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Former commander at Abu Ghraib to speak Monday in Crookston

March 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A former commanding officer in Iraq will give eyewitness account Monday in Crookston on the aftermath of the scandal of prisoner abuse at a U.S. military facility in Iraq nearly a decade ago.
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UPDATE: St. Louis hosts big parade to celebrate end of Iraq War

January 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Thousands of people have turned out in St. Louis for the nation’s first big parade welcoming home Iraq War veterans. Several hundred veterans, many dressed in camouflage, marched today afternoon through downtown along with marching bands, politicians and even the Budweiser Clydesdales. Continue Reading

St. Louis hosts big parade to celebrate end of Iraq War

January 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Large crowds are gathering in downtown St. Louis to honor Iraq War veterans today during the nation’s first big welcome home parade since the last troops left the country in December. Veterans dressed in camouflage lined up alongside military vehicles at the start of the parade, while organizers handed out small American flags to people along the route, many holding signs reading “Welcome Home” and “Thanks to our service men and women.” Continue Reading

St. Louis hosts big parade to celebrate end of Iraq War

January 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Large crowds are gathering in downtown St. Louis to honor Iraq War veterans today during the nation’s first big welcome home parade since the last troops left the country in December. Veterans dressed in camouflage lined up alongside military vehicles at the start of the parade, while organizers handed out small American flags to people along the route, many holding signs reading “Welcome Home” and “Thanks to our service men and women.” Continue Reading

Parade celebrating end of Iraq War to be held in St. Louis on Saturday

January 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Two friends from St. Louis sought donations, launched a Facebook page, met with the mayor and mapped a route. On Saturday, hundreds of veterans are expected to march in downtown St. Louis in the nation’s first big welcome home parade since the last troops left Iraq in December. Continue Reading

US formally ends Iraq War

December 15, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

BAGHDAD There was no “Mission Accomplished” banner. No victory parade down the center of this capital scarred by nearly nine years of war. No crowds of cheering Iraqis grateful for liberation from Saddam Hussein.
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Local Iraq War hero honored in planned Stark County Veterans Memorial

July 2, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

A 175-pound, 44-inch-tall bronze statue consisting of a pair of boots and an upside down gun topped with a helmet will be erected in honor of Spc. Jon Fettig of Dickinson who was killed during an ambush rocket grenade attack near Ar Ramadi, Iraq in July 2003 next to the Euphrates River.
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Aftermath of Iraq war art, film come to Bemidji

June 28, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Bemidji Community Art Center and Saarens Productions will co-host “Navigating the Aftermath,” with an art exhibit opening Friday and the screening of the film “The Unreturned” on July 13 in Bemidji. Continue Reading

Rumsfeld reveals pre-war Iraq strike plan

February 8, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Former Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld reveals in his new book that he urged a U.S. military strike on a suspected chemical weapons site in northern Iraq in 2003. Continue Reading&

UND draws in high number of veterans

November 9, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

Drawn by the new post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which pays for tuition, books and many living expenses, hundreds of recent Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are attending UND. Continue Reading