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Former chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Vessey dies at 94

Retired Army General John W. Vessey, Jr., 94, of Little Whitefish Lake near Garrison, Minnesota, died Thursday, August 18, 2016 of natural causes in North Oaks, Minnesota.

He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June, 29 1922. He enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in May 1939 while still in high school, becoming a member of Headquarters, 59th Field Artillery Brigade, 34th Infantry Division. He was only 16 and fibbed about his age to join. With other members of his unit he was called to active duty in February 1941. He fought in World War II and Vietnam. He rose through the ranks in a 46-year military career to become chairman of the joint chiefs of staff under President Ronald Reagan,

He married his high school sweetheart, Avis Funk of Minneapolis; and they had two sons, John III and David, and a daughter, Sarah.

After being named chairman of the joint chiefs in 1982, Vessey helped oversee the military buildup that Reagan championed when he took office just over a year earlier.

Sharing the fire: potters exhibit at the Jaques Art Center

By Ann Schwartz

If you take in this exhibit at the Jaques Art Center, everything will be a shape. Rather than painting exhibits that feature two-dimensional works, the “Sharing the Fire” exhibit features the many forms created by potters.

There are many whimsical and creative ceramic items in the exhibit. Items are fired in the wood-firing process, which includes manning the kiln for ...[MORE]

Aitkin voters overwhelmingly said no to new school

Voters in the Aitkin School district turned down a $68.5 million referendum for a new school and remodeling of Rippleside Elementary.
The ballot question, posed to primary election voters on August 9, failed with 1,023 yes votes (25.27 percent) and 3,025 no votes (74.73 percent).

“The community has spoken,” said Superintendent Bernie Novak in a telephone interview after the vote, . ...[MORE]

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