The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on June 5, 1976 · Page 2
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Will Journal OPINION PAGE SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 1976 r Editors' Notebook br lltr-n tirtv «nd Chlrkt Una* *ttd Graduation has been y a big event in the area the past week. Traditional as it is, parents can reflect on a number of changes that have developed in the custom. Students have been spared an oration by an imported speaker. Fergus Falls commencement did not include valedictory and salutatory since no students were designated as the top ranking among about 90 honor students. Instead two representative students were chosen to give brief speeches. • Commencement is the only formal function for graduating seniors. Baccalaureate has been sponsored by the ministerial association since it was ruled "constitutionally improper" and attendance is not required. This year attendance was reported as "excellent." Students this year decided to forego the customary junior-senior banquet. The annual prom drew about 200 couples out of a potential 650 students in the junior and senior classes. The PTA and student council continued with a movie and a breakfast related to prom night. A trend that has gained in popularity is parties given by parents following commencement. For i many graduates and their parents half a dozen parties are part of graduation. Commencement continues to be a momentous time and it may involve more pleasant memories than in the days of more regimented exercises. The bus depot has moved again, this lime to the Travel Wise Motel near die 141 and Highway ^10 interchange. There are advantages in (he new location but it seems an ide'al spot is not possible. Xow the facility will be open 24 hours a day with no waiting in the cold or the rain. And' the buses d» not have to maneuver through streets in the downtown area. ' But getting to and from the. bus depot already has caused some dismay. For people who don't have Iheir own transportation there's the added cost of taxi fare that may run to two dollars. And there are a number of people riding buses who have limited incomes. Senior citizens and young people who are trainees at' Lake Region Rehab Industries are among them. Shouldn't a shuttle bus be considered? l***er* to Britain's changeover from the imperial units of This \s First ride to Cali ooking Business News Golf board gives Pretts recognition To UK Edit*: x The Golf Board recently awarded Bernle Pretts a plaque in appreciation for his services to the Pebble Lake Club. In addition, the board took action at a regular meeting and then ' wrote the following letter toMr. Pretts: "The motion was made and seconded that the secretary convey to. you our sincere thanks for your many services to the Pebble Lake Golf Oub. A discussion was held and it was brought up that for over a dozen or more years you have contributed your interest and time, ^us the know-how to the golfers of Fergus Falls without compensation. It was mentioned that you were out there early and late and on weekends to try to resolve problems that had arisen^ It was also brought out that your interest in the Course had channeled many per. manent improvements our way which could not have been realized otherwise. "Because of the above mentioned contributions, and many, many more, the Board voted unanimously to send to you a Certificate of Service and also present to you a card'' granting a Lifetime Membership in the Pebble Lake Golf Club. "We hope we can continue to count on your advice and judgment in the future as we try to implement the terms of .the new arrangement" Delaine B. Gust, Secretary The Pebble Lake Golf Board •Merry-Go-Round" Inside Chile's torture center By JACK ANDERSON with LES WHITEN Korlgoard joins Guide staff and resistance is still strong to the new plan, par- 'ticuiarly among consumers. The changeover began in Britain in 1965 and was scheduled to be completed by the end of 1975. Hamish Lumsden, an official of the Metrication Board (an advisory board set up by the government), says that "the country still isn't metric in obvious places such as road signs and in many shops." And Britons continue to order their beer in pints, their butter in pounds and their gasoline in gallons. Two main reasons are cited for failing to complete conversion in Britain. The country started metrication with industry and then worked back towards consumers. But consumers have been responsible for the major resistance and now British government officials believe they should have attacked in just the opposite way. It would have proven more successful, they think, to have started with road' signs and in the_stores, and then worked back to the beginning of the manufacturing protess.. • The other big stumbling block is that the government has been reluctant to set deadlines to cut off the old imperial system. It has been wiljing to cave-in to public feelings that metric is no good because it- causes some inconvenience. TTie interest in Britain's experience is relevant because here in the United States the Metric Conversion Act of IS^a calls for "a national policy of coordinating the increasing use of the metric system in the U.S." This law authorizes a commission similar to Britain's Metrication Board, but as yet the President hasn't named such a commission. But the metric system is coming and Americans would be foolish not to try to benefit from the lessons learned bv Britons. It's easy to see who is depending on nature in Fergus Falls for green lawns and gardens. Without diligent sprinkling and the liberal use of city water the landscape is decidedly arid. Far more discouraging and bordering on disaster is the tot of farmers who have no alternative but to'depend on rain. But (here is no problem yet for city residents who are using 4.S million gallons of water a day, to combat the drought. The water plant which is operating 18 hours a day has a capacity for 7 million gallons a day. A noticeable drop in the reservoirs occurs after 6 p.m. when sprinkling starts in earnest. However, no ban is planned unless the drought continues for another month. Karl Karlgaard, who has worked part-time for Howard Binford's Guide during the past year while completing his degree in- mass communications at Moorhead State University, has been named associate editor of the Fargo- Moorhead city magazine by publisher Howard Binford. Karlgaard, who has been a reporter and staff photographer, will now be involved in advertising, production and circulation also. He will continue to operate Karlphoto, free lance photography service. Originally from Doran, he worked for The Photo Center from 1965 to 1967 while at- Lompert cited as retailer of the year Lampert Building Centers were cited "Building Supply Retailer of the Year" by "Building Supply News," a leading national trade publication at a presentation in Chicago May 25. 'Lampert Building Centers were specially highlighted for their ability to tailor their retail stores to best serve the needs of the consumers in each of the 'communities where they operate. The St Paul-based company operates 53 retail centers in Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota. "The time is long overdue to spotlight the important role of building supply merchants in American business," Harold J. Sugarman, publisher of "Building Supply News," commented. Umpert Building Centers notes great changes in building materials retailing in the past 90 ' years. Old-fashioned lumberyards selling only lumber and roar- along the railroad tracks have grown into centers serving the farmer, the do-it-yourselfer and the professional contractor. "We consider Lampert's a people-oriented company with personal growth for our people," said John R Lampert, president of Lampert Company. "It is our objective to best serve the needs of the community in which we operate as well as the needs of the individual consumer." tending Fergus Falls Community College, then was assistant manager of that firm from October of 1969 until May oi 1973 when he moved to Fargo. He was drafted into the Army in February of 1968, serving in Vietnam, first for four months with the infantry and later as photographer-writer with the 25th Division newspaper ' 'Tropic Lightning News" for 10 months. He also worked in Army public relations in Vietnam. While attending Moorhead State, he was employed in the production department at Kota- Kraft Inc. in Fargo for two years. 1 Karlgaard, who is single, lives at 230l'l7th SL S. in Fargo. Binford started publishing The Guide in June of 1968 while on the Moorhearl State mass communications department {acuity. For the past two years, he has devoted full-time to the publication which currently has a circulation of about 30,000 copies monthly. Distribution is through Fargo-Moorbead area hotels,-motels, restaurants, banks, realtors and retail stores. Editorial and advertising offices are in Binford's home at 43313th St. S., Moorhead, with the business office at Knight Printing Co., 16 ISth St S., Fargo, where the magazine is produced. ^" Gift coupons Parkers man's provided Ayrshire great time noted A senior three-year-old registered Ayrshire owned by Duane Midtling, Parkers Prairie, has completed an official milk production record of 16,650 pounds with 756 pounds of biitlerfat on twice-daily milking for a 305-day DfflR testing period. The record is one and five-eighths times the national average for-all dairy cows. Haikebo attends ceurse for power dispatchers Cliff Haukebo, Otter Tail Power Company, recently completed a short course for power dispatchers at Iowa State University, Ames. Discussions included energy transfers, frequency control, economic loading and buying and selling of power! The course was presented by. members of the electrical engineering department -at Iowa State. Power company representatives from 19 states, Canada and the Canal Zone attended. To the Editor: We feel it's time someone spoke up in defense of the KBRF coupon books and contributing merchants! I think it's strange that no one has complained the whole time the coupons.were still good, but now that they have expired the tune has changed. Isn't it funny the coupons only became a rip' off after May 31? We really enjoyed the coupons we used. We knew when we bought our books that there was no way we'd possibly use them all but we more than got our money's worth in gifts and enjoyment Anyone could look through the book before they purchased it and to my knowledge no one was forced to buy the book. We feel the portrait coupon has received more than it's share of sarcasm. One .person WASHJNGTOS-At an awkward moment for the military dictatorship, a daring American congressman literally broke Into Chile's dread Villa Grimaldi, the secret police headquarters, where political prisoners allegedly are tortured. Rep. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and.his aide Joe Eldridge managed to get inside the infamous torture center at the same time that President Augusto Pinochet, the military strongman, is trying to convince the U.S. Congress that Chile is "making progress" in human rights. If Congress does not become ^convinced, U.S. aid to the military regime may be cut off. For there is growing sentiment Jn Congress to make further funds conditional upon the civilized treatment of prisoners. Harkin and Eldridge were part of a congressional team, which had been invited to Chile to satisfy themselves about conditions. They were even escorted through the Tres Alamos prison camp. But when they asked to visit the Villa Grimaldi police headquarters, they were told politely that no such place existed The Americans, nevertheless, kept hearing whispered tales about the "nonexistent" Villa. Chilean sources confided that the Villa had once been a plantation, later a swinging nightclub, now an interrogation center. The secret police used savage methods, it was alleged, to get the answers they wanted. The Villa was a place, the Americans heard, to which many went but from which few reUrned. The Chilean sources even slipped the congressmen the address of the "nonexistent" Villa: 8200 Jose Arrieta Avenue in a suburban section of Santiago. Harkin decided to determine for himself whether the Villa Grimaldi existed With his aide, he set out by taii to the forbidden address. He directed the driver to park the cab wen down the street and wait. - A massive white stone wall surrounded the buildings at 8200 Jose Arrieta Avenfue. Across the street were small, Assistant to Carter available ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - One of Jimmy Carter's southern agents spent five hours' at the Minnesota DemocraUc-Farm- er-Labor convention Friday, looking for second-choice support among Hubert Humphrey delegates. • Dr. Harvey Sloane, 40, mayor of Louisville, Ky., said he was sent only to answer delegates' referred to the fart that she questions and not to exert pres- tned to make an appointment ^^ for ^ svH&es to the three weeks before the coupon - • expired and was put on On the t local scene Accident reported A carport at the A&W Drive-In was damaged about 1200 Friday evening when struck by a U-Haul truck driven by Gregory Williams, St. Paul, according to city ponce reports. Damage to the truck was estimated at $500. Car stolen City police are investigating a car theft reported this morning. A light blue 1963 Chevrolet, license CO 1311, owned by Dennis Stoen, was reportedly taken from 944 Rosemary sometime after midnight test night. a waiting list of SO. Why didn't she make an appointment when she first got her book instead of waiting until tke last minute? Surely if she were going to have wedding pictures taken she wouldn't think three weeks was much advance notice, is this so different? We made our appointments a month ahead of tune and bad no problem. We were treated like we were buying J500 worth of pictures instead of one free portrait, •When we went (nto pick out our proofs there was no pressure into buying more. From the different people we have talked to all have said they were pleased with their picture and the courtesy shown them. As far as the meals go, it would have been nice if the .coupons coald have been used every night of the week 1 , but let's face it, the merchants dkh't doi this just because they like, to give one free meal with each one bought Why should they Till their eating places on weekends with half price meal people? They are in business to eat too! We want to thank all the merchants who took part in this venture. I'm sure they had more than one headache before it was over. To all the salespeople and waitresses who were interrupted many times a Carter .camp. "I think the question is whether Sen. Humphrey runs and if he doesn't, what happens to the delegates," Sloan said. Sloan said he wants to portray Carter to Minnesotans as a candidate carrying "a message of healing to this country." Robert Hultkranz, Fairmont, is Carter's official agent at the Minnesota convention. He said it's not likely that Carter will win any pledged delegates. day to get some one his free gift and serve meals to people who "thought" the tip was included in the coupon" and to places like the Pizza Hut that let you take the Pizza home even though the coupon said "dine in only." We had a great time. Carol Cluever Fergus Falls Esther Cluever Pelican Rapids fenced-in farming lots. The. neighborhood was deserted except for one man who watched the two Americans from one of the farm plots. Harkin and Eldridge crossed the street and spoke to the bystander. "What is this place?" they asked in Spanish. "What's in there?" The Chilean's only reply was to . draw his right hand across his tight lips in a zipping motion. Then he quickly walked away to the security of some distant buildings. ' ,. • The pair from Capitol Hill inspected the walled-in Villa closer.-The stone wall extended •for most of the block. Barb wire was visible on the other side of the wall. The roofs" of the buildings behind the wall bristled with antennae.' The only entrance was a massive metal double door, with f grilled'window on each ' side. The Americans approached the great metal door and rapped on it with authority. A man appeared in one window. The Americans identified themselves, explained they had been invited by Chilean authorities to visit government facilities. They asked what 'place this was, what happened here and whether they couM enter. The man refused to a'drait them or answer their questions. He listened mutely for a while and then withdrew, leaving the Americans standing alone in the street. Just a .they turned to leave, two unmarked cars with radio antennae roared up to the gate. The heavy metal doors swung inward to admit • the vehicles. Before the doors slammed shut, Harkin and Eldridge darted inside the compound. Their stay was brief, and they got only a quick view of the courtyard. A rack of rifles leaned against one wall. Several pickup trucks, each with a canvas-covered top and an antenna, were parked in the courtyard. The pickups matched the description of vehicles that the street police used in their prisoner roundups. The two Americans saw no prisoners, no torture. Half a dozen men, wearing civilian shirts and trousers, combat boots and pistol belts, swarmed around them. Harkin flashed his congressional identification and kept repeating that he had been invited to visit'govern- ment facilities. Eldridge frantically translated Marlon's remarks and kept asking: "What is this place?" The Chileans, refusing to answer any questions, firmly escorted the v tWo Americans outside the high stone walls and slammed the doors behind them. But Harkin didn't give up. He went to the grilled window and demanded to talk to someone in authority. Eventually, an unarmed civilian nervously joined the Americans in the street. But the man refused to identify "this place" or tell the Americans anything atout it When they persisted, he briefly returned to, the compound and came back to state tersely that "his superiors" had forbidden the Americans to enter. A spokesman for the Chilean embassy finally confirmed to us that Harkin and Eldridge, indeed, had visited a police compound called , Villa Grimaldi. He castigated the congressional pair for their visit and deplored their conduct while in Chile. He explained that the pair couldn't get in because" it was too late in the day" and "they didn't have permission." The spokesman allowed that the Villa perhaps'was used for temporary detention. Then he volunteered: "Those reports; you know,' on torture and things, they are not true." They'll Do It Every Time POTPOURRI Admitting that it overpaid recipients $547 million the last 27 months, the Social Security Agency tries to put the blame on recipients, disagrees." People who have ill tidings to pass on always say "I hate to tell you this" and then go right ahead and eagerly tell it.. ; .As soon as we make our country independent of the Arab oi! countries we might try our hand at growing our own coffee.....There would be no trouble financing a new many of whom arc so feeble they don't know how stadium for the Vikings and Twins if the legislature ' much they -receive, let alone know when they change' status. Looks more like just another case of poor bookkeeping on the part of 'the SS Agency.....What difference a word can make. Consider the difference in meaning between a wise guy and a wise man ...Here's a good description of what goes on in Congress: "A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens. • Then everybody could find some way to impose a flat one-cent nuisance tax on the use of the words, "You know." 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