Author  •  Journalist  •  Pilot


Jim Kosmo is a national award-winning journalist and author, a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Mississippi riverboat pilot, and retired partner of Padelford Riverboat Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a lifelong writer, having learned at the typewriter of his mother, Virginia, who was a correspondent for the St. Paul Pioneer Press in the 1950s. Before joining the family riverboat business, he was a newspaper editor and corporate public relations executive.

Captain Kosmo founded the Minnesota Valley Branch YMCA, served as chair of the Rivers Region of the national Passenger Vessel Association, was member of the Bayport (MN) Planning Commission, served two terms as a Bayport City Council member, and was elected Mayor of Bayport. He also is past president (2013-14) of the Rotary Club of St. Paul, member of the Minnesota National Guard Senior Advisory Council, chair of the Croixdale Board of Directors, vice chair of the St. Paul Rotary Foundation, and creator of two endowed college scholarship funds.

Captain Kosmo balances his family life with eight adult children and twelve grandchildren along with a successful career and the rewards of public service.

Still Standing

When SSG John Kriesel lost his legs and two buddies in a roadside bomb explosion, no one expected him to survive. He died three times on the operating table. Miracles, a lot of miracles, starting with a few grunts who refused to let him die in Iraq, ripped the young warrior from the grip of death and sent him on to four hospitals, thirty-five surgeries, and months of recovery and rehabilitation. Medical miracles put his body back together, but it was an incredible confluence of angels at every step along the way that breathed life into his shattered body.

This is not just another war story. This is the story of an ordinary young man who overcame extraordinary challenges with a lot of help from others, including many strangers and he emerged stronger and more in love with his country, his wife, his children, and ultimately, his own life.

For more information, please visit stillstandingstory.com