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Why We Celebrate Memorial Day – Thoughts From a Minnesota Marine Sniper

As another Memorial Day comes and goes, our country collectively remembers those who fought and died in the service of our nation. I was fortunate enough to serve alongside some of these brave men while in the Marine Corps. Like me, many of the guys had enlisted shortly after September 11th. These people, from different parts of the …

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Minnesota Deputy’s Wife Creates Operation Thank An Officer

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Affected by the violence portrayed in the recent news a Minnesota deputy’s wife decided to take her appreciation to the next level. Meet Liz Gerads, her husband is a Wright County sheriff and she understands how much work goes into the day to day act of …

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Ernie Crippen World War II: A Veteran’s Perspective

Ernie Crippen learned about the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 as many people did—from the radio. He was 19 years old, and had already registered with the U.S. Navy. “I wanted to travel, see the world,” he said. He’d been waiting for his draft card, which came after the Pearl Harbor attacks, and he was …

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The Comics and Cartography of Artist Kevin Cannon

By Amy Rea If you’ve ever picked up a copy of City Pages, the Star Tribune, or Vita.MN and seen some distinctive illustrations that include whimsical, not-quite-to-scale maps, you’ve probably seen the work of Kevin Cannon (www.kevincannon.org). Cannon is an artist who was tapped by City Pages to create a map of the Twin Cities’ rock ‘n’ roll …

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What Is The Group Moms Run This Town?

By Rachelle Gordon When Kandi Ganoe discovered the international group “Moms RUN This Town” (MRTT), she knew she had to be a part of it. The organization—which is a dedicated running group for women of all ability levels—gave the Maple Grove resident a chance to connect with fellow moms who enjoy running. “When you’re out on a run with …

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St. Patrick’s Day Secrets Revealed By Kids

March 17th marks the day when many people will be celebrating the most commonly-recognised patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. If you can’t trace a drop of Irish in your family line it doesn’t matter because the spirit of the day floods across the world giving everyone a taste of good luck. Minnesotans will dress in hues of green, spend the day discussing the …

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Meet Special Olympic Athlete Steven Eull

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” – Special Olympics Athlete Oath – Steven Eull of Mahtomedi is a dedicated Special Olympic champion who began his athletic career when he was 7 years old. Recently, family and friends joined him in celebrating his 30th birthday at the Mall Of America. …

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A One on One Interview with Steve Goold – Owl City and Go Fish Drummer

Get to Know My Friend and Brother in Christ Steve Goold I first met Steve through our Church. I have had the honor of listening to Steve play the drums there for a number of years now. I enjoyed watching him in his element so much I asked Steve and his family over for dinner …

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