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Hunters asked to be on look-out for missing man (10/09/2005)
By Cynthya Porter

     Kurtis Lee Palmquist
One minute he was there and the next minute he was gone.

This is all the information the Goodview Police Department has on the whereabouts of Kurtis Lee Palmquist in a case that has grown increasingly mysterious as the days wear on.

According to Deputy Chief Kent Russell, Palmquist was involved in an altercation during the afternoon of September 19 near his residence in the Lake Village trailer park.

According to new information obtained by police, Russell said, witnesses say that Palmquist was intoxicated while visiting the home of his ex-girlfriend, also in Lake Village. He got into an altercation with the woman and left, but was followed from the residence by her 21-year-old son.

Russell said the son struck Palmquist outside the residence hard enough to make him bleed, after which Palmquist reportedly walked to his home a few trailers away.

Palmquist's roommate, Russell said, is the ex-girlfriend's sister, and when Palmquist came into the trailer she went to the ex-girlfriend's residence to ask what had happened.

When she returned to the trailer around five minutes later, Russell said, Palmquist was gone and hasn't been seen since.

No witnesses have come forward to say they saw Palmquist leave his residence, and he did not reportedly take any of his personal belongings with him.

Palmquist was reported missing to the Goodview Police Department the next day, September 20, by his mother who lives in Big Lake, Minn. Russell indicated that the mother learned of the altercation and Palmquist's ensuing absence because Palmquist's roommate was calling around looking for him.

Authorities are concerned for Palmquist's well-being, Russell said, and have not ruled out anything during their investigation of his disappearance.

Aside from one possible sighting of a man generally fitting Palmquist's description walking near Goodview Lake, police have received no tips on his whereabouts.

To date, crews from the Goodview Police, Fire, First Responders and Reserves departments have searched for Palmquist with the help of the Winona County Sheriff's Department and Mounted Posse, Community Emergency Response Team, State Patrol U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Crimonal Apprehension.

Officials have searched Goodview Lake with cadaver dogs, a helicopter, divers and dragging equipment, and have also searched Airport Lake, Bartlett Lake and the surrounding areas.

Russell asked that hunters be particularly alert if they are walking through areas near Goodview or Minnesota City during the coming weeks.

Palmquist, who turns 35 Sunday, is described as a white male, 5' 8" with blue eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Goodview Police Department at 452-1500, the Winona County Sheriff's Department at 457-6368 or Crime Stoppers at 457-6530. 


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