It was December 7, 1941. For all of America, it was a day that would live in infamy. For George Harper, it was a day that changed his life. At the time, Harper was 15 years old and living in San Francisco with his parents and his brother. The Japanese had just bombed Pearl Harbor, […]

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by Gretchen Schlosser Monticello Times Gayle Poepping’s family is a military family, with her four brothers and a sister-in-law in the U.S. Army National Guard or college ROTC programs and several of them serving active duty tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Monticello woman took a different route into military service, joining the Minnesota Air […]

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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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