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Holidays Can Be Especially Tough For Military Families

Over the next week, family and the holiday spirit will be top of mind, but some families will spend Christmas thousands of miles away from their loved ones. Military deployment can be difficult on the families left behind.

12/19/2014

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Shoppers Ship Packages To Soldiers At Maplewood Mall

Maplewood Mall hosted the American Legion’s annual Shop, Ship and Share event.

11/22/2014

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Freeze, Burn, Shake: Extreme Testing Ensures Satellite Equipment Will Withstand Space

Protecting the military’s most sensitive information begins in the most unusual of places.

11/10/2014

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Accomplish Minnesota: Mission Ferris Bueller

While many of us are making holiday plans, some Americans don’t have that option. Members of the military will again be spending the season in Afghanistan.

10/26/2014

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Wisconsin Fort Trains 145,000 Military Personnel

A western Wisconsin military training base taught more personnel in the year that ended Oct. 1.

10/26/2014

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Local Cancer Survivor Medals In Invictus Games

Marianne Reilly is like any experienced cyclist. Every day she relies on two wheels to get out and go. But her bike is more than transportation, it’s a reason to keep living. “This was my way of getting back on the horse, so to say,” Reilly said. Three years ago, doctors discovered she had a brain tumor the size of a small grapefruit.

10/18/2014

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Iraq Vet Opening Vet-Run, Military-Style Gym

Twenty-eight-year-old Derek Weida lost his right leg after being shot while on patrol in Iraq. Now he’s opening a gym run solely by combat veterans

10/06/2014

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Golf Tournament Helps Fund Scholarships For Military Families

A national foundation that provides scholarships to military families now has a chapter in Minnesota.

10/06/2014

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6th Annual Cruise For Troops Held In Ham Lake

An even Saturday honored a number of military members who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty. The 6th annual Cruise for Troops and took place in Ham Lake Saturday. Hundreds of hot rods, classic cars and motorcycles rumbled through the street.

09/27/2014

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Free Symposium Held To Help Vets Do Better Business

Minnesota veterans are learning about owning and running their own businesses. The Association of the United States Army and U.S. Bank got together Wednesday to present a free symposium for veterans.

09/17/2014

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Low-Flying Helicopters In Twin Cities Part Of Military Exercise

If you’re hearing or seeing helicopters around the Twin Cities metro, don’t be alarmed. The St. Paul and Minneapolis police departments say it is part of a training exercise involving military helicopters.

08/18/2014

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New Mpls. Veteran’s Memorial 10 Years In The Making

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board had a special celebration at Sheridan Memorial Park Saturday morning for a new veteran’s memorial art installation. People have been working to make the memorial along the Mississippi River a reality for nearly 10 years.

06/28/2014

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WCCO Flies Along With MN’s Only Air Force Reserve Unit

Minnesota’s only Air Force Reserve unit is the 934th Airlift Wing. The 934th flies eight large C-130 H3 cargo planes, which are used to move supplies and people. They fly out of Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.

06/24/2014

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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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New Minnesota Law Grants Vets Temporary Licenses

Military service members and spouses trained as teachers, police officers, hair stylists and other professions requiring state certification could begin working immediately if they relocate to Minnesota through a new law that grants them temporary licenses.

05/22/2014

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Troops Homecoming Sweetened By Local Girl Scouts

More than six dozen military men and women are almost home Saturday night. The 461st of Fargo just completed a training exercise in the Dominican Republic. They came through the Armed Forces Service Center at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Saturday evening.

04/19/2014

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Children Of Military Service Members Honored At State Capitol

April is the month to take extra time to honor the families of our military service members — specifically, their children. Tuesday is National Purple Up Day, a still-growing celebration that has only been around for four years now.

04/15/2014

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Veterans Day Off? Bill Would Grant It For Vets

Legislation giving military veterans a legal right to Veterans Day off from work is advancing in the Minnesota Legislature. The bill cleared a state House committee on Wednesday and was also getting consideration in the Senate.

03/05/2014

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Local Veteran Receives Purple Heart After 44-Year Delay

A Golden Valley veteran just received a military honor after a decades-long delay. Fred Jenness was a Navy Seabee who was wounded in Vietnam in 1969. On Monday afternoon, he finally received a Purple Heart medal. The award was delayed for decades because his mission was classified, which made access to records difficult. Senator Amy Klobuchar, whose office helped Jenness get the medal, spoke at his ceremony.

12/23/2013

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‘U’ Program Seeks To Help Military Families Reconnect

For military members returning home from deployment, the adjustment back to everyday life can be difficult. Veterans can take advantage of many different resources, from job training to emotional support. But one area that doesn’t get a lot of attention is the family. Now there’s a new study at the University of Minnesota to help parents and children cope with the return home.

12/21/2013

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Iraq Vet Plans To Open Vet-Run, Military-Style Gym

Twenty-eight-year-old Derek Weida lost his right leg after being shot while on patrol in Iraq. “I was thinking, ‘There’s a good chance I could die out here.’ And I obviously came really close,” Weida said. He struggled with what to do with his life when he came home, but now he has a plan to help himself, and veterans just like him. Derek loved everything about the military, especially the brothers and sisters he made as part of the 82nd Airborne Division.

12/20/2013

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Man Accused Of Taking Army IDs To Stay In Custody

A Minnesota National Guardsman, accused of stealing hundreds of soldiers’ identities, had a target list that included billionaire Warren Buffet. Keith Novak made his first appearance in federal court Monday on a fraud charge related to the identity theft. Novak is charged with one count of fraud in connection with the theft of personal identification information for more than 400 active-duty U.S. soldiers. The FBI revealed that much of the evidence against Novak comes from their taped conversations with him.

12/16/2013

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HCMC ER Nurse Trading Scrubs For Air Force Uniform

She served our country in the Air Force from 2001 to 2005 before leaving the military to earn a nursing degree. Now, the emergency room nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center is once again feeling the patriotic pull.

12/03/2013

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Mall Of America Visitors To Write Letters To Vets

Visitors to the Mall of America can have the chance to write letters to members of the military in honor of Veteran’s Day. Thousands of letters expressing thanks and encouragement will be mailed to members of U.S. armed forces, veterans and military families — both at home and abroad.

11/09/2013

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Wounded Vet Presented With Minnetonka Home

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.

11/08/2013

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