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Oct 16th, 2009

Summary: October 22, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of Jacob Wetterling’s abduction. Twenty years of Jacob’s Hope will be celebrated with a concert by his favorite singer, Red Grammer, on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 7 p.m. in the Benedicta Arts Center Petters Auditorium at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on the 37th day after losing his 2008 primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, Aubrey Immelman reported on the murder of a U.S. soldier by an Afghan policeman and sectarian divisions that threaten stability in Iraq.


Apr 28th, 2009

Summary: Staff Sgt. Aaron Larson, who as an 11-year-old boy in St. Joseph was bicycling with his best friend Jacob Wetterling when Jacob was kidnapped by a masked gunman on Sunday, Oct. 22, 1989, has returned home to Minnesota after a year-long deployment in Iraq.


Jan 7th, 2009

Summary: Like so many seemingly promising leads in the search for Jacob Wetterling’s abductor, the latest lead, too, appears to lead nowhere. Initial reporting on the strange case of Vernon Seitz from WTMJ television in Milwaukee, subsequent reporting from Twin Cities and Milwaukee media, and links to reports on the Jacob Wetterling and Joshua Guimond missing person cases in St. Joseph and Collegeville, Minnesota.


Dec 16th, 2008

Ottis Toole, a serial killer who died more than a decade ago is the person who decapitated the 6-year-old son of “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh in 1981, according to Florida police. The announcement brought to a close a case that has haunted the Walsh family for more than two decades, launched the television show about the nation’s most notorious criminals, and inspired changes in how authorities search for missing children.