(Spicer MN-) The family of an elderly Prinsburg man who was found safe after being missing for more than 24 hours is expressing their thanks to everyone who helped in his search. The family of 83-year-old Donald Wieberdink sent a message to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department saying "It is very difficult for our family to put into words the thoughts and feelings we have experienced over the past few days. However, what we can say is that we all woke up this morning with a feeling of overwhelming gratitute and shouts of praise." They thanked all the police, sheriff's deputies, firefighters, EMTs, Civil Air Patrol and other service personnel who spent several hours searching for Wieberdink, as well as members of the local community who also turned out in droves to help in the search. The family said "There are really no words that we can say to thank them enough for taking the time and searching and finding him. We cannot wait to thank them in person."
Wieberdink left for a bike ride on the east side of Green Lake, where the family has a cabin, on Tuesday afternoon. When he did not return, family members notified authorities who launched a search. The next day community members were recruited, and he was found Wednesday afternoon in a bean field east of Spicer. He was sunburned, barefoot and dehydrated but otherwise in good spirits. Wieberdink suffers from dementia