Spetz held onto the ID for a year, waiting out the pandemic, until giving it to his best investigator, Sgt. Lisa Pederson. She found the owner in about 20 minutes and left a message for him. But she knew it sounded like a scam when she explained how his ID had been found.
“I was glad he called back,” she said.
On May 20, Bradley Quarderer and his wife, Linda, drove from their home in Maplewood, Minn., to visit Pederson and Spetz and to retrieve his lost ID.
“We enjoyed the story,” Linda said. “It’s interesting because Bradley doesn’t remember the farmhouse or losing his ID.”
Spetz pointed out that only one of the semester boxes on the ID had been checked and noted Quarderer must have lost it in his first semester.
“As a responsible freshman, the first thing he did was to lose his ID,” Spetz jested, adding Quarderer should take his ID to the Merle M. Price Commons dining facility and see if there are any meals left on his plan.
“I don’t think I want a 52-year-old sandwich,” Bradley joked back.
Bradley had looked through his box of keepsakes from college and couldn’t find a newer ID. However, he did show Pederson and Spetz his graduation card from 1973.
Birkholz graduated in 2007 in manufacturing engineering. He worked on the production floor for 10 years and is an account manager for Catalytic Combustion Corporation in Bloomer.
“I use my degree every day talking to other engineers, designing new products, troubleshooting issues, making and testing working prototypes. I could not do this job as well without my engineering background,” Birkholz said.
“I loved Stout,” he added. “It doesn't seem to matter where I go in this world, I always seem to run into another UW-Stout grad. For a smaller school Stouties, travel well and always have time for and look out for other Stouties.”