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Living History: Man would have a hard time explaining extra wife

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 4, 2003 Pioneer Journal

• Pawlenty calls for death penalty

The disappearance of Dru Sjodin and other recent kidnappings helped spur Gov. Tim Pawlenty to call for the death penalty in some instances.

Pawlenty said he supports the death penalty in cases of sexual assault that end in murder. As a lawmaker, he supported the death penalty when law enforcement officers or children are killed.

However, the Republican governor said Tuesday, the death penalty should never be imposed by a judge - it "should be an option for a jury."

Minnesota legislators, who would have to pass a law allowing the death sentence, have been cool to the ultimate criminal penalty. In 1992, for instance, just 25 of the House's 134 members favored it.

Democratic leaders were reluctant to discuss the issue Tuesday, saying they needed to concentrate on finding Sjodin.

20 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 2, 1993 Pioneer Journal

• Park Rapids boy killed in rifle accident

Funeral services were held Wednesday for 6-year-old Skeeter Disney who died from a gunshot accident Sunday.

Hubbard County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call Sunday from a 9-year-old boy indicating his brother had been shot.

Sheriff's deputies and Jones Ambulance responded to the call and administered CPR. The boy was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the head shortly after arriving at St. Joseph's Hospital, according to Hubbard County coroner Dr. John Fredell.

The fatal wound came from a .22 caliber single barrel rifle, Sheriff Larry Johnson said.

Although the accident is still under investigation, Johnson said he has determined the fatality was "totally accidental."

The accident occurred approximately 10 minutes after the victim's father, Scott Disney, left home to pick his wife up from work in Park Rapids. The Disney home is located about six miles from Park Rapids, about two miles south of the Dorset corner. Johnson said the 9-year-old was tending to his infant brother when he heard the shot in the other room where his other two brothers, the victim and a 2-year-old, were playing. The boy immediately called 911.

Scott Disney said he had several guns in an unlocked cabinet, but told authorities the guns were not loaded.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 6 1973 Pioneer Journal

• Holiday has new energy crisis hours

Because of the energy crisis and the shortage of gasoline available, a spokesperson for the Holiday Station stores announced today that Holiday will remain open Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. but only for the sale of merchandise.

No gasoline will be sold from 9 p.m. Saturdays to 7 a.m. Mondays.

Regular weekday hours will remain at 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. for sale of both gasoline and merchandize, according to Holiday spokesperson Wayne Butler.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 3, 1953 Pioneer Journal

• Could explain accident but not extra wife

To have your car "buggered-up" in an accident is hard enough to explain to the wife, but to go on and explain how your wife was also in the car, when she was home poses another problem.

In reporting the car accident at the intersection last week, it was stated Hugo Beckman was accompanied by his wife, and Louis Bottemiller was alone.

It was a reverse situation. Mr. Beckman was alone and it was Mr. and Mrs. Bottemiller in the other car.

Hugo said his wife was at home in Walcott, N.D., and didn't accompany him on the trip, and if she read the article which stated he was accompanied by his wife, he no doubt would have a double explaining job to do.

70 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec.2, 1943 Pioneer Journal

• Woman's injuries bring her $19,500

In the heaviest damage suit ever brought before court in Otter Tail county, an award was made in favor of Mrs. Marie Kalpin of Parkers Prairie for $19,500.

The case was the outgrowth of injuries received in Parkers Prairie on Jan. 2, 1943 by Mrs. Kalpin when she and her husband were riding in a sleigh. The team struck a guy wire in an alley and one of the horses reared and fell backward onto Mrs. Kalpin. She has been confined to her bed ever since.

The law firm of Barron and Bradford represented Mrs. Kalpin in the suit which was brought for $190,000 against the Otter Tail Power Co., who owned the system to which the guy wire was attached. The case was to have been tried before the present fall term of court, but settlement was made out of court.