n Tindell among first women to enter WWII; Lempka’s Air Force tour included nation’s response to attacks by Jim Boyle Editor Evelyn Tindell made history in 1945 when she and 63 other women became the first Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps to reach continental Europe during World War II. Her hometown paper, the Owatonna People’s Press, [...]
Veterans Day speaker talks about sacrifice, gratitude in aftermath of scare by Joni Astrup Associate Editor For three days, Bryan Vita didn’t know for sure if his son had died in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan. He first was told that his son, David, was a casualty by a friend who stopped by his office [...]
by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Korean War veteran and Elk River native Russell Leighton will speak at a Veterans Day event sponsored by the Elk River American Legion. The dinner and ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 — the day after Veterans Day — at the Legion, 525 Railroad Dr. The public is [...]
It’s late in the evening when the calm and dark Pacific sky is brought to life with bright light from flares, and silhouettes of Japanese soldiers approaching with the roar of “Banzai!” It was July of 1944 and it’s on Tinian Island where 19-year-old Marshall Harris of New Ulm, Minn. and the Marine Corps 2nd [...]
Carole Boelter stepped up at Lincoln Elementary School this past week and gave the keynote address for the school’s annual Veterans Day program. She did a nice job of connecting the dots for students that teachers are indeed real people who go home to real families at night and experience real joys and struggles. They [...]
by Jim Boyle Editor Carole Boelter couldn’t tell who had bigger smiles when veterans lined up to receive handshakes and high fives from the students in attendance at a program for veterans this past Monday at Lincoln Elementary School in Elk River. Was it the children who said thanks? Or was it the veterans who [...]
by Jim Boyle Editor With Veterans Day falling this past weekend, local schools made sure not to miss a chance to recognize local vets for their contributions to their country and the community. Some schools and their students celebrated before the holiday, while others waited until after. John Dietz, the mayor of Elk River, spoke [...]
Elk River High School bands under John Rossner honored armed forces personnel past and present at the annual Veterans Concert Friday, Nov. 9, with patriotic and military music. Also performing was the North Suburban Chorale.