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In this undated file photo, Jon Lindstrand works on a wall climbing display featuring a manikin in a Vietnam-era military uniform. The display stood 17½ feet high and was part of a military exhibit Lindstrand and other volunteers create each year to pay tribute to the region's military veterans. The Central Minnesota Veterans Historical Council, a group of area veterans and other community members, is looking to create a military history museum and veterans center to feature Lindstrand's work. Tribune f...

Giving life to the stories of local vets

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For the past seven years, Jon Lindstrand and volunteers have spent and entire day before Veteran's Day setting up his massive collection of wartime items for public display at the Willmar City Auditorium.

After the holiday, they take it down again.

Last year, a question dawned on them: why don't we find a place to set this up permanently?

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