A wounded Minnesota soldier is being recognized with a very special gift. Justin Utecht was given the keys to a house in Minnetonka on Friday. “It’s absolutely gorgeous in there,” Utecht said. “For a single guy it’s pretty good.” U.S. Bank, Freedom Alliance and Five Brothers Default Management Solutions partnered together to donate the home as a kickoff to Veterans Day weekend. Utecht served in Iraq from 2006 to 2008, and has struggled adjusting to life back at home due to post-traumatic stress disorder and migraines.
Two combat medics who recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan plan to march 23 miles with other veterans through Minneapolis and St. Paul Friday to raise awareness that nearly two dozen soldiers die each day by suicide.
Hundreds of mourners paid their final respects on Friday to a proud Army officer and devoted husband and dad. At 38, Lt. Col. Mark Weber was on the fast track for a successful military career. But the story of his unexpected journey would reach far beyond the halls of the Pentagon. “He was a scholar. He was just a joy to be around, very inspirational,” says Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, spokesperson for the Minnesota National Guard.
Jason Probst described what it was like last year in January when he was driving a vehicle down a street and hit a road side bomb in Afghanistan. “It was like driving and hitting a wall,” he said.
Sunday’s Father’s Day will be the first time Sgt. Ifedayo Kila will be with his family on the special day since his son was born nearly four years ago.
Dustin Allison was riding in an armored vehicle at the head of a convoy in Iraq one morning in 2007 when an improvised explosive device went off, killing the driver and leaving Allison badly wounded.
A retired Minnesota National Guard soldier is about to receive a Purple Heart, six years after he was wounded in Iraq.
When the deal is being made to change the tax rates and cut the deficit we must remember to keep our commitment to our veterans.
The commander of Minnesota’s famed “Red Bulls” will speak at the official State of Minnesota Veterans Day program Sunday.
Romney won this debate in more ways than one – most impressively due to his dignified style.
The Olympic Spirit lives this weekend in Woodbury. More than 1,200 Special Olympics athletes from across the state took part in the Minnesota Fall Games.
Eighteen years in the U.S. Army earned Lt. Col. Mark Weber a chest full of medals and military commendations, from airborne wings to foreign engagement ribbons.
A Minnesota National Guardsman who appeared on a reality TV show is saying he’s sorry for embellishing some stories that have even helped pay some of his bills.
Minnesota is proudly known as the state of hockey, and on Memorial Day, some hockey-lovers honored a former player.
This weekend marks the return of all Minnesota Red Bulls who were deployed to Kuwait. At 9:40 a.m. a plan carrying the second to last wave of Red Bulls landed at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.