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   Daily Journal (Newspaper) - July 28, 1977, Fergus Falls, Minnesota                                Carter: Israeli settlements to be an obstacle WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Carter declared today that Israel's legalization o 1 three settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan River poses obstacles to peace. He also an- nounced progress toward nego- tiating a ban on all nuclear tests. At a nationally broadcast news conference, Carter ac- knowledged thai he had not dis- cussed the granting of legal status with Prime Minister Menahem Begin on his visit here last week. He called it "an oversight" on his part. However, Carter said he had advised Begin that the estab- lishment of new settlements "would be a difficult thing for public opinion to accept here and in Arab countries." Still, Carter was hopeful about prospects for new nego- tiations on the Arab-Israeli con- flict. He said the legalizing of the three settlements was an obstacle that could be over- come. Carter opened the session with reporters by announcing the completion of preliminary negotiations with the Soviet Un- ion and Britain on a com- prehensive nuclear weapons test ban. While a number of problems must be resolved, Carter "the results are sufficiently promising thai (he three coun- tries can begin formal negotia- tions Oct. 3." He said he hoped they could arrive at a treaty that would be signed by other countries as well. On the domestic side, Carter said he expected to have new welfare proposals ready next week. He said the search for a new director of the FBI was "pro- ceeding very slowly, very methodically and with the pros- pect of good results." Assessing his first six months in office, Carter said he had made mistakes "in minor things" he declined to list them and said the White House's relations with Congress has been improved. Carter said the major stum- bling block to reconvening of the Geneva conference on the Mideast is the Palestinian is- sue. Howvever, he said until the Palestine Liberation Organ- zalion gives up its commitment to the destruction of Israel the administration will not support PI.O participation in the peace talks. Carter rejected any notion that he is biased either toward Israel or the Arab countries. And he called on the leaders on both sides to try to cool down the situation in the Middle East by not being so adamant about their positions. Carter said lie had discussed the settlements with Prime Minister Menahem Begin dur- ing his visit here last week. However, Carter said Begin had not given him advance no- tice that the Israeli government would recognize the legitimacy of three new settlements, as it did this week. Carter declined to castigate Begin on the settlements. He said he recognized that Begin had campaign commitments Besides, Carter said, Israel has not made the settlements per- manent. "I think we have a good chance to go to Car- ter said. "There are obstacles to be resolved." On another subject, Carter defended the administration's decision to move toward new military sates to Egypt, the Su- dan and Somalia. He said the actions were compatible with his policy of reducing over-all arms sales around the world. We are determined to begin a downward trend in the sale of weapons throughout the world, Carter said. But. at the same lime, the United States must give pre-eminent consideration to the defense of this country and its allies, he said. During the news conference Carter also made these points: supports public financ- ing of Senate campaigns, say- ing the public often believes special interests have undue in- (Carter) Continued on Page 10 VICTIM OFTHE WIND- A large oai tree snapped off and Icll on Dale Johnson's garage at 710 E. Lakeside Drive during the wind and rainstorm late yesterday afternoon. There was heavy damage to the garage roof. Johnson was unable to get the door open to check on damage to a car inside. (Journal photo by Harley Oyloe) City gets grant for wells A grant and a loan for the city of Fergus Falls were approved today by the Economic Development Administration, Senators Hubert Humphrey and Wendell Anderson announced from Washington. The funds are for two wells, pumps, a transmission line and development of a conservation program. The loan is for 40 years at 5 percent. The money was made available through the Com- munity Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1977. The purpose of the act is to authorize funds to enable communities to un- dertake projects to help assure adequate water supplies for public health, safety and economic stability. A newly-constructed, city operated and owned well started late last winter should be in operation during the first part of August, according to city operations coordinator Don Eisenhuth. The combined grant and loan will reimburse the city for the cost of this well, as well as pay for the construction and hook-up of a second well. There had been some question of whether the correct transformer would be available for the city's new well, but the equipment was delivered on time. Aug. 1 had been set as the target date for getting the well on the city line, but an unan- ticipated problem may cause a few days delay. The city's work has been completed; all that remains to do is contract work. The well will provide water to all people on the city water line; its capacity is over 500 gallons per minute. The city first became aware of the need for an additional water supply during last year's water shortage WyJournal NO. 176 Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537 THURSDAY, JULY2B, 1977 Fire brought under control SINGLE COPY 15c SANTA BARBARA, Calif. I AP) A disastrous brash fire that was started by an errant kite touching a power line has finally been controlled, fire officials said today. The blaze injured22persons, destroyed or damaged 3So expensive homes and caused a loss estimated by officials at {50 million. "It's very quiet this morning. There are no flames at said Dennis Orbus, a U.S. For- est Service spokesman. "We're just tamping down the hot spots now." The fire which began Tues- day night and was contained Wednesday had burned 740 acres of brush. An estimated persons fled the area. Authorities said they were told by a young man who they would not identify that the fire. one of the worst in this scenic community's history, began when his kite blew into a high- voltage power line in Sycamore Canyon. "I shall always regret the part, however innocent, f have had in this tragic the young man was quoted as say- ing Wednesday. "I am deeply shocked and saddened by the Storm more severe in Wahpeton region KRAZY DAY CROWD-FjiRer shoppers turn out early for Krazy sidewalk and street. Lincoln Avenue was Hocked off from Cascade Day in Fergus Falls for the best selection of bargains. And mer- to Union for thecvenl. I Journal photo bvllarley Oyloe) chants arrived even earlier lo set out displays of wares on A severe storm that swept through Wahpeton with pcr-hour winds yesterday af- ternoon apparently blew itself out before reaching much of Ihe Otter Tail County area, although most communities received some brief, hard rains. There was quite a bit of wind at times, and a funnel cloud was sighted two miles north of Battle Uke, although it did not touch doivn. Fergus Falls received .69 inch of rain at Wright Uke, with unofficial reports in and near the city going as high as 1.5 inches from a torrent that lasted only about 20 minutes. Other communities reported varying amounts of rain, ranging from a brief shower at Ashby that didn't last long enough to halt combining operations, to .8 inch in Rothsay with wind strong enough to drive Ihe water under the post office door. At Battle Uke. in addition to the funnel cloud, there was .7 inch rain and "a sprinkle of hail." Henning received an inch of rain, with no hail or wind. New York Mills had .4 inch, Perham had .41 and Nashua had only .2 inch of moisture with no wind or hail in any of those com- munities. also missed the brunt of the storm and received about a half an inch of rain. KBMW radio in Wahpeton reported this moring that strong winds and heavy hail caused severe crop damage, especially in the Great Bend- Mooreton area in Richland County. N.D.. where hail knocked down grain and stripped sunflower plants down to the stalks. Crop damage from the hard rain in the Fergus Falls area included some lodging of grain and beating down of grain that had been swathed. roundup I'artly cloudy through Friday with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms tonight. High Friday nrouml 80. l-ows tonight upper 40s to mid Ms. Winds northwest 10-15 mph late tonight. Probability of measurable precipitation 50 percent tonight. High Wednesday 79. [jjw 57. At a.m. 61. At noon 67. Precipitation 21 hours ending 3 a.m. today .69. Sunrise Fridav Sunset Temperatures One Year Ago High 84. low 56. great loss and suffering which has resulted from the fire." The kite flyer was reported in st elusion outside the city, and authorities said no prosecution was contemplated. Fire fighters had been wor- ried the blaze might flare up again during the night, or that another spark might reignite the chapparal brush, normally dry and highly flammable and described now as "explosive" because of two years of drought. "But the wind is very quiet and we don't anticipate any more problems unless something totally unforeseen happens." Oruus said. Santa Barbara, a wealthy community of mission-style homes whose red-tiled roofs lend a Mediterranean flavor to the parched Pacific coast some 100 miles north of Angeles, became a panicked city Tues- day night as sheets of name tore through the drought-dried brush of the Santa Ynez Moun- tains. Fire storms leaped erratical- ly from canyon to ridge, leaving a patchwork of destruction across the city's richest neigh- I Firej ContinuodonPagelO On the inside Artisis prepare for show. .1 (In the local scene. Page 7 Since vnu asked. 111 Area happenings. 11 Employment program helps young people learn Agnes Smith, left, talk, with Brerda Kosel about the evaluation form she has to (ill nut. ByPATVVALKUP Area News Editor Margaret Thorson, 17. a student at Fergus Falls High School, works 30 hours a week at the canteen and store at the State Hospital. This is her second year working as part of the Youth Employment Program. "1 like she says. Her supervisor, Cora Somers, says Margaret is a great worker. "You have to remember that we have patients here for drug edpendcncy, mental retardation and mental Somers points out. "It takes quite a person to gel along with all three. You have to be fair, quirk, and patient." Brenda Kosel, also 17, is in her first year working at the State Hospitalin the Youth Development Program. She spends six hours a day with her group of 11 men- tally retarded adult patients, teaching them basic skills. She teaches them things like how to tell a nickel from a dime, how to say "hello" and "thank you" and how to cut straight lines. There are a number of such skills, and the patients vary in how long it lakes to learn a certain task Alvi Borgen, assistant personnel director at the state hospital, comments that the hospital is mandated by- state Jaw lo bring these "severely and profoundly retarded" individuals up to their highest potential. Without workers such as Brenda. he says, "a lot of the segments we just would not be able to do." "1 was scared at Brenda says, "1 didn't think I would like it. But I like working with them. They're pretty hard lo leach, though. They have the learning level of a three or four-year-old. Bui it doesn't bother me at all any more. "When I came up here to get a job 1 wanted to gel a job in she recalls. She was told that there was a great need for people to help work with the mentally relarded. "I said I'd give it a try." Geraldine Neubauer, 16, a student at Battle Uke High School, worked last year at the county nursing home. This year, she's one of two people who staff the tourist information office for Battle Uke. "1 really enjoy meeting people." she says. Generally, people come in to ask directions, find" a place to stay, ask about good restaurants, learn about places to go and things to do, or even ask how to get in touch with a specific person in the area. "I could have gone to Ihe nursing home again, but I wanted more variety so when I gel out into life I'll know about more things. I want lo, in the fulure not the near fulure -bea Geraldine says. First, she plans to go into the Aif Force to help pay for college. She often rides her bicycle 14 miles home after work. Margaret, Brenda and Gcraldineare just three of the appiomateiy 240 young people in Otter Tail County who are working this summer as part of YF.P. Funded by the Concentrated Employment Program iCEP) through various funding sources, YEP pays the young (Program) Continued on Page 10 Margaret Thorsnn dips out an ire cream cone at llu1 Slate Hospital canteen. (Journal photos Pal Wallopi   

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