The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 11, 1974 · Page 1
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Senior citizens make Mini Fair a success ] ailijJournal IQIstYEAR NO. 112 FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA 56537 SATURDAY, MAY 11, 1974 SINGLE COPY IQc Resignation talk continues Nixon seeks public support OUTSTANDING SENIOR CITIZENS -Hflma (MftMi ud Henry Nyckkmoe are pktwed wttk Mayor Barbara Donoho as they were pronouBced the Outstanding Seniors during the Mini Fair festivities yesterday afternoon at the armory. Mrs. Olson, who was known for her annual watermelon parties for youngsters in her old neighborhood, now serves as a foster parent for sheltered workshop trainees. ShehaslOchUdren, 28 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Nycklemoe, 82, has served as state senator and municipal judge and has lived In Fergus Falls the past SO years. He has been in law practice the past 25 years. (Jourmal photo by Juae Barnum) WASHINGTON (AP) Battling for his political life, President Nixon was bound for a campus appearance in Oklahoma tonight as a top aide suggested resignation might eventually be considered if it would help the country. As a mounting chorus of congressional Republicans called on Nixon to consider stepping aside because of his Watergate problems, the President's wife, Pat, relayed word through an assistant Friday that "she feels it's too bad the Republican leadership is coming out and saying these things because it's harmful to the country." She also said she feels her husband "will not resign, shouldn't resign and has never considered resigning." White House staff chief Alexander M. Haig Jr. said in an interview he sees nothing now to prompt a Nixon resignation. But he acknowledged the President might consider that unprecedented step "if he thought that served the test interests of the American people." Continuing a travel-studded personal campaign to enlist public support, Nixon was to fly to Oklahoma to address evening commencement exercises at Oklahoma State University's football stadium in Slillwater. A recent student poll indicated about half the campus opposed the presidential visit. University authorities said they would bar hostile placards from the stadium. Nixon's hope of gaining the initiative in his fight against possible impeachment received another serious blow Friday when conservative Republican Sen. Milton Young of North Dakota, long a Nixon stalwart, urged that he turn over the presidency to Vice President Gerald K. Ford until the impeachment question is resolved. Under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, Young said, Nixon later could reclaim the presidency should the House vote against impeachment or the Senate acquit him after a formal trial. Ford met with Nixon for an hour Friday morning and, at a later news conference at Buffalo, N.Y., said "1 certainly could infer from everything he told me" that resignation is not being considered. Haig was asked if he could forsee any circumstances under which the President might resign. He replied: "I think the only thing that would tempt resignation on the part of the President would be if he thought that served the best interests of the American people. "At this juncture I don't see anything on the horizon which would meet that criteria. Admittedly, that's a subjective view on my part and I think it is one the President shares very strenuously." Earlier Friday, Sen. Richard Continued on page 4 SUCCESSFUL DANCE — Mrs. Charlie Bagstcn of Ernard and Clement Wavra, 462 E. Douglas, joined more than 200 persons at the National Guard Armory Friday evening Jor the Senior Citizens Dance sponsored by the Fergus Falls Kiwanis Club. Couples danced to the music of the Charlie BengstonBand. (Journal photo by Philip Hage) I Sec other pictures, Page7) Possibility of closing state colleges discussed by panel SENIOR CITIZENS' EXHIBITS — Crafts and hobbles of area senior citizens went on display in the National Guard Armory yesterday when the first Mini Fair for senior citizens opened. Homecraft, weaving, art, rugs, clothing, knitting, collections and numerous other crafts attracted visitors despite unpleasant weather. (Journal photo by Harley Oyloe) Report links policies on milk to 72 campaign contributions WASHINGTON (AP) Within hours of talking with President Nixon about milk price supports in 1971, some dairy cooperative leaders tried to raise a quick $300,000 for Nixon's campaign, according to secret Senate testimony. D. Paul Adagia, former executive director of Dairymen, Inc., said officials of two sister dairy cooperatives asked him for the money in a pre-dawn airport meeting March 24,1971. Alagia said he refused the request on grounds his coopera- Off Page One Region Hospital plans hospital week observance. Page 2 Music conferences are set next week. Page 5 live didn't have the money, but his group did give $25,000 to Nixon later the same day. The next day, March 25, the administration raised milk price supports by 27 cents per hundredweight, adding hundreds of millions of dollars to the income of dairy farmers. Informed sources said that the Senate Watergate committee's chief milk-fund investigator, assistant chief counsel David Dorsen, told members of the committee late this week that Alagia's testimony tends to support allegations that milk prices were raised in return for a promise of $2 million in campaign donations from dairymen. Alagia, in a telephone interview, confirmed the account of his testimony and added some details. On March 23 he and a number of other dairy cooperative officials met at the White House with President Nixon. Milk prices were among the subjects discussed. After the dairymen left, President Nixon met with his top aides and ordered milk prices up, the White House has said. It said Nixon knew that some of the men present had promised to give $2 million for his re-election, but denied that this influenced the President's decision to raise prices. Alagia arrived at the airport in his hometown, l/Miisville, Ky., about 4 a.m. the next morning. There to meet him were the top leaders of two other giant dairy co-ops — Associated Milk Producers, Inc., and Mid-America Dairymen, Inc. The three dairy co-ops are the nation's largest. Alagia said the others asked him to give $200,000 to $300,000 to the Nixon campaign. He said he refused. Dairymen Inc., did give $25,000 to Nixon later that day. That evening, officials of the three big co-ops were back in Washington to attend a Republican fundraising dinner. Nixon's decision to raise prices had not yet been publicly announced. After the dinner, around midnight of March 24, general manager Harold Nelson of Associated Milk Producers Inc., was asked to reaffirm his $2 million promise to the White House, according to testimony which former Nixon fundraiser Herbert W. Kalmbach reportedly has given to Senate investigators. Sources say Kalmbach Continued on page 4 ST.PAUL, Minn. (AP) —The possibility of closing one or more state colleges was raised in a Minnesota legislative committee Friday amid new projections of declining enrollments. Figures produced by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) forecast an overall decline of 13 per cent in post-high school students by 1990. The projections updated a similar forecast made by HECC several years ago, showing that the marked decline in the Minnesota birth rate ultimately results in lowered college enrollments. State Sen. Jerome Hughes. DFL-Maplewood, raised the possibility of closing some schools by asking whether HECC would be the proper agency to make a recommendation. Richard Hawk, executive director of HECC, said the agency could, but called it a "delicate situation." Any disclosure that a college is being considered for closure would result in a mass exodus of both students ami faculty, Hawk said. The HECC figures portend enrollment declines by 1990 in all four of the state's higher education systems—The University of Minnesota, state colleges, community colleges and area vocational-technical schools. However, the figures were disputed to some extent. The University of Minnesota estimated a gain in students, based on its own figures, and the area vocational-technical system said it could gain if allowed to expand. The HECC study said post- higlus schools enrollments vary due to economic conditions, job opportunities and other factors, but are closely tied to the birth rate. Live births in Minnesota have declined more than 3fi per cent in the last 14 years, meaning fewer youngsters moving through high school and onto college. The HECC study showed some schools gaining and others losing within the various systems. But the estimate was downward for the four systems as a whole. Based on current enrollment patterns, here are the 1974 head counts and the 1990 estimates for the various systems. University of Minnesota, 1974, 48,7D7;"l990, 44,251. State colleges, 31,931; 24,423. Community colleges, 24,067; 23,61.1. Area vocational-technical schools, 22,578; 19,383. These figures could vary if a larger or smaller percentage of high school graduates go on to school. One of the more dismal forecasts was for Southwest State College at Marshall. Built for 4,500 students, it has 2,096 students this year. The HECC projection listed 2,076 students at Southwest by 1980 and only 1,418 by 1990, based on the current entrance rate. The figures were provided for a joint Senate-House subcommittee headed by Hughes. Kissinger and Israelis meet Truckers meet Sunday ST. PAUL, Minn. (A?) - Independent truckers from Minnesota and Wisconsin will meet at the St. Paul Civic Center Sunday to determine if they will join a nationwide shutdown of truckers at 12:01 a.m. Monday. John Perry, director of the west metropolitan district of the Truckers Association of the Midwest, said he expects 5,000 truckers tr> attend. The truckers organization was formed in February during a nationwide shutdown. fCronftofftis disturbed offer latest incident with prowler MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Mr. and Mrs. Gunnar Kr'on- holm have gone into seclusion for a few days, following an incident earlier this week in which a prowler was discovered in the basement of their home. The Kronholms said Friday they feared the possibility of a second kidnap incident when they detected the prowler Wednesday night. Kronholm, whose wife Eunice was held for 80 hours in midMarch in a $200,000 ransom kidnapping, said, "Why else would he lie in wait for two days waiting for us to come home?" Mrs. Kronholm said she could not think of any other reason for the man to break into the home, north of Minneapolis-Si. Paul. Kronholm said he was "perplexed and dismayed" as to why anyone would want to victimize them again. "My wife is a strong person," he said, "but enough is enough." Mrs. Kronholm admitted that the events of the past two days have left her shaken. "I feel as if I've just about had it," she said. After Kronholm called authorities, the prowler disarmed two part-time police officers from the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb of Lino I^akes. Kronholm, a South St. Paul bank president, said that he and his wife returned home late Wednesday evening, and Kronholm discovered someone had pried open a side entrance to gain entrance in the home. After he spotted the legs of someone in the basement he cilled police. He said the man had taken food'and soft drinks during his stay in the house, but had not stolen anything of value. FBI agents investigating the incident at the Kronholm home shot and wounded a young man about 12 hours later. The Kronholms had been in Washington, D.C., attending a bankers' contention. • "We were tired ami almost went to bed immediately," said Mrs. Kronholm. "But then my husband thought things didn't look quite right, so he looked around. If we had gone to bed, well, you can imagine what would probably have happened..." The FBI said Friday that the suburban Chicago man who was wounded has denied breaking into the Kronholm home. He also denied knowing the Kronhoim family, or anyone else connected with the kidnap- ing of Kronholm's wife two months ago. Daniel Caliendo, 20, Forest Park, 111., who remains in critical condition with gunshot wounds in the chest and face, also denied that he broke into (he Kronholm residence. "As far as we can ascertain, there is no connection lietwcen Calicndo or the Kronholm kid- naping case." an investigator said. Three men have been charged in the kidnaping. One f them. James W. Johnson. 35. a Ixikevillc contractor, was shot in the head last Saturday as ho left an interstate highway. He .saiii in an interview Wednesday thai others were involved in the alxluction. including what he termed "downtown hoodlum elements " JERUSALEM (AP] - Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger met with Israeli leaders today, working out details of a troop disengagement plan for presentation to Syrian leaders in Damascus on Sunday. American and Israeli officials appeared apprehensive but hopeful that progress was being made and that there remained a chance for an agreement to stop two months of fighting between Syrian and Israeli troops in the Golan Heights. Kissinger returned to Jerusalem tin Friday after quick trips In Saudi Arabia and F.gypt and met again with Israeli Premier Golda Meir. later Kissinger said: "1 con- iinue t» believe that .some progress is lx.'ing made." He said Ixith sides were making "a detailed examination" of Israeli and S\ nan (ruce proposals, ••bill we can't talk about an agreement." There wore signs, however, indicatini! that positions might have bent enough to permit some sort of accord before Kissinger returns to Washington, prnbabh in one week. (.'tilled States officials said !•:>;> ptian President Anwar Sadat, who talked with Kissinger fni (hiee hours in Cairo Friday, had been in (ouch with (he Syrian Ciivernment. I he Isiaeli newspaper Maa- nv leixiited that President Nixon had ser.l Ml s. Meir (hree uu-.'.'me- iltinnn Kissinger's trip urging Israeli cooperation and flexibility in the negotiations. iMaariv said the last message also implied a threat— possibly involving withholding American arms — if Jerusalem refuses to yield enough for a disengagement pact. Mrs. Meir's office declined comment, but other sources said the report appeared correct. WEATHER FERGUS FALLS AREA Light rain or showers and windy today and ending southwest early tonight. Variable cloudiness with chance of .showers Sunday. Colder tonight but warmer Sunday. Southeasterly winds becoming north during the day at 12 to 25 niph and locally gusting to 35 mph but diminishing tonight. Hi.uhs today 45 to 52. Ixiws tonight .10 to 36. Highs Sunday upper 40s northeast to mid 50s southwest. Chance of rain diminishing to liO per cent late tonight and Sunday. High Friday 49 Overnight Low 45. At 8 a.m. 45. Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 ii.m. Uidav 1.51. Temperatures Oiu- Year \H" MllMllllim :>fl \liSli! 1 ":' '

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