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Pine River Library: Minnesota's part in WWI topic of program

Our participation in WWI only lasted 19 months but involved more than 100,000 men from Minnesota. PineandLakes.com Illustration

Friends and neighbors! Attention, history buffs. We begin the month of May with a program about Minnesota's part in World War I.

The month of May offers more Legacy programs. These free programs are funded in part or whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage.

On Friday, May 5, at the Lifehouse Coffee Shop on Barclay Avenue at 4 p.m., Arn Kind will present a riveting program on the 100th anniversary of the United States' entrance into World War I. Our participation in WWI only lasted 19 months but involved more than 100,000 men from Minnesota. What an astonishing number!

These men served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Medical Corps. Kind will dress the part for this exciting living history program as you learn about the causes of the war, why Americans got involved, strategies used to win the war, the role women played and the life of a typical Minnesota soldier.

I certainly hope you can attend. I would if I could.

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