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ROCHESTER, Minn.—Former Brookston resident Leon Swendsen celebrated his 100th Veterans Day birthday with family and friends in Rochester, Minnesota. The U.S. Army veteran has now been retired from his job at Greyhound (35 years) almost as long as he was employed.

The year of 1914 was an eventful year. Events that took place that year would intertwine many years later. Greyhound Bus Lines was started that year. Founders of Greyhound began with their first bus—the Hupmobile. Also, that year Leon Swendsen was born.

Leon grew up on a farm in Burnett, Minnesota. His father Otto Swendsen ran a butcher shop on their farm that many would have fond memories of for years to come. Leon attended the local one-room school and in 1940 he went to work for Greyhound Bus Lines. Leon served in the U.S. Army for two years during World War II and continued at Greyhound when his term of service was over.

Leon and his wife Maggie raised four children—Denny, Scott, Kerry, and Shelly in Brookston. He retired from Greyhound in October 1975. He said, “I have been retired from Greyhound for almost as many years as I worked there.” He has been retired for 35 years.

After the children were all grown they decided to move to Rochester, Minnesota to be ...

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Recent Headlines

Preserving and honoring a legacy

Steve Bridge serves 35 years on the Cromwell Fire & Ambulance

Call of the Couch: A Family's Love Affair with its Business. Schneiderman's Furniture

Quale inducted into the CSS Hall of Fame

Sandpiper put on hold for a year

Winners announced at fall Color Fest

"Best patient of the day"

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Kletscher elected to 7th term

FLOODWOOD, Minn.—The unofficial tallies are in and there were only a few contested local mayoral races in this year’s election. In Floodwood, Mayor Jeff Kletscher held off challenger Jay Thompson, 114 to 64.

Floodwood Mayor Jeff Kletscher has held public office the longest in the region. This is his 7th term and 23rd year of elected service to the city. “I am looking forward to serving my 7th term as the Mayor of Floodwood,” he said. “The city’s staff, City Council and I look to 2015 and beyond. We will ALL continue to work to see that Floodwood remains a viable, growing, and safe city.”

Important projects facing the city in 2015, include finding funding for water main upgrades and looping on the west side of US Hwy #2. “These upgrades would be made in conjunction with a proposed St. Louis County Public Works project to improve 7th Avenue and Ash Street west of US Hwy #2,” noted the Mayor

In addition to city improvement projects, Mayor Kletscher and the council members are looking for businesses who want to open, expand, or re-locate in Floodwood.

In other local mayor election results included Lisa Lund (37 votes) with a 2-vote margin ...

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Recent Headlines

Steve Bridge serves 35 years on the Cromwell Fire & Ambulance

Call of the Couch: A Family's Love Affair with its Business. Schneiderman's Furniture

Quale inducted into the CSS Hall of Fame

Sandpiper put on hold for a year

Winners announced at fall Color Fest

"Best patient of the day"

Sandpiper News

Kearin thaws T-Shirt

Kletscher to serve as President of FBCP

Preserving and honoring a legacy

CROMWELL, Minn.—A few years ago, Ken Kangas and Ed Raisanen were asked to join the Cromwell History Club by Judy Koivisto. For Ken, a Cromwell area native, it seemed natural to participate in the preservation of area history. Ed, coming to the area via South Dakota and Oregon, said, “It was interesting to me,” and a good way to learn about the area. It also became natural for these two military veterans to bring that area of focus to the club’s activities, and lead the creation of the annual Veterans Day display.

There is a section of the Cromwell area history display at Villa Vista in Cromwell devoted to military service. It contains books and memorabilia – uniforms, posters, and personal effects from area veterans. Display cabinets have been constructed by high school shop students as well as Ken. Ken and Ed have been building a directory of area veterans containing a photo and thumbnail description of their service. It has grown to two three-ring binders, so far. “There are many veterans in the area who distinguished themselves in their service,” said Ken.

The veterans’ section of the history display has been in place since 2006, with the first Veterans Day display in 2010. This year the theme will be, “Home for the Holidays.” It will be featured as part of the annual Veterans Day commemoration that starts with an 8:30 ...

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