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Operation Minnesota Nice to continue for another month

Local Operation Minnesota Nice volunteers Linda Krueger, Colleen Benjamin and LaDonna Stuber have decided to keep sending packages to military personnel for another month.
According to Krueger, some of the units to which Operation Minnesota Nice are connected are so remote or in disclosed areas and the packages are often their only opportunity to get needed supplies. The local volunteers are sending packages to five units.
“A few of them live in tents and it’s very cold at night,” Krueger said.
The volunteers continue to receive thank yous from soldiers and other military personnel.
“The men and women of the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron are grateful for your generous gift,” wrote Lt. Col. Craig D. Moe of the U.S. Air Force. “We appreciate your unwavering support.”
A soldier with a Medevac company wrote, “Today I received one of your packages. I haven’t received much mail this rotation, so to receive this was really awesome. Thank you.”
From another letter writer:
“I want to thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness. It is very reassuring to know that we are being thought of back home. I have been over here to the desert a few times, and the level of support that we receive is amazing.
“I have served for 22 years now and I am proud to serve patriotic and caring people such as yourself. Eleven years ago when this all started, everyone was more than willing to jump on board and support us. Trust me, it has not gone unnoticed nor unappreciated. It is always good to receive a little touch of home.
“I take pride in taking care of my young soldiers and I like to show them how much people care regardless of what they see on the news. I also like to give my guys and gals the goodies and supplies that we receive.”
For more, see the Jan. 14 print edition of The Chronicle.