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Pat Beard is pictured with his wife, Sharon, and son, Tim, at the Aug. 18 Twins game. Beard is a Vietnam War veteran who’s suffered health problems that he said were linked to his exposure to Agent Orange during his time in the military. (Submitted photo)

Cottage Grove’s Pat Beard honored following harrowing health journey

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The National Anthem played as Pat Beard hoisted the American flag prior to the Aug. 18 game between the Twins and the Kansas City Royals.


Beard, of Cottage Grove, was honored during one of the club’s Military Mondays at Target Field.

He served in Vietnam as a Navy Seabee in 1968 and 1969.

“The Twins were one of the first organizations to support the Vietnam vets back in the sixties,” Beard said. “Those were turbulent times.”

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