The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on March 6, 1974 · Page 10
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Third Democratic victory adds bad news for GOP All AP NPVl'K Allfllvclu Tunr-rlmi'n /M_:^ ~l L! _!_._ Jt _ rt« • 1 .. . . . An AP News Analysis By CARL P. LEUBSDORF AP Political Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - A third straight Democratic election victory, this one in a traditionally Republican Ohio district, seems likely to increase the pressure on GOP congressmen in the impending impeachment battle. It also may speed the retirement rush among Republican House members. Tuesday's Ohio election demonstrated, as in earlier contests in Pennsylvania and Michigan, that the current trend is running against the Republicans, whether because of Watergate or due to President Nixon's other problems in the economic or energy fields. All three districts had voted consistently Republican in recent years. Both Democrats and Republicans had shown the psychological importance of the Ohio election by pouring in heavy outside forces. The Democrats were helped by organized labor and the state Democratic party, while the Republicans brought in Vice President Gerald R. Ford and the Republican National Committee's top organizer. In contrast, the big names of both parties stayed away from the California district where Republicans got their first good news of \yn. Republican Robert J. Lago- marslno, who said Watergate wasn't an issue, swamped seven Democratic opponents in a district that, though it has a Democratic registration majority, has consistently voted heavily Republican. The two elections came just four days after seven former top associates of President Nixon were indicted on charges stemming from the Watergate cover-up amid reports that a secret finding by the grand jury At AIM leader trial FBI agent summoned to testify ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - An FBI agent was summoned from Denver, Colo., by U.S. District Judge Fred J. Nichol to testify today in the trial of two American Indian Movement (AIM) leaders on a controversial exhibit the defense contends has been altered. Nichol ordered Agent Boyd Adsit be summoned before a Catholic priest continues testifying. Also called to try to clarify the matter was John Hoyt of the Minneapolis FBI bureau. The battle between government and defense attorneys came as the Rev. Paul Manhart was on the stand for a third day. On trial for 10 felony charges stemming from last year's 71- day occupation of Wounded Knee, S.D., are Russell Means, 34, Porcupine, S.D., and Dennis Banks, 41, St. Paul. The controversy concerned a statement Father Manhart said he read nine days after the seige began Feb. 27, 1973. The resolution of citizens of the district of Wounded Knee urged that U.S. Marshals and FBI agents withdraw from roadblocks and let people come and go at will in the village. The hassle started when the statement, with five pages of handwritten signatures, was admitted as an exhibit. The defense maintains some notations had been added and demanded to see the original. Prosecution lawyers, contacting the Minneapolis FBI office, produced it. A comparison showed several additions had been made. The custodian of the Minneapolis FBI files, Jack Hofherr, was called into court to explain the differences. When he couldn't say who had made the notations, Nichol decided the confusion could be clarified only by calling in Adsit. Defense counsel Mark Lane said, "The government didn't produce an original. It produced a copy that has been altered. The jury would be totally confused." The jury was not present while the arguments were held. Asst. U.S. Atty. R.D. Hurd Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Since You Asked Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? : : : : : : : : : : :W*-vW*>» A column answering questions .xvX-XvX-v.-.-.v. -.•.::::•:•:•:•:•:•:•:•:•:•:•:•»:•:• submitted by Journal readers ••M*: : K : : : : : : : : : : : : : :Wx QUESTION: Does the state of Minnesota have law regulating health insurance premiums, the percentage to coverage? If so, who enforces the rates? ANSWER: Minnesota Statute 62A.02, Subd 3. Disapproval. The commissioner may, within 30 days after the filing of any such form, disapprove such form (1) if the benefits provided therein are unreasonable in relation to the premium charged, or (2) if it contains a provision or provisions which are unjust, unfair, inequitable, misleading, deceptive or encourage misrepresentation of such policy. If the commissioner shall notify the insurer which has filed any such form that it does not comply with the provisions of this section or sections 62A.03 to 62A.05 and section 72A.20, subdivision 1, it shall be unlawful thereafter for such insurer to issue such form or use it in connection with any policy. In such notice the commissioner shall specify the reasons for his disapproval and state that a hearing will be granted within 20 days after request in writing by the insurer. John T. Ingrassia Insurance Analyst Life and Health Section Insurance Division ..............(Addressyourquestionsto: "Since You Asked...," •:•:•:•:•:•:•:•: XWX : Box 506, Fergus Falls, Minn. 56537) »'.*X*X contended, "The defendants are constantly wanting to put their case in through our witnesses." But Judge Nichol replied: "This seems to be a critical matter and I don't see why we can't have the agent from Denver here tomorrow." Earlier Tuesday, a loudly Burton, Liz ore honored MEXICO CITY (AP)-Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor have received honorary diplomas from Mexican President Luis Echeverria for promoting the resort town of Puerto Vallarta, where the stage couple has a home. Asked at a news conference Tuesday about his political ideology, Burton said, "Since I was born poor, from a miner's family, my leanings are obviously toward the left." But he added, "I'm not as leftist as my good friend President Tito (of Yugoslavia) or Mr. (Leonid) Brezhnev (of the Soviet Union)." Quizzed about President Nixon, the energy crisis and the resignation of British Prime Minister Edward Heath, Burton retorted, "You people are asking strange questions. I thought you were going to ask me about my private life." But Burton stopped smiling and refused to comment when a newsman asked him about the recent rift in his marriage to Miss Taylor. Truck driver is killed CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) The driver of a truck was killed in a collision with a train in northwestern Minnesota late Tuesday night. The death was the 77th in Minnesota traffic accidents this year, compared with 128 deaths a year ago. David James Johnson, 23, Crookston, died when the truck he was driving and a train collided about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at a crossing four miles east of Crookston on a township road. A passenger in the truck, Maurice Helgeson, 27, Crookston, was treated at a hospital and released whispered "liar" from the defense table challenged Father Manhart's truthfulness. It prompted a stern rebuke from Nichol to defendants Means and Banks. "I think it's entirely uncalled for on the part of both defendants," said Nichol. The "liar" remark was apparently triggered by the priest's response to cross- examination by defense counsel William Kunstler, who asked Father Manhart if he had ever been asked to verify signatures on welfare checks, Replied the priest: "I have never done anything like that in my life." That brought on the remark from the defendants and the rebuke from the judge. linked N'ixon himself to it, Wliile Democrat Tom l.uken moved closer to an all-out pro- impeachment position in the closing days of Ihe Ohio campaign, Republican Wallis Gradison Jr. sought to walk a middle line, criticizing White House handling of the Watergate scandal but saying the indictments didn't mean the President was guilty. On both Watergate and the question of legalized abortion, Gradison appeared caught in the middle while trying to appease groups with opposing views. Though I.uken's margin was smaller and his victory less unexpected than Democrat Richard VanderVeen's Feb. 18 Michigan win, it came in a district so solidly Republican that the only previous Democratic congressional victories of the 20th century occurred in years of national Democratic landslides. Republicans fear that 1974 could produce a similar electoral disaster, with the Democrats winning some 300 of the 435 House seats compared to their current total of 246, including l.uken. This seems certain to increase pressure on Republicans to be more outspoken against their own administration's handling of Watergate and other matters, at a time when it seems increasingly likely that the House and Senate may have to face the question of impeaching Richard Nixon I Water Watch | :|:|:; Data in this chart show the coliform (potential :$ X:j; : disease-carrying bacteria) index for water at several : : & •:|:|:|: points checked weekly by the Fergus Falls Health :8 : •:|g Department. An index number under 500 indicates only : : : B :Xj|: mild pollution; an index between 500 and 1,000 V8: •:•:•:; indicates some problem; and an index number over £8 ;•:•:•: 1,000 means water is not suitable for activities such as :&: ;!•;¥ swimming. :•:•:•: •:•:£• (Data courtesy Fergus Falls Health Department) gg •|:X: Test Date: (Monday, March4) ;X : : : Vest Location Coliform Index :*:|: Last This •:>£ Daiiielson Bridge (south Week Week :•:•;•: of FribergDam) 0 .... 32 xtt Ijljij: Diversion Dam gj $ :•:•:•: j:j|:|: Hout I-ake-Wright Lake culvert 32 24 :•:•:•: •x-:: Water plant intake g 24 : i : : : : : ;•:•:•: PisgahDam 1,020 ..1,100 SS :|:|:} Interstate 94 Bridge 1,080. 540 : x : : ; ¥S Dewey Bridge i,ign "320 •:•:•:• >x|: Dayton Hollow 228 2,560 $8 |:|g 1'olicanKiver(Elizabeth) '. WO... 3,840 :jvi •:•:;;; Pcbble Lake Discontinued '$% I Gas stations are reopened MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) - Three Twin Cities Metro 500 gasoline stations, closed for a year because of a gas shortage, have been reopened. Paul Castonguay, president and owner, said the firm will attempt to reopen other of the 23 stations closed in March 1973. But Castonguay, who buys his gas from private sources, said he wasn't sure he could keep the three stations open. "The federal government is trying to keep us closed," he said. "It's selling out to the major oil companies." Castonguay said his firm must go through the expensive routine of "gearing up to open, spending attorney fees and putting out time and effort and then waiting to see if we get gas." Fergus Falls (Mi.) hirial HtA., Mar. 6, 1974 ]] Manslaughter trial Is continuing MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — The state expects to rest its case today in the second-degree manslaughter trial of Dr. Lawrence Gowan, Duluth psychiatrist. Dr. Gowan, who has offices with his father in the Medical Arts Building in Duluth, is being tried by St. Louis County District Judge C. Luther Eckman on a change of venue. Gowan is accused of administrating drugs to a patient, Mrs. Joan Stege, wife of a Duluth attorney, which caused her death in May, 1972, while she was undergoing psychiatric treatment in his office. Patrick McNulty, a Duluth attorney, and several 'physicians testified Tuesday in Hennepin District Court. Gowan is accused of "culpable negligence in that he took unreasonable risks consciously which might cause death or great bodily harm to another." The chief witness during Monday's session was Lowell C. Van Berkom of West St. Paul, who testified on the amount of barbituates found in the blood and tissue samples of the victim which were sent to the Minnesota Crime Bureau's laboratory in St. Paul for analysis. 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