The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on April 10, 1974 · Page 4
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The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota · Page 4

Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Wednesday, April 10, 1974
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On the g/oca/ scene Car, motorcycle collide A car and motorcycle collided yesterday afternoon on East Randolph near the junior high school, city police said today. The car was driven by James W. Roers, Brandon Route 1, and sustained an estimated $200 damage. The motorcycle was driven by John J. Kube, Fergus Falls Route 1, and sustained an estimated $120 damage. Police said a passenger on the Kube motorcycle, Mark C. Hanson, 118 W. Summit, was taken by Ringdahl Ambulance to the Medical Group Clinic for treatment. He was not hospitalued. The accident occurred at 4:24 p.m. At 8: 15a.m. yesterday, a parked car owned by Margaret Kalvik, 1209 N. Oak, was struck by a car driven by Jeffrey C. Pederson, 609 W. Stanton, in the 1200 block of North Oak. Damage was estimated at $400 to the Pederson car, $600 to the Kalvik car. About noon yesterday, a parked pickup owned by Douglas I. Dewey, Campbell Route 1, sustained an estimated $150 damage when it was struck by a car in the Highway Host parking lot. The county sheriffs office said the other vehicle was driven by Oscar A. Norman, 819 W. Summit, and his car was not damaged. Oil tanker explodes PHILADELPHIA (AP) Five crewmen were missing today after a Greek oil tanker exploded and burned at its moorings on the Delaware River. One man was known dead and Continued from pa gel Nixon's trip was "to stir up the faithful and get out the Republican vote." And the rural "Thumb" area where Nixon will spend most of his time "is where the Republians are," Birch said. Sparling has insisted that Nixon's visit is to explain his policies, not to campaign in the congressional race. The district has been held by the GOP for 40 years. - Democrat J. Robert Traxler, the early favorite in the race now believed to be quite close, has made Nixon and his administration the major issue. He feels the President's visit will illustrate his contention that Sparling is "Nixon's stand-in." Nixon himself may have the biggest stake. He hopes to give Sparling a boost toward a victory that could ease impeachment pressure among House Republicans, who arc shaken ; by three Democratic victories this year in special elections for House seats previously held by Republicans. Nixon's five-hour visit marks his first participation in an election campaign since his own re-election effort in 1972. The President flys from Washington to a rally at the Tri- City Airport between the district's population centers of Saginaw and Bay City. He then travels by helicopter to this farming area for a motorcade. From Bad Axe to Sandusky, a distance of 57 miles, friendly crowds were expected along Nixon's route. It marks the first visit by any president to this area and has become an occasion for civic pride. Sparling, who had said he •"cannot and will not defend the actions of the President," said in an interview Tuesday night he fears the trip's format won't permit Nixon to discuss issues such as inflation, the energy crisis and the economy. "That's what I want," said the 45-year-old former newsman who was top aide to former Rep. James Harvey for 13 years. Earlier Tuesday, as he waited to greet women workers outside the Wolverine Knitting Mill in Bay City, Traxler said the President "clearly defines what the election is about. "It's about unemployment, the cost of living, Watergate and the honest payment of income taxes," the 42-year-old state representative said. "His being here just joins the issue for me." Sparling, who says the record of the Nixon administration is a "false issue," spotlights his years as Harvey's aide and criticizes Traxler's absentee record in the Michigan House. The 213,600 registered voters, meanwhile, are showing little outward interest in the campaign. 26 persons were injured. The Coast Guard and the dispatcher for the Philadelphia Fire Department said that among the missing were a mother and her three children who were believed aboard when the blast occurred. They were not identified. The tanker Elias exploded in a ball of flame Tuesday night. The ship was split in half. Chunks of steel were hurled into the air and burning oil spread on the surface of the river. Flames roared through the 650-foot vessel for more than two hours at the Atlantic Richfield Co. pier near a sprawling complex of oil refineries in South Philadelphia before firemen brought the blaze under control. "I couldn't see anything but flames," said Frank Kelly, a dock guard who witnessed the blast. Rescuers and police told of crewmen from the burning tanker leaping from the ship into the frigid water. Officials said the Elias was almost empty and was due to sail this morning. * Action Continued from page 1 Acting on other matters, the county board: -Awarded a $23,100 contract to Evavold-Vikesland Construction of Fergus Falls for grading on County Road 120 between County Road 29 and County Road 33. —awarded contracts of $33,869 and $77,326 to Conroy Construction of Dumont for grading on County Road 132 between Highway 108 and County Road61 and on County Road 136 between Highway 29 and County Road 40. —awarded a $183,101 contract to Mark Sand and Gravel of Fergus Falls for bituminous surfacing of County Road 23 between County Road 9 and Highway 34. -granted the East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District $2,485 for the remainder of the 1974 fiscal year. State funding may reduce that figure. —awarded four contracts for county mowing. They went to I>ce Taves, New York Mills, $4,770; Gunvold Olson, Hewitt, $5,102; Leroy Blickenstaff, Ottertail, $6,268; and Orris Albertson and Arthur Thompson, Underwood, $7,805. —authorized a call for bids on bituminous surfacing on County Road 28 north of Rothsay, County Road 39 south of Underwood and County 119 southeast of Underwood. —authorized a call for bids for seal coating of 180 miles of roads. —authorized a call for bids on bituminous overlays on County Road 1 and 72 on the east end of Otter Tail Lake, on County Road 24 east of Rothsay, on County Road 12 east from Dalton and on County Road 42 east from Parkers Prairie. —authorized a call for bids on grading on County Road 113 west of Pelican Rapids, County Road 58 northeast of New York Mills and County Road 65 northwest of Parkers Prairie. Pope revamps his schedule VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Paul VI, who is recovering from two bouts of flu within a month, will cut back on his Holy Week activities on his doctors' advice. A Friday afternoon Mass and an Easter vigil Saturday in St. Peters Basilica have been cut from his schedule. Revenue Legion asks vets tuition pay hike Steps Continued from page 1 unique characteristics, could be damaged by uncontrolled development. The state is required to assist and cooperate with local units of government in developing plans and regulations for wise use and development of critical areas. Ray Lappegaard, commissioner of the Minnesota Highway Department, discussed the transportation problems relating to the rural areas. He said the boxcar shortage is one prime problem relating to the non-metropolitan areas of Minnesota. Lappegaard said federal rural highway transportation funding is available but warned that state highway needs can only be included in long-range projections. Increased road costs due to the energy crisis and a reduction in petroleum taxes are two reasons why fewer highway projects are being planned, he said. The highway commissioner said a top priority of the regional commission should be involvement with comprehensive planning for rural transportation. He said rural railroad transportation should be encouraged. Many social problems are directly linked to rural transportation problems, Lappegaard said, adding that the elderly especially rely on buses and other means of transportation. The State Planning Agency, St. Paul, is presently studying the transportation problems. The West Central Commission will be represented on a transportation advisory panel. Eleven members from regional commissions will be represented on the panel as well as nine representatives from various state agencies. Leland Newman, director of Local and Regional Planning Assistance, St. Paul, gave a slide presentation and discussed coordination between agencies at the state and local level. He compared the Minnesota regional development commissions with those in other parts of the nation and said the Minnesota regional panels provide a better relationship between state and local units of government. The West Central Regional Commission board of directors will be screening applicants for an assistant planner. A graduate student summer intern program was also proposed at the Tuesday meeting. The commission also tentatively planned a study of federal flood insurance as it relates to the rural area and the West Central Region in particular. Formerly known as Region 4, the West Central Regional Commission consists of 32members in a nine- county area. Counties represented are Otter Tail, Clay, Becker, Wilkin,Traverse, Grant, Stevens, Douglas and Pope. Continued from page 1 So far the city has not remitted any parking fine money to the county and a city council committee is scheduled to study the matter. Fergus Falls state Rep. Calvin Larson says two bills have been introduced in the legislature to correct the situation. "You can be assured that ... it will be corrected next time (nextsession) because 1 think it was the legislature's intent that any such fines are to be maintained in the city treasury." Regardless of that matter, however, the city would still have parking revenue problems if a new revenue bond issue were contemplated, Chenoweth indicated. Land and development costs for new parking the city is planning would require a revenue bond issue of at least $885,000, he said, or a general obligation bond issue of at least $785,000. The city now has $140,000 in outstanding parking revenue bonds with final payment due in 1977. If general obligation bonds |:|8 were used, Chenoweth said, and •:•:•:• 50 per cent of the issue were :•§•: financed by increased tax- •:•:•:• levy, the tax increase on a H'S $30,000 home would be over $11 $8 per year. On a $20,000 home it :|:j|: would be nearly $7 a year. :•:•:•: If the entire bond issue were •:•:•:• financed via taxes (after a $8 public vote on the matter), •:•:•} those figures could double. :•:•:•: Chenoweth's conclusion was: |:|:|:| "Ruling out voter-approved :•:•:•: bonds and revenue bonds, we |i|8. feel the only feasible financing 88 procedure would be to issue |8J. general obligation parking *£:|: improvement bonds requiring '"' at least a 50 per cent assessment of the cost." The city could consider some other partial solutions: raising the price of parking and-or paying for development of some lots — the planned lot at Junius and Mill, for example — with revenue sharing money. Whatever does happen, it appears something must be done soon. In the last two years, the city has committed several hundred thousand dollars for purchase of the old Daily Journal building, the Benson Optical building, a vacant lot next to that building on Mill Street, the Oyloe Building, the Larson Welding building, a house on Junius, the Worner Auto Sales building and the Minnesota Motor property downtown. So far those purchases have been financed with tax anticipation certificates and borrowing from revenue sharing. Now development has hit a snag as the city tries to iron out a dispute over a proposed trade with the Otter Tail Power Company which would cost the city its lot at Washington and Mill. In exchange, the city would get the Hannah Building on Mill Street and a company parking lot on the river at no cost. Washington Avenue businessmen are working to keep the Washington lot. Preliminary cost estimates for planned developments (including the cost of the land itself) are: —$50,000 for additional parking where the old creamery now is. Fifty new stalls will be provided. —$174,000 for 90 new spaces at Mill and Junius near the courthouse. —$176,000 for a 25-space lot on Mill Street across from the post office. The cost would be $227,000 if that development included the Hannah Building and land adjacent to the river, but 75 spaces would then be provided. —525,000 for a 40-stall lot on Cavour across from National Foods where there is now a gravel lot. —$310,000 for 110 spaces on the Minnesota Motor property. Chenoweth appeared at a meeting of the capital improvements committee of the city planning commission. Several aldermen also attended the meeting. WASHINGTON'AP) - The American Ix?gion proposed today that Congress pay up to $1,000 a year in tuition and fees for Vietnam-era veterans so they will have a wider choice of schools they can afford to attend. The committee has before it a bill to increase monthly payments to the veterans by 25 per cent and to set up a loan program as a supplement. The House has passed a 13 per cent increase, higher than the 8 per cent President Nixon proposed. The administration opposes any form of tuition-fee grant. Golembrieski said Vietnam- era veterans, unlike World War II veterans, are being denied a wide degree of choice as to which institution of higher education they wish to attend. For a veteran going to college half-time or tno.'e, the legion's plan would authorize the Veterans Administration to make direct payments to colleges for tuition and fees, books and other expenses except living and travel expenses. The charges would have to be the same as those charged non- veterans enrolled in the same courses, but not over $1,000 for an ordinary school year. Water Watch Data in this chart show the coliform (potential disease-carrying bacteria) index for water at several points checked weekly by the Fergus Falls Health Department. An inde:; number under 500 indicates only mild pollution; an index between 500 and 1,000 indicates some problem; and an index number over 1,000 means water is not suitable for activities such as swimming. (Data courtesy Fergus Falls Health Department) Test Date: I Monday, April 8) Coliform index Last This Danielson Bridge (south Week Week ofFribergDam) 15-•• 0 DiversionDam 70-.. 24 Hoot lake-Wright lake culvert 40... 20 Water plant intake 0... 8 PisgahDam 1,220 ...2,180 Interstate 94 Bridge 2,920 ... 1,560 Dewey Bridge 880 ..L260 Dayton Hollow 480 ... 1,420 Pelican River (FJizabeth) 1,740 ... 1,200 Test Location m Pebble Lake Discontinued m *Subpoena Continued from page 1 the taped talks between Nixon and his chief aides about the time the Watergate coverup was becoming known last year. "We expect that the review can be completed by the end of the Easter recess and that the additional materials furnished at that time will permit the committee to complete its inquiry promptly," he said. Rodino said last week he thought the committee had waited long enough and that he would consider asking it to issue a subpoena for the tapes if there was not a satisfactory answer by Tuesday. He is expected to convene the committee Thursday to consider St. Clair's letter. The promise that appears implicit in it to deliver some material after April 22 may be enough to head off demands for a subpoena at this time. "We'll probably acquiesce," said Rep. Robert McClory, R- 111., a senior committee Republican, who expressed disappointment at the White House response. "I don't think we're very anxious to face the alternatives." Another member, Robert F. Drinan, D-Mass., said the panel has three options: "One is to go whole hog for a subpoena now, two is to give Rodino and (senior committee Republican Edward) Hutchinson standby power to subpoena, or three to cancel the recess for the committee and meet next Tuesday. "I'm in favor of canceling the recess, forcing the issue," Drinan said. Although the request remains unanswered, committee counsel John Doar told Democratic committee members Tuesday he is prepared to start presenting evidence gathered by the staff to the committee May 7. The committee has received 19 tapes and over 700 documents from tlte White House and also lias been given secret grand jury evidence relating to Nixon's role in the Watergate cover-up. * Court Continued from page 1 Rapids, pleaded innocent to an indecent liberties charge. Donald Dorrow, 37, whose last address in the county was Ottertail, pleaded innocent to charges of second degree manslaughter, criminal negligence and driving after the revocation of his license. Those charges stemmed from a fatal motor vehicle accident in Rush Lake Township. Jerry Busch, 19, Alexandria Route 2, pleaded innocent to a theft charge accusing him of taking a television set from Warren's Radio & TV. REMODELING WORK Free Planning & Estimating Service. LAMPERT CONSTRUCTION Call 736-2356 Evenings 734-5510 Saveapotful! This 15f coupon saves you the price of a 6-cup potful of delicious Folger's Coffee. Folger's is mountain-grown— mountain-grown coffee is the richest, most flavorful coffee in the world. So redeem this coupon at your grocer's soon. It's our way of making your coffee time and budget time a little richer. 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