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Retired general’s presentation on Cold War era Duluth

DULUTH: Brigadier General Raymond Klosowski, U.S. Air Force (retired) of Duluth, will be presenting the history of military operations in the Duluth area during the Cold War with the Soviet Union (U.S.S.R.). The program will be held on Thursday, February 22, at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis County Depot Theatre in Duluth. There will be a 6–7 p.m. social […]

Student wins scholarship with essay on his grandfather

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DULUTH – Patrick Douglas of Aurora was awarded the 2023 Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship. The presentation ceremony was held in the Veterans Memorial Hall Museum at the St. Louis County Depot on January 22. Douglas, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, accepted the $1,500 scholarship from Michele Schneeberger, Colalillo’s daughter, and Andrew Meyer, chairman of the Veterans […]

State veterans homes receive large donation from VFW

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STATEWIDE – The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) received a donation of $80,000 from the Department of Minnesota Veterans of Foreign Wars, Charles McLaughlin Post 906 in Hutchinson. This is the second year in a row that this donation has been provided to the eight state veterans homes. Each of the eight locations will receive $10,000. VFW State Commander […]

Minnesotan VFW member shares his story on trying to get disability

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VFW life member Randolph Freeman, 74, lives in Maplewood, MN, with his wife, Michelle. He joined the Army in 1974 and served for 24 years, with tours in Korea and Germany. He has felt the effects of various service-related conditions, including migraines, back pain and neck and shoulder injuries, for years but struggled to receive benefits. “I tried for about […]

Two Minnesota State Veterans Homes recognized as best for 2024

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The Minnesota Veterans Homes in both Fergus Falls and Luverne have been recognized as “Best Nursing Homes” for 2024, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine. U.S. News evaluated over 15,000 nursing homes while completing their research. Only 19 percent of U.S. skilled nursing facilities earned the “Best Nursing Home” designation this year. U.S. News Long-Term Care Ratings reflect […]

Starvation experiment of Dr. Ancel Keys, 1944 – 1945

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From November 1944 to late October 1945, Dr. Ancel Keys paid close attention to hunger. He supervised 36 young male volunteers in a “starvation experiment” funded by the U.S. Army. This landmark effort at the University of Minnesota led to a broad new understanding of nutrition and health. Keys was a physiologist, interested in how food and human behavior related […]

Last year’s accomplishments for the MN National Guard

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For the Minnesota National Guard, 2023 was focused on celebrating our people’s accomplishments, investing in our legacy partners while establishing new collaboration opportunities, in addition to modernizing our force’s training and equipment to ensure that we are always ready for our state and nation’s needs. January set a high standard of excellence for 2023, with the Distinguished Flying Cross award […]

Disabled veterans invited to sign up for “Miracles on a Mountainside”

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The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is scheduled to return to the mountains of Colorado in 2024, and interested veterans can now submit an application to participate. The annual event, co-presented by DAV and the Department of Veterans Affairs, will take place April 1–7. The clinic serves as a leader in adaptive winter sports instruction for disabled veterans, promoting […]

DAV encourages advocates to attend yearly mid-winter conference

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Leading advocates to gather in Washington, D.C., March 7–9. One of the most highly visible demonstrations of DAV’s dedicated advocacy in action comes in March at the annual mid-winter conference in Arlington, Virginia. Each year, hundreds of DAV members and leaders join together to put a face to the most pressing veterans’ issues and to bring the fight directly to […]

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon reflects on highlights of 2023

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Minnesota’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, known as BTYR, had another busy year filled with events, new members, and planning for the future. There are 53 cities and counties in the BTYR Community Network and 79 active BTYR companies and organizations in the BTYR Corporate Network. Their combined efforts are an ongoing commitment that greatly impacts those in the state’s […]


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