Guest Column: Remembering a cold February night


It’s 70 years since that cold February night when the 34th Tank Company of the Minnesota National Guard marched down the street in formation, from the Armory on Laurel and Fifth in Brainerd, to the N.P. Depot. Their families were hard pressed to keep up, alongside them on the sidewalks. As we drew our heavy winter coats close, everyone’s breath seemed to hang in the frigid air.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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