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Rick Smith (left), who started the UMD Heroes Scholarship with his wife, Dianna, holds up one of the dog tags for sale to raise money for the Heroes Fund Scholarship as Adam Muilenburg, a Minnesota Army National Guard member, and Christa Wood, a heavy equipment operator with the 148th Fighter Wing, listen. The Heroes Fund Scholarship committee will hold a fundraising event Thursday at Clyde Iron Works. (Steve Kuchera /

UMD’s Heroes Fund aims to help returning vets finish school

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Christa Wood is no slacker when it comes to college. She’s far from it. It’s just taking her longer than most to get through classes at the University of Minnesota Duluth because of one important fact: She’s serving in the military.


“I think it took me six years to get a two-year degree,” she said with a laugh Monday.

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