Cruise raises money for memorial

082313_vetscruiseStillwater Veterans Memorial Board member Harriet McPherson, left, stands for a photo with Stillwater native U.S. Navy Capt. David Ratte during Monday’s Veterans Memorial fundraising cruise on the St. Croix River. About 200 people attended the cuirse that which featured Ratte as guest speaker. Ratte is a commanding officer and professor of Naval Science for University of Minnesota NROTC Battalion. He was introduced by Navy veteran and long-time Stillwater football coach George Thole. Veterans Memorial Board Chair Kevin Monio was master of ceremonies; Julie Kink gave the traditional Missing Man Toast, and Joe Rosell provided the invocation. Also aboard were Commander Stewart Rivall and Rear Admiral Paul Quinn among other distinguished guests. The Stillwater Veterans Memorial Board acknowledges the generosity of St. Croix Boat and Packet Co. by presenting a Veterans Memorial print by Stillwater artist Randall Raduenz to Dick Anderson. The board also thanks Johnny’s TV and Rose Floral for supporting the event. For information about the Stillwater Veterans Memorial, visit or call 651-344-6245. (Submitted photo)