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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Annual gathering for ND military veterans put on hold

  • Organizers say the number of younger participants has not kept pace with the loss of older veterans.
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  •  An annual North Dakota gathering of veterans to share stories of World War II, the Korean War and other military experiences has stalled out.
    Organizers of the Dakota Bull Session, which began more than 20 years ago, say there are no plans to meet this year in Devils Lake.
    The event started as a reunion of U.S. Navy veterans in 1990. It has evolved over the years to include veterans from all service branches.
    Last year's session drew 130 veterans.
    Organizers say the number of younger participants has not kept pace with the loss of older veterans.
    Eighty-seven-year-old Duane Carter, a World War II veteran, tells the Grand Forks Herald (http://bit.ly/XhGjlB) he's going to miss "visiting with the guys, and the stories."
    Carter is hoping the event can be revived.

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