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Mark Brunswick

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Troops from the U.S. Army’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team instructed Iraqi soldiers how to use M2 machine guns at Besmaya Range Complex, Iraq.

Review: 'The Fighters,' by C.J. Chivers

NONFICTION: Veteran journalist C.J. Chivers follows six U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Matthew Girtz, right, and Andrew Hutton worked with instructor Tracy Moshier, playing the role of a patient, in a fast-track nursing program.

Minnesota pioneers ways to fast-track military-to-civilian transition in high demand professions

States launch programs to ease transition into civilian life.
David Rydeen, physical plant director for the state Veterans Home in Hastings, displayed a water pipe that has been repaired multiple times.

Aging Minn. veterans homes are in desperate need of repair

Officials seek $13.1 million to repair the aging facilities.
William Hargis

Bill Hargis, shepherd of Woodbury's growth, dies at 68

Bill Hargis, who as mayor of Woodbury presided over the east metro city's era of rapid growth, died April 10 after being diagnosed with advanced…
Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St. Paul, in April.

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.
Bill DeRoche with the sculpture he created for the Veteran Creative Arts Competition.

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.
This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York.

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…
The Bemidji City Council on Monday will review an ordinance that prohibits dressing up Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox for special events.

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.
The exterior of the Fergus Falls State Hospital administration building, center, looks much the same as it did when construction on the asylum and acc

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.
William DeRoche incorporated objects meaningful to him in his construction, including one his dog tags in the foreground.

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.
For the first time since 1971, Detroit Lakes ice harvesters will put their skills to use building a local ice palace. The area was a longtime ice-harv

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.
Soldiers with the 257th Military Police Company were greeted by family members Wednesday after arriving in Monticello, Minn., following a nine-month d

Minnesota military police unit returns from deployment to Gitmo

Minnesota military police unit returns from mission at Gitmo
The last time Duluth police officers donned riot gear was in 2012 when a group of white supremacists and counterprotesters clashed downtown.

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…
Sweet’s Hotel in LeRoy, Minn., was built in 1898. Locals say the building is haunted, pointing to numerous incidents of lights not staying off, flyi

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.
Ken Zitur, left, gave a lesson to veterans including Aaron Othoudt. Why did he and a buddy show up? “We were both interested in pounding on metal.�

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.
Gloria Burt, of the American Legion Post 118 of Wayzata, was part of opening ceremonies for new veterans housing.

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 and neurologist Dr. Robert Jeub was a pioneer in using modern techniques to diagnose mental illness and testified at a number of prominent criminal…
The 20th Annual International Eelpout Festival in Walker, Minn. -- Abe Hiro, senior correspondent for Fuji Television Network News, holds an eelpout f

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

Homage to gross but engrossing creature is the focus of debate.
Tina Kill Lenling, son Isaac, 10, and husband Steve Lenling prepared dinner at their St. Paul home. Kill Lenling said the tools she’s acquired from

Minn.-based program helps vets reintegrate into their families

Post-deployment coping skills help calm effects of modern warfare.
Tracy and Rick Clark have worked to install a memorial to their son, Ryane, near their home in New London, Minn. Ryane was killed while in the Army.

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.
People tour the historic Kiesling House in New Ulm during an event marking the U.S.-Dakota War. Mandatory credit: Mankato Free Press file photo

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 has installed bike repair stations along its bike paths in an effort to cater to a growing community.

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.
In this aerial photo, homes sit in floodwaters caused Tropical Storm Harvey in Port Arthur, Texas, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Port Arthur's major roads we

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.
Floodwaters in August 2007 carved away bluffs. Rushford has since rebuilt, and residents will reunite Sunday in a church hall where bonds were forged

The flood of 2007: A rebuilt Rushford gathers to remember

Rushford gathers to give thanks and celebrate its resiliency
Gulf War veteran Stephen Schmelz told of getting a $2,700 loan that would cost $27,000 of his pension payments. State Attorney General Lori Swanson, r

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.
This string of mounted fish is among the items available at an Internal Revenue Service auction of confiscated merchandise from Ely's Wilderness Outfi

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.
David Brink

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…
Jesse Richard hugged his aunt, Patty Thornton, after she arrived at Calvary Cemetery in Jordan for the memorial service for her brother, Thomas Breuni

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.
More than 200 burials have taken place at the newest State Veterans Cemetery in Preston since it opened in 2015, and 700 more have preregistered for s

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.
The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council in Duluth created and is testing a dedicated bike lane that runs for three blocks.

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…
Travis Heins hands over hard cider to his wife, Kelsey Heins, at Chicone’s Liquor Mart in Hudson, Wis., on Monday, a day after Sunday liquor sales b

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.
The stately Cook County Court House in Grand Marais is on the National Register of Historic Places, but it needs some work to make it more secure.

$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.
At 92, Dick Swift is the oldest member of the Glencoe club. The group has more than 40 members and operates in the basement of the old high school.

Glencoe Woodworking Club creates wooden treasures

All skill levels are welcome at the Glencoe Woodworking Club
Jacob Rattray had attended an earlier service with his family at Crosspoint and volunteered to serve communion here for the second service.

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.
The veterans home in Minneapolis is one of five in the state. Despite a waiting list of 1,500, Minnesota can only add 144 more beds— and competition

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"
Brian Muller was comforted by daughter EmmyLu as he bid farewell to his wife at her funeral services Friday.

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.
A group of friends, all Trump supporters, met for breakfast Jan. 3 in the restaurant at Sweet’s Hotel in LeRoy, 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?
Last December, crews demolished the one-bedroom house on the corner lot that once belonged to Danny Heinrich, The vacant lot has been given as a gift

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.
James Badue, who is with the Minnesota NAACP, led protesters Saturday in a chant, "No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here," as a Minneapolis-St

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.
Marc Holley of Minneapolis lifted weights in an intense workout at the gym Alchemy during a Bunker Labs get-together of military veterans interested i

Nonprofit trains veterans to lead, succeed in business

Veterans discover that resilience and resourcefulness make good entrepreneurship
Erik Derby, 18, of Mantorville, plays Pac-Man at the Machine Shed in Rochester.

Rochester arcade offers video gaming blasts from the past

Throwback video games mix fun with a sense of nostalgia
Globe University in Woodbury, shown in April 2015.

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.
Volunteers of the Commemorative Air Force’s Lake Superior Squadron 101 hope to have this Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina airborne again in 2020.

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 University in Woodbury, shown in April 2015.

Globe, Minn. School of Business to close campuses

For-profit schools lost federal funding and were hit by fraud lawsuit.
From the left, Brad Rixmann, Spc. Deanna Rice and Sgt. Banshee Barnett, Spc. Richard Polson and others packed boxes of gifts for soldiers overseas.

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.
The shady sales tactics of Globe College/Minnesota School of Business.

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.
Vern Luettinger, 96, was a radio man on the USS California at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Here, Vern is reflected in a framed collection of medals a

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.
The announcement by federal officials follows actions taken by Minnesota education officials to close the schools, which are based in Woodbury.

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.…
Steve Major, an Iraq war veteran, got his Purple Heart tattooed on his right biceps at no charge by Misty Chastain.

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…
The approval of funding will keep the zoo running through the end of the year, after a flood in 2012 damaged it and a seal was washed onto city street

Funding is approved to keep Duluth zoo's doors open

Viability of zoo is seen as critical to development along city's west end
The burn pit at the air base in Balad, Iraq, burned 24 hours a day, seven days a week and included materials such as Styrofoam, metals, plastics, and

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

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…
Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, head of the Minnesota National Guard.

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

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…
Patriot Guard Riders held flags providing a path for Medal of Honor recipients to take the stage. Over 30 Medal of Honor recipients gathered at U.S. B

Medal of Honor recipients gather in the Twin Cities this week

Medal of Honor recipients aim to promote courage, integrity.
Rochester International Airport’s 450-square-foot customs facility was inadequate, threatening the future of international 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…
Globe University in Woodbury, shown in April 2015.

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.
Family members and friends paid their respects at the funeral of General John Vessey, Jr. at the Ft. Snelling Chapel Wednesday August 31 2016 in Minne

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.
Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal on Tuesday speaks at a ground breaking ceremony for 100-units of efficiency housing on the Minneapolis

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.
Dr. Erin Krebs

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…
"How can you compare employing people to losing a child to war?" asked
Becky Lourey, whose son, an Army pilot, was killed in Iraq.

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.
Roger Maris in 1961.

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..
Marilyn Cuneo.

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…
the sign that hangs over the entrance to Gunflint Lodge on the Gunflint Trail in northern Minnesota.

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.