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Caledonia’s most famous sailor, and a man who caught the world’s attention by sailing solo around the world after getting a heart-kidney transplant, was honored Friday at Mayo Clinic.

Ardell Lien, who got the new organs Jan. 2, 2003, also received the keys to the city of Rochester.

At the reception, Lien, who was 71 at trip’s end, spoke, as did Dr. Brooks Edwards, his cardiologist, and Dr. Richard Daly, his surgeon.


After he got the new organs, Lien decided he wanted to spread the word about the need for organ donations, so he set out to sail solo around the world. He is in the record books as the oldest person to do that, and he did it in a 27-foot sailboat, one of the smallest ever used for such a voyage. He left San Diego May 7, 2005, and returned Oct. 19.

He is active through Lifesharing, a group that encourages people to donate organs and tissue to save the lives of others.


The Preston Historical Society recently found about 50 audio tapes made from 1969 to 1979 of people telling about the early days of the city.

One is of a funeral home owner and another is of a grocery store owner.

The society is looking for donations to help preserve the tapes by putting the interviews on CDs. It also is trying to find families of those interviewed to see if they want copies.

To contact the society, write to it at P.O. Box 138, Preston, MN 55965, or call Richard Hovelson, (507) 765-2387.

La Crescent


A reward of $1,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who broke into the La Crescent Pharmacy early Jan. 22 and stole some narcotics.

RXPatrol/Crime Stoppers said it had obtained the reward money from a pharmaceutical company. Those with information are asked to call 1-888-479-8477 (1-888-4RxTips).

La Crescent Police Chief Todd Nelson said someone broke into another building about 2 a.m. by getting into an adjacent business and then into the pharmacy. When police arrived, they sealed off the building but the thief had escaped. Bicycle tracks were found in the snow leading away from the pharmacy, but officers lost the trail.

Zumbro Falls

Greg Bearden wouldn’t celebrate a lottery win of $120,000 until he had the check in hand.

Bearden of Zumbro Falls bought three Gopher 5 and two Powerball tickets on Jan. 23 when he stopped for gas at the Greenway Coop in Elgin. When he returned to the business a few days later to check the tickets, the clerk told him he won $30,000 on a Gopher 5 ticket.

To double-check the win, Bearden’s wife went on the Internet and discovered his ticket was worth $120,000.

"I was a little skeptical," Bearden said. He told his wife: "When I see the check, I’ll smile."


Bearden apparently was smiling when presented with his check Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Roseville, Minn.


The Minneapolis Police Department named Sgt. Mike Keefe, a native of Dover, and his partner Sgt. Chris Thompsen as 2006 Investigators of the Year.

Keefe is a 16-year veteran of the department. He has a degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska.

Keefe and Thompson were assigned to nine homicide cases last year, and felony murder charges were brought in eight of them, according to the Star Tribune newspaper of Minneapolis. That’s an 88 percent closure rate, well above the unit’s 60 percent average.

Keefe is married and has children. He has recently moved to the department’s sex-crimes unit.

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