The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 26, 1976 · Page 1
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Wednesday, May 26, 1976
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County Road 1 project ready for calling bids ByRUTHNORRlS City Editor Otter Tail County commissioners were told Tuesday that they can probably cajl for bids on the County Road 1 (Otter Tail Lake Road) coo•traction project at their June meeting and award the contract July 12. Highway engineer Dennis Berend told the board that the estimated cost o( the project is $715,092 for bituminous reconstruction of the portion of UK road between Lenore Way and Fergus Falls' east corporate limits and curb, gutter and bituminous surfacing of the highway and a frontage road westward to the Burlington Northern tracks. . Berend.said he felt the estimate was a bit high, however, and bids should come in lower than that figure. The cost of the total project, which also includes a bridge over the Hoot Lake-Wright Lake channel constructed last year, will be shared by the city and county on an approximate 70-30 percent split, with the county picking up the greater share. Berend also told the board that the two men hired as assistant county highway engineers should be on the job • by June. Thomas Behm, who has been working for Egil WefaW and Associates, Minneapolis, will be assistant engineer in' charge of construction and Do'uglas Weiszhaar, Topeka, Kan., who has been working for the Kansas Highway Department, will be assistant engineer in charge of maintenance. The commissioners decided to wait before taking any action Wadena man drowns in Rush Lake Dragging operations are under way today at Rush Lake in search of the body of a Wadena man who drowned there last night the victim -was—Randy Oothoudt, 25. Sheriff's department reports said he was fishing with a companion when be apparently fell from the boat. His companion was unable to operate the motor and the boat drifted away in a strong wind. Oothoudt was believed to be an excellent swimmer but was not wearing a life preserver. The incident was reported about 7:30 p.m. The sheriff's water patrol, Perham fire department and Department of Natural Resources are working together in the search of the lake, which is just east of Highway 78, seven miles south of Perham. The drowning was the first in Otter Tail County this year. Hays' probe WASHINGTON (AP)'- Following Rep. Wayne Hays' admission that he had a' 'personal relationship" with a woman employe, the question remaining in dispute is whether she received (14,000 a year at taxpayer expense to be'his mistress or whether she was a productive employe of Congress. The Justice Department is trying lo resolve that question and the little-used House ethics committee may make an effort, too. Hays, in an emotional speech before the full House on Tuesday, admitted he lied when he denied having a relationship with Elizabeth Ray, a shapely derk on the payroll of his House Administration Committee. But he contended he was telling the truth when he said he did not keep her on the government payroll at 114,000 a year just for her sexual services. FBI agents were reportedly continuing their investigation for-the Justice Department of Hays'" relationship with Miss Ray as the House ethics committee was receiving strong pressure to open its own probe. Twenty-eight House members, in a letter to ethics committee chairman John J. Flynt, urged the panel to launch an investigation "in order lo guarantee the integrity of the House of Representatives, its members and its committees." Flynt was campaigning in his home state of Georgia as Hays made his speech admitting his relationship with Miss Ray, but said he was flying to WavWng- ton immediately. He saki «!1 of the requests for an investigation, including a telephoned request from Hays himself, wore on a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency grant for an abandoned car inventory in order to determine whether accepting funds for the inventory would obligate the county to follow through with a demolition and disposal effort. When the county was offered {19,000 to do the inventory last year, the money was turned down because the commissioners agreed with land use administrator Malcolm Le« that the funds were insufficient to do the job. It was turned over to West Central Regional Development Commission but then the staff there decided not to take on the project. The board approved a special use permit for Levon and Diane Cnristopherson, who plan to operate ah animal park at the Old dither all location on Clitherall Lake, in conjunction with a gift shop and possible museum. Special use permits were also approved for road construction in Connie Olson Development, Tamarac Lake, and a cabin to be constructed by Edmund Penning on Franklin Lake. Requests by El Kvidt for.,a used car lot on Tamarac Lake; William Prieb, grading and filling on Paul Lake, and Darcy Brauch, cutting and filling at West Leaf Lake, were denied. The commissioners were informed that a planned use report for the $328,000 in revenue sharing funds expected for this entitlement period will Daily Journal 103rd YEAR 126 FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA5W37 WEDNESDAY, MAY 2«, 1976 SINGLE COPY 15c Farm losses estimated at '600 million RAIN MAKING MACHINE - Tbt city of GJenwood has been praying fgr rail while many other towns have at least been wishing for It.A group of counties surrounding Ortonvllle however have invested in generators which will seed rain clouds with silver iodide In hopes of gathering moisture The California iirm which sold the idea to the Ortonville area fanners have been telallini; the' generator throughout a wide area - including Fergus Falls. One was placed at the Fergus Motel Monday. Ma nager L ou Estenso n, above, says she'll Hip the switch each time a call is received from a ™ uu> muuauan ww wm ™ l "'!' oglst in P , alm &'>*&< CM- 0*« fcvlm awe been installed in Detroit Lakes and Elbow have to be prepared at the June , ; Alr cutlt ° ts ?« su PP«* d '» ™"7 tte iodide vapors produced by Ibe generators up Into storm 8 meeting. clouds. (Journal photo by Bill Bank) Ford holding his own, Carter increases lead By DAVE GOLDBERG Associated Press Writer The heaviest presidential primary day in American history is over with President Ford- holding off Ronald Reagan on what might have been a big Reagan day and Democratic front-runner Jimmy Carter increasing his delegate lead. There were six primaries on Tuesday, three in Southern or border states and three in the Far West, areas that are the cornerstone of Reagan's Sun Belt strategy. Ford managed a split in the popular vote, winning as expected in Oregon and beating Reagan by narrow margins in Tennesee and Kentucky. Ford picked up 76 delegates in the six contests, but Reagan's bigger wins in Nevada, Idaho and Arkansas gave him 100 .additional delegates, a net gain of 24 delegates on the day. With Tuesday's contests included, the President still leads, 777 delegates to 644 for •Reagan in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. easily captured the Nevada pr i- mary. But Carter, despite the mixed results, won a total of 137 dele- Carter won Arkansas, Ken- gates, combining those picked irkv and TMVW«» hut tost, up in primaries with 28 more in district conventions in Missouri and two in an Alabama runoff. That puts the former Georgia tucky and Tennessee, but lost Oregon, considered the day's main event, to Sen. Frank Church. Church also won in his home state of Idaho. California governor past the halfway mark with 577 of the 1,505 delegates needed for the Democratic nomination. v Carter picked'up an added boost today when Mayor Abraham D. Beame of New York endorsed him for the Democratic nomination. Rep. Morris K. Udall of Art(Primaries) Continued on page IS School board approves pay raises for staff mistress continues "informal," noting his panel could act only on a formal request Four of the 28 members who signed the letter asking for the ethics committee investigation also sent a letter to Speaker Carl Albert. Albert and. other House leaders were in London to accept a loan of the Magna Carta for the Bicentennial celebration. In his confession,before the crowded House chamber, the 65-year-old Hays denied keeping Miss Ray, 33, on the government payroll as his mistress. He said he lied about his relationship with her because be did not want his new wife to find out about it. "Six weeks ago, I was married to the woman I love more than any other person or thing in this world.... Prior to this time, and for an extended period of time, 1 did have a relationship with Elizabeth Ray. I was legally separated and single. It was voluntary on her part and mine," Hays said. He said he ended the rel ation- ship before his remarriage. He was divorced from his first wife in January. Hays insisted that Miss Ray performed office duties for her pay, despite her contention that she could not type or handle telephones and that she did not do any work for Hays' committee. Miss Ray, who says she was on the payroll only to be available for sex with Hays, denied Tuesday that her relationship with the congressman ended with his remarriage. She said she had seen him four times since his marriage and that thcv had been intimate twice. By JAMES GRAY The school board last night approved pay raises of about 8 percent for non-certified personnel including management aides, education aides, cooks and laundresses. The increases total 121,177. Tne' pay for management aides employed at the state hospital is in Uree steps for 35 people. The r, y has been $2.85, $2.90 and $3.15 and was increased to $2.95, $3.05 and $3.40 an hour. Education aides have been paid $2.30, $2.35 and $2.50 and with increases they will be paid 12.45, $2.50 and $2.70. The pay for cooks a nd servers will range from $2.55 to $3.20 an hour and the laundress pay will be $2.60 an hour. The pay for non-certified substitutes will range from $2.30 to $2.50 an hour. James Neuman, assistant superintendent," said negotiations are still under way with custodians and secretaries. The board approved appointment of Dave Jordan! as senior high athletic director, a position that has been held by Chuck Howard, assistant senior high principal. He will receive Weather roundup Partly cloudy today and cloudy tonight with widely scattered showers. Partly cloudy Thursday. Highs today and Thursday 70 to 76. Lows tonight upper 40s. Winds southeast 15 to 25 mph today, northwest 10 mph tonight. Chance of rain 20 percent today and tonight. High Tuesday 80. Overnight Uw 52. At 3 a.m. 64. At Noon 62. Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 a.m. today, none. Temperatures One Year Ago Maximum 69. Minimum 45. J 1,500 in extracurricular pay and be relieved of two hours of teaching. No change in cost to the district is involved The board accepted bids for surfacing of the district-owned parking lot across the street from the National Guard Armory. MarkSandandGravel Company bid $10,228.59 for surfacing. Knight Construction bid $913.68 for installing two driveways. The board accepted resignations of two management aides, Constance Anderson and Irene Scherer. On recommendation of a committee representing five cooperatives the' board approved 10 percent pay raises for three regional vision, hearing and orthopedic consultants. The salaries of $17,600 and $15,400 are totally reimbursed. The board passed a resolution requeuing full membership in an Educational Cooperative Service Unit for Region 4. Charles Duncan, board chairman, was nominated to serve as a board nominee of the service unit board. The service unit will be governed by a board DELANO, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Jon Wefald estimated today the stale's farm loss due lo drought at $600 million. This is three times the loss estimate given by Wefald last Friday "and it gets worse every day," be said. Wefald, calling it the worst spring drought Minnesota has experienced in the last 65 years, said "it is destroying millions of dollars per day in potential crop production." The National Weather Service (NWS) predicted the dry weather will continue through the Memorial Day weekend. Wefald said the hay shortage poses the most immediate emergency for the state's livestock producers. Hay prices have more than doubled in the past six weeks. Cy Carpenter, president of the Minnesota Fanner's Union, joined Wefakl in a news conference on the Willie Honebrink farm northwest of Delano in central Minnesota. Portions of southwestern, west central and central Minnesota have gone eight weeks without significant rainfall, and since last fall rainfall has been 10-14 inches below normal across the prime farming region of-the state. The nay shortage "places a tremendous new cost squeeze on the state's livestock farmers," Carpenter said. "If we don't get rain soon, Minnesota could experience massive selloffs of dairy and beef herd," Carpenter said. Wefald said 'the extension sen-ice of the University of Minnesota will establish and operate a clearing house of information on available supplies of hay, silage and other forage feeds, for referral to farmers in the.most severe areas ,of hay shortage. Rainfall prospects are dismal. A cold front was expected to been in effect since May 11 in" the northern Iwo-lhirds of the state. There were no plans to ban visitors from state or national forests, although spokesmen said a worsening of conditions could result in certain areas being closed lo the public. Robert Swanson of the state Agriculture Department said the hay shortage has sent the average cost soaring to over 5100 per ton, compared to W3 in mid-April. "We are casting in all directions for hay," Swanson said. "We want to check on availability in neighboring states, and find out how 1 much farmers would charge us'. But we don't think we will be able to buy much from the Dakotas, Nebraska or Wisconsin," He said 8d per cent of Minnesota's farmland is "bone dry," and farmers now are trying to decide whether to slaughter their herds or at least drastically reduce them. "Slaughtering herds now would mean a tremendous loss forfarmers," he said. "It would mean a temporary surplus of beef, bat down the road it would lead to a milk production curtailment and marketing caltie too fast, and selling at depressed prices coukl bankrupt the livestock business." Swanson said Minnesota is the only Midwest state with such widespread drought. "It seems like there is a wall around Minnesota. The rain is being shut off at our borders," he said. The Department of Natural Resources(DNR)saidtwoB-26 water bombers each capable of carrying 800-gallon payloads have been sent to northern Minnesota lo help fight forest fires. The planes, equipped to drop a fire retardant chemical, are expected to arrive in Hibbing (Farm losses) Continued on page 15 Disposal location proposed of directors composed of school board members from member districts. The action followed an informational meeting in Fergus Falls Monday evening when 'bring some cloudiness and a i..:.i..:.. :..:-_ , chance of light precipitation Thursday. But skies will clear Friday and remain so over the long Memorial Day weekend. The expected influx of thousands of visitors to northern Minnesota forests and lakes over the holiday weekend prompted officials to renew legislation permitting formation of educational service units was explained. A number of other districts in the region are expected to request membership in the unit. The board approved expenditure of $4,100 f6r curriculum development by Fergus Falls teachers this summer. Included are revision of home economics and industrial arts curriculums, library skills courses, mass media, environmental education and music in elementary grades. The board also approved the expenditure of $3,059 for a Vietnamese reading program for adults. Payment involves planning the program, coordination of volunteer tutors and travel. To comply with human rights requirements the board adopted a student grievance procedure and amended the non-discrimination policy. warnings of extremely high fire danger. A ban on open fires has MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A midway site about 20 miles from the Reserve Mining Company taconite plant was recommended today as a tailings disposal site by hearing officer Wayne H. Olson. Olson's recommendations, which are not binding, were forwarded lo the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the state Pollution Control Agency. Keserve had said during the lengthy hearings that it would consider closing down its processing plant at Silver Bay on Lake Superior if the Milepost 7 site—only four miles inland- was not chosen for on-land disposal of taconite tailings. There was no immediate comment from Reserve officials after Olson's decision was On the Inside • DECA students stage anti-shoplifting drive. Page 8 Area happenings. Page 9 What's new at the museum. Page 11 Snowmobiling group to open counlv trail Page 14. 175 lo receive awards at FFCC. Page 17 Since you asked. Page 20 More women afflicted with ulcers , MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) The stomach ulcer — once the almost exclusive preserve of men — is fast becoming one more symbol of women's emerging equality, medical researchers say. "This is one instance in which equal rights for women are becoming a reality," said Dr. Morton I. Grossman, director of the UCLA Center for Ulcer 1 Research and Education. Grossman, here Tuesday for a medical conference, said that 30 years ago male ulcer patients outnumbered female patients 20-1. The ratio has dropped to2-l-about5million female adults have ulcers, compared lo 10 million male adults, he said. Dr. Charles Code, assistant director of the UCLA center, said the problem has been traced in part to increased smoking and drinking among women. "Smoking, as well as the use of alcohol, has risen terrifically in women," said Code, a former Mayo Clinic ulcer specialist. Both substances irritate the stomach lining where ulcers form as coin-sized breaks in the delicate interior surface. The two doctors were interviewed at the Digestive Disease Week conference here, attended by about 3,000 gastrointestinal specialists. Code said he is not sure what social significance, if any, there is in the trend of women getting ulcers. "Almost any disease will change a person in a certain way, but we haven't found any pattern with ulcer patients," he said. No one has ever scientifically connected urban stress or high- pressure jobs to ulcers in men, the two researchers said, and they stoppef short of attributing the rise in female gastric disease to increased job responsibility or emotional stress. "It's a very popular notion that psychological and environmental factors contribute lo ulcers, but it's never been proven," Grossman said. "For some people, stress on the job actually seems lo inhibit ulcers." announced. Reserve discharges up to 57,000 Ions of tailings daily into Lake Superior and has been ordered by federal courts to switch to an on land disposal site. Reserve's mine is located at Babbitt in northeast Minnesota, nearly 50 miles from the plant Environmental groups and some state officials had recommended that the firm be ordered to pipe ils tailings back to the mire area for disposal. In his recommendations, Olson found that the Milepost 20 site, known as "Midway, is the most feasible and prudent for on-land disposal." "The record clearly establishes that Milepost 7 is not a suitable location for disposal of Reserve's tailings, ar.d would be contrary to law," Olson said. "Implementation of the proposal for tailings disposal at Mikpost 7 would cause pollution, impairment or destruction of the air, water, land and other natural resources located within the state." Said Olson: "These «ho believe the tailings pose no health hazard, that disposal in Lake Superior is minor pollution at the most, will be puzzled by cor.cerns about blowing dust reaching Silver Bay and possibilities of dam failure which could flush 40 years of stored tailings into l.ake Superior." The examiner said a disposal site farther inland at Milepost 20 "could be implemented speedily and Reserve Mining Co. could move forward as a profitable and respected operation in Minnesota." Added Olson: "If Midway is not implemented and Reserve's operalions are terminated, the consequences would be horrendous for a great many people, but the Milepost 7 site would be no more suitable and no more legal." The recommendation by the hearing examiner was an important milepost in the litigation that has evolved over several years. The appellate judges ruled that Reserve was polluting the air and water. They ordered immediate steps to curb air pollution and said the firm must take steps to eliminate the tailings discharge with "reasonable" speed [Hcsthu .,1,11:1,;;, Continued on page 15

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