Daily Journal, February 23, 1977

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February 23, 1977

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Daily Journal (Newspaper) - February 23, 1977, Fergus Falls, Minnesota DallijJournal 104th YEAR NO. 45' FERGUS FALLS, AAINNESOTA56537 WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23, 1977 SINGLE COPY 15c Stangelcmd wins in all but three of 28 counties MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) Arlan Stangclancl, a Republican farmer who ran a do-il-yourself campaign against a galaxy of big-name Democrats, has been elected to congress from Minnesota's 7th District, succeeding Otter Tail County voted lor Stacgelandby more Chan a two- to-one margin with a voter turnout of Slangeland got votes, Sullivan Born 379 and Bibeau 87. Fergus Falls voters casl ballots lor Stangeland, 753 for Sullivan, 41 far Bom and 22 for Bibeau. IT'S STILL WINTER HERE the warm temperatures of recent weeks, the drifts are still pretty high at these cottages on Otter Tail Lake. (Journal photos by Harley Oyloe) Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland. Stangeland, 47, collected more than 57 per cent of the vote in a four-way race Tues- day and says voters resented a lineup of parly brass imported by Democrat Michael Sullivan. Sullivan, 35, had campaign help from Bergland, Vice- President Walter F. Mondale and other well-known Min- nesotans. Sullivan had been a Washington aide to both Bergland and Mondale. "With all due respect, I said all along that voters of the 7th District could make up their own minds, and that's the way it Stangeland said. A GOP campaign aide called it "overkill against a local boy" by Democrats. Jim Born, 42, a farmer repre- senting the American Party, and Jack Bibeau, 41, an inde- pendent, ran far behind. Unofficial returns from all the precincts gave Stange- land votes; Sullivan Born and Bibeau 986. Stangeland said he'll prob- ably rent out his 850-acre farm near Barncsville, in the rich Red River Valley along (tie Minnesota-North Dakota bor- der. He said he'll coinmute from Washington, leaving his wife, Virginia, and their seven children at home on the farm. A former state legislator, Stangeland had made his farm background his major creden- tial. The 7th District is largely rural and depends on agricul- ture for 80 per cent of its econ- omy. Sullivan was born on a farm but has spent most ol his adult life in politics and government. He and his campaign helpers said the presence of such Min- nesotans as Mondale and Berg- land would open the doors to political power in Washington. But the message was clearly rejected by voters as SUmge- land carried all but three of the 23 counties in the big north- western Minnesota district. Stangeland said he hopes to serve on the House Agriculture Conunittee. It the first lime since that Republicans had taken a [Stangeland) Continued on Page 16 STANGELAND Something smelled about this election Voters in Maplowood Township should get an award for facing "overwhelming" ob- stacles in order to cast their ballots yesterday. The 59 township residents who voted at the seldom-used township hall had to use one hand for holding their noses and the other for marking ballots. A family of skunks had "claimed" the building as their winter retreat, permeating the structure with their unique and obnoxious aroma. The skunks were driven out, and voting preceded, although it took both hands. Election judges, spending much time outside in the fresh air, still found that it was a long, long day. Community health plan Weaffier approved by board roundup ByRUTHNORRIS City Editor Otter Tail County Com- missioners accepted a proposed Community Health Services plan Tuesday by a 3-1 vote. By opting to participate in the Minnesota Community Health Services Act, the county board becomes responsible for public health programs andgetsabout in state subsidies over an 18-month period, beginning July 1, to carry out those responsibilities. Those state subsidies are to be divided among replacement of soon-lo-be-withdrawn state programs, supporting previously county tax levy- supported programs, and establishing some new programs, primarily in the field of sanitation and en- vironmental health. Commissioners who voted for the plan were Bert Hovland, Sid Nelson and Hub Nordgren. Commissioner Andy Leitch was opposed and Commissioner John Snowberg absent. The total cost of the public health package over the month period is figured at Basically this includes .classes for expectant and new parents, screening clinics, school nursing services provided by the county nursing service, family planning, illness and disability care, health promotion, home health aides, discharge planning, venereal disease and pregnancy tests, immunization clinics, health education, rabies control, laboratory service, sanitation and administration. Most of the cost not covered by state money is to be picked up in fees. Responsibility for the program is delegated to the county health board (the commissioners themselves plus one representative of the Fergus Falls board of health, (County) Continued ou Page 16 Winter storm warning con- tinued through tonight. Windy with freezing rain and sleet changing to snow and con- tinuing tonight and Thursday, with 4 or more inches in some areas. Urns tonight 15 to 26. Highs Thursday 27 to 35. Winds becoming northeast 15-30 m.p.h. tonight. High Tuesday 39. Low 21. At a.m. 24. At Noon 29. Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 a.m. today, .01. Sunrise Thursday at sunset at Tcmperalures One Year Ago High 55. Low 29. High-rise plan Power More school cuts review delayed By RUTH NORR1S City tor With only six aldermen present Tuesday, the City Council decided to delay a request on the agenda for review of design and development drawings of the proposed Lincoln Park Tower Senior Citizens Building. An adjourned meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at the fire hall for discussion of that proposal as well as com- munications from John Swenson and I.yle Anderson relating to the downtown development district. Bids on a 1977 police patrol car will also be considered at that meeting. They were opened Monday but the matter was referred to committee after a conflict developed. Chief Harm Hull recommended rejecting the lowest bid because he felt the car did not meet specifications but the bidder staled that it came as close as the one the chief selected. The planning commission, street committee and park, planning and development committee will meet to discuss Fergus Falls' participation in a statewide transportation plan. City Engineer Don Rowing will serve as liaison for the three committees for the project. Ronning and City Attorney David Nycklemoe were asked lo work together to draft a floodplain ordinance for the city. On recommendation of the street committee, final assessments for 1975 non-state aid streets were approved. Mayor Mel Olson, Acting Mayor Barbara Ebersviller and City Administrator Jim Nitchals were designated as a legislative review committee. They will study matters pend- ing before the state legislature and make recommendations to the council when they feel that an official action would be helpful. The committee was set up at Olson's1 request. Bids were called for early April on two trucks for the public works department. A budget and finance com- mittee session was requested for consideration of the city's contract for its new NCR computer and of revenue sharing funds for 1977. A new fee schedule adopted for Pebble lake Golf Club was (Council) Continued on PageS On the inside On the local seme. Page 2 Kami news. Page 6 Area happenings. Page X Sports roundup. Pages 18, 19 outages reported By Tie Associated Press Winter returned to Minnesota today with a furious punch which closed schools, downed utility lines, iced highways and delayed school bus runs. More- over, the National Weather Service predicted by four in- ches or more of snow by Thurs- day. In the Paul area and in west-central Min- nesota, power outages were ex- tensive. A Northern States Power Co. spokesman in Min- neapolis said crews were "los- ing ground" in their efforts to repair lines knocked out by the storm. About NSP customers in the metropolitan area, in- cluding in Minneapolis, were left without electricity. Ice build-up snapped some lines. In other cases, pole-top burning was the problem. The combination of freezing rain and salt, splashed up from streets, caused arcing which burned lines at the pole tops. Thus far, snow ac- cumulations were not as great as the problems resulting from icing. Only .27 inch precipitation was measured at Willmar but power was out for nearly .two hours at nearby Benson in west-central Min- nesota. At Morris, a fifth of an inch of snow fell but roads in the area were treacherously slippery. A number of schools closed or else opened late. Otter Tail (Power) Continued on Page okayed by board ByTOMHINTGEN Wire Editor The Fergus Falls School Board Tuesday evening approved more budget reduction items. Cutbacks in seven areas were approved to help save money for the 1977-78 school year. Changes in school athletic programs were included in the money-saving plans and more teacher positions were ter- minated. Board members approved cutbacks of two junior high boys' basketball and two girls' athletic jobs for the coming year. In addition, cuts were approved for senior high theater, tournament meal expenses (for athletics, debate and drama) and coaches' attendance at stale tournaments. Cutbacks in school supplies and extra-curricular changes were also approved. The board gave approval for a four-week summer school session, run on a trial basis in 1976. Summer school director Wayne Pastir, who received board approval to again direct the program in 1977, said the four-week plan has received approval from both students and teachers. Previous to 1976, summer school ran on a six-week schedule. Summer school for 1977 will run from June 13 to July 8. According to School Supt. R. M. Baker, the shorter schedule actually means a reduction in salary for teachers as com- pared to the six-week plan. And state aid additions result in summer school being a break-even proposition for School District 544, Baker added. Terminations include Kathleen Kolle, Title I skills; Cheryl Schumacher, Title 1 skills: Keith Kerbaugh, Title I recreationalservicesatslatehospital; Arm WhiUock, Title I recreational services at slate hospital; Valerie Joswick, hearing consultant; Terry Wallace, physically handicapped consultant and James Hudspelh, visually handicapped consultant. Baker emphasized thatdespite some cutbacks, students at the Fergus Falls State Hospital will continue to receive lop- rale he! p in the areas of educa u'on a nd recreat ion. Three terminations were announced relating to persons who were hired on a limited basis to replace teachers on leave or on sabbatical. They include Sandra Sedivy, junior high English; Yvonne Mariotli, senior high English and Mary Milton, senior high English. Resignations included Judith Halverson, music; Faith Tysver.educationalaide (asof Feb. 25) and Rebecca Jensen, science aide (as of today, Feb. (School) Continued on Page 8 FORMER JAH. -The Eliiabcth Township Hall, once a village hall and jail, provided an Interesting and unusual setting for Die people who voted there yesterday. For more pic lures and story, turn to page W. (JournalphnlobvllarlevOvioet ;