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Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Mantorville dedicated to those who sacrificed a loved one

The memorial monument was unveiled to Gold Star families on Saturday

Jun 25 2022
Abby Sharpe | Post Bulletin

MANTORVILLE, Minn. — Gold Star families across Minnesota now have a memorial monument dedicated to them.

Hundreds gathered in front of the Dodge County Finance Department, and across the street from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and Courthouse, on Saturday, June 25, 2022, to dedicate the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument.

The memorial monument had been a project two and a half years in the making, and was an effort undertaken by a committee of friends after visiting a similar monument in Reno, Nev.

“Somebody had said, ‘Hey, you got to see this Gold Star memorial in Reno.’ And we went down there and saw it,” Scott Eggert said. “We're all driving back to our cabin. And all of a sudden, we're looking at each other going, ‘We could do that.’ Before you know it, we were all having these thoughts in our head and we just dug in, and here we are.”

The group consists of a Gold Star family, Dave and Kay Swenson and their daughter, Emily Woslager; Scott and Monica Eggert; Col. Rod Peterson, retired; Tim Horvei; and Teresa Czaplewski.