Event Calendar


April 26, 10th Anniversary Celebration of Chisago Lakes Area Library, 6:30 to 8:00 PM, 11754 302nd St, Chisago City, MN. Meet local authors.  Will have events and refreshments.

June 9, Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Minnesota, Annual Dinner,  Author to participate.  Guest speaker will be Sergeant Major Brad Kasal USMC, author of “My Men Our My Hero’s”.


November 9, Detroit Lakes Public Library, 7 P.M. , Author Speaking. Contact person Debra Wahl, wahld@exchange.larl.org

July 18, Minnesota “Voices from Vietnam” exhibit, 50th Anniversary, Military Museum, Camp Ripley, MN, Author one of the Minnesota Authors participating in the event. Contact person Jeff Thielen, Executive Director Military History Society of Minnesota/MN Military Museum. www.mnmilitarymuseum.org

April 23, Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Minnesota, Annual Dinner, 7:00 P.M., Author presented to the guest speaker Lieutenant General David H. Berger an autographed copy of the book the Twins Platoon that had been signed by all the Marines in attendance. Signatures came from Marines who had served from World War II to present.  The book was a gift from the MCCCMN given in appreciation of speaker’s distinguished military service.


November 11, Veterans Day Program, Forest Lake High School, Author guest speaker, 10:20 A.M. Contact person Steve Massey.

March 25, Parmly Community Outreach Program, Chisago City, Minnesota, Author guest speaker, Contact person Mara Krinke 651-257-7956

February 10, Elim Lutheran Church, 3978 West Broadway, Robbinsdale, MN 55422, 11:00 A.M., Author Guest Speaker, Contact person John Hofmann 763-443-3502.


November 11, American Legion Post 567  Veterans Day Event, St Michael Middle School West auditorium, St Michael, MN  7 P.M. Author Keynote Speaker, Contact person Eric Kloss Commander Post 567 612-616-6652

November 11, Stan Turner Radio Show, 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM. Author guest on show.

November 8, The Educators, Wyoming, MN,  12:00 noon. Author speaker. Contact person Jerry Johnson 651-387-3112.

September 16, Minnesota Twins Baseball Game,  Target Field in Minneapolis, MN 12:30 P.M. Author served as the honorary U.S. Flag Raiser

May 28, Lakeside Memorial Park, Downtown Forest Lake, Forest Lake, MN, 9:00 A.M. Memorial Day Service,  Author Keynote Speaker. Contact person Ron Miller 651-464-5549, 651-303-2079.


November 9, Faith Lutheran Church, 12:00 noon, Author guest speaker. Location 886 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake, MN 55025. Contact person Nancy Westlund 651-464-3668.

October 24, Arbors at Ridges, Author guest speaker. Location 13810 Community Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337.  Time 3:30 PM. Contact person Events Director Chantel Brace,  952-898-4005.

October 10 Seniors Learning Together (SALT), Fall Educational series, Author guest speaker, 10:45 A.M. to to 11:45 A.M., at Church of the Risen Savior, 1501 County Road 42, Burnsville, MN. Susan Rausch, Acting Project Direcor 651-322-8329.

September 5, Minnesota Twins Baseball Organization will host a pre-game ceremony to honor the original Twins Platoon of 1967 and the 24 enlistees who will be sworn into the Marine Corps as the modern day Twins Platoon.

August 12, Cambridge Isanti Rotary, Author guest speaker, 12:00 to 1:00 P.M., at First
Baptist Church, Cambridge, Minnesota. Contact person Jean Anderson

June 6, Forest Lake High School, U.S. History and Social Studies classes, Diane Finnemann, James Noll and Twins Platoon Author as guest speakers.   School contact person Suzanne Stennes-Rogness.

April 20 Liberty Day, school educational event, sponsored by the Forest Lakes Lions Club, 9:00 AM,  at LILA Language International Language Academy, Forest Lake,  author one of the guest speakers.

March 27 Vietnam Veterans Day Program, 4th Annual Vietnam Veterans Scholarship.  Recognize and honor Gold Star Families.  At Forest Lake American Legion Post #225, 1:30 PM.  Master Ceremony  Stan Turner. For more information contact Diane Finnemann 651-464-4721.

March 22 Rosemount Area Arts Council, Meet the Author, For more information contact Keith Reed – President, 651-423-0213.


November 11 Scandia Marine Lions Club. Morning guest speaker will be author. 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.. Location. Scandia/Senior Community Center is at 14727 209th St. N., Scandia, MN  For more information contact John Venables 464-6259.

October 23 Veterans Appreciation Dinner at the Spectacular Event Banquet Center, Isanti, MN, Social 6:00 p.m. Dinner 7:00. Entertainment and honoring all Veterans. Author Guest Speaker. For more information contact Event Chairman – John Schmidt 651-257-2858, ECM Vietnam Veterans Chapter #684.

September 3 – 5. The Minnesota Twins will host our 50th Season Celebration Weekend at Target Field. Former players, front office personnel and key contributors from the Twins 50 seasons are being invited back to participate in these historic festivities. A wonderful new tradition at Target Field is the hoisting of the U.S. Flag by a soldier or veteran during the performance of the National Anthem. The flag is going to be raised each day during the 50th Season Celebration Weekend by a member of the Twins Platoon.

June 5th, Veterans Appreciation Picnic – 1 PM – 4 PM at Forest Lake Lakeside Park. Free picnic style meal, live music and guest speakers State Representative Bob Dettmer, Senator Ray Vandeveer and Christy Sauro author of the Twins Platoon. This annual event is put on by Crossroads Church as a way to thank and honor local veterans and their families.

May 31  Memorial Day Service held at the State Capital Wall. Author guest speaker. Special flag raising ceremony for the family members of Twins Platoon member “Skip” Schmidt. Time 3:00 pm. For more information contact Mike Clark 763-323-1336 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Anoka County Chapter 470.

May 9 Metro Marines Twins Day Fundraiser. 1:10 PM at the Minnesota Twins VS Baltimore Orioles baseball game. This event has been “Sold Out”. Twins Platoon member Wayne Bauer has been given the honor to carry the national Colors for this ceremony. For more information contact Mike Johnson at 763-412-7771.

April 20 Tri City Legion Rotary Group. 1:00 to 1:30 PM. Author guest speaker.

March 28  3nd Annual Vietnam High School Scholarship Award Program, 1:00 P.M. Forest Lake Senior High. Guests include: Television and Radio celebrity Stan Turner, Executive director of Vets for Freedom Pete Hegseth.  Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will be presenting a Presidential Unit Citation to Vietnam Veterans Bob Hathaway. Author, Christy Sauro will speak about Bruce Sommer and his drawing “Anguish”.

February 11  A collaboration between Chisago Lakes Schools and Chisago Lakes Area Library. Location Chisago Lakes Middle School Media Center at 4:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m. Author presentation followed by a book signing. Optional 5:50 PM Dinner – $6.50 with advanced reservations. For more information contact Carla Lydon (clydon@ecrlib.org).

November 9  Sons of Norway Vennekretsen Lodge, Author presentation followed by a book signing. Time 7:30 pm, location Zion lutheran Church, 1601 Fourth Ave South, Anoka, MN 55303. For more information contact Margaret person 763-494-5633

September 1 Author Series sponsored by the Minnesota Twins Baseball Team organization. There will be an exclusive question and answer format with author for the season ticket holders in the Mirassou Winery Sunroom. The session will take place before the Tuesday evening game at 6:00 p.m. On the concourse during the game, from the 2nd – 7th inning, the Twins organization will host a book signing open to the public. For more information contact Julie Rohloff, Minnesota Twins, 612-642-7026.

June 6. 1220 AM Radio. The Stan Turner Show. Subject, Minnesota Honors Vietnam Era Veterans, Author is one of two guests, Stillwater, MN, 12:00 Noon to 1:00P.M.

May 30 Free Veteran’s Appreciation Roast. All local veterans in the community are invited to bring their families for this free event, in appreciation for their sacrifice for our country. Free food, music and games. Author the guest speaker. Event takes place 1PM to 4 PM outside American legion Post 225, 355 W Broadway Ave, Forest Lake, MN. Hosted by Crossroads Covenant Church 651-464-2195.

March 29 Vietnam Veterans Day Program. Washington County Hardwood Creek Library. 1:30 p.m. Program includes the awarding of the 2nd Annual Vietnam Veterans Scholarship, honoring Lt. Col. Thomas E. Anderson, showing of the FSN Award winning short film, “Spotlight The Twins Platoon”. Author and other members of the Twins Platoon will be on hand to sign books.

February 19 2nd Annual Kick the Winter Blues. Coping with Life’s Realities. Resource Fair 6-7 pmFree Supper by Madd Joe’s BBQ 6-7 pm. Preregistration Required. Call Community Education at 651-674-1025 or register online www.nbaceonline.org Location United Methodist Church 6500 Main Street, North Branch. Author to attend as part of miltary exhibit. Books available.


November 11 Fridley Senior Program-Veteran’s Celebration. Held at Fridley Community Center, 6085 7th Street NE, Fridley, MN 55432. Celebration with a luncheon and speaker to honor our vets. Author guest speaker and a book signing as one of the events. Co-hosted by American Legion Post. Starts 10:45 A.M.. Contact person Connie Thompson 763-502-5162.

July 18, 19,20,21 The Erie Family Reunion, Hampton Inn, Bemidji, MN. Author to speak and book signing.

July 4 St. Paul Saints Baseball Team. Vietnam Veterans and members of the Twins Platoon to be honored in a pre-game ceremony to take place 7:00 P.M. to 7:25P.M.

June 19  Meadows on Fairview, Speakers Series, DVD presentation, Author to speak, Wyoming, MN, 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.and book signing. For more information contact Bernice Olson 651-982-6228.June 4 Forest Lake High School, Class subject the Vietnam War. Guest speakers author Chris Sauro, Diane Finnemann, Jim Knoll. 9:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

May 22 Joy Book Club, Book club to host author at 6:30 P.M. Contact person is Connie Hendrickson 651-462-3724.May 19 Faith Lutheran Church Book Club, Book club to host author at 7:00 P.M. Contact person is Connie Hendrickson 651-462-3724.

May 12 Defenders of Democracy Day, Minnesota History Center, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., free admission, one of many agenda items will be a book signing and author speaking. Minnesota History Center phone numbers are 651-259-3000 or 800-657-3773, Deaf and hard -of-hearing: TTY 651-282-6073.

April 18,19 and 20th Marine Corps League Conference Midwest Division, Watertown, South Dakota, author guest speaker, book signing.

March 29 Open House at the new Washington County Library. Events and program will include the Mayor of Forest Lake, Stev Stegner, speaker Jim Noll, the awarding of the 1st annual Vietnam Veteran Memorial Scholarship. The author and others written about in the book will be a part of the activities taking place to celebrate the passage of the Vietnam Veterans Day legislation.

March 11 Senate hearing at State Office Building 3:00 P.M. for HF2582 (Howes) Vietnam Veterans Day designated as March 29. Diane Finnemann and the author to give testimony.

March 6  “Kick the Winter Blues”. Celebrate Mental Health, 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. United Methodist Church, 6500 Main street, North Branch. Free meals and guest speakers. Author to attend and have copies of the book “Twins Platoon” available for purchase. Diane Finnemann to attend and meet with folks seeking advice and information about suicide. For more information contact Ann at (651) 674-4090.

February 15 Hearing at State Office Building 8:30 A.M. for HF2582 (Howes) Vietnam Veterans Day designated as March 29. Diane Finnemann and the author to give testimony.January 16,Waconia Senior High School, Author Guest Speaker at History Class (Vietnam), 1:40 P.M.


November 11,Veterans Day Memorial, Guest Speaker Twins Platoon member Tim Sather, at Praire Center Drive and Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, 11:00 A.M..November 6,Knights of Columbus, Fridley, Author talk and book signing, 6:30 P.M.

November 5, KBEK Radio 95.5 FM, Veterans Day guest interview with author, the “Scott McKinney Show” 7:25 A.M.September 3,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 4:30 P.M.

September 3,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 12:00 P.M.

August 20,KBEK Radio 95.5 FM, guest interview with author, the “Scott McKinney Show” 7:25 A.M.

August 6,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 1:30 P.M.

July 30,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 2:00 P.M.

July 27,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at :00 P.M.

July 26 Barbara Schneider Foundation Fundrasier. Author to participate in this year’s gala. Theme is “Books/authors/stories”, at New Central Library in Minneapolis, in the Carl and Eloise Pohlad Hall, Minneaplois Central Library from 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.

July 26,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 1:00 P.M.

July 25,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 7:30 P.M.

July 23 Minnesota News Network. The taping of a half hour program by Stan Turner. Author will participate. The topic “Returning Iraq veterans with reflections on Vietnam Veterans”. This will be aired at a later time on a number of radio stations (possibly 79 to 80).

July 23,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 6:30 A.M.

July 23,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 1:30 A.M.

July 21,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 9:30 P.M.

July 19,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 3:30 P.M.

July 18,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 10:00 P.M

July 9,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 10:00 P.M.

July 9,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 6:30 P.M.

July 9,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 1:30 A.M.

July 8,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 12:30 P.M.

July 7,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 6:30 P.M.

July 7,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 2:00 P.M.

July 5,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 3:30 P.M.

July 4,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon.” FSN, Fox Sports TV, half hour TV special at 11:00 A.M.

July 3,”Spotlight-The Twins Platoon”. The debut of the half hour TV special on FSN, Fox Sports TV, at 9:30 P.M. following the Twins and Yankee’s baseball game.

June 21,Home-front Support for Returning and Iraq-bound MN Vets, Sponsored by PCA Center for Wholness in cooperation with the 88th Regional Readiness Command, Combat Operational Stress Unit, USAR, and personnel of the Veterans Administration Hospital. Author book signing, 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM, Presbyterian Church of Apostles, 701 East 130th, Burnsville, MN

May 28, KBEK Radio 95.5 FM, guest interview with the author, the “Scott McKinney Show” 7:25 A.M.

May 28,Forest Lake VFW and American Legion, Memorial Day Services, author will deliver keynote address, 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.

May 23 Pine City High School, U.S. History classes-Vietnam studies, author guest speaker for two classes 9:00 to 11:00A.M. Author to show the FOX Sports TV video presentataion “The Twins Feature” and will show the sketch “Anguish” by Bruce Sommer.

May 7,Tartan High School, U.S. History classes-Vietnam studies, author guest speaker for fives classes, 175 students. Author showed the Fox Sports TV video presentation “The Twins Feature” and brought the sketch “Anguish” by Bruce Sommer. 7:25A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

April 18, Coming Home From War: a community’s response to our veteran”. Basilica of St. Mary, 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M., Author to introduce guest speakers.

March 6, KLGR Radio, 1490 A.M., guest interview with author, “The Morning Show” with Laura Olson and Chad Smith.

February 27, North Branch Community Education. Tuesday evening class with refreshments 6:30 to 8:30. Class covers Coming Home from War: a community’s response to our veterans. A Soldiers Life at War: its impact upon returning to the homeland. A Soldiers Life Back Home: A community’s response for a healthy reintegration. Welcome and opening comments by author Chris Sauro. Speakers will include Major Rasmussen. For registration call 651-674-1025

February 16, KBEK Radio, 95.5 FM, Guest Interview with author, 7:25 A.M.January 20,Wyoming Library, Wyoming, MN 12:30P.M. to 2:00P.M. Author of the month, talk/book signing.2006December 8KBEK Radio 95.5 FM, Guest interview with author, 7:20 A.M.

December 2 Mall of America, Barnes and Noble bookstore, book signing at noon.

November 11thMarine Corp. Birthday Ball, Marine Wing Support Squadron 471, Author Guest Speaker and Guest of honor with a book signing afterwards, at Northland Inn, 7025 Northland Drive, Brooklynn Park, Minnesota 5:30 P.M. (Must have a ticket to attend. Event sold out.)

November 11 1220 AM Radio The Stan Turner Show, author one of three guests, Stillwater, MN, 11:00A.M. to Noon

November 10 KBEK Radio 95.5 FM, 7:30 A.M.November 7thChristian Men’s Breakfast (non-denominational) talk, Swedish Village Inn, Center City, MN 8:00 A.M.

November 4th St. Paul Public Library, Rice Street Branch, St. Paul, MN, Reading event & book signing, 2:00P.M. (This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library).

November 4th North Branch Community Education, Issues facing military families during deployment and re-intergration, 6644 Main Street, North Branch, MN. Workshop (author will be instructor), three 50 minute sessions 9:00-9:50am, 10:00-10:50am, 11:00-11:50am. For registration call 651-674-1025.

October 7th Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Apache Plaza,Rochester, MN Book signing 1:00-3:00September 16thWalden Bookstore, Northtown Mall, MN Book signing 1:00 to 3:00 PM

September 9th Linwood Family Fun Days, Linwood Township, meet the author and book signing 10:00 – 4:00 PM

September 10thTimothy Lutheran Church, St. Louis Park, MN Book signing/talk 12:30 – 1:30 PM

August 10th – 13thMarine Corps Combat Helicoper Association Reunion Fort Worth, TexasAugust 22ndWyoming Men’s Book Club, Wyoming, MN Book signing /talk 7:00 PM

July 25th Auto Today Glass, Roseville, MN Luncheon book signing/talk 12:00 – 1:00 PM

July 22nd Isanti County Fair, Vietnam Veterans of America, Cambridge Chapter, MN Book signing 6:30 – 9:00 PM

July 22nd Barnes and Noble bookstore, Blaine, MN Book signing 2:00 – 4:00 PM

July 12th – 16th Reunion 2nd Battalion 4th Marines (Magnificent Bastards) and supporting aviation units Marine Corps Bookstore, Quantico, Virginia.

Book signing July 13th 5:00-7:00July 8thRiverfest Community event, Anoka County Historical Society Vietnam exhibit book signing 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

July 2nd Minnesota Twins Baseball Team Organization. Sponsored the pre-game ceremony honoring the Twins Platoon in the Metro Dome at the Twins vs. Brewers game.Walden Bookstore, Northtown Mall held a book signing at Metro Dome 12:30-3:00 P.M.TV special “The Twins Feature” aired by FSN, Fox Sports TV. Seven minutes long. Produced by Trevor Fleck and edited by Dan Truebenbach.

June 28thFox TV Sports Twins Feature: 7 minute TV spot aired in the pre-game show (Repeated Broadcast)

June 28th WCCO Radio 8:30 AM, Pat Miles – live at the dome

11:00 AM June 26th KBEK Radio, 95.5 FM, Scott McKinney Mora, MN 7:20 AM

June 20th Forest Lake Women’s Book Club, Book signing/talk 7:00 – 8:30 PM

June 17th Walden Bookstore, Ridgedale, MN Book signing 12:30 – 2:00 PM

June 16thBarnes & Noble, St. Cloud, MN Book signing, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

May 29thKBEK Radio, 95.5 FM Scott McKinney Mora, MN (Memorial Day Broadcast).

May 28th Nowthen Lions, Nowthen, MN Book signing 3:00 – 5:00 PM

May 27th 1220 AM Radio, The Stan Turner Show, Stillwater, MN 9:30- 10:00 AM

May 21stAbundant Life Church, North Branch, MN Book signing /talk 8:30 – 11:30 AM

May 20thAbundant Life Church, North Branch, MN Book signing/talk 5:30 – 6:30 PM

May 13thWCCO Radio 830 AM, John Rash Talk Show, MN 10:10 – 10:30 PM.

May 13thMinnesota Conference of History Educators, St. Cloud, MN Book signing 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

May 10thChisago Lakes Lions Club, Chisago, MN Book Signing/talk 6:00 PMMay 3rdVietnam Veterans of America, Cambridge, MN Book signing 7:00 PM

April 28th American Legion, Forest Lake, MN Book Signing 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

April 22ndBook Signing, Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka, MN 1:00-4:00 PM

April 19thBarnes & Noble Bookstore, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, MN Book signing/talk, 7:00 to 10:00 PM

April 19th106.1 FM Radio, Bob Total County, Neil Freeman, MN 8:20 – 8:25 AM

April 5th AM 1130 Radio, Dan Barreiro Talk Show, MN 5:00 – 5:30 PM

March 18th Morgan & Company, Forest Lake, MN Book signing/talk 1:00 – 4:00 PM

March 13th QCTV Cable TV spot Twins Platoon, Anoka County Historical Society, Todd Mahon, Anoka, MN

February 22nd KSTP Radio, AM 1500 Mark & Ron Talk Show, St. Paul, MN 1:00 – 2:00 PM

February 21st KTLK Radio, FM 100.3 Pat Kessler Talk Show, MN 9:00 – 9:30 AM