Days Gone By: 1963
March 14, 1963: Cold feet, aching limbs end result for hikers: A weary group of eight was the remainder of a party of ten who began an eight-mile hike down the Kinnickinnic river to check out the possibility of building another dam to generate more power for the city. Jim Young, Wes Johnson, Mayor Spike Hoffman, Dick Fox, Dr. R.A. Pennington, Bruce Pennington, Lyle Zastrow and Stan Hofstedt, utilities department manager, completed the journey.
Thor Thoreson, a member of the party, had to be taken back to town after twisting his leg about six miles out. Last member of the original party, C. Behlmer Carisch, held tough for nearly 300 yards, but then turned back in deference to his dogs who found rough going along the snow-laden river banks.
Mayor Hoffman did a little pre-arranging by contacting the Naval air station at Minneapolis to have a helicopter drop down during the hike to provide assistance if needed. While the helicopter did show up, it was unable to land near the river, but did set down on a bluff overlooking the group. Crew members said they had gallons of hot coffee for the hikers, but only Lyle Zastrow was willing to make the steep climb up the bluff to meet the plane.
The group agreed they learned a good deal about the Kinnickinnic, (Dr. Pennington was the only one who had made the trip before) and perhaps more about their own physical condition.