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Historical society launches 'Adopt a WWI soldier'

The Dakota County Historical Society is launching a new Adopt a World War I Soldier Project at an informational session 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Lawshe Memorial Museum. The museum is located at 130 Third Ave. N., South St. Paul. The event is free to the public.

"After beginning research for the 'Dakota County During World War I' exhibit, we found there is no complete list of World War I veterans," said Dakota County Historical Society executive director, Matt Carter. "The closest list we have is the Dakota County Honor Roll published at the end of the war and we know it is incomplete. Very little is known about the people we do know."

The Adopt a World War I Soldier Project will allow volunteers to select up to five names from the current list of men and women that are known to have served in the military or Red Cross. Through a variety of resources, volunteers will have 30 days to research those people and answer key questions about their service during World War I and their lives after the war.

During the informational session, volunteers can learn more about the project or select names to research. For more information, contact the Lawshe Memorial Museum at 651-552-7548 or register at