The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on June 28, 1974 · Page 1
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Friday, June 28, 1974
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..... _ ..... ___> Crops are somewhat behind schedule; a little rain would help ByBILLBANK Rose said. "A real hot dry soell Townshin suffered about tho n,,t ^v,« ....... c ^ _______ ..... • By BILL BANK Area New* Editor Generally speaking, progress of crops throughout the country is behind last year and behind the overall average for this time of year, reports Otter Tail County Extension Agent Ken Rose. Rose says there is a great variation in the growth of crops throughout the county. About the only thing they all have in common is the need for a good rain. "Farmers are getting apprehensive about the lack or rain for small grain crops," Rose said. "A real hot dry spell with winds while the grain is heading out will result in poor yields and poor grain." Most small grain crops are in with the exception of areas near Pelican Rapids, Underwood and Eagle I,ake. Rose toured the area around Inspiration Peak Wednesday afternoon and reports damage to crops in that area to be anywhere from 80 to 100 per cent. "Many fields were hammered down by the hail near there, south of Battle Lake, in the Underwood area and towards Elizabeth," he said. Norwegian Grove Township suffered about the same amount of damage, according to reports from farmers in the vicinity. Farmers hailed out in the most recent storm last week, as well as those hailed out earlier, will be forced to reseed with millet or buckwheat, he said. Those grains are about the only ones that have a chance of ripening this late in the season. Some areas to the west and south of Fergus Falls have grains which are just about ready to head out now, Rose says. The height of corn in those areas is about 10 to 12 inches. But other areas of the county where planting was late have corn that is only four inches high, and in some cases, the growth is even less. Soybean height around the county averages about five inches now, but again, there is great variation depending upon the area. But in general, major farm operations throughout the vicinity involve spraying wheat and small grains, finishing up hay harvesting and cultivating row crops. The sunflower beetle is again becoming a problem with defoliation near Crookston close to 100 per cent. Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Jon Wefald has said emergency use of Toxaphene to combat the insect has been granted to state farmers by the Environmental Protection Agency. A shortage of herbicides has been partly circumvented by farmers in Otter Tail County by substituting other chemicals for the ones in very short supply, Rose said. Two herbicides which have been extremely hard to obtain this summer are 24D amine and MCP. One substitute which has • ••»•! niv,ir. vile auusuuue wmcn nas aoc ....x,,:^^^ been used by many farmers is Ester 24D. Gerald Ness, East Otter Tail County extension agent in Perham, reports crops in that area coming along well, but perhaps a week behind normal for this time of year. Hay yields have been good, he said, and close to half of the hay has already been put up. The potatoes look very good so far, he added, and many fields are now blooming. Navy, pinto and kidney beans are all looking good, but Ness amplified Rose's comments about needing more rainfall. In spite of all the moisture in that part of the counly the lighter soils could stand some more rain. Ness toured several fields north of Henning which were damaged by last week's hail and wind. "Some fields are very badly damaged," he reported. "In fact, in some of those fields there were no leaves left on alfalfa, just the stems. But I think most of this grain will still come back." Wilkin County Agent Glen Chambers says that area could Continued on page 14 Daily Journal IQIsfrEAR. NO. !52 FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA56537 FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 1974 SINGLE COPY STEPS TO NOWHERE -Matheson Movers of Breckenridge were in Carlisle yesterday, moving out an old school that they had moved into the town 19 years earlier. The old Wahlstrom School, built in 1890, was moved into Carlisle in 1955 from Maplewood Township, remodelled and used as a grade school until 1971 when school consolidate forced Us closing. It was purchased then bv Frederick Fosse, Rothsay Route 1, and is being transported today to Ms farm five miles north of Carlisle. He plans to use ft as a shop and garage. It was moved off its foundation yesterday, leaving the steps with nowhere to go. (Journal photo by BUI Bank) Humphrey defends his actions in use of '72 campaign funds WASHINGTON (AP^ _ <^>n emotional latp-nioht tnlonhnno ,<.: ^^_ .. WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, stung by a Senate Watergate Committee staff report on his 1972 presidential campaign finances, says he did nothing illegal in using more than $100,000 of his own money in his campaign and concealing that fact from the public. "With the Urd Jesus Christ as my guy, that was as honest a deal as kissing your mother," the Minnesota Democrat said. Humphrey, in a sometimes WEATHER FERGUS fALLS AREA Partly cloudy and cooler tonight and Saturday, chance of thundershowers tonight. Lows tonight in 50s. High Saturday in the 70s. Chance of rain tonight 20 per cent. High Thursday 86 Overnight Ix>w 64 At 8 a.m. 66. At noon 86 Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 a.m. today, none. Temperatures One Year Ago Maximum 74. Minimum 48. emotional, late-night telephone call to an Associated Press reporter Thursday, said the money represented "a lifetime of investment" by himself and his wife Muriel. Humphrey said he omitted any mention of the use of personal funds when he voluntarily disclosed his finances during Democratic presidential primaries because at that time the law didn't require full disclosure and because he wanted to conceal the matter from his family. "I didn't like to have to contribute that money, but we had to do it if we were going to campaign," Humphrey said. Humphrey said the Watergate staff report was written by a Republican staff member, Donald Sanders, and he said he resented the tone and implications of the report. "It just ends up that you look like a burglar," he said. Meanwhile, the committee staff on Thursday circulated a new report dealing with presidential campaign finances of Democrats George McGovern and John V. Lindsay. It s^id McGovern is campaigning for Senate re-election this year with the aid of $340,417 in left-over 1972 presidential funds. It said he shifted these funds out of presidential campaign committees while these committees were forcing creditors to write off $35,322 as bad debts. Such transfer of funds has been used by other candidates and the report did not challenge its legality. But it said the maneuver raises a question of whether McGovern violated at least the spirit of the federal law banning corporate gifts to federal candidates. A McGovern spokesman, John Holum, said the left-over presidential money was shifted to the Senate race on the orders of several state and local presidential finance chairmen who controlled the money. Holum said McGovern would try to keep the senators on the Watergate committee from adopting the staff's findings. The report said $10,000 in cash was raised for former New- York Mayor Lindsay's presidential campaign by a city Highway Department official who solicited the money from two contractors who later got a S1.7-million job to supply the city with asphalt. It said the money, in $20 bills stuffed into an envelope, passed through the hands of Lindsay's top campaign aide, Richard Aurelio, and cannot be accounted for. Aurelio responded by calling the report an example of "sloppy reporting by the committee staff" and said all the cash had been properly recorded and reported publicly. The committee staff's said review of Lindsay finance records "fails to reveal any recording of the cash contributions. Although the report was edited by Democratic staff members before being circulated to the committee, a Humphrey aide said he believes the senators on the Watergate committee will reject many of the findings. "Most of that stuff is going to be totally eliminated," the aide said. "We're just being used to balance off all this Nixon-Re- bozo stuff." The staff report said Humphrey ordered transfer of $89 000 in stock and $23,000 in cash from a blind trust into the presidential campaign during Continued on page 14 St. Glair's presentation scrutinized WASHINGTON (AP) - Comments from some House Judiciary Committee members suggest presidential lawyer James D. St. Clair has failed to punch any holes in the committee's impeachment case. "It's very helpful, but I don't know if it's convincing," Rep Henry P. Smith III, R-N.Y., said of St. Clair's presentation on Thursday. "1 think most of us were not persuaded of anything," said Rep. George E. Danielson, D- Calif. St. Clair, stating President Nixon's side of matters under investigation, winds up his two- day presentation today. The view that St. Clair had left intact the framework of evidence constructed by Judiciary Committee. special counsel John Doar was shared by Rep. Charles E. Wiggins, R- Calif., one of Nixon's strongest supporters. Asked whether St. Clair had contradicted Doar's presentation, Wiggins said, "I think not. He tended to give it a different emphasis." In other Watergate-related developments: -Senate Watergate committee staff reports raised questions about 1972 presidential campaign funds of Sens. Hubert H. Humphrey and George McGovern and former New York Mayor John V. Lindsay, all Democrats. Humphrey, in a sometimes emotional telephone call to The Associated Press, heatedly denied doing anything illegal. -Nixon's friend Charles G. "Bcbe" Rebozo asked a federal court to prohibit the Watergate panel from inquiring further into his personal and business affairs. —A six-man, six-woman jury was seated for the trial of former Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman and three others charged in the Ellsberg break- in. -Former White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman asked a federal court to call a hearing to determine to what extent the special prosecutor's office and other government branches have been responsible for leaks Continued on page 14 Hamar Church to celebrate centennial. Page 6 Area happenings. Page S On the local scene. Page 9 Reflections on the shots at Sarajevo. Page 9 WASHINGTON (AP) - For- phone call to White House sub- House , f V W C? I WW U V mor «7V,ito U™,oo A~™™i;~ -_jr . . .. "™ be SUO- J10US6. lie n clrinl l,,Hm> n« r i. nr j j • . W WASHINGTON (AP) - For mer White House domestic counselor John D. Ehrlichman approved the break-in at the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist the weekend before the break-in occurred, prosecutor William S. Merrill charged in court today. Ehrlichman's lawyer, Henry H. Jones, denied that the former White House aide approved the break-in. "Any breach of Dr. Fielding's rights came not as a result of the activity or knowledge of Mr. Ehrlichman," Jones said. "If it came at all, it came from some authority other than Mr. Ehrlichman." Opening his case in '.he Plumbers Iria), Merrill quoted Ehrlichman as saying in a phone call to White House subordinates about the then proposed break-in: "Okay, let me know if they find anything." Merrill said the phone call occurred Aug. 31, 1971, four days before the break-in at !he office of Dr. Lewis J. Fielding .the Beverly Hills psychiatrist who treated Ellsberg. Ellsberg subsequently was put on trial on charges stemming from the release of the Pentagon Papers but a federal judge dismissed the charges after learning among other things of the break-in at Fielding's office. Merrill said Ehrlichman's approval was contingent only upon the covert operation nol being traced to the White House. Merrill said Ehrlichman's approval came in a phone call from Cape Cod, Mass., where he was vacationing, to David R Young and Egil Krogh, who headed the White House investigative unit known as the Plumbers. The trial opened on Wednesday and jury selection was completed late Thursday. The opening defense statement for Ehrlichman is to be argued to the mostly black jury- by Henry H. Jones, one of two black lawyers working for the former presidential assistant. The other defendants are convicted Watergate conspirators G. Gordon Liddy, Bernard I.. Barker and Eugenio L. Martinez. U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesel) sped the jury selection process along Wednesday and Thursday, narrowing the pool to 90 persons he judged in closed court sessions to be sufficiently free of pretrial bias for or against the defendants. Defense attorneys asked for, and were denied, dismissal of charges because of the broad, national attention given the case. On Thursday, impaneling a jury of 6 men and 6 women was completed during just two hours of challenges by defense and prosecution lawyers in open court. Despite the heavy coverage, Gesell said in preliminary instructions to the jury, "I believe this trial can now go for- ward in an atmosphere untainted by pretrial publicity." The guilt or innocence of Ehrlichman, until a year ago among the three or four most powerful men in Washington will be decided by a jury which includes an electric company meter reader, a retired elevator operator and two on the unemployment rolls. Only one juror, an economist, is a member of the professions. Racially, there are three white jurors and nine blacks, a proportion almost identical to the 1970 census figure of 71 per cent blacks living in Washington, D.C. Among the six black alternates, two are women four are men. Merrill, once an unsuccessful Continued on page 14 Leaders okay agreements on research MOSCOW (AP) - President Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev achieved the first concrete results of their summit today, agreeing on three cooperative ventures, including research and development on an artificial heart. The two other agreements involve cooperation in the housing field and in energy development. The agreement on heart research contemplates joint efforts to improve synthetic cardiac valves and to develop artificial hearts. Researchers from both countries also would seek ways to extend the operational life of cardiac pacemakers and would work together to im prove diagnostic techniques aimed at heading off heart attacks by early detection of blood supply disorders. They also would try to develop instruments to detect and treat heart ailments of children. Under the accord, the two countries would exchange models of artificial hearts and other devices for testing and would publish the results of joint research efforts. Under the housing and construction agreement, special efforts would be made to develop criteria for building in earthquake-prone areas and in regions effected by climatic extremes, such as arctic cold and desert heat. The energy agreement called for a broad and balanced range of joint research and develop- Lawyer education proposal okayed DULUTH, Minn. (AP) Minnesota lawyers will be required to continue their legal education throughout their careers under a plan approved Thursday by the Minnesota State Bar Association. A spokesman for the association said the program is the first of its kind in the nation. State law requires membership in the association to practice law in Minnesota. Thus, the association requirement will apply to all of the approximately 5,600 attorneys in the state. Debate on the controversial program was so prolonged that the convention was unable to conclude its business session as scheduled Thursday. As a result, discussion of several issues including legalized prostitution, pornography and victirnless crimes—was held over until today. Provisions of the education program, approved on a voice vote, call for lawyers to spend 45 hours in each three-year period in coursework or other additional formal training. Continued on page 14 ment programs on conventional and unconventional energy forms, environmental problems related to energy, and ways lo restrain energy usage. Brezhnev noted, however, that the process of detente has only "traversed the first stage," and that "much work lies ahead" that will require a sense of purpose and good will. He also said the summit meetings were marked by "frankness," a diplomatic way of saying the two sides have major points of divergence. Brezhnev also gave assurances there would be no "secret agreements," an apparent reference to a debate in the United States concerning allegations lhat stalled loopholes in the 1972 nuclear pact were later closed in secret negotiations. Nixon called off his plan to visit Star City on Saturday to inspect the training of American and Soviet spacemen. White House Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said the President and Brezhnev had decided to use the time "for working sessions, consultation and negotiations." Nixon and Brezhnev got down to the business of their third summit meeting earlier in the day. "We have a list that long," said Brezhnev, stretching his arms wide for an inquiring American newsman. And first on it "is the strengthening of friendly relations." "The main talks are just be- Continued on page 14 , mUnUy St , niCe projcct members 0{ *« F " da! e W Club lend 10. | Journal photo by 4

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