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I've written before about alternative history and writers like Harry Turtledove. He writes what I like to call "what if" novels. Like what if the Germans won World War II? What would happen? (Answer: Kennedy would be president. Not Jack Kennedy, but his father, the fascist sympathizer, Joseph.) Just now I've been faced with a similar, but somewhat different challenge in The Columbus Affair," by Steve Barry (Ballantine Books, $27. Barry writes historical thrillers. This time he's out with an investigative reporter who has fallen out of favor because of a snafued assignment.
A Children's Hospital spokesperson announced Thursday afternoon Scott Meyer is expected to return home today (Thursday) with his family. Bjorn Gunnerud said the five-year-old is stable and doing well. He was treated for dehydration along with the multiple bug bites he sustained when he was outside for 22 hours until he was found Wednesday. Meyer went missing Tuesday morning from the Town of Oak Grove home. Police agencies, volunteers, fire and ambulance crews from Minnesota and Wisconsin joined in the search until he was found Wednesday morning. He was taken by Ambulance to the St.
PRESCOTT - Officials announced around 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, that five-year-old Scott Meyer was found near a bluff about a half mile from his home. The child was found by Jason Moser of Ellsworth who was out with his family dog, Autumn. The two were by themselves. "We (he and wife Melissa) have a little four-and-a-half year old and we couldn't imagine losing him," Moser said. Meyer was found in a bluff behind Phillips Plastics which was described as wooded, steep hills and ravines. Phillips Plastics overlooks the Mississippi River.
PRESCOTT - The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is no longer looking for volunteers for the search tonight. Officers were not planning to use civilian volunteers for nighttime searches but were to continue to search through the night. Persons willing to volunteer for the search on July 4 are asked to come to the Prescott High School, 1220 St. Croix St., Prescott, at 8 am. Officials suggest volunteers wear long pants, tennis shoes and bring bug spray and water. There will be shuttles leaving throughout the day to take volunteers to the search area.
Three days after he fell from a courtesy dock in Prescott, the body of a Minnesota man was found just a short distance away from where he disappeared in the St. Croix River. A citizen noticed the body of Merriett M. Maul Jr., 65, and called authorities. Investigator Doug Ducklow said the citizen was near the public dock area and observed the body near the railroad lift bridge in the water about 8:55 p.m., Friday. Maul was later pronounced dead by the Pierce County Medical Examiner. Maul, from Welch, Minn., was last seen falling from a dock about 8:17 p.m. Tuesday, June 26th.
For the second time in a month, a Hastings family is left asking questions after an unknown vehicle approached its children and struck up a conversation with them. While the children in this case were not asked to get into a car, the actions of its occupants had their parents "disgusted." At 7:42 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, Amy and Andy Peterson reported their two children were approached by an older model truck with a maroon top and a silver bottom. The man and woman inside told the two Peterson children that they wanted to be their friends.
Prescott's position in the St. Croix Valley League is still solid as the Pirates pounded Ellsworth 12-1 in eight innings in a league contest at Young Field. Mark Moriarty started the game for Prescott as he went six innings only allow one hit, albeit, a solo home run to the Hubbers' Nate Hove. Jim French had three hits, two singles and a double while driving in four runs. Nick Johnson, Chris Terrazas and Dillon Powell each had two hits with one of Powell's being a two-run homer.
Two 23-year-old men were transported by ambulance directly to Regions Hospital in St. Paul early Sunday morning following a rollover crash on Hwy. 10, about six miles east of Prescott. Lucas J. Niebur, of Prescott, the driver, and Owen E. Schmitz, of Hastings, Minn., were both found on the ground outside the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier when emergency workers arrived at the scene, shortly after 2 a.m. Pierce County sheriff's deputy Andrew Thom said the car was westbound on on Hwy.
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Pewaukee native Mark Wilson kept his Number-one spot in the PGA's Fed-Ex Cup season point standings - but only because Luke Donald didn't win the Heritage tournament. Donald would have taken over the top-spot in the Fed-Ex standings, and he would have become the top player in the World Golf Rankings, had he won a playoff yesterday at Hilton Head Island. But Brandt Snedecker won the three-hole playoff, and Wilson maintained his Fed-Ex Cup lead by 63 points over the second-place Donald. Wilson tied for 21st at the Heritage.
Preliminary totals of the first two days of the gun-deer season show a slight decline in harvest totals for Pierce County but a slight uptick in harvest numbers across the west-central part of the state. According to the west-central office of the DNR, the 19-county west central region, the opening weekend buck harvest is up 13 percent. The antlerless harvest (preliminary estimate) is down five percent and the total deer harvest for opening weekend in is up 3 percent, compared to opening weekend in 2009. In Pierce County however the hunt numbers were down slightly from 2009.