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Fairmont Times
April 28, 1960

Rolvaag Will Visit Marion

Minn. Man to Campaign For Humphrey

Following close on the heels of the man for whom he is campaigning, Lt. Gov. Karl Rolvaag of Minnesota will be in Marion County today in the intere[s]ts of Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey. The senator, one of two candidates in the West Virginia presidential primary May 10, was here for 15 hours Monday and Tuesday.

Gov. Rolvaag will come here from Morgantown and will spend the morning in Farmington and Mannington. He has scheduled an 11:45 a.m. press conference at the Fairmont Hotel and also will visit Monongah before leaving the county.

He is one of several members of the Minnesota state government and delegation in Congress who have come to West Virginia in behalf of Humphrey. The senator will next be in Northern West Virginia May 5, five days before the primary, when he appears at West Virginia University and May 7, when he attends a Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Clarksburg along with a number of other party leaders. Speaker on that occasion will be Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas.

Meanwhile, the National Coal Policy Conference commended Sen. John F. Kennedy, the other candidate in the non-binding preferential primary, for his announced support of a national fuels policy. Joseph E. Moody, president of the NCPC, urged Kennedy in a telegram to use his influence in aiding passage of a pending resolution to set up a fuels policy study in Congress.

Kennedy had declared in a speech at Amherstdale that “the time has come for the federal government to adopt a national fuels policy, a concrete set of plans and principles to restore fair play and prosperity to our hard-hit, neglected fuels industries.” He had voiced similar ideas at a press conference in Fairmont when he was here April 18.

Moody wired the senator: “On behalf of the American bituminous coal industry, the railroads and other related businesses and the thousands of American citizens wholly dependent on coal for a livelihood, we want to strongly commend you for endorsing federal legislation leading to the establishment of a national fuels policy in your speeches in West Virginia this week.

The conference president pointed out that legislation to accomplish this is now pending in Congress, and declared: “All those concerned with America’s vital domestic fuels industry, and particularly those dependent on coal, will be grateful for your help in securing final passage of this critical measure in this session of Congress.”


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