To the Editor:

On May 11 it was 23 years since the strange disappearance occurred.

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If you lived in or around the Two Harbors area in the mid '80s, then I'm sure you've heard about it.

It began on Saturday, May 11, 1985, when in the mid-afternoon, roughly 3 p.m., Donald Bernard Kulas, a 59-year-old Bassett Lake resident, said goodbye to his wife Ena, and got in his 1985 blue Chevrolet Blazer to head into Two Harbors to attend a Carman's party at the American Legion. He was a retired carman from the railroad.

About 6 p.m., Kulas arrived at the American Legion for the event, which he attended. Later, after dinner and visiting, Kulas left the American Legion and went over to the Moose Club (roughly 10 p.m.) for some drinks.

Then, somewhere between midnight and 1 a.m. on May 12, he left the Moose Club and Two Harbors to start back home to Bassett Lake, 23 miles north of town.

But that was the last anybody saw him...for on that fateful night, something happened that kept Kulas from making it home to his family.

Since that night he has not been seen or heard from again.

In the next day, the family contacted both St. Louis and Lake County authorities to report Kulas was missing. But before Lake County authorities were told that, they had found Kulas's Blazer abandoned up on Hwy. 2 (State Road), just above the intersection with Lake County Hwy. 15, above the railroad tracks 25 miles up from Two Harbors. The vehicle was found resting locked up, northbound facing, on the southbound shoulder of State Road.

In the following week an intense manhunt, including a helicopter, search parties and dogs, scoured the area around where Donald's vehicle was discovered...but to no avail.

In the years since the disappearance, authorities have checked into any and all leads that might help them solve the case, but still to this day there are only questions....Where is he? What happened to him that night?

Kulas was last seen wearing a gray jacket, light blue pants and a blue plaid shirt.

Even though it's been 23 years, residents in the Two Harbors area have not forgotten him or his family.

Anybody with any information is encouraged to contact Lake County Law Enforcement at (218) 834-8385.

Jason Jacobson

Wausau, Wis., and formerly of

Two Harbors