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Mark Brunswick

Reporter | Military Affairs
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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. Contact Mark securely using the Signal app at 612-201-7307. PGP: 7B3C 9F88 2006 DC29 6F19 1716 7479 D995 33D2 AF1C
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New St. Paul city attorney sues DFL legislator for defamation, 'innuendos'

New St. Paul city attorney sues DFL legislator for defamation, 'innuendos'

Lyndsey Olson alleged in a court document that state Rep. John Lesch smeared her professional reputation in a letter to the mayor.
Mpls. VA givs OK for combat vet's banned sculpture to be viewed

Mpls. VA givs OK for combat vet's banned sculpture to be viewed

Artwork can be shown at Minneapolis VA, but it must be behind a partition.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North and South Dakota sues major opioid manufacturers and distributors

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North and South Dakota sues major opioid manufacturers and distributors

Federal lawsuit says the Indian community has been particularly hard hit.

Minnesota Guard members will be deployed to Kuwait

The Minnesota National Guard announced Thursday that 39 soldiers from the Brooklyn Park-based headquarters’ 347th Regional Support Group will be deployed to multiple locations in…
A strict dress code for Bemidji's famous lumberjack could soon be relaxed

A strict dress code for Bemidji's famous lumberjack could soon be relaxed

A debate in Bemidji over whether to allow organizations to dress up the city's giant Paul Bunyan statue is rearing its huge plaster head.
End could be near for the historic Fergus Falls state mental hospital

End could be near for the historic Fergus Falls state mental hospital

After years of trying, the city failed to find a developer for the site.
VA says wounded Iraq War vet's sculpture is too real to display

VA says wounded Iraq War vet's sculpture is too real to display

It includes four 155 mm shells connected by wires, to represent the IEDs involved in his injury, but officials called them a risk to public safety.

Minnesota Guard soldiers to deploy to Kuwait and Afghanistan

The two teams going are the first of four deployments scheduled for the unit.
After getting cold shoulder from St. Paul, Detroit Lakes builds its own ice palace

After getting cold shoulder from St. Paul, Detroit Lakes builds its own ice palace

It will be an homage to a town that once took pride in being an ice harvesting capital.
Minnesota military police unit returns from deployment to Gitmo

Minnesota military police unit returns from deployment to Gitmo

Minnesota military police unit returns from mission at Gitmo
Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken said new riot gear won't be purchased until after a full discussion of the issue

Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken said new riot gear won't be purchased until after a full discussion of the issue

Duluth's police chief says he will hold off on a plan for purchasing updated riot gear, at least temporarily resisting a national trend of militarization…
Anonymous $25M donation to Gustavus Adolphus College to support career and vocational readiness

Anonymous $25M donation to Gustavus Adolphus College to support career and vocational readiness

St. Peter liberal arts college puts focus on "career-related learning."
At notoriously haunted hotel in LeRoy, Minn., expect a shake-up call

At notoriously haunted hotel in LeRoy, Minn., expect a shake-up call

The spirits lurking in Sweet's Hotel seem friendly enough — to those who have dared to check them out.
Vets forge new opportunity at Avon blacksmith shop

Vets forge new opportunity at Avon blacksmith shop

Dozens of vets showed up in Avon, Minn., to learn the craft of blacksmithing – and maybe something about themselves.
Big changes coming in the needs of Minnesota's veterans

Big changes coming in the needs of Minnesota's veterans

In decades to come, the VA will be helping more women -- and more veterans with chronic conditions.
Psychiatrist Robert Jeub dies at 96 of natural causes

Psychiatrist Robert Jeub dies at 96 of natural causes

Psychiatrist and neurologist Dr. Robert Jeub was a pioneer in using modern techniques to diagnose mental illness and testified at a number of prominent criminal…
Oh, geez: Future of Walker's Eelpout Festival on the line

Oh, geez: Future of Walker's Eelpout Festival on the line

Homage to gross but engrossing creature is the focus of debate.
Minn.-based program helps vets reintegrate into their families

Minn.-based program helps vets reintegrate into their families

Post-deployment coping skills help calm effects of modern warfare.
Bike trail parking lot near New London, Minn., is testament to parents' tenacity

Bike trail parking lot near New London, Minn., is testament to parents' tenacity

Tracy and Rick Clark fought for years to get their son's dream realized: a spot along a bike trail that would allow users to safely park off the busy highway nearby.

Former Watonwan County sheriff kills himself after child sex abuse allegations

Blue Earth County began investigating the former sheriff after receiving a complaint from a girl who alleged he'd abused her.
Kiesling House on New Ulm's Minnesota Street survived Dakota War of 1862

Kiesling House on New Ulm's Minnesota Street survived Dakota War of 1862

At issue is how to restore the wood-frame Kiesling House.

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…
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