Waite Park veteran honored by France

August 30, 2019
July 1 was no ordinary day for Boyd Sorenson of Waite Park, or his family, friends and others who gathered to celebrate him. It was the day he was awarded the Legion of Honor, the highest French order of merit, ...

‘God didn’t want me yet’

June 1, 2019
Princeton man, now 93, survived kamikaze attack in WWII When World War II began, Princeton resident Evertt Snetsinger was just a regular Minnesota boy. He was the eldest of three boys, born in 1925 in Minneapolis. He spent several summers ...

Hostile skies

May 1, 2019
Little Falls pilot stayed busy throughout European Theater There were just a handful of pilots who participated in every major airborne assault and supply operation in the European Theater, from D-Day to the Battle of the Bulge to the end ...

Remembering dad’s service… in two wars

May 1, 2019
“We have to remember that in the future we will want to keep before our children what this war (WWII) was really like. It is so easy to forget; and then, for the younger generation, the heroism and the glamour ...

POW endured brutal conditions in WWII

May 1, 2019
While his wife and two small sons were celebrating Christmas Day in the United States, Art Van Moorlehem was imprisoned inside a boxcar in Germany during World War II. Van Moorlehem passed away last July at age 96 in Arlington, ...

WWII vet served in Women’s Army Corps

December 1, 2018
‘We women did everything the men did’ Still tall and slim at age 100, Mildred Helen Freeouf Brodt welcomed this reporter to her rural Fairmont home by providing a succinct four-page summary of her century of activities. Including Mildred’s education, ...

My Perspective: Special letters from a class to a veteran

December 1, 2018
Our newspaper reaches a lot of people. And because it reaches so many, there are a lot of interesting connections that are made. I know of at least two weddings that have happened because of Sr. Perspective, and there are ...

Country Views: Polish sub named Orzl

November 1, 2018
There was a grisly righteousness served when the Polish submarine Orzl, under British command, torpedoed and sank the German troop ship Rio de Janeiro off the Norwegian coast on April 8, 1940, at the dawn of Germany’s invasion of Norway. ...

Minnesotans played part in forgotten part of WWII

November 1, 2018
Like many WWII soldiers, some Minnesotans trained in the California desert and boarded planes to the Pacific. During the flight they would learn for the first time that they were going to the North Pacific, the territory of Alaska.

Double Duty

November 1, 2018
Paratrooper, POW served in WWII, Korean conflict At the age 94, Elvin “Speed” Homan, of the Glencoe area, has a vivid memory of serving his country in the military during World War II and the Korean conflict. He served eight ...

Living a dream, in the ‘wild blue yonder’

March 1, 2017
Dassel man flew in WWII, Korean,Vietnam wars Since he was 12 years old, Ken Skalberg, of Dassel, had a dream to one day fly to “the wild blue yonder.”
Ken Skalberg entered the Army Air Corps in November 1942. He

On the go, in WWII

November 1, 2015
Mapleton man drove critical half-track transport, survived Battle of the Bulge It’s been over 70 years since Wally Frank, 94, of Mapleton, bounced around Europe driving an Army half-track transport supply vehicle, but memories of surviving WWII battlefields, including his ...

D-Day over France

May 31, 2013
Fairfax man flew in B-24 bomb group that led WWII invasion of Europe in 1944     Harold Johnson, of Fairfax, flew on 30 WWII combat bomber missions over the war torn skies of Europe in 1944.     To this day, 69 years ...

War bride tells story of ‘lost and found’

January 2, 2013
Travelers are often noted to say, “be prepared to be lost and found” when going to visit Newfoundland, one of the easternmost provinces of Canada on the Atlantic Ocean seaboard.
For 93-year-old Dorothy Specht, of Hector, her early life story ...