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By Kendra Hartsell Monticello Times Before joining the Wright County Sheriff Office in 1980, Sgt. Mike Laurent spent four years serving our country in the U.S. Navy right after graduating from Buffalo High School in 1970. Laurent’s U.S. Navy career started with a lifelong dream of wanting to cross the Pacific Ocean. “I wanted to […]

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Monticello resident LeRoy Miller and his son, John, share a common military bond supporting the “Silent Service,” the U.S. Navy’s elite submarine community. John Miller attended Monticello High School from 1996 to 2000. The Class of 2000 was the first to graduate from the new building. “I had always wanted to join the U.S.military; however, […]

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By Gretchen Schlosser Monticello Times Even though they serve in separate branches of the U.S. Army, Monticello brothers Lowell and Cameron Laudert managed to reunite earlier this year when both were serving as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Kuwait. Lowell Laudert, who is in his 12th year of service, including eight years with the […]

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By Kendra Hartsell Monticello Times The past seven years of 24-year-old Kayla Pruesse’s life have been nothing like her Monticello-raised parents, Jamie and Danelle Pruesse, would have imagined for her. When she told her parents and high school sweethearts that she was going to enlist in the United States Army after graduating from Monticello High […]

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By Charles England Monticello Times As the rain continues to pour, a young private prepares himself for an ambush. Despite the uncertainty of what lies ahead, he takes the time to write home with a dreary tale of war in an unfamiliar land. The date was Dec. 16, 1965. Even today, United States Marine Corps […]

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