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Stranger Recalls ‘Forgotten War’

In her Main Street column today, Kerri Thoreson tells of an incredible encounter between her nephew, Derek Scharf, 2012 Coeur d'Alene High grad, and a stranger at an airport in Chagzhou, China: 

There was a delay in picking up the group of American students from the airport when they landed in China, so Derek struck up a conversation with two Korean businessmen to pass the time. At one point one of the businessmen showed Derek a photo of his son and said he was in the Korean Army, asking Derek if any of his family has ever been in the Army. Derek replied that his brother was in the Army and that his grandfather was a Marine during the Korean War. The man stood up, shook Derek's hand, hugged him and said, “Tell your grandfather thank you. Because of him we are who we are today. I owe everything to your grandfather”/Kerri Thoreson, Main Street, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (1997 SR file photo of Kerri's father, Ron Rankin, who was then a county commissioner)

Question: Were any of your relatives involved in the Korean War?

Alice Rankin Turns 80

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson posts a photo of her mother, Alice Rankin, on her recent 80th birthday. Alice formerly wrote a gardening column for Huckleberries Online. Her late husband, Ron, of course, was well known for his fight against property taxes and two-term stint as a Kootenai County commissioner. The Rankins and I go way back. During my 9 years as a reporter, Ron provided several tips that led to major stories for me. I've been here so long, in fact, that I remember the fellow whom Ron replaced as head of the Kootenai County Property Owners Association: Rex Morehouse (who lived in Spirit Lake at the time).

Question: Feel free to give a shoutout to an oldtimer who has enriched your life?

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