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Lokstad is Memorial Day speaker at Crosslake Lutheran

Sara Lokstad

Crosslake Lutheran Church's annual Memorial Day service is set for 10 a.m. Sunday, May 27, at the Outdoor Worship Center on Daggett Pine Road across from the Crosslake Community Center baseball field.

This service will feature John Carlson singing the national anthem; Tuck Nolop playing taps; a contingent of American Legion veterans led by Bob McPherson firing an honorary salute to the dead; and an aerial fly-over by the North Star Squadron, a group of four fixed-wing aircrafts flown by experienced pilots who participate in air shows throughout the Midwest.

The leader of this squadron is Steve Knight, who has been an adviser to the Civil Air Patrol and now lives in Mission Hill, South Dakota.

Veterans from World War II to the present will be honored. The theme of the day is "our continuing search for peace and good will among all people."

Those attending the ceremony may stay in their cars and listen to the service over the radio or sit outside on benches and chairs provided by the Outdoor Worship Center. Participants can bring lawn chairs and blankets as well

The guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Sara Lokstad. Lokstad's nearly 20-year military career began as a newly appointed Army doctor on active duty primarily at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. She served as deputy commander for clinic services, as a member of the Medical Evaluation Board and as physician for the Warrior Transition Unit for wounded soldiers.

While there she deployed to Iraq, serving with the 115th Combat Support Hospital. She later joined the Army Reserves and was deployed to Kuwait while a staff doctor in the 452nd Combat Support Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She will be deployed again this summer.

Lokstad grew up on a small farm near Newfolden in a large family where her grandfather, father and brothers all served in the military. She has a bachelor's degree in biology from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. She attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, Duluth and Minneapolis, with a doctorate in medicine.

Her internship and residency was done at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington. Lokstad currently serves as family practice provider at the Crosslake Essentia Clinic. She is married to Mike, and they have two children, Sam and Madeline.