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Veterans Day 2021: A salute to service

The Pine Journal staff profiled several local veterans.

Cloquet Pine Journal

Since this newspaper was founded in 1884, its journalists have written the first draft of history, including stories about conflicts and the local men and women who served in them.

According to the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs , more than 2,700 veterans live in Carlton County. They are family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues.

And it's because of them we enjoy the freedoms laid out in the Constitution. Of particular importance to us is the First Amendment, which guarantees the Freedom of Speech and the Press.

So today, we honor those who have served in the armed forces, whether in times of conflict or peace. We could never say thank you enough for your sacrifices. We also appreciate the family members who supported you and sacrificed, as well.


Thank you to Courtney Dietsche at the Cloquet Public Library for helping with the covers and headlines pictured above, all of which appeared in past issues of our newspaper.

We also want to thank the veterans who spoke to us for the profiles that follow:

Gary Dahl: Finding solace in volunteering Volunteer work through multiple veteran service organizations has helped Gary Dahl heal from the tragic events he experienced during his time in the service.
Randy and Jason McCuskey: Following in the footsteps of their fathers Both Randy and Jason McCuskey were a part of the 148th Air National Guard and spent time on deployment in the Middle East.
Larry Sell: A life of service Larry Sell served in the Air Force in the Vietnam War from 1966-67. He is now a member of the Carlton County Disabled American Veterans.
Ron Stigers: A natural call to service Following in the footsteps of his uncles and father before him, Ron Stigers was destined to serve his country long before his military career officially began in May 1975.
Bernie Sundeen: 'One of the lucky ones' Bernie Sundeen enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1968 and served for six years, until 1973. Sundeen was deployed to Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean during his service.
Robert Tischer: 'We're like brothers' Robert Tischer joined the U.S. Air Force in 1972, when he was 19 years old. Tischer spent 1973-74 loading and unloading munitions on airplanes during the Vietnam War.

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