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Famous WWII nurse was born in Fillmore County


Mon, May 23rd, 2016
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A well-known WWII nurse who was born and spent her formative years in the Harmony, Minn. area lived to help others and has been recognized and remembered for her service in many ways.

Hortense E. McKay was born northeast of Harmony, Minn. on a farm on July 16, 1910. She was the second child of George and Lydia (Hahn) McKay. Her siblings included Mabel, Peter, George, and Wallace.

After the family moved to the Brainerd, Minn. area, she graduated from Brainerd High School and then attended St. Cloud Teacher’s College and University of Minnesota School of Nursing in 1933.

Following college, McKay worked as a teacher and worked in the Deerwood TB Sanitarium. Public Health work took her to Louisville, Kentucky, and Galveston, Tex.

McKay joined the Army in 1936 to aid those who needed medical attention.

McKay entered the U.S. Army Nurse Corps at Fort Benning in Georgia in 1939 when the Nazis invaded Poland. While there, she handled patients with pneumonia and influenza.

According to the website en.ww2awards.com, in 1941 she arrived in the Philippines at USAT Grant, Manilla and was stationed at Fort Stotsenburg, working in the hospital.

After being evacuated to Corregidor on December 24, she cared for the wounded in the Malinta railroad tunnel hospital. Early in 1942 she was transferred to the primitive Hospital 2 at Bataan, where she served in the jungles of the Philippines after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

She returned once more to Malinta Tunnel Hospital and was evacuated on May 3, 1942. McKay was next evacuated on the USS Spearfish submarine going from the Philippines to Australia spending three years working in Leyte, New Guinea, and the Philippines.

McKay helped to reorganize the Army Nurse Corps in 1945. In June of 1949 she graduated from the University of Minnesota earning a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

In 1953, she became the director of the department of nursing at the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., until leaving in 1956. She was Chief Nurse in Orleans, France at the Fort Eustis VA Army Hospital until 1957.

McKay then worked as assistant chief of nursing at Fort Ord, Calif., until she retired in 1960 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

She was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for her aid with the sick and wounded soldiers in the Philippine Islands during WWII.[Read the Rest]

Cemetery staff prepares to host dedication ceremony

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
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Honorable. Memorable. Patriotic. Those are three words that will most likely describe Sunday, May 29, 2016 in Preston, Minn. Now home to a $10.1 million 169-acre state veterans cemetery dedicated to honoring those who have served our country, Pr ..... 
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Willy towers over other steers

Mon, May 16th, 2016
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At the May 10 Fillmore County board meeting commissioners approved sending a letter to Governor Mark Dayton and legislators requesting a transportation package this legislative session. The letter will be signed by all of the county commissioners. ..... 
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B&B Olympic Bowl owners named Grand Marshals of Trout Days Parade

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
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When Shelly Hanson received a call from Sarah Wangen asking her and her husband Paul to be Grand Marshals of the Preston Trout Days Parade, she thought that surely there was someone else more deserving of the position. The Trout Days Committee disa ..... 
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Cropp celebrates 25 years at Commonweal

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
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For 25 years, Hal Cropp has lived the life of his dreams at the Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro, Minn. While growing up in Hornell, N.Y., Cropp first acquired the acting bug at 14 years old, when he was cast as the Tin Man in a summer cam ..... 
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JuliaClaire’s Repeat Boutique gets new owners

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
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When Jan Knutson first asked Nancy Gardner if she’d like to volunteer with her at JuliaClaire Repeat Boutique back in 2012, Nancy was skeptical. She didn’t think the owner, Trish Keating would be interested in a volunteer for her store that she ..... 
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Crowd hears Ostrander infrastructure plans

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
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The Ostrander City Council met on April 5 for a regular meeting with all members present (Erin Brugh, Pam Kunert, Mayor Pat Nesler, Clerk Chris Hyrkas, Heidi Jones, and DJ Start). Approximately 35 citizens attended the meeting, and the main topic w ..... 
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Tragic loss of local boy after ATV accident

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
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Losing a loved one is always hard, but the loss of a child is a different level of pain, which unfortunately, a local family experienced last week. Hunter Bergo, age 10, was involved in an ATV accident on the morning of Saturday, March 26, 2016 wh ..... 
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First fatal motorcycle crash of 2016 kills rider and passenger Public Safety officials urge motorcyclists to ride safe and smart, motorists to watch for motorcyclists

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
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ST. PAUL — The first fatal motorcycle crash of 2016 happened March 7 in Fridley, making this the second earliest motorcycle fatality ever in Minnesota. The rider and passenger were both killed when the motorcycle went through a red light and hit a ..... 
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