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Veterans’ Graves Robbed In Olmsted Co. Weeks Before Memorial Day

They served our country and now police say veterans are being disrespected. Police want to find whoever is stealing from their graves. The thieves took dozens of brass rods that hold a veterans’ symbols of service.

05/16/2014

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U Researcher Finds 1 In 4 Veterans Don’t Have Consistent Access To Food

A study led by a University of Minnesota researcher has found that one in four veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq is going hungry, as they don’t have consistent access to food.

05/08/2014

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‘Suits For Soldiers’ Helps Homeless Vets Get Back Into Workforce

For hundreds of homeless veterans across the state of Minnesota, getting their hands on a nice business suit could be life changing.

04/27/2014

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Dozens Of WWII Veterans Given Honor Flight To Washington, D.C.

Dozens of local World War II veterans are back from a one-day trip to Washington, D.C. They flew out at 6:15 a.m. Saturday morning and returned home around 10:30 p.m.

04/27/2014

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Pominville Fills A Void On, Off Ice For Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild are in Denver, getting ready for game one of their best of seven series against Colorado Thursday night.

04/16/2014

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Job Fair Held For Vikings Stadium Workers

Politicians said the new Vikings stadium would create jobs, and Thursday we have some proof. A job fair was held at the Sabathani Community Center in north Minneapolis to connect the construction firms involved in the stadium with skilled workers. The firms aim to recruit women, minorities and veterans to work on the project, due in part to a provision of the stadium legislation which sets aside a percentage of jobs for these groups.

04/03/2014

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Advocates Ask For $100 Million To Eliminate Minn. Homelessness

Hundreds came to the State Capitol Thursday to ask legislators to give $100 million to provide shelter for the homeless. The money would go to pay for 5,000 units across Minnesota, and supporters say it would keep Minnesota on track to be first state to eliminate homelessness for veterans. According to Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL-St. Paul), 14,000 people are homeless on an average night in the state.

03/06/2014

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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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Ventura: ‘American Sniper’ Suit Not Aimed At Widow

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura contends he isn’t going after the widow of slain “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle by continuing his defamation lawsuit, but rather the publisher’s insurance company. “It’s not me against her,” Ventura said in a wide-ranging interview Monday night with The Associated Press. Ventura alleges that Kyle, considered to be the deadliest sniper in American history, defamed him in his best-selling book. In it, the former Navy SEAL describes a 2006 bar fight in which he claims he punched someone named “Scruff Face,” whom he later identified as Ventura. Ventura, also a former Navy SEAL and pro wrestler, says the fight never happened.

02/10/2014

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Keith Ballard Brings Veteran Expertise To Wild

The Wild take on Tampa Tuesday night in a dash to the Olympic break. Keith Ballard came home in the off season to try and help solidify a group of defensemen that is a blend of veterans and youth.

02/04/2014

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Minneapolis, St. Paul Join Forces To End Veteran Homelessness

A major effort is underway to end homelessness in the Twin Cities with a special emphasis on those who are suffering after serving our country. It’s a joint project between St. Paul and Minneapolis, and the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis joined forces for Friday’s announcement in downtown Minneapolis.

01/31/2014

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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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Reality Check: What’s It Really Like For Veterans In MN?

Thousands of Minnesota veterans return home from combat duty every year. But when they get here, it’s sometimes tough to get a job. That’s only one of the struggles veterans face. Finding a job, getting health care services, fighting homelessness.

11/11/2013

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Finding Minnesota: ‘Wreaths For The Fallen’ In Little Falls

Sometimes a simple gesture can be so inspiring, it leads to something bigger than anyone expected. That’s what we found in central Minnesota. A few years ago, people chipped in to put a few winter wreaths on the graves at the State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls.

11/10/2013

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