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   Daily Journal (Newspaper) - April 26, 1977, Fergus Falls, Minnesota                                FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA54537 THIS IS CLEANUP WEEK Ferg as Falls residents are litoktog cleanup as well K spring this week since the city offers free estra trash pickups. Jack Andrews tackles winter debris in the alley at the rear of Andrews and Melster Dan Jensen 333 E. Beech, adds to a pile of bagged refuse from a lawn cleanup. Free plckms are scheduled north ol Ltocob Avenue Thursday and south of Lincoln on Friday (Journal photos by Harley Oyloe) Gale winds postpone well capping STAVANGER. Norway (APt earn'omenl nnin iho rio _ STAVANGER, Norway (AP) equipment onto the rig. The team of American Plans to cap the well were "blowout killers" Monday by gale cap a runaway oil well in the force winds. North Sea today decided to postpone the operation one more day in order to lift more Meanwhile, the Norwegian government appointed a blue Hayden hearing scheduled UTTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) A pretrial hearing was scheduled today on a defense motion to amend the charge against a Parkers Prairie man ac- cused in the death of Sandra Karnes, 17, Alexandria. The trial of Harley Hayden Jr., 25, had been scheduled to start today, but was postponed by District Judge Gaylord Saetre. Hayden, 25, has un- dergone psychiatric examination. He was brought to the Morrison County jail at Little Falls Monday and will be held thereuntil the trial is over. other men two from Adair's crew and two from Phillips, also inspected the rig today. They said they need more time to bring up special equlp- ment from the barge Choctaw, ribbon panel to investigate the whJchissittingalongsideBravo TU first blowout in Norway's off- and serving frequently shore Eknfislc nil   between 3.16 million and 3.78 sen, spokesman tor Uie_Norwe- mMrt ahnaM ik. million gallons of oil had gushed from the well by noon Monday. It estimated the con- tinuing flow at between and 1.05 million gallons a day. Phillips said the rough wealher Monday might have scattered and broken down of Ihe slick, which the company said covered an area six miles wide and 15 lo 20 miles long. Southwest were pushing it in the direction of Norway's southern coast 170 miles away. But the Norwegian Meteorological Institute said even gale winds would only move it about 15 miles a day. A task force of 11 ships was assembled to try lo clean up the spill. laying two protective lines of six nautical work in a shower of brownish- red oil that is spurting 60-feet hieh and water from a fireboal down the platform to surface. More booms, skim- mers and pumps were expected Uler- The Norwegian Mete- the geyser of fuel. Perpich blasts talk show guest When the weather permitted, Hansen, Hatlenbergand a work crew were going to hoist a orological Institute said weath- shutoff valve from the barge to er forecasts for the next 24 the platform with a crane and try to bolt it over the wellhead to stop Ihe flow. IE that first step was success- ful, more valves were to be added and then mud was to be pumped down the deep well to check the pressure Civil defense bill passed by House U) A CUI WP-TTlW ADi Art I I R ir-ntr WASHINGTON (AP) Ac- lion by the House of Represen- tatives would channel an extra H4.8 million into civil defense in response lo Soviet emphasis on civil defense. In approving a J35.9 billion weapons bill for fiscal 19J8, the House boosted the civil defense budget by 50 per cent to 5134.8 million. Ihe Pentagon had re- quested only million. The action Monday came after Rep. Ronald V. Dellums, attacked any spending for civil defense as "a wasle, ludicrous, insane. It makes me feel I'm sitting on the door of the House in a dream. II 's the height of insanity." But backers of the move cited a need for American pre- paredness, particularly after the recent Soviet rejection of a U.S. strategic arms proposal. Rep. G. William Whitehurst, R-Va., said construction of ade- qualc civil defense shelters could cut American casualties to 20 million from 100 million wiOi three days notice of a So- viet nuclear attack. Whitehurst said it would be "destabilizing for us to do noth- ing in response to the growing Soviet icivil defense) pro- gram." "It's criminal to say there's no hope" of saving lives in a nuclear war, Whitehurst added. However, the million is not for a massive new shelter program but rather primarily to correct what the House Armed Services Committee called deficiencies in the emer- gency operations centers pro- gram. The committee said in a re- port that il is concerned with a "lack of clarity" in the U.S. civil defense program and said it hopes the budget increase will spur planning for precise goals for the program. The procurement bill, which is million more than Pres- ident Carter requested, passed (o43. Separate bills are ex- peeled lo bring the 1978 defense budget up lo a record bil- lion. Inc Senate has not yet acled on the bill. If Congress actually ends up spending the money after authorization, separate votes are needed to appropriate the funds it would be Die most spent on civil defense since fiscal 1962, when (Defense! CouUnued on Page 16 Proposal made for downtown office area slick. One section stretched southeast toward Denmark, 180 miles away, while a second took a more more northeasterly course toward Norway, 167 miles away. and the slick is expected to drift attempts to cap me well Mon- for several days and perhaps day also stopped efforts to weeks before reaching shores, contain the growing oil slick with floating booms and skimming equipment. The oil company estimated By RUTH MORRIS City Editor The City Council this morning promised a decision in a month or so on proposals for com- mercial development in the downtown development district. The feeling among the aldermen seemed to be that any project that requires sub- stantial city investment or changes the downtown parking plan will not get council sup- port. The council, meeting as its own park, planning and development commitltee, heard a presentation from Louis R. Lundgren, the St. Paul architect who holds the only developer contract still in force. Lundgren: outlined three possibilities: an office building above the Mill Street parking lot, a grocery store at Mill and Cavour, and a bank-housing complex on the site of the Minnesota Motor parking lot. The grocery store proposal was scrapped because the request included shutting off part of Cavour Avenue for additional parking, which drew Lyle Anderson. parking. The lot, built just last The U.S. Postal service holds fall, is part of a package for i..i.. >Knds orf_ an option unlil July 1 on the Barkley Hotel Annex, If they decide not to exercise that option, the properly could become available for parking or other purposes. If Anderson's application to Minnesota Housing Finance Agency for rent subsidies for the high rise he proposes at Friberg and Summit is not granted, the council then has Ihe allernative of going to Lundgren for elderly housing. Anderson and one other firm have made applications for funding for high rises. The plan which the council seemed to favor most is a four- level office building, to be erected on stilts or columns over Ihe parking lot south of Minnesota Norby's. Prospective tenants lateen promised for the my) building would be to cspiwe lhat a restaurant, shops and Prospects at the moment professional people. Lundgren seem guarded. Lundgren does not have any agreements weeded that the development with prospective tenants and of a shopping center outside of would request a change in the ,cause short-term city's liquor law lo entice a ui'faulties in the downtown restaurant. Hs plans to hire o area- in lerm, local real estate agent to solicit however, the increased activily which bonds are standing. Assessments have been made against downtown businesses but those assessments would probably not be recoverable if the parking lot were lo give way to a building. The building proposed for that site is a square foot commercial area which would probably be occupied by a financial institution. A somewhat smaller total area would be allotted to housing. One option lhal may make the million complex more palatable to the council would be moving it and using a portion of lot 1 across the streel ralher JOBBING, Minn. air got hot Monday night as Gov. Rudy Perpich talked back to a radio talk show guest, call- ing the man "the worst possible liar in this state." to a slalemenl D'Aquila had made. D'Aquila, who also appears on a Dululh television program, has long been a critic of Per- Former Republican state leg- D'Aquila said Perpich sup- islator Carl D'Aquila, Hibbing, ported a bill, sponsored by House Speaker Martin Sabo, Minneapolis, which would hike the taconite production tax, im- pose a lax on tailings not hours were favorable for Ihe operation. Heavy seas and gale-force winds on Monday thwarted plans to plug the well. The storm suddenly faded away to a southern breeze early today, allowing Hansen and Halten- ana nora me ou ana gas Gown berg to move the 400-fool Coc- This could bring the well corn- taw into position. pletely under control in two or The storm also broke up the ihree days, experts said. aoaiuonai naming, which drew local real estate agent to solicit "owever, the increased activily violent opposition from tenants if the project proceeds probably be good for the businesses in the area. The city's obligation in terms of downtown area, he said. Of his Of the two proposals that project would be a lease project, he said, "Given enough remaining, of Ihe entitling Lundgren to the air- "H16''' can be tone." aldermen are interested only in space above the parking lol the one that involves airspace The other project across the above the Mill Street parking tot. A suggestion to eliminate consideration of the financial- housing package had some support but the delay will give Lundgren a chance to look for an alternate site or resolve the opposition to the Minnesota Motor lot site. His proposal is to replace parking lost by erecting a building where the lot is now by constructing a Iwo-level ramp on City lot 1 across the street. The ramp would be constructed at city expense, which presumably would be covered by the tax increment gained on the property across the street. Among Ihe reasons for delaying a decision are un- certainty about plans for post office expansion and about the housing complex proposed by river from city hall, would require a more substantial commitment. Lundgren asks an option for all the land from the first alley south of Lincoln lo the river from Court Streel annex. Since the city already owns the land there would be no purchase cost involved. The problem is more in the area of Chamber of Commerce manager and development district administrator Burke McCormick offered a slightly more pessimistic view. "I think within two years we're going to have a lot of empty buildings in downtown Fergus he said. "It seems unlikely to me that any investors are going to be too eager lo make an investment in downtown Fergus Falls at this lime." On the inside... On the local scene. Page 6 Area happenings. Page 7 'Up with People' performance set here. Page 8 and hold the oil and gas down. Turkey profits gobbled up by higher soybean meal price was a guest on radio slalion WMFG's "Candid Comment" when the governor, who was spending the day in Hibbing, ull nui called to take sharp exception dumped on land and raise the property tax on unmined taco- nite. Perpich blasted D'Aquila and denied supporting the bill. He called the Hibbing businessman "the worst possible liar in this and added thai if D'Aquila "had the best interest of the Range at heart, he would Bill on water builds momentum Weather roundup Highs Wednesday uppe lower ?0s. Winds light and -o variable tonight. Probability of are going to believe that and the measurable precipitation 30 Sabo bl" ffl11 through percent Wednesday. wlthout anv changes." High Monday 66. Low 37. D "1mla in lne At a.m. At noon 62. in lale 'MOs. He Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 askei1 PerPlch the Sover- a m today, none nor had pr Sunrise Wednesday 6-21 Sunset ByTHYGJACOBSON Capitol Correspondent A bill to gather information on Minnesota's ground water supply has only one more committee to pass before the House votes. Farmers who want to irrigate are still dissatisfied; according to Rep. Dave Fjoslien, IR- Brandon. The bill, sponsored by Orv Birnstihl, DFL-Faribault, moves water for irrigation purposes from first lo third priorily. It also allows two extra months for the Depart- ment of Natural Resources (D.VR) lo approve water pumping permits. ByPATWALKUP AreaNews Editor was disastrous for the turkey industry, reports Bill Newhall, procurement and sales director at West Central Turkeys Pelican Rapids. Rising soybean prices are good news for the farmers who grow soybeans, but for the turkey producers who use soybeans as a major source of protein for feeding, the soybean prices of more than HO per bushel mean higher prices for soybean meal. The futures market shows soybean meal at over J300 a ton for May, about twice the price of a year ago. Soybeans used to be about the cheapest way of making sure the young turkeys, or poults, were getting enough protein, Newhall "Plams- sources: at West waste S maUria'S feathers and are Wo a 1-Wv- exienos tins period an extra 60 supplement whkh can te added bacX feed. Meat scraps and fish can also be fed, as can corn. "We're considering wheat, barley, oats and millet as substitutes, too Newhall adds. The problem is getting the high percentage of planning said Boh- rner. "Farmers deserve the courtesy of getting reasonably- fast response." Today, water permits not acted upon within 30 days are days. Birnstihl feels that unless extra time is granted, the DNR will not be able to properly galher informalion on Ihe state's ground water supply. "The DNR is swamped with said Birrtsiihl. "They just don't have enough lime to gather the in- formalion." Birnstihl opposed attempts to for high-protein feed drops slightly as the turkeys mature, Newhall says. "We're quite concerned about the cost of he says. Because about two-thirds of th e cost of producing turkeys involves Ihe cost of feed, higher teed prices contributed to the estimated Ihree cents per pound that was lost for each turkey marketed last year. In 1976, 2.6 billion pounds of turkeys were sold, which Temperatures One Year Ago High 62. Low M. a "sensible study to sec wtia! ttle tesi interest of the r-------- oumiuiiupposeaattemptsco in z.u ouuon pounds of turkeys were sold which Ground tests would also be amend the bill, arguing that the represents a loss of several million dollars "I'm sure there are required for some permits and bill had to be passed in its people who lost more than three cents." preseril form, D..I ._, don't want to lose the original intention of the said Birnstihl. "That is to I Perpich) Continued on Page 16 farmers would have to pay for them out of their own pockets. Farmers need prompt ap- proval of water permits, ac- cording to John Bohmer, president of the Minnesota Irrigators Association. "The farmer has complex ren't the only problem for the 61 grower- 1 turkey producers gather information on the stale's ground water supply. (Water) Continued on Page 16 "Energy costs have crept up, Newhall notes. Turkey production, for those who are not involved in year-round operations, starts in March and get underway in April. The poults must be protected from the chilly environment in heated shelters and the heating costs are rising. During the fuel shortage a couple of years ago, there was quite a scramble to make sure there was enough heating oil, Newhall recalls, and producers simply didn't buy poults unless they were sure they had enough oil to keep heating. "Youdon't shutoff the heat in the middle of Ihe process" he commenls. "It's putting a lot of caution in he says of the fluc- luating (mostly upward) of soybean meal and prices and rising fuel costs.'' "We're well into the production season he adds but it's a little difficult to assess how the prices are affecting pro duct ion. Certainly, planning has been on the cautious side and there were delays in starting up, he reports. Because of Hie cost of healing through the winter and because the main lurkey market is in August through November, most producers don't start until March or April. The seasonal market is, in fart, another problem that turkey producers are trying to solve, Newhall explains. The recent in- troduction of turkey hams, turkey wieners and lunchmeaLs as well as the turkey loaves are attempts to encourage consumers to stop thinking of turkey as the Thanksgiving bird. "We've made great strides in lias direction. We're shooting to keep turkey m from of the public all year he saw Most of the turkeys at West Central are still sold as whole carcasses but tneplant has acut-upopcration.They also market turkey products through Norbcst Turkeys Inc., Salt Uke City, a cooperative marketing venture with other co-ops. "We're trying lo get a fresh parts program adds the co- op official. Newhall notesthal flic turkey producers' problems affect manv people, because turkey production is a sizable portion of farm production in Otter Tail County. "Many people are dependent on it for a livelihood Newhall reports that Otter Tail County is currently ranked second among Minnesota counties in turkey production   

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