KIMBALL -- The Minnesota National Guard will hold a memorial dedication ceremony this weekend, for the three soldiers who died in a helicopter crash near Kimball in 2019.

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The Minnesota Army National Guard Fallen Soldiers memorial will honor James Rogers, Charles Nord and Kort Plantenberg.

On December 5th 2019, the soldiers were on a routine maintenance test flight in a Black Hawk when the helicopter crashed in a field. Shortly after the crash, the property owners Helen and Larry Krippner, put plans in action to turn the site into a public memorial.

During the ceremony, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke will present the Krippner family with a Public Service Commendation Medal for the generosity of their time and space to make the memorial possible.

The ceremony is at 1:00 p.m. Sunday and is open to the public.


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