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John Kriesel returns to his truck to find an act of kindness

His first thought was that he'd gotten a parking ticket.
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Wounded veteran John Kriesel got a taste of some true Minnesota Nice late Tuesday night through a note left on the windshield of his truck.

The former state lawmaker turned radio personality, motivational speaker and author, found the note on his truck after parking at the Shoreview Target.

It reads: "I saw your license plate & noticed it says wounded vet. I obviously don't know your situation, but I do know that I am grateful for your bravery and courage. Thank you for your service. God bless!" 

Kriesel doesn't know who left the note, but he told GoMN that it was "heartwarming" and a nice change from what he thought was a parking ticket. 

"I noticed it halfway on my drive home," said Kriesel, who'd left his truck in Shoreview while he rode to Alexandria with his business partner for a speaking engagement, "and I was like, 'damn, this better not be a ticket.'" 

"It put a smile on my face before I went to bed." 

Kriesel, the former politician who is frequently heard on KFAN's "Power Trip Morning Show," suffered critical injuries in 2006 when the Hummer he was in was hit by a 200-pound roadside bomb in Iraq. 

He lost both of his legs, suffered broken bones and internal injuries to the point that he died three times on the operating table before military doctors saved his life, according to his website. 

He's now a sought after motivational speaker who helps provide perspective on what's important in life. 

"We don't get to choose a lot of things in life, but the one thing we can control is our attitude," Kriesel said to GoMN. 

Kriesel has told his story thousands of times, in addition to authoring a book about his life, "Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kriesel." 

An updated version of his book will be released in mid-April, he told GoMN, and it'll have stories about his time as a legislator and his new-found passion as a traveling motivational speaker.

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