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Veteran of the Month

Norm Balderson was chosen as Jefferson County’s first Veteran of the month for 2023. In addition, he was also presented with a hand made wreath by Marley Rosener.Balderson was born and raised on a farm between Diller and Odell. He attended country school all eight years before attending high school in Diller where he graduated in 1951. He worked for the Rock Island railroad until that Fall when he attended Fairbury Junior College. He heard that he was getting close to being drafted and so he and four buddies enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1952.After attending boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, he was transferred t...


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