The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 23, 1974 · Page 8
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The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota · Page 8

Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Thursday, May 23, 1974
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Damage award arguments heard I A GIFT FOR DAY ACTIVITY CENTER - The Eagles Auxiliary of Fergus Falls recently purchased a refrigerator for the Day Activity Center at Elizabeth. Taking part in the presentation, from the left, were Mrs. Bill Vigen and Mrs. Gerald Thompson, Auxiliary trustees; Mrs. Don LIU, president; Donna Leland, center director; Betty Larson, teacher, and the Rev. Kenneth Brenny, trustee of the center. Not present were Mrs. Guy Thompson, Auxiliary trustee, and -Harriet Sharp, teacher. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)-The Minnesota Supreme Court, manned by second-string judges, heard arguments Wednesday on a $16 million damage award to controversial cancer researcher John Julian Wild. Dr. Wild was awarded the damages—apparently a record amount in Minnesota—in 1972 eight years after two charitable foundations allegedly disrupted his project aimed at producing cheap ultrasonic method of detecting breast cancer. Wild's attorney, James Malcolm Williams, argued that leaders of the foundations saw the possibility of great financial gains from a cancer-detecting machine and tried to take over the project. "There is no question that Dr. Wild was a creative genius," Williams told the court. The damages were assessed against the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and the Minnesota Foundation, both of St. Paul, and Frank M. Rarig, former chief executive officer of both charities. The Minnesota Foundation was the sponsor for a cancer research grant obtained by Wild in 1962 from the U.S. Pub- Palestine Commandery officers installed Newly elected officers of Palestine Commandery 14 were installed last night at the* Masonic Hall in Fergus Falls. Sidney Michaelson is eminent commander, Stanley Merrill generalissimo, John Good captain general, Richard C. Jones senior warden and Carroll S. Fredricks junior warden. Uyal Hanson is recorder, William Johnson treasurer, Lawrence Jensen prelate, Ernest A. Haeuser warden, Norman Solum standard bearer, Harland Logas sword bearer, and Chester Randall sentinel. Installing officers were Sir Knight Ernest A. Haeuser and Eminent Sir Knight Monroe C. Kelley, grand junior warden of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Minnesota. Public .-»-i-; 111 Meetings | The City Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the City Hall to discuss a conditional use permit, a rezoning request and to hear a study of a fireball location. Plant back in operation MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — The Northern Stales Power Co. (NSP) nuclear generating plant at Monticello, Minn., is back in operation, the utility said Wednesday. The plant was returned to service Tuesday night, a spokesman said, after being shut down for 9V 2 weeks for refueling, maintenance and modifications. NSP said the 559-megawatt plant is operating without the off-gas treatment system while the cause of a hydrogen explosion in that system is being investigated. Minneapolis police officer's home bombed Valdres Saraband schedules rally Valdres Samband, oldest of the Norwegian community organizations in America, wi\\ celebrate its 75th anniversary June 7 to 9 at the Granite Falls High School. It will begin with registration Friday morning, followed by a program at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Saturday there will be a program at 2 p.m., a banquet of Norwegian foods at the city hall at 5:30 p.m. and a variety show at the high school at 8 p.m. Church services are scheduled on Sunday. Mrs. Deborah Degner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Torgerson of Fergus Falls, will play a medley of themes from "Peer Gynt Suite" as a clarinet soloist at the program following the Saturday banquet. Mrs. Degner, instrumental music teacher at Wells, will be accompanied by her husband, •John Degner. More than 1,100 families from 33 states are expected to attend the rallv. ^Graduation SINCE 1B16 Writing Instruments m 12 Ka'al Go!d Filler Our 60th Year MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Police sources say the firebombing of the home of a Minneapolis police officer early Wednesday may have been in retaliation for a recent drug raid. Police said Patrick M. No- vaek, 27, Coon Rapids, was involved in undercover narcotics investigations. But a police spokesman said Novack's unit is not involved in any big investigation at this lime. "However, anyone Novack has had a run-in with in the past could have held a grudge," the spokesman added. Novack, a member of the Minneapolis police force for more than five years, said he has received threats in the past but nothing more than what any policeman gets. "It's part of the job," the officer said, "but I think I'll return to uniform patrol for a while." Damage has been estimated at $30,000 to his three-bedroom, split level room in the Minneapolis suburb. Mrs. Novack and the couple's two children, Michael, 9, and John, 3, escaped injury by crawling through a bedroom window. The interior of the 10- year-old ho;ne was burned out. The Novaeks had lived there the past I 1 ? years. Neighbors said Novack had just returned home from his regular night shift at 3 a.m. and had driven his car in the garage when someone threw a firebomb into the garage. A second bomb was thrown through the kitchen window. A neighbor used a garden hose to douse the fire in the unattached garage but the Coon Rapids Fire Department was needed to get the blaze in the house under control. Novack said he saw two persons near his home but was not able to get a description. "My clothes were on fire and 1 was more concerned about my wife and kids," he explained. Police said Novack fired three shots from his service revolver to break a lock and gain entry into his home, as flames were snooting up inside. Some neighbors heard the shots and assumed that the officer was shooting at the person or persons who threw the firebombs. Mrs. G.M. Ilatton, a neighbor, said the Novack family dog, a small black poodle named Danny, died in the blaze. She said neighbors were taking up a collection for the homeless family. Red Cross pays honor to Sinclair MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Toronto broadcaster Gordon Sinclair, whose homily on "The Americans" brought increased attention and more money to the American Red Cross, has bee"n honored by the organization. Robert L. Harry, national director of fund raising, said the Red Cross was in a "very strained financial condition" when Sinclair's recording was released several months ago. "Even more important than the royalties, which could be over $100,000, the announcement that he would give the money to the Red Cross created increased public interest in our situation." Harry said. Harry said a series of natural disasters, capped by floods in 11 states in April, had "virtually depleted" the Red Cross disaster funds. He said it would be "fine if we could get a year or so respite from natural disasters. But people have never let us down. In times of disasters people are so responsive." The Red Cross completed its annual meeting in Minneapolis Wednesdav. Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Since You Asked Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? •:•:•:•:•:•:•:•:•:•:•:•:•:•:•:•:•:•:• * column answering questions .:.v.v.v.v.v.;.v.:.v. •ft¥:':-:':W:'-: : : : : : x : : : : : : : : submitted by Journal readers :•:•:•:•>:•:•:•:•:•'.•>:•:•:•:•:•: QUESTION: Is it true that retiring legislators receive a pension it they have served eight years? And is it true the amount is $800 a month? ANSWER: Under present law, a legislator age 60 or over who has served eight years and who terminates his legislative service after Jan. 1,1973 is entitled to a pension of $280 per month. This is 40 per cent of the present $700 per month legislative salary. For each year of service over eight years, the pension is increased by 2M; per cent of the legislative salary. The pension will not commence before age 60 even if a legislator's service is terminated at a younger age. Since a legislator's salary before 1973 was much smaller than the present salary, the pensions of legislators retiring before 1973 were comparably smaller. Frank V. Moulton Executive Secretary Legislative Retirement Study Commission QUESTION: Suppose I have a passbook savings account with a savings and loan association. If I desire to withdraw all my funds at one lime, could the association legally pay me only one dollar with promise to pay the rest later? ANSWER: In the normal course of things all insured savings associations and banks honor all withdrawal requests on demand. No financial institution ever expects to do business in any other way. When you put money in a savings account, you want to be able to get it out when you need it. Otherwise, you'd deposit your money somewhere else. While all insured financial institutions recognize this and under normal conditions will always honor your request to withdraw savings, it is also true that in all insured financial institutions your savings withdrawal request may be deferred for a limited time under certain conditions. This is an integral part of the contract you make when you open a savings account at any insured bank or savings association. Even though such provisions are practically never exercised, they exist for a good reason. It's always possible that due to very abnormal or emergency conditions at some specific time, requests for cash withdrawals might exceed an institution's actual cash-on- hand. If the institution, no,matter how sound its financial condition otherwise, then had to meeta great flood of withdrawal requests on the spot, it would be forced to convert good loans and other sound investments into cash immediately. Under these "distress sale" conditions, likely the bank or saving association would be unable to realize the full value of its assets. Needless and perhaps serious losses would be suffered. Incidentally, no one has ever lost even one cent in an insured Savings and Loan Association account. We have in our office an excellent pamphlet describing seven major facts about savings accounts and their insurance, which is too voluminous to quote here, but which we would be happy to furnish anyone who may-wish to stop in our office for it. It clears up in an excellent manner misleading information about insured savings accounts. Chas. H. Peterson President • Fergus Kails Savings & Loan Association ....(Address your questionsto: "Since You Asked...," •:•:•:•:•:•:•:•: ftWxv Box 506, Fergus Falls, Minn. 56537) >:*x*:* lie Health Service. Cancellation of the project in December 1964 led to the lawsuit. Wild contends the two foundations have the same board and leadership and are one legal entity. The long legal battle also resulted in the entire state Supreme Court disqualifying itself. Nine district court judges were assigned as substitutes, with Judge Chester Rosengren, Fergus Falls, acting as chief justice. It was the first time the entire court had stepped aside, although it is not unusual for one or two judges to stay out of any particular case. Although no reason was given, the action apparently stemmed from the fact that Supreme Court Judge James C. Otis was a director of the Wilder Foundation and had .been a witness in the Wild trial. Attorney Henry Halladay, arguing for the defendants, pictured Wild as an "employe" of the foundation, with his contract terminable at will. He implied that Wild himself had been a disruptive force in his own project. When the research project was cancelled, Halladay said, there was dissension and dispute over "almost everything connected with the project." The award of $16,277,300 to Wild was the total of several verdicts by the same jury, some of them for slander and libel, others for "bad faith" and "malicious" interference with the project. Halladay argued there is no such thing as a "malicious" or "bad faith" breach of contract under state law. He also argued that Wild had missed a two-year deadline under the statute of limitations by waiting until 1966 to file his suit for libel and slander. Wild contended he was hearing a breakthrough on a machine that could simply and easily detect suspicious breast tissue in women, using sound waves. Such a test, it was argued, could save millions of women from death. Williams told the court that 70 women per day die of breat cancer in the United States, suggesting many have died needlessly because of delays in Wild's research. "Many people have died, much time has been lost. This Is the most important decision of your lives," the flamboyant Williams told the conrt. He argued that Rarig and others connected with the foundations had sabotaged Wild's project and prevented him from finding a new sponsor. "They're businessmen. Money was in the front of their minds," Williams said. He said the defendants had attempted to portray Wild as a "charlatan," discrediting him to the point where he could no longer get research grants. "As he stands before you today, he doesn't stand a tinker's chance in Hades of ever getting a government grant again," Williams said. .Wild sat at the counsel table during the 95 minutes of argument by attorneys. The court took the matter under advise- ment and is not expected to issue a decision for 'several months. Fergus Falls (Mn.) fetrial Thursday 23,1974 ; FARMHAND JAMESWAY EBERSVILLER IMPLEMENT CO. HIGHWAY 210 WEST FERGUS FALLS STEAK SPECIAL Friday, May 24 S/175 ; 4 RIB EYE .STEAK 8-Oz. U.S. Choice Baked Potato Fresh Hot Texas Toast Coffee — SALAD BAR — Entertaining in Lounge. .. 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