The Windom Area School will host the 37th annual Veterans Day Program at 9:30 a.m. on Friday in the Blue Gym at the High School. This year’s guest speaker will be Pam Krill, a retired Air Force veteran. Krill served 21 years in the Air Force and now lives outside Blue Earth.
She is also the second district commander for the Minnesota American Legion. She says she is passionate about her work for the county, and her military experience has helped prepare her well.
Krill explains that there are many reasons why people serve in the military, and each reason is unique to the individual. She says that serving is an honor and that she is proud to be a part of it. Her favorite aspect of her job is helping veterans after they return home from active duty. She says that the help they need can be a little different for everyone but that her office continually strives to find the best solution.
One way that they help is by assisting them with benefits and navigating the process. Another way is by educating the public and lawmakers about veterans’ issues. She also works on behalf of veterans with the VA to get them access to medical care and benefits. She also helps with legislative issues that affect veterans, such as changing laws about how businesses can charge early termination fees for cell phone contracts and gym memberships.
She says that the biggest challenge is finding funding for programs. There are also challenges with finding enough volunteers to do the work that needs to be done.
As for her future, Krill plans to continue working on legislation important to veterans. She also hopes to retire and spend time with her family there.
Please see the Nov. 8 edition of the Citizen for more on this story.
The city of Windom is working to decide which street repair projects are possible and will become a priority. The city’s mayor has encouraged residents to attend the City Council meeting Tuesday to voice their opinions on what is needed.
The Herreid Military Museum will be open Saturday, and the class A state boys cross country runners are in action Saturday at the Les Bolstad University of Mt. Lake.
MANKATO, Minn (KEYC) – For the past four years, a group of Faribault County Veterans has been working to build a memorial for those who have served, past and present. The group started with a motorcycle ride, The Last Ride, to begin fundraising for the project. The goal is to have every person who has ever served in the military represented on the wall of the memorial.
Hy-Vee offers veterans and active military personnel a complimentary buffet-style breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. They will also offer a 15% discount on grocery purchases that day. The offer is valid at all stores, including the Dollar Fresh Market and Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh.