Kosmo speaks May 16 at Lake Elmo library

Jim Kosmo, author of “Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kriesel” speaks at the Lake Elmo Public Library at 6:30 p.m. May 16. (Submitted photo)

Jim Kosmo, author of “Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kriesel” speaks at the Lake Elmo Public Library at 6:30 p.m. May 16. (Submitted photo)

LAKE ELMO — Jim Kosmo, author of “Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kreisel, speaks at 6:30 pm. May 16 at the Lake Elmo Library.

In addition to annnouncing Kosmo’s appearance, the Library Board also announced Thursday the resignation of board member Judy Gibson. Gibson was appointed to the Library Board in 2011 for a three-year term and served as secretary-treasurer.

“Gibson contributed a lot to the board, and her talents were instrumental in the successful launch of the library. We thank her for her service and dedication,” said Steve DeLapp, board chairman.

The Library Board is accepting applications for the vacancy left by Gibson’s resignation. Applications are available at Lake Elmo City Hall, 3800 Laverne Ave. North or can be downloaded at www.lakeelmo.org. Application must be submitted at City Hall by May 24.

The Library Board is a separate governing group that makes decisions on all matters related to the city’s library and its activities.

Kosmo will discuss his book, “Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kreisel,” that details Kriesel’s time in Iraq and the positive attitude that supported him throughout his recovery. The top-selling book reveals Kreisel’s inspirational story of losing both legs and suffering numerous other serious injuries when his military Humvee was shredded by a 200-pound roadside bomb near Fallujah, Iraq on Dec. 2, 2006.

Kriesel, who died three times on the operating table, wasn’t expected to survive. When the Cottage Grove native made it through hospitals in Iraq and Germany to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., doctors patched his broken body together, but feared that he would never walk. Nine months and 35 surgeries later, the determined Kreisel walked out of Walter Reed on two bionic legs.
Kosmo captures Kreisel’s motivational and emotional story in a book that has won eight national book awards. He also helped edit Army Lt. Col. Mark Weber’s book, “Tell My Sons,” recently published by Random House.

Kosmo’s background includes military journalism and managing 26 newspapers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. He worked in an advertising agency before forming his own company, Author’s Advocates, LLC, which has helped shepard books through the publishing process. As the retired captain of the Padleford Riverboat Co., he has honored military families with 512 free trips on the river.

The book will be available for purchase and signing at the library. Lake Elmo Library is at 3537 Lake Elmo Ave. in Lake Elmo. The program is being sponsored by Friends of Lake Elmo Library, for more information go to http://lakeelmopubliclibrary.org.

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