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· MN Military Museum Features Willmar Army Dentist through March 31, 2017 Exhibit highlights Army Dentist Col. John Harvey Lien January 31, 2017, NEWS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CAMP RIPLEY, MN – The Minnesota Military Museum is featuring Army Dentist Col. John Harvey Lien of Willmar in their Featured Veteran Exhibit through March 31. John Harvey Lien was born June 24, 1911 to Amos and Winifred Lien in Willmar. As a youngster growing up he developed what was to become a life-long interest in dentistry. He earned his diploma from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1937. After briefly interning in Rochester, New York, and Minneapolis, he moved back to his hometown of Willmar to set up a practice which he was to operate for 42 years. In 1942, Dr. Lien was called into the Army as a 1st Lt., and served four years in the South Pacific, from the island of Guadalcanal through to the Philippines. While serving in the Philippines, he was part of a medical team that was among the first to enter the newly liberated prisoner of war camps that held some of the many Americans captured in the early battles in the Philippines. He ended up enduring six trips across the Pacific accompanying casualties back to the US. Following active service he remained in the reserves, and was a member of the 5th Army Pistol Team. He retired at the rank of Colonel on June 24, 1970. John was a life-long member of the American Legion and VFW. John had two daughters, Patricia and Joyce, and many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. He passed away on October 29, 2005 and is interred at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. The public is invited to view the entire exhibit on Col. Lien along with all the exhibits in the Minnesota Military Museum. The museum exhibits artifacts and stories from all branches of the military from frontier days to the present. During winter hours the museum is open Thursdays and Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm and by appointment. Current Featured exhibits include “Minnesota Voices from Vietnam”, and “In the Fight: Minnesota and the First World War”. ~Jeff Thielen, Executive Director, Military Historical Society of Minnesota/MN Military Museum, www.mnmilitarymuseum.org
· Globe University, Minnesota School of Business Denied Access to Federal Student Aid Dollars U.S. Department of Education takes enforcement action following findings of fraud, misrepresentation PRESS RELEASE December 6, 2016: The U.S. Department of Education announced today that participation in the federal student aid programs will end this month for Globe University (Globe) and Minnesota School of Business (MSB), two for-profit colleges under common ownership. This enforcement action is in keeping with the Department’s ongoing efforts to protect students, safeguard taxpayer dollars and increase accountability among postsecondary institutions. The Program Compliance and Enforcement Units within Federal Student Aid determined that Globe and MSB are ineligible to participate in federal student aid programs because Globe and MSB have been judicially determined to have committed fraud involving Title IV program funds. Additionally, both institutions knowingly misrepresented the nature of their criminal justice programs and the transferability of credits earned to other institutions. These callous acts of misrepresentation left many students without the credentials necessary for their chosen careers and no options to continue their studies at other postsecondary institutions. Many graduates incurred thousands of dollars of debt but had limited options for successful job placement in their chosen fields. “Globe and MSB preyed upon potential public servants – targeting those with a sincere desire to help their communities.” said U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell. “These institutions misrepresented their programs, potentially misleading students, and abused taxpayer funds, and so violated federal law, which is why we removed them from the federal student aid program. This is a sober reminder that not all institutions deliver on their advertised promises.” In letters sent today, the Enforcement Unit notified Globe and MSB that each school’s application for recertification to participate in the Title IV federal aid programs has been denied. Effective Dec. 31, 2016, students at both schools will no longer be able to use federal aid such as Pell Grants or Direct Loans to pursue their studies. Earlier this year, following a lawsuit filed by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson in 2014, a Minnesota court issued an order finding that Globe and MSB engaged in consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices by misrepresenting the job opportunities available to their criminal justice graduates. The investigation by the Program Compliance and Enforcement Units included review of the material presented at trial, the judicial determination arising from that trial, and information collected through various Departmental oversight and monitoring processes. Globe currently enrolls roughly 1,000 students at ten locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota and received $28.4 million in federal student aid during the 2014-15 award year. MSB enrolls approximately 700 students at nine locations throughout Minnesota and received $25.5 million in federal student aid during the 2014-15 award year. Both schools have until Dec. 20, 2016, to submit evidence to dispute the Department’s findings. The Enforcement Unit, announced in February, includes four groups – Investigations, Borrower Defense, the Administrative Actions and Appeals Service Group (AAASG), and Clery – and utilizes a broad set of interventions and tools, including subpoena authority, document demands, and interrogatories and interviews to enforce against violations of federal law. The Unit also collaborates with partner state and federal agencies. Over the last three fiscal years, the Department has denied recertification applications for more than 30 institutions, including Marinello Schools of Beauty, Computer Systems Institute, and Medtech College.