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Mark Brunswick

Reporter | Military Affairs
phone: 612-673-4434
Mark Brunswick covers military affairs for the Star Tribune. He has had assignments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo and has focused on domestic issues related to PTSD, returning veterans, military recruitment and the new role of women in the military. Previously, he covered state government and politics from the Star Tribune's state capitol bureau in St. Paul.
Recent content from Mark Brunswick

Minneapolis-based Air Force Reserve crew to assist in Irma recovery

A crew from the Minneapolis-based 934th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve departed on Wednesday to take part in hurricane recovery efforts. The crew…
Mankato caters to growing community by adding more bike repair stations

Mankato caters to growing community by adding more bike repair stations

The five added so far look to make cycling more accessible. A sixth is planned.
After 2013 killing in Mankato, a Marine's broken psyche is being mended

After 2013 killing in Mankato, a Marine's broken psyche is being mended

Levi Minissale was found not guilty by reason of insanity in attacks on a former girlfriend and her husband. His attorneys argued that his battlefield experiences contributed to his mental illness.
Minn. Guardsmen deployed to help with Hurricane Harvey response

Minn. Guardsmen deployed to help with Hurricane Harvey response

Eleven soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Combat Aviation Brigade were sent to Texas on Friday.
The flood of 2007: A rebuilt Rushford gathers to remember

The flood of 2007: A rebuilt Rushford gathers to remember

Rushford gathers to give thanks and celebrate its resiliency
Minnesota attorney general sues companies over loans to vets, seniors

Minnesota attorney general sues companies over loans to vets, seniors

The lawsuit alleges that the companies violated state lending laws by issuing loans without a license and often charging annual percentage rates of 200 percent.
Outfitting gear, mounted animals for sale at IRS auction of Ely's oldest outfitter

Outfitting gear, mounted animals for sale at IRS auction of Ely's oldest outfitter

The sale of the contents of Wilderness Outfitters comes after it was shuttered by the IRS earlier this summer over federal liens and unpaid taxes.
Obituary: David Brink, Minneapolis attorney and former national ABA president

Obituary: David Brink, Minneapolis attorney and former national ABA president

When the Minnesota State Bar Association surveyed its members asking who they would most like to see present continuing-education courses, 93 percent of the respondents…
On a Jordan hilltop, young man puts together pieces of family he never knew

On a Jordan hilltop, young man puts together pieces of family he never knew

Jesse Richard had gone through life never knowing his father, a Marine killed in a barracks fire at a Japanese training base in October 1979.
Military cemetery in Preston, Minn., serves veterans across state lines

Military cemetery in Preston, Minn., serves veterans across state lines

For many veterans, a military burial is the first and final thing they ask for in return for their service.
Duluth project puts protected bike lane on training wheels

Duluth project puts protected bike lane on training wheels

The City of Duluth is testing a protected bike lane in its downtown, and officials anticipate a learning curve as steep as some of the…
Sunday sales in Minn. won't hurt Wis., say liquor store owners

Sunday sales in Minn. won't hurt Wis., say liquor store owners

Spotted Cow ale is cited as one secret weapon to keep Minnesota customers.
$1 million in grants aims to shore up vulnerable Minn. courthouses

$1 million in grants aims to shore up vulnerable Minn. courthouses

Counties to match state funds in making security upgrades.

IRS shutters longtime Ely wilderness outfitter

The abrupt closing this week of a longtime outfitter came as some clients were canoeing and camping in the wilderness.
Glencoe Woodworking Club creates wooden treasures

Glencoe Woodworking Club creates wooden treasures

All skill levels are welcome at the Glencoe Woodworking Club
In 'God's Country,' Minnesotans are steadfast in Trump support

In 'God's Country,' Minnesotans are steadfast in Trump support

Evangelical voters looked for a "bulldozer" in Trump. Looking past what others saw as disqualifying transgressions, Trump carried McLeod County by more than 38 percentage points, among the highest margins of victory in the state.
Despite a waiting list of 1,500, Minnesota has room for only 144 new veterans home beds

Despite a waiting list of 1,500, Minnesota has room for only 144 new veterans home beds

Supporters say new veterans homes would address "underserved"
A farewell to Iraq vet who sounded alarm over toxic risks

A farewell to Iraq vet who sounded alarm over toxic risks

Amie Muller, who died of pancreatic cancer at age 36, worked and lived next to one of the most toxic military burn pits in all of Iraq.
Trump's inauguration raises stakes, hopes in rural Minn.

Trump's inauguration raises stakes, hopes in rural Minn.

Donald Trump didn't win Minnesota. And he never visited Mower County. But his message resonated with voters in LeRoy and Lyle. Now they wonder: What's next?
Annandale lot where Jacob Wetterling's killer once lived now belongs to city

Annandale lot where Jacob Wetterling's killer once lived now belongs to city

The house where Danny Heinrich once lived is gone, and the lot where it stood will remain undeveloped for at least 10 years.
Protesters gather at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in wake of refugee ban

Protesters gather at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in wake of refugee ban

The rally was one of several reported nationwide in the wake of Trump's executive order banning migrants from 7 primarily Muslim countries.
Nonprofit trains veterans to lead, succeed in business

Nonprofit trains veterans to lead, succeed in business

Veterans discover that resilience and resourcefulness make good entrepreneurship
Rochester arcade offers video gaming blasts from the past

Rochester arcade offers video gaming blasts from the past

Throwback video games mix fun with a sense of nostalgia
Globe, Minnesota Business ordered to pay restitution to students

Globe, Minnesota Business ordered to pay restitution to students

The order comes after Globe U and the Minnesota School of Business lost federal funding and were hit by a fraud lawsuit.
A wing and prayers: Repairing 1945 seaplane is a labor of love for Duluth volunteers

A wing and prayers: Repairing 1945 seaplane is a labor of love for Duluth volunteers

Repairing a 1945 seaplane is a labor of love for Duluth volunteers
Globe, Minn. School of Business to close campuses

Globe, Minn. School of Business to close campuses

For-profit schools lost federal funding and were hit by fraud lawsuit.
Gifts shipped to Duluth-based unit bear message: 'We remember you'

Gifts shipped to Duluth-based unit bear message: 'We remember you'

Duluth-based Army Reserve company in Kuwait has had a long year of deployment.
Franken, Klobuchar seek relief for defrauded Globe/Minnesota School of Business students

Franken, Klobuchar seek relief for defrauded Globe/Minnesota School of Business students

Senators want debt relief for Globe and School of Business students.

Fundraiser that targeted veterans banned in Minnesota

Associated Community Services agrees to stop operations for two years.
Pearl Harbor survivors are fading, but memory of that day still sharp

Pearl Harbor survivors are fading, but memory of that day still sharp

On Dec. 7, 1941, Vern Luettinger was serving on the USS California. Today, the Richfield man is likely one of only three survivors to be living in Minnesota.
Feds end student aid for Globe U, Minnesota School of Biz

Feds end student aid for Globe U, Minnesota School of Biz

Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business no longer will be allowed to participate in federal student aid programs.

Crisis line for vets to get better oversight

President Obama signed into law last week a bill that will strengthen oversight of the veteran crisis line at the Department of Veterans Affairs. U.S.…
Minnesota tattooing project helps vets confront pain

Minnesota tattooing project helps vets confront pain

"Warrior Ink" project helps wounded veterans with a mix of tattoo artistry and good conversation.

Longtime Bemidji State football coach fired over reported racial slur

Coach Jeff Tesch was placed on administrative leave in August for reportedly uttering a racial slur in practice.

Report gives VA mail drug program high marks

More than 99 percent of veterans using an outpatient mail pharmacy program received their prescription packages within Veterans Affairs’ 10-day timeliness goal, according to a…
Funding is approved to keep Duluth zoo's doors open

Funding is approved to keep Duluth zoo's doors open

Viability of zoo is seen as critical to development along city's west end
GAO says Pentagon needs to do more about burn pit exposure

GAO says Pentagon needs to do more about burn pit exposure

The Pentagon needs to study the long-term health effects of exposure to the chemicals inhaled from burn pits at its overseas military bases, the Government…
Obituary: Richard Jamieson, award-winning Minnesota filmmaking pioneer

Obituary: Richard Jamieson, award-winning Minnesota filmmaking pioneer

The year was 1979, and the record album and phonograph needle were kings. But a prescient Richard Jamieson was asked about an emerging technology known…
Head of Minnesota National Guard gets reprieve on mandatory retirement

Head of Minnesota National Guard gets reprieve on mandatory retirement

An extension is granted until at least late 2017.

Anoka County wins federal grants for veteran, drug courts

Anoka County was awarded two federal grants this week that will allow it to launch a drug court and to expand its veterans court. The…
U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan grew up in Minnesota

U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan grew up in Minnesota

A 31-year-old soldier killed this week in Afghanistan grew up in Minnesota and his parents are well-known in the Marshall area, where his father is…
Medal of Honor recipients gather in the Twin Cities this week

Medal of Honor recipients gather in the Twin Cities this week

Medal of Honor recipients aim to promote courage, integrity.
$7.3M upgrade means airport in Rochester keeps global flights

$7.3M upgrade means airport in Rochester keeps global flights

New 20,000-square-foot project will provide for a passenger boarding bridge, a concourse holding room, baggage claim, improvements to security screening and more.
Vets left in limbo with ITT Tech closure

Vets left in limbo with ITT Tech closure

The abrupt shuttering of ITT Technical Institute, along with a recent court ruling putting in doubt the future of another for-profit school, is causing serious…
State moves to shut down Globe U, Minn. School of Business

State moves to shut down Globe U, Minn. School of Business

The revocation of their authorization to operate came after a judge ruled that the schools committed fraud in relation to their criminal justice program.
Memorial service held for former Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. John Vessey

Memorial service held for former Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. John Vessey

Gen. John “Jack” Vessey, a Minnesota native who rose to the highest ranks of the military to become President Ronald Reagan’s chairman of the Joint…

Federal probe addresses concerns about work environment at St. Cloud VA

The review found that top managers had made strides in increasing staffing levels and communication.
Work begins on $14.3M complex in Minneapolis for chronically homeless vets

Work begins on $14.3M complex in Minneapolis for chronically homeless vets

Veterans East will provide 100 units of housing on the Minneapolis VA campus.
VA doctor to research approaches to chronic pain

VA doctor to research approaches to chronic pain

A researcher for the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs hospital has been awarded a $12.5 million grant to compare approaches to pain management. The study comes as…
State's Gold Star families struggle with Trump remarks

State's Gold Star families struggle with Trump remarks

Some families are angry, uneasy and frustrated as they are thrust into an uncomfortable position of taking sides. It has also brought up the pain of loved ones lost to war.
MVP award, other trophies stolen from Roger Maris Museum in Fargo

MVP award, other trophies stolen from Roger Maris Museum in Fargo

A burglar broke into the Roger Maris Museum in a Fargo mall early Tuesday morning and made off with several pieces of memorabilia awarded to the baseball legend and Fargo favorite son..
Professor embraced the lives of world's women and children

Professor embraced the lives of world's women and children

As a child, Marilyn Cuneo dreamed of leaving home to travel the world. As an adult, she worked to bring the world back home. Through…
Walz launches bid for leadership post on House Veterans Affairs Committee

Walz launches bid for leadership post on House Veterans Affairs Committee

Minnesota Democrat makes a case to become the panel's ranking member.

Watchdog reports slap VA over crisis line, veteran benefits

Two recent watchdog reports on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) illustrate the complexity that often confounds those running such a large bureaucracy. The Government…
Gunflint Lodge in new hands after more than 80 years

Gunflint Lodge in new hands after more than 80 years

The lodge, which has been in the Kerfoot family since 1929, was sold last week to a couple who plan to continue its traditions and the outfitting operation on Gunflint Lake, 43 miles north of Grand Marais.

TV show helps local vet with home, vehicle repairs

Operation Build’s “I’m Coming Home” program will broadcast a three-part series airing on A&E and FYI next month on Scott Adams, a U.S. Army veteran…
2016: Iraq, Afghan vets may have their own Agent Orange

2016: Iraq, Afghan vets may have their own Agent Orange

While it took nearly three decades for the U.S. government to eventually link Agent Orange, the defoliant used in Vietnam, to cancer, President Obama has pledged quick action to make determinations about the effect of the burn pits on perhaps as many as 60,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Trump gave $100,000 to Twin Cities-based veterans group

The Twin Cities outfit got the money several months ago. It was part of the $5.6M he discussed Tuesday.
Alternate PTSD therapy ruffles VA feathers, but shows results

Alternate PTSD therapy ruffles VA feathers, but shows results

EMDR, which uses sensory stimulation to connect to triggers from trauma and neutralizes them, is getting results, according to a local nonprofit that offers it to vets.
State sues fundraiser for veterans' charity, alleging deception

State sues fundraiser for veterans' charity, alleging deception

Minnesota is suing its fundraising arm for deceptive practices.

Fund helps vets misled into using their GI Bill benefits

Four veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars recently were awarded $5,000 grants to help pay down student loan debt they racked up while attending…
Obituary: Robert Schumacher was a 'judge's judge'

Obituary: Robert Schumacher was a 'judge's judge'

From the value of the land of the Minnesota Twins stadium to disputes in lawsuits over Catholic clergy abuse, Robert Schumacher had a…
Push is on to restore, reopen bridge to Minneapolis Vets Home

Push is on to restore, reopen bridge to Minneapolis Vets Home

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is asking the Legislature for $7.8 million to redesign and renovate the closed bridge from 1908.
Suit alleges false claims, high-pressure tactics by for-profit schools

Suit alleges false claims, high-pressure tactics by for-profit schools

But the attorney for Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business painted a different picture in opening statements of a civil trial in Hennepin County District Court.
Suicide hits hard among ranks of Minnesota National Guard

Suicide hits hard among ranks of Minnesota National Guard

A father's despair over his son's death in Iraq drives home a crisis for the Minnesota National Guard, whose members have died by suicide more than all but one state Guard in the country in the past five years.
New flight plan for Duluth fighter wing

New flight plan for Duluth fighter wing

The Air National Guard's 148th will be on a "routine deterrence mission" in South Korea.
Sad state of Minnesota armories prompts a multimillion dollar plan

Sad state of Minnesota armories prompts a multimillion dollar plan

The Minnesota National Guard is closing 12 dilapidated armories as it upgrades facilities.
Minnesota veterans' kayaking program offers safe haven, camaraderie

Minnesota veterans' kayaking program offers safe haven, camaraderie

The group provides access to the programs throughout the year but uses the Edina pool every other Friday during the winter, providing a challenging but safe haven for veterans who might prefer one another's company away from the institutional surroundings of the VA.
Pengilly man's military legacy is restored after break-in

Pengilly man's military legacy is restored after break-in

Thieves took more than medals when they broke into Pengilly cabin.

Minneapolis VA cleared in three cases of alleged manipulation of patient appointments, wait times

Inspector general clears Minneapolis VA Health Care System in three cases.
Minnesota National Guard is working to diversify its ranks

Minnesota National Guard is working to diversify its ranks

After promotion, Sandy Best says she looks forward to day when it's commonplace.

Minneapolis VA plans Shakopee town hall

Minneapolis Veterans Affairs officials plan a town-hall meeting March 17 in Shakopee. The meeting is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at the American Legion…
First female general in Minnesota National Guard announced

First female general in Minnesota National Guard announced

Col. Sandy Best will become the first female general in Minnesota National Guard history when she’s promoted to brigadier general, the Minnesota National Guard confirmed…
St. Cloud canine explosive detection company picking up local business

St. Cloud canine explosive detection company picking up local business

Dogs trained to detect bombs and drugs now in demand to fight domestic terror.
Obituary: Aveda chemist Patrica Peterson Werre had the right mix of talent, drive

Obituary: Aveda chemist Patrica Peterson Werre had the right mix of talent, drive

Patricia Peterson Werre loved the periodic tables. She had a blanket of the elements, a poster of them in her office and a coffee cup…
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