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Personal praise for Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston


Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Betty Dowe

I have to sing the praises of the Veterans Cemetery in Preston! I have never been to a military funeral, but have seen them on T.V. The ceremony my family and I attended for my husband’s internment was beautiful and brought chills and tears! The staff there was so kind and helpful and made the event a celebration! We are blessed to have this cemetery in Preston, where my husband’s remains now rest.

When the article first came out in the paper that there was going to be a Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Don said, “Someday I will be there!” And every time we were on our way from Harmony to Mayo Clinic for doctor appointments he would say, “Do a good job - sometime in the future I will rest there!” There is a total of 169 acres with 34 acres beautifully landscaped and in use now. The first phase has 3,500 grave sites; the director, Rob Gross, said enough land for burials for next 50-100 years. The cemetery has a full-time staff of six plus two more people for the summer. Veterans and spouses can be buried there, and my ashes will join Don’s one day. Right now there can be seven services a day Monday-Friday, all year. The cemetery is open from dawn to dusk seven days a week.

After Don died, his body was donated to Mayo Medical School in Rochester. A month later I met with the VA and preregistered for a funeral. They helped me with all the legal details. Over a year later, we got his ashes back from Mayo. Then we could arrange a date for the family to get together for a formal funeral ceremony.

The day of the funeral, the family was asked to arrive 15 minutes early and we were greeted by Sasha Holst. I signed necessary papers and handed over Don’s ashes. Sasha had contacted me several times the month before with information and answered my questions. I brought a flag, but it wasn’t the right size for folding and Rob had the right one for us. Sasha said she got to see pictures of Don in Boots and Badges and held up the book. “I feel I know him!” she said. (When the book was first started, I took pictures, etc. of Don in because I thought it was a GREAT Project! I gave copies to our children for birthdays. What a great history of the wars and people in this area who served! So much care and time went into this wonderful book! Thank You!)

Don was assigned grave 8A-21. I didn’t pay attention till later that our daughter’s birthday is on the 8th and mine is o .....
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SMIF staff, board and partners on their 2nd annual bus tour

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Tim Penny Again this year, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) Board, staff and regional partners set out on a regional bus tour. We serve a large area - 20 counties of south central and southeastern Minnesota, which houses 30% of Gr ..... 
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Is America broken?

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in Fountain Commentary

By Karen Reisner The difference between the political conventions is striking. Last week was a convention of hate, “lock her up”, which centered on all the problems in America. There was little recognition of all that is great about America. Th ..... 
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Making sure our veterans can get the care they deserve

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar When we ask our servicemembers to put their lives on the line in defense of our nation, we make a commitment to give them the support they need when they come home. But too often, we fall short of that commitment, espe ..... 
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Where the election stands

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton The next few weeks in politics are a little like the All-Star break in baseball. With the Republican and Democratic national conventions upon us, it’s a good time to step back and assess this year’s election. Which carries ba ..... 
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State auditor says “conflict of interest laws apply to Peterson”

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Jennifer M. Wood, MS, RDN The State Auditor’s letter from last December to Peterson states, “In reviewing the City’s general ledger, the OSA found five disbursements to Purchasing Power, a business owned by Councilor Lauren Rue. One of the ..... 
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Who is right?

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson How many Christian faiths exist? In Rushford alone there are at least seven Christian church flavors, counting two different Lutheran varieties. Wouldn’t one think that Christianity would have a single unified faith if the ..... 
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Biggen’s BBQ incorrectly labeled at council meeting

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Chad Rich At the July 13 Peterson City Council meeting, Councilor Gail Boyum incorrectly stated that “come to find out, Biggen’s BBQ is not a registered business in Peterson and should not be allowed as a vendor in city celebrations.” I wa ..... 
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City celebrations and events policy at July 13 Peterson City Council meeting

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Dave Colbenson At the July 13 Peterson City Council Meeting, I brought forward a city policy that would protect and promote ALL businesses within the City of Peterson, whether in-home or located in the downtown area. It also required food vendor ..... 
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