The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on June 8, 1974 · Page 1
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Saturday, June 8, 1974
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DalluJournal 101st YEAR NO. 135 FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA 56537 SATURDAY, JUNES, 1974 SINGLE COPY lOc Probe of campaign is delayed ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Ethics Commission decided Friday to sidestep for one week the question of whether it will investigate the political fund-raising activities of Gov. Wendell Anderson's top aide. The aide, Thomas Kelm, has been linked with an attempt to raise political funds among Minnesota chiropractors. Both Kelm and the governor have called for the Ethics Commission to investigate, saying Kelm is assured of being exonerated. At Friday's meeting, Commission member Irene Scott, a Minneapolis attorney, asked for a one-week delay. She asked the commission's lawyer, Jonathon Morgan, whether the commission has jurisdiction overall state election laws or merely the new campaign reform law. A complaint by State Sen. J. Robert Stassen, South St. Paul, alleged that Kelm may be guilty of violating an older law which prohibits the promise of political appointments in return for campaign donations. The commission is expected to take up the matter again next Friday. ' Stassen said he was satisfied with the action but said the legislature intended the new ethics commission to oversee all election laws. "I believe that was the intent of the legislature. It would be ridiculous to get involved in only one portion of the law," Stassen said. In a second letter to the commission, Stassen asked for a broader look at fund-raising activities of the governor's office. "I think this is only one part of a whole pattern which we'd better dear up," Stassen said. Stassen and other Republicans have repeatedly attacked the governor and Kelm for raising large sums, including about $250,000 during the first three years of the governor's term when no campaign was imminent. On co-conspirator material SEW EASY - Hattte Sttck of Pioneer Home. Her specialty in the crafts room Is making qnflt covers. Pioneer Home aims to keep its 112 residents motivated ByLeANNKUNTZ Journal Staff Writer The average age is 84. The average pace is slow and easy. And women out-number the men3-to-l. The place is a senior citizen's enclave . . in . Fergus Falls called the Pioneer Home. Known as Fergus Fall's first home for the aging, it was built 20 years before any other home in the county. It opened in 1928 with an all-I^itheran board of directors. Now the 11-member board is filled by people from many different denominations in Fergus Falls. After a new addition in 1971 the Home was licensed for 112 people. Beds are now 99 per cent filled all the time. "There is a great demand — especially for. private rooms and nursing care," says Mrs. Sam Saure, administrator for Pioneer Home. It presently has a waiting list of about eight people. According to Mrs. Saure, Pioneer Home's operating philosophy is to keep people orientated to reality by keeping them as active as their minds and bodies will allow. "I think as soon as people need assistance and can't manage by themselves — an old people's home is an ideal place to be," says Mrs. Saure. She adds that regular meals, balanced diets and activities help the older people feel well. Much activity with hardly a minute for boredom is how Mrs. Saure describes the daily routine. The Tuesday morning Continued on page 6 Patricia Hearst pledges to fight on for personal SLA beliefs LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patricia Hearst, kidnaped heiress turned gun-carrying revolutionary, says she fell in love with one of her captors and watched on television as he died in a Shootout with police. Miss Hearst said in a taped message from the underground Friday that she and her comrades watched televised coverage of a blazing gun battle on May 17 between Sybionese Liberation Army members and Los Angeles police. Six SLA members died. In the tape sent to radio station KPFK, Miss Hearst profes- Off Page One Trouble-making turtle. Page 3 "Y" summer schedule. Page 3 State track first round action. Pageltt sed her love for the SLA soldier named "Cujo," believed to be William Wolfe, 23, one of those who died. "It's so hard to explain what it was like watching our comrades die ..." Miss Hearst said. "It made me mad to see the pigs looking at our comrades' weapons, to see them holding Cujo's .45 and his watch, which was still ticking. He would have laughed at that. "I died in that fire on 54th street, but out of the ashes of it I was reborn. I know what I have to do. My comrades didn't die in vain." Miss Hearst, who was kid- naped by the SLA on Feb. 4 and now calls herself Tania, vowed she would rather die than return to her family. She denounced her family as "pigs." She spoke in a quiet voice, laced with profanity. Apparently speaking for William and Emily Harris, the only other known surviving SLA members, she said, "We mourn together, and the sound of gunfire becomes sweeter." The Harrises also spoke on the tape. Wolfe's charred body was found in the burned house after the Shootout along with the body of Donald "General Field , Marshal Cinque" DeFreeze and four women SLA soldiers. There was no definite confirmation that the Cujo Miss Hearst spoke of was Wolfe. In Emmaus, Pa., Wolfe's father said he was told that his son was known to SLA members as Cujo. Earlier he said without qualification that Cujo was his son. In the tape, Miss Hearst derided speculation by her father, newspaper executive Randolph A. Hearst, that she had been brainwashed by the SLA. "While I have no death wish," Miss Hearst said, "I have never been afraid of death. For this reason, the brainwash-duress theory of the pig Hearsts has always amused me. "Life is very precious to me, but I have no delusions that go- Grim outlook is given for Minnesota farmers ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — It seems that fanning seesaws between feast and famine. Minnesota farmers are saying that 1974 prospects look grim. But just last year they enjoyed one of their best years in history. The fanners, who met in St. Paul Friday at the Midwest Conference on Food Policy, blame their financial difficulties this year on increased costs, importing of meat and milk and speculators who deal in commodities. "Speculators in commodities are making money off the farmer and the consumer," said Bob Wiseth, who runs a family farm near Goodrich, Minn. "First I want to do a little crying. The rains have continued all spring, and I have yet to seed an acre of grain. But I've farmed all my life and take what the fellow upstairs gives me," Wiseth said. In December, he said, he was getting $5.80 a bushel for wheat at his local elevator. "Today, I can't sell wheat at $3.80 a bushel. That's less than my production. Dairy farmers are caught in the squeeze, too. Robert Olson, Kasson, Minn., said that last month he was getting $8.15 a hundred pounds for milk. Now this price has dropped to $7, he said. "It's the milk and cheese imports that are doing this," Olson added. John Traxler, a beef feeder from LeCenter, Minn., figured he has to get 50 cents a pound for his steers to break even. Choice steers this week were bringing around 39 cents a pound at South St. Paul. Traxler said his 14 to 15 hours on a busy day and 6 or 7 hours on a slow winter day earned him $10,000 in 1973. "But I'm going to have to see my banker this year," he said. Fair to partly cloudy through Sunday. High today mid 60s Ix>w tonight low 40s. High Sunday low to mid 60s. 1 High Friday 78 Overnight Low 51 At 8 a.m. 59. At 11 a.m. 72 Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 a.m. today, none. Temperatures One Year Ago Maximum 83. Minimum 53. Judge revokes secrecy order WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge revoked the secrecy order cloaking grand jury papers which name President Nixon as a co-conspirator in the Watergate cover-up. But it's up to the Supreme Court to determine when the material becomes public. U.S. District Court Judge John J. Sirica lifted the order Friday at the request of presidential lawyer James D. St. Clair who sought the action after it became known that Nixon and others were named as unidicted co-conspirators. But he noted that the material is in the hands of the Supreme Court in connection with its review of a Watergate tapes subpoena battle between Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski and the administration. In another courtroom Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Gerhard A. Gesell warned that Nixon risks "appropriate procedures under the contempt statutes" if he continues to withhold records subpoenaed for a trial beginning June 17 in the Ellsberg break-in case. Meanwhile, the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia refused to disqualify Sirica from sitting in the cover : up trial. By a 5 to 1 vote with three judges abstaining, the court rejected a petition by lawyers for five of the seven defendants, arguing that Sirica demonstrated bias in the first Watergate trial and should be removed from the cover-up trial. The defendants who sought to remove Sirica were former Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell, former White House aide Gordon Strachan, former domestic affairs - adviser John D. Ehrlichman, and Kenneth W. Parkinson, a lawyer for Nixon's reelection committee. The fifth was Charles W. Colson, a former Nixon aide who pleaded guilty to Watergate charges Monday. The cover-up charge then was dropped in the plea-bargained agreement. Gesell's warning came after he ruled last week that Ehrlichman has the right to examine his own White House files for material necessary to his defense. Ehrlichman, G. Gordon Liddy and two others are accused of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist, Dr. Uwis Fielding. The charge stems from the Sept. 4,1971, break-in at Fielding's office. The administration consented, but then refused to allow Ehrlichman's lawyer, William Prates, into the file room housing Ehrlichman's papers. Sternly lecturing St. Clair, Ge- sell called the administration action "complete disregard of the court's order.... I just don't see how I can tolerate it in terms of this case and in fairness to this defendant." Gesell said Nixon's action, in effect, denied Ehrlichman his constitutional right to legal representation. Declaring himself "totally astounded" at the President's position, Gesell said he will draft an order dealing with the situation. It was not clear whether Ge- sell would approach the impasse through contempt proceedings against the President or whether he would lean toward dismissing the charges against Ehrlichman. During the hearing, Ehrlichman's lawyers said they have subpoenaed Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, White House counsel J. Fred Buzhardt and White House Chief of Staff Alexander M. Haig Jr. to testify on the opening day of the trial. Gesell rejected a sub- Continued on page 7 ing to prison would keep me alive, and I would never choose to live the rest of my life surrounded by pigs." She said she had been taught "to shoot first and make sure the pig is dead before splitting." At the Hearst home in Hillsborough, Calif., a spokesman said the family was "generally depressed" and certain "the voice was definitely Patricia's." The 33-minute tape from Miss Hearst and the Harrises was the first word from the SLA since April 24, when Miss Hearst also ridiculed her family and said that she had joined the SIJ\. Miss Hearst rebutted suggestions that with the loss of the six members the SLA was crumbling. "All of us were prepared to function if necessary until we connected with other combat units," she said. "The idea that we are leaderless is absurd as long as any segments are alive...." She said she and the Harrises are calling themselves "The Malcolm X combat unit of the SLA" and that Harris has become their leader. Malcolm X was a black nationalist leader of the 1960s. WEATHER FERGUS FAILS AREA City forces shutdown of Metro Meat By PHILIP HAGE City Editor City officials Friday notified representatives of Metro Meat Packing Company that the city will discontinue all public utility service to the plant effective 6 p.m. today, forcing the plant to discontinue operation. In a letter to George Heimel Sr, board chairman for Metro Meat, George Heimel Jr., and other Metro officials, City Administrator Rodger Neumann-referred to'reports from the city Department of Public Works concerning processing waste discharge from the plant into the city sewage treatment system as grounds for discontinuing utility operation. The report from the public works department says that the amount of noxious substances discharged from the plant into the city dewage system has increased substantially and that the discharge is causing the main sewer line from the city to the treatment plant to become partially clogged. The report further indicates that as a result of the increased discharge, the city treatment system is unable to meet quality standards established by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for effluent discharge into the Otter Tail River. The city's action caps a series of negotiations stretching over a period of more than two years during which the city has attempted to force Metro Meat to remove hog slaughter wastes from the plant's discharge into the city dewage treatment system. On May 30, 1974, Neumann sent a letter to Metro representatives informing them that the plant would be closed June 15 if the discharge continued. Neumann met with Metro officials earlier this week. At that time Metro officials sought an extension of the June 15 deadline but Neumann informed tham that unless a special pump was installed to screen the noxious discharge, the deadline would stand. No pump was installed. Neumann, under urging from the city council and public officials, decided that the deadline should be moved up to this evening. His decision was based on reports from the city engineer and sewage treatment personnel that the sewer line was in danger of bursting if the discharge was not halted. Sewage treatment officials told Neumann that the city system, only five years old, was not designed for nor capable of handling the Metro discharge in addition to ordinary city wastes. The action is a "last resort," Neumann said yesterday. "We've had promises (from Metro Meat officials) to clean it up since 1971. It's a question of whether the sewers will last until the fifteenth of June." Metro plant manager Jim Finch, Friday, declined to comment on Neumann's letter, indicating only that he was aware of the city's intended action. Although Neumann's letter is only an administrative order to cease the discharge, city officials indicated that the city water and dewer services will be physically shut off. The 6 p.m. deadline permits the company to finish the week's slaughtering and processing. A July, 1973 letter from former city engineer Donald Ronning to George Heimel, Sr., informs Heimel that the discharge of "solid or viscous substances" into publicly owned sewage treatment systems is in violation of the Environmental Protection Agency standards and the Federal Water Control Act of 1972. Continued on page 7 GREASE—A oDe-indi layer of grease and fatty wastes floats atop the primary cbarifler tank at the city sewage treatment plant, located at the west edge of the city. The primary clarifler Is the first step in treatment of city sewage. After the sewage is treated, the clarified water is dumped into the Otter Tail River. Treatment plant officials maintain the waste from Metro Meat Packing Co. Is overloading the treatment system and may cause city sewer lines to hurst. (Journal photo by Philip Hage) Sewage treatment hindered Grease clogs sewage plant By PHILIP HAGE City Editor The Fergus Falls sewage treatment plant on the west edge of the city is designed to treat an average of 2,380,000 gallons of raw sewage from the city sewers per minute. The present plant was dedicated in I960, but additional equipment designed to meet state and federal effluent discharge standards were added in 1969. All city sewage is funnel ed from sewer pipes to an influent channel. The channel directs the raw sewage through a Barminutar, a grate-like device which traps and grinds up large solid pieces of sewage, permitting liquid sewage to pas through. After the sewage has been finely ground, it passes through the grate to the first settling lank, where the heavier solids settle to the bottom and are removed to the sludge control building. The effluent is then channeled to the primary charifier, which is shaped like an inverted cone, allowing remaining solids and sediment to sink to the tip of the cone, where they can be pumped to the sludge control building. After leaving the primary clarifier, the liquid effluent is pumped to one of two trickling filters. Trickling sprayers spread the water over eight feet of crushed rock, where it filters to the bottom of the filter tank. Waste material remains on the rocks and decomposes through exposure to the elements. From the trickling filters the effluent is pumped to aerators, where oxygen is mixed with the waste water as it is churned by huge rotary motors. The oxygen encourages bacteria growth in the waste water, which decomposes the remaining organic wastes. The water is then pumped to a final clarifier lank and then to a final chlorine tank, where chlorine is mixed with the water to kill any remaining bacteria and to clear the water. The effluent is then discharged into the Otter Tail River. The accumulated sludge from the first settling tank and primary clarifier is pumped to primary and secondary- digesters At the final stage of the secondary digester, all that remains is 90 per cent waste water containing materials that cannot be broken down further, and gas produced by the putrefying bacteria. The effluent is pumped from the digester to a city truck which can hold 2,500 gallons of the sludge, to be spread as fertilizer on croplands. The city truck hauls between seven and ten loads of sludge each day from the treatment plants. State regulations require the digesters to be cleaned every five years. The city's digesters Continued on page ~i

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