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MINNEAPOLIS — When Patty Wetterling has the chance to talk face to face with the man who abducted and killed her son, she wants to know one thing: Why? "It makes no sense," Patty Wetterling said during an interview Tuesday afternoon. "I wrestle with the 'Why?' of all this. We know what happened and when and where, but we don't know why. As a rational person, you try to figure it out, but this one you can't, because it makes no sense."
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. — After nearly 30 years of searching, wondering, waiting and hoping, Patty and Jerry Wetterling finally know what happened to their son Jacob. The Stearns County Sheriff's office confirmed Saturday that the remains of 11-year-old Jacob, missing since 1989, have been found. "Our family is drawing strength from all your love & support," Patty Wetterling posted on Twitter Saturday afternoon. "We're struggling with words at this time. Thank you for your hope." She declined to comment further.
David Francis ripped open a bag of cypress blend mulch last month and carefully spread it around the base of a Black Hills spruce in the yard of his Stillwater townhouse. The tree is one of nine that David and Linda Francis have planted during the past nine years. Come October, there will be 10.
The bison will return June 11 to roam 150 fenced-in acres of Belwin Conservancy in Afton. The herd of about 40 animals is on loan from NorthStar Bison in Rice Lake, Wis., where they are raised for meat. While at Belwin, they graze freely and help continued restoration of the prairie. "Their grazing patterns and behavior significantly influence the biodiversity of the prairie," said Ned Phillips, Belwin's membership coordinator.
Five years ago this month, Dan and Sue Seftick knew something was wrong when they didn't get the call. The Afton couple had a long-standing rule with their two sons who lived out West. When the men went on wilderness adventures, they were expected to call their parents as soon as they were out of danger.