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Pa e16 Community St. Cloud plans Memorial Day ceremonies Volunteers can assist with escorting veterans to the program The St. Cloud Area Metropoli- tan Veterans Council (MetroVets) is hosting a Memorial Day pro- gram at the St. Cloud VA Medi- cal Center's Building 96, Monday, May 30. The program begins with a mini-parade at 10:30 a.m., fol- lowed by a ceremony at lla.m. Building 96, the recreation building, is located on the west side of the VA campus, near the Veterans Golf Course. This year's keynote speaker is Command Sergeant Major Daniel Smith. Smith is the Command Ser- geant Major of Camp Ripley, the 53,000-acre National Guard Train- ing Site located near Little Falls. The public is invited to attend the program. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. Volunteers can assist with escorting patients to the program. To volunteer, contact Voluntary Service at (320) 255-6365. Thursday, May 26, 2011 , Trews Kimball, MN f Memorial Day service May 30 To remember veterans and early pioneers Stearns County Commissioner Leigh Lenzmeier and former County Commissioner and retired State Representative Larry Haws will be speakers at the Memorial Day service at the historic Stanger Cemetery. Patriotic music will res- onate through the cemetery with singing by the Place of Hope Min- istry Singers. Sara Kramer, award winning saxophone player will play military patriotic numbers. The flag raising will be done by Mark Bromenschenkel, Stearns County Commissioner, and a Sauk Rapids Boy Scout Troop. A rifle salute will be done by the Granite City VFW #428. The short service will take place at 9 a.m. on Monday, May30. Every- one is welcome to attend. Stanger Cemetery is located along the Sauk River on the out- skirts of Waite Park on County Road 138, about 3/4 mile south of Mills Fleet Farm (fire sign #7823). Approximately 40 of the areas first settlers, including a Civil War veteran, were laid to rest in this small cemetery. The first burial was in 1868 and the last in the 1920s. In 1987, Stearns County became the custodian of the abandoned and neglected Stanger Cemetery, but did not have the resources to keep it in good condition. In 1993, the St. Cloud Sunrise Kiwanis Club took on the responsibility of main- taining this historical treasure. The Stanger family was leaders on the St. Cloud Evangelical move- ment in Steams County in 1861. The first services were held in the Christian Stanger home and he set aside some of his land for the cem- etery. This will be the 17th Memorial Day service to be held at this pio- neer cemetery. At KES, Mrs. Klein's Fantastic First Graders did an awesome job decorating for and presenting the musi- cal "Peter Rabbit!" Submitted photo. DHR launches four new Facebook pages The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has launched four Facebook pages that will appeal to fans of fishing, hunting, the Minnesota Conservation Vol- unteer magazine, and Minnesota state parks and trails. The four Facebook pages rep- resent the DNR's desire to connect with the next generation of out- door enthusiasts. With more than 500 million users worldwide, Facebook is an ideal tool for outdoor recreation fans to tap into the latest DNR news and interact online with oth- ers who click the "Like" button on the agency's four pages. Face- book will give hunters, anglers and campers the opportunity to share their experiences with others who enjoy outdoor recreation. They Gave Their Lives Cn Memorial Day, we honor the brave ser,Ace men and women whose hopes and dreams were cut short in battle. They sacrificed their own lives to protect the lives and freedom of others. This Memorial Day, join us in paying tribute to them. STATI: E ANK OF KIMBALL P.O. BOX 70 KIMBALL, MINNESOTA 55353 (320) 398-3500 www.ttatebankofklmball.com "Facebook is a great way for our hunting and fishing license buy- ers, readers of the Conservation Volunteer magazine, and users of our state parks and trails to learn about the outdoors and share their great experiences in Minnesota," said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. The separate Fishing and Hunting pages, administered by the DNR's Fish and Wildlife Divi- sion, have the latest news on those subjects, reminders of upcoming seasons and regulations, as well as links to video and photos. The Minnesota Conservation Volunteer page offers additional photos, videos and insight into stories from the DNR's popular magazine, as well as updates on what's happening outside around the state. The Minnesota State Parks and Trails Facebook page features the latest news and events at state parks, "insider" trip-planning tips, along with video and lots of photos. Friends are encouraged to share their photos and stories. In the coming year, the DNR hopes to launch more Facebook pages on additional topics. DNR's current Facebook pages can be found using the following URLs: www.facebook.corn/rnnstate parksandtrails www.facebook.com/mcvmag www.facebook.com/mnfish www.facebook.com/mnhunting The DNR also offers a variety of other ways for people to stay con- nected by becoming part of its online community. Learn more by visiting www.dnr.state.mn.us/ social-media/index.html. 0 00tal ccx00'tp