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Mark Brunswick

Reporter | Military Affairs
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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 who was acting as a patient during a simulated situation in the nursing s

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 plan director for the state Veterans Home in Hastings, displays a water pipe that has been repaired multiple times. The Hasting

Aging Minn. veterans homes are in desperate need of repair

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

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

Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St. Paul pushed back on the Zerwas bill that would increase jail time for protesters who block transportation. Pointing out that

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.
William 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. Abuse of painkillers, heroin, fenta

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

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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.

Minnesota Guard soldiers to deploy to Kuwait and Afghanistan

The two teams going are the first of four deployments scheduled for the unit.
Detroit Lake has a long history of harvesting its ice, largely for the railroad industry. It now plans on constructing its own ice castle.

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
Gustavus Adolphus College

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.
Ken Zitur, left, of Ken's Custom Iron, gave a lesson in blacksmithing to a group of military veterans, including Army Veteran Aaron Othoudt, cq, of Fo

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

The 20th Annual International Eelpout Festival in Walker, Mn. -- Abe Hiro, senior correspondent for Fuji Television Network News, holds an eelpout for

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 th

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 serving in the

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

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.
Levi Minissale was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 2015 in the stabbing death of a Mankato woman. His defense attorneys said his time as a M

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.
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.
Rushford, MN - 8/19/2007
A car found in Rush Creek (top left) south of I-90 west of Wilson is believed

The flood of 2007: A rebuilt Rushford gathers to remember

Rushford gathers to give thanks and celebrate its resiliency
Stephen Schmalz, a Gulf War Veteran, shared his story regarding a lending scam before other veterans, seniors, and Attorney General Lori Swanson durin

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

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.
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

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 sa

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
Loretta Christensen, center, sang a hymn of praise at the beginning of the 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.
DAVID BREWSTER ï Monday_4/16/07_Minneapolis The Minnesota Vetrans Home (formerly the Old Soldiers Home built for Civil

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 received comfort from his daughter EmmyLu as he bid farewell to his wife Amie Dahl Muller, 36, during her funeral services at Crossroads

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.
The town of Lyle, Minnesota Friday night.

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?
Crew demolished the home of Jacob Wetterling's killer from the city of Annandale, Friday, December 23, 2016.

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.
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

Steve Major, an Iraq War Veteran got his purple heart tattooed on his right bicep by Misty Chastain. On his arm were the Army coordinates where he was

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

As Vivian looks up at senior zoo keeper Allison Jungheim for more fish, Feisty swims toward zoo keeper Sara Halerson, Thursday, June 21, 2012 in St. P

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


Obituary: Richard Jamieson, award-winning Minnesota filmmaking pioneer

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

Staff Sgt. Adam Thomas

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

Medal of Honor recipients placed their hands over their hearts during the National Anthem. Over 30 Medal of Honor recipients gathered at U.S. Bank Sta

Medal of Honor recipients gather in the Twin Cities this week

Medal of Honor recipients aim to promote courage, integrity.
The450-square-foot U.S. Customs facility at the Rochester International Airport was inadequate, prompting concerns the airport would lose its internat

$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

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

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

"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.