On the ^ I oca I scene Food price declines noted People in need find the Salvation Army Thursday Poppy Day Thursday will be Poppy Day in Fergus Falls. Members of the American Ugion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary members will sell poppies from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Proceeds will be used in welfare programs for local veterans including the state hospital, VA hospital at Fargo, Minnesota Soldiers Home, Christmas baskets and layettes for veterans' families. Last year the two organizations raised about $1,000 in Fergus Falls. Food industry changes urged WASHINGTON (AP) - The biggest drop in retail food prices in seven years helped slow the nation's inflationary increase in April to about half the level in each of the previous three months, the government said today. The Labor Department said the Consumer Price Index in April rose six-tenths of one per cent on both an unadjusted and seasonally adjusted basis. The increase was the smallest since last September and compared with increases of 1.1 per cent in March, 1.2 per cent in February and 1.1 per cent in January. Despite the sharp drop in food prices, rapid price hikes on most nonfood commodities continued to spread across the economy in April. The Food Price Index dropped an adjusted four- tenths of one per cent in April, the first decline since September and the biggest drop since it also fell four-tenths of a Plane overcharge possibility raised CHICAGO (AP) - One way to slow the skyrocketing price of food may be to give butchers laser beams instead of knives, says a marketing professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "The era of cheap food in America is at an end," Dr. Gordon F. Bloom of MIT said in an interview after addressing a conference on world hunger. He said innovative measures such as cutting meat with laser beams rather than knives may be a few years away, but that such moves designed to increase efficiency in the food industry are among the few remaining ways to stem rising food costs. He said attempts to unionize what used to be low-paid, migratory field hands, 15 to 20 per cent increases in retail labor costs and consumer and environmental legislation had combined with increased marketing costs and higher farm income to drive food prices up 20 per cent in 1973. Bloom said supermarkets in particular have been slow to develop new technology to lower labor costs which, he said, take 50 cents of every food dollar spent after the product leaves the farm. Supermarket operations, except for the self-service aspect, are essentially unchanged from the corner grocery store that they began to replace 25 years ago, he said. The average wage rate among employes from cashiers and stockboys to managers is more than $4 an hour in the supermarket, Bloom said: "People don't realize this is a high-wage industry. In a few years, it's going to be $fi. Yet Inspection guidelines announced where is the change in technology? The young grocery clerk still loads shelves by hand." Bloom suggested that the industry make a cooperative effort to eliminate inefficiencies such as those he said exist in packaging and shipping. He also suggested new ways of cooperation to stimulate innovative cost-saving ideas. "For example," he said, "Why is it necessary to cut meat from a bone with a knife or a saw? Why can't the butcher use a laser or a sonic beam? "There's no panacea for rising food prices. But there are a lot of little things that could have a cumulative effect. The food business is a business of decimal points and an accumulation of a lot of small things ultimately leads to high prices." MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) says students and other residents of Northfleld, Minn., have sometimes been illegally overcharged for airplane tickets. MPIRG Monday released the results of a study based on purchases of four airplane tickets from each of Northfield's two travel agencies. Four of the tickets were for flights'from Minneapolis to Carlsbad, N.M., and four were from Minneapolis to New Haven, Conn. The report by the student-financed consumer research group says errors were made in the prices of six of the eight tickets. Larry H. Slesinger, a Carleton sophomore who wrote the report, said Carlsbad and New Haven were chosen as destinations because there were no direct flights between Minneapolis and those cities. Fares for many nondirect flights must be calculated according to rules of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). There are several ways to calculate such fares, and the airline or travel agency must use the method that results in the lowest fare. The report says College City Travel Services, Inc., charged the correct fare for two tickets to Carlsbad but overcharged by 15 per cent on one ticket to New Haven and by 2.3 per cent on a youth fare to New Haven. Dittman Tours, Inc., overcharged by nearly 16 per cent on two tickets to Carlsbad and by 9.3 per cent on one ticket to New Haven, the report says. Dittman also undercharged by 6.9 per cent on a youth fare ticket to New Haven, the report says. The MPIRG report says there was no evidence that the mistakes had been intentional, and notes that miscalculation of fares on nondirect travel is a nationwide problem. A spokesman for College City Travel declined to comment until he had seen an analysis of tht facts that went into the report, but said the firm would follow up on the matter. Two officials at Dittman Tours admitted that errors had been made in calculating the fares, the MPIRG study says, and noted that the complexity of the CAB requirements for calculating nondirect route air fares is a national problem that frequently leads to errors by both the airlines and travel agencies. per cent in April 1967. Grocery prices alone fell an adjusted seven-tenths of one per cent, the most in any month since a drop of nine-tenths of one per cent last September. However, while food prices declined, nonfood commodities jumped an adjusted 1.1 per cent and an unadjusted 1.3 per cent in April while services increased an unadjusted six- tenths of one per cent, the government said. Nixon administration officials have said food prices increases apparently have run their course this year but have forecast continued sharp increases for most other items in the absence of price controls which expired april 30. Consumer prices in April were 10.2 per cent higher than a year ago with the index up to 144.0. This means that it cost $144.00 to purchase a variety of consumer goods and services which cost $100 in the 1967 base period. The Labor Department said the surge in nonfood commodities was led by sharply higher prices for used cars, which accounted for more than a fourth of the rise in this category. Gasoline and motor oil continued to increase last month but at the slowest rate since last October at the start of the Arab oil embargo. Fergis Falls (Hi.) tonal ., May 21, 1974 Firemen let people know when they're helping someone, but the Salvation Army can't do that, Major Hallquist, divisional financial secretary of the Salvation Army, said last night at the annual advisory board dinner. But people who have a need know how to find the Salvation Army, even in Fergus Falls where it has lost its building, he said. "These are not easy times when one woman, with the help of her two young lieutenant sons, must operate a corps that is normally the work of two officers," he said. "The Salvation Army is where you and I are, it is right here among those who work and serve with the Salvation Army," the major told the group of 76 attending the dinner at the Holiday Inn. The Salvation Army also operates in 81 countries around the world and uses 106 languages. It has been closed out in Russia, China, Algeria and Egypt but there are indications of underground activity. Recounting the zeal of Salvationists whom he described as both pioneers and pilgrims, he told of two young men who went to New Zealand. In their first year they accounted for 1,000 conversions and commissioned 10 officers. The financial statement of the Fergus Falls corps shows income and expenses totaling $21,537.50 for 1973. Income included $9,500 from the Fergus Falls United Fund. In its family welfare program the Salvation Army helped 1,940 persons, provided 4,125 meals and lodging for 360 persons. At Christmas, 80 families were supplied with grocery orders for 625 meals. Workers visited 1,006 persons in 10 institutions, and distributed 1,5% articles. Dick Brimhall, chairman of the advisory board, was master of ceremonies and Captain Ruth Magstadt paid tribute to staff and volunteers, particularly Thea Bollingmo, Ann Baltzer and Luella Sander. Major Hallquist presented plaques to board members and cited the 19 years of service by Cyrus Field and 16 years by John Dieseth. The board in- eludes Jake Lillesto), vice chairman; Ken Ho viand, treasurer; Mrs. A. W. Mau, secretary; Douglas M. Johnson, Judith Nord, Floyd Hoft, Richard Tamke, Cartton Mortensen and James Gray. The program included musk by the Hillcrest Girls Trio Ruth Frey, Kathleen Jensen and Nancy Heggland, accompanied by Randi Teigland. 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Douglas, the court reversed a decision of the Colorado Court of Appeals which overturned a finding that three Alfalfa drying plants had violated state air quality standards. Douglas said that if there is any invasion of privacy involved in the case, it is "abstract and theoretical." "The field inspector did not enter the plant or offices," Douglas wrote. "He had sighted what any one in the city who was near the plant could see in the sky — plumes of smoke." Although the field inspector was on the alfalfa company's property, he was not on premises from which the public was excluded, the court said. Officials of 36 stales, including Colorado, had told the Supreme Court that a decision upholding the lower court could weaken their power to control air pollution- Western Alfalfa Corp., was found in violation of pollution standards by the Colorado Air Pollution Variance Board on the strength of visual sightings made by inspector James R. Taylor on June 4, 1969. Taylor inspected the company's plants at Windsor, Eaton and Berthoud, Colo. His visits were unannounced and he did not have a warrant. Colorado authorities appealed a finding by the State Appeals Court that the inspection violated constitutional pro tectio ns against unreasonable search and seizure. Authorities of 35 other states filed briefs with the court saying that a requirement of a warrant, as one of them said, "would hopelessly bog down the enforcement of the federal and state air laws." New hearing on liquor license ordered ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A public hearing must be held on a decision by the state liquor control commissioner refusing the Rochester Elks Lodge a liquor license renewal, Olrnsted County Court Judge 0. Russell Olson ordered Monday. The lodge's liquor license expired April 1 and State Liquor Control Commissioner Joseph Novak refused to renew it on the grounds the lodge had discriminated against a black by rejecting his membership application. George Gibbs was the first black to apply for Elks membership at Rochester since the national lodge dropped its white-only membership rule last year. Judge Olson, who issued a temporary order last month permitting the lodge to continue serving liquor, said that order would be continued until at least after the public hearing. He told Elks officials to be prepared to appear at the hearing very soon. Olson set no date for the hearing. Attorneys for the Elks Lodge claim that Novak's action was arbitrary and capricious and exceeded his legal authority. Novak refused to issue the license after the Rochester City Council denied a request by the Rochester Human Rights Commission that it not be renewed because of the Gibbs case. 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