Robert Larsen, a native of Spencer, was promoted to the rank of Army Colonel during an event at the Veterans Service Building in Saint Paul, Minn. Feb 2. Larsen, who has served in both the Minnesota and Iowa National Guards, currently serves as Minnesota's Director of Personnel. (Above) Larsen's son, Drake, and wife, Tammy, participated in his pinning ceremony. Larsen was born in Storm Lake and was raised in Spencer, graduating from Spencer High School in 1983. The couple also has a daughter, Samantha. The Larsens live in Ramsey, Minn.