Army Combat Medic Austin Manke returns home to Ripon to surprise his brother, Ethen. After running up to him, Ethen gives Austin a hug.
Army Combat Medic Austin Manke returns home to Ripon to surprise his brother, Ethen. After running up to him, Ethen gives Austin a hug.

   When kindergartner Ethen Manke went to school today (Friday), he had no idea the surprise that awaited him.

   His older brother, Austin, just returned to the states after serving 8 months overseas in Kuwait and Iraq as a combat medic, and he wanted to make Ethen's last day of school memorable.

   During the afternoon around 1:15 p.m., Austin and the whole family visited the kindergarten class, surprising Ethen.

   Read the full story in the June 13, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.