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MinnesotaWisconsin 2A Briefly Bishops, lottery ST. PAUL - Nine Minnesota religious denominations' leaders called Monday for all Minnesota ns to vote down a proposed state lottery on Nov. 8 because it would have a "devastating effect on the poor. " "We urge Minnesota ns to vote 'No' on the lottery question," said Archbishop John Roach, leader of the state's 1.1 million Roman Catholics. " We believe the lottery is not in the best interests of the state." Bishops Lowell Erdahl and David Olson, who represent many of the state's 2.2 million Evangelical Lutherans, and the Rev. Murdale Ley-sath of the United Church of Christ, joined Roach at a news conference to denounce the lottery, not as a sin, but as a social evil that would prey upon the poor. Teen trial CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. - A jury was selected Monday for the second teen-age boy charged as an adult in the stabbing death of an 80-year-old Oshkosh woman. Winnebago County officials presided over the jury selection in Chippewa County under a change of venue that had been granted Torrance Longsine, 17, of Oshkosh. Longsine will stand trial as an adult on a charge of being party to the 1987 first-degree murder of Grace Brown at her cottage on the of an Oshkosh retirement suspect will face Jacobs bound over on 5 charges related to killings Associated Ptsss WAUSAU, Wis. - A 21-year-old rural Medford man was ordered Monday to stand trial on charges of being a party to the murders of five members of the Kunz family last year. Chris Jacobs HI was bound over for trial on five counts of being a party to the crime of first-degree murder after a three-day preliminary hearing in Marathon County Circuit Court. Judge Vincent Howard continued Jacobs' bond at $250,000 and said he would talk to attorneys Tuesday to schedule an arraignment date. The judge said he was concerned about whether the charge involving Helen Kunz's death should be handled in Marathon or Taylor County, but the issue could be decided later. The remains of Kunz, 70, were found last March in a Taylor County marsh about 18 miles from the rural Athens farm where the bodies of four of her relatives were found nearly nine months earlier. All five victims had been snot in the head. In finding probable cause for the charges, Howard noted that a tire expert had not only positively identified one of the tires on the defendant's car as having made a track at the Kunz garden, but also found a second tire with markings consistent with the track There is an inference then that Mr. Jacobs was present at the scene the time the crimes were Jud9VTrwrrtHowart testified. Wayne Weiler, 19, of Athens, who said he had known Jacobs for about five years, testified that Jacobs never told him whether or not he had been in the Kunz house, but had spoken a few times with him about the place. "He just said there was some money in the drawer," said Weiler, who did not specify an Jacobs told officers the car was in his possession on the night of July 4, 1987, and a ballistics expert reported that more than two dozen spent casings found in the defendant's bedroom were fired from the same gun as shells found at the Kunz farm, the judge noted. "There1 is an inference then that Mr. Jacobs was present at the scene the time the crimes were committed," the judge said. He commented on the time it would take to kill four people at the farmhouse. While one can be unaware a murder was going to happen when there is one victim, it becomes more difficult to argue that "as bodies pile up," the judge said. A friend of Jacobs testified Monday that the defendant told him there was money in the Kunz house and be intended to get it. Marathon County Sheriffs Department authorities recovered more than $20,000 in jars, envelopes and loose cash from the house after discovery of the shootings in July 1987, an officer 'He said that sometime be was going to go back and get it," Weiler testified that Jacobs told him in a conversation two or three years ago. Under cross-examination by defense attorney Weldon Nelson, Weiler said that he had been charged with perjury in Marathon County a few years ago. Marathon County Circuit Judge Vincent Howard did not allow two questions by Nelson asking Weiler whether he had ever been charged with anything else and whether Jacobs owed Weiler any money. Jacobs had said he bought cars from someone but did not tell him that they were purchased from the Kunz place until last summer, Weiler testified. Authorities found a total of $20,692.96 in the Kunz home that was later returned to a reprer sentati ve of the family's estate, said sheriffs Detective Phillip Johnson. There was $2,238 in eight checks, he testified. Sctomonson fraud trial to include 20-30 witnesses Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. The fraud trial of C. Bruce Solomonson, brother-in-law of Attorney General and DFL U.S. Senate candidate Hubert H. Humphrey ni, will include 20 to 30 witnesses for the prosecution, a federal judge was told Monday. Solomonson has pleaded innocent to 13 counts of mail fraud and one count of bank fraud. The charges allege that he diverted more than $J million from ms Minnesota insurance agencies and converted the money to his personal use. sssss The jury, of six men and eight women, which includes two alternates, will hear the case in Winnebago County. The trial was scheduled to begin today. Pregnancy video MADISON, Wis. - A state board that paid $40,000 to produce a pregnancy prevention video-tape has ordered its name removed from the video's credits. The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Services Board made its decision after some board members said they found the video too sexually explicit. They also said the video placed too much emphasis on birth control rather than abstinence from sex to prevent pregnancy. "I found it very offensive," said board member Sue Gilbert, an anti-abortion advocate who operates a family life program for the La Crosse Catholic Diocese. "I really don't think this is necessary." High school students helped produce the video, which was intended as a sex-education tool to be distributed to community organizations, and teen-age fathers were recruited to discuss teen sex and parenting. Humphrey BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - U.S. Rep. Claude Pepper of Florida, who served in the U.S. Senate with the late Hubert H. Humphrey, made two campaign appearances Monday on behalf of the U.S. Senate candidacy of Hubert H Humphrey HI. Pepper, 88, appeared at forums for the elderly in St. Cloud and Bloomington to plug for the election of DFLer Humphrey, who is attempting to unseat Republican Sen. Dave Durenberger in the Nov. 8 election. Taliesin MADISON, Wis. - A state panel assigned to handle the repair and renovation of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin school for architects was told Monday it could cost $24.4 million or more to repair. Taliesin Commission members previously believed that restoration of the ailing complex built by Wright in 1911 could be done for $12 million. The commission also planned to target an additional $3 million for a visitors center and parking tot. Drug arrests FOND DU LAC, Wis. - As many as 30 people could be apprehended as the result of an investigation into drug trafficking in Fond du Lac and surrounding counties, Fond du Lac County Sheriff Jim Gilmore said Monday. Gilmore said the undercover investigation, believed to be the largest ever conducted by the sheriff's department in terms of money and quantity of drugs, has been going on for about one year. Of 54 drug buys made by undercover agents, 33 involved the purchase of cocaine, 20 involved marijuana and one involved crystal methamphetamine, according to Sheriffs Lt. Edwin Sheppard, who is coordinating the sheriff's department's investigation. Lottery ads WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether the federal government may continue to bar newspapers from carrying advertisements for privately run lotteries and other games of chance. The justices said they will study a Minnesota Newspaper Association challenge to a postal law effectively prohibiting such advertising. The court also said it will judge the validity of the postal law's effective ban on newspapers publishing lists of lottery winners. A federal judge in Minnesota last Dec. 31 upheld the ban on newspaper advertising but struck down as unconstitutional the ban on publishing lists of lottery winners. Despite surplus, Perpich will keep next budget tight Associated Press ST. PAUL Despite a growing surplus, Gov. Rudy Perpich is cautioning administration officials and legislators that his proposed 1989-91 state budget will be "tight," with no new borrowing for public works projects in 1989 and few new programs. "You're not going to see any new spending I mean in terms of big increases or new initiatives," the DFL governor said in an interview on his preliminary budget plans. At this early point in the budget process, it is not unusual for a governor to take a guarded fiscal stance. It is an attempt to preserve executive branch options, which will be exercised early next year when the administration submits its proposed biennual budget by Jan. 25. Perpich's decision not to ask lawmakers for any new borrowing authority to fund public works proj ects until 1990 brings him into line Gov. Rudy Perpich with legislative wishes. Lawmakers want to consider borrowing requests only in even-numbered years and leave odd-numbered years free for consideration of the biennial state budget. ft But for Perpich, it is a radical departure from two years ago, when he asked for more than $650 million and received $492 million in borrowing authorization from the Legislature. A. chief reason the governor is being somewhat cautious is that even if new proposals are limited and treasury surpluses continue to build, the state budget will still grow substantially, g That will occur because of inflationary pressures on state agencies and social programs, scheduled education aid increases, and property tax relief and other measures enacted into law but not yet fully funded. It is projected that built-in budget costs will add nearly $1.3 billion to the current $11.7 billion budget. Perpich is considering several initiatives in the area of individual income, homeowner and business tax , relief and tax simplification that could add several hundred mil lion dollars more. - Knaak: IRs need suburbs ST. PAUL Winning the suburban vote is the key to controlling Minnesota's politics in the 1990s, says an Independent-Republican legislator, who has been trying to persuade his party to campaign more in those areas. "The suburbs are the battleground," said state Sen. Fritz Knaak of White Bear Lake "It is the one and only prospect the Republican Party in Minnesota has of becoming a genuine majority party, and it is the prospect the DFL Party faces if it intends to stay the majority party." So far, neither party has been able to dominate the area, Knaak said. He pitched his message recently at a luncheon meeting of suburban business people. The Democrats have concentrated on electing officials from the urban core cities, the Iron Range and poorer rural areas, Knaak said. He -said the Republicans have been distracted by internal philosophical disputes. But the suburbs will start getting a lot more attention starting the day after the Nov. 8 election, Knaak said. That's because the 1990 census will trigger redis ricting for the 1992 election. Knaak predicted five to eight additional state Senate seats will be located in the suburbs and double that number of new state representatives will come out of the suburbs as a result of tedistricting. Forty to 50 percent of the state representatives and senators will represent at least part of the suburbs after 1992, Knaak said. "The closer we get to the 1992 redistricted election, the more important the suburbs become," he said. "We recognize there's going to be a severe impact," agreed DFL state chair Ruth Esala. Both Knaak and Esala said the fight for the new suburban votes and legislative seats in 1992 will begin in the 1990 election, because control of the state Legislature after 1990 will be key to controlling the redistrict- wbo has clashed with his party's leadership over bis calls for more effort in the suburbs, says the IRs must win one house of the state Legislature or the governorship in 1990 or else face a reapportionment plan dictated by the DFL. Court rules on marital property ST. PAUL Prenuptial agreements signed by a husband and wife cannot apply to property acquired during a marriage, the Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled. A three-judge panel, in a unanimous decision to be filed Tuesday, upheld a ruing in Washington County District Court in the case of Lance J. Johnson and Mary McKee-Johnson, who were divorced in 1987 after seven years of marriage. According to court records, the coupte signed an agreement on June 12, 1910, providing that property acquired separately before or during the marriage would remain the property of each upon termination of lp marriage whether by death or dissolution. a During the marriage, the couple acquired property totaling more than $500,000, including retirement plans worth $94,700, Srtnerships worth $180,000 and 18,008 in cash. The trial court concluded, and the Appeals Court agreed, that portions of the prenuptial contract which purported to deal with marital property were void and divided that property with out reference to the You can call it 'Oktobeerfest' 147 arrested, 4 police hurt at La Crosse bash force the crowd to thin out, said La Crosse Police Chief Bruce Marco. On Saturday and Sunday, noise from the South Side tent was so loud that people in residential areas thought they had parties on their Marco said be and Cant. Jim Schleifer could hear the noise on West Avenue on Saturday night and first believed it to be from a party in their area. Marco said he was called at home early Sunday morning by neighbors who could hear the noise. Out in the campus area, police encountered many large parties and people drinking in the streets. At Burgmaier's grocery, the owner of the store found Sunday that 37 cases of beer and 14 beer barrels were stolen from a locked truck parked at the business. A large party raged through the weekend directly across the street from the store, police reports noted: The beer tent was again closed early after midnight Sunday, mainly because of cold weather, Marco said. Marco said he would be meeting with fest organizer Bruce Dennis on Tuesday to make some suggestions on how to control the crowd . Marco attributed the problems in the beer tent at the South Side grounds to too many people. Part of the original plan to control beer throwing included controling the number of people inside. i LA CROSSE, Wis. - Four police officers were hurt and 147 people were arrested during Oktoberfest weekend, La Crosse police said Monday. Those arrested faced 169 charges, police said. City ordinance violations, mostly disorderly conduct, accounted for 115 arrests. The remaining 32 people faced various criminal charges, including drugs, weapons, battery and theft. Of the four injured police officers, one was jabbed in the ribs, one was scraped and cut on his right hand while breaking up a bar fight, one was struck in the face and one was bitten on the leg, breaking the skin, by a man be was trying to arrest. The officer who was bitten and the man who bit huh will undergo blood tests for the AIDS virus, said Capt. Gordon Reiber, bead of the patrol division. Another man arrested over the weekend who was bloody from having broken windows later told officers be has AIDS The man was on his hands and knees drinking from mud puddles shortly before he was arrested, a resident told police. A crackdown this year on beer throwing at the South Side Fest-grounds fell apart Saturday night as the crowd ignored the $84.50 fine on beer throwing, the security guards and the eight police officers posted at the grounds said. The beer tent was closed for 45 minutes shortly after 11 p.m. to $14950 CARS PAINTED NIECKO'S BODY SHOP Ettrtck, Wl 1-608-525-8881 2M 2" 2 TOMCRKfif 4JB 7:00 9:20 (R) r HOTEL . . - 9:10LmS5 y (Wl DRIVE IffiS l 1 20 only PG-13) MBBBsSBMSV TengravsI We Make Decorating Fun!" 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