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Today's Date: October 22

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"General" James Dickson and a group of filibusters arrive at Fond du Lac. They plan to form an army of Métis people in the Red River area, march to California and capture it from Mexico, and establish a kingdom ruled by Dickson. The group travels as far as Pembina before being broken up by employees of the Hudson's Bay Company.


Jacob Wetterling, an eleven-year-old from St. Joseph, is kidnapped while riding his bike. His parents launch a search for him, and Jacob's photograph appears on posters from coast to coast. In 1990, Jerry and Patty Wetterling established a nonprofit foundation to focus national attention on missing children and their families. Twenty-seven years after the kidnapping, in September 2016, Daniel James Heinrich of Annandale confessed to abducting, sexually assaulting, and murdering Wetterling.