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$ Area legislators view issues ( Fergus Fills (Ma.) Joinal Ties., Mar. 5, 1974 Dave Fjoslien Roger Hanson House District 11B Apparently some members of the Minnesota House of Representatives think your local" elected officials are unable to make their own intelligent decisions. I am referring to an amendment I offered and lost on, Feb. 28 to H.F. 2797 which would have allowed our local units of government to retain control over automobiles they purchase. H.F. 2797 requires that an automobile purchased by any unit of local government which weighs over 3500 pounds must have the State of Minnesota approval. I believe we must conserve energy, but I do not believe we need a state bureaucrat to tell our local law enforcement people what type of car they must drive. H.F. 2797 has its good points; however, I did vote against the bill as there are several parts I object to. The move toward a central super government steadily grinds on at your State Capitol. The local school boards are in jeopardy. Now with H.F. 2797 the county commissioners must go to the state for permission to purchase the Sheriff's car. We in rural Minnesota are steadily having our voices muted by our big city cousins and I think it is time we wake up to this fact. Minnesota's state budget has gone from 2.1 billion dollars in 1970 to 3.8 billion in 1974. Our state debt was 394 million in 1970. It is now 765 million. Where has this money gone? Did you know we now have over 1100 positions appointed by our Governor. 301 of these jobs were created in the 1973 legislative session. Have you noticed much improvement in your state government lately for all its increased cost — I haven't. If we don't stop this trend, our state will soon be run by large appointed state departments which will not respond to the needs of our out-state areas. It is time that the people of Minnesota take a hard look at what is presently happening in our state and speak up before our state is completely taken over by appointed unresponsive bureaucrats. Senate District tO With less than three weeks remaining of this legislative session, I intend to use this week's legislative letter to simply touch briefly on several issues before us. About 3500 bills have been introduced in the Senate and while they won't all be debated, authors are scurrying about in a last minute effort to get "their own" legislation processed. This week I have three bills that I will present to committees for action. One deals with the removal of Rough Fish and seeks to award contracts on the basic of "qualifications and- or past performance". At the request of the bow-hunters of Minnesota, I am seeking legislation that would remove the north-south dividing line in the late season and permit state-wide bow-hunting of deer. And the third one relates to the Industrial Development Act and seeks to assist in the inclusion within the act of a multi- district vocational-technical school facility. A somewhat local bill regarding a savings and loan agency in Detroit Lakes will not be heard this session because of lack of time and lack of complete information. This week we will be giving final Senate action to "no-fault divorce"; "reduced speed limit"; "repeal of tax on oleomargarine"; and "elimination of income tax to certain low-income people". In the next few weeks we can expect action on the "dairy stabilization bill"; "flexbile school year"; "utility regulation"; and possibly "no- fault insurance". Even though we will be holding sessions every day including Saturday during these remaining weeks, there will be hundreds of bills that will never receive a hearing or action and consequently will "die" when we adjourn around March 25. Don't feel too bad — the majority of them should not be passed, in my opinion. Please feel free to write or call if you have certain legislation that is of concern to vou. To Your Good Health By Dr. George C. Thosteson YEAR-ROUND CHAPPED, DRY LIPS Dear Dr. Thosteson: For several years now I have been bothered with chapped lips, not only in the winter but in summer also. Our family doctor recommended drinking more water but that has not cured the problem. Could you make any recommendation?—Mrs. W.M. This could be a variety of conditions and should be seen to be evaluated. However, drying, crusting and cracking the year round suggests there may be an irritant that is continually present. Cosmetics sometimes are the offenders—lip stick is an obvious possibility. Nail polish or other preparations that touch the lips only secondarily can't be neglected as suspects. So think back. Have you made any change in your cosmetics dating to about the time the trouble started? Stopping all cosmetics for a time may be useful. It may not, right off the*at, show which cosmetic is guilty, but is the trouble stops it narrows things down a good deal. Irritation from toothpaste or dental materials sometimes proves to be the cause of the trouble. Sensitivity to the actinic rays of the sun can be involved. You also might try one of the lip balms available in the drug store. These are colorless but serve as protection against external irritants. Dear Dr. Thosteson: You had an article on post-nasal drip. Would you please rerun this article, and do you have a booklet on treatment?—Mrs. P.J. I don't like to run articles over again, but I do have a booklet that discusses postnasal drip, causes as well as treatment, in a good bit of detail. The same booklet also discusses sinus trouble, so send 25 cents and a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope to me in care of (Daily Journal) and ask for the booklet, "You Can Cure Sinus Trouble." It will include the information you want on post-nasal drip. Dear Dr. Thosteson: Is there any home treatment for a leg ulcer caused by varicose veins?—F.L.N. The only effective one is surgical removal of the varicose veins—and that's hardly a "home treatment." Local treatment of the ulcer is also necessary, as prescribed by the doctor. Dear Dr. Thosteson: I am three months pregnant and worried sick. At about six weeks I tried taking quinine to try to stop the pregnancy. After one pill I showed one spot of blood, and took four more but didn't show any more. Then I was having morning sickness and couldn't keep the pills down at all. They just made me sick. Now I am worried that the quinine hurt my baby. Would it affect the baby's health?-Mrs. R.P. It is doubtful if a small amount of quinine would have any detrimental effect on the baby, but I suspect it is a good thing that you couldn't keep some of the pills down. There's a long list of drugs that can harm the baby, and a longer list of drugs about which we don't yet know enough to be sure, so I stick to the advice I've often given before: Don't take ANY medicine in pregnancy without your doctor's sanction. By the way, the claim that quinine will terminate a pregnancy is an old and oft- repeated fable, but neither it nor any other medicine will undo an established pregnancy or cause a miscarriage. The cases in which somebody says quinine did so, it was a coincidence, and a miscarriage was going to occur anyway. Birth control is a much- discussed and highly relevant topic in today's society. Find out all you should know about birth control in Dr. Thosteson's easy-ro-read booklet, "The Twelve Birth Control Methods." For a copy, write to him in care of this newspaper, enclosing 25 cents in coin and a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope (include zip code). Dr. Thosteson welcomes all reader mail but regrets that, due to the tremendous volume received daily, he is unable to answer individual letters. Readers' questions are incorporated in his column whenever possible. Cal Larson House District 11A There has been a good deal of conversation regarding energy conservation measures and from what I hear and see, the citizens of Minnesota are certainly doing their part in conserving energy. The House has before it House File 2797 which is the Energy Conservation Act of 1974. This bill assumes that we will create a new State Energy Department of the State of Minnesota. The Energy Conservation Act would establish broad powers in the commissioner's office regarding design and construction standards covering heat loss, lighting and climate control for all new buildings in the state. These standards would be effective six months after rules and regulations have been promulgated, or the fall of 1975 at the latest. The bill also would require specific modifications for various types of existing building and this is where I object to the bill. 1 can't imagine where we would get enough money to pay for the inspection of every existing building in the State of Minnesota. It also seems ridiculous to me that we can consider the passage of this bill before we have rightly had an opportunity to gather the necessary facts regarding this whole issue of energy conservation. This bill has not had enough input by the various people in the state, and if we were to pass this bill, I am sure we would be repealing a good portion of it in the 1975 session. As you will recall, the Solid Waste Management Bill passed just a year ago and there were so many bugs in the proposal that we had to make some emergency changes just recently to make the bill workable in the rural areas. Another section of the bill is that after January 1,1975, new passenger vehicles sold in the state would be required to have a gasoline mileage sticker affixed in accordance with the mileage ratings determined by the Federal Envorinmental Protection Agency. The word is we will finish our work by March 25th. The Majority is still considering a major pay raise for legislators which I strongly oppose. Food prices projected by McGovern WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. George McGovern said today that food prices may rise as much as 30 per cent in 1974. That figure, double government estimates and about one- third larger than the 1973 rise, is based on staff estimates about food prices and the soaring price of fuel, McGovern said. McGovern made his estimate in a speech prepared for the annual legislative meeting here of the American School Food Service Association. The South Dakota Democrat, the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, is a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and is chairman of the Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs. In order to deal with mounting food prices. McGovern proposed establishment of a national food and nutrition policy. McGovern said this would involve a nutrition policy conference in June, establishment of a national food reserve to hold surpluses for years of shortages and reallocation of federal funds to expand the school breakfast program and keep down the price of the school lunch program. Noting that the Agriculture Department has predicted a price rise of 14 to 15 per cent. McGovern said: "My best staff people tell me that, instead of 14 to 15 per cent, this year's increase will be at least as large as last year's — another 22 per cent. "In fact, unless we begin to deal with this crisis, instead of somebody's passing fancy, this year's increase in the cost of food may go as high as 30 per cent." Frank DeGroat House District 10A The 1974 session of the Minnesota legislature is slowly coming to a close. Committees have discontinued their me etings an d tho se of them who feel they have critical legislation are holding Saturday and evening meetings for the purpose of getting their slates clean. Much to our dismay, there are many local bills that should have been passed this legislative session that will not be passed, in many cases due to lack of concern of local officials who were not familiar with the legislative process and do not recognize the critical nature of their request until a crisis develops forcing them to take prompt action. I am presently involved in attempting to get action on a couple of bills that 1 should have and could have had information on in December of 1973, giving us ample tune to arrange for drafting of the bills and laying out the political groundwork that must be done. I can only reemphasize what I have often stated — that local units of government that have problems which require legislative action prepare themselves or contact their legislators in advance even if they think they need legislative action. Without this cooperation, it is impossible for a legislator to properly carry out their role and it is impossible for the local units of government to give adequate service. The goals are that we will close this legislative session on or before April 1. With many committees already discontinuing the hearings of the bills, and with the tremendous job of the engrossment and enrollment of bills that the Revispr of Statutes has, and realizing that in this interim we have had over 4,000 bills introduced in the House alone and coming to a head in the next three weeks, it is easy to understand the difficulties it creates to have to start new legislation and expect passage this session. This has been a busy session so far and we expect the last three weeks to be worse. Conversations that we hear from the Majority caucus indicate that we will probably adjourn not sine die but to a day certain, therefore providing an opportunity for the Legislature, if necessary, to come back for a short time in mid-summer in case an emergency should arise. I concur with this idea inasmuch as we were given the option by the people to exercise a flexible concept in the Minnesota Legislature; therefore, we should reserve time to take care of critical problems that come up spontaneously if we feel they justify legislative action. I am having a hard time getting consideration on the bill that we have introduced that would give Independent candidates the same opportunities and the same consideration as an endorsed candidate has that is provided in the Party Designation bill that we passed in 1973. It seems as tho the Majority caucus is immune to consider the individual person who feels that they should have an option to vote for someone who feels he should have the right as expressed by our constitution to run as an Independent individualist. When we introduced this bill that would amend the 1973 action, we did not expect passage of it but we did expect that it would be given fair consideration, especially when we consider all the time that we spent on all the other junk legislation that we heard during this legislative interim. I can't help but feel that at no time in the history of the United States have the people been more vulnerable to political anarchy; therefore, I feel that it is imperative that each and every one of us acquaint ourselves and exercise our judgment in providing answers to the questions and challenges that we as citizens of America have before us today. It behooves us to become involved in the political process and enshroud ourselves with a coat of armour in defense of the political blitz that we are presently involved in. Joe Graba House District 10B Last week the House Agriculture Programs and Policies subcommittee of the Agriculture Committee held a public hearing concerning the effect of imported dairy products on the farmers and consumers of this state and the nation. The facts brought out at the hearing are not encouraging for dairy farmers or consumers in our area and throughout the country. Testimony indicated that under the pressure of high operating costs and inflation, thousands of our dairy farmers are going out of business, dairy cattle are being sold in the beef slaughter market and U.S. milk production is falling. The number of dairy farms in Minnesota fell below 35,000 in 1973 and there were only 926,000 dairy cows, fully 300,000 fewer than in 1965. This is unfortunate for a state that ranks second among all states in the number of milk cows, and fourth in total milk production. U.S. dairy imports in 1973 represented a 39 per cent increase over the previous fiscal year and a 127 per cent increase over five years earlier; and a whopping 612 per cent increase since 1950. The result of these imports is that dry milk products are sold at low cost to manufacturers, below the prevailing rates. Thus, farmers cannot successfully bargain with the manufacturers to insure a reasonable return for their product. The final result is that our dairy farmers will continue to go out of business and we will become more dependent on foreign producers. Ultimately the dairy Arlan Stangeland House District 9B This week in the Legislature has been a very short one. We did not have session Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday in order that we might attend the precinct caucuses in our districts. The only major bill that we considered on Thursday was House File 2797 known as the Energy Conservation Act. This bill is very far-reaching in its approach to conserving energy. The bill failed 64 to 60 (a bill needs 68 votes on final passage). This legislation would allow the energy czar to draft rules and regulations on building design, construction, operation and maintenance. He would have the power to prescribe energy use standards for street and highway lighting and standards for the efficiency of operation of new electric facilities. He would regulate outdoor advertising and state and local purchasing of energy- using products, mainly automobiles. These are some of the major provisions of the bill and it's difficult to argue with any of them. The problem with this type of legislation is that it says to the people of Minnesota, "You have to tighten your belts. You have to sacrifice and perhaps in some ways spend more in building, etc. to conserve energy." Meanwhile the citizens of our neighboring states only have to do the things they wish to do as far as conservation is concerned. I don't see any way that we can pass legislation such as this, piecemeal, state by state, and expect our citizens to be happy. I am very reluctant, as a rule, to call on the federal government to act, but it seems to me that in the matter of energy that is national and international in scope it is necessary for the Congress to draft a general policy in the field—a guideline bill if you please—and then have the states pass their individual energy conservation measures. That way we will find all the citizens in all the states sacrificing in order that we might avert an increasing crisis in energy. Another problem with this piece of legislation is that there is a lack of funding on the part of the energy agency to carry out the act, plus the fact that to this point we don't have a department of energy (the Senate has yet to act on creating that department). Also, if we are to have an energy- czar, we might better see what his recommendations are before we enact legislation. industry could be in the same predicament as the oil industry, with increasing dependence on foreign producers for dairy products and a resultant high cost for consumers. At the present time only 15 per cent of all imported dairy products are examined by American inspectors. About 10 per cent of the products inspected are rejected for contamination. This means that 85 per cent of all imported dairy products enter the country without inspection. We, therefore, must have new standards on imported dairy products to protect the health of the American people from the threat of contaminated and otherwise unacceptable diary products from abroad, a threat that has grown and will continue to grow as increased amounts of imported dairy products enter this country. These new standards could also make pur dairy farmers competitive in the market place. What the Minnesota dairy industry wants, and deserves, is fair and equal treatment. They want imported dairy products given the same detailed inspection from the farm and the cow to the consumer that is required of the domestic dairy industry. No one in the diary industry is asking for the easing of domestic inspection and sanitation requirements established for industry and consumer protection. But they do insist that foreign dairy products be subjected to exactly the same inspection and sanitation requirement to assure that international trade can be continued on a fair and equitable basis. In the European Common Market the dairy products are supported at a price far higher than American consumers pay. European nations pay a much higher subsidy on dairy exports. This clearly demonstrates their desire to provide a stable farm economy and rural community. Because income from dairying represents over one-fifth of Minnesota's gross farm income, we must also provide stability for the farmer in our rural areas. It was recognized at the hearing that many of these problems can only be resolved through federal legislation. However, the State can provide the information and make recommendations for new federal laws. Also, the State may be able to pass legislation in certain areas such as labeling of products. It was recommended at the hearing that the farm organizations meet together in an effort to form a unified front in helping the dairy farmers. Those testifying at the hearing included: Jon Wefald, Minnesota commissioner of agriculture, and representation from Mid America Dairymen, A.M.P.I., Land O'Lakes, Food and Drug Administration, Creamery Operators Association, Farmers Union, NFO, and individual dairy farmers. Wayne Olhoft Senate District 11 Taxes, utility companies and impending committee action deadlines were the primary topics of conversation in the senate this week. Senate bills which were not acted upon by March 2 will not be considered this year. This rule prompted announcements by committee chairmen for additional hearings which are scheduled for the late evening and early morning hours. Although committees will not hear senate bills after March 2, we will consider successful house bills following the deadline. It appears we will be adjourning by March 25, so it will be a short session all in all. On the senate floor we passed an important tax bill this week. It was the "working poor" bill which eliminates state income tax for working families living on welfare level incomes. I believe this is a good move that will provide more incentive for people to continue working rather than not work and rely on welfare. A second tax bill, repealing the 10 cents per pound tax on colored margarine also was passed on Friday. I didn't feel that this year was an appropriate time to repeal it in that it will cost the state $4 million that the budget didn't allow for. The argument against its repeal is that the only reason oleo was allowed to be sold originally, is that if processors colored it, they would pay the tax to compensate for the new advantage it would have by imitating the characteristics of butter. Consumers are not required to pay the tax on this food product if they buy uncolored margarine. It appears that the bill will be dead anyway this session judging from the opposition in the House. A bill passed committee that would provide state regulatory and review powers over utility company rate increases, standards of service and financial maneuvering. Minnesota is one of only two states without some form of regulatory power over utilities, and the testimony presented thus far indicates that such regulation may be desirable, especially in the face of the energy crisis. The senate also sent a pair of bills to the governor's desk this week. One of these would reduce the state's maximum speed limit to 55 miles per hour and the other would repeal the 15 cents per cubic yard users fee now charged for solid waste disposal at sanitary-land fills. Both bids are sure to become law. The reduced speed limit must be enforced or the state will lose nearly 80 million dollars in federal highway money, while the users fee (established during the 1973 session) has proven administratively impossible to impose. This summer I will be spending time trying to find more practical methods of funding and solving our growing solid waste problem. m Studded tire bill okayed ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Nonresident drivers are going to have to hold their speed down when they travel on Minnesota roads, but they may be allowed to use studded tires next winter. A bill allowing nonresidents to use studded tires on Minnesota roads won preliminary approval Saturday in the Minnesota Senate. The privilege would not apply to fulllime nonresident students at Minnesota schools or to out- of-stats workers who commute regularly to Minnesota jobs. The reduced 55 miles per hour speed limit took effect Sunday on Minnesota highways. The state patrol plans to allow a two-week grace period for all but the most flagrant violators, issuing warning tickets during that period. The lowered limit was directed by a federal law passed by Congress two months ago. How to contact | area legislators | Rep. Calvin R. Larson House District 11A Room 371, State Office Building St. Paul, Minn. 55155 Telephone (612) 296-4347 Senator Wayne Olhoft Senate District 11 Room 309, Capitol Building St. Paul, Minn. 55155 Telephone (612) 295.4178 Senator Roger Hanson Senate District 10 Room 144, State Office Building St. Paul, Minn. 55155 Telephone (612) 296-4130 Rep. Frank DeGroat House District 10A Room 317, State Office Building St. Paul, Minn. 55155 Telephone (612) 296-4308 Rep. Joe Graba House District 10B Room 339, State Office Building St. Paul, Minn. 55155 Telephone (612) 296-4256 Rep. Dave Fjoslien House District 11B Room 399, State Office Building St. Paul, Minn. 55155 Telephone (612) 296 4317 Rep. Arlan Stangeland House District 9B Room 381, State Office Building St. Paul, Minn. 55155 Telephone (612) 296-4330 Lobbyist hearings scheduled ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The ' Senate's Lobbyist Registration Committee has agreed to a series of closed hearings to hear a complaint of "undue influence" lodged against railroad lobbyist Gordon Forbes. The complaint was filed by Sen. Charles Berg, Chokio, in connection with an investigation of his secretary, Betty Henry, by Forbes. Sen. George Conzemius, DFI/^Cannqn Falls, said the hearings will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. By Senate rule, the proceedings are closed to the public. Conzemius said he hopes the bipartisan committee will reach a conclusion by the end of the session. Other members are Howard Knutson, Burnsville, and Joseph O'Neill, St. Paul, both Republicans; and William McCutcheon, DFL-St. Paul. Forbes, a St. Paul attorney, is a longtime lobbyist for the railroad industry. He acknowledged buying a background investigation of Mrs. Henry from a retail credit firm. Mrs. Henry has sued Forbes, his employers and the credit firm for $2 million, alleging invasion of privacy. Half-gallon liquor plan is scheduled ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The sale of liquor in half-gallon bottles will be allowed in Minnesota by mid-April. The sale of liquor in automatic dispensers in hotel rooms will also be authorized. State Liquor Commissioner Joseph Novak said Friday he has filed with the attorney general a change in regulations •now prohibiting such sales. As soon as the changes have been reviewed by the attorney general they will be filed with the secretary of state and will have the force of law. "I think this is a consumer measure," said Novak. "I don't know why we haven't allowed sale of half gallons in the past. I can't speak for other commissioners." Novak said 46 other states already allow sale of half gallons. A second partof the change in regulations allows hotels to install sophisticated automatic dispensing systems in hotel rooms so that guests can purchase miniature bottles. The machines would be controlled from hotel desks and purchases would be automatically recorded on a guest's bill. Novak said he will approve the automatic dispensing systems on an individual basis. The machines will be allowed as soon as the regulations are filed with the secretary of state. The sale of half-gallon bottles is opposed by liquor lobbyists. Agreement ratified ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Settlement of a prolonged contract dispute between two. St. Paul-area meat packing firms and Amalgamated Meat Cutters Local P-4 has been reached. Indentical three-year agreements between the meat workers and Morris Ritkin & Sons, South St. Paul, andG. Bartusch Packing Co., St. Paul, were ratified at a union membership meeting A Rifkin company official said the settlement provides for hourly pay increases of 20 cents for each year of contracts that will expire Oct. 1,1976, in addition to improvements in pension plans and cost-of-living escalation clauses. Covered by the agreements are 70 employ- es of Bartusch and SO employes of Ritkin. Both plants, closed since Aug. 3, will reopen about March 11, a spokesman said. Separation completed TEL AVIV (AP)-The separation of forces along the Suez Canal front was completed ahead of schedule The last Israeli troops pulled back to new lines in the Sinai Desert and Egyptian forces took over both sides of the waterway for the first time since the 1967 war. Under the United States- sponsored agreement, the Israelis were to withdraw to lines 12 miles east of the canal by Tuesday. The Israelis handed over the east bank of the waterway to the United Nations Emergency Force shortly before dawn, the military command said. The Egyptians moved in six hours later. L

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