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Twins, MLB Team Up To Help Homeless Minn. Vets

As part of the All-Star Game legacy project, the Minnesota Twins and Major League Baseball are helping local veterans. On Tuesday morning, Twins and MBL officials were at the Advantage Services Center in St. Paul to dedicate a new housing complex for homeless veterans.

07/15/2014

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Small-Town Minn. Mayor Accused Of Stealing From Vets Fund

The mayor of Ellendale is accused of stealing hundreds of dollars from a veterans memorial fund. Roger Swearingen, 66, was charged with one count of gross misdemeanor theft and two counts of misdemeanor theft.

07/10/2014

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More Than 150 Employers Turn Out For Veterans Career Fair

The veterans career fair has become a regular event in Minnesota on the first Wednesday after the Fourth of July. And on this Wednesday, it featured 160 employers.

07/09/2014

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Free Hotel Rooms For Job-Hunting Veterans

Minnesota is joining a pilot program that provides free hotel stays to veterans who are searching for a job or new housing. The program lets veterans stay up to three nights free at Hilton hotels in the state.

07/08/2014

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For Vets With PTSD, Fireworks Can Trigger Painful Memories

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate the birth of our nation, but for many veterans the sounds of the celebration can bring back painful memories. For combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), fireworks can take them back to what they experienced during war.

07/03/2014

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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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MN Veteran Prepares To Return To Iraq

In Iraq, Sunni militants continue pushing towards Baghdad. The militants have released video reportedly showing the moments before fighters executed Shiites serving in the Iraqi Army. President Obama is sending 275 troops to Iraq to protect U.S. personnel and the American Embassy, but some lawmakers want the president to quickly provide a plan to address the threat.

06/17/2014

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Minnesota VA Medical Centers Have Shorter Waits

Waiting times at the two Veterans Affairs medical centers in Minnesota are considerably lower than the worst trouble spots in the VA system, new audit data released Monday show. The average wait time for a patient seeking primary care for the first time is 28 days at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and 25 days at the St. Cloud center, the data show. But the waits are much shorter for established patients who are already in the VA system — three days at Minneapolis and two days at St. Cloud.

06/09/2014

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Police Still Looking For Thieves Targeting Veterans’ Graves

Police in southeastern Minnesota are looking into a rash of robberies in which thieves target cemeteries, taking brass markers that show a deceased veteran’s military service.

06/03/2014

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Mpls. Police Looking To Make Veterans Into Cops

The Minneapolis Police Department is looking for returning military veterans to fill the gaps in its ranks. The department took a big hit after changes in the state’s pension plan. It saw many MPD officers take early retirement.

06/03/2014

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Good Question: Do Vets Have To Visit VA For Care?

There is increasing pressure on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. A new report from the VA’s inspector general says hundreds of veterans are awaiting care at a VA hospital in Phoenix. The average wait time is almost four months for a first appointment.

05/28/2014

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Kids Honor The Veterans In Their Lives In Poetry Contest

A day after we honored the memory of our fallen veterans, students are honoring the veterans in their lives. Sen. Al Franken announced the winners of his third Annual Poetry Contest for Minnesota Students — with winners in elementary, middle school and high school age groups.

05/27/2014

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MN Veterans Hope To Remind People Of The ‘Real Reason’ For Memorial Day

For many who have served, Memorial Day has a very special meaning. For some it’s a day of pain, remembering the lives lost during combat. For others it’s a time to honor the fallen and let others know why it’s important to do so. But for most all who served, it is more than just a day off from work, barbecues and family gatherings.

05/26/2014

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Podcast Page: WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-25-14

A busy Memorial Day….Click the link above to listen back to some of the highlights via the PODCAST PAGE.

05/26/2014

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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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