Local driver connects vets with health care

Photo by Paul RignellRandy Koivisto assists a veteran who is headed from Chisago County to a VA hospital in Minneapolis.
Paul Rignell
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A typical medical patient in the far north metro may wake well before dawn on a day when they have scheduled a morning doctor’s visit in Minneapolis or another city more than 30 miles away.
Some patients may be unable to get to those metro clinics or hospitals on their own, and for that they are grateful there are servants like Randy Koivisto.
Often up to four times per month, he may rise hours before daybreak to drive from his home in Stacy to a garage in North Branch, where he climbs behind the wheel of a Chisago County Veterans Services van.
On the morning of Oct. 14, when he had a driving assignment, Koivisto went north from the county garage to Rush City to pick up one rider before cutting back

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