Current and former military members living in Minnesota now have a faster path to occupational licensing in several career fields. As part of a bill signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton last weekend, the Legislature created fast lanes for temporary licenses that will enable military members, recently retired veterans and their spouses to get to work while completing requirements for standard licensure.
An Inver Grove Heights veteran is getting to know his new partner — a four-legged helper named “Rex.” Ed Abrahamson is a Gulf War veteran who recently retired from the South St. Paul Police Department and the Dakota County SWAT Team.
World War II veteran Arnold Hjermstad, 96, of Cannon Falls got his Legion of Merit award Saturday. He earned it while serving in North Africa and Europe, but because of clerical errors in the system, he never got to hold it — until now.
A Colorado veteran, who recently lost his beloved dog, is now starting a new chapter of his life.
A former Vikings player helped make a dream come true for a veteran injured while fighting overseas. Sgt. Colin Faust got the keys to his very own home in Minnetrista Saturday afternoon.
A new generation of kids were introduced to the sport of ice fishing Saturday on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. Along with learning how to bait the hook, the kids got to use sonar cameras and other gadgets to track the fish under the ice.
A Twin Cities man is accused of helping plot the attempted overthrow of an African country’s government. Papa Faal of Brooklyn Center is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. The 46-year-old is accused of secretly shipping guns from Minnesota to his native country of The Gambia in West Africa.
A Minnesota veteran returned to Pearl Harbor Sunday to pay respects to the comrades he lost at war on the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack.
Private Jim Carroll was given the highest decoration France can bestow on a foreign citizen for his service and sacrifice in Western Europe during World War II.
A World War II veteran from Minnesota is about to receive the highest decoration France can present to a foreign citizen.
The Veterans Administration reports that an internal investigation found no evidence that a Minnesota veteran’s appointment data was doctored after he died, three members of the state’s congressional delegation said Friday.
A 54-year-old Willmar man, accused of posing as an Army Ranger veteran, is in the Kandiyohi County Jail for felony possession of a firearm. Willmar Police say Richard Arthur Rahn was arrested Tuesday night after officers served a search warrant at his home on 2nd Street Southwest.
Whenever Mike Zimmer has felt uneasy about the safety situation on his defense, he’s called Chris Crocker to come in and stabilize things. So it’s no surprise with the safety position opposite standout Harrison Smith up for grabs, Zimmer is bringing back old reliable one more time.
A paratrooper from World War II got the chance to relive that experience Saturday morning. The 89-year-old made an activities list for this year and the first request was to skydive with his grandchildren.
A St. Paul hospital is responding to a growing need for mental health services for military veterans recovering from the psychological impact of their service.
An international sporting competition is coming to London this fall featuring athletes who’ve overcome the biggest odds. All of the athletes bear the battle scars of war, they are the sick or injured soldiers from 14 nations.
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.
A 32-year-old Wyoming, Minn. man pleaded guilty Thursday to a hit-and-run crash that killed an Army veteran last June.
A veteran has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial for a murder and attempted murder in Mankato last June. According to the Blue Earth County Attorney’s office, 25-year-old Levi Spencer Minissale is accused of stabbing 20-year-old Yesenia Gonzalez to death, as well as stabbing a 26-year-old man on the night of June 6, 2013. A court-ordered psychiatrist determined Minissale to be “mentally ill or mentally deficient,” and should be civilly committed as a mentally ill and dangerous individual.
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 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.
Kevin Williams has never been incredibly loquacious in public. He has always preferred to use that syrupy Arkansas drawl to talk about the game and not much else, batting away attention like he brushes aside a center on his way to the quarterback.
Verne Wiltse grew up in St. Paul and eagerly joined the Navy when he was 17, and was stationed in California and trained to be a dental assistant. After the service he went to Macalester College in St. Paul, got married and had a family.
The New York Giants have signed veteran running back Peyton Hillis. Hillis, who fills a void in the backfield, is a six-year veteran with a 1,000-yard season on his resume. He has played for Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City, and has 2,470 yards and 21 touchdowns for his career.
In Minnesota, veterans rallied at the Vietnam Memorial in St. Paul to show their support of the national movement. They talked about the closing of the national war memorials and the suspension of death benefits to military families.