A historical perspective from 25 years ago – March 16, 1990

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Canadian prime minister phones Patty Wetterling by Stuart Goldschen news@thenewsleaders.com If Jacob Wetterling is in Canada, there’s a good chance he’s safe and sound. The Canadians wouldn’t allow it otherwise. That’s what Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney suggested to Patty Wetterling recently in a personal telephone conversation connecting them in Ottowa and St. Joseph. The prime minister phoned Patty on

A historical perspective from 25 years ago – Feb. 16, 1990

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Hope on ice: Albany ‘chainsaw man’ sculpts massive ice wall for Jacob by Stuart Goldschen news@thenewsleaders.com Nearly four months now after the abduction of Jacob Wetterling, Jacob’s Hope remains frozen in the hearts and minds of area residents. It remained frozen also for several weeks in a massive ice sculpture for Jacob in St. Cloud. Jacob’s face, delicate bows of

A historical perspective from 25 years ago – March 2, 1990

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Area supporters march eight miles for Jacob by Stuart Goldschen news@thenewsleaders.com Some 50 area residents, bundled in thick winter wraps against sub-zero temperatures and a bitter wind chill, walked down the street recently with a smile on their faces and hope in their hearts. They carried Jacob’s Hope with them Feb. 24 on an eight-mile march from the Westgate shopping mall

A historical perspective from 25 years ago – March 2, 1990

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Berlin’s crumbling wall raises Jacob’s Hope by Stuart Goldschen news@thenewsleaders.com As the wall dividing East and West Berlin falls piece by piece these days under the hammers of celebrating Germans, hope rises in its place. Hope for peace through the unity of all mankind. And hope for Jacob Wetterling through the universal heartbeat for children all the world around. The

A historical perspective from 25 years ago – Feb. 16, 1990

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Artist captures Jacob’s spirit in birthday present by Stuart Goldschen news@thenewsleaders.com   There’s a spirit about Jacob Wetterling, described variously as love, joy, sensitivity, kindness, activity and creativity. Many see it in Jacob’s smile. It’s in his eyes, his cheeks and his mouth as he holds his dog, poses with a large fish he caught, wields a hockey stick and

A historical perspective from 25 years ago – Feb. 16, 1990

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Happy birthday, Jacob! (Editor’s note: the following wishes for Jacob were solicited randomly as a sample of the area-wide heartbeat for a missing child. The order of their appearance is also random.) by Stuart Goldschen news@thenewsleaders.com Jacob Wetterling will be 12 years old tomorrow, Feb. 17. The St. Joseph Newsleader would like to wish Jacob the wish of all wishes and

A historical perspective from 25 years ago – Feb. 2, 1990

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Campaign may spur stronger child protection laws by Jennifer Peterson news@thenewsleaders.com “I had an idea…if every child in America would send George Bush a valentine, asking him to help save children from this horrible crime, maybe it would draw some attention.” – Barb Zanussi These words, taken from a letter to Patty and Jerry Wetterling from Patty’s sister, Barb, encouraged

A historical perspective from 25 years ago – Jan. 19, 1990

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Van still haunts St. Joseph residents by Stuart Goldschen news@thenewsleaders.com Among the thousands of leads gathered, investigated and filed away by police authorities in the case of Jacob Wetterling’s abduction, one stands out and still haunts St. Joseph residents. On Nov. 4, FBI agents investigating the abduction released a sketch of a van believed used in an attempted abduction of a