The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on June 8, 1976 · Page 1
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Tuesday, June 8, 1976
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th ^DailiiJournal 103rd YEAR NO. 136 Primaries end today By WALTER K. HEARS bidding for 167 deletes in a AH Special Correspondent winnertake-all conlesl with the Voters in California, Ohio and President. Ford casts himself FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA54537 TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 1976 SINGLE COPY 15c Limited ramfa/l value esf/mafed ST.PAUL,Minn.{AP)-Hot temperatures and dry weather continue to diminish ihe prospects for normal 'small grain •crops in Minnesota Ihis year, Ihe National Weather Service (NWS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday. The weekly crop-weather report for the period ended Sunday said most of Minnesota has received 3 to 6 inches less precipitation than normal by this time of year. The southeastern quarter of Minnesota was reported in much better condition because of some good rains in May. The hot dry weather last week stunted growth of many crops and caused some crops to head prematurely at short heights, the report said. Some soybean fields in west central Minnesota may not be planted if moisture is not received soon, Ihe agriculture officials said. Temperatures were warm for the fourth straight week, averaging 9 degrees above normal in the northwestern half of Minnesota and 5 degrees above normal in the southeast. Topsoil moisture was reported short in most parts of the state. • One crop expert said at this point rain would be only "of limited value" to grains, but corn could still benefit some from rainfall. However, John Graff of the NWS in Miiineapolis said forecasters don't expect any rain in the near future in the southern four-fifths of Minnesota. Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey and Rep. Richard Nolan, both Minnesota Democrats, have appealed to Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz to send a team to survey drought damage in the state. Insurance will prevent some Minnesota farmers from losing their farms because of crop losses resulting from the drought, .but one official said there is no way insurance can recover lost profit. Will Dufresne, branch service chief of the local Federal Crop Insurance Corp., said farmers would be able to recover only the cost of mtney put into crops. POPULAR SWIMMING HOLE — When the temperature reached K yesterday youngsters thronged to the Otter Tail River near the Concord Street bridge to cool ofl. Antics included a water fight by Greg Crail, Russ Walz and Bryan Nelson. [Journal photos by Harley Oyloe) New Jersey cast Ihe (ina! ballots of Ihe nation's longest presidential primary season today in elections that could tell whether President Ford can be overtaken, and whether Jimmy Carler can be stopped. It was Ford against Ronald Reagan and Carter against three sets of Democratic opponents, for the biggest one-day delegate crop since I he pr ima ry voting began 15 weeks ago. All told, Democrats were selecting HO national convention delegates, Republicans 331. Ford entered the last set of primaries with 804 of the 1,130 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination. Reagan has 692 and there are 148 in the uncommitted column. Republicans will choose another 283 delegates in caucuses and state conventions, and that is where the competition will focus after today. Carter is far ahead of the Democratic field, and bids today for delegates to move himself beyond Ihe reach of the rivals who seek to stop him. He now has 509, with 1,5(6 ceeded for nomination. That is nearly three times his dosest challenger, Rep. Morris K. Udall, who has 307.5. There are 393.5 uncommitted Democratic delegates, and 141 to be chosen after the primaries. Today's balloting lines up this way: California Reagan, the former governor, is in his home territory, Public improvements, grants ok'd by council Beirut's communications cut NICOSIA, Cyprus (API Beirut radio reported street fighting in Sidon and raging battles east and north of Beirut between Syrian troops and Lebanese-Palestinian forces today, despite reports of a cease- fire. The leftist-controlled radio said Syrian tanks rumbled into Sidon, a port city 25 miles south of the capital, behind an artillery barrage and more tanks were closing in. Thebroadcastsaidlhe Syrian forces made a three-pronged attack on Sidon from Jeizine, a small town in the mountain 10 miles to the east. The Sidon population had prepared for the attack by erecting sandbag barricades in the streets, the radio said. Sidon, Lebanon's third largest city, is predominantly Moslem. Earlier broadcasts said a Syrian push toward Beirut was stopped by Lebanese leftist and Palestinian guerrilla forces at Sofar, a mountain town 15 miles east of the capital, for the second day. The radio claimed leftist forces knocked outthreeSyrian tanks at Sofar this morning. Communications with the Lebanese capital were cut Monday night and the city was It said a commission of Syr- without electricity after shells ians, Algerians and Lebanese knocked out power lines. Radio Beirut also reported vould be created to resolve the crisis caused by the invasion of fighting at an air base in rarth I^banon by 6,500 Syrian troops Lebanon, where the lefUst-Mos- in an attempt to end the 14- lem-guerrilla alliance was re- month-old civil war between Lebanese Moslems and Christians. The Fatah office said the Walker logs 4,192 miles MINNEAPOLIS (API - A are good people all over the young North Carolina man UnitcdStates."Johnsonadded. walking through the United Slates as his bicentennial contribution arrived in Minneapolis Monday and said his feet didn't hurl despite the 4,192 miles he's put on since Jan. 1. However, Mark Johnson, who began his walk in Maine, spent some time massaging his ankles during an interview. Johnson, 22, Ahoksie, N.C.. has walked through part of every state cast of the Mississippi River and all those stales bordering on the river. "Four miles is the shortest distance I've walked through any stile," Johnson said. "Thai was Wesl Virginia and I ale So far, he said, that's been Ihe case. He started the walk "without a dime" and is in the "same financial condition" now. Johnson has no sponsor for the trip. People in Ihe states Johnson has visited have been "just I Walker) rwitiniH-dim page 16 sisting a surrounding Syrian force. A broadcast charged thai the Lebanese Christians in their enclave to the north of the battle zone opened up with their artillery on the leftist Lebanese, and Palestinians.lo support the Syrians. The Christians welcomed the Syrian intervention because Syrian President Hafez Assad apparently is trying to establish a Christian-Moslem balance ol power in Lebanon and to prevent a radical leftist regime on his flank. A station in the Christian area reported fighting between I .ebanese Christian and Moslem forces "on all fronts." It said Beirut was without any electric power. The Syrian government radio continued to broadcast the report that the Syrians and their I-ebanese and Palestinian foes • agreed on a cease-fire that was to have laken effert Monday night. Radio Damascus said nothing about fighting today. The Algiers office of Al Fatah, Yasir Arafal's Palestine guerrilla organization, also reported a cease-fire agreement. Iruce would be supervised by I Beirut) Oinlinui'dmipagt'16 ByRUTHNORRlS City Editor Planning grants, revenue sharing funds, public improvements and an affirmative action program prepared by the Human Rights Commission were the main topics of discussion at the City Council meeting Monday night. Resignations were accepted from the Municipal Development District Committee by Otto Korp, chairman, and Ed Belka, but no replacement's were named. The committee will be asked to come up with its own suggestions. Its recommendations on proposals, along with those of the housing authority and planning commission, will be presented at the June 21 council meeting. A public hearing on revenue sharing fund designations produced only one request. Nan Frick asked the the local housing authority be allocated $3,400 in operating funds. That allocation was made. The remainder of the $39,584 left to be" designated was divided into two categories: $28,259 for completing riverbank acquisition and beautification at the Minnesota Motor parking lot site, and $8,000 for recruiting a new city administrator, including relocation expenses and hiring a consultant to do the recruiting if that becomes necessary. The affirmative action program presented by Ihe Human Rights Commission resulted from more than 360 hours of work by commissioners lone Lundeen, chairman; LaVerne Heine, John Kilde, Dianne Long and Laurie Sarkipato, Lundeen told the council. Lundeen defined affirmative action as "a set of procedures and policies that an agency, government jurisdiction or company adopts to assure that women and minorities are proportionately represented in all levels of thai entity's employment." The program includes a policy statement of non-discrimination, implementation guidelines, suggested personnel practices, analysis of present ' practices - and goals for the future. The program and a recommendation from the commission that it be increased from five to ten members were referred to the rules, legislation and license committee. Lundeen, who has been endorsed to run for Ihe state senate, then told the council she will not have time to continue on the commission. Her resignation was accepted and Don Broadwell, 425 W. Summit, was appointed to fill the vacancy. Now that the program has been prepared, the commission's function will be to assist in cases of possible discrimination and do research and studies, develop and present educational programs. City planner Karen May was authorized to apply for housing and transportation grants. The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency has made $252,000 available for housing rehabilitation grants in Otter Tail County, she explained, of which $100,000 should be the city of Fergus Falls' share. The funds would be in addition to a Department of Housing and Urban Development community development grant already set to enable a housing rehabilitation program, a nd would fi nance grants of up to $5,000 for low-income families to fix up their houses. May was also authorized to apply for $8,000 in mass transit planning grant money being held for Fergus Falls by the Minnesota Planning Agency's trans- I Council) Continued on page 16 On the inside two meals while I was there." Johnson said his Walk for Freedom is a "symbol of Ihe growth of a free nation from 13 colonies lo 50 states in 200 years." "I'm tryini! In piove there (Mi Ihe local scene. Page 3 Itenegaile theater presents as the underdog but adds: "I don't rule out the possibility that there could be a surprise." One Ford aide said a victory in California would be a miracle. The Republican campaign there escalated in the closing hours as Reagan responded bitterly to a Ford commercial suggesting Dial as President he could start a war. He called it divisive, low road campaigning. California Democrats were choosing 280 delegates, but they have discarded the winner- takeall rule, so Ihe home-state advantage of Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. won't give him a sweep. Carter expects to cut into the California delegation, which will be apportioned on the basis of Ihe popular vote in the slate's 43 congressional districts. Udall, Sen. Frank Church of Idaho, Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama, former Sen. Fred R. Harris of Okal- homa and anti-aborlion candidate Ellen McCcrmack also are entered. The polls dose at 11 p.m. EOT. Ohio Ford is competing for 97 Republican delegates, unopposed for 24 of them. Reagan made a two-day swing to Ohio in hopes of cutting into the President's column. Ford wound up his primary campaigning Monday with a 288-mile motorcade through western Ohio. He said a Reagan ticket could lead Republicans to landslide defeat in November. Cro-ter, Udall and Church were the active Democratic campaigners for a primarv that will award 152 Democratic delegates. Udall said a Carler victory could make the former Georgia governor unstoppable. He assailed Carter as a "mystery man" who has concentrated on collecting delegates without declaring clear positions on the issues. Wallace, Sen. Henry M. Jackson of Washington, who has dropped from the campaign, and a small selection of, district favorite sons are the other Ohio entries. I Primaries) Continued on page 16 Collapse of dam probed IDAHO PALIS, Idaho (AP) — As the threat of more flooding from the collapsed Teton Dam subsides, government officials are looking for reasons for failure of Ihe earth-filled structure. One theory advanced Monday is lhal water seepage may have hastened the collapse of the recently completed dam. There was speculation, too, that a 1975 earthquake on the Idaho-Utah border could have damaged the dam, which is about 150 miles north of the tremor's epicenter. Seven people were confirmed dead in flooding along the Teton and Snake rivers that came after the dam broke Saturday, including one man who suffered a heart attack while preparing for flooding. The list of missing dropped to about three dozen as communications were restored and roads rebuilt. In Washington, Ihe House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee said it would investigate the collapse of the 307-foot-high dam, built for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation at a cost of $55 million. One-ttiird oi the dam on Idaho's Teton River crumbled, releasing 80 billion gallons of water and causing damages esti- (Dam burst) The .Mikado." Are;i happenings. 1'age fi Since you asked. 1'age 7 "Ciioose Life" is ernsadc Ihrme. Page II CONCERT IN THF, PARK - The Fergus Falls Barbershop Chnnis directed by Gerhard Mcidt, the Eltxw Lakt choms directed hy Carlin Berg awl the Alexandria chorus directed by I«s Dahlin prrsmttd a special Bicentennial program list everiig io the N'.P. Park. Spectators gathered in Ihe park lo hear patriotic numbers sung in barbershop harmony. (Journal photo by Harley Oylocl Weather roundup Partly cloudy through Wednesday with chance of thunderstorms tonight and Wednesday. U«s lonight in upper 50s to lower 60s. Highs Wednesday in ihe 80s. Winds soulh lo southeast 5 to 15 miles per hour tonight. Chance of rain 30 percent tonight and Wednesday. High Monday 52 Overnight l«w 63 At S a.m. 73. Al Noon 91. Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 a.m. today, none. Te mpera lures One Ye ar A p> Maximum 69. Miniriuin "»

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