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  • Fallen Marine Killed in Crash Escorted Home to Iowa

    A fallen Marine from Cresco, Iowa, was escorted home Wednesday with support from the community along the way.

  • Stewartville Airman Returns Home to Surprise Girlfriend

    “I didn’t really understand who it was until he said ‘uniform,’ and I was amazed I was like, ‘that can’t be true, he’s not here,’” said the Stewartville senior Kallie Keller.

  • Safe & ATM Stolen from Eyota American Legion

    Not even our veterans are immune to crime. Someone stole the safe and an ATM from the American Legion in Eyota over the weekend. The Olmsted County Sheriff’s office says the burglary happened sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on Sunday... 

  • Helping a Hero: 5K Run Benefits Firefighter Battling Cancer

    For 30 years, Austin firefighter and instructor Brian Staska has been serving his community. And now, at a time when he needs it most, his community is giving back.

  • A Place to Connect with Other Women Veterans

    The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs held a special event for women veterans for the first time in Southeast Minnesota. The women were invited to Quarry Hill Nature Center for a walk and a program about mindfulness restoration. The event allowed these women a chance to connect with other female veterans, which is an opportunity not always easy to come by.

  • Candlelight Vigil Remembers POWs and MIA Service Members

    There are more than 83,000 missing American service members, and one local organization is working to keep their memories alive and bring them home.

  • 15 Years Later, All 9/11 Artifacts Have Been Given Away

    Tons of wreckage — twisted steel beams weighing up to 40,000 pounds, chunks of concrete smelling of smoke, a crushed fire engine, a dust-covered airline slipper — were salvaged from the World Trade Center site for preservation in the weeks after the 2001 terrorist attacks. Now, 15 years later...

  • 15 Years After 9/11

    Ground zero has become a rebuilt World Trade Center, a place forever marked but greatly changed since Sept. 11, 2001. The nation around it is different, too. But victims' relatives and others will convene Sunday on the memorial plaza for one of the constants in how America remembers 9/11 after 15 years...