CAMP RIPLEY - The Minnesota Military Museum has a new website now includes a "Veterans Registry" and is requesting the public's assistance to gather veterans stories.

The registry is a statewide database containing information about the military service of individual Minnesota veterans. A qualified veteran is anyone who once served or is serving in the U.S. military and was either born in Minnesota or has lived in Minnesota.

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"We are excited to have this tool to help us collect the stories of Minnesota Veterans," stated Chad Conrady, museum archivist, in a news release.

"The history of every veteran's service needs to be recorded and preserved" continued Conrady, "and this is the perfect tool to do so. We encourage Veterans, family members, and interested individuals to help build this registry and submit one or more veterans' stories."

Anyone can submit a Minnesota veterans story and pictures of veterans from the Civil War to today to the registry. This service is free of charge and part of the mission of the Military Museum to preserve records of Minnesota Veterans service and to preserve the artifacts related to their service for future generations.

Interested veterans and individuals should visit and click on Veterans.

"It is our goal to have the most comprehensive online database of Minnesota veterans available to the public", concluded Conrady.

The Minnesota Military Museum is open seven days a week from May through September and Thursdays and Fridays from October through April, and special tours may be coordinated at any time.