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Minnesota Family Reunited With Long-Lost Purple Heart

It was an amazing scene at Fort Snelling on Sunday. A Minnesota family is finally reunited with a long-lost purple heart. Wiljo Matalamaki, 22 years old at the time, was killed in action during World War II. The U.S. Army awarded him the Purple Heart after his death and gave it to his mother.

08/09/2015

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Vietnam Veterans Honored At Fort Snelling Ceremony

The ceremony marked the 50th anniversary of the U.S. buildup of military personnel in South Vietnam. The Pentagon wants to elevate the status of Vietnam vets to the status of World War 2 and Korean War veterans.

08/02/2015

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Fort Snelling Barracks To Be Turned Into Apartments

The state is ready to turn army barracks into apartments at historic Fort Snelling.

07/22/2015

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Best Fourth Of July Events In Minnesota

We tend to celebrate Independence Day with more zest and gusto than any other holiday. Here are five particularly unique events going down in Minnesota this year.

06/27/2015

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Surviving World War II Vets Honored At Fort Snelling With Quilts Of Valor

There are about 15,000 men in Minnesota with a rare distinction: They are surviving veterans of World War II. On Sunday morning, 12 of them were honored in a way that brought several to tears.

06/14/2015

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Thousands Visit Ft. Snelling National Cemetery For Memorial Day

Thousands visited Fort Snelling National Cemetery for its Memorial Day Ceremony. It’s said to be the largest ceremony in the state. It concluded roughly 30 minutes ago and, despite light rain, saw big crowds.

05/25/2015

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Family, Friends Commemorate Memorial Day At Fort Snelling Nat’l Cemetery

Family and friends made their way to Fort Snelling National Cemetery Monday to lay flowers and plant American flags on the graves of loved ones who served in the U.S. military.

05/25/2015

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Crews Ready Fort Snelling For Major Memorial Day Event

Minnesota’s largest Memorial Day observance is at Fort Snelling on Monday. The national cemetery draws thousands for its yearly service, and a lot of work goes into getting Fort Snelling ready.

05/22/2015

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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

It’s safe to say many of us are working for the weekend this week. And that’s because it’s a long holiday weekend! And with the weather a little dicey, WCCO This Morning found fun things to do both indoors and outdoors.

05/21/2015

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Wander Minnesota: Memorial Day Observances & Celebrations

Sure, the weather has (finally) started to act like it’s supposed to this time of year, but we all know summer really starts over Memorial Day weekend, when everyone begins flocking in earnest to lakes and northwoods.

05/19/2015

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Potential Jihadist Threats Impacting Some Local Brides

A handful of brides in the Twin Cities are scrambling to find a new reception hall after the Fort Snelling Officer’s Club shut down due to heightened security. “Due to increased force protections, the Officer’s Club will remain closed until further notice,” the club’s voice message said.

05/14/2015

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Eastbound Highway 5 To Close For Overnight Construction

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says that eastbound Highway 5 between Fort Snelling and St. Paul will close overnight Thursday and Friday while crews remove an abandoned water main from the bridge.

04/27/2015

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Bells Tolling April 9 To Mark Anniversary Of Civil War End

Bells will ring in unison across Minnesota and other places in the country on April 9 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s end.

03/26/2015

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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

We’re coming up on the first weekend of spring and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in the Twin Cities.

03/19/2015

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Best Labor Day Events In Minnesota

Labor Day marks the end of summer. How will you celebrate?

08/22/2014

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Best Museum Tours In Minnesota

Minnesota has some of the Midwest’s best museums. Take a tour through Minnesota culture today.

08/18/2014

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Homeless Vets Can Get Help At Metro StandDown

Homeless veterans can get medical aid, hot meals, clothing and other free help at the 22nd annual Metro Area Veterans’ StandDown. The event will be held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Boy Scout Base Camp at Fort Snelling.

08/05/2014

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MN Teen Becomes Eagle Scout After Cleaning Ft. Snelling Headstones

A teen from Eastview High School in Apple Valley worked his way to the highest honor in scouts Saturday. Along with some volunteers, Garrett McKay cleaned some of the headstones at Ft. Snelling Cemetery. This was McKay’s last task he had to complete to become an Eagle Scout.

06/07/2014

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Affordable Housing Coming For Minnesota’s Veterans At Fort Snelling

Military veterans and their families struggling with homelessness will have access to some affordable housing at Fort Snelling. A new development project, which started Thursday with a groundbreaking ceremony, will turn five historic buildings into apartments on the Fort Snelling upper post.

05/29/2014

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Minnesota Rifle Squad Members To Be Obama’s Guests

A group of Minnesotans are in the nation’s capitol Sunday to honor our country’s fallen heroes. They’ll be participating in the national Memorial Day celebration in Washington D.C., invited there by the President.

05/25/2014

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Army Reserve Soldiers Welcomed Home At Ft. Snelling

There was a welcome home ceremony Friday for more than 20 Minnesota soldiers.

03/07/2014

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Extreme Cold Doesn’t Deter Ft. Snelling Honor Guard

When it comes to Minnesota’s weather extremes there are some things that just can’t be put on hold. On Monday, that was the case at Fort Snelling National Cemetery where 16 of the nation’s veterans were laid to rest.

01/06/2014

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New Minn. Play Features Veterans, Active Military

A new play based on personal stories of military veterans of all conflicts and all sides will be performed next month at Fort Snelling. “The Veterans Play Project” previews Nov. 14 and runs Nov. 15-24 at Fort Snelling’s Base Camp.

10/28/2013

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Free Services For Minn. Veterans At Fort Snelling

Minnesota homeless and underserved veterans can get free access to all kinds of free services at a Fort Snelling event. The nonprofit charity Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans holds the second day of its Metro Area Veterans’ StandDown on Wednesday at Fort Snelling’s Boy Scout Base Camp.

08/07/2013

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Questions Surround 3,000 Mpls. Trees Lost In Storm

Blocking half the access to a south Minneapolis street is a sprawling stump from what had been a giant elm tree. Its ring pattern indicates the tree is more than a century old, but it was yanked from the ground much like a garden weed. The sprawling stump sits as a sad reminder of the vicious wind storm that raced across the Twin Cities metropolitan area the weekend of June 22.

07/26/2013

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