Arthur Kayala, Brainerd, formerly of Pine River, was one of 230 World War II veterans flown earlier this month to Washington, D.C., on the third and final Honor Flight out of Fargo, N.D.
North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven, Congressman Earl Pomeroy and North Dakota National Guard Maj. General David Sprynczynatyk were on hand Nov. 2 at Hector Airport, Fargo, N.D., to send off the 230 World War II vets and 180 escorts that included family members and medical personnel as well as news people on the flight .
Once in Washington, the vets toured the city on Nov. 2-3.
Former Sen. Bob Dole, who was instrumental in obtaining funding for the World War II Memorial in D.C., visited with every busload.
Arthur Kayala (left), Brainerd, formerly of Pine River, was one of 230 World War II veterans flown earlier this month to Washington, D.C., on the third and final Honor Flight out of Fargo, N.D. Former Sen. Bob Dole, who was instrumental in obtaining funding for the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., visited with Kayala and fellow veterans.
Kayala served during World War II in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. He was involved in active duty in North Africa, Sicily, France, England and Germany. While stationed in England he met Hazel Healey who he has been married to for the last 63 years.
Toys for Kids drive planned for Friday
The sixth annual Toys for Kids drive-up drop-off will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at 3WI radio station.
All the donated toys stay in the Brainerd lakes area.
The event is sponsored by the Heartland Detachment Marine Corps League.
County DFL to continue planning for county-wide caucus
The Crow Wing County DFL will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Brainerd Public Library's large meeting room. All Democrats are invited and encouraged to attend.
A 30-minute DVD featuring chairperson Howard Dean will be shown at 6 p.m. The business agenda is continued planning for the Feb. 5 county-wide caucus night.
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