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Fagen Fighters World War II Museum ready for takeoff in Granite Falls, Minn.

Published 09/22/2012, West Central Tribune

To appreciate how prized this collection of World War II aircraft is, know this: The new, 15,000-square-foot brick-faced hangar that holds them is built to be tornado proof. Yet despite its strength and the firepower on display in it, the signature exhibit of the Fagen Fighters World War II Museum makes weak-kneed the strongest of warriors. A sculpture by acclaimed artist Fred Hoppe Jr. depicts a squad of American soldiers bursting from a landing craft onto the sands of Utah Beach on D-Day. Ron Fagen knows of one veteran of the Normandy invasion who “completely broke down’’ when viewing the work.

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