From left, Jan Owens, National Representative and Past Auxiliary President; Bruce Newland, ND State VFW Commander; Joyce Weible, ND State Auxiilary President; Hal Roesch II, Commander-in-Chief VFW; and Jim Puppe, author

Jim Addresses VFW 100th Annual Convention

Jim was honored to address the Joint Session of the North Dakota Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary at its state convention in Bottineau on June 5. As a Vietnam veteran, he has a Life Member of the VFW for over 50 years.

In his remarks, Jim highlighted many of the  interviews he conducted for Dakota Attitude of former prisoners of war and combat veterans, and their families. 

Dakota Attitude is dedicated to Puppe’s cousins, Elmer and Lester Puppe (brothers) who were killed during Operation Husky, the 1943 invasion of southern Europe in World War II. The brothers are buried at the Rome-Sicily American Cemetery just south of Rome.

First "Dakota Attitude" Nursing Scholarships Awarded

In late 2020, Jim and Sharon Puppe endowed two $2,500 nursing scholarships at North Dakota State University, where Sharon received her bachelor’s degree in home economics education. In September 2021, the first scholarships were awarded

Jim and Sharon recently heard from one recipient, who hopes to eventually become a nurse anesthetist or acute-care nurse practitioner. She wrote, “This scholarship has been a blessing, as I have worked very hard in school while also working very hard at my jobs so I can pay for school. Thank you for this opportunity to devote even more of my time toward getting my degree and graduating this December.”

She shared she’d also recently bought a copy of Dakota Attitude. “I hope I can employ the same level of dedication you have as I earn my degree.” Isn’t that a fine Dakota attitude?


Prairie Pulse, April 2020

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A reading at Zumbroz Variety, Fargo, ND, March 1, 2020. (Photo: Mark Puppe)

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