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Bemidji Pioneer (Newspaper) - December 5, 1977, Bemidji, Minnesota Labor department makes Good on Promise Osha to dump i i of regulations Washington apr the labor department made Good today on its Promise to rid employers and workers of nitpicking outdated and just Plain silly Job safety rules by proposing to dump More than 1,100 regulations. No longer must toilet seats in businesses be of the open front Type. No More must fire extinguishers be no higher off the floor than 34 feet in some cases 5 feet in others. Labor Secretary Ray Marshall noted that thousands of injuries and illnesses Are suffered by workers each year but a to the Best of our knowledge none has been caused by the shape of a toilet seat or because a fire extinguisher was two inches too the proposed new rules were made Public with no Little Pride by the department s occupational safety and health administration a much maligned Agency in the past. A today s announcement Marks one of the few times in history a government regulatory Agency has decreased its rules rather than adding More a said Kula Bingham head of Osha. Or Bingham had vowed last May to Cut a the Mickey mouse Quot out of Oshay a much criticized rules. Her office estimates that 62 million workers and 5 million employers Are covered by the regulations the new version will eliminate a prohibition against putting ice in drinking water a a Rule that goes Back to 1930, when ice often came from Ponds with a notable water it will also do away with specifying the gauge of Sheet Metal in duct work required for ventilation purposes. Many of the rules being eliminated Are duplicated by those of other agencies. Others Are obsolete through technological change. And others simply insult intelligence. A tanks May be of any shape or Type consistent with sound engineering design a says one provision that will be out one requirement dealing with areas containing hazardous chemicals forced employers to keep a daily roster of employees entering regulated areas and to hold on to the lists for 20 years. The Rule won t be in the new version Hist year number 219 Bemidji. Minnesota monday. December 5. 1977 to pages 15 cents world at a glance Mondale comments Washington . Apr the vice presidential terms of Hubert Humphrey and Nelson Rockefeller were a a great waste a because they were overlooked by former presidents Lyndon Johnson and Gerald Ford according to vice president Walter Mondale. Mondale told a group of news editors and news directors Friday that new ground has been broken during his vice presidency by president Carter. A i done to think a president has Ever used the vice president in this Way a Mondale said in remarks released saturday. A in the past vice presidents have tended to be Given functions to show that they Are those duties Mondale said should have been Given to lesser officials. Terrorists Jet crash Johore Bihar a Malaysia apr investigators Are trying to determine whether the hijackers of a malaysian Airliner caused the crash in which All too persons aboard died and whether the hijackers were japanese terrorists. One witness to the crash sunday night said the twin Jet Boeing 737 wobbled unsteadily Rose slightly then started Down and exploded. Wreckage dismembered Bodier clothing and debris were scattered Over a Square mile of swamp North of the Johore Strait and Singapore. The malay mail newspaper said the eyewitness reports a indicated some kind of tussle Between the hijackers and the a the explosion May have been caused by explosives carried on Board by he welcoming visitors Pioneer photo by Greg Booth a statue in Snow welcomes visitors to the Home of Susie Stachour pictured and Ellen Bragg who formed the big tongued Bug eyed creature in their front Yard. Call for diplomatic economic sanctions a special edition of the Federal Register will completely reprint All 250 pages of closely spaced Small Type that detail Osha s general Industry standards provisions to be revoked will by in Black brackets or Bingham said that because of the High interest expected the usual 30-Day period for Public comment will be expanded to 90 Days. Meanwhile Oshay a 1,400 inspectors have been told to Wink at most but not All violations of the rules that Are slated to be discarded the government term for this is a de Minimise Quot enforcement Quot revocation is a lengthy process Quot said or Bingham a we Are concerned with taking action now to implement our common sense approach Quot occasional cloudiness with Snow flurries tonight and tuesday. Much colder tonight and tuesday. Lows tonight in below to 25 below. Highs tuesday five below to to below. Winds Northwest at 15 to 25 mph i might. Nursing Home Revenue hearing on Agenda an expansion of the Beltrami county nursing Home will be considered tuesday when the Board of commissioners meets with nursing Home administrator Ken Gallus and welfare director c e. Melberg. According to Gallus there Are 22 patients requiring skilled care who Are awaiting vacancies at the county managed nursing Home other Homes in the area he said Are experiencing similar requests the local facility now serves 133 residents. Thirty six of those receive hoarding care. 4k require intermediate care and 49 Are listed As skilled care patients. The Board has scheduled an la a m appointment with Gallus and Melberg the need for Long term planning is listed As the primary purpose of the discussion. The second Public hearing on county budgets and the spending of 197h Federal Revenue sharing funds is also scheduled for tuesdays meeting that segment to occur at i 30 p in comments and requests regarding the us of the $441,000 in 1978 funds and the $67. My balance from the current year were received by the Board during a nov 22 hearing. Its decision on How those funds will be spent will he announced tuesday other items on the Agenda include auditor Lim Thoreen will present the 1976 audit of county finances this is a report of the annual examination by the state auditor s office no time has been scheduled for this item at 9 30a inthe Hoard will meet with its agricultural inspector Melvin Jallen for his annual report. At to a rn., land commissioner Len Bergstrom and Frank Usenik. A representative of the department of natural resources Derwill discuss the Transfer of Iron Range resource foresters to the Der at 10 30 am treasurer Tony Paxton will present a list of 1977 delinquent Mobile Home taxes. Tuesday s Board meeting will begin at 9 a in in the Board room at the courthouse Webber trial begins Austin. Minn a there is no evidence that Bruce Webber shot Shirleen Howard or received payment for killing her Webber s attorney said today. A the denies that there is evidence that la killed Shirleen Howard Quot attorney Steven Goldberg told a Mower county District court jury before presentation of testimony began in Webber s first Legree murder trial Winona county attorney Julius Gernes said the state will show that mrs. Howard. 32, was slain by Webber 36. The state alleges that Webber was hired by the woman a husband. Donald Howard continued on Page 2 Del candidate for Senate makes Stop in Bemidji John Connolly a Del party activist from the St Paul area and announced candidate for the Del nomination for is senator visited Bemidji last Friday denouncing the incumbent Wendell Anderson As a a self appointed Quot senator who has a lost touch with the people a a a i never thought he was that great a governor Quot Connolly said of Anderson a the did no to appoint the fairest of them All when he appointed Connolly described himself As a progressive a Fly or declining to use the term a Liberal in describing himself. His stands included endorsements for Federal funding of abortions for poor women unable to pay for them full endorsement of the proposed Farmers strike and approval of the proposed Panama canal treaties now pending before the Senate he also says he would support farm Bills calling for too per cent parity Connolly appears not to be concerned about challenging an incumbent party Leader. The state Republican party he said a smells blood Quot adding a the same weakness that is troubling so Many of us is encouraging so Many of them a those who never dared to risk their Safe places against genuine Del leaders a a by All of the standards we know Wendy Anderson has list the warm support and Strong Confidence that have made Minnesota s representatives Sadat foes form confrontation front Tripoli Libya apr five Arab opponents of egyptian peace overtures to Israel formed a a confrontation front against president Anwar Sadat today and announced diplomatic and Token economic sanctions against him. Iraq walked out of the Tripoli Summit meeting undermining the United front Sadat s foes hoped to achieve and demonstrating once again the chronic dissension in the Arab world. Sadat said the Arab Campaign against him caused him no concern. He also told two interviewers in Cairo sunday that the Survey shows Over 20 per cent of adults in state illiterate St. Paul Minn. Apr the first official adult illiteracy Survey in the state of Minnesota has turned up some rather disturbing statistics. According to the Survey 20 to 30 percent of adult minnesotans Are functionally illiterate which Means they cannot read simple items such As Job ads food and Medicine labels the Survey was conducted by or. Rosemarie Park assistant professor of adult education and or. Harlan Copeland professor of adult education both at the University of Minnesota and Greta Ploetz coordinator of adult special programs in the Mounds View Community education department. Park says the figure does not include those persons who have been institutionalized such As prisoners or mental patients. Among factors on which the figure is based Are . And Minnesota census data National adult literacy tests Minnesota school literacy tests and contacts with agencies concerned with adult education across the state Park said. Neither Park nor Ploetz think the problem is the failure of the school system. But Park says in a few cases there May be inadequate schooling. A we have a Large number of adults who never got into school in the first place or adults whose schooling was sporadic Quot she said adding a there Are Many who had to drop out for reasons such As finances or pregnancy. Others May have had undiagnosed Reading disabilities and there Are Many who had emotional problems such As teen age Park believes the problem is linked with the Way society is structured. A Many of those who Are illiterate Are in the Bottom 20 percent of society the study also shows that Whites Are almost As Likely to be illiterate As Are Blacks and that More men Are Likely to be illiterate than women. Currently the major Effort to educate adult illiterates is through the adult Basic education programs financed through Federal funds and administered through local school districts. About 20 percent of Minnesota school districts have adult Basic education programs. A we Are Only really serving about 2 percent of the people in the state who need adult Basic education with the current programs Quot said Ploetz who added that officials Are just a scratching the soviet Union was behind the a rubbish Quot at the Tripoli meeting the leaders of Syria Libya Algeria South Yemen and the palestinian guerrilla movement agreed in a final communique to a freeze Quot diplomatic relations with Egypt they also called for a Boycott of egyptian companies trading with Israel of which there Are none demanded that the Headquarters of the 21 member Arab league be removed from Cairo and appealed for support for Syria the chief remaining military threat to Israel the meeting also resulted in a reconciliation among palestinian guerrilla groups and a hardening of palestinian opposition to peace negotiations with Israel Iraq delegates left the libyan Peoples Palace sunday after four Days of wrangling behind dosed doors the Walnut underlined a longstanding rift Between Iraq and Syria ruled by rival wings of the baath socialist party that Are split Over tactics toward Israel syrians intervention in Lebanon and its diversion of the Waters of the euphrates River the iraqis have sent out invitations to an anti Sadat meeting of their own in Baghdad next week and it was believed they refused to join the Tripoli front because it is Likely to be led by syrian president Hafez Assad a the iraqis came to make sabotage Quot said a spokesman for the Saida palestinian guerrillas John Connolly envied in Public affairs our party still wants to accept responsibility for a senator who has earned the respect and support of the people who elect Connolly is a lifelong resident of St. Paul an attorney and a former Public defender for the City of St. Paul. He was chairman of the fourth District Del from 1968 to 1970 and served As state chairman for the Eugene Mccarthy presidential campaigns in 1968 and 1972 he was Active in the Rolvaag Campaign in 1966 or gubernatorial candidate rep. Quie will visit Bemidji Independent Republican gubernatorial candidate Al Quie will visit Bemidji next week for meetings with local Community and party leaders students and a speaking engagement. Quie will arrive in Bemidji next monday afternoon for a 2 student faculty meeting at the student Union Viking room a meeting open to the Public. His other Public appearance will be As featured speaker at the annual Calvary lutheran Church Lut Fisk dinner scheduled for that evening at 6 30 . At the Church. Quie is presently the . Congressman from Minnesota a first District the Southeastern portion of the state. A former Dairyman from Dennison he has represented the first District since 1958. He is currently the senior Republican on the House education and labor committee. A i am coming to Bemidji to hear from the people about their concerns for our state student financial Aid and whatever else is on the Peoples minds Quot Quie said in a prepared statement from his Campaign Headquarters. Quie is one of four announced candidates for their party a endorsement for governer next year. He and David Derenburger former assistant to former governor Harold i Vander Are considered the front runners at this Point. While in Bemidji Quie is also scheduled to meet with area news Media and meet with Beltrami county i r party leaders the party meeting is scheduled for badge Many a Driftwood room at 9

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