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   Daily Journal (Newspaper) - October 11, 1977, Fergus Falls, Minnesota                                Leaves arc fun for jumping for Dustin Christopherson and Mark Hylden... Hospital care costs show increase in state ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The cost of hospital care in Min- nesota rose again during the year ended June 30, but there is some evidence of a slow-down of ballooning rates, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota reported. A study conducted by the health care benefit program said average daily hospital charges in Minnesota increased 14.8 per cent during the year ending June 30. At the same lime, the median physicians' fees for a dozen common medi- cal procedures increased 7.9 per cent. However, state hospital and medical cost trends are begin- ning to increase at a slower rate than during the past few years, said James Q. Regnier, BCBSM president. Hospital costs in previous years had consistently in- creased at 15 per cent or more, but this year dropped below the 15 per cent mark, a spokesman said. "We believe the hospital costs haved hit a high point and now are slowing a spokesman said Monday. The average hospital stay for BCBSM subscribers was 6.9 days during the study period, unchanged from the previous year. With an average daily charge of for room, board and related services, the stay re- sulted in a total average charge of up 14.7 per cent over the previous year. The average charge for a hospital outpatient visit was an increase of 17.4 per Chinese preoccupied with 'Gong of Four' PEKING (AP) Wherever visitors go today in China newspaper office, middle school, factory, commune, uni- versity, fishing village the one thing they are certain to hear is an attack on the "Gang of Four." It is a national preoccupation. In a 16-day visit, a group of Associated Press executives and directors heard the purged radical leaders blamed for al- most every conceivable set- back China suffered in recent years, but particularly in the 13 months since the death of Chairman Mao Tse-tiing. The format soon became fa- miliar. Our host perhaps the leader of a factory would outline briefly what the factory makes, how large it is and so on. Then, quickly, a reference to how the workers are "deep- ening (he criticism" of the radi- cals and trying to repair the damage done by their support- ers. The Gang of Hour, now ap- Federal tax cut possible next year WASHINGTON (AP) President Carter's tax revision plan could reduce taxes by up to 522 billion, says Treasury Secretary W. Michael Blumenthal, and may go into effect in 1978, a year earlier than originally planned. Blumenthal, emerging from a meeting with Carter and senior economic advisers on Monday, left open the possibility that the ad- ministration might try to put the plan into effect next year, depending on the direction the economy follows. But, walking out of the Cabi- net Room meeting thai lasted nearly live hours, the treasury secretary insisted no final deci- sions had been made. His confirmation that the ad- ministration was considering tax cuts that could reach billion was the lirst on-the- rccord administration com- ment on the possible size o! the reduction. The J22 billion figure is "in- deed one of tlie options, but il is not necessarily the number" that will be settled on, he said. "We just went over the entire program and the Presidenl has not made up his mind on any of the the treasury sec- retary said. Administration sources had said earlier that the tax cut would he in the range of bil- lion to billion, although some reports had placed it as high as billion. The sources have forecast that one-third of the tax cut would be for businesses and two-thirds for individuals. The sources have said the tax cut would be introduced in 1979, although it would be, phased in over several years. But Blu- rnemhal said the timetable for putting Ihe tax cut into effecl remained undecided and that decisions on any tax cut in 1978 would depend on Die stall of the economy. He said further meetings were planned and that it was likely Carter would send the plan to Congress by the end of month parently under a form of house arrest, were Chiang Ching, Mao's widow; Wang Hung-wen, former party vice chairman; Yao Wen-yuan, a former Polit- buro member, and former Vice Premier Chang Chun-chiao. These are a few of the things we heard them blamed for: Excessive earthquake damage last year, because their interference retarded research into earthquake prediction. output at Ihe Pe- king Arts and Crafts Factory, where they convinced some workers that making vases and olher traditional objects was a waste of time. the minds of workers and students vrilh the idea that there was no need to learn trades or work hard and that all they needed to do was lo study Mao. Tiie list goes on and on. It is difficult to envision an American counterpart to this aspect of the Chinese ex- perience. It had been reported in the Western press that Mao's suc- cessor. Chairman Hua Kuo- feng, and Ihe Uth Party Con- gress in August ordered the criticism campaign. But the scope of it, and Ihe intensity with which China's leaders are pressin. clear only when one hears il Quie urges single endorsement MINNEAPOLIS Albert Quie, who considers himself (he front-runner for the Independent-Republican nomi- nation for governor next year, says Die (pur GOP contenders for (he office wilt have to coop- erate somewhat "to keep our supportersfrora getting at each other's Quie said the party would be best served by dropping talk of multiple endorsements or an open primary. "If the party can put it to- gether, (he best thing would be a single endorsement, if it can be done in a few Quie said in an interview Monday. Quie said he has talked with three other GOP candidates for governor and suggested they think about other slots on next year's ballot. "I hasten to add that none gave me any indication they Quie said. Quie will end a 20-year Con- gressional career after next year. He confirmed his bid for the governorship a few weeks ago and said he will make what politicians call a "formal" start to his campaign in November. Quie already is at odds with one of his challengers, Min- neapolis attorney David Duren- berger, in how to tackle DPI. Gov. Rudy- Perpich. Durenbcr- gcr has taken a hard line, de- claring that Perpich is seldom in hisoffice, doesn't understand the office and doesn't know how to use it. "I always have a difficult time saying that about another Dial's a judgment the people have to Quie said. Other announced candidates for governor on the Republican side are former state liep. erf W. Johnson, St. Paul, and state Sen. Howard Knutson, Burnsville. liolh are attorneys. Quie has approached Duren- bcrger about running for lieutenant governor, saying that would be the strongest ticket the GOP could field. "Isn't that nice I said the same Ihing about re- sponded Ourenberger. Republican leaders have teen weighing the idea of dropping the old system of endorsing a single candidate. Some leaders feel that an open ContinuedonPagcH ]ailuJournal 104lh YEAR NO. 339 FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA56537 TUESDAY, OCT. II, 1977 SINGLE COPY 15 cent over the previous period. Broken down into areas, the study showed the average hos- pital charge per day: U.9 per cent in Minneapolis hospitals, from 5167.10 to 14.3 per cent in St. Paul hospitals, from 5152 47 to 15.8 per cent in Dulutli hospitals, from to -Increased 14.7 per cent in hospitals outside Minnesota's three largest cities, from to 5155.22. Regnier said the lower rate of increase was "encouraging." "Any evidence of a decrease in health care cost trends is (Costs) Continued on Pagel4 Perpich asks farmers to ovoid using violence MORRIS, Minn. Gov. Rudy Perpich made another in- formal odyssey across central Minnesota Monday, urging farmers not to resort lo vio- lence in their effort to prevent construction of a high-voltage power line. The governor told people he could not intervene to stay a court order permitting the con- struction of the line. "The gov- ernor can't stop the he said. His reception was somewhat chillier than an earlier trip, when he was merely "getting to tarn" the people of his state. "I just got the feeling that he wanted to tap us on the back and say, 'Be said Kich- ard Koska of rural Belgrade. Koska was angered that Per- pich declined to attend a group meeting with some farmers last week. "Everyone wanted lo have some input in Koska said. Others, like Alee Fuchs of ru- ral Belgrade, said they had to give Perpich credit for being concerned about violence when power-line crews come back to the fields to begin surveying. Perpich said two points he wanted lo get across were that violence must be prevented and that a science court to study health issues is still a viable idea. Critics of the science court say power-line construction would continue during court proceedings and that the find- ings of the court would not be binding. Surveyors are expected to re- turn to work early next week. The way was cleared for work to resume by a Sept. 30 decision by (he Minnesota Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of two power companies. The 400-kilovolt line, to be built by United Power Associ- ation, Elk River, and Coopera- tive Power Association, Edijia, will run from North Dakota to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, bringing in power for redistri- bution to rural electric cooperatives. Perpich said he wanled to ex- plain to the people opposing the line that the surveyors are not the decision makers regarding the power line. "They are just people work- ing for a Perpich said. The governor said he would like to see scientific evidence regarding the power line exam- ined in court, and said he feels most of the concerned farmers support the idea. Perpich said he plans visits with farmers a number of times before the controversv is set- tled. He said there was some feel- ing among the farmers that the governor could stop the line, but said he explained that once the court had ruled on the issue, "that's pretty much it." The governor said if there is any confrontation between sur- veyors and farmers, it will be up to local authorities to handle they request inter- vention. Fun for walking for Sarah Eriekson and Jeremy Baanna... Lake Region charges near state average Lake Region Hospital patients pay an average daily charge of an increase of 14.2 percent over a year ago, Phil Larson, administrator, said today. Figures show the averagestay is 6.3 day id the average total bill an increase of 11.9 percent. Larson gave figures for hospital costs as of Sept. 30 this year following the release of studies by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The average daily cost for a patient in a Minneapolis area hospital was during a 12- month period that ended June 30. The increase is 14.9 percent from the year before. The national increase has been about 15 percent. The average total bill for Lake Region is considerably less than the Twin Cities and the state average, Larson noted, which is reflected by shorter stays. The 6.3 day Weather roundup (Gang) Continued on Page 14 Tonight mostly cloudy with a few flurries possible. Ixws upper 20s to lower 30s. Wednes- day partly sunny and warmer. Highs upper -SOs and tower 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph tonight. Probability of measurable precipitation 20 percent tonight. High Monday 42. Al a.m. 37F, 3C. At Noon 42. Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 il, come a.m. today, .03. v Sunrise Wednesday Sunset Temperatures One Year Ago High 81. Ixm- 38. average is 28 percent less than the average Twin Cities stay of 8.1 days. The average daily charge of S175.79 includes a day for board and room and 5105.78 in ancillary charges which in- clude X-rays, laboratory tests and drugs. The Minnesota average daily cost during the period that ended June 30 was room and board, 591.31 ancillary. For Minneapolis hospitals the figures were S191.97-J88.76 room and board ancillary. Larson noted that the figures he gave were for the year end- ing Sept. 30 while Blue Cross and Blue Shield used figures for the year ending June 30. It's likely state figures would be higher if the period was ex- tended for three more months of (his year. Robber has sweet success DENVILIE, N.J. (AP) A gunman demanded a super- market cashier's cash box but settled for minted breath fresh- eners instead, police said. He pulled a revolver after buying a box of cookies, but the cashier told htm she couldn't reopen the register without a purchase. So, with the store manager approaching, the gunman took his change and left quietly with a pack of Ihe candy, police said. M' Knr Darren Hrldrn leaves arc fun for tossing. Americans among Nobel winners On the inside Since you asked. I'atff :i On Ihi- local scene. li Area hiipprnitiKs. 1'age 7 STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) Two Americans and a Briton won the Nobel prize for physics today and a Belgian was awarded the prize for chem- istry. The Swedish Academy gave th e physics prize lo John H. Van Vkck, 78, of Harvard Uni- versity; his former student Philip Anderson, i5, ol Prince- ton University and Bell labora- tories; and Sir Nevill F. Molt, 72, of Cambridge University in Kngland The chemistry prize went lo Ilya Prigogine, 60, of the Free University of Brussels. He is also director of Ihe Cenler for Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics at the University of Texas. The physics winners, who will share equally a prize, were cited for research on the electronic structure of magnet- ic and disordered systems work applied to development of the laser, advancement in the industrial use of glass, and in copper spirals for birth control devices. Prigogine, who gets was cited for contributions in the ticld ol thermodynamics. The physics award was an- nounced behind schedule after three hours' deliberation by the academy, which was repor- tedly divided over two sets of candidates, A statement by the academy cited the winners' "highly valu- able contributions" in "large domains" of physics. "This yeai's prize put the emphasis on (heir work con- cerning electron-electron inter- action and the coupling be- Itiefn the molions of the elec- trons and the atomic nuclei in magnetic and disordered mate- rials, whore they have gone far beyond the conventional theories, with direct impor- tance for experiments and technology." the academy said. Mutt, also s professor eme- ritus, was born in 1905. .Ander- son, once a student o! Van Vlock. was bom in 1S3. They will share a prize sum of The physics prize has been dominated by Americans since World War II. I.ist year Ameri- (Xobeli Continued on Pago II   

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