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Royal Oaks Elementary School's longtime custodian Bob Beskar will be retiring this July. In order to honor the U.S. Air Force veteran, the school's Kids Club program and PTA are hoping to raise money to install a flag pole light. Bulletin photo by Amber Kispert-Smith

Cottage Grove resident and retiring school custodian Bob Beskar to be honored by school

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Cottage Grove resident Bob Beskar has made Royal Oaks Elementary his home for the past 12 years as the school's custodian, but something seemed to be missing.


At the end of every day Beskar, who works as the school's night cleaner, takes down the school's American flag.

"People see it during the day, but the older elementary schools don't have the lighted flags so it comes down every night," said Beskar, a U.S. Air Force veteran. "I feel that it's only up half the time."

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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