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« Reply #15 on: Jan 10th, 2005, 8:28pm »

Here are some of the many Pioneer Press archived articles on Katie!
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MOURNERS SAY FINAL GOODBYE TO POIRIER//MORE THAN 1,500 FILL GYMNASIUM FOR SERVICE

Source: Richard Chin, staff writer
In the Barnum High School gymnasium where Katie Poirier received her high school diploma, more than 1,500 people gathered Saturday to remember her happy, ordinary life, grieve over her tragic death and call for an end to violence against women.Until May 26, Poirier was a typical Moose Lake 19-year-old: a first runner-up for Miss Barnum, a former member of the high school band, the Key Club and the "B'' honor roll, and a fan of the Green Bay Packers and "Days of Our

Published on September 19, 1999, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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BLOM DISCUSSED BODY DISPOSAL METHODS, RECORDS SAY//CO-WORKER RECOUNTS ENCOUNTER IN MAY

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The man accused of kidnapping and later murdering Kathlyn "Katie'' Poirier discussed methods of disposing bodies with a co-worker before he was arrested, according to court documents.In June, investigators interviewed a man who worked with 50-year-old Donald Blom at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis, where Blom was known as Don Hutchinson.The co-worker said in late May, after Poirier's abduction in Moose Lake, Minn., that he and Blom discussed how one could hide

Published on September 21, 1999, Page 3B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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FILES REVEAL BLOM'S MARITAL AND SEXUAL TROUBLES//BLOM FITS PROFILE OF MAN WHO IS AROUSED BY CONTROL, EXPERTS SAY

Source: David Hanners, Staff Writer
ARRAIGNMENTDonald Blom will be arraigned today at 1 p.m. on first-degree murder charges in the Carlton County Courthouse before District Judge Dale Wolf. He also faces federal charges of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. The federal case is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 25 in Minneapolis.Convicted sex offender Donald Blom was taking the impotence drug Viagra and even gave a tablet to one of his friends to try, according to investigative documents released by law

Published on September 22, 1999, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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FORMER RELATIVE TO SELL VIDEO ABOUT BLOM'S PAST//PROJECT PURSUED FOR 'CLOSURE'

Source: Leslie Brooks Suzukamo Staff Writer
Donald Blom's former brother-in-law said Wednesday that he is making a videotape of the confessed killer's dark side that he will sell over the Internet in a couple of weeks.Tim Hutchinson, whose sister, Grace, was briefly married to Blom eight years ago, said the video will feature himself and other people the accused killer confided in "and were close enough to him to have him say things to them that were off the wall, just crazy.''Blom, a six-time convicted sex

Published on September 23, 1999, Page 2B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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EVENTS PROMPT RETURN TO AGE-OLD QUESTION: WHAT IS THE NATURE OF EVIL? (1156 words)

Source: Theresa Monsour, Staff Writer
Gov. George W. Bush deplored the "wave of evil'' sweeping the nation after eight people died in a Fort Worth church shooting rampage. Ministers in Katie Poirier's community used the word to describe her kidnapping and murder. This week, local commentators pointed to "evil'' to explain the alleged rape of a child in St. Paul by other children.Evil.Until recently, it wasn't a word most people dropped into everyday conversation. So why is it used so often

Published on September 26, 1999, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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KATIE POIRIER WAS SO MUCH MORE THAN A CONVENIENCE STORE CLERK

Source: JOE SOUCHERAY Staff Columnist
Katie Poirier, who was 19 last spring when she disappeared, continues to be referred to as "Moose Lake Convenience Store Clerk Katie Poirier.'' Something about that has always nagged at the back of my mind.Not even the slimeball who is accused of murdering her, Donald Blom, has been tagged with such an identifying title. He is not called "the factory worker Donald Blom, or "the hospital attendant Donald Blom,'' or "the convicted criminal-sexual-conduct criminal

Published on December 19, 1999, Page 1C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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LAWMAKERS, MOMS DEMAND BETTER WAY TO TRACK OFFENDERS//GROUP WANTS $15 MILLION FOR STATE TO COMPILE DATABASE ON CRIMINALS

Source: Patrick Sweeney, Staff Writer
If you are stopped for a traffic violation anywhere in Minnesota, the arresting officer can almost immediately dial up your driving record and find out how many times you have been ticketed for speeding. But if you are arrested for kidnapping or armed robbery, the odds are lower that investigators can get the same kind of quick and complete information about previous felony and misdemeanor convictions.That's because the state of Minnesota years ago standardized the process for

Published on December 22, 1999, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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on Jan 10th, 2005, 8:36pm, pattydee wrote:
KATIE POIRIER WAS SO MUCH MORE THAN A CONVENIENCE STORE CLERK

Source: JOE SOUCHERAY Staff Columnist
Katie Poirier, who was 19 last spring when she disappeared, continues to be referred to as "Moose Lake Convenience Store Clerk Katie Poirier.'' Something about that has always nagged at the back of my mind.Not even the slimeball who is accused of murdering her, Donald Blom, has been tagged with such an identifying title. He is not called "the factory worker Donald Blom, or "the hospital attendant Donald Blom,'' or "the convicted criminal-sexual-conduct criminal

Published on December 19, 1999, Page 1C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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LAWMAKERS, MOMS DEMAND BETTER WAY TO TRACK OFFENDERS//GROUP WANTS $15 MILLION FOR STATE TO COMPILE DATABASE ON CRIMINALS

Source: Patrick Sweeney, Staff Writer
If you are stopped for a traffic violation anywhere in Minnesota, the arresting officer can almost immediately dial up your driving record and find out how many times you have been ticketed for speeding. But if you are arrested for kidnapping or armed robbery, the odds are lower that investigators can get the same kind of quick and complete information about previous felony and misdemeanor convictions.That's because the state of Minnesota years ago standardized the process for

Published on December 22, 1999, Page 1B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)



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Have to say... You are a darn good researcher of these old hard to find articles. I appreciate your presence on this board.
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« Reply #18 on: Jan 11th, 2005, 10:03am »

Startribune gave me a number of their articles in their complete form free of charge, but have politely imformed me that they have their limits. Unfortunately I don't have a credit card. At any rate I will eventually obtain the articles which memorialise Katie and possibly the articles which hammer home the point that this 50 year old 6 time convicted sex offender should have never
been released from detention.
Minnesota's nr. 3 newspaper 'The Duluth Tribune' also has a collection of articles in their archives dedicated to Katie.
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SEARCH TERRITORY EXPANDS AUTHORITIES EXAMINING OTHER RECENT ABDUCTIONS IN STATE

Source: Matt Nelson/News-Tribune staff writer
Katie Poirier likely isn't in woods near the Moose Lake Conoco where she was abducted last Wednesday.Searchers believe the 19-year-old Barnum woman isn't in one of hundreds of cabins that were occupied by Memorial Day visitors.As each hour has passed since Kathlyn Elizabeth Poirier's abduction 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, investigators have been whittling away at the number of places she may be, Carlton County Sheriff David Seboe said on Monday.But as each hour passes the

Published on June 1, 1999, Page 01A, Duluth News-Tribune (MN)Duluth News-Tribune (MN)
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WEIGHT OF MISSING TAKES TOLL ON BCA INVESTIGATOR STILL HAUNTED BY OTHER AREA ABDUCTIONS (747 words )

Source: Associated Press
Tough cases like the abduction of a convenience store clerk have come back to back lately for Terry Smith, the special agent in charge of northern Minnesota for the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.In late April and early May, agents had spent hundreds of hours helping Waseca police try to find the person who sexually assaulted, stabbed and hanged 12-year-old Cally Jo Larson after she came home from school. Her killing remains unsolved.Agents went to Brownsville in May to help

Published on June 28, 1999, Page 01B, Duluth News-Tribune (MN)Duluth News-Tribune (MN)
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BLOM INVESTIGATION EXPANDS KIDNAPPING SUSPECT'S HOSPITAL RECORDS ARE SEARCHED FOR CLUES IN WASECA CASE (562 words )

Source: Associated Press
An Edina hospital may have treated the accused kidnapper of Kathlyn ``Katie'' Poirier on the same day a Waseca girl was stabbed and hanged in her home.Authorities have seized documents seeking more details on the hospital's treatment of Donald Albin Blom in search warrants filed Friday in Hennepin County District Court.In the search warrants, an investigator notes similarities between the killing of Cally Jo Larson, 12, and previous abductions and sexual offenses

Published on July 4, 1999, Page 01C, Duluth News-Tribune (MN)Duluth News-Tribune (MN)
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BONES FOUND IN BLOM FIRE PIT SEARCH WARRANTS DETAIL ITEMS DISCOVERED ON KIDNAPPING SUSPECT'S PROPERTY IN KERRICK (903 words )

Source: Matt Nelson/News-Tribune staff writer
Bones, including part of a human jaw and a tooth, have been found mixed with ashes in and near a fire pit on kidnapping suspect Donald Albin Blom's property, search warrants filed in Carlton County on Thursday show.Investigators also found 55-gallon drums of flammable material -- similar to fuel oil -- a knotted rope and a chain saw with some type of cloth fiber, the search warrants showed.Blom, of Richfield, Minn., a convicted kidnapper and sex offender, is being held in Carlton

Published on July 9, 1999, Page 01A, Duluth News-Tribune (MN)Duluth News-Tribune (MN)
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FINAL FAREWELL FOR POIRIER 1,600 RECALL MURDER VICTIM WITH LOVE AND SADNESS ( 1081 words )

Source: Martiga Lohn/News-Tribune staff writer
A single white balloon representing Kathlyn Elizabeth ``Katie'' Poirier floated up into the sky Saturday as an entire community wept and said its goodbyes.Mourners wiped their eyes as the white balloon bobbed high and to the right of a cluster of maroon and yellow balloons, representing Poirier's school colors, and a single purple one for her favorite color.The white balloon turned into a thumbnail of gray against the white clouds in the background before it disappeared

Published on September 19, 1999, Page 01A, Duluth News-Tribune (MN)Duluth News-Tribune (MN)

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« Reply #19 on: Jan 11th, 2005, 2:58pm »

The first article gives credence to the claims of an alledged former LE officer that blom was a serial killer and responsible for similiar murders throughout several states. The cloquet board posts are often at best speculation, but it's certainly conceiveable that the perpetrator here killed others.
http://www.cloquetmn.net/talkshop/messages/3151.html http://www.cloquetmn.net/talkshop/messages/3852.html
On www.volunteers4dru.org under 'General Discussion' Murder Trials and cases similar to Dru's I discussed Amy Blumberg who 'Shadow' believes is on of blom's victims.

blom is still a possible suspect in the abduction and murder of Julie Holmquist in Hallock, MN
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REPORT: BONES ON BLOM LAND NOT POIRIER'S INVESTIGATORS SAY REMAINS BELONG TO AT LEAST TWO PERSONS

Source: Associated Press
Bones analyzed thus far from kidnapping suspect Donald Albin Blom's property belong to at least two people, but neither of them is abducted gas station clerk Kathlyn ``Katie'' Poirier, a report said.Investigators said Wednesday night that the bones may be from a younger person and an adult, KSTP-TV reported. More remains from Blom's property near Moose Lake are still to be tested.Blom, 50, of Richfield, has been charged with abducting Poirier, 19, from a Moose Lake

Published on July 23, 1999, Page 02B, Duluth News-Tribune (MN)Duluth News-Tribune (MN)
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POIRIER'S MOM STILL HOPES MISSING DAUGHTER IS ALIVE PLEADS FOR HELP IN SEARCH (532 words )

Source: Matt Nelson/News-Tribune staff writer
As public attention shifts toward the man accused of kidnapping Kathlyn Elizabeth ``Katie'' Poirier from a Moose Lake convenience store, Katie's mother still has hope her daughter may be alive.``It is so slow we really need volunteers,'' Pam Poirier said Tuesday in a plea for help searching for her daughter. ``We have things for them to do -- to get out.''Donald Blom, 50, a convicted sex offender from Richfield, Minn., is accused of kidnapping Poirier

Published on August 4, 1999, Page 04B, Duluth News-Tribune (MN)Duluth News-Tribune (MN)
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BLOM'S ARREST IN KIDNAPPING PROMPTS REVIEW OF OTHER CASES//RECENT SLAYINGS OF TWO GIRLS SIMILAR TO POIRIER ABDUCTION ( 1000 words )

Source: Robert F. Moore, Staff Writer
After the arrest of a suspect in the abduction of a 19-year-old Moose Lake convenience store clerk, detectives handling two high-profile homicide cases in outstate Minnesota that involve young girls have begun sharing information on the man.``Anytime someone is arrested in a case like this, it gives law enforcement some degree of satisfaction,'' said Michael Campion, assistant superintendent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. ``It rejuvenates investigators a little

Published on June 25, 1999, Page 1D, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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'KATIE'S LAW' WOULD HELP RURAL SHERIFFS//U.S. LEGISLATION WOULD EASE FINANCIAL BURDEN ( 645 words )

Source: TOM WEBB, WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT
Crimes like Katie Poirier's abduction can grab the attention of an entire state. But they can overwhelm rural sheriffs' offices, which often lack the budget, manpower and investigative tools found in cities.``Money is a big issue in a small county,'' said Sheriff Ray Hunt of Kittson County in northwest Minnesota. ``I've got a working budget of about $60,000 not including wages and benefits, which isn't a lot of money'' to launch a long investigation,

Published on January 19, 2000, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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SHERIFF QUESTIONS STATEMENT ABOUT HOLMQUIST SUSPECT ( 437 words )

Source: Associated Press
Kittson County Sheriff Ray Hunt is questioning statements from defense attorneys for murder suspect Donald Blom linking a suspected Louisiana killer to the murder of Julie Holmquist.Hunt said a construction worker who is suspected of murder in Baton Rouge, La., is just one of many suspects in the abduction and murder of the 16-year-old Hallock girl.Holmquist was abducted in July 1998 while in-line skating on a road near Hallock in northwestern Minnesota. Her body was found three weeks

Published on January 31, 2000, Page 3B, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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« Reply #21 on: Jan 29th, 2005, 08:40am »

The staff writer Richard Chin on behalf of the Pioneer Press kindly sent us this kind article remembering Katie.
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MOURNERS SAY FINAL GOODBYE TO POIRIER//MORE THAN 1,500 FILL GYMNASIUM
FOR SERVICE Published on 09/19/1999 Section: Main
Page: 1A Byline: Richard Chin, staff writer

In the Barnum High School gymnasium where Katie Poirier received her high school diploma, more than
1,500 people gathered Saturday to remember her
happy, ordinary life, grieve over her tragic death and call for an end to violence against women.
Until May 26, Poirier was a typical Moose Lake 19-year-old: a first runner-up for Miss Barnum, a former member of the high school band, the Key Club and the "B" honor roll, and a fan of the Green Bay Packers and"Days of Our Lives." Then she was abducted from her night job at a convenience store and became the subject of a massive summerlong search. The effort came to an end
Sept.8, when suspect Donald Blom admitted to her kidnapping and killing.
Blom's name was not mentioned during Saturday's memorial service, but echoes of his confessed violence could be heard throughout the ceremony, starting from the first reading of Psalm 27: "When evildoers assault me to devour my flesh - my adversaries and foes - they shall stumble and fall."
Pastor Owen Christianson, of Hope Lutheran Church in Moose Lake, urged tax breaks for small businesses to upgrade their video surveillance and security
precautions, and he called on state politicians to help protect women.

"Never again will we remain silent and passive so that our mothers and our daughters and our sisters can be assailed by violence," he said. "No less than this do we expect in the name of our Katie."

"I will do my very, very best as a senator," responded U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone. "Never, never, never again."

Family friend and pastor Marv Repinski criticized Blom's attorneys out of dismay that Blom refused to plead guilty to Poirier's murder after his confession.

Blom, 50, of Richfield had agreed to plead guilty to first degree murder in exchange for life without parole in a North Dakota prison. But he surprised state and federal prosecutors Thursday when he refused to plead until
DNA tests were completed on a tooth and bone
fragments found in a fire pit on his rural Moose Lake property. On Friday, the plea agreement fell apart when federal prosecutors called off the deal, stating that it was clear "(Blom) has rejected our offer." It is unclear whether the confession will be admissible as evidence at trial.

"There's been a lot of extra pain created in the whole situation," said Repinski, pastor at United Methodist Churches in Montrose. He compared Blom's lawyers to community members who tramped through swamps
looking for her body. "I'm afraid sometimes there are some in (the legal profession) who would rather widen the pathways to the bank," he said. But Pastor Laura Thelander said God's love would help the community triumph against evil and violence without rage or a desire for revenge.
Thelander said Moose Lake has joined with places such as Oklahoma City and Littleton, Colo., as communities that have "gained notoriety for being places where evil tragedy has struck." But, she said, "The overwhelming love and support that people have demonstrated will ensure that our community will also be remembered
for its legacy of love."

At the end of Saturday's memorial service, mourners gathered on the lawn of the high school. As a bagpiper played, the family released a white balloon, symbolizing Katie, and a purple balloon, representing her favorite
color. Other mourners then released maroon and gold balloons, the Barnum High School colors.

Friends and relatives whispered "Bye, Katie," and then burst into tears as the balloons disappeared into the clouds in the east.

The speakers and the program for the memorial service contained repeated mentions of thanks for those who helped try to find Poirier, including police, volunteers and even the news media.

The Moose Lake community pitched together once again to help out at the memorial. Fifteen area churches prepared enough food to feed 2,000 people at a lunch held after the service, and local businesses donated
supplies. The school staff came in on their day off to help set up tables and serve 1,600 cups of coffee. Funeral home directors in the region volunteered to
help organize the service, and police and Army National Guard soldiers who helped in the search served as an honor guard.

"We knew that a lot of people needed a time to share thoughts," volunteer Janice Larson said of the luncheon. "Katie may be gone from this earth, but
her God-given love is going on and on and on in the hearts of so many people."
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« Reply #22 on: Jan 31st, 2005, 09:50am »

This article kindly retrieved by Larry Oakes for us on behalf of www.startribune.com helps our angel Katie to touch us. See also: http://www.volunteers4dru.org/DruForum/viewtopic.php?p=2506#2506
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Paper: STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) Newspaper of the Twin Cities
Headline: Katie's friends search for silver lining // A year after
Katie Poirier's abduction, a community works to create a living legacy
for her.
Date: 20000526 05/26/00
Section: NEWS
Page: 01A
Edition: METRO
Byline: Larry Oakes; Staff Writer

Subject: murder;kidnapping;anniversary

It's a small garden, new this spring, on the hilly shore of a lake that many times echoed with her laughter. Flowers are taking root - pink and yellow and violet splashes of color. A small white statue of an angel watches from one end. "Katie loved violets," Pam Poirier said as she smoothed the bark covering the earth between the flowers. "She loved it here at home, by the lake." "I sit here," she said, "and my mind drifts away from what has happened and what is happening, and I talk to her. . . . It's a way of doing something positive. It's a way of proving he hasn't won." A year ago tonight, a man overpowered 19-year-old Katie Poirier in the Moose Lake convenience store where she was working alone, and vanished with her into the darkness. Less than a month later, police arrested Donald Blom, a convicted kidnapper and sex offender from Richfield, after finding fragments of burned human bones and teeth in a fire pit on his vacation property 10 miles from the store. At trial in Virginia, Minn., starting June 5, prosecutors will try to prove that Blom, 51, kidnapped and killed her. They'll be helped by Blom's confession, which he later recanted.

Honoring her memory
The hope and renewal of Katie's garden is just one of many ways in which the Poiriers and the people of Moose Lake and Barnum are coping with a crime that united the state in grief and anger, and spurred the Legislature to pass criminal-justice reforms. Relatives of Steve and Pam Poirier plan to meet today at the Poiriers' rural Barnum home to support each other in seclusion as the anniversary passes, according to Katie's grandfather, Lloyd Simich.

On Sunday, the Poiriers will plant a flowering crab apple tree in Katie's memory on the lawn of Moose Lake's Hope Lutheran Church, the epicenter last summer of a months-long volunteer search, first for Katie, and later for more evidence that might convict her killer. "Symbolically, it expresses the renewal of life, rather than plunging back into sorrow," said the Rev. Owen Christianson, head pastor at Hope Lutheran. "It's not unlike the Easter renewal." Last week, Pam and Steve tearfully accepted an honorary degree for their daughter from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, where Katie took criminal-justice classes. At the ceremony the college president, Lester Jack Briggs, announced the establishment of the Katie Poirier Law Enforcement Scholarship.

Katie's fiance, Mark Johnson, who lived with her in Moose Lake at the time of the abduction, watched from the front row. Other scholarships in Katie's name were given this spring to two students from Barnum High School, where she graduated in 1998, and two students from Moose Lake High School. The $500 scholarships came from money left over from contributions that poured in from all over the state for last year's search. Steve and Pam Poirier asked that they be awarded not to the best students, but to students who are average, as Katie was and they were. At Barnum, one of the recipients was 17-year-old Karen Ballou. It was she who asked her parents and principal on the day after the abduction if she could prepare ribbons of maroon and gold, the Barnum school colors, for people to wear as a reminder that Katie was missing and loved. "It was to help our community unite in a tragic time," said Ballou, who grew up on a farm and plans to pursue a degree in dairy management. The scholarships "are a way of keeping Katie's memory alive," according to Barnum High School Principal Jim Hosmer, who said the school plans to let the anniversary of the abduction pass quietly."Life does tend to move on," Hosmer said. "But we won't forget her." .

Pain still strong.
Beneath the community's story of hope and renewal are stories of how individuals still are trying to come to terms with what some say was the most visibly awful event to hit the area since the great fire of 1918, which killed hundreds.

Cortni Johnson, the sister of Katie's fiance, said she moved to Duluth - about 40 miles away - to escape all the reminders of what happened to her good friend. "It was too much to drive by that Conoco every day," said Johnson, 23. She and Mark also felt they had to leave Fond du Lac college, which was too full of memories. Instead, they both work full time, and it helps take their minds off the horror. On Mother's Day, Mark brought flowers to Pam Poirier. Cortni Johnson finds it odd but somehow appropriate that twice this past year, on her way to work, she came upon young women stranded along the roadside with broken-down cars. "I stopped and helped them both," she said. "And I told them why; I told them about Katie. It's much better that I stop than some nut case. Both of them seemed to really appreciate it." A year later, Johnson said she can finally think about what happened without breaking down. "I like to tell people how awesome she was," Johnson said. "She was nuts. She was just so much fun." 'It tore my heart out'

In January, Osten Berg stepped down from his post as Moose Lake's fire chief. "I was burned out," said Berg, whose position on a state emergency response team also gave him a key role in searching for campers after a storm flattened trees July 4 in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. "I couldn't try to deal with any more big crises." An ex-cop of 32 years, Berg knew from the beginning that if they found Katie, odds are she'd be dead. But he drove himself to keep checking back roads. "I was remembering Virginia Piper," Berg said. In 1972, Piper, wife of Twin Cities millionaire Harry C. Piper Jr., was kidnapped and held for ransom. She was found alive, chained to a tree in Jay Cooke State Park, about 15 miles south of Duluth. The night before, Berg, a young deputy, had driven very close to where she was found. The memory tormented him during the search for Katie, during which he took almost no time off. "There were many times I jumped out of my truck to look over the other side of a hill in the woods," Berg said. "I kept thinking she could be just around the next corner." And he was there on Donald Blom's property when police found the first human bone fragments. "My last hope was that we were going to find something tangible to bring to the parents and say, 'Here she is,' something they could bury. It tore my heart out of my chest to see Steve and Pam, and know we weren't going to be able to bring this to an end for them." Berg now concentrates on his cellular-phone business. Working reasonable hours helps him recover, as does looking for the silver lining in the cloud that hung over his town this past year. The abduction's aftermath "showed that Minnesotans care about others," he said. "People from all walks slogged through hell to help another family. There was a lot of hugging. There's a greater sense of community now, and people are less afraid to show it." The pastor's work Pastor Christianson said the abduction changed his life. He said this past year in Moose Lake has shown that "God grants us the strength to endure and prevail in the midst of ordeals, and nonviolent forces are ultimately more powerful than violent forces."
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Part 2: Continuation of article above. wink
Compelled to channel those ideas into action, Christianson and other men touched by the tragedy formed Northlanders United to Coordinate, Listen, Educate and Undo Sexual Violence (NUCLEUS). The men went through a four-month training by an organization called Program For Aid To Victims of Sexual Assault in Duluth, and now they speak to any organization that will listen - especially men's groups - about how to reduce sexual violence by changing men's attitudes toward women. Duluthian Dan Hass, 38, one of the founders of NUCLEUS, said the group is a natural extension of the search for Katie, which drew him in last summer and hasn't let him go. "When it was over, most of us were left asking what to do next," said Hass, a postal worker. "I wanted to do something about sexual assault." Christianson, reflecting on the past year, said: "I'm sadder, but also exhilarated, because I've seen the surprising magnitude of human goodness." Flowers for Katie Someday there may be a grave for Katie Poirier. But for now, the bits of bone and tooth thought to be hers are evidence for the courtroom. As today's anniversary approached, mourners searched for places to express their grief and hope. Sprigs and bouquets of flowers appeared on and around the fence and gate of Donald Blom's property. Also appearing around the property were lapel buttons with Katie's now-familiar graduation picture and the words: "She's alive in my heart." Someone stuck a large cross made from logs in the ground directly across from the driveway, and trimmed the grass and brush beneath. A crown of thorns hangs from the cross. Up the driveway, near the charred hulk that was Blom's mobile home before someone burned it down last summer, is the notorious fire pit. A small plastic cross has been placed in its center. Pam and Steve Poirier recently drove past Blom's driveway and saw the tributes. They appreciate them, but they're encouraging the mourners to bring their flowers to what they see as a more appropriate place: Katie's garden on their property. "People shouldn't have to go to that awful place," Pam Poirier said as she walked among her flowers. "This is where Katie would want to be." -Staff Writer Larry Oakes can be reached at 1-800-266-9648 or loakes@startribune.com
Scholarship benefit: The public is invited to a Remembering Katie Poirier Get-Together to help set up scholarship endowments as a "living legacy" to Katie. When: June 10 -Where: Moose Lake Arena - Events: Scramble golf tournament starting at 8:30 a.m.; 10K run and 5K walk starting at 1:30 p.m.; dinner from 3 to 7 p.m., and dancing with live music. More information: Donations are being sought for a raffle and silent auction. To donate or get more information, contact Katie's uncle, Len Simich, at 952-974-3102. More information is also available on the Internet at http://www.findkatie.com.
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Thinking of Katie today on her birthday. May she rest in peace with the angels now in heaven.
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Senate to review hunting license bill
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A bill the Senate author believes could have saved the life of Katie Poirier went before the Senate Crime Prevention Committee on Tuesday (March 1).

Sen. Wesley Skoglund, DFL-Minneapolis, introduced legislation that directs the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to cross check Minnesotans purchasing hunting license to see whether they’re eligible to possess a firearm under state or federal law.

“I am of the opinion that if this were law ten years ago, Katie Poirier would be alive today,” said Skoglund, referring to the young Moose Lake clerk kidnapped and murdered by Donald Blom in 1999.

Blom had purchased hunting licenses, though should not have been in possession of firearms.

Skoglund acknowledges that someone with a criminal past unable to possess a firearm could purchase a hunting license with the intention of group hunting — of hunting with others without carrying a gun — but he questions how many do.

Skoglund looks to Minnesota’s CriMNet — an integrated communication system linking various branches of law enforcement — as the vehicle to accomplish the cross-checking.

A CriMNet official testified the cross-checking could readily be done.

Information culled from the cross-check would be supplied to the DNR, Department of Corrections, and other law enforcement agencies.

A Department of Corrections officials testified the cross-check would be useful for parole officers — officers overseeing as many as 100 parolees — because it’s unrealistic that they could do it themselves.

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association spokesperson called Skoglund’s bill “a reasonable position.”

One criticism voiced in the Senate committee is that the legislation as proposed doesn’t provide information quick enough to law enforcement.

Skoglund said he would try to speed up the process.

The senator was pleased with reception the bill received in the Crime Prevention Committee.

“I was astounded by the support yesterday,” said Skoglund. He has had trouble in the past advancing the bill, he explained.
“It’s such a common sense bill,” he said.

Skoglund said he didn’t know how many suspicious cross-matches the computer check would find.

He guessed it might range from 150 to 200 people.

The bill currently doesn’t have a House author.
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ST. PAUL (AP) - The ex-wife of repeat sex offender Donald Blom is urging Minnesota lawmakers to lock up violent sexual predators for life.

Blom was convicted of first-degree murder in 2000 for killing Katie Poirier of Barnum, who disappeared from the Moose Lake convenience store where she worked.

Amy Blom told members of the House Public Safety Policy and Finance Committee that she doesn't believe violent sex offenders can change. She said she endured years of physical abuse while married to Blom.

Amy Blom said she didn't feel safe until six months after Donald Blom had been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The committee heard testimony on a bill that would lengthen sentences for sex crimes, including life without parole for the most violent rapes and minimum sentences of at least 20 years for other serious sex offenses and repeat crimes. Committee members didn't vote on the bill. It will be wrapped into a larger crime bill.
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« Reply #27 on: May 20th, 2005, 2:12pm »

Court TV will be airing the segment tonight about Katie's abduction. I was curious if anybody knows of a book about this case?

I figured Maverick would know?

I always sit down and watch this when it comes on. Horrible that anybody should go through something like that.
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on May 27th, 2005, 05:56am, FindCarrie wrote:
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