Mary Jo Copeland receives presidential medal

  • Article by: ROSE FRENCH and KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: February 15, 2013 - 12:00 PM

For Copeland, 70, the second-highest civilian honor is the second recognition by a U.S. president of her lifetime of charitable work.

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ChasmannFeb. 15, 1311:12 AM

Mary Jo has done more in her life for people in need than this president ever will. God Bless you, Mary Jo!

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SwiftBoatFeb. 15, 1311:42 AM

Remember how the left and their friends in the media dismissed her when she met with President Bush?

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lawguymnFeb. 15, 1311:49 AM

Wow. What a remarkable woman! The world would be a better place with more Mary Jo Copelands. May your service and the dinity you show towards others be a shining example for all of us to follow.

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teachertoadFeb. 15, 1311:58 AM

People can't even comment on this story without being political. How sad. Also sad that MSNBC carried it live, but chose to accompany the video with unrelated newsroom conversation rather than name the recipients and the reasons they received the medal. When the anchor noticed Copeland was emotional he identified her as "a person" from the Newtown shooting. Sad that he did not take the time to learn about this humble woman doing God's work, and did not respect her enough to share her story, or even her name.

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chocotasticFeb. 15, 1312:06 PM

Too bad her criteria for who gets help isn't very consistent. Some people get turned away based on her whims. Not exactly "God's work". Not saying there shouldn't be ANY criteria though.

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matermeaFeb. 15, 1312:37 PM

Why expect MSNBC to be accurate? Anyone crying must be expolited to demonize guns. Forget the woman helping the poor with charitable donations - that doesn't fit the narrative.

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tobedivingFeb. 15, 13 1:21 PM

Minnesota is very proud of Mary Jo's lifetime of selfless devotion to the poor, and struggling! May all of us follow her example, and spend more time helping the less fortunate, and less time arguing politics, and posting derogatory comments about others.

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bannedmuggsFeb. 15, 13 1:43 PM

God Bless Mary Jo. And for the few that found the need to criticize this saint, get a life.

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gankmanFeb. 15, 13 1:51 PM

My family and I have helped with this great organization many times over the years. The entire group that Mary Jo has assembled are remarkable people. Keep up the Great work Mary Jo and Group!

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elvishoneyFeb. 15, 13 1:57 PM

What a wonderful award for a wonderful person.

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