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Chaplain to keynote Veterans Day address

WORTHINGTON -- John Morris, chaplain for the Minnesota National Guard, knows first hand what veterans have done for this country.

Morris, who has served in Iraq, is the featured speaker for the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Veterans Day celebration. The program is 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Fine Arts Theater.

"The first thing I will focus on is the significant contribution southwest Minnesota soldiers have made to the nation," said Morris. "All of the armories in southwest Minnesota have deployed units. Southwest Minnesota has made a big, big contribution."

As the chaplain for the state's National Guard, Morris helped develop a program called Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. The program helps veterans reintegrate into their communities after returning from active duty. The name is a reminder that support for soldiers cannot end when they return from deployment.

"I also will talk about how we can honor and support veterans once they come home from war," he said. "Because I'm speaking at Minnesota West I will talk about the vital role that higher education plays in the life of returning combat veterans."

The public is invited to attend the annual Veterans' Day event at Minnesota West.

"We want to honor our veterans publicly and also the students on our campus who are veterans and have put themselves in harms way," said Dr. Marnie Fischer, Worthington campus administrator.

ADRIAN: Adrian native Dave Haugom will be the guest speaker at the Adrian Veterans Day program slated for 8:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Adrian High School gym. The Adrian American Legion will present the colors, with the Adrian High School band and choir, as well as the Adrian Middle School choir, all to perform.

ASHTON, Iowa: The Ashton Veterans Day Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the American Legion building, Ashton.

BREWSTER: A Veterans Day program will take place at the Brewster Elementary School at 10 a.m. today, with Petty Officer Cindy Brunk as the guest speaker.

FULDA: The Veterans Day program in Fulda will be hosted by the Fulda FCCLA chapter at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the high school, with readings and musicals selections from elementary and high school students.

HARDWICK: The Hardwick American Legion and Auxiliary will host a Veterans Day Banquet with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. in Legion Hall. The guest speaker will be Dave Haugom, a major in the Minnesota Army National Guard in Luverne.

HERON LAKE: The Heron Lake Legion and Auxiliary will sponsor a Veterans Day program at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Heron Lake Elementary Gymnasium, with Mr. Schneider's Vietnam Was class as the featured speakers.

JACKSON: Veterans Day kicks off in Jackson with a program at Bank Midwest at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, with a flag ceremony, featured speaker Ron Richards, an Iraq war veteran, and patriotic music by Riverside Elementary School students. Riverside Elementary will host its own Veterans Day program in the school's gym at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Good Samaritan in Jackson will offer a Veterans Day program at 2:30 p.m., with entertainment by the Jesse James Band and Jim Howard.

Lake Park, Iowa: The Lake Park American Legion will present two Veterans Day programs Tuesday. One program will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Elementary School Gym. Another program will be 1 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Guest speaker will be Lawrence Favio, a Korean War Veteran.

LAKEFIELD: Pleasantview Elementary School will host a Veterans Day program at 9:30 a.m. Jackson County Central Middle School will host a program, with Iraq war veteran Kenneth Rodenburg as the main speaker, at 2 p.m. A potluck will begin at the American Legion at noon.

LUVERNE: The Minnesota Veterans Home will offer a Veterans Day program at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, with coffee and cookies. Craig Boelter, second district American Legion Commander, will be the speaker and the Talbert family will provide music.

MOUNTAIN LAKE: Mountain Lake Public School will host a Veteran's Day program at 8:15 a.m. in the school gymnasium. Keynote speaker is District 22B Rep. Rod Hamilton.

OKABENA: Sgt. Maj. Tom Behrends will be the speaker for a Veterans Day program at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Southwest Star Concept School. Music will be by the SSC Band and Choir, Alania Cranston, Heather Peter and Axel Brunner. Girls State representative Amelia Hartman will also speak. A class currently studying the Vietnam War will have displays in the gym. Coffee and cookies will be served at the Quasar Quick Stop following the program.

PIPESTONE: Sgt. Bolke will be the guest speaker for a Veterans Day program at the Pipestone Area High School Auditorium, with musical selections by the band and choir. Program at the high school at 8:30 a.m., and at the middle school at 10 a.m.

ROUND LAKE: Students from Round Lake-Brewster High School will present a Veterans Day program at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Round Lake school. Round Lake American Legion Post 461 will post the colors.

Members of American Legion Post 461 in Round Lake will host the annual Nobles County Council American Legion Recognition Supper for all posts in Nobles County. Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The program will follow. Speaker will be SFC Scott Kruger, a member of Post 461 who served 22 months deployed to Iraq. All Legionnaires, wives and guests are welcome to attend.

WORTHINGTON: Prairie Elementary School is hosting a free Veterans Day Breakfast for veterans at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday in the school gymnasium. Phone (507) 727-1250.

Worthington High School will host a program Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. The program will have a posting of colors, reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, overviews of the VA Motto, the story of Old Glory, the story and explanation of TAPS, songs from the choir and a variety of numbers played by the WHS band.

Worthington Middle School's program will start at 1 p.m. Performances following a patriotic theme will be made by the band, choir, and orchestra.

WINDOM: The Rev. Sarah Butler, the new pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Windom, will be the speaker at the annual Veterans Day program at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Windom Area Middle High School Gold Gymnasium.