The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on June 24, 1974 · Page 1
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The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota · Page 1

Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Monday, June 24, 1974
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Fergus Falls (Mi.) tonal MOB., June 24,1974 9 Nixon ends his secluded weekend CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) ~ President Nixon is ending a secluded weekend of preparations for his European summit trip to return to the White House for talks with his top economic advisers. Aides said he planned to take up a few domestic matters today before his Tuesday departure for Brussels and a 10-day trip that will include talks in the Soviet Union with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. An 11 a.m. White House meeting was called to get a report on the nation's economy from the administration's new economic policy coordinator, Kenneth Rush; Treasury Secretary William E. Simon; Budget Director Roy L. Ash; Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Herbert Stein, and Federal Reserve Board Chairman Arthur Burns. Nixon then will sign the Colorado River Basin salinity act, a new law resulting from lengthy negotiations with the Mexican government over the flow of waters from the Colorado River into Mexico. In Brussels, the President will meet with representatives of the 15 North Atlantic Treaty Organization nations and sign a declaration on Atlantic relations, pledging wider and more intimate consultations among the NATO allies. He goes on to Moscow Thursday for a third summit meeting with Brezhnev. The visit to the Soviet Union also will include a trip to Brezhnev's Black Sea resort home at Oreanda in the Crimea and to the Soviet city of Minsk, the White House said. In Moscow, Sunday, the Communist party newspaper, Pra- vada, reported Brezhnev as saying that he wants stable relations with the United States that are not dependent on temporary considerations. A MILD SUCCESS STORY - Prometheus Wholesale owner and S M l ger i ?° Ug 1**™*' **gsui bis business in 1971 In bis basement in Moorhead because he thought he could make money manufacturine candles. Today, he is in Fergus Falls dealing with some 250 different outhts in an expanded novelty-gift business. {Journal photos by LeAnn Kuntz) A NEW LOCATION—The business is now in the old NP depot where some customers visit, thinking it is a retail operation. Three things are primarily done here- plaque finishing, candle making and rope dyeing. Building a business Depot is place for expansion ByLeANNKUNTZ Journal Staff Writer Swish-swish, blub-blub and scratch-scratch. Sound familiar? It does to Doug and Deb Thorson who are working on a mild success story. They are the owners of Prometheus Wholesale on Cascade Avenue in the old NP Depot. Novelty gifts are manufactured there and sold to some 250 different outfits. Prometheus Wholesale, which is not a retail operation meaning it requires a $50 minimum on its orders, began back in 1971 in Moorhead as a candle-making business in Thorson's basement. A friend dubbed the business Prometheus Wholesale after the Greek god who brought fire to earth and explained how to use it. Since then, because of a silent partner and a "fantastic banker," both from Fergus Falls, Thorson moved his operation here. He has been here one and a half years. More recently his outfit moved out of an old garage and into the old NP Depot because it had more room. With his wife working as secretary, two full-time workers, two part-time workers and himself who is on the road most of the time, Thronson's factory keeps on moving. He calls it a very seasonal business —busy times are near holidays and slack times are during the summer. Making candles, dyeing ropes and assembling plaques are the main things Thorson's workers do. Tagging and packing the merchandise is also part of the job. He began the business because the processes were so simple and yet cost buyers quite a bit. He continues the business because, like any other person, he is out to make money any way he knows how. Sounds like a mild success story, does it not? ROPE DUNKING - Braided ropes, used for hanging potted plants, are dyed bright colors, then left to dry, fire-proofed, and again left to dry, and finally tagged for sale in 2 to 4 days. WOODEN PLAQUES—Workers sand the wood, stain it, glue it on the picture and varnish it. Next, a second sanding and another coat of varnish are applied. After the hangers are screwed on and the merchandise is tagged, the stock is ready to go. "Very simple," according to Thorson. Jewish activists are rounded up SIMPLE SIMON — Wax is heated and poured Into molds (as pictured). The candles all turn out white and are then either dipped in different colors or painted. Most of the candles are only scented in the outside coat, although they may be done so they are scented all over. MOSCOW (AP) - Secret police widened a dragnet operation to several Soviet cities today, rounding up Jewish activists to block demonstrations and protests during President Nixon's summit visit next week, Jewish sources reported. The police agents have detained nearly-10 Jews all denied permission to go to Israel — and interrogated and warned many others, the informants said. "In Moscow there's a real hunt on for Jews," asserted Alexander Goldfarb, a 27-year-old chemist who said he has managed to evade the police. "We are on the run. We are under seige. It is not a very pleasant feeling lo hide away like a rat." More than 12 Jewish activists were picked up in the Soviet capital Friday and the sources said further arrests were expected over the weekend. Preventive arrests were underway in Leningrad, Odessa, Kishinev, Kiev and Visitsa, they claimed. The cities have large Jewish communities. The roundup appeared greater than the similar precautions taken by the government here prior to President Nixon's first Moscow summit in 1972. The arrests were evidently aimed at JULY 4™ SALE STANDARD heading off embarrassing disturbances. "The arrests of Jewish activists is shameless blackmail of American public opinion," three Moscow Jews declared today. In an open appeal addressed to U.S. congressmen, activists Mikhail Agursky, Vitaly Rubin and Inessa Axelrod said "the responsibility for such blackmail should be laid on the Soviet and American governments." Some Jews have claimed President Xixon's recent statement that emigration was an internal Soviet affair actually encouraged a crackdown on Jews in this country. The Jewish community here is particularly interested in American public opinion because of congressional opposition to granting the Soviet Union credit loans and tariff concessions until the Kremlin eases its harsh emigration policies. 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