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Albert Lea Sunday Tribune (Newspaper) - March 25, 1979, Albert Lea, Minnesota The sunday Tribune volume 82, no. 71 single copy 30 cents Albert Lea Minnesota sunday March 25, 1979 lips 181-580 42 pages rain Snow add to Illinois flood woe Peoria Iii a rain and Snow swept into Illinois saturday adding to the woes of this water choked City where the swollen Illinois River is swirling through Many streets and 2.000 people already have fled their Homes the National weather service said the River level held steady overnight Friday at 28 feet. 7 in Ches but would probably Rise to 2 2 feet by 6 p in a foot above flood stage and to inches above the record High set 16 years ago morning said Hon Ayres of the army corps of engineers office Here a its hard to say what that will do. Hut its certainly not Good a any i capitation adds to the a spokesman for the National weather service in Peoria said. A we expect one to three inches of accumulation Aud the ground is so saturated there s no place for it to go a the flooding has been caused by the melting of the Winters record snowfall in Northern Illinois rain fell during much of the night in Northern Illinois and Indiana areas whose Runoff flows into the Illinois River Marvin Miles disaster director for the american red Cross division covering 40 Central Illinois counties estimated 2.000 people had evacuated their Nome in Low lying areas along a 100-mile stretch of the River Between Hennepin and Beardstown he said almost All of them were staying with friends relatives or neighbors millions of dollars in damage has occurred to businesses farms and Homes along the Illinois said Warren Parr of the corps of engineers toe High water level has shut Down navigation along the length of the Illinois from South of Joliet to Alton o Brien said the coast guard planned to take an Aerial Survey of the River today to see whether navigation could be resumed gov James Thompson said he has asked the us Small business administration to declare 26 counties As disaster areas the declaration would enable persons living in those areas to apply for Low interest Loans for repairs Battle brewing on elimination of 3.2 Beer License St Paul. Minn a liquor lobbyists Are assailing a Bill in lie Minnesota legislature that would eliminate 3.2 malt beverages in the state s on and off Sale liquor stores. The Bill sponsored by sen Steve Keefe. Del Minneapolis won approval Friday in the Senate s Commerce consumer Protection subcommittee the Bill was forwarded to the full committee where it May have tougher sledding however the Bill which lobbyists View As a Nail in their economic coffin has gained More support than in several past sessions with declining sales of 3.2 Beer and dwindling numbers of 3 2 taverns across the state. The subcommittee heard testimony that then Are More than too 3.2 Beers available for Sale in Minnesota that is because Only seven states still have 3.2 Laws a a throwback to prohibition Days when Beer of that alcohol Content by weight was legally defined As Quot non intoxicating although some staggering 3 2 patrons might say otherwise 3.2 Beer still is classified by Minnesota Law As Quot non intoxicating nationwide 3.2 brewing is a dying Art because Beer naturally ferments out at a slightly higher alcoholic Content an average of 3 8 percent it costs breweries Money to Cut Back the alcoholic Content. Of 165 Beers sold in Minnesota iss of them have an alcoholic Content of 5 percent or less. To cover the remaining seven Beers which Range up to 5.7 per continued on Page 2 news highlights late Winter Blowout keeps Spring at Bay a i a Var photo for those who missed the Ark a the parking lot run Neth Over with water from flooding in the Gurnee Community Church in Gurnee Iii., but the flooding that has hit the state has not dampened humor. The Church appears ready to make the Best of it and try something different in their baptismal rite. Freeborn county motorists were calling the Law enforcement Center Leo in Albertl Tea continuously saturday morning to get reports on Road conditions but the answer was the same for each Railer Quot no travel Quot that s what we be been telling them All morning Quot said one a officer who said the no travel advisory went into effect last night when county roads became impassable due to heavy Snow and Strong winds this morning stranded cars lined the county s roads Many owners called the leu to ask for assistance or just to report that their cars were stranded and would have to remain in position for awhile Between 30 and 50 Calls came in late Friday night and Early saturday morning from Drivers who s cars had Slid off the Road or stalled according to the Freeborn county sheriff s department at least nine accidents were reported by police saturday morning and several More were reported by the state Highway department the state Highway patrol reported that i 90 was blocked off West of Hwy 13 at about to to this morning when two trucks Jac knifed on the Road Way Snow lows were called off the roads in southwestern Minnesota Friday afternoon be cause of the Strong winds and blowing Snow travel advisories were posted for the Southern part of the state Friday night Nause of the High winds in the Southwest and new Snow in the Southeast and a flood watch was cancelled the Owatonna area got mod crate to heavy Snow Friday night in addition to about four inches earlier in the Day to s Highway 69 was blocked South of Albertea to the Iowa line Law enforcement officials closed both interstate 35 and us 14 about 7 p in before the highways were closed. Steele county Deputy sheriffs Stopp a cars leaving Owatonna Ana advised the Drivers to return to the City. A group of vehicles about seven Miles East of Owatonna May not be removed for a couple Days officials said 14 vehicles were stranded behind a school tins that got stink Friday afternoon on a county Road the Steele county Highway department sent a Sno plow to return the bus to Owatonna interstate 90 was blocked in the Windom area with Semi trailer trucks stuck on the Roadway the department of transportation a Marshall office reported Minn 19 was blocked from Vesta to West of the South Dakota line 14 from Lake Benton to Balaton and 212 from Montevideo to the 75 Junction other roads were slip Pery with heavy Snow compaction and Many were open to Only one Lane of traffic the state patrol said 14 was a hopelessly Quot blocked and More than 50 cars were stalled drifts were so High a trooper said that one topped the cab of a Semi trailer truck the patrol said about 1 in Ches of rain preceded eight to to inches of Snow in the Marshall District the Snow ended by mid morning but Strong winds blew Well after dark Friday night Marshall area residents reported Brief Power outages Friday gusts to 40 Miles per hour were reported at Mankato where heavy ground Drifting was reported visibility in the area was reduced to too feet vandals blamed in fall of Power line Tower sunday closing predicted for one Quarter of Gas stations us a Passman influenced Rice Sale Monroe la. Apr the Federal government walked at dealing with ton Sun Park in the Sale of Rice to South Korea but former congressman Otto Passman exerted his influence on Parks behalf a onetime agriculture department official has testified. The former official. Fred Mcknight testified Friday at Passmann a bribery conspiracy Trail that the department had reservations Iii working with Park on Loans to South Korea to buy . Rice because it was contrary to government regulations for the same agent to represent both buyer and seller. Indians seek rights St Paul Minn. A Oral arguments were presented Friday before . District judge Edward j Devitt in a suit which seeks to expand Hunting and fishing rights of the red Lake band of Chippewa indians the suit brought against the state of Minnesota by the . Justice department concerns a opened Quot portions of the original reservation ceded to the Federal government in an 1r68 treaty. The opened portions about 3 million acres adjoin the present Quot closed Quot reservation where indians have exclusive rights to Hunt fish trap and gather wild Rice without state regulation the state maintains that fish and game will be depleted if state regulations Are not enforced Rose paternity suit filed Tampa Fla a Terry Rubio has taken her fight to a court Here to Force the Philadelphia Phillies Pete Rose to pay child support. A paternity suit filed by the 25-year old woman in Ohio has been filed in Florida too. She claims her daughter Morgan Erin i is the product of a 22-month Romance with the former Cincinnati reds baseball Star she said their affair ended in 1977. A civil suit seeking support was filed initially in Cincinnati because Florida Law stipulates that no valid paternity claim exists if the woman was legally married to another Man at tile time miss Rubio at the time of Conception was married to a musician named ted Baker. At the time she was getting a divorce which later was granted Lucey May be recalled Washington apr president Carter is considering recalling ambassador Patrick j Lucey from Mexico but not because the president is unhappy with Lucey s work an administration official says. The official who asked not to be named said Friday that Lucey is Likely to be reassigned soon to a Post in charge of government task forces on .-mexican relations. Deputy White House press Secretary Rex Granum said that in a meeting with the president Carter a made the Strong Point that he has heard no complaints about the performance of the Foi Mer Wisconsin governor from . Or mexican officials. Air service increases Washington apr Overall air service to cities and towns of All sizes increased after an airline deregulation Bill became Law the civil aeronautics Board says. In the year since february 1978, the cab reported Friday the number of weekly takeoffs Rose 8.4 percent for cities of All sizes though the increase was smaller for smaller cities. And not All airports gained flights 285 gained in service and 260 slipped. Most of those that lost service Are in Small or medium size communities cab officials said. . Warns soviets Washington apr fighting in Afghanistan is a matter Only for afghan residents state department officials say warning the soviet Union not to intervene in the Mideast nations unrest. A state department statement Friday said a we expect the principle of non interference to be respected by All parties in the area including the soviet Minaje a Polis a Alk hit one fourth of the service stations in Minnesota will be closed sundays says the executive director of the Minnesota service station association there is a a Good possibility a that the spot closings around the state will last through the summer added Bryan Ettesvold he said More than half of the 600 stations planning to close Sun Days also will have shortened hours saturdays if Albert pm Gas station owners have any plans of closing on sundays because of limited Oil supplies they re not telling about them during an informal Survey conducted by the Tribune this weekend area Gas station owners and managers said repeatedly that they a just did no to know Quot whether or not limited Gas supplies would Force them to close on sundays Gary Hillman owner of big Gas discount. 1617 s e Broadway ave., says he a a can to say now Quot whether or not his privately owned station will ave to close on sundays Hillman who buys his Gas on the open Market says hell have to wait and see How the Gas situation is in future months before deciding about closing on sundays Richard Kary manager of the Southern Minnesota Oil com any which runs the local ohday Shell station at 2302 f. Main St., says be Hopes the sunday closing wont become necessary because of the importance of the tourist Industry to Southern Minnesota Kary added however that he suspects the Gas situation will become tighter in the next couple of months which could Force Gas station owners to consider the closings a if other stations it in the area close Well probably have to also Quot said Kary a we Are going to see it spot shortages this summer this fall and possibly this Winter Quot said Mike Murphy Energy specialist for the upper Midwest Council he fears concentration on production of gasoline by area refineries could Cut the amount of heating Oil available next Winter continued on Page 2 Villard Minn a Power company officials say vandalism caused a Power line Tower in West Central Minnesota to topple thursday night or Friday morning Pope county sheriffs officers said they Learned of the incident shortly after 8 a Iii and were investigating the cause however. Don Jacobson of United pow err association said late Friday the legs of the Tower had been sawed through the controversial High voltage Power line has been the subject of numerous protests the Tower is located about two Miles North and West of Villard it is an Angle Tower meaning it supports a jog in the line and therefore has More substantial Structure than most of the towers Upa of Elk River and cooperative Power association Edina built the project through contractors from Underwood. N d. To Delano. Minn the 400 Kilovolt line is to feed 34 Mem Lier co Ops of Upa and spa it is undergoing testing during Early morning hours and is scheduled to be energized for commercial operations july i the co Ops said five towers were downed earlier by vandals who unbolted them or sawed through legs four in August and one in december several others have been damaged and hundreds of insulators shot out authorities report investigator Given free hand in Peanut scrutiny Washington a at Torney general Griffin b Belles action broadening the Powers of the special counsel examining president Carters family Peanut business has quieted the outcry from Republican congressional critics of the invest Gat Ion Bell under mounting pressure from republicans announced Friday that the special counsel. Paul j Curran will now have the same free hand that was granted to the special prosecutor s office that investigated the watergate scandal during the Nixon admits ration the move Means the new York lawyer will have the Power to seek indictments without getting permission from the Justice department a i can to imagine anyone having More Power than or Curran has Quot Bell told a news conference the attorney general insisted however that he did not change his mind to accommodate critics Iii Congress or in the Media a a in a not Given to Kuckling he said Bell also made Public for the first time the charter governing currants duties in probing nearly $7 million in Loans made by the National Bank of Georgia to the Carter Peanut warehouse in 1976 and 1977 it states. A the attorney general will not countermand or interfere with the special counsels decisions or actions. The special counsel will determine whether and to what extent he will consult with the attorney general or any other official about the conduct of his duties and responsibilities a but Bell said he will retain sole Power to seek court approval of Grants of immunity for witnesses which is often the key leverage used by prosecutors to crack difficult cases the attorney general said he is required by Law not to surrender that Power and he said the same Standard governed the watergate prosecution sen Robert Dole r-kan., praised Belles action As being a in the Best interest of the nation and the Drew of Hunt Quot Vento supports Carter for 1980 candidate hopeful beginning laser photo both israeli prime minister Menachem begin right and egyptian president Anwar Sadat were smiling As they travelled to Washington Friday and saturday to prepare for the signing of a peace treaty Between their two nations scheduled for monday. Quot i have come to sign a treaty Quot begin said As he arrived in new York Friday. Sadat said As he left Egypt saturday morning that he was Happy very Happy Quot see Story on Page 2. Stpaul Minn a congressman Bruce Vento says he will support president Carter for reelection but said inflation issues could work Quot substantial harm to chances of the democratic incumbent. Vento who represents the 4th District in Minnesota said he threat of Revenue sharing cutoff worries cities and counties dependent on funds l j comics. .16 family Page. 5 crossword. .14 deaths. 29 opinion Page. 4 sports. 22 Bridge. La to guide 20 daily records. .29 Horoscope. .12 by David Housewright Tribune staff writer Freeborn county and to a lesser extent the City of Albert , Are just two of the local governments across the . That will be placed in dire financial peril unless the 96th Congress votes to extend the Federal Revenue sharing program which Many members Are threatening not to do. The program which will expire sept. 30,1980, provides $6.85 billion annually to state and local governments to help them address needs such As construction that they would not otherwise be Able to afford Freeborn county received about $480,000 of that this year and Albert Lea about $365,000 however while the Money May have originally been earmarked to help supplement local government budgets inflation has hit them so hard that Many local governments Are forced to depend on the Revenue sharing Money to maintain existing services. Freeborn county and Albert Lea Are not exceptions. But now Congress hard pressed to reduce spending and balance the Federal budget is making noises about cutting off the Federal subsidies or at least reducing them House minority Leader John j. Rhodes of Arizona warns that the Revenue sharing program is a under attack Quot in Congress and rep. Jack Brooks a Texas has even called the program a fraud and has voiced his opposition to a a program that uses borrowed Money to pay for the Basic services local officials Are elected to it is those kind of statements that Are making local officials very nervous a we Are terrifically dependent on Federal Revenue sharing a said Freeborn county coordinator Robert Hanson a without it we would have to practically eliminate any Highway construction the county funnels almost All of its Federal Revenue sharing Money $40,000 goes to the agriculture society to maintain the Freeborn county Fairgrounds into its Road and Bridge fund the fund totals Over $2 25 million but All except $750,000 comes from the Federal or state governments or other sources. That Means Federal Revenue sharing accounts for just under two thirds of the county commitment. The county has been using the Federal Money this Way since the construction of the Law enforcement Center in 1976 the reason for this dependence according to Hanson is inflation inflation has been rising at a to percent annual clip for a number of years now but the local governments Are forced by state Law not to increase their tax levies by More than 6 percent a year a we have to find some Way to make up the difference a said Hanson. A you find yourself relying More heavily on outside sources such As Federal Revenue its created such a dependence i done to see How Congress can reduce it. A a we re levying to the limit now in addition to the Federal Revenue sharing Money Quot Hanson said a i done to see How we could get by unless there was a relaxation of the Levy limit by the state legislature a Albert Lea however is not As dependent upon the Revenue sharing program As the county Albert Lea has budgeted its $365,000 this year for the development of a code Book Purchase of additional jail ice and fire equipment building a lighted horse shoe court Park improvements about $129,000building a pedestrian Bridge Over Railroad tracks and for the proposed Community Center theater. It has not budgeted one Dollar into the general operating funds. A we made an Effort to keep the Federal Revenue Money out of Central services so if it is Cut it wont affect our general operations Quot said City manager Paul Sparks a if Congress cuts its off Albert Lea s. Local government will operate All its existing departments the Way it has been a Sparks said. A there would be no layoffs for in stance. The Public would probably notice very Little however Sparks pointed out that a Federal Revenue sharing cutback would greatly reduce the City s ability to build or expand existing programs Quot there just be any Money to do anything different or new Quot said Sparks a new programs would be just about out of the Sparks said the existence of the Federal Revenue sharing is a Good bumper against inflation. While it is not used by the City to fight higher costs yet. It is there if it is needed a inflation is probably a greater danger to us than the threat of losing Federal Revenue sharing a a said Sparks a because of the tax Levy limit we might have to change our delivery of goods and services in the future Quot does not wish Carter to be seriously opposed within the parly rep Richard Nolan of the 6th District has said he is leaning toward support of sen Edward Kennedy d-mass., for the democratic presidential Nomi nation in 1980 at a news conference. Vento also was critical of business As he commented on the 26 percent hike in profits registered in the fourth Quarter last year he added a nationally the business Community has voiced Strong support for the administrations wage and Price guidelines but lip service to the anti inflation program has done More to frustrate the inflation problem than to Stop of you have an Eye for real value you la Quot Eye Quot the classified ads regularly 1967 Ford Van for Sale Lov mileage like new Call xxx xxx for More information. Sold the Van the first Day. You too can be a satisfied want and customer. Dial 373-1411 to place your of today

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