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Grand opening of military museum nears

CAMP RIPLEY — The staff of the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley is announcing the grand opening of its newest exhibit July 9.

The ribbon cutting for the exhibit will take place at 11 a.m. and the public is invited to participate in the day’s festivities and celebrate this unique event, said Thielen.

“Our curator, Doug Bekke, has had this idea for more than 10 years and has been working on it over the past two years after the museum board approved the project and found funding for it,” said Jeff Thielen, executive director of the museum.

There will be much more than just an exhibit opening taking place on July 9, said Thielen. “We will have music, food, guest speakers and a large group of Civil War reenactors taking part in events including the firing of a Civil War cannon.”

This will be the largest Civil War exhibit in Minnesota celebrating the Civil War Sesquicentennial and will be open to the public over the next four years, said Thielen.

“Museum board member Steven Osman played an instrumental role in helping us get this exhibit opened,” said Thielen. “He has put in several thousand hours in design and development of the display. He along with several others have also loaned us several rare pieces from their own collections.”

More information about the exhibit and the Minnesota Military Museum is available by visiting its website at