Help find Pete Achermann

Pete Achermann color

I’ve known Peter since I was a kid. He’s a long-time family friend, and an especially good friend of my father. One look at that face and jaunty cap, and you immediately know why he was so well-liked. That’s a story for another time. Pete is missing and must be found. The 82-year-old disappeared under puzzling circumstances July 24, 2009 (he does not have dementia or Alzheimer’s).

Final plans are shaping up for the ‘For Pete’s Sake’ benefit event this Saturday, October 24th to help the Peter Achermann family continue their search for Peter. Please join us and come to the benefit, or help however you can–make a donation to the auctions (info below) or make a cash donation.

The benefit will be this Saturday, starting at noon at the Bear’s Den in Leader.

The spaghetti buffet dinner and benefit will be starting at noon. The day will include a live auction from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., a silent auction, raffles and games throughout the afternoon.

Needed are new and gently used items for both auctions. Cash donations can be sent or brought to: Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, c/o Peter Achermann Search Fund, PO Box 39, Staples, MN 56479.

For more information, contact Amy Winkels, Staples (218) 895-7189, Jim Johnson, Motley, (218) 296- 1445, Sherri Zetah, Lincoln, (218) 575-2899.

Peter was last seen in Staples in the early afternoon on Friday, July 24. His car was found July 25 on a minimum maintenance road in the woods roughly five miles northeast of Staples.

Full scale searches that began that Saturday and took place daily over the next three weeks were all fruitless. Despite hundreds of volunteers searching the woods and bogs in that area, no other evidence of his presence – other than the vehicle – have ever been found. (In the interest of accuracy, times, dates and places, some parts of this blog entry have been excerpted from the Staples World.)

Additional info is posted at my Facebook page: You don’t have to “friend” me to read it. And even more details about this disappearance can be found at:


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