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Arlin Melgaard, 71, of Bemidji, was surprised Saturday when his daughter presented him re-issued service medals and badges representing his 40-year military career. His daughter, Angie Kamin of Fargo, worked to have the items reissued after they were stolen from his home at Christmas time two years ago. Steve Wagner | Bemidji Pioneer

‘On the mend’ – Daughter surprises father with medal ceremony

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BEMIDJI – Two years ago, while vacationing at Christmas time, someone broke into Arlin Melgaard’s home.

The bandit made off with nearly everything he and his wife, Wanda, owned: a car parked in the garage, the 2001 retirement gift containing his military medals and badges, the longtime musician’s electric guitars, even canned goods and coffee filters stored in the cupboard.

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Steve Wagner
Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and swagner@gfherald.com. Prior to joining the Herald, Wagner worked at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He also previously worked at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa.
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