Memorial Day
• Annual Lions Park gathering filled with music and recognition for effort in battlefield and on the homefront     by Paul Rignell Contributing Writer Military veterans, their families and other friends from the Elk River community gathered at the Lions Park band shell Memorial Day morni...Read More
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by Paul Rignell Contributing Writer Military veterans, their families and other friends from the Elk River community gathered at the Lions Park band shell Memorial Day morning for an hour of music and remembrance. Those who sat or stood for the program were thinking of all men and women (living or d...Read More
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by Paul Rignell Contributing Writer Ed Specht recalls Memorial Day events in Elk River from his youth. He remembers patriotic band music being in the air as people gathered downtown for special programs. Not long after he became a teen, Specht was supporting that music as one of the band’s saxopho...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor Lt. Col. Lyle Bradley, a retired Marine combat pilot during WWII and Korea got choked up giving the Memorial Day address on Monday at Lion’s Park in Elk River. “I get sentimental about this airplane,” he said holding a replica model of the Corsair he flew. “I sat in one i...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor The annual Elk River Memorial Day program at Lion’s Park recognized veterans of all stripes, including the fallen and those still giving to their country. Rose Holt was awarded the American Legion Post 112 Auxiliary Outstanding Citizen Award. She has a long history of volunteer...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor Lt. Col. Lyle Bradley, who flew fighter planes launched from aircraft carriers in both WWII and the Korean War, will talk about teamwork in a Memorial Day address on Monday at Lions Park in Elk River. Bradley credits teamwork  — not only on the battlefields and in the skies, w...Read More
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“I wouldn’t take $1 million for my experiences over there (in Vietnam), but I wouldn’t give you a wooden nickel for five seconds more of them.” — Dave Granlund, 1967 Elk River High School graduate and Vietnam veteran by Jim Boyle Editor When Dave Granlund was drafted in April of 1969 by th...Read More
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