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.
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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.
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.
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.
For hundreds of homeless veterans across the state of Minnesota, getting their hands on a nice business suit could be life changing.
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.
The Minnesota Wild are in Denver, getting ready for game one of their best of seven series against Colorado Thursday night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.