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A grateful nation


Fri, Apr 22nd, 2005
Posted in Features

PRESTON - When Maurice Lund was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1945 after serving in Europe he took back to his native Spring Grove four hard earned medals: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, European/African/Middle East combat ribbon, and Combat Infantry Badge.

Those medals were lost years ago when the trunk they were in was stolen from his parent’s home. On Sunday, April 17, they were reissued in a small ceremony at the Preston Good Samaritan Care Center where Lund now lives.

Staff Sergeant Stan Fieseler of the Minnesota Army National Guard in Rochester made the presentation. He was accompanied by Preston Mayor Kurt Reicks and an honor guard from the Preston Veterans of Foreign Wars. Lund’s four children and their families were also in attendance.

Fieseler said that Senator Mark Dayton was extremely helpful in clearing the red tape needed to get Lund’s medals re-authorized.

Now 83, Lund, known to family and friends as Mike, is a quiet, softspoken man. He was born in Blackhammer, attended Spring Grove High School and like most men his age went into the military when his country called.

Mike arrived in Europe on June 7, 1944, the second day of the Normandy invasion. It was his 22 birthday. Assigned to Company I, 9th Infantry Division, Mike was wounded in August 1944, suffering injuries to both arms and a knee. According to Lund, they were about 40 miles from Paris at the time.

“Pretty rough,” is how Lund describes his time in Europe. A quick glimpse at the Company I, 9th Infantry Division’s history on the Internet reveals some bitter statistics:

•Killed in action 2,905

•Wounded 14,066

•Missing 792

•Captured 868

•Battle casualties 18,631

The Company was involved in campaigns at Normandy, northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.

During the ceremony, Sgt. Fieseler explained how the medals were earned.

“The Bronze Star was ordered by presidential decree to anyone who participated in the Normandy invasion,” Fieseler said. He went on to explain that the Purple Heart was given to Lund for his wounds suffered in France and the European/Africa/Middle East campaign ribbon was a citation earned by the Company for the campaigns it participated in.[Read the Rest]

Lanesboro skatepark runs into opposition

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2005
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LANESBORO - When it came time to award the bids to build the proposed skatepark at the Lanesboro City Council Monday night, council member Joe O’Connor made a motion to reject all bids “based on the merits of the project.”

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Preston considers skateboard ordinance

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2005
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PRESTON - The Preston City Council met Monday evening with barely a quorum. Mayor Kurt Reicks and Council member Jeremy Aug were serving their roles as volunteer fireman combating a house fire. Council member Heath Mensink as Mayor Pro-tem conducted ..... 
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Postcard from China

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2005
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DALIAN CHINA - The anti-Japanese demonstrations across China during the month of April have been referred to in the Western press as “protests” – a misnomer. A protest assumes dissent, a prevailing attitude or policy which is being challenged. But th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: College in Schools Spanish being considered

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2005
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Spanish teacher Crystal Bieberdorf introduced a new program to the Rushford-Peterson School Board at their meeting Monday night, April 18. Bieberdorf hopes to offer a level four Spanish class next year through the College in the Schools program from ..... 
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Board of Adjustment upholds Zoning Administrator ruling

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2005
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In a 4-0 decision on Thursday, April 21, the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment upheld a ruling by Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Norm Craig that a semi-trailer storage business operated by Dan Moulton in Chatfield Township did not qualify as ..... 
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Travelogue Chile

Fri, Apr 15th, 2005
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SANTIAGO – After four months of anticipation, Internet research, and planning, I finally departed the Minnesota winter for Santiago, Chile. Though my budget price flights required a lengthy and exhausting leapfrog itinerary through Central and South ..... 
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EDA Coordinator Mark Thein resigns

Fri, Apr 15th, 2005
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PRESTON – Ron Zeigler, Executive Director of the Southeast Minnesota Development Corporation, addressed the county board about the resignation of Mark Thein as the Fillmore County Economic Development Authority Coordinator. The county contracts with ..... 
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New Fillmore County Courtroom dedicated

Fri, Apr 15th, 2005
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“A courthouse is a symbol of justice that reflects the fundamental importance of the rule of law,” Kathleen Blatz, the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, said at the dedication of the new Fillmore County District Courtroom on Friday, April ..... 
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