Richard LaMotte was joined by his family for the award presentation on April 11. They were also joined by Congressman John Kline who helped present the award and Minnesota Wing Vice Commander, Lt. Col. Clark Carlson. At right, LaMotte was a member of the Civil Air Patrol squadron in South St. Paul from its founding in 1942 until he was called to active duty in 1950.
LaMotte receives award for service during WWII
For Richard LaMotte, it was a surprise to find out he was being awarded the Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal.
The 91-year-old South St. Paul resident was given the medal and award on Monday, April 11, at Fleming Field.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture recently discovered three ash trees infested with emerald ash borers in the northern portion of West St. Paul, adding it to a list of Dakota County cities dealing with the invasive, jewel-green beetles.
Cindy Koebele, vice president of Spare Key, was joined by Erich Mische, executive director, for a “banner hanging” ceremony to celebrate Spare Key receiving $10,000 for winning the Minnesota Brackets for Good. (submitted photo)
On Thursday, April 14, Minneapolis-based nonprofit Spare Key held a “banner hanging” ceremony as part of a celebration following the April 10 Pacers game in Indianapolis in which Spare Key was honored with a $10,000 check presentation at half time