Feeling for the parents PDF Print E-mail


By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

The first time I looked into the face of Brian Swanson I could see the pain.
It’s been two years since the Canby Vo-Tech student was returning from a party in Canby to his home and after a phone call to his father, disappeared.
Yet, those years later, Brian Swanson can’t hide not knowing what happened to his son. “I guess it’s closure,” he told me about why he keeps coming back to the search area.

Police woman Carren Corcoran had it right when she talked about why she keeps coming back from Wisconsin with her canine Mollie. She told about looking the parents in the eye ... and you don’t have much choice but keep going.
Some folks in the Porter area question why they just don’t give up. “They search the same area over and over,” goes the comment.
Fact is, it’s all done according to a very systematic plan and Jeff Hasse has that plan detailed down to the last detail.
They do go over areas over and over again — but the fact is, something could have been missed. And it’s done systematically.
A second comment is the expense. Fact is: they are all volunteers. It costs them and some money is raised, but taxpayers are not paying this expense.
My challenge to those who second guess the search would be this:
“If you were the boy’s parents, what would you do? Would you give up? Chances are good you can’t really answer that question until it happens to you.
I applaud the searchers and the family. I’d do it too!

LAUGH A LITTLE: I got this email the other day that was sent through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Not sure who sent it. I didn’t write it but sure was funny.
Here goes:
1. Der's only one God, ya know.
2. Don't make that fish on your mantle an idol.
3. Cussin ain't Minnesota nice.
4. Go to church even when you're up nort.
5. Honor your folks.
6. Don't kill. Catch and release.
7. There's only one Lena for every Ole. No cheatin.
8. If it ain't your lutefisk, don't take it.
9. Don't be braggin bout how much snow ya shoveled.
10. Keep your mind off your neighbor's hotdish.
YA SURE !!!! (Swedish for amen).

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: As my Ole Pappy used to say, “The hurrieder I go, the behinder I get.”
Ole Pappy made that up all by himself.  But I heard it said so often. Fact is, I got the message — “Slow down and get it right.”