The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on July 26, 1974 · Page 1
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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'PallyJournal lOlstYEAR NO. 175 FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA56537 FRIDAY, JULY 26, 1974 SINGLE COPY IQc Impeachment plan finalizing KRAZY DAY SPIRIT —All kin* of antics and costumes were the order of the day yesterday during Krazy Day in Fergus Falls. Two clerks engaged in sidewalk selling used bushel baskets for costumes. Two girls liberally used shaving cream for excitement. Sue Johnson, Windom, a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Arfstrom, Ashby, took advantage of the offer of free milk. (Journal photos by Harley Oyloe and LeAnn Kimtz) WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee soundly rejected today a Republican plea for delay and moved on to shape precise, charges for its expected recommendation that President Nixon be impeached. The delay was rejected on a vote of 27-11. The panel's second-ranking Republican sought unsuccessfully to halt the nationally broadcast proceeding, giving Nixon 24 hours to say he would turn over to the committee more White House tape recordings within 10 days. The roll call vote on the delay motion of Rep. Robert McClory of Illinois brought a blurring of pro and anti-impeachment lines. Some of Nixon's GOP supporters joined the panel's Democratic leadership in opposing the delay motion, while some who seek impeachment favored the pause. Twenty Democrats opposed the motion along with seven Republicans. Ten Republicans and one Democrat approved. As the committee moved from its opening round of debate to voting on motions and proposed impeachment resolutions, it was clear that a majority of members favored the move to oust Nixon. The committee's public session was delayed by a caucus of Democrats. They revised the first article of a proposed impeachment resolution to make more explicit the charges against Nixon. If the committee — as expected — recommends impeachment, it will require a majority vote of the full House of Representatives to send the issue to a Senate trial, where a two-thirds vote would be re- quired to remove him from office. The unsuccessful attempt for delay was based on a Supreme Court ruling on White House tapes. The Supreme Court ordered Wednesday that Nixon turn over tapes and documents of 64 conversations to U.S. court for possible use in the Watergate cover-up trial. McClory, however, expressed some pessimism that the tapes would be provided. "I have the strong feeling that there is no intention to provide the material, but I feel nevertheless this opportunity should be offered," McClory said. He added that he will later move Nixon be impeached for contempt of congress if he does not comply with various committee subpoenas. Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Texas, the first Democrat to respond, said the motion offered no likelihood of tapes coming to the committee and added the public would not tolerate any delay. Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr., D-N.J., told the panel as it closed its general debate Thursday night: "I find that the President must be found wanting." Rep. Delbert Latta, R-Ohio, a committee member opposed to impeachment, sees a 27-11 vote in favor of a recommendation that the House impeach Nixon and that a Senate trial be held to determine whether he would be removed from office. In related developments: - -Vice President Gerald R. Ford said conviction and impeachment of Nixon would be "very, very bad" for the country both on domestic and foreign fronts. He added, "I can say from the bottom of my heart the President of the United States is innocent.... He is right." —Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski urged U.S. District Court Judge John J. Sirica to order Nixon to surrender within two to ten days the tapes and documents of 64 Watergate conversations. —The defense rested in Ed Reinecke's perjury trial after seeking to cast doubt on the accuracy of the transcript of Senate testimony on which the California lieutenant governor was indicted. Rodino plans to continue the Judiciary Committee meeting into the night, if necessary, to complete the drafting of an article and bring it to a vote. Other articles, charging Nixon with abuse of power and failure to comply with committee subpoenas are to be offered, but as soon as one is approved a formal recommendation of impeachment will have been made. The certainty that the committee will recommend impeachment was sealed Thursday when every uncommitted member either came out for impeachment or expressed such deep concern over Nixon's conduct of his office that it left little doubt as to how they would vote. In a long round of speeches in which 29 members unburdened St. Clair approves plan for surrendering tapes WASHINGTON (AP) — Under prodding from U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica, presidential attorney James St. Clair agreed today to surrender tapes of 20 Watergate conversations by next Tuesday and to speed work on 44 others. St. Clair and Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski agreed to a compromise timetable for White House surrender of the tapes after Sirica made clear he would not accept a promise by President Nixon's lawyer to move as quickly as possible but without a specific target date. Sirica said he hopes prompt production of the material, which the Supreme Court ordered Nixon to surrender on Wednesday, will enable the Watergate cover-up trial of six former presidential and campaign aides to start on schedule Sept. 9. Under the compromise 'Average' small grain crop Story stays the same—farmers need more rain By BILL BANK Area News Editor Small grains this year aren't nearly as impressive as they were last year at this tune, but row crops look pretty good right now. That's the opinion of county extension agents in the area, assessing the current crop situation which is heavily dependent on additional rainfall in the near future. Myron Hankel, assistant Otter Tail County extension agent, said barley being harvested now is in the 50 to 60 plump area, down from last year when it was in the 70's and 80's. The bushel weight is down a bit because of the high temperatures and lack of rainfall at the end of June and in early July. But it isn't a bad year for barley on the average, he added. Soybeans and corn were really helped by the last inch of rain the county received a couple of weeks ago and the heat has helped the corn. Hankel said that right now those crops "look tremendous." Insects have not been a problem for small grains this year, but the sunflower beetle has done a bit of damage to those farmers still growing sunflowers this year. Many farmers who grew sunflowers last year have switched to small grains this year because there is a greater return at present price levels, Hankel said. " Any ra in we get now is going to be good for row crops," He concluded. Glen Chambers, Wilkin County's extension agent, said the heat has been very hard on the early harvests. "Barley harvesting so far, from what I've heard, has been 30-45 bushels an acre with the plump yield from a percentage of zero to over 60 which is a really wide variance," Chambers said. "This is directly reflective of how dry the fields were and the conditions the fields were seeded under. But I'd say the average plump per cent of what has been harvested so far is bet- ween 30 and 40." The wheat in this area is holding up pretty well, he said, although it is turning prematurely and won't weigh out as heavily as last year. Some of the stools dried out early and the stands won't be as thick as last year, but it will be about average for the past five or six years, he said. Row crops, of course, could use a good rain, he said, but they are holding out pretty well with no serious problems stemming from lack of moisture yet. But soybeans are getting to the critical stage, he said. They are blooming right now and need rain soon or the crop will suffer. Corn is tassling out now and is getting to a critical stage as well. "But the sugarbeets are looking great," he said. "None are dying, they are tough, but some are not growing as fast as they could be with a good rain or two." The second crop of hay was just nil, Chambers said, "They took it in mostly just to get it off the fields and start looking for the third crop." Crops north of Rothsay look quite good now, Chambers said. That area has had more rain. The sunflowers suffered a bit from the curculio, a snoot beetle, which tends to cut the heads off sunflowers, but it isn't really a serious problem, he added. Grant County Extension Agent Rolyn Samuelson reports that area, too, is lacking in moisture. The yield and quality is down on barley and he predicts that will be the case with all the small grains. A lot of barley has been swathed and some conbining done and the plumpness is down from last year, he said. The second cutting of hay is real short and the pastures are in pretty bad shape, he added. Corn, soybeans and sunflowers have been hurt a bit and there will be some yield reduction on corn and soybeans, "but what happens between now and maturity will tell the story," he said. agreement, reached in a private conference that lasted more than an hour, St. Clair will report back to Sirica next Friday on progress in preparing the tapes and documents relating to the remaining 44 conversations. Associate Special Prosecutor James F. Neal said that next Friday will be a target date for 13 additional conversations beyond the first 20. The 20 conversations for which tapes are to be turned over by next Tuesday include material covered in the edited White House transcripts released in late April. Earlier, St. Clair told Sirica it would be impossible to comply with Jaworski's proposal that the White House surrender all of the tapes within 10 days. However, Sirica told St. Clair, "I think you're making this thing more complicated than it should be." Sirica said he would set a timetable himself if St. Clair and Jaworski could not agree on one between themselves. With that statement, Sirica called a 30-minute recess in the hearing on Jaworski's call for prompt compliance with Wednesday's 8-0 Supreme Court order that President Nixon produce the tapes for the scheduled Sept. 9 trial of six former presidential and campaign aides in the Watergate cover-up case. Sirica noted that his original order, upheld by the Supreme Court decision, had allowed 11 days for surrender of the tapes and documents and that his order had been upheld "in all respects." St. Clair declined to say specifically how long it would take the White House to review the material and make it available to Sirica. After the material is turned over to Sirica, he will review it to determine whether it is relevant to the cover-up trial. Material Sirica considers .relevant to the trial will be turned over to Jaworski. St. Clair said it was impossible to say how long it would take the White House to review, analyze and index the material and turn it over to Sirica. St. Clair had told the Supreme Court that the process could take as long as two months, but told Sirica he did not think it would take that long. He said President Nixon plans to listen to all of the tapes before they are surrendered because he "feels quite strongly he should know what he is turning over." Jaworski said that failure to meet his timetable of two to 10 days would jeopardize the Sept. 9 trial date. If the trial is delayed, he said, the case may have to be delayed indefinitely because of the possibility that many of those involved will be needed for a possible Senate impeachment trial of President Nixon. St. Clair, who announced President Nixon's decision to comply with the Supreme Court ruling "in all respects" flew Continued on page 2 WEATHER FERGUS FALLS AREA Mostly fair through Saturday. Cooler tonight. Lows tonight upper 40s to mid 50s. Highs Saturday mid 70s to low 80s. High Thursday 90. Overnight l<ow 64. At 8 a.m. 66. At noon 73. Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 a.m. today, none. Temperatures One Year Ago Maximum 78. Minimum 60. Panel backs H.S. League over authority on rules ByTOMHINTGEN Wire Editor Whether or not to weaken rules already established under the Minnesota State High School League and whether some rules (for students) should even exist at all was a main issue discussed at a legislative subcommittee hearing at the Fergus Falls Junior High School Auditorium Thursday evening. The subcommittee, conducting a study of the present structure of the High School Off Page One Hoberg believes voters may link Watergate to political incumbents. Page 2 Surgeon, internist join medical group. Page ' American I-egion Baseball roundup. Page 10 Ttiey fight smokestacks, spnnges. syringes. 1'age 14 league, heard testimony for coaches, administrators and other persons interested in high school athletics and the league in general. Student rules were among many topics discussed at the Thursday gathering. Panel members concluded that the High School league does have the authority to establish rules for students (regarding use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, drugs and other matters) even though the rules may at times conflict with what some persons view as "constitutional rights" of individuals. According to Rep. Bill Quirin, subcommittee chairman from Rochester, the league's authority will most likely continue until (if and when (it is successfully challenged in the courts. Many of those testifying Thursday expressed concern that weakening present rules would not be in the best interests of the coaches, students anti the league in general. Other representatives serving on the panel included Cal I arson, Fergus Falls; Carl Johnson, St. Peter and Dick Anderson, New Brighton. When questioned by Fergus Falls High School student Randy Presuhn regarding the league's authority, Quirin said the organization was given legal status in 1971. Quirin further stated conflicts with authority would have to DP dealt with under the judicial process. Presuhn is a debater and will be a high school senior. Joseph Wheeler, superintendent of schools at Battle lake, said he was concerned about pressure groups working to weaken High School I-eague rules. He maintained that strong rules will keep the strength in the league itself. Norm Wagner, coach at Fisher who has been named to head the Minnesota Coaches Association next year, called present rules on drugs and alcohol "minimum standards" and said they should be maintained. Discussion on other topics was not as lengthy. Rick Temple, an Alexandria teacher, suggested that the High School League adopt chess as a student activity. At present, a conflict exists with certain chess tournaments where winners receive awards for performance. "There is more literature written about chess than any other sport," Temple observed. He added that chess is an inexpensive sport that can be played by every member of the family. Two Alexandria students also testified in support of chess and said they believed the game would be enjoyed by a growing number of students. Fergus Falls superintendent of schools Richard Baker questioned the committee's motivation for studying the structure of the league. The fact that legislators arc looking into the operation ot the league will indicate to many people that something must be wrong with the organization, Baker said. The Fergus Falls superintendent said the league is well organized and has been responsive to the need for change — on its own. He said outside groups "should not be looking for ways to challenge or weaken the league in any way." Paula Bauck, girls athletic coach at Moorhead High School, cited the need for better qualified female coaches in Minnesota. She said girls athletics have made great strides in recent years but added that those programs will have to be developed on a gradual basis. She said discipline is necessary to successful athletk' programs whether they l>e for girls or boys. She believes women coaches must keep in mind the overall costs involved with starting new programs. Barb Wagner, girls coach at Glyndon-Felton, said she doesn't like the idea of "pushing boys out of gyms" simply to obtain so-called equality in athletics. She said there may be a problem in the smaller schools if girls basketball is scheduled for the winter months. John Knowles, a former coach from Alexandria, said there is a problem today of too much emphasis in one sport for high school athletes. He said the problem is particularly true in hockey where spring conditioning programs often conflict with spring sports. Knowles said it would be disastrous if "professionalism" would find its way into high school athletics in Minnesota. He further stated that many high school athletes in Canada fiintinuedonpagell Convicts still holding out HUNTSVIUE, Tex. (AP) A state prison official said today that a marathon confrontation with seven armed convicts holding 11 hostages may be drawing toward an end. "I don't think it will go beyond today," prison spokesman Ron Taylor told newsmen gathered outside the main entrance of the prison just before dawn. Telephone negotiations with the rebel inmates, held intermittently since they seized their captives about 1 p.m. Wednesday and holed up in the penitentiary's education building, had been recessed (or a second night by agreement. Taylor said authorities had no plan for trying to rush the convicts and liberate the hostages, explaining, "The proper course is just to keep these hostages alive." The director of the Texas Department of Corrections, W. J. Estclle Jr., hail said Thursday night that the "negotiation picture has brightened." Taylor also said at lhat lime that tension on both sides seemed to have relaxed a bit. "We think its a j;ood sign," he said, adding that prison authorities had continued to "buy time." Guards with rifles and shot- guns ringed the brick prison in downtown Huntsville. The convicts had demanded guns, anununition, protective vests and "free world clothing" and had threatened to kill the hostages. But authorities said several ultimatum deadlines passed without incident. The hostages are prison system librarians and schoolteachers - mostly middle-aged women - one prison guard and the prison chaplain. Prison officials said they now considered the Rev. Joseph O'Brien, a Roman Catholic priest who had been negotiating Continued nn page 4

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