Welna remembered Zimmerman for his connection to one of the most tragic events in Waseca history. In 1959, Zimmerman’s wife and six children were killed when their car was hit by a train. Zimmerman later married a widow with six children.
“I carry these stories around in my head wherever I go,” Welna said of the past and more recent events from his hometown.
“Waseca has changed, but I hope it can preserve its special history.”