America’s oldest triathlete advised the nation’s youngest triathletes at Lake Elmo Saturday. Bob Powers of St. Paul is 91-years-old. He’s been competing in triathlons for decades. A few weeks ago, he won his age group at the national triathlon championship in Milwaukee.
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.
The family of Wiljo Matalamaki clung to his Purple Heart, a tribute to a young man sent to World War II who never returned, whose body was never found. Then the medal, too, was lost.
A small Wisconsin town has the attention of the nation Saturday. Sgt. Carson Holmquist died in the shooting rampage at the Chattanooga recruitment center last week.
A Minnesota solider who died in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting has been posthumously awarded with a Purple Heart. Private First Class Kham Xiong of North St. Paul was among 13 people killed at the Texas military base in November 2009. The 23-year-old was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.
Forty eight years after making the ultimate sacrifice, a Minnesota soldier was honored Sunday for his incredible bravery during war. Specialist Stephen Noggle used his body to shield two fellow medics during an attack in Vietnam.
The Waukesha girl who was stabbed 19 times, allegedly by two classmates who thought her death would please a fictional online character, has received a special gift. The 12-year-old girl is out of the hospital and has been recovering at home.
Boxes of junk can often reveal a piece of hidden treasure, but when that treasure turns out to be a war medal for a soldier killed in action, the discovery creates a whole new challenge. That’s what an Otsego family recently faced when they turned over a Purple Heart awarded posthumously more than 63 years ago.
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.
A Purple Heart recipient from Prior Lake will get the 15,000th grant awarded by the Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund. The nonprofit on Friday will honor Spc. Kristopher Francisco with a grant for $10,000 for his service and sacrifices.
U S Senator Amy Klobuchar joined Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News Thursday to discuss a number of issues.
Louis Goldstein joined the Army Reserves in November of 2002 at the age of 17 while still a junior in High School. He attended St. Cloud State University from September 2005 – December 2009, and graduated with a double major in Political Science and Communication Studies.
A Purple Heart earned more than 45 years ago was finally presented Sunday.
A Minnesota marine from New Prague received one of the military’s highest honors on Tuesday.
A retired Minnesota National Guard soldier is about to receive a Purple Heart, six years after he was wounded in Iraq.
Bloomington native Mike Kirkpatrick was wounded while serving as a hospital medic in Vietnam in 1968. Now 44 years later, he received a Purple Heart for his actions over the weekend.
A 26-year-old veteran and North Branch-native has been missing from his home near Fort Jackson, S.C. since October 7.
A Minnesota veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury in Iraq now has a Purple Heart. In the past, this type of injury would not have qualified him for that honor but things have changed.
A police officer killed in the line of duty got a special honor Tuesday. Officer Shawn Schneider was shot during a domestic disturbance call on Dec. 19 and died 11 days later.
Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered flags flown at half-staff Wednesday for a Richfield High School graduate who was killed in Afghanistan.
After a year-long deployment to Afghanistan, Minnesota soldiers of the 309th Engineer Company arrived in Arden Hills Friday afternoon to friends and family. Many of them are also bringing something special back: the Purple Heart.
Corrado Piccoli’s sisters believed one of their other siblings had his Purple Heart. So it was a shock when a Vermont Army National Guard officer showed up at Mary Piccoli’s door one day, telling her he had the medal, awarded posthumously after her brother was killed in action during World War II.
A Medford Marine who suffered major injuries while saving a colleague has been awarded the Purple Heart.
Jack Zimmerman, a 21-year-old soldier from Cleveland, Minn., is receiving the Purple Heart from someone who is familiar with his experience.
While tending to his broken down car on the side of the road in rural Waseca Monday night, a shiny glimmer in the gravel caught his eye. That glimmer came from a Purple Heart medallion that had been missing for 60 years from Charles T. Sutlief, a soldier who lost his life in battle in 1950 during the Korean War.