February 15, 2017
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Not everyone comes to Xcel Energy Center to feast on hockey. William Tentis comes to get dinner.
As fans of the Minnesota Wild stream through the arena’s entrances, William has perched himself on a landscaping stone next to the sidewalk.Homeless veteran William Tentis and St. Paul police officer Eric Reetz(Photo: Eric Reetz)
“Got to get something to eat,” he says softly. “Get food in my belly.”
Most fans walk past, barely acknowledging his presence. A woman stops and pulls a couple of bills from her pocket. “Thank you ma’am,” William tells her sincerely. “God bless.”
William, 64, has been at this awhile. He’s good at it - friendly, humble and unthreatening.
“It's been about five years since I've had a job,” he reveals.
Sir William, as he’s known on the street, tells his story on a small cardboard sign he holds. “Veteran,” it reads. “10 yrs Army.”
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