The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on March 6, 1974 · Page 1
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Wednesday, March 6, 1974
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uailuJournal lOlstYEAR NO. 55 FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA 56537 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 1974 To House panel SINGLECOPYlOc Nixon to submit Watergate papers ELEVATOR STILL FULL — About once every three weeks enough grain has been hauled out of the Fanners Grain and Mercantile Co. elevator in Carlisle to allow fanners to unload some of their own stockpiled grain. Walter Breckel, manager of the elevator, said trucks began lining up at 6 a.m. yesterday and totaled nearly 50 by 9 a.m. He took in 10,000 bushels of barley by noon yesterday. Breekel says he is still able to get only one or two boxcars a week and doesn't know when the situation will improve. (Journal photo by Harley Oyloe) Under government orders British coal strike talks begin LONDON (AP) - Leaders of the miners union and the National Coal Board began urgent talks today aimed at ending Britain's nationwide coal strike. They were under orders from the new Labor .government to "settle it quickly." Union general secretary Lawrence Daiy said before the meeting he hoped to reach a solution by the end of the day. Coal board chairman Derek Ezra said: "I'm very hopeful that we shall succeed, but I don't know whether it will be today. There are a lot of problems to be discussed and settled." The two sides were expected to ignore a pay board report on the relative pay of miners and workers in other industries. The union has already said the report does not give sufficient help to surface workers and clerks. The pay board, appointed by the ousted Conservative government, conceded underground miners are entitled to special treatment because of the conditions of their work and proposed pay increases averaging more than 30 per cent. The proposal fell short of union demands and appeared doomed to oblivion in view of the Ijbor government's instruction that negotiators can ignore it. Prime Minister Harold Wilson's new Labor government cleared the way for quick action by telling the miners' union and the National Coal Board they could ignore the anti- inflation ceiling on pay raises imposed by Wilson's Conservative predecessor, Edward Heath. Once the miners agree to return to work, Wilson is expected to end the three-day work week Heath ordered before Christ- mas for much of British industry and business to conserve coal-supplied electric power. The 280,000 miners refused to work overtime and weekends in November and then went on strike 25 days ago to back their demand for pay raises well above the seven per cent ceiling set by Heath. The Conservative prime minister called an election to rally- support against the miners and lost. One factor in Heath's defeat may have been the finding, a week before the voting, that the miners were entitled to more than they had been asking. The size of the pay board's recommendation for wage increases has not been made public, but there were suggestions it might run as high as 40 per cent in some cases. The miners' base pay now ranges between $60 and $85 a week. Once the miners' pay claims North Vietnamese ready to return U.S. war dead SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) — Two United States aircraft headed for Hanoi today to pick up the remains of 12 Americans who died in North Vietnamese prison camps. The bodies were to be flown to U Taphao Air Base in Thailand, where they will be taken to the U.S. Army's central identification laboratory. A U.S. Embassy spokesman said the names will be withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin. . North Vietnam agreed on Monday to turn over the bodies in its first major move to carry out the repatriation agreement in the Paris peace accords signed more than a year ago. At the same time, the North refused comment on when it would repatriate the remains of 11 other American POWs who died in the camps and a B52 crewman whose body was found after his plane was shot down. Aboard one of the C130 aircraft were specialists from the military's Joint Casualty Resolution Center based in Thailand. The other plane carried a IS-man delegation to the four- party Joint Military Commission in Saigon. The North Vietnamese said last year that the men had been buried under headstones carved with Vietnamese names. They said the false names were designed to protect the bodies from Hanoi residents who might loot the graves or who sought revenge for American bombings. In Cambodia today, military sources said rebel activity picked up at several points around Phnom Penh while government troops continued to close on a five-mile roadblock on the capital's supply route to the sea. Meanwhile, the government said its forces reclaimed 25,000 civilians from rebel control during February and 10,000 civilians came under government control in Kompong Thorn this month. are settled, it will be Employment Secretary Michael Koot's task to convince the other unions that they should moderate their pay demands to keep from endangering the life of Wilson's minority government. Nixon sets television conference WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon will hold a nationally televised and broadcast news conference at 6:30 p.m. CDT today, the White House announced. Timing of the surprise news conference— Nixon's second in nine days — heightened speculation the President would announce steps toward ending the Arab oil embargo. But Deputy Press Secretary Gerald L. Warren, in announcing the East Room session with reporters, said: "I cannot predict whether the President will have an announcement this evening." Nixon often opens his news conferences with major announcements, and tonight's session was scheduled amid reports that Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger brought back from the Middle East this week assurances that the embargo would soon be lifted. The news conference also comes amid a flurry of developments in the Watergate case. The President informed the House Judiciary Committee he will give it all the material he already has turned over to the Watergate grand jury "without limitation." Nixon's chief Watergate lawyer, James D. St. Clair, told a Continued on page 14 WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon informed the House Judiciary Committee today he will give it all the material he has already turned over to the Watergate grand jury "without limitation." The President also offered to answer written questions and submit to an orval interview if the committee is not satisfied with the written answers. Nixon's decision was announced by James D. St. Clair, the President's chief Watergate lawyer, at a hearing called to hear arguments on the disposition of a sealed grand jury report. St. Clair told U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica that the White House would offer no recommendation as to what the judge should do with the sealed .report which sources have indicated contains grand jury findings on the President's role in Watergate. St. Clair disclosed that the report is IVa to 2 pages long; that it is in addition to the briefcase containing grand jury evidence which was given the judge along with the sealed presentment. Referring to news accounts about the sealed report, St. Clair said, "We consider there has been a serious breach of grand jury secrecy." He said also the published reports represented a "gross distortion of its contents." The grand jury gave the report to Sirica last Friday along with an indictment charging seven former Nixon administration and campaign officials with conspiring to block the investigation of the Watergate break-in. other than indict or ignore. It may not make special reports." Wilson contended the sealed report "prejudices our clierr > and should be expunged or returned to the grand jury with the court's instructions that their act was wholly illegal and improper." John Dear, majority counsel for the impeachment inquiry, and Albert Jenner, the minority counsel, were among the participants at a closed meeting called by Sirica Tuesday to prepare for today's hearing. Other participants included James D. St. Clair, the President's chief Watergate lawyer, special prosecutor Leon Jaworski and attorneys for the men indicted on Friday. In addition, Jaworski's office filed a sealed brief with the court Tuesday, hut a spokesman refused to say whether it concerned the sealed grand jury report. Sirica scheduled the hearing after a monday meeting re quested by St. Clair. Sirica ordered all parties to the case not to discuss it outside court. Meanwhile, Chairman Peter J. Rodino, D-N.J., of the Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday, "The committee is of a mind to exercise its power of subpoena if there is a refusal to honor our request for information." Rodino made the announcement after the White House asked the committee for another day to respond to its request for evidence for its impeachment inquiry. Rodino also said the committee had instructed Doar and Jenner to appear in court "merely in response to the invitation. In no way will counsel be party to any proceeding or submit to the jurisdiction of the court." Doar said he would advise Sirica of the committee's authority to conduct the impeachment inquiry and tell the judge it was prepared to receive the sealed report if it related to the investigation. Split decision reported from special elections In addition to lawyers from the White House, the special prosecutor's office and the House' Judiciary Committee, counsel for all seven defendants were present for today's hearing. The hearing was moved to the ceremonial courtroom to accommodate some 300 people who showed up. St. Clair was the first to speak. John J. Wilson, counsel for former presidential aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman, already has notified Sirica by letter that he would argue that the grand jury had no authority to issue its sealed report. In his letter Wilson said the grand jury "has no power to do Off Page One How do you rale your community? Page 3 From poetry to successful songwriting. Page 8 Tips from Troopers. Page 13 Area happenings. Page 14 By The Associated Press Special congressional elections in Ohio and California amounted to a split decision in the latest test of voter sentiment on Watergate and the Nixon administration. Voters in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area elected a Democratic representative for only the WEATHER FERGUS FALLS AREA Cloudy and turning colder this afternoon with scattered light rain or snow. Partly cloudy and much colder tonight and Thursday with a few snow flurries tonight. Wind northwest 15 to 30 miles per hour diminishing to ten to 20 miles per hour tonight. Highs this afternoon from 25 northwest to •15 southeast. Ix>ws tonight eight below to 10 above south. Highs Thursday 12 to 25. High Tuesday 4!) Overnight Low 30 At 8 a.m. 31. At noon 37 Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 a.m. today, none. Temperatures One Year Ago Maximum 43. Minimum 30. fourth time this century, but a California Republican scored an impressive victory over a field of seven Democrats for a vacant southern California seat. Both elections took place Tuesday. In two previous special elections this year, voters in Pennsylvania and Michigan elected Democrats to fill previously "safe" GOP seats. Political observers said the results indicated a possible trend that could carry over into this fall's congressional elections. California state Sen. Robert J. Lagomarsino, who said Watergate was not an issue, took more than 50 per cent of the total vote over the entire field of seven Democrats, avoiding the necessity for a runoff. His opponents had campaigned on Watergate with varying degrees of intensity. l^gomarsino, 47, will claim the seat of the late Rep. Charles M. Teague, a Republican who held the 13lh District seat for 19 years. With 458 of 480 precincts reporting, Lagomarsino had 51,987 voles to 45,232 for all seven Democrats combined. Democrat James Locbl was running second with 18,416. In Ohio, supporters of Democrat Thomas A. Luken chanted "Nixon must go!" as their candidate claimed victory over Republican Willis D. Gradison Jr. in a race for the 1st District seat. The final unofficial vote from all 478 precincts gave Luken 55,171 votes, or 52 per cent of the total, while Gradison had 51,057 votes. "The voters of the 1st District of Ohio have expressed their concern about the nature of this administration and our society," Luken said in his victory speech. But Gradison, while conceding that Watergate "has been one of many factors in the election," warned that "an election so close, in my judgment, does not indicate a particularly clear mandate." William J. Keating, a Republican who created the vacancy when he resigned to become president of The Cincinnati Enquirer, received 70 per cent of the vote in a 1972 election. In Washington, the White House declined comment on the elctions. House approves court judge pay hikes ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Pay boosts up to $5,000 for County Court judges in Minnesota have been given preliminary approval by the Minnesota House. The vote Tuesday was 69-46. Judges in Anoka, Dakota, Carver, Scott and Washington Counties would receive a boost from $24,000 to $29,000 per year, to match the figure paid Municipal Court Judges in Hennepm and Ramsey Counties. The pay of County Court judges elsewhere in the state would be boosted from $24,000 to $27,500 under the bill. The County Court system was created by the 1971 legislature in ail counties except Hennepin and Ramsey, where the Municipal Court system is comparable to the County Court system. In the Senate Tuesday, pre- liminary approval was given on a voice vote to a bill to remove the 8 per cent interest limit on loans over $100,000. Similar bills were vetoed by Gov. Wendell R. Anderson in 1971 and 1973. Sen. Winston Borden, DFL- Brainerd, says the governor has agreed to sign the measure now being considered, because of a provision that the exemption for such loans would end July 1, 1975. Borden said the effect of the current 8 per cent interest limit has been to dry up credit for small businesses and unincorporated contractors. Corporalions are exempt from the usury law and pay prevailing national rates on loans. The Senate defeated, 37-8, a bill which would have permited creditors to go to court and force sale of a home, if the debtor had equity of more than $35,000 in the house. Under current law, homesteads cannot be sold to force collection of debts. Opponents said pensioners with no other assets other than their homes could be forced out under terms of the bill. Sen. Jack Davies, DFL-Min- neapolis, said the legislation was needed to guard againt persons in financial trouble who convert their assets into a building and then move in. lo gain immunity from debt collection. The bill to put gas and electric utilities under state regulation was scheduled for an 8 a.m. hearing Thursday in the House Appropriations Committee. Two other committees already have cleared the bill, which would go to the House floor if the Appropriations Committee also approved. Minnesota, South Dakota and Texas are the only states which do not regulate the rates set by gas and electric utilities. Senate Majority Leader Nicholas Coleman, DFL-St. Paul, said he was surprised to find an amendment repealing part of the 1973 Liquor Reform Act had been made part of a minor liquor bill. The amendment would prevent liquor retailers from getting into the wholesale business. Coleman was critical of liquor lobbyist George Byers, St. Cloud, for having the proposal offered as an amendment to a non-controversial liquor bill. Byers, counsel of the Minnesota Wine and Spirits Institute, told newsmen the matter was "just an unfortunate misunderstanding." He said the amendment merely clarified present state law. He said that the chief Senate author of the bill, Sen. George Conzemius, DFL Cannon Falls, had the Senate legal staff check the bill and there was no objection. However Conzemius and Coleman both said that the amendment would be removed when the bill is considered on the Senate floor. Coleman said Byers had approached him earlier about the proposal, and Coleman had said he would study Ihe idea. A bill to establish the office of state demographer was approved by a Senate finance subcommittee. The new office would keep abreast of population trends and make recommendations to the legislature and state agencies. THERE'S GOT TO BE A WAY - Helen Nobles, an employe at Gasow Veterinary Hospital in Birmingham, Mich., struggles to boost Ix>rd Wellington, a 90-pound sheepdog, onto a table for grooming. Ijird Wellington's touch-up was done for the Detroit Kennel Club's 56th annual show, which opens Sunday. A well-placed shove got the one-year-old dog seated on the table. (AP Wircphoio I

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