A Sartell woman, Sgt. Shanae Fortson, was honored during a recent Timberwolves game.
She was given a $500 grant thanking her for her military service by the “Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund.” The check was given in conjunction with the “Timberwolves’ Operation Minnesota Heroes” program.
Fortson served with the U.S. Army’s 893rd Medical Detachment in Kuwait from August 2011 to August 2012.
The MMAF is a statewide fundraising initiative on behalf of Minnesota military personnel and their families. It is a non-partisan, non-profit, volunteer-run corporation that raises money for cash grants as a way of saying “thank-you” to those who served in a combat zone since September 2001. To date, MMAF has awarded nearly 15,000 grants, totaling more than $9 million.
Efforts by the Sartell Newsleader to reach Fortson for a feature story were not successful.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.