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KMS band to play Monday at state Pearl Harbor observance

KERKHOVEN -- The Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Marching Saints band has been invited to perform at the state's 2015 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Program Monday at the Armory in St. Paul.The band has been chosen to represent the state in Hawaii at the...

KERKHOVEN - The Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Marching Saints band has been invited to perform at the state’s 2015 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Program Monday at the Armory in St. Paul.
The band has been chosen to represent the state in Hawaii at the 75th anniversary celebration of Pearl Harbor in 2016.
Gov. Mark Dayton will give an address. Richard Thill, who served on the USS Ward, will be the featured speaker.
Naval reservists from Minnesota were aboard the Ward as it was conducting a patrol off the entrance to Pearl Harbor when they encountered a Japanese submarine on Dec. 7, 1941. They attacked and sank it, firing the first American shots of World War II.
The KMS students are expected to meet with the governor and to walk to see the gun from the Ward, which is displayed on the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul.
The Marching Saints are currently raising money to help fund their trip to Pearl Harbor next year with a gofundme.com page: www.gofundme.com/kmsmarchingsaints .

In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4340
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