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Guard joins search for man 82 near Staples

By VINCE TUSS
Star Tribune

Between 50 to 100 Guardsmen will help look this weekend for Peter Achermann, who was last seen July 24

The Minnesota National Guard today will join the search for an 82-year-old central Minnesota man last seen July 24

Cass County Sheriff Randy Fisher requested the help in the search for Peter Achermann

On Friday, Gov Tim Pawlenty signed an executive order directing the Guard to use its personnel and equipment Among the reasons listed in the order is that "Cass County has exhausted all local resources for providing search and recovery assistance"

Fisher said he had discussed with Achermann's family the possibility of asking for the Guard's help He said it's the first time he has requested the use of the Guard

"We're very appreciative of the request and hope that the additional personnel will help turn up something," Fisher said

Between 50 and 100 Guardsmen from the 1-194th Armored Battalion will aid the search through Sunday, said Maj Patricia Baker of the Minnesota Guard

The only search using the Guard in a similar way that Baker could recall was in 2007, when a plane with a University of North Dakota flight instructor and student went down in a swampy area near Little Falls, Minn, and a Guard helicopter pulled the plane out of the water

The search has been focused on Achermann's 1995 Chevrolet station wagon, which was found July 25 stuck in a muddy dead-end country road in a rural area northeast of Staples, Minn Achermann, who lives near Staples, was headed to a family wedding July 25 but never showed up

Achermann is white, about 5 feet 9 and weighs about 175 pounds He has a gray beard and usually walks with a cane

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call the Sheriff's Office at 1-800-450-2677

Vince Tuss "ยข 612-673-7692

Article source: www.StarTribune.com



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