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rson calls for federal igation of hog prices Peterson today sent let- • S. Attorney General Janet Minnesota's U.S. Senators asking for a federal of the national hog mar- )rices continued to plum- demand for pork is up, fpork are up, packing plants at almost full capacity, yet price to farmers con- " Peterson, of Rural "It make no economic that's why I believe the deserve a full-scale, westigation. Pork producers at the edge of an abyss, deserve to know whether being manipulated, and if and or whose benefit. deserve to know why the benefit of lower the stores. They should be low farm prices haven't lower retail prices." suggested the federal look into five subject is any collusion among companies to limit opportunities for farmers territories. * If packing companies have worked with industrial-scale hog superfarms to limit market access for small and mid-sized family hog pro- ducers. * If concentration in the meat pro- cessing industD' - in which four com- panies control about half all pork packing and more than three-fourths of beef processing - violates anti-trust laws. * If American packing companies are encouraging the importation of Canadian hogs as a means of keeping American market prices depressed. * If the federal Commodity Futures Trading Commission has ade quately policed the livestock futures markets to prevent undue manipula- tion. "These are the questions that fami- ly hog farmers in my district are ask- ing as they wonder why the market has so suddenly and inexplicably col- lapsed," Peterson said. "I can't answer those questions, and I don't think any- body right now can give them honest answers. That's why I'd like to see a formal investigation." If an investigation does turn up evidence of improper collusion or market manipulation, the State of Minnesota ought to sue to recover damages for family farmers -- just as it sued the tobacco industry, Peterson added. q3(uncil (Continued from page 1) make their money and they should say where it goes. For us to manage it for them is silly." After no second reading of the ordinance for the city to help manage the funds was offered, Ellingson declared the ordinance dead. In other business last Monday night, the council further discussed plans for the future relocation of the city offices. Jim Kaercher, who recently purchased the former Minnwest Bank building on Ortonville's Main Street was in attendance, and presented the council with a proposal to lease the building for a term of 10 years. Kaercher's proposal to the city included the use of the entire main floor of the building and one half of the basement, as well as the large room on the top floor for council Have a safe and happy hotzaal from OG R E$S I VE COLLISION & GLASS CENT]  R, INC Steve and Linda Roggenbuck 109 SE 2nd SL* Ortonville, Minnesota 56278 • Phone (320) 839-2255 USED HOTEL 19" Zenith TV Cable ready w/remote RCA DirecTV | $99 r,,..'' . e , i I l/ -- ic Chef Microwave ]  [ ! ( AB e,- I BELL SOUTH  I t O FACTORY SERVICED = [q I Answenngl Zenith VCR ! -'--'---' Machine-l on,a, e $OOreg $169 I .ee B BL 4 "m9= I °"' ;1'° I :lless I BW$,,95 '1 / ' L__ _.._1 _ ne ..... Jr... SERVICED  " HOURS: Open Mon. thru Fri. 9am-8pm; Sat. 9am-4pm; Sun. 1-4pm RadloShac . [Big ......  You've got questions. We ve got answers, e Main Street • Ortonville, MN 56278 • 320-839-3264 meetings and public hearings. In addition, he stated the upstairs would be made handicap accessible with the addition of an elevator if the city chose to use it in the future. Kaercher's lease proposal would include heat, snow removal and parking'. Councilman Hynnek asked to have a group look at the possibilities for each of the three possible locations for the city offices, which include the city's building, formerly Hilltop Sales; the former Minnwest Bank building or the former Skeeziks'/Rensberger building on Second Street, owned by the Masonic Lodge. The council tabled its decision on relocating the city office, and council members Hynnek, Dan Oakes, Mayor Ellingson " and City Clerk/Administrator Roman Taffe were appointed to an ad hoc committee formed to look at each of the options. The group will do measurements and cost estimates, and report back to the council at its next meeting Dec. 21. 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