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Daily Journal (Newspaper) - January 11, 1977, Fergus Falls, Minnesota State Power line Bill introduced St. Paul Minn. A a Bill was introduced in the Minnesota House monday that will require Power companies to avoid Diagonal routing of Power lines across farm land when it is practical and the measure was sponsored by House members whose districts Are in the path of a 150 mile direct current line that is planned by United Power association Elk River and cooperative Power association Edina. The line would bring Power from no rth Dakota to the Minneapolis St. Paul area for redistribution to Mem Ber coops. Chief author of the Bill is rep. David Fjoslien in Brandon. Cosponsors Are reps. Gene Wenstrom Del Elbow Lake Glen Anderson Del Bel Lingham Bernard Brinkman Del Richmond and Delbert Anderson in Starbuck. Inl976thehousepassedabill that would have required Power companies to run their Power lines along Section lines instead of across farm properly. But that measure died in the Senate. Considerable opposition has been generated by banners against the Power line proposed by up a and spa. A special legislative panel meets wednesday at is. Cloud to take testimony from Farmers on the matter. There is no present Law to determine How or where Power lines Are said Fjoslien. The Bill is designed to protect farm lands irrigation possibilities and also make Aerial seeding and spraying easier to perform. If the lines Are Cut diagonally across farm said Fjoslien. The land s irrigation possibilities would be diagonally constructed lines would also make Aerial seeding and spraying More difficult to perform because the lines would make it hard to deter mine farm land boundaries. Text of the Bill states High voltage electric trans Mission lines erected after july 1, 1978, shall be constructed along division lines of the lands according to government surveys thereof whenever the same is practicable and Fjosilen Hoberg in candidates preparing for Fergus gathering Bytosh Ditgen wire editor now that seventh District Deflers have formally endorsed a candidate for the . Congress the emphasis shifts to Independent republicans who will select a candidate on saturday. Fergus Falls area residents will have an Opportunity to hear from their slate at an open forum wednesday at 7 . In the Fergus Falls Junior High school auditorium. Rep. Dave Fjoslien Brandon who represents House District 11b in the Minnesota legislature is one of several candidates who will speak at the open forum wednesday evening. Arlan Stangeland Barnesville is also a candidate for their endorsement. Deflers last weekend selected Mike Sullivan Motley As a candidate to succeed agriculture Secretary designate Bob Bergland to the . Congress. The american party will also Nave an Opportunity to submit a candidate for the upcoming special election set for late february. Along with Josh in and Stangeland area republicans Are closely watching the candidacy of Moorhead mayor Dwaine Hoberg. The list of candidates seeking their endorsement also includes Lowell Anderson Hallock Dave Holman Morris the Rev. Duane Nelson Pequot lakes Mike Rowe Wadena Ernie Tharaldson Pierz Merlyn Valan Comstock and la Wangberg Bemidji. The seventh District in convention will be held saturday in Detroit lakes. The american party will also meet the same Day in the same City. Their open forum wednesday in Fergus aus will follow a similar meeting that was held recently by District Deflers. Bergland was first elected to the . Congress in 1970 when he Defeated Long time incumbent Odin Langen. Langen held the Post from 1958 to 1570. Farm issues Are being stressed As main topics for the special election. Reasonable and so As not to unnecessarily interfere with the agricultural use of any lands by the owner thereof. The Council shall have the authority by Rule or regulation to supervise the construction of electric transmission lines to the extent necessary to insure compliance with this sub division 1." Coyer May wage new Challenge Crookston Minn. A former rep. Coy Knutson the Only woman Ever elected to Congress in Minnesota May make a primary election Chal Lenge to the democratic Farmer labor party s endorsed candidate in the 7th District. Mrs. Knutson 64, Crookston has scheduled a series of seven news conferences around the District beginning in Bemidji thursday night. During a television broadcast sunday night in Fargo Moor head mrs. Knutson gave Strong indications that she will seek the congressional seat being vacated by Dufler Robert Bergland who has been named Secretary of agriculture by president elect Jimmy Carter. Mrs. Knutson who has a his tory of bucking the party and its endorses said she will enter the primary if she continues getting the support i have been getting in travels around the huge District. I Don t want to hang up my she said. There s Loo much life left to asked about her chances she said i m going to win. There s no question about the District Del at a special convention in Moorhead endorsed Michael j. Sullivan Sun Day for the race. Mrs. Knutson was not among the 11 Candi dates who had opposed Sulli Van a former aide to vice president elect Walter Mon Dale. Mrs. Knutson never has had formal party support in her congressional campaigns. She Defeated former rep. Harold Hagen a seven term Republican in 1954. She was reelected in 1k6 after supporting ten Nessee sen. Estes Kefauver who embarrassed Del leaders by upsetting Adlai Stevenson in the Minnesota presidential Pri Mary election. Mrs. Kuutson lost in 1953 to Republican Odin Langen after the publication of a Tetter writ ten by her husband Andy who urged Coya come four years later the couple divorced and Knutson died in 1969. Sedan Fanner Bill Kjeldahl who had been administrative assistant to rep. Knutson when she was in Congress said today the Moorhead convention was a farce and he was furious Knutson continued on Page 14 sign of the cold innumerable smoke signals Rise Over Fergus Falls during his frigid weather. A Silhouette of City Hail is enhanced by smoke rising into the sub Zero air. Journal photo by Harley Oyloe i journal 104th year no. 8 Fergus Falls minnesota56537 tuesday Jan. 11, 1977 single copy 15c Bergland outlines us a goals Washington a rep. Bob Bergland president elect Carter s Choice for agriculture Secretary said today he favors development of a global strategy for the world s food needs with restraints if needed on . Food sales abroad. Bergland told the Senate agriculture committee that he had discussed with Carter and his designated Treasury and state department Heads Michael Blumenthal and Cyrus Vance the need to involve agriculture in the highest parts of government and the need for the development of a global strategy for the world s food he described the depart ments of state agriculture and Treasury As co equals on world Trade mailers and noted that farm products account for More than one fifth of the on the inside Cep to administer Farmers emergency work program. Page 3 area happenings. Page 7 youngsters enjoy Story hour. Page 8 on the local scene. Page 9 Capito views. Page 14 nation s total exports. Asked by sen. Robert Dole r-kan., if the Carter administration would put embargoes on food exports Bergland avoided the use of the world embargo but said we need to use restraints. We have gone through devastating droughts in Minnesota last year for instance and if this should spread to other states we could be in trouble. It would be unwise for the United states to sell off its food supplies to someone who might want Corner the Market and sell food Back to us at High Bergland said. I think caution should be exercised at All Bergland a Minnesota Democrat was expected to easily gain the committee s backing for his nomination. Bergland said he probably would go along with Congress on a Long term Extension of most Basic food and crop Carmen the children s librarian. Page programs which expire this year. He also said he favored re form of the food stamp pro Gram As soon As possible. On another Issue he called for flexibility in storing up domes tic reserves of such crops As grains. He said he did not favor a strategy that would put the commodity credit corporation Back into the ownership of Grain Bat he said he did want some flexible mechanism to be devised for emergencies such As crop failures Here or abroad. He said he favored changing the rates of government Loans to Farmers against their crops to Factor in the Cost of producing the crops. Bergland has represented one of the nation s most Rural districts since 1971. He still grows Spring wheat and Lawn seed on his 600-acre farm near the Canadian Border. After his nomination by car Ter Bergland said he wan Ted to be a Farmer s one of the key issues to be decided by the Carter administration is whether to re establish the policy of the 1960s of holding grains off he Market in a government Grain Reserve. Such reserves theoretically helped boost Grain prices. Some Farmers Are critical of Grain reserves saying they were used in the 1960s under democratic administrations to incr Filanda Sullivan to open Campaign Here Michael Sullivan Del endorsed candidate for the seventh District congressional seat will open his Campaign in Fergus Falls thursday. A Meel the candidate meeting will be held in the lecture Hall of the Fergus Falls Community College Library at 8 . Rep. Gene Wenstrom will introduce the candidate who the endorsement sunday. Making arrangements for the meeting Here were Mary Smith associate chairman for Otter Tail county and Kris Svingen associate chairman for District 11. Weather Roundup Clear to partly Cloudy and continued cold tonight and wednesday. Highs wednesday Zero to 10 below. Lows tonight 25 below to 35 below. Winds Light and variable 10 Mph or less tonight. High monday -16. Low -33. At . -19. At noon precipitation 24 hours ending . Today Trace. Temperatures one year ago High 20. Us -9. There s concern about the health of staff Fown hospitals a Ftp the article k tha first of a an re info Aror nor Gama shut inc inn n r. _. _ editor s note this article is the first of a series on Rural health care particularly the needs for health services in Rural areas and the problems facing smaller Community hospitals Wypa walkup area news editor the Hospital at Bertha closed sept 2 because the town lost its doctor. A committee has been formed with members from Bertha Clarrisa Hewitt Browerville and Eagle Bend to recruit a doctor so the Hospital 1 can be reopened. Meanwhile in order to help pay costs of keeping the building open and staffed the 26-bed facility has been temporarily converted to a 24-bed nursing Home. Committee chairman John Kroshus reports however that the nursing Home is losing Money because they can t keep it full and a Large new Home that will open in a few months in nearby Clarissa May draw some More patients away. If a doctor in t found soon the City owned facility May have to be closed permanently Kroshus reports. We Haven t fallen apart he notes. We re trying to be it in t that people in the Community Don t want this Hospital he Points out. There Are to people in the service area which also includes the 32-bed St John s Hospital in Browerville. The population is primarily Rural and scattered and the people Are concerned about losing a major part of their health service Industry. There is Only one doctor at Browerville plus another physician who is Semi retired and Only does clinic work. No Date for a final decision has been set but Kroshus and his committee know that the Day will come when they will have to face the fact that without a doctor there is no Hope for keeping the Hospital open. The Bertha situation is an example of the problems of a Rural Community Hospital its Fate is exactly wha i administrators at other Community hospitals fear most the financial crisis at Pelican rapids is another example that has been watched closely by other area Hospital administrators. People to that District were startled into action when a donation from the United fund was needed u help the Pelican Valley health Center meet its november payroll. One Effort is to keep people doctoring at in the cases of the Pelican Valley facility and Community memorial Hospital in Elbow Lake one step taken was to ask voters to approve a Hospital District. The District helps people identify with a Hospital As tit air Hospital. Steve Van Drake chairman of lie private Hospital Board at Pelican rapids a Titch will turn duties Over to a soon to be elected District Board explains that a District is one Way for a Hospital to identify its service area. The fact that in the Pelican rapids Case seven townships and two cities approved the District gives them some idea of the local support for keeping the health Center open. In Elbow Lake a referendum was approved by voters transferring the Hospital from ownership by a private corporation Over to the Grant county commissioners. That too shows support. Having the backing of governmental units also qualifies a Hospital for Farmers Home administration Loans. At Pelican rapids voters will be asked soon to approve a Bond Issue tha t will be used for collateral or a Farmers Home administration loan. The loan in turn will be used to build a new clinic and remodel lab and a Ray facilities. Why would Hospital that s having financial trouble want to go into the expense of building and remodelling there is a logical reason the clinic and improved facilities Are the bait Pelican rapids Hopes to use to lure one or two additional physicians to the Community. The theory is that Hospital districts by showing a population base in the Case of Pelican rapids about year around and about or during the summer resort season and being Able to build clinics can attract doctors. In turn again theoretically having More doctors i Rural health continued Nageh m m m

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