblo districts that have agreed to join before July 1. Date' for the first board meeting was set for July 10. The date for submitting an operational plan was set for Aug. 8. Anderson said the first year probably would be planning primarily Dr. Gayle Anderson said without such an educational unit school planning may become a function of regional commissions. Baker said that the unit is a viable concept and be would like to see it go. At least U other states have developed regional educa lion plans. An ECSU could be formed by the approval of only one school district in the region that includes over 44,000 students. By DON McLEOD Associated Press Writer President Fofd has passed the halfway mark in his quest for the Republican presidential^ nomination and Democrat Jimmy Carter has a chance to reach the same milestone as six states held presidential primaries today. And Missouri Democrats were to select 54 delegates in district conventions tonight — more delegates than were at stake in any of the individual six primaries. Ford's delegate strength was pushed over the halfway mark on Monday when 113 previously uncommitted New York delegates agreed to give up their uncommitted status and throw in with the President at the urging of Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller. Carter, meanwhile, was predicting he would win 100 or more of the 191 delegates being contested in today's primaries in Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Nevada, Oregon and Tennessee. With the 740 he already has, this would give him well over half the 1,505 he needs for nomination. Missouri's conventions will be held in the state's 10 congressional districts. The 14 other members of the state's 71- member delegation will be selected at the state convention June 12. Party officials predict that Carter will make a strong showing as a result of endorsements earlier this month of Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton and other party leaders. Although Ford's 701 is more than half the 1,130 needed ior the GOP nomination, he faces a much lighter race than Carter does. Carter's nearest rival is Rep. Morris K. Udall with 292.5 delegate votes. Oregon shapes up as the critical battleground for both parties. For one thing, it may be Reagan's last chance before the GOP convention to prove he can win a state with a middle- ground electorate. The other five states voting today are in the string of more conservative southern and western states considered prime Reagan territory. The former California governor has yet to win outside the South and West with the exception of conservative Indiana and is still to carry a major Northern industrial state. Oregon also is the only place where Carter is being tested on Cuban retreat revealed LUXEMBOURG (.AP) _ Fidel Castro has written Swedish Prime Minister Obf Palme that he is withdrawing Cuban troops from Angola at the rate of 200 men a week, Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger said today. "We want to check the report independently," Kissinger, told newsmen on his plane as he flew ' from Stockholm to Luxembourg. "If it turns out to be correct, we consider it a positive development." A senior American official aboard Kissinger's plane said Castro also told Palme he was not sending troops anywhere else in Africa or in Latin America. An official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry said Castro wrote Palme half the Cuban force in Angola would be withdrawn by the end of UK year, the official said there was no indication when the rest would be pulled out. "A partial withdrawal does not meet our requirements," said Kissinger, whose government has refused to deal with the new Angolan government as long as the Cuban troops who helped put it in power remain in the former Portuguese African colony. But the senior American official on the plane said a timetable showing systematic progress would be acceptable to the United States. He added that Washington also might not object to a small force of about 500 Cuban technicians remaining in Angola. Current U.S. estimates put Cuban strength in Angola at be- tiveen 13,000 and 15,000. But it was learned that it takes at least four weeks for the Central Intelligence Agency to detect and confirm Cuban troop movements to or from the African nation. Castro's letter was sent to Palme via the Soviet government on May 21, two days before Kissinger arrived in Stock- holm, with a note saying it should be shown to the secretary of state. It ostensibly was in response to an article mitten by Palme criticizing the Cuban intervention in Africa. Kissinger said the letter was read to him but was not shown to him. However, he said the Swedish government was to send him a copy. Kissinger flew today to Luxembourg for a brief visit to the smallest member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and then was going on to Londoa He told the Swedes during his two-day visit that their neutrality depends on the strength of the United States and its allies. . (Cubans) Continued on page 16 anything approaching equal terms, and failure of his remaining rivals to stall him ' there could put his bandwagon beyond stopping. Carter was favored in the southern states voting today and risked little disgrace from any loss to Sen. Frank Church in Church's home state of Idaho or to California Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., in his neighbor state of Nevada. Oregon also carries the distinction of a traditional bellwether. No presidential candidate since 1924 has lost the primary there and still gone on to win the White House. One recent poll, taken by the Portland Oregonian newspaper, showed Ford with a comfortable lead over Reagan for the 30 GOP delegates. The state has a history of moderate Republicanism. On the Democratic side, the same poll showed Carter leading in early May, but Church has been campaigning hard to catch him. Brown is waging a write-in campaign. There are 34 Democratic delegates at stake. Here is a rundown of the other states voting today: -ARKANSAS: An independent poll shows Carter leading with about 40 per cent of ihe vote. Alabama Gov. George C. [Ford] Conti nued on page 16 inds also were expected in the rest of the state. The DNR said a f[rebuilding index of 100 or more was reported by 35 Minnesota stations Monday, with Crosby reporting a cumulative fire danger index of 143. A rating of 50 is considered dangerous, the DNR said. The index is reduced only by rain, and some parts of Minnesota haven't received any rain in more than eight weeks. Fire fighters doused 10 small grass and marsh fires in Minnesota Monday. DNR forester Chris Olson said the largest of the reported fires were a 96-acre grass fire near Dululh and a 90-acre grass fire near Cloquet. Olson said 15 acres of pine trees burned near Hibbing but the remainder of the fires were small. Two fires Monday were started by children playing with matches, Olson said, and one ignited when someone began burning debris in violation of a burning ban. Spring this year lias been one of the driest in the slate's history, forests arethedrieslsince 1910 and the drought is hurting the agricultural industry. , Robert Swanson of the state Agriculture Department said the drought is causing a serious shortage of hay, a crop essential to meat, milk ar.d egg production. He said the price of alfalfa has more than doubled in the last month from $18.50 a ton to more than $100 a ton. The National Weather Service said no significant rainfall is expected through the Memorial Day weekend, so the fire danger is expected to keep . increasing. "It keeps getting worse and worse and will go on for another week," said Chris Olson, a forester for the DNR. Many of the firefighters have been working for three weeks straight without a day off, Olson said. "We just hope we don't get that big one," he added. SAUK CENTRE, Minn, (AP) — Central Minnesota farmers who prayed for rain in special church services Sunday decided Monday to try and do something about the drought that is endangering their crops. About 1,000 farmers in four central Minnesota counties — Stearms, Pope, Douglas and Todd - hope to raise $75,000 by Wednesday to hire Water Resources Development Corp., Palm Springs, Calif., to begin cloud-seeding operations. The region has had no significant rain for eight weeks. The state's open burning ban is in effect in central Minnesota a/id infant crops are showing the effects of the drought. Pal DuBois, president of the First Stale Bank at Sauk Centre, who chaired the meeting Monday night, asked the Boards of Commissioners in each of the four counties to meet as soon as possible to consider appropriating federal revenue sharing funds for the project. . It was suggested that donations be made at the rate of (25 per quarter section of land. Homeowners in towns and cities of the four counties also are being asked to chip in, at S10 each. DuBois said cloud seeding will begin as soon as three- quarters of the }Y5,000 is raised. The seeding would be done by ground generators set up on Minnesota's western edge, giving the seeding the 75 to 100 miles needed to develop rain. Speakers at the meeting said 'itwasnotknownhowmuchrain would be generated, but farmers said anything at all would be a help for their dry crops. 'Powder dry 1 subsoil cited ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A drought since last fall over farmlands in southwestern Minnesota has reached such a critical state that subsoil is described as "powder dry." Some samples showed no signifant moisture in the first nine feet below ground, a federal official reports. In addition', a state agency reported Monday's dryness in northern Minnesota matched that of the middle of the Sahara Desert. Harry Major, state conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Soil Conservation Service, said today that there was an S-10 inch rainfall deficit over'a wide area of Minnesota last fall, and another 3-4 inch deficit this spring. A small comer of south- On the inside On the local scene. Page 3 - Fergus Jaycees receive several awards. Page 7 Area happenings. Page 9 state On training abuses Marine hearing scheduled WASHINGTON (AP) - A Marine private who was shot in the hand by a drill instructor during hazing is testifying before a House panel investigating alleged Marine Corps training abuses. Pvt. Harry W. Hiscock was scheduled to testify today before the House personnel subcommittee. Hiscock and drill instructors at the Parris Island, S.C., training base testified at court martial proceedings last February that the instructors forced him to shout obscentilies and degrading things white groveling on his hands and knees before he was accidental!v shot. • Sgt. Robert F. Henson, 26, a senior drill instructor, pleaded guilty to the accidental shooting. He was given a bad conduct discharge. The drill instructor said he pointed his M16 at Hiscock during the hazing to frighten him and it fired. He said he thought he had taken the powder out of all bullets in the rifle. Hiscock, referring to himself in the third person, loW the court martial in Henson's case that he "was told to say goodby to his platoon. When the private was walking toward Sgt. Henson, he heard a rifle discharge and felt a stinging feeling in his hand, sir. " ... Syt Henson told this private if anybody should ask what happened to say that the private slipped in the head and cut his hand on the bolt at the base of the toilet" • The panel also is expected to hear from former Marine Staff Sgt. Kenneth Taylor who told the Detroit Free Press that pressures on Marine recruiters to meet their quotas have led to ' the enlistments of some mentally or physically unqualfied men. Taylor, a former recruiter, said: "I had people I knew were smart enough to pass the intelligence test lake it for guys I knew weren't smart enough to pass. Everybody does it. They have to because of the quotas." At opening hearings Monday, a Texas congressman said the I Marines) rnnlinufdonpaitf It LARGEST EAR OF CORN - Olivia, t wamuilty li sooth-cntra! Minnesota, boasts tlie nati«n's "largest ear rf core" as the "com capital of Minnesota." Bait about foir years igo, the monoeil stands M fwt tall. Each year, Olivia celebrates with » three-day festival: "Ctrl Capital Days of Summer." (Journal photo by Tom Hiitgeo) western Minnesota along the Iowa border got some rain during the weekend, including more than '•< inch in the prime corn and soybean producing area of Nobles, Rock and Jackson Counties. But all experts agree the state needs several inches of rain to alleviate the situation, which threatens sprouting of seeds in many- fields. "When we get below the 18 inch root zone the ground is powder dry. We've done some soil sampling in the past couple of weeks in southwestern Minnesota, and we actually had to go down nine feet before we found moisture of any consequence whatsoever," Major ,said. ' The weekly crop report of Minnesota's Federal-state Crop Reporting Service said Monday that'the moisture shortage was placing great stress on all crops throughout Minnesota except in the southeastern corner. In northern Minnesota forests, the dryness threatens to turn any spark into a wildfire. After eight weeks without rain of any significance, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Monday that "relative humidities of 14 per cent were reported' yesterday at Deer River and Bemidji, which is about the same as the figure for the middle of the Sahara Desert." The National Weather Service said no significant rainfall is expected through the Memorial Day weekend, so the danger of crop damage and fires is expected to worsen. Officials have credited a ban on open burning in the northern two-thirds of the state with [Soil) CimlimmlonpagrK Weather roundup Partly cloudy tonight. Variable cloudiness Wednesday with a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm. Ijws tonight upper 40s or lower 50s. Highs Wednesday mid 70s. Southeasterly winds 10-15 mites per hour tonight. Chance of moisture 20 percent Wednesday. High Monday 80 Overnight 1/iw 48 At 8 a.m. 53 At Noon 78. Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 a.m. today; None Temperatures One Year Ago Maximum 80 Minimum?)

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