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Bemidji Pioneer (Newspaper) - July 11, 1977, Bemidji, Minnesota Reportedly leave in Small planet hijackers release All hostages variable cloudiness with a Chance of a few showers and thunderstorms tonight. Lear to partly Cloudy tuesday. Cooler tonight. Lows tonight Low and mid �?�>0s. Highs tuesday mid and upper 70s. Westerly Hinds at to to 15 Miles per hour tonight. Probability of measurable precipitation to per cent tonight. School District 31�? teachers Board go to mediation Helsinki. Finland apr two hijackers who seized a soviet jetliner on a Domestic flight released 49 of their hostages in Helsinki today and then were reported to have taken off in a Light plane. The hijackers seized an Aeroflot Jet with 79 passengers and Crew aboard sunday evening and demanded that they be flown to Stockholm but the plane landed in Helsinki apparently because it had insufficient fuel Airport police in Stockholm said the hijackers left Helsinki aboard a Cessna but their destination was not immediately known. Finnish authorities would not confirm the report. The report gave no indication whether the hijackers took any hostages on the Small plane Security at the Stockholm International Airport was tight because Oil ministers were arriving for a meeting of the organization of Petroleum exporting countries. Hist year number 95 Sweden had earlier said it would not let the hijackers into the country. Finnish officials said the pair then demanded to be of bin to a some other country Quot and threatened to blow up the plane unless it was re fuelled an earlier Hijack drama in the Mideast ended sunday when six palestinians who commandeered a kuwaiti Airliner Friday surrendered at Damascus Syria and released the last of their hostages unharmed the hijackers of the soviet plane released seven crewmen sunday and 42 women and children this morning. But they kept 30 hostages aboard while a intensive negotiations continued a government spokesman said the pair described Only As Quot Young males a commandeered the Aeroflot jetliner with 79 persons aboard during a 175-mile flight from Petrozavodsk the capital of soviet Karelia to Leningrad sunday night the motive for Bemidji. Minnesota the hijacking was not immediately known. The Pilot radioed Stockholm for permission to land there but instead came Down at Helsinki Airport apparently because the plane did not have enough fuel to reach Sweden 250 Miles away. In Helsinki the hijackers threatened to blow up the plane unless they were Given fuel to continue on out of the country. Finland has an agreement with the soviet Union for the automatic extradition of air hijackers. Police surrounded the twin Jet tu134 and it was towed to a Remote part of the Airport soviet ambassador Vladimir Stepanov and three finnish Cabinet members went to the Airport to talk with the hijackers. The Interior ministry said the hijackers released seven Crew members sunday night this morning they freed a woman and her infant child and 2 2 hours later they released 20 women and monday july la. 1977 children shortly after noon they released 20 More women leaving 30 passengers aboard the freed hostages were reported in Good health and officials said they would be flown Back to Russia As soon As possible. The finnish government set set up a four Man ministerial group to n Goti ate with the hijackers a the government has tried to solve the problem through negotiations. So far the tactics have led to the release of More than half the a government communique said it was the second hijacking of a soviet Airliner in six weeks. A 37-year-old Mechanic named Vasily Sosnovsky took Over a twin engine Aeroflot an24 on May 26 and forced the Pilot to Fly him to Stockholm. After he applied for Asylum the swedish government refused to extradite him and said it would put him on trial 12 pages 15 c ends teachers of District 31 and the Bemidji Board of education reached an impasse in contract negotiations monday and mutually agreed to seek mediation services the groups Are not Able to resolve the issues of salary fringe benefits or Lane changes for salary advancement at the a Vii at a negotiation session last week. The teachers requested a total salary package of $750,000 for the two year contract period the Board offered them $350,000 which did not satisfy the teachers and neither group w ill Budge on those figures. Teachers had org ally requested Over $1.000.000for the next two years which is a 26 per cent salary increase the Board s original offer w As $200,Ock Smith told teachers last week that they were Quot just sparring around until the teachers get their proposal under $600,000. A i guess our efforts were in Joe Malone said today. A we really wanted to have this settled by the time school started a Malone is the chief negotiator for the Bemidji education association Bea Ralph Smith chief negotiator for the Board countered this by telling the teachers that they cannot receive Money that Tho District does not have a i have never known a mediator to come up with Money out of his Smith said he then added a we Are also disappointed we can t get things wrapped up this summer the Bea and Board representatives have been meeting since the end of May to work on the master contract for the 1977-78, 1978-79 school years let s talk this Over Ron Werdel Gary. S.d., considered one of the better Bull riders in the area looks like he a wondering just How he got into this fix As Erito Bandito prepares to Nick hint w Ith his one Good Horn. Over Del a Short lived ride sunday was the Ponder photo by Tom Crawford 30th unsuccessful attempt to ride this Bull. With the help of the Rodeo clowns at the Bemidji Rodeo Werdel managed to get out without serious injury except perhaps to his Pride. 17 year old Dies in stabbing at red Lake Thomas g. Rossback. 17. Was stabbed to death in a fight in red Lake sunday morning the fight took place at about 3 30 a in sunday. July to Rossback was dead on arrival at the red Lake Hospital the Federal Bureau of investigation and the Bureau of Indian affairs Are investigating the incident no arrests have been made but a Federal grand jury is expected to Convene in St Paul tomorrow to consider making charges funeral services for Thomas g Rossbach will be held on wednesday at 2 pm in the episcopal Church in red Lake with the Rev George a Smith officiating interment will be in the episcopal cemetery in red Lake under the direction of the Bemidji funeral Chapel visitation will begin at 5 p m tonight and continue until the time of service on wednesday at the red Lake Community Center Thomas Rossbach was born on dec to. 1960 in red Lake he was attending red Lake High school where he completed his Sophomore year he worked for his father at the Rossbach tire shop or Rossbach is survived by his father. Donald. Red Lake his Mother Shirley Minneapolis three Brothers William. Minneapolis. Donald. Or. Red Lake. Nathan. Red Lake and two Sisters. Mamie sue Isham. Minneapolis and Trudy Len. Red Lake Federal grand jury to decide Piper kidnapping indictment St Paul Minn. Apr a Federal grand jury is expected to decide this week whether to hand Down indictments in one of them to expensive unsolved kidnappings in the country the 1972 kidnapping of Virginia Piper or Orono. Minn. Involved the payment of a $1 million Ransom the statute of limitations on the Case runs out july 27 . Attorney Andrew Danielson declined Friday to say what action Federal prosecutors will ask the grand jury to take he said the grand jury will report at the end of next week on the action taken mrs Piper the wife of a Minneapolis securities broker was abducted from her Home by two masked men she was re leased in a wooded area near Duluth after her husband paid the $1 million not always in line with population Minnesota postmasters pay covers wide Gamut Minneapolis a Minnesota postmasters pay covers a wide Gamut Tim Large cities to Small towns but the Alary int always in line with the population. The Minneapolis postmaster m e. Ayer makes $38,287 a year and r h. De Borg of receives $32,616. At Elmore the Hometown of vice resident Walter f. Mondale with a population of 910. Postmaster b j Jones raws a salary of $18,848. . Vanderplaats who Heads the Ostal office at Hatfield population 96. A chives $7,464. At Grasston a town of 12, postmaster . Pangerl gets 17,004. Tile . Postal service has released a St of postmasters salaries the Scales re determined by several factors one of hich is the workload. Some 15 per cent Tore could be added in fringe benefits Ich As insurance health benefits and actions say Post sources. Out of the postal services proximately $15 billion budget some 2.8 billion goes for personnel costs. Some Minnesota postmasters would Istas soon their salaries not be a blushed. One Dick Culhane of St. Carles asks Quot would you want your salary made Iblis there a always going to be Imbody somewhere who figures he Sling As much work As you Are and cures he should be getting the same a. In a Small town that a not a Good the president of the National association of postmasters Nap Eugene Dalton also objects to the disclosure he said he intends to file suit against the postal service to Stop the practice. He contends it violates the privacy of government employees there s also some reported agitation among Nap members that the service intended to stir up bad feelings so postmasters jobs can be eliminated but Martin Caine a postal service information staffer said. A we Haven to singled out postmasters As part of any scheme to get rid of he termed the allegation a far rather he added making the list Public was intended to show people How much a Post office contributes to the Economy of the local Community. Dean l. Swanson president of the Minnesota Nap chapter suggested if postmasters salaries Are revealed so should those of Quot police chiefs fire chiefs schoolteachers the head of the Power company and the Telephone company while they re at it Quot and Don Deeble. Kimball postmaster noted the list failed to say what other postal workers make. A it seems every time i pick up the paper i see the Craft unions Are getting another raise a he said. I Haven to had but one Small raise in the 24 years i be been a a postal supervisor makes an average $21,250 and a clerk. $17,456 and a mail Carrier $17. 180, while a mail handler gets $16,535 at Faribault where postmaster Harold s. Berg gets $22,031, the top Man earns his pay. He contends. He said people May think boy. That s lot of but he added a when you realize that postmasters have to pay for their own retirement and such things Why. Their paycheck in t a whole lot big Ger than anyone else s a and he says the postmaster must by a Quot chore boy Quot around the place too a when the roof leaks its my Carter Abandons idea of swapping alaskan Oil with japanese Washington a president Carter is abandoning a Swap of alaskan Oil with Japan partly because he would have a Tough time explaining such a move to american Consumers Long warned of an Energy crisis. James Schlesinger the president s chief Energy advisor disclosed sunday that Carter decided it would be wrong to Send alaskan Oil to Japan in Exchange for japanese bought Oil shipped from the persian Gulf to states on the Gulf coast and the Eastern Seaboard. The proposal was among several under consideration for handling the daily surplus of 500,000 barrels a Day expected at West coast refineries once Oil starts flowing at full capacity through the newly opened trans Alaska pipeline Schlesinger a remarks came on no cd so meet the he acknowledged it would by difficult to justify the Export to americans who have repeatedly been told of the need to conserve fuel a was a consequence there will be no exchanges All of the Oil coming out of Alaska will have to by shipped to the he said Schlesinger said Carter decided to abandon the proposal last monday. The in Oil Swap had been touted by some administration and Oil Industry officials As a Means of cutting the Cost of transporting alaskan Oil to Eastern and Southern refineries those officials said such an arrangement could Cut As much As $1 to $1 50 a barrel from the Cost of transporting alaskan Oil East on tankers through the Panama canal but. Said Schlesinger. A we Are unable to demonstrate Clear Cut savings to the Consumers on balance the president has reviewed the matter and he believes tile swaps would be undesirable a partly ii political grounds partly for other technical the administration is believed to favor building pipelines to carry surplus alaskan Oil to markets in the Midwest Schlesinger said Carters decision to keep alaskan Oil in the United states should encourage that development in Anchorage. Trans Alaska pipeline officials said sunday they hoped to resume pumping Oil within Days the flow was halted Friday night after a fire knocked out a pumping station near Fairbanks meanwhile. House Republican Leader John Rhodes said sunday he Doest believe Congress is any mood to give the president Broad standby authority to impose a gasoline rationing program he appeared on abcs a issues and Rhodes renewed Gap criticism of the Carter Energy program he said a Republican plan to allow Gas. Oil and Coal to find their own Pace Levels in a free Market makes greater sense than the administrations advocacy of More stringent controls on prices he noted that under the Republican plan Oil companies would have to pay taxes on any Windfall profits Ransom about $4,000 of the Money has been recovered the grand jury. Which began meeting last August has reportedly heart testimony in the Piper Case for several months in april newspapers in the Minneapolis St Paul area reported that the Fri had made a breakthrough in the Case by Matching a fingerprint from a shopping bag found at the spot mrs Piper was held with the prints of a Stillwater prison inmate serving a life sentence for murder world at a glance Mcdonald s responsibility if a pipe Breaks or one of the trucks gets a Flat tire. It comes right Down me in a place like Faribault there int anything the postmaster int directly involved in a glasses is Shin ton apr followup testing is planned in the Wake of the government s confirmation of the discovery of Lead in cartoon decals on the outside of glasses distributed by Mcdonald s corp. Both the environmental Protection gency and the food and drug administration will be involved in the testing program which will not be limited to Mcdonald s glassware. Though the Eda said on sunday that tests turned up traces of Lead in Mcdonald s glasses it declined to Issue any formal health warning or recall order.206 die in flood Seol a South Korea apr the flood loll in the Seoul area Rose to 206 dead today but the number of missing was reduced from 147 to a the National flood Relief Center reported. . Military authorities said there were no american casualties in the floods and landslides that followed 17 inches of rain Friday and saturday. More rain was forecast

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