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Minnesota National Guard
Shelter dedication in name of fallen Soldier

Staff Sgt Joshua R Hanson, 27, son of Maplewood State Park Manager Robert Hanson and his wife, Kathy, died in action near Ramadi, Iraq, on Aug 30, 2006 A picnic shelter built in honor of the fallen Soldier will be dedicated at 2 pm Saturday, Aug 30, at Maplewood

Friends of Maplewood State Park, following Hanson's death, started raising funds to have a picnic shelter erected at the park and dedicated to the memory of serviceman Hanson The shelter is located near the picnic area and swimming beach at South Lake Lida

The dedication will be open to the public and park entrance permits will be waived on Aug 30 Maplewood State Park is located six miles east of Pelican Rapids, along Highway 108

The structure is 30 by 50 feet and includes a food preparation area, outlets for crock pots and the like, restroom facilities and enough space to house from 12 to 15 picnic tables From 70 to 90 people will be able to use the new picnic shelter

Hanson, a resident of rural Dent, joined the National Guard at 17 during his junior year at Pelican Rapids High School He graduated from high school in 1998 and in 2005 graduated from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, with a criminal justice degree

His goal was to become a deputy sheriff for Otter Tail County He served with the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry in Bosnia and Iraq

Hundreds of organizations and individuals contributed to making the shelter in honor of Hanson a reality

Hanson, as recalled by members of Friends of Maplewood State Park, particularly enjoyed hunting and fishing He also has a strong legacy as a graduate of Pelican Rapids High School where he was a member of the state champion Viking football team in the mid 1990s

Written by By Tom Hintgen The Daily Journal
The Daily Journal
Aug 21, 2008
Article source: http://www.fergusfallsjournal.com/

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