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Minnesotan recalls his role in D-Day Of the 160,000 personnel landed on the beaches in France, roughly 73,000 were Americans.
One of them was Milton Guion, of Minnesota. Now 89 years of age and living in May Township just outside of Stillwater, Guion was a teenager in the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion.
Photos: Coming ashore on D-Day, 1944 Seventy years after Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, President Barack Obama returned Friday to the hallowed battleground in what he called a "powerful manifestation of America's commitment to human freedom" that lives on in a new generation. Below are a few photos of what the day looked like.
BBC documentary: The D-Day dames In the spring of 1944, American women war correspondents gathered in London in anticipation of the D-Day invasion. Women were not allowed to report from the front line, although that did not stop Martha Gellhorn. She returned to London as her marriage to Ernest Hemingway was ending. But it was Gellhorn, who hid on a hospital ship crossing the English Channel, who went ashore and wrote a dramatic account of it. She was subsequently disciplined by the authorities as she had no accreditation.
Venus DeMars shows an artist can fight the tax man This week, the transgender rock musician learned that she had prevailed in a battle with the Minnesota Department of Revenue, which had determined that she owed the state $3,535 for three years of back taxes.
Photos: Dogs with bad reps need homes too For the first time, the city of Minneapolis is making so-called "power dogs" available for adoption at its animal shelter. This includes Dobermans, Rottweilers and pit bulls.
Family cries foul at verdict in Minneapolis grocery shooting case A Hennepin County jury convicted Zakaria Yusuf of St. Paul of attempted murder, first and second degree assault and illegal possession of a gun. The shooting, which police called gang related, was one of several violent confrontations between young Somali men in Minneapolis last year.
Environmental groups want Xcel to use tiered energy pricing Currently, Xcel charges its residential customers a flat rate per kilowatt hour -- whether they are the type of person who conserves, or one who leaves the lights on all the time. But that doesn't encourage people to save energy, members of the environmental groups say.
GM review found 'history of failures' in ignition debacle The ignition switch problem has been blamed for at least 13 deaths. While the issue is most closely identified with the Chevrolet Cobalt, the problem spurred a recall of 2.6 million vehicles. The company said last month that it will pay a $35 million fine over how it handled the issue.
Controversial sex offender program faces key moment in court A Minnesota state agency soon will have to say in court why it should continue to hold a sex offender who committed his crimes as a juvenile, a federal judge ordered this week. A panel of experts says the man should be released immediately from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.
Tracking road kill? There's an app for that A team of scientists at Utah State University have developed tool in the hopes that "citizen scientists" will help them compile a road kill database. "We wanted to call it the Roadkill Reporter," one of them says, but the Utah Department of Transportation asked them to tine that down a little.
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Phil Picardi newscasts weekday mornings and occasionally fills in as Morning Edition host when Cathy Wurzer is away. His duties include compiling, writing and delivering newscasts, sending out a morning news headlines text, and writing news banner headlines and news stories for air later in the day.
Hart is the morning online editor at MPR News. Previously, he wrote the newsroom blog at City Pages in Minneapolis; edited national news for Internet Broadcasting in St. Paul; was a photojournalist in Connecticut and on the Texas-Mexico border; and a newspaper reporter in New Hampshire.