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   Sunday Tribune, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 1975, Albert Lea, Minnesota                               THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE VOL. LXVIII No. 45 ALBERT LEA. MINNESOTA, SUNDAY. FEBRUARY 23, 1975 SINGLE COPY 20 CENTS 24 PAGES IDIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHIIIllllllllllllllUlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllin Retaining Young Farmers Legislator Seeks Means to Make Farm Lands Available By GENE LAHAMMER Associated Press Writer ST. PAUL. Minn. (AP) The chairman of the House Ag- riculture Committee wants the Minnesota Legislature to plow new ground and help make ag- ricultural lands available to young farmers. The problem, as Rep. George Mann. DFL-Windon, sees it, two-fold: has forced land prices up to levels where a young couple cannot both af- ford the necessary down-pay- ment on a farm and have the capital to buy expensive equip- ment. has forced land prices up.so high that older farmers past normal retite- ment age feel they cannot af- ford to sell their land and pay capital gains taxes, with inher- itance taxes ultimately forcing the sale and breakup of a fami- ly fann as a viable economic unit. Mann says Area Vocational- Technical Schools in recent years have been doing a good Job "teaching young people .o farms for them." One result, he says, is: "We're losing too many young people. The farmer wants to export his beans but he's found lately he's exporting his most valuable boys and girls." Methods of dealing with the exodus to urban areas are so varied and complex that Mann has introduced a bill which only states the problem in broid outline and does not spell out a solution. House Advisory Bill No. 6. sponsored by Mann, Majority Leader Irv Anderson, Inter, national Falls; Russell Stanton, DFL-Arco; Willis Eken. DFL- Twin Valley, and Frank DeGr- oat, R-Lake Park, has sent to the Agricuture Com- mittee. A special subcommittee head- ed by Eken will begin hearings on the proposal Wednesday. Alter hearing from banking, farm and real estate experts, the subcommittee will hold four or five hearings in rural M'n- nesota. The bill suggests that "an ap- propriate state department or agency shall offer to purchase farm land from retiring farm- ers at fair and equitable mar- ket prices for the purpose of immediate resale to beginning farmers, thus providing finan- cial and tax benefits to both parties and faciliating cultiva- tion of farm land by successes generations of Minnesota farm families." A joint House-Senate agricul- ture subcommittee visited Sai> ka'chewan last summer to look at a program launched in that Canadian province. The provin- cial government has purchased land from retiring farmers ind is renting it to young couples, with an option to buy. "It seems like it's Mann said. "The problem n they've got 10 young couples for every piece of land that's available. The interest is tre- mendous." Mann doubts that he wants the state to get into the land- buying business but prefers the state loaning the couple money for a The state could sell bonds to fi- nance the startup loans. "This is all tentative, that's the reason we've got an adviso- ry Mann emphasized in an interview. Unlike a regular bill which contains a specific proposal, an advisory bill is de- signed to call attention to a problem and invite a solution by lawmakers. A feature of the state1 loan would reverse the normal flow of interest payments, Mann says, with a small percentage of the installment payments go- ing for interest costs in the ear- ly and a large percentane later. This would permit the yotinjj farmer to build up equ'ty and later become a better cred- it risk for conventional financ- ing. Mann. 56, an eight-term House veteran who has farmed since thinks something should have been done in this area "jears ago." He adds: "I am aiming right now to do something on this program in this session. I think it's an idea that will catch fire." Mann has no doubt as to what is at stake if the ..tate does not act. "If we can't get young people on the land, the whole rural society is at stake. This includes the mam street all one big package out there." More Disaster Areas MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) Ten more Minnesota counties were declared disaster areas Friday, bringing the total number of counties so designated in Minnesota to 44. Counties named Friday include Brown. Cass, Grant, Hubbard, Lincoln, McLeod, Meeker. Sherburne, Washington and Winona. Ruling on Attorney ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) A state agency must obtain the attorney general's permis- sion before hiring a private attorney. Atty. Gen. Warren Spannaus ruled Friday. Span- naus said state law requires that the request for employing temporary legal services from a lawyer must be made in writing to the at- torney general. The opinion was requested by state Welfare Commissioner Vera Likins. Farmers Make Threats ELBOW LAKE. Minn. (AP) A group of west central Minnesota farmers has threatened to cut production of grain, cattle and other farm products in an effort to drive prices up. At a meeting Friday. 250 farmers agreed-to send-letters to their con- gressmen demanding prompt action and threatening to cut production if Congress does not act'A similar effort has been or- ganized in North Dakota, group spokesmen said. tfcrpe Law Reform Effort CHICAGO (AP) The American Bar Association is considering a resolution rec- ommending reform of rape laws to protect women victims and take into account homo- sexual attacks. The proposed resolution asks that state statutes cover homosexual and be- sexual rapes, both of which an accompany- ing ABA report says are on the increase along with rape of the opposite sex. GOPTour Claims Good Reception By MIKE BULGER Tribune City Editor Republican legislators toured the state Friday to present a program of tax cuts and economic stimulation and Rep. Henry J. Savelkoul said he was "amazed" at the reception they got. "I don't think this has ever Owaionna njmirntmmimimitmmmnii Inside The Tribune Entertainment 2 Deaths........19 Comics........14 Sports.........10 Crossword......8 TV Guide......15 Daily Record 19 Horoscope.....20 Editorial Page 4 Hilites, Shadows 14 Bridge.........20 Prizeword.....12 Family Page 5 To Close OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) Owatonna Marion High School will close at the end of the cur- rent school year, officials of the Roman CatJipHc school an- nounced-Friday; The board of education voted Thursday night to educate chil- dren only from kindergarten through grade nine at St. Mary's Elementary and Junior School. The system has not previously had a kindergar- ten class. Students enrolled at Marion will transfer to Owatonna's public high school next fa 1. There presently are qbout 150 students enrolled at Marion. "We have to face the fact that, financially, it is impossi- ble to continue operation of the senior high." said Board Chair- man Emmett Gallagher. "I am convinced that if the state's tax credit had been continued our high school would be operating next year." The Minnesota Supreme Court has declared uncon- stitutional the program under which parents of children en- rolled in non-public schools re- ceived credits on their state in- come tax. Marion has been m oper- ation (or 17 years. been done Savelkoul said in an interivew Saturday. Response to the trip was "very good." I was really amazed, frankly." Ten team: of legislators went out to blanket the state Friday with a 13-page document con- taining the Rcpubican proposals, many of whtch are outlined by the Tribune two weeks ago. Senate Minority Leader Robert Ashbach and Rep. Mary Forsythe, Edina. were scheduled to to be in Albert Lea, but apparently got during the day and never arrived. "The net result we hope for from this is that Republicans will get enthusiastic again about our philosophy." said Savelkoul, the House minority leader. "Growth of government has been .better than two times faster than of the people who support he said. "We have to get people to realize that. "We people will write their legislators and tell them 'there arc some good ideas in that program.' Savelkoul was asked about the chances of getting approval for the OOP's program, since they are outnumbered 3-1 in the House. "We hope there will be a spirit of he responded, purpose of the (concluded on page.2) Proposed Y Gymn Oh South Side The addition ten- tatively planned for the Albert Lea YM-YWCA will be built.on the south side of the existing structure, not on the north as was reported in Friday's 1 ribune. School Board To Study Possible Budget Cuts The Albert Lea School Board will be taking a look at'some of the District 241 programs and staffing needs for the coming year at a special meeting Tuesday night. The scrutiny comes because the school tentatively expects to receive less state aid than in the past, even with Gov. Wendell Anderson's proposed increase of the per pupil state foundation aid. The governor's proposal would up foundation aid to per pupil from the present but would not help District 241. which may lose approximately 200 students. It is also likely that teachers' salaries will increase at least as much as last year (14.3 per while the state aid for- mula will increase only by 10. Board Chairman John Bulcy said at the board's last meeting the district expects to be short for next year. So the board feels now is a good time to examine programs in case it needs to make cuts. At its last meeting the board heard comments from parties interested in the student ad- vocate program at the high school, and asked principals to prepare lists of what courses are being offered and how many students are registered for them for this meeting. The board's regular March meeting was moved up to March 3. less than one week after Tuesday's, and Buleysaid the board would then decide what to cut from the budget. County Highway Funds Announced Freeborn County will receive as its share of the County State Aid Highways fund, the Minnesota Highway Department has announced. Of the total fund of over million, about million is allocated for construction, with the million for maintenance on roads in the state's 87 counties. Other area counties will receive the following amounts: and The county state aid funds make up about 29 per cent of the total highway funding in the state, the department said. The money is raised by the gas tax and motor vehicle registration fees. Ford Named Minute Man Ford Is presented with the Reserve Officers Association Minute Man Award during the Jon's Mid-winter Conference Bicentennial Banquet at the Washington Hilton Friday. Sen7'John Stennis. chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, makes the pre- sentation. iciepnowj Daylight Time Began Today Daylight Savings time went into effect at 2 a.m.. this morning. You should have turned your clocks ahead one hour last night. i A Good Choice Snow accumulates on this Minneapolis woman's scarf as she waits for a bus dur- ing Friday's variable weather conditions, which went from rain to hail to snow. It made it tough to know what to wear but her choice worked well. Telephoto Federal Judge Upholds Ford Position on Tariff WASHINGTON (AP) A federal judge has acknowledged President Ford's tariff on oil imports will be damaging to the Northeastern states but has upheld it for na- tional security reasons. U S District Judge John Pratt made the ruling Friday after a hearing in which nine states sought a temporary in- junction against the tariff. Massachusetts Atty. Gen. Francis X. Bellotti. who argued the case for eight Northeastern states and Minnesota, said after the hearing that Pratl's ruling would be appealed. The ruling came as a victory for the White House after set- backs in Congress, which voted to delay the tariff for 90 days. Ford says he will veto the bill. In his decision. Pratt said. "We must accept the Presi- dent's determination of national security upon which his action was predicated. "Certainly, our continued de- pendence on imports of foreign oil threatens our national secur- ity, the economy, the posture of our defense and the conduct of our foreign Pratt said. Bellotti had argued that Ford's national security justifi- cation for the tariff, which it legally called a license fee. could not be challenged, but the power under which Ford im- posed it could "National security cannot be used as a public interest blan- ket under which everything can be hidden however he ad- justs imports, he must do it within the law he has not done that." Bellotti said. Bellotti also began to outline the economic damage to the Northeastern states because of the tariff when Pratt inter- rupted to say: "I think you can assume the New England states will suffer irreparable injury." from the tariff. Bellotti said Treasury Secre- tary William E. Simon should have conducted public hearings on the tariff before it was im- posed and an environmental impact statement should have been filed before it took effect. But Irwm Goldbloom, lawyer for the government, said a pre- liminary impact statement had been filed and that a complete one would be filed in May. As for a hearing, Goldbloom said the law under which Ford acted requires a hearing only if the Treasury secretary deems one appropriate, which Gold- bloom said Simon did not. One dollar of the tariff it in effect, with additional to take effect March I and April 1. The head of the House Ways and Means Committee said m an interview Friday that an ac- ceptable compromise between Congress and Ford would be to leave in effect the but not impose the additional Chairman Al Ullman, D-Ore.. predicted the House will over- ride the expected Ford veto of the measure rescinding for 90 days the imposition of the tar- iff. 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