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Albert Lea Sunday Tribune (Newspaper) - February 11, 1979, Albert Lea, Minnesota The sunday Tribune volume 82, no 35 Albert Lea Minnesota sunday february 11, 1979 single Cory 25 cents 36 rages my Mhz City May help acquire property for High Rise by Chris Manahan Tribune stuff writer City officials and representatives of trades and Tabor Assembly senior housing. Inc., Are expected to discuss How to end the present stalemate that is delaying trades and labors elderly housing Complex on North Broadway. It appears the Best Hope for getting the 62unit project moving again requires the trades and Tabor group to borrow Money and buy the no Broadway and Fountain Street land where Sanders drug was located at option prices it already offered to present property owners the City would then buy the land from trades and Tabor at its appraised value Clear it and ready it for development with tax increment City to contest interstate rate hike request the City of Albert Lea is intervening in interstate Power company s request for a 32 8 per cent electric rate increase among its residential customers in Albert Taa among other communities served by interstate residential electric rates will increase Only 24 76 per cent. A a without seeing any background. I done to see Why Albert Lea should have a greater increase than the rest a said City manager Paul Sparks information on the rate jump that is supposed to be provided to the City by pc has not arrived according to Sparks. Hearings on the increase begin monday in Fulda evidentiary Public bearings will be held in Albert Lea beginning at 9 30 a m. Wednesday through Friday in the Multi purpose room on the City Center second floor a we re going to argue that their rate increase is too much. I done to see How you can increase rates 33 per cent in any one year a a said Sparks. Bonds once cleared the City would sell the land Back to trades and Tabor at a Price allowed under the group s housing and Urban development Hud Grant the difference Between what the City paid for the land and what Hud allows for the land would be paid Back to the City with increased tax Revenue from the new Complex the non profit Effort skidded to a halt dec. 26 when Hud notified the local group it would not accept the $360,000 land acquisition Cost submitted by trades and Tabor instead it would allow for Only $61,000 toward land acquisition if the group were to obtain the property. Another funding source Nad to be found. City manager Paul Sparks told Council members during a Friday pre Agenda meeting the City would be wary of a using tax increment Bonds to buy land directly from the present property owners because of possible Legal suits. The City would be required to reappraise the land and if the value were lower than option gees quoted by the trades and Bor group property owners might sue the City to receive the full option Price Sparks said he would expect Quot some fairly complicated Legal dealings a if the City dealt with the present property owners directly Sparks said the City could consider moving the $3 million housing project from the no Broadway Fountain Street site to property in the Channel View Urban renewal area already owned by the City following Sparks remarks sixth Ward councilman Arliss Bachtle then suggested the trades group borrow Money to buy the Fountain Street land so the City could Deal with one property owner a trades and Tabor the City would then have no concern Over possible Legal Battles. The City would not be involved in meeting individual property owners Selling prices or having to pay relocation costs to present property owners As for moving the project to Channel View said Bachtle Quot i certainly done to want to see it move Down to the renewal area a third Ward councilman Marvin Wangen joined in describing the Fountain Street location As a much More preferable Quot to one in the Urban renewal District a remaining question is whether the trades and Tabor housing corporation can get the $360,000 loan to Purchase the property City representatives and trades and Tabor officials will apparently meet to discuss the feasibility of such a loan and the tax increment arrangement a a 8k West a Lowry Toto Albert Lea native to head Energy Agency patience an Aishman Waits patiently with his horse and High winds have clogged Many Rural roads in buggy As a tractor clears away the Snow drifts on a Eastern Iowa country Lane near Kalona Iowa. Snowstorms and legislators discuss education at chamber of Commerce breakfast by Chris Manahan Tribune staff writer Algernon Johnson a 1948 graduate of Albert Taa High school and vice president of a Litchfield construction company was named director of the Minnesota Energy Agency Friday by gov Al qui Johnson. 49, is the son of Howard Johnson 621 Maple Hill drive Albert Taa he left Albert Taa in 1948 to attend St. Olaf College in Northfield at the same time Quie attended the school. He now lives in Litchfield where he is vice president of Johnson Bros. Corporation a heavy construction and engineering firm that designs and builds Coal terminal facilities the company a founders Are not related to Johnson. News highlights heavy flooding Throat Minneapolis apr there could be moderate to heavy flooding of some Rivers in Southeastern Minnesota and in Wisconsin when the Snow melts. The National weather service says. A news report Friday said tributaries flowing into the Mississippi River a could produce moderate to heavy among those tributaries Are the Root Zumbro and Cedar Rivers in Southeastern Minnesota and the Milwaukee River in Southeastern shallow to moderate flooding could occur along portions of the Minnesota River and the Mississippi River above Guttenberg Iowa said the report. Hahira of draft Akkad Washington apr sen. John c. Stennis chairman of the Senate armed services committee says the All Volunteer basis of the american military is the weakest link in National defense and the military draft should be brought Back. Stennis d-miss., told fellow committee members Friday a the absence of the machinery for registration and selection which would be provided by selective service Means that we have no Means for mobilizing rapidly the millions of persons we would need in the event of a wide scale War. Many Many valuable months would be lost in gearing up calling and training the necessary . To sail computers to soviets Washington apr the . Government probably will approve Sale of a $6 million computer system to the soviet Union reversing an administration decision of last july administration sources say. The manufacturer of the system Sperry corp., has applied to sell a slightly modified computer system which Tass the soviet news Agency wants for the 1980 olympic games. President Carter blocked the earlier Sale at a time when the soviets had just convicted two american newsmen of slander and were pressing prosecution of dissidents Alexander Ginzburg and Anatoly Shch Aransky. European sugar dumped Hara Washington apr the Treasury department says sugar imported from Belgium France and West Germany is being Quot dumped in the United states at unfairly Low prices. The department said Friday the International Trade commission is to investigate whether the imports Are hurting . Business and special a a dumping duties could be assessed on imports of feb. 12 or afterwards sanctions lifting asked Washington apr Sens. Richard s. Schweiker r-pa., and Dennis Deconcini d-ariz., have introduced a Resolution that would urge president Carter to lift Trade sanctions against Rhodesia before elections scheduled there april 20. Schweiker said Friday that revoking the sanctions Quot would provide a timely inducement to completion of the constitutional transition to Black majority he said that if such a transition fails for Lack of . Support Rhodesia Likely will Quot be ruled by forces hostile to the West and to the concept of democratic Poat and critic Dias Nashville term. Apr contemporary poet and critic Allen Tate who was a professor at the University of Minnesota for 17 years died Friday at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tenn. He was 79. The Kentucky born Tate one of the Vanderbilt University fugitive poets died about 5 30 a m. Cost in Vanderbilt Hospital of what doctors said was systemic failure. He was bedridden with emphysema for the past four years and was hospitalized to Days ago. A novelist teacher lecturer and editor Tate moved to Nashville in 1976 from Sewanee three years after retiring from the position of senior Tutor at the University of the South where he had edited a the Sewanee he View in the 1940s, since 1973 he had been at work on his memoirs. The company has been in existence since 1929 when Contact Friday night Johnson said Quot i had no idea it was going to have a reaction like this. I Wasny to prepared for this at he spent his Day Friday in St. Paul meeting with his top four assistants in the state Energy Agency. During the afternoon he Shook hands with All department employees by the time he got Home to Litchfield Friday night he said his wife had a stack of messages Johnson surmised the office s Bish visibility and Energy problems now facing the state Are reasons for the High interest in him adding to the Public s curiosity is that Quot i am not a Public figure and there is very Little known about me Quot one reporter questioned whether the appointment did not raise a question of patronage because or his service chairman for quiet a Campaign in Meeker county where Litchfield is located he said the extent of his Campaign Contact with Quie however was a visit by it. Gov candidate Lou Wanberg and his wife. When Quie came to Litchfield Johnson said he was out of town and did not meet him. When asked whether he volunteered or was sought out for the position Johnson said Quot it was a Little bit of his letter volunteering to be a member of the task Force selecting an Energy Agency head was lost but a Quie staff member later called him to ask about his background. Quot All of a sudden i went from one Side of the Fence to the other a from an advisor that i never did become to one of the candidates a said Johnson. A a it a a once in a lifetime Opportunity to work with a Man i respect a great Deal a he added. A major motive for accepting the Job is the profound effect the Agency can have on Energy in the next decade or two Johnson said. His Only previous Contact with the Agency was an unpaid advisor to a Coal study requested by the legislature his firm participated in the transportation aspect of the Energy Agency project. Quot i think he John Millhone has done an excellent Job a Johnson replaces Millhone Energy Agency head under Del governors Wendell Anderson and Rudy Perpich Quot he had the responsibility of building that Agency and it is a reflection of him a added Johnson a there Are immediate problems that need to be addressed very vigorously Quot according to Johnson Many due to forces beyond our control Quot he said examples of outside influences cited by Johnson were the iranian trouble and Oil cutback Canadian crude Oil curtailment. And the deregulation of natural Gas As far As his own philosophy toward Energy solutions Johnson said. Quot i d like to see the private sector react As much As possible a to combat outside influences that must be faced a solar Energy innovation for example will not come from Nespor Minne Gasco. Innovations will come from entrepreneurs not a Federal think said Johnson. He compared the possibilities on Energy to the a revolution in Small electronics and data processing a that began with Small companies such As control data and 3m company in Minnesota Johnson has somewhat of his own revolution at Home with a combination Wood burning and Oil heating system. He will begin his new $36,000 Job feb. 17. Johnson said he already has resigned As officer and employee in the Johnson Bros. Corporation. He did not own any Stock in the company by Kevin Sweeney Tribune City editor state legislators from this area agree on one thing about education a there is no one easy answer to the problems of declining enrolment and tight Money that is going to satisfy All school districts state reps Henry Kalis Del Walters and Robert Haukoos in Albert Taa and Henry Kalis Benefit of state Aid other issues Olson pointed out include the idea of minimum competency testing for High school graduation state mandates interfering with some Tim Penny issues that have normally been negotiated by school boards and teacher organizations and the i problems presented by tenure aws when declining enrolment causes cutbacks in teachers Olson said the current seniority Laws Force the school districts to Lay off the teachers with the fewest years in the District leading to older teaching staffs. Quot this is not to say that old teachers Are not Good teachers but the school District loses the balance of Young and old teachers that is so important to the Olson said older teachers Are also often less open to innovations in teaching programs. Olson said a i Hope the legislature will have the courage to handle this Touchy subject Quot Olson said legislators said changes in the school Aid formulas and other areas would be the result of much Compromise Between the needs of Large and Small school districts those sprawling school districts in Rural areas and the More compact Urban districts Quot i represent a District that has 20 school said Robert Haukoos Penny a most Small and the problems in Large schools Are different from smaller schools you can treat continued on Page 2 state Sens Tim Penny Del new Richland and Tom Nelson Del Austin were guests of the Albert Lea Freeborn county chamber of Commerce at an eggs and issues breakfast saturday. Education was the Tom Nelson they discussed with a of about 50 chamber members and guests. Ralph Olson a member of the District 241 Board of education introduced the legislators and outlined some of the problems and issues involving the state educational system almost All the school districts in the state Are faced with a financial Pinch brought about by declining student enrolment and rising property values Olson said. Some Small school districts with High property values Are completely supported by local tax Effort without any in Leader suggests sales tax increase topic group Mother to Appeal jury verdict on education St Paul. Minn a it might be a Good idea to increase Minnesota a 4 percent sales tax while cutting state income taxes an Independent Republican Leader suggested Friday. Rep Robert Searles in Orono said people consider the sales tax to be a fair Quot and. While there a presently no plan to raise the tax the subject does Merit discussion Quot one of the taxes that people View As the fairest., is the sales tax. If a person has Money he spends it and pays the tax a Searle said Quot if he a right up against the line and he s just buying food clothing and shelter be does no to pay it. So it has a very fair aspect to Searle commented at a news conference called to announce the main sponsors for the first seven Bills which would carry out the tax program of inde pendent Republican gov. Al Quie. Two a stars will be among the sponsors in a bid for bipartisan support in the evenly divided House rep Ray far Ley. Paul will Bills for broadening tax brackets and indexing the Low income credit. Rep Steve Wenzel. Del Little Falls will carry a Bill providing tax credits for National guard members Searles was asked if he agreed with comments by a business executive to a Senate committee this week. The executive suggested that lower income taxes and higher sales taxes would be the Best approach to improving Minnesota a tax climate. Quot i done to agree that we should do this but i agree that we should consider it Quot Searles told reporters. Searles said that major changes in the sales tax Are not Likely this year although both Del and in lawmakers Are pushing Bills to reduce the sales tax on farm machinery. Quot there s too much on the front Burner right now. We re late in starting there Are enough issues in front of us right now so that i done to foresee us getting to that one a Searles said. The sales tax applies to most retail Purcha atm. Buti medicines and clothing Art exempt. Along with Home heating fuels the sales tax was first imposed in 1967 at 3 percent it was increased to 4 percent in 1971 Searles who chairs a House tax subcommittee said 71 Bills dealing with taxes have been introduced far More than on any other subject he said it is a signal that taxes will be the dominant Issue of the 1979 session Mondale to keynote dinner St Paul. Minn a vice president Walter f Mondale will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Hubert h Humphrey Day dinner april 7. State Del chair Rick Scott announced Friday the dinner the Del party a main fundraiser will be held at the St Paul civic Center with a reception beginning at 6 p i followed by dinner at 7 p m Minneapolis a bitterness and anger spilled from Hazel Wunsch Friday night after a jury ruled she had violated the Law in educating her musician daughter at Home. Quot As Long As in a breathing you a better believe Iii be fighting a said mrs. Wunsch who was found guilty of a Misdemeanour for violating Minnesota a compulsory school attendance Law. Judge Richard Roberts of Todd county District court in Long Prairie deferred sentencing for to Days. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 90 Days in jail and a $500 Fine. Quot we Are going to Appeal and we know this won t hold up in an appeals court a mrs Wunsch said in a Telephone interview. Quot we will go to the . Supreme court if we have mrs. Wunschl a 12-year-old daughter Sharon has been playing the violin since she was 5, and has travelled extensively with her Mother to performances and musical workshops. The Mother a professional musician who said she has directed symphonies in 19 countries maintained she can give Sharon a better education than the child can get in a Public school and can give her More time to practice the violin cello and piano. Quot this whole court Case came up because another Little girl was jealous of my daughter Quot mrs. Wunsch said. Quot it is insidious jealousy on the part of a group of Coffee klatch women. A Sharon is enrolled in the Christian elementary correspondence school of Pensacola fla., and mrs. Wunsch said she has completed loth Grade requirements and is being enrolled in the Lith Grade mrs Wunsch who teaches music at Brainerd Community College and her husband Calvin who taught in Public schools id economic advisor still Hopes to hold prices about a dozen years Are helping with their daughter s education Washington a de spite a stinging setback the administration s Point Man in the inflation fight says there a still a Good Chance of restraining Price increases this year. He says the program a simply Hasni to begun to bite Alfred Kahn presidential adviser and chairman of the Council on wage and Price stability describes january a 1.3 percent increase in wholesale prices disclosed Friday As Quot terribly $2.6 million Price tag placed on first week of farmers1 protest comics. 8 opinion Page. 4 bridge.12 daily records.16 family Page. 5 sports.18 to guide.13 horoscope.21 Washington a officials estimate it will Cost More than $2.6 million to repair the damage and pay police overtime for the first week of a protest by 3,500 Farmers seeking higher government support prices. Three quarters or that estimate covers damage a accidental and deliberate a to the 146-acre mall Between the Capitol and the Washington Monument where police have hundreds of heavy farm vehicles and campers penned to prevent traffic disruptions. Many Farmers Are spending their nights on the mall and All gather there during the Day. Occupants put up this sign Friday a tractor town Carters first prison Camp for George Berklacy spokesman for the . Park service said 25 Elm saplings 65 benches and 57 trash receptacles have been burned and two $500 kiosks a Booths with maps and information for tourists a have been demolished. Quot there a absolutely no turf left on the National mall a and an underground sprinkler system May have to be replaced Berklacy said estimating damages at up to $2 million. The mall underwent a $4.4 million Facelift for the Bicentennial in 1976. In addition overtime for extra police patrols drawn from the 4,100-person Washington police Force and Park police is costing More than $100,000 a Day in overtime officials said. Dozens of flattened police car tires must be repaired along with cruisers and motorcycles hit by tractors. Rental of 103 buses to Box in the tractors has Cost about $90,000 so far police said. At dusk Friday an old tractor and Bale of Cotton were set afire by the Farmers who warmed their hands and drank Beer around the Blaze on the political front the american agriculture movement protesters got their first Chance to Lay their Case before Congress Friday. They claim the government is responsible for prices so Low that Many Farmers May have to quit farming More than 500 jammed a Senate agriculture committee hearing room to cheer As five representatives from their ranks told senators they seek Only Quot a fair shake from our sen. Edward Zorinsky de compared the farm supports to minimum wage rates which Rise As the Cost of living rises a so american workers can survive. Well Farmers Are americans too a widespread and troublesome a but he nevertheless said he sees a Quot Strong probability Quot the programs goal of holding Price increases to 7.4 percent this year can be achieved. Prices Rose at a rate of 9,1 percent in 1978. The january increase would if sustained through the year mean an annual inflation rate of 16 percent. But economists say that s unlikely wholesale prices usually Are reflected at the retail level a few months later. But in the Case of beef a which led the Parade of k a increases a the Price t has Quot largely if not entirely been reflected at retail at this time a according to Lauren Carlson president of the National cattlemen a association. Overall the increase was the biggest jump since a 2 percent Rise in november 1974. Consumer prices Rose 12.2 percent Overall that year. Testifying before the Senate banking committee Kahn said most of the administrations anti inflation moves have yet to be Felt. The Effort to keep Money in tight Supply and to hold Back government spending a simply Hasni to begun to bite yet a he said Friday in addition to beef prices the wholesale Cost of veal gasoline other forms of Energy autos jewelry Luggage furniture household appliances lawnmowers tableware sporting goods and clothing Rose substantially. As for retail beef prices a separate report from the agriculture department said last month they climbed to a record High of $2.04 a Pound a jump of 5.4 percent from december a and 27 9 percent in a year in another development chairman Harold Williams of the securities and Exchange commission said corporate profits Are inadequate Quot to provide for the kind of expansion and growth we expect from our society to give us jobs innovation and he said record level profits reported recently Are misleading because Many accounting methods Are distorted by inflation. 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