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First words of freedom 'Oh, Craig' 'We talked of to keep her on line9 By MIKE McCABE and ZEKE WIGGLESWORTII MliuicnpolU Slnr Slaff Wrllori IN THE YEAR OF "THE EXORCIST," It Is a joy to experience a triumph of the good old-time religion. There are sophisticates among us who might have smiled at the revivalist atmosphere in which Mrs. Gunnar Kronholm's account of her abduction was presented to the public. she thought she was safe, the place went into bedlam. Everybody was crying, running nobody really lost control, except Dad.

And that was understandable." Then, Craig said, everybody wanted to talk to Mrs. Kronholm. "We talked about anything, trivia. Just to keep her on the line." Dorothy Kronholm, Gunnar's sister-in-law, talked to Mrs. Kronholm about a dog.

"We talked about her little dog, because I was taking care of her little dog," Dorothy said. Craig said as Mrs. Kronholm talked on the phone, her voice got stronger. 's a remarkable woman," he said. The youngest of the children, Mark, '22, a star hockey player in recent years at South St.

Paul High School and now a goalie at Notre Dame University, was on winter break in Florida when his mother was kidnapped. "We were on the beach early Sunday morning, the former Eurfice Peterson about five years ago. Mrs. Kronholm said later In a press conference thut she was afraid one of her two captors was following her. But by that time Craig had the address of the store.

The family called the store back and got Mrs. Kronholm on the phone. While they were talking to her, the FBI arranged to have her picked up. Craig said that every time the phone rang during the ordeal, the members of Gunnar and Eunice Kronholm's family would get tense, hoping it was "the call." Finally, when she did call, he signaled that it was the call they had been waiting for. "As soon as she said FINALLY, SHE JUST WALKED OUT But it was a striking testament, one that both humbled and exhilarated.

You do not have to be a person of religion to accept that some very profound force enabled this 46-year-old woman to face and I was out walking, and some friends were sit ting in our pickup truck, and they just happened to hear on the radio that a bank president's wife in Minnesota had been kidnapped. They did catch the name, but wanted to make sure, so they called a radio station, made sure, then came and told me." Mark made it home at 1 a.m. Monday. He was impressed by the spirit of the family members waiting to hear from Mrs. Kronholm.

"It was' surprising. It was looser than I thought. I was really concerned for my father. I thought he'd be on tranquilizers. He was fine.

There was a lot of tenseness in the house, but everybody seemed to be calm." Craig said the family always has been close. "If it's possible, I'd say this whole thing even pulled it together more," he said. For 80 hours, Craig Kronholm, 30, had been answering telephone culls at his parents' house in Lino Lakes, hoping that one of the calls would mean that his mother had been released by her kidnappers. Then, late Monday afternoon, the phone rang again. "Kronholm residence, Craig speaking," he said.

It was his mother, calling from a Tom Thumb Superette In Burnsville. Her voice, he said, was extremely broken. "Oh, Craig," she said. The first thing he asked was where she was, and he said she replied in one phrase, "138th and Nicollet," and, he said, "then, of course, she was overcome again." Mrs. Kronholm then hung up, Craig said.

None of the six Kronholm children by Kron-holm's first marriage lives at home. Kronholm's first wife died about seven years ago and he married The Minneapolis STAR her kidnapers with a serenity and even sociability that unnerved them. And finally, when the crisis arrived, it permitted her to face down the frightened and confused abductor who for 3 J4 days had commanded the power of life or death. "Jerry," she said, "I'm going." She feared, but she felt emboldened, as though wherever she was going to walk, she would not walk alone. There was a time to pray and a time to act.

Against this combination of godliness and damn-the-torpedos nerve, the abductor crumbled. We have a picture of the formerly crafty kidnaper LW'iMferr. THURSDAY, MARCH 21, in ill i i 11 Ufi 'CAR TQim, miserably trudging through EUNICE KRONHOLM Her captors were unnerved ,1 VARIETY tiSrtf I 1 if pus i WJ.f a But we tend to expect them routinely, often without trying to comprehend or being able to the kind of transforming strength the witness has experienced. WE DO NOT HAVE TO GROPE to understand there was something remarkable about how this woman confronted a crisis. Consider that in V2 days she faced the always-present threat of death; she was blindfolded, trussed, kept for eight hours in the trunk of a car, hungered, feared for her hushband and could in no way predict the future acts of her increasingly jittery kidnapers.

The events might have produced an overwhelming terror in the woman, or in anybody, a paralysis of thought and action; hysteria or catatonic torpor. Instead, she asked them to turn to the religious station, KTIS, on the car radio so she might attend PROTEST A group of Edina residents picketed the Westgate Theater yesterday to protest the 104-week showing of Harold and Maude. Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort, in town to celebrate the movie's second anniversary at the Westgate, were meeting inside with fans at the time. Mrs. Henry (Betty) Owen, 4312 Oakdale Edina, said that many neighborhood residents would like to patronize the theater, but they won't unless the movie changes.

Mrs. Owen said she'd called the the- Mlnneapolls Star Photo by William Seaman complain, but was told Harold and Maude would continue as it drew customers. More than 160,000 tickets have been show. Mrs. Owen said she'd like to see as a substitute anything "hardcore pornography." She hasn't seen Harold and Maude, four reviews which didn't make the movie sound like something want to see, Mrs.

Owen said. Governor's crime panel to restudy cost-sharing the mua oenina nis victim, yielding to her practical- minded estimate or me situation: The abductor couldn't make up his mind, so the lady might just as well do it for him. She left. He followed, perhaps in-some serio-comic way trying to maintain the appearances of control, and then he disappeared. Endorsements of the power of religious faith are fairly common currency in the chronicles of those who survive disaster or criminal acts.

Maybe they are not quite so common as they once were. Advertisement cylinder COMET PRICES START AT JUST 2646 nd lrntporttten. Northeast request for early park repair fails The Minneapolis Park Board yesterday turned down the requests of a northeast Minneapolis group that wanted a neighborhood park improved this spring. The group, the Bottineau Park Community Council, asked the board to redevelop the park and provide recreational supervision this spring, not in 1977 when the board has scheduled park repairs. The 3-acre park is at 2nd St.

and 19th Av. NE. by Burlington Northern railroad tracks. Most board members expressed sympathy for the group's concerns, but said that the money for repairs had been previously scheduled and had been set back because of cuts in the capital-improvements program during the terms of former Mayor Charles Stenvig1. Mrs.

Walter Kikos, speaking for the group, said the park's baseball diamonds are in such bad condition that teams have refused to play on them. "We were better off with the outhouse we had before because even the bathroom facilities don't work," Mrs. Kikos said She lives at 2226 University Av. NE. The residents also said they wanted a fence replaced around the basketball courts which they claimed had been removed by a park crew.

Mrs. Fran Nelson, 2211 NE. Grand said after the meeting she thought the board was giving the group "therunaround." "But I think we will keep on them," Mrs. Nelson said. "We'll be back." About $200,000 worth of i are scheduled in the spring of 1977.

The park last received substantial repairs in 1956, Mrs. Kikos said. April 15 at the IRS office is "practically unbearable," he said. Now, however the time between the late January "refund return peak" and the mid April "peak" the phone lines arc relatively free, he said. The time a return is filed has no bearing on the likelihood that it will be audited, Scott said.

services. She conversed with them civilly. She even hazed them gently about the meager diet for lunch, a dried wiener bun. In the end it was the victim of the abduction who was thinking clearly, whose decisiveness might have prevented a tragedy. Some might choose to call this simply the dynamism of the three days' events.

Others might call it an unusual display of composure by a kidnapping victim or an ex traordinarily bungled job by the kidnapers. Mrs. Kronholm called it the work of God. SHE USED THE EXPRESSION "Christian faith." The word Christian or the invocation of Christian faith do not have the pervading respectability they orice had. To some ears they sound pompous and elaborately preachy.

All religions have their hypocrites and chauvinists and super-evangelists. But when this lady tells us she was sustained by her. Christian faith, do vou reallv doubt it? 1974 jg a SHOREVIEW MAN DIES IN PLANE CRASH Associated Press The parents of a Shore-view man have been notified that their son was killed Tuesday when his Navy plane crashed off the carrier USS Oriskany In the South China Sea. Lt. (jg) Steven H.

Pon-than, who would have been 25 yesterday, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Ponthan, 4496 Lexington Av. N.

The Defense Department said Ponthan was flying a medium bomber which crashed In a night catapult shot on a routine practice mission. His body was not recovered. Memorial services will be at II a.m. Saturday at Central Presbyterian Church, 500 Cedar St. Paul.

while it may take as long as 14 weeks if they wait until almost April 15, he said. Waiting until the last day or two also often re-hulu in mistakes from pressure, and may result in considerable difficulty getting through to IRS personnel to ask questions, he added. YOUR AREA NEWS awr mm A By ERIC PIANIN Minneapolis Star Staft Writer representation on the committee Keyes will appoint. But Jones said he suspected the majority of committee members would be crime commissioners. The commission's decision to appoint a committee to study the matter reportedly was worked out Wednesday at a meeting attended by Thomas A.

Kelm, executive secretary to Gov. Wendell Anderson, Minneapolis Mayor Albert Hofstede, Olson, and Robert E. Crew executive director of the crime commission. The Governor's Crime Commission yesterday agreed to reconsider a controversial cost-sharing policy that Hennepin county and Minneapolis officials claim is jeopardizing 22 federally funded crime- prevention o-grams. Leonard J.

Keyes, chairman of the commission, will appoint a committee consisting of commission members, elected officials, representatives of regional crime councils, and possi- ANOTHER OPEMns ER nAKuLOX MAUDE HUD The crime commission policy, which was to become effective July 1, requires local government and private agencies to pay 10 percent of a pilot program's cost in the first year, one-third in the second year and two-thirds in the third year. The remainder of the cost would be paid with federal Law Enforcement Assistance Administration money, controlled by the crime commission, and some state money. Previously, local government paid one-fourth of the cost in each of the three years. After that, the local governments decided whether to take over the programs completely or terminate them. The change in policy, which Jones said has been planned since 1972, was designed to require localities to assume a greater share of the responsibility for these programs.

It also would enable the crime commission increase the number of programs it oversees. "There is a specific provision in the policy for flexibility, as long as the thrust of it lias been kept," Jones said. He indicated that special consideration would be given programs for which a good-faith effort had been mado but failed to find enough local matching money. Both the II en no pin County Board and the Minneapolis City Council recently delayed processing applications for grants for the 22 programs, hoping to convince the crime commission to change the policy. County Board Chairman Thomas Olson said yesterday that It Is "critical" that elected officials 'and grant applicants get ctuial ater twice to as long sold for the but but has read she'd Id bly several grant applicants.

The committee will hold hearings before reporting back to the full commission with a recommendation. C. Paul Jones, the Minnesota public defender and an influential member of the crime commission, told a reporter that local officials had circulated "a lot of misinformation" about the policy, and that he thought it was basically sound and flexible. and Marilyn Parsons, who lives in another apartment at Messamer's address, were returning home about 10:20 p.m. when they encountered two young men on the front sidewalk, Messamer and Miss rcrsons continued pant them to the front steps when two other young men came running out.

the door carrying an item a a described as his. "What the hell arc you doing? Messamer demanded, and one of the two shot him in the neck, according to police reports. Messamer fell over backwards while the four suspects fled in a car. Police said three apartments, including Messamer's and Miss Parsons', had been ransacked and that miscellaneous stereo equipment was missing. The burglars the building by kicking in a door, police A passer-by.

described ho getaway car as a 10(i8 white Mercury. I '4 is She is the kind who believe in a companionable God. She actually asked him, she tells us, what was the best time to walk out of the house. Now you may view this private dialogue in any one of several ways, but you cannot argue away her total belief that she was not alone. It comforted her, controlled her fears, confounded her captors and impelled her.

However we identify it is not so important. It is the faith itself that must lead many to humility and, perhaps, a quest for the same. Advertisement Man critically hurt by fleeing burglar Quality Presents Two MILEAGE CARS A 6 cylinder Comet and 4 cylinder Capri Put to the test. IRS says tax returns slower than last year MILEAGE RESULTS COMET 26.6 mpg. CAPRI 32.4 mpg.

4 cylinder CAPRI PRICES START AT JUST 3566 Ptu dtal pp A 29-ycar-old man was shot and crilically wounded last night when he surprised burglars outside his south Minneapolis apartment house, police said. Jack H. Messamer, 1st Av. was struck by a bullet that passed through his spina I cord. Me is pnrn-lyzed and in critical condition at Hennepin County General Hospital, police said.

Police said Messamer Woman killed by her own car Lucille Mary Marx, 4(1, was killed about 2:30 p.m. yesterday in Mazeppa, when she was run over by her own car. Officials said Mrs. Marx, Mazeppa, had parked her car and gotten out when the vehicle slipped Into reverse and started backing up. She attempted to get into the car to stop It, but slipped under the car and was run over by a front wheel, officials said.

If you've been putting off that income tax chore until the last minute, you've got a lot of company. The IRS reported yesterday that only about halt 776,717, as of last Saturday of the 1.5 million returns expected this year in Minnesota have been filed so far. Returns are generally coming in slightly more slowly than last year, though day-to-day comparative figures fluctuate, said Roy Scott, public affairs officer for the IRS. Scott says he attributes the relative slowness this year to i r-s fundings" which led many employers to send out W-2 forms later than usual. Scott urged people who haven't filed their returns yet to do it soon, not to wait until the last day, April 15.

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