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Community Voices

The Vietnam War – Mike Lamfers – Last Time to the DMZ and Home

We have been learning about Mike Lamfers, who grew up east of Amiret and, after graduating from Tracy High School in 1965, served with the Marines in Vietnam. Mike deployed to Vietnam in October 1966, joining the Commo Platoon of 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment near the demilitarized zone ...

Ensuring Minnesota veterans can get the care they’ve earned

Whether they served in the jungles of Vietnam, the mountains of Afghanistan, or the sands of Iraq, when our veterans signed up to serve our country, there wasn’t a waiting line. When they return home from duty and need a job, education, housing, or health care, there should never be a waiting ...

What is fine wine?

It’s interesting how often we say something that doesn’t reflect how we really feel. For instance... When you’ve been asked how things are going, how many times have you replied, “Oh, I’m fine!”? If you’re anything like me, that reply is just a reactive statement that does not ...

A college chapbook

A lady named Marla, who lives at Cherokee, Iowa recently mailed me an antique artifact. I know that it’s antique because it’s a little bit older than me. The relic in question is a chapbook that was published by Iowa State College in September of 1954. The 70-year-old booklet contains a ...

2.4 billion Easter people can spread a lot of love

Easter is unique among holidays in that it skips around on the calendar. It depends on the vernal equinox and a full moon. Regardless, it comes in spring. Which is perfect. New life, resurrection, birth, greening of nature: all of a piece. There was one Easter morning in history. But we ...