The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on April 17, 1974 · Page 2
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Wednesday, April 17, 1974
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Motocrossing experts compete against nature NASHVIl.LK, Tenn. (AP) If you're Ihc kind of sports fan who savors the sight of seeing man and machine tested to the hilt, then motocrossing is for you. But forewarned is forearmed—for those who might want to partake. Of all motorcycle events, motocrossing lias proven to be the most demanding and exhaustive. In fact, it's said to be the most demanding of all man-and-ma- thine sports. Before embarking as a participant, first consider whether \ou like being airborne at 35 miles an hour with nothing but two wheels and an engine under you; or slithering and sliding through shin-deep mud; or cresting a ID-fool dropoff; or traversing ruts, stones and stumps as your cycle seems intent on throwing you. A motocrosser has to like back-breaking work. He has no choice. It's one of the few sports where the rider sustains as much abuse as his machine, oftentimes more. Yet it's also one of the fastest growing spectator and participant sports in the world, especially in the United States. "When you're on a bike, your mind is moving faster than anything on the track, faster than even the bike," says one local motocrosser. "You're no longer on a simple ego state. There's no time for that. It's all left behind." Competing against Mother Nature is what motocrossing is about. The motorcycle, built strictly and solidly for competition, must be manipulated at slow and fast speeds over natural terrain. The rider wears a crash helmet, gloves, knee-high boots, a set of leather pants and jacket, and a kidney belt—if he's outfitted properly. "Basal metabolism tests, which measure the rate at which calories are burned to sustain a particular activity, showed motocrossing second only to European soccer as the most demanding sport in the world," said John Yaw, editor of the American Motorcycle Association's news publication. The AMA has 130,000 mem- t)crs—about half of them moto- crossers. Since 1969, when the sport was introduced in the United States by Europeans, interest in motocrossing has zoomed. Four years ago, less than 10 per cent of AMA-sanctioned events were molocrosses. Today, 31 per cent are. Meanwhile, the number of acknowledged participants has jumped from virtually nothing to about 00,000. Competition is both on a professional and semi-professional level. Over $300,000 yearly is awarded by the AMA to the pros in the United States. Semipro events of the more local variety have small purses under AMA sanction. The money has lo be there, say the experts, because moto- crossing can be a costly sport. Parts frequently need replacing — human as well as mechanical. But the danger level is extremly low because high speeds are not easily attained. It's more rough riding than velocity. Fergus falls (Mn.) Journal Wed., April 17, 1974 16 License renewal challenge issued Historic weathervanes fall prey to thieves WESTWARD HO! Worrier's will soon be moving to their new location on West Lincoln Avenue. Before they do, they're offering some pre-moving specials on demonstrators and pre- owned 74's. 74 OLDS DELTA ROYALE 2-DOOR HARDTOP All new coupe styling at a discount. Vinyl roof, air conditioning, power steering, radio, 350 V 8 and other most wanted features. 74 OLDS NINETY EIGHT REGENCY Top of the line - Save now on this beauty. Color matched burgundy roof and interior. AM-FM stereo and all the luxury you'd expect. 74 PONTIAC CATALINA 4-DOOR HARDTOP Green with matching interior, contrasting black vinyl roof, adjustable steering wheel, air conditioning and more. 74 AMBASSADOR BROUGHAM 4-DOOR Beige vinyl roof, automatic shift, power steering and brakes, radio and air conditioning. 74 CHEVELLE LACUNA 2-DOOR Swivel bucket seals, power steering, radial tires, automatic, air conditioning. 74 DELTA ROYALE 4-DOOR HARDTOP Black vinyl roof, AM-FM stereo radio, automatk, 60-40 seat. Save on this top of the line beauty. Popular cinnamon color. WORNER'S AUTO SALES 321 South Mill Fergus Falls, Minn. Phone 736-6961 For one week in January, Boston police were on the lookout for a 4-fooW, 38-pound grasshopper. Thieves, possibly making their getaway in a helicopter, had stolen the historic weathervane from its 80-foot- high perch above historic Faneuil Hall. The search ended when a telephone tip disclosed the gilded copper insect hidden under a pile of old flags in the building's loft. Removing the 232-year-old vane from atop Faneuil Hall's cupola apparently had been someone's idea of a prank. Antique weathervanes, in- Great Lakes water level is reviewed MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — The Canadian government has adopted in principle the U.S. position that the level of I-ake Superior should be altered as needed to help ease downstream flooding, the Minneapolis Tribune reported The Tribune said the development is still unofficial but both nations are expected to recommend that the policy be made permanently by the International Joint Commission (IJC) on the Great Lakes. However, a formal decision to hold water in Lake Superior will probably face court action by the State of Minnesota. Gov. Wendell Anderson and the State Pollution Control Agency (PCA) are sharply opposed to the decision. State officials fear that the increased level of the lake will adversely affect the quality of the water by generating additional erosion, particularly of the red clay banks on the south shore. The PCA estimates the turbidity caused by this erosion also damages the herring fishery in the lake and would apparently violate state non- degradation standards. A higher water level may also adversely affect such commercial operations as the port of Duluth and other lake-related industry. Lake shore property owners object to increased erosion. dividual!)' created by craftsmen, are highly prized today as examples of folk art, the National Geographic Society says. The grasshopper hammered out by Deacon Shem Drowne in 1742, when Faneuil Hall was built, is valued at 1300,000. Speculation that airborne thieves had taken it was not farfetched. Thieves have been plucking old vanes from rooftops and steeples with growing frequency ever since a Statue of Liberty weathervane brought $11,000 at an antique shop two years ago. One man heard a helicopter hovering near his home and stepped outside in time to see it whirling off with a vane dangling from a rope. A prized copper horse that had topped the Trotting Hall of Fame at Goshen, New York, disappeared last year and was later recovered. With it, police found 25 more FABRIC WAREHOUSE 126 East Lincoln-Fergus FaVs Monday - Saturday 9:30 to 5:30 Thursday Night 'til 9:00 p.m. PHONE 739-9376 FROMAFAMOUSMANUFACTURER 'TURF - N - SURF' Reg. 53.98 Fantastic YD. 72" Wide A rich 'nubble' textured knit in stripes. Ideal for Golfwear, Beachwear and sportswear of all types. Navy and White stripe, Brown and White stripe. DOTTED SWISS r\v «• -ii?:;^ — NEW ARRIVALS — POUND GOODS A lovely collection of fresh spring colors for Bridal, Prom, Decorating and YOU! A new shipment of "KN1TS-BY.THE- POUND"... SAVE ON FASHION 1 that had been reported missing. Some were hidden behind bricks in a fireplace, awaiting sale to antique dealers. Old weathervanes now bring as much as $28,000. A collector recently bought a five-story building just to acquire the copper Indian that rotated above its roof. But many of the antiques top public buildings and institutions and are not for sale. And private owners, newly aware of their vanes' value, are increasingly reluctant to part with them. Men have used weathervanes to tell wind direction since earliest history. A Macedonian astronomer, Andronikos of Kyrrhos, created one in the form of the god Triton, hand pointing the direction of the wind, for the Tower of the Winds in Athens around 50 B.C. A sophisticated Roman, Teretius Varro, later had the shaft of the weathervane atop his villa connected to a dial indoors, so he could ascertain wind direction on rainy days without getting wet. In Europe in the Middle Ages, vanes shaped like roosters topped churches and banner- shaped vanes painted in heraldic designs flew from the homes of the nobility. In the American colonies, few homes or barns were complete until the weathervane was in place. Artisans fashioned them of wood, and later of wrought iron, sheet metal, and copper. Fish, birds, ships, animals, and statues all have been produced as weathervanes. In time, business symbols began telling the wind. Railroad roundhouses displayed locomotive silhouettes; automobile-shaped vanes later marked the Nation's first repair garages. Weathervanes now are being produced in abstract shapes, possibly reflecting the times. WASHINGTON (AP) - Midwest Radio-Television, Inc., has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny a Justice Department petition challenging renewal of licenses for WCCO-AM and FM radio and WCCO-TV. In a statement filed Monday with the commission, Midesl said the Justice Department "has misconceived both the facts and the law" in challenging the licenses. The Justice Department filed a petition March 1 asking the FCC to hold a hearing on the WCCO license renewals. The department alleged that the combined total of 73.5 per cent of Midwest's stock owned by the Minneapolis and St. Paul newspaper publishers represents excessive concentration of ownership of the Twin Cities mass media and volates antitrust laws. The Minneapolis Star and Tribune Co. owns 47 per cent of Midwest. Northwest Publications, Inc., and MTC Properties, Inc., each own 26.5 per cent through their joint ownership of Mid Continent Radio- Television, Inc., which holds 53 per cent of Midwest. Northwest, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bidder Publications, Inc., publishes the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press. MTC Properties is a holding company that also owns 14 per cent of the stock of the Star and Tribune Co. Midwest's rebuttal said the hearing request conflicts with "well-established, judiciary approved doctrine" that issues relating to broadcast industry structure should be resolved through general rule-making and not in individual adjudi- catory proceedings. The FCC opened a rule-making inquiry several years ago into newspaper-broadcast cross ownership, Midwest noted. Oral arguments are scheduled for June, and "an early decision" is a reasonable expectation, the company said. HEARING AID BATTERIES Zenith brand —to lit all sizes and All other models! Always fresh! ANDREWS PRESCRIPTION PHARMACY MEISTER COTTON PRINTS YD. • Pastel Florals • Checks and Stripes • Great for Quilt Backs 227 WEST LINCOLN PHONE 736-5611 FERGUS FALLS AAOrSfTGO/WErr COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE CENTER OUTSTANDING VALUE! SAVE <6 IN PAIRS RELIABLE T&C SHOCKS GIVE FIRM CONTROL 14.49 EACH FRONT- REAR LOAD LEVELERS |37 .EACH Our levelers for extra stability. 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