Small-town heroics

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If this story doesn’t get your attention in a positive way, I don’t know what will. The article starts by saying “A Minnesota farmer was presented with a $7,000 reward for finding a missing teenage girl and then just moments later gave the money to the girl, who was a captive of three men for a month. Earl Melchert, 65, of Barrett, turned the reward money over to the girl Friday at police headquarters.”

That’s the uplifting part of the article. Unfortunately, there’s a disgusting part to the article. That’s when Fox9 News reported that the “15-year-old girl was abducted from her home on Aug. 8 in Alexandria, Minn., and taken to an abandoned house where she was physically and sexually assaulted.” According to the article, the “three suspects” have “been charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, assault and false imprisonment.”

The girl’s identity wasn’t revealed by Fox9 News because they don’t “name alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent.” What they did report was that “the girl escaped Sept. 5 by swimming across a lake. Melchert found her when she came running toward him.” Here’s a picture of Minnesota’s newest hero and Alexandria Police Chief Rik Wyffels:

Here’s hoping the young lady’s kidnappers get imprisoned for a very long time.