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Lawmakers aim to rename Perham Post Office in honor of Charles Nord

Legislation has been introduced to rename the post offices in Perham, Winstad and Avon, after three National Guardsmen who died in a Blackhawk helicopter crash near St. Cloud in 2019. The Perham Post Office would be renamed in honor of Charles P. Nord, of Perham.

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The Minnesota Army National Guard Honor Guard gave Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles P. Nord full military honors at his funeral at Perham High School on Dec. 16, 2019. (Perham Focus File Photo)

Members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation have introduced legislation to rename three post offices after Minnesota National Guardsmen who died in a helicopter crash in 2019, including the Perham Post Office, which would be named in honor of Charles P. Nord.

Nord, James A. Rogers Jr. and Kort M. Plantenberg were killed on Dec. 5, 2019, after the Blackhawk helicopter they were riding in experienced engine failure. The legislation aims to rename the post offices in Perham, Winstad and Avon, respectively, where the guardsmen were from.

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Chief Warrant Officer Charles P. Nord, of Perham. (Perham Focus File Photo)

Nord was 30 years old and left behind a wife, 2-year-old daughter and expected son.

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Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, both Democrats, sponsored the legislation. Companion legislation has also been introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Michelle Fischbach and Tom Emmer, both Republicans.

“Sergeant Plantenberg, Chief Warrant Officer Nord, and Chief Warrant Officer Rogers made the ultimate sacrifice for us and our democracy,” said Klobuchar in a Dec. 6 news release. “By renaming the Avon, Perham, and Winsted Post Offices in their honor, we will pay tribute to their legacies and help Minnesotans keep their memories alive for generations to come.”

Said Smith: “Charles Nord, James Rogers, and Kort Plantenberg were all beloved members of their communities here in our state. With this legislation, we hope to honor their legacy and pay tribute to their service. Our hearts go out to their family and friends on this tragic anniversary.”

“This is a humbling day. These young men were taken far too soon, and every little bit we can do as a country to remember them and thank them, though it will never be enough, has value,” said Fischbach.

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