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Eagle's Healing Nest: A refuge for vets seeking purpose, peace

By Martin Kuz

April 6, 2015

 

Melony Butler credits everyone else for the success of Eagle's Healing Nest. Everyone else credits Melony Butler.

 

Read more at http://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/eagle-s-healing-nest-a-refuge-for-vets-seeking-purpose-peace-1.338699

 

Three Faribault Businesses Receive Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Designation
By Camey Thibodeau

March 18, 2015

 

Three Faribault businesses were recently named Beyond the Yellow Ribbon businesses for their contributions for active duty service members and their families.

 

Read more at http://www.southernminn.com/blooming_prairie_leader/news/region/article_63e1b689-aec5-5436-9334-722884f308f0.html

 

John Kline Honors Minnesotans as 'Stars of the North' for Random Acts of Kindness

Posted in Press Releases on Feb. 20, 2015

 

Read more at http://kline.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=397546

 

U.S. Congressman Tim Walz presented the Dick Charles Medal of Merit in Faribault

By Jerry Smith
Oct. 21, 2014

 

U.S. Congressman Tim Walz has a track record of commitment to the National Guard and to the men and women from Minnesota who serve in the armed forces.

 

Read more at http://www.southernminn.com/faribault_daily_news/news/article_3c2dfc6c-7974-5880-b639-b24c0c9c4fc9.html

 

John Morris Named Bethel 2014 Seminary Alumnus of the Year

By Tricia Theurer, Communications Specialist

Oct. 8, 2014

 

The Bethel Seminary Alumni Council unanimously recommended Chaplain John Morris as the 2014 Bethel Seminary Alumnus of the Year, honoring him at a Seminary Alumni Gathering during Homecoming weekend.

 

Read more at https://www.bethel.edu/news/articles/2014/october/sem-alumnus

 

Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Comes Through!

By Neil Pursley

Published on Sep. 10, 2014

 

Isn't it nice on those rare occasions when things work exactly as they are supposed to?

 

Read more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-Kq3QIRQ_8&feature=youtu.be

 

Soldiers Scheduled to Return

HDT Staff Report
Sep. 9, 2014

 

Members of the Chisholm-based 114th Transportation Company of the Minnesota National Guard are headed home.

 

Read more at http://www.hibbingmn.com/news/local/soldiers-scheduled-to-return/article_1b5e5272-37c7-11e4-be6c-001a4bcf887a.html


Redwood Falls Named Minnesota's Newest Yellow Ribbon City

By Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch
Aug. 7, 2014

 

The City of Redwood Falls was formally recognized as a Yellow Ribbon City after receiving Governor Mark Dayton's proclamation during a ceremony held at Redwood Falls City Hall on Aug. 7, 2014.

 

Read more at http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/press_room/e-zine/articles/index.php?item=4671


Military Families Thankful for Chance to Bond Before Deployment

By Meghan Reistad

June 8, 2014

 

(ABC 6 News)--Ironwood Springs Christian Camp welcomed nine families to camp this weekend.

 

Read more at http://www.kaaltv.com/article/stories/S3467499.shtml

 

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Gets Largest Gift Ever: Land Worth $1 Million

By Don Jacobson
June 5, 2014

 

Once a poster child for the collapse of the housing bubble, Hugo's mostly vacant Generation Acres subdivision will finally be built out after being donated to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.

 

Read more at http://www.startribune.com/business/262025501.html

 

Litchfield-based National Guard Unit Returns After 11 Months in Afghanistan

By Kyle Rozendaal
June 4, 2014

 

The parking lot filled with vehicles, tissues were passed around, and tensions were high as people waited for the buses to arrive.

 

Read more at http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_25895189/litchfield-based-national-guard-unit-returns-after-11

 

No Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Group for Northfield

By Grace Webb
May 14, 2014

 

Three years ago, the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organization had a goal: A BTYR group in every city in Minnesota that had an armory. After three years of work, members almost reached their goal, missing only one city: Northfield.

 

Read more at http://www.southernminn.com/northfield_news/news/local/article_80d8fb6a-fe23-5597-abbb-c6b19c092d84.html

 

Veterans Angling for New PTSD Treatment Center as Part of Mayo Expansion

By Jessica Mador
April 29, 2014

 

Military veterans and their advocates in southeast Minnesota are trying to drum up support for a plan to create a new "destination" treatment center for veterans and veterans' families dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental trauma.

 

Read more at http://www.bringmethenews.com/2014/04/29/mayo-veteran-destination/

 

 

Purple Up! for kids

By Staff Sgt. Jennifer Rechtfertig

April 15, 2014


Purple Up! event brings awareness for Month of the Military Child in Minnesota.

 

Read more at http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/press_room/e-zine/articles/index.php?item=4613

 

New Hope to Participate in Beyond the Yellow Quad Cities Yellow Ribbon Program

By: Cassie Hart
March 3, 2014

 

The City of New Hope has agreed to actively participate in the Quad Cities Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program.

 

Read more at http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3352169.shtml

 

 

Farmington celebrates five years as a Yellow Ribbon city

By: Army Sgt. 1st Class Blair Heusdens

Dec. 6, 2013

 

A program that started five years ago in a small suburb of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area has grown into a national model for community support for military members, veterans and their families. With a population of just over 21,000, the city of Farmington, Minn., formed the first Yellow Ribbon Network in December 2008 and has been leading the way in helping Service members and their families with community-based resources and services.

 

Read more at www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.com

 

 

Minneapolis Becomes 254th Yellow Ribbon Network

By: James Warden

Dec. 3, 2013

 

Minneapolis was officially welcomed as Minnesota's 254th Yellow Ribbon Network at Sunday's Vikings game, according to a Department of Defense release.


Read more at Southwest Patch

 

 

City of Mpls. Becomes Yellow Ribbon Community

By: Leslie Dyste

Nov. 27, 2013

 

There is now more help for veterans, active-duty military and their families in Minneapolis.

 

Read more at KSTP.com

 

 

Farmington Yellow Ribbon program hits a milestone

By: Michelle Leonard

Nov. 21, 2013

 

It was a warm, early summer evening back in 2008. A smattering of 50 or so people sat scattered around the cafetorium at Meadow view Elementary School. They were there to hear about a new concept called "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon."

 

Read more at Farmington Independent

 

 

Officially a Yellow Ribbon City

By: Karla Wennerstrom

Nov. 19, 2013

 

During the Grace Church "We Salute Our Veterans" program Saturday, the city of Eden Prairie was officially proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon Community.

 

Read more at Eden Prairie News

 

 

Becker receives "Yellow Ribbon" status on Veterans Day

By: David Hannula

Nov. 15, 2013

 

On Veteran's Day, the City of Becker was honored by inclusion as a "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" community in Minnesota, an achievement which was marked by a proclamation from Gov. Mark Dayton and the presentation of a banner by the governor's representatives at a Veteran's Day program hosted by the Becker Middle School and Becker High School Monday afternoon.


Read more at Sherburne County Citizen

 

 

Vikings Become First Minnesota Pro Sports Team To Be Proclaimed A Yellow Ribbon City

By: Minnesota Vikings

Nov. 7, 2013

 

Prior to tonight's game, the Minnesota Vikings will become the first Minnesota professional sports team and only the 32nd Minnesota company to be proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon Company by the State of Minnesota.

 

Read more at Minnesota Vikings

 

 

Community support needed this holiday season for families of deployed soldiers

By: Rachel Kytonen

Nov. 6, 2013

 

For many children, this may be their first holiday season they spend without one of their parents, and a local organization wants to make it as special as possible for them.


Read more at Isanti County News

 

 

Refurbished Home Is A Thank You For MN Soldier & His Family

By: Bill Hudson

Oct. 17, 2013

 

The former resident at 136 Shadywood Lane in Delano, Minn., was a victim of the nation's housing collapse.

 

Now, this once bank-owned property is a proud symbol of recovery, as it was the first Minnesota home donated to Operation Homefront's Homes for Veterans Program.

 

Read more at CBS Minnesota

 

 

Popplewell, 2 Others Honored For Their Courage And Duty

By: Bill Morgan

Oct. 17, 2013

 

Staff Sergeant Steve Popplewell of Becker - as well as two other Minnesota National Guard members from the 114th Transportation Company - were hailed for their heroic efforts and given a salute as they prepare to be deployed this month overseas.

 

Kari Westby of the Becker Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) committee, organized the event that was held in the indoor patio area of Becker Furniture World Monday evening.

 

Read more at Sherburne County Citizen

 

 

Hopkins Partners with SW Metro Cities to Help Military Service Members

Hopkins Patch

Oct. 13, 2013

 

Hopkins will celebrate its participation in the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program on Saturday, as it joins Edina, Hopkins and Minnetonka in a partnership to help members of the Minnesota National Guard and their families.


Read more at Hopkins Patch

 

 

SLP Partners with SW Metro Cities to Help Military Service Members

St. Louis Park Patch

Oct. 11, 2013

 

Edina, St. Louis Park, Minnetonka and Hopkins have joined the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, which helps provide services and resources to veterans and military families.


Read more at St. Louis Park Patch

 

 

Metropolitan State University Honored as Yellow Ribbon Company

Enhanced Online News

Oct. 8, 2013

 

Metropolitan State University is proud to announce the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Proclamation Ceremony on Oct. 17, honoring former student and Alumnus of the Year General Frank J. Grass.


Read more at Enhanced Online News

 

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

The Citizen

Oct. 3, 2013

 

Last week at the Hugo Yellow Ribbon Network Hamburger Night event, CPT Troy Hyland, Commander, 257th Military Police Company of the Minnesota National Guard, presented a Certificate of Appreciation and American flag to YRN volunteers in recognition of the network's support — which included hundreds of care packages — during the company's recent deployment to Afghanistan.


Read more at The Citizen

 

 

Southwest Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Coalition Wins Formal Approval

Minnetonka Patch

Sept. 10, 2013

 

The four communities in the Southwest Twin Cities Beyond the Yellow Ribbon coalition are now able to be declared official Beyond the Yellow Ribbon cities.

 

Read more at Minnetonka Patch

 

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Nears Formal Approval

Posted by: James Warden

July 13, 2013

 

After just a little more than a year of work, the Twin Cities Southwest Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Coalition is nearing formal approval from the state.

 

Read more at HopkinsPatch

 

Congressman Erik Paulsen Congratulates Maple Grove

Posted on Facebook in Erik's Correspondence Corner

 

Congressman Erik Paulsen congratulates Maple Grove for becoming the newest Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community.

 

Watch the video on Facebook 

 

 

MG Officially a Yellow Ribbon City

By: Neil Pursley

July 11, 2013

 

Maple Grove celebrated a special event for veterans and military families Wednesday night.

 

See the newscast at Channel 12 News

 

 

Maple Grove Designated as Yellow Ribbon City

By: Jenna Jaynes

July 10, 2013

 

On Wednesday, Maple Grove will officially be designated as a Yellow Ribbon City during the annual Maple Grove Days.

 

Read more at kstp.com

 

 

Maple Grove scheduled for Yellow Ribbon Recognition

July 8, 2013

 

The newest Yellow Ribbon City is scheduled to be proclaimed Wednesday at a Yellow Ribbon Proclamation Ceremony being held at the Maple Grove Town Green in Maple Grove, Minn.

 

Read more at MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

 

 

Prudential Financial Inc. recognized as Yellow Ribbon Company

June 14, 2013

 

Prudential Financial Inc. was recognized as the newest Yellow Ribbon Company at a Yellow Ribbon Proclamation Ceremony at Prudential Financial headquarters in Plymouth, Minn.

 

Read more at MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

 

 

Prudential Offices in Minnesota Earn "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" Proclamation

By: Prudential Financial Press Release

June 6, 2013

 

Prudential has been named a "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company" by Governor Mark Dayton on behalf of the state of Minnesota.

 

Read more at Press Release

 

 

What it means to be Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community

By: Kylie Hurlbert

May 28, 2013

 

A family has been touched by the Yellow Ribbon Community.

 

Read more at Lake Country Echo and Pine River Journal 

 

 

Veterans' org Beyond the Yellow Ribbon replaces roof

By: Eric Dolski

May 28, 2013

 

For some, putting new shingles on a roof is routine maintenance.

 

Read more at Faribault Daily News

 

 

Yellow Ribbon sign dedicated

By: TRF Times & Northern Watch

May 25, 2013

 

The Thief River Falls Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association presented a check for $825 to Thief River Falls Beyond the Yellow Ribbon on Monday, May 20.


Read more at TRF Times & Northern Watch

 

 

Quad-city Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign kicks off Memorial Day

By: Anna Woodwick

May 23, 2013

 

Crystal, Robbinsdale, New Hope and Golden Valley are showing their support for residents in the military by jointly becoming Beyond the Yellow Ribbon cities.

 

Read more at Sun Post

 

 

Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon honored at Minnesota Twins game

By: Isanti County News

May 22, 2013

 

The Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon was honored at the May 14 Minnesota Twins game.


Read more at Isanti County News

 

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon gearing up for Freedom Days

By: Bill Morgan

May 17, 2013

 

Volunteers from the Becker beyond the Yellow Ribbon committee met last week at city hall to welcome new members, listen to a keynote speaker and fine tune their action plans in preparation of having the City of Becker proclaimed an official BTYR city this year.

 

Read more at Sherburne County Citizen

 

 

Maple Grove to officially become 'Beyond the Yellow Ribbon' city

By: Alicia Miller

May 9, 2013

 

The city of Maple Grove is now on its way to officially becoming a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon City. At the Monday, May 6, Maple Grove City Council meeting the council received the news.


Read more at Press & News

 

 

Grell family gives to Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

By: Isanti County News

May 8, 2013

 

Army veteran Duane Grell passed away April 8, 2013. In memory of Grell's service in WWII as a paratrooper, his family donated $400 to the Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

 

Read more at Isanti County News

 

 

Vietnam Vet honored with 'welcome home' parade in Afton

By: Boyd Huppert

May 8, 2013

 

A decorated Marine combat pilot returned to a hero's welcome Tuesday night, but Bill Isaacson wasn't coming home from Iraq or Afghanistan. He served nearly 50 years ago in Vietnam.

 

Read more at Kare 11 News, or watch the newscast

 

 

Franken speech focuses on military families

By: Jeff Hansel

May 6, 2013

 

Sen. Al Franken took time to huddle with reporters before his presentation at a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon luncheon. But his ears - and focus - kept being diverted to the conversations among the 50 or so women in the room.

 

Read more at PostBulletin.com

 

 

The power of a chair

By: Kelly Grinsteinner

May 5, 2013

 

For Steven Fulton to walk a few feet on his own fruition is a major feat.

 

The 30-year old sustained a severe back injury while performing a training exercise in the Army.

 

Read more at HibbingMN.com

 

 

Faith, community help heal battle scars

By: Half the Battle

May 2, 2013

 

During a combat mission in Iraq, Hickory Smith and his buddies once joked that they had "God riding with us in our Humvee."

 

Read more at Half the Battle

 

 

Organizations that help vets and their families recognized

By: Eric Hagen

May 1, 2013

 

For the past 16 years, an organization of people who live and work in the communities of Blaine, Ham Lake or Spring Lake Park have been recognizing people who make a difference in these communities.

 

Read more at ABCNewspapers.com

 

 

Minnesota Twins salute local Yellow Ribbon effort

By: Al Edenloff

April 26, 2013

 

Douglas County and Alexandria's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program was a hit at Target Field.

 

Read more at Echo Press

 

 

Clarence's Recycling scrap-metal drive wraps up May

By: Greg Hunt

April 24, 2013

 

For the past several months, Clarence's Recycling on the south side of Isanti has been racking up scrap metal and aluminum poundage during a drive to honor the memory of original owner Clarence Scharpen who passed away last August.

 

Read more at Isanti County News

 

 

Good Samaritan Beyond the Yellow Ribbon bowling team meets Ron Shara, Raven

By: PineAndLakes.com

April 9, 2013

 

On Monday, April 1, hundreds of bowlers participating in the Good Samaritan Bowl X gathered at Mills Ford in Baxter for the Good Sam Bowl Alley Rally.

 

Read more at PineAndLakes.com

 

 

Calling all new military enlistees

By: Savage Pacer

April 9, 2013

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River will host a dinner to honor Scott County's newly enlisted or appointed military members at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the Savage American Legion.

 

Read more at the Savage Pacer

 

 

City accepts award from Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

By: Jeremy Jones

April, 2013

 

At the Montevideo City Council meeting on Monday, Mayor Debra Lee Fader received an award on behalf of the city, recognizing an exemplary Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program in Montevideo, from representatives of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

 

Read more at MonteNews.com

 

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon committee has a busy week

By: Tim Hennagir

April 4, 2013

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon-Monticello steering committee members had a busy week getting ready to welcome home the 257th Military Police Company.

 

Read more at Monticello Times

 

 

City accepts award from Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

By: Jeremy Jones

April 4, 2013

 

At the Montevideo City Council meeting on Monday, Mayor Debra Lee Fader received an award on behalf of the city, recognizing an exemplary Beyond the Yellow Ribbon prograom in Montevideo, from representatives of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

 

Read more at MonteNews.com

 

 

Sharing Wintercade's profits

By: Litchfield Independent Review

April 2, 2013

 

Litchfield VFW member Gary Smith presents a check to Meeker County Veterans Service Officer Don Dufner to support the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program.

 

Read more at Litchfield Independent Review

 

 

Faribault's S-SM Easter egg hunt will cater to military families

By: Rebecca Rodenborg

March 28, 2013

 

For the past 10 years, hundreds of local children have raced around the Shattuck-St. Mary's campus, clutching their small bunny baskets while trying to gather as many brightly-colored plastic eggs as possible.

 

Read more at Faribault Daily News

 

 

Website launched for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

By: John Gessner

March 28, 2013

 

Burnsville's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign now has its own interactive website, a longtime goal of organizers.

 

Read more at SunThisWeek.com

 

 

Second dinner for military a success

By: Star News

March 22, 2013

 

Spouses and friends of three military men recently deployed were among 58 guests who attended the second military family dinner, sponsored by the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Elk River.

 

Read more at Star News

 

 

Yellow Ribbon group praised by adjutant general

By: Deb Gau

March 22, 2013

 

The leading officer of the Minnesota National Guard commended area residents for their efforts to support members of the military during a visit to Marshall on Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, said while the needs of area servicepeople may change over time, groups like the Yellow Ribbon Network will continue to play an important role in MInnesota.

 

Read more at Marshall Independent

 

 

Kickoff to BYR attracts a couple dozen interested parties

By: Bill Morgan

March 15, 2013

 

Nearly two dozen people attended Tuesday's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon kickoff meeting at Becker high School, launching a program designed to aid military servicemen and women and their families.

 

Read more at Sherburne County Citizen

 

 

Community Thanks Minn. Veteran through remodel

By: Kate Renner

March 7, 2013

 

Staff Sergeant Brian Martin says he gets a lot of thanks for his military service. Martin toured in Iraq from 2005-2007, and is a member of the Army National Guard.

 

Read more at kstp.com

 

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Gives Thanks to Veterans

By: Amway.net

March 6, 2013

 

What began in 2010 as a seven-member military support ministry is now a non-profit made up of 150 veterans, active service members, and other caring individuals. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River (BTYR SOTR) based in Minnesota and chaired by Amway Independent Business Owner Dawn Buhain, supports military veterans and active service members as well as their families.

 

Read more at Amway.net

 

 

NWC beyond the Yellow Ribbon

By: twelve.tv

March, 2013

 

Amy Hansen knows firsthand how the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program works.

 

See the video at twelve.com

 

 

Helping Soldiers Across the World

By: kimtTV.com

Feb. 28, 2013

 

Wounded soldiers all over the world are being helped by a recent event in Albert Lea.

 

Read more at kimtTV.com

 

 

City of Becker Looking To Become Yellow Ribbon Community

By: Bill Morgan

Feb. 22, 2013

 

Kari Westby, a Becker resident and wife of a three-time deployed National Guard soldier, has been working tierelessly to brand the City of Becker as a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community.

 

Read more at Sherburne County Citizen

 

 

First Yellow Ribbon dinner a success

By: Jim Boyle

Feb. 15, 2013

 

The first in a series of dinners planned for active military, reservists, National Guard members, veterans and their families was a success.

 

Read more at Star News

 

 

City of Golden Valley Looks to Become Yellow Ribbon Community

By: Valerie Engler

Feb. 15, 2013

 

The City of Golden Valley, along with Crystal, Robbinsdale and New Hope, is entering a process to become a Yellow Ribbon community.

 

Read more at Golden Valley Patch

 

 

Fresh off inaugural ball, pair recruits for Yellow Ribbon dinner

By: Jim Boyle

Feb. 1, 2013

 

Staff Sgt. Dan Westby has been deployed three times in his 16 years of service with the Minnesota Army National Guard, once to Kosovo and twice to Iraq.

 

Read more at Star News

 

 

New face at Camp Ripley Family Assistance Center

By: Liz Verley

Jan. 23, 2013

 

Family Assistance Centers (FAC) are local resource centers for service members and military family members. The FAC staff provides information and referrals to local resources as well as state and federal military support programs.

 

Read more at Morrison County Record

 

 

Letter - Beyond the Yellow Ribbon works

By: Jeremy Pedersen

Jan. 23, 2013

 

To the editor:

 

I am a pastor in Nelson, a veteran and a current military service member in the Minnesota National Guard. As a military service member, I know that sometimes it can feel so lonesome serving our country.

 

Read more at Echo Press

 

 

Local Yellow Ribbon committee leadership coming together

By: Eric Hagen

Jan. 18, 2013

  

Approximately 75 people gathered at the Green Haven Golf and Banquet Center in Anoka over nine months ago to kick off an effort to find ways to help military service members and their families through the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program.

  

Read more at ABCNewspapers.com.

  

  

Flea market to aid warriors

By: John Severtson

Jan. 15, 2013

 

Albert Lea's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group and the Leo Carey American Legion Post 56 are planning to jointly sponsor a fundraiser to support Operation Comfort Warriors.

 

Read more at Albert Lea Tribune

 

 

Two generals and the good father

By: Gary Clancy

Jan. 4, 2013

 

Never thought I would see it, but there I was, with Brig. Gen. Neal Loidolt covering my right flank and Maj. Gen. Rick Nash and a Jesuit priest, Father David Haschka covering my left flank. Pretty heady stuff for an old 'Nam vet who never made it past Spec. 4.

 

Read more at Outdoor News

 

 

Yellow Ribbon helping veterans in need

By: Lisa Kaczke

Dec. 27, 2012

 

Although the Southwest Twin Cities Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Coalition is a year away from being formalized, it's already started to receive calls about veterans needing help.

 

Read more at Sun Current

 

 

Clarence's Recycling surpasses 250,000-pound mark in quest for 1 million pounds

By: Elizabeth Sias

Dec. 21, 2012

 

Clarence Scharpen, who opened Clarence's Recycling in 2002, passed away in August. To honor his memory, his family is hoping to reach 1 million pounds of scrap metal by April 1, and they will donate one penny per pound to Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

 

Read more at Isanti County News

 

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon honors military during holidays

By: Chaska Herald

Dec. 14, 2012

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribobn of Chaska has partnered with several organizations to remember and thank local members of the military and veterans for their service during the holidays.

 

Read more at ChaskaHerald.com

 

 

Oakdale's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign kicks off new initiative

By: Alex Holmquist

Dec. 12, 2012

 

A group in the city of Oakdale has recently developed a new way to serve those who serve our country.

 

Read more at LillieNews.com

 

 

Dinner gives families a boost

By: Jenn Brookens

Dec. 6, 2012

 

The second annual Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Christmas Dinner in Fairmont on Sunday will take a different tone this year for service members and their families.

 

Read more at Sentinel Online

 

 

Local Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group looking to branch out

By: Deb Gau

Dec. 4, 2012

 

There's been a lot of progress for a local group dedicated to organizing resources for area military servicepeople. But the group plans to keep the network growing, Denise Schneekloth said this week.

 

Read more at Marshall Independent

 

 

America Salutes: Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

By: MetroCableNetwork6

Nov. 28, 2012

 

Milton Schoen, director of veterans's service, sits down with leaders from the city of Minneapolis to discuss the city's interest in becoming Yellow Ribbon.

 

See the video at MetroCableNetwork6

 

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and into the Classroom

By: Heather

Nov. 27, 2012

 

On Wednesday the Hiawatha Valley Family Beyond the Yellow Ribbon committee united with Southeast Technical in a joint effort to raise scholarship funds for local veterans.

 

Read more at Southeast Technical

 

 

Yellow Ribbon proclamation in Willmar, Minn., expected to draw large crowd

By: Carolyn Lange

Nov. 26, 2012

 

Since being declared an official "Yellow Ribbon" city in 2010, Willmar community volunteers have worked hard to support active military, the families of deployed service members and veterans.

 

Read more at West Central Tribune

 

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Launches 'Make a Difference' Campaign

By: Abby Faulkner

Nov. 20, 2012

 

This holiday season, consider signing on to "Make a Difference" by supporting those who serve our country and their families.

 

Read more at WJON.com

 

 

Families get boost for holiday

By: Jodelle Greiner

Nov. 19, 2012

 

Thanksgiving came on Saturday for some local military families, courtesy of Martin County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

 

Read more at Fairmont Sentinel

 

 

Welcome home, troops

By: Hibbing Daily Tribune

Nov. 17, 2012

 

The Hibbing/Chisholm Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee is welcoming home soldiers from the Able Troop, 1-94th cavalry.

 

Read more at Hibbing Daily Tribune

 

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon holds job fair for vets

By: Eric Dolski

Nov. 16, 2012

 

Faribault's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon chapter, an organization that seeks to connect military veterans with community resources, held a job fair for vets Friday afternoon. More than 100 veterans interacted with 26 local businesses.

 

Read more at Faribault Daily News

 

 

Yellow Ribbon Award Goes to TC Habitat for Humanity

By: Kate Renner

Nov. 13, 2012

 

The Yellow Ribbon Program helps veterans transition back to civilian life. The organization honors companies that work to hire and help veterans. Today for the first time the yellow ribbon distinction is going to a Twin Cities non-profit for helping veterans.

 

Read more at kstp.com

 

 

General Mills Named Yellow Ribbon Company

By: Valerie Engler

Nov. 12, 2012

 

In a statement released on Nov. 9, representatives from General Mills announced that the cereal giant is now a Yellow Ribbon Company. This new status means that General Mills demonstrates a public business commitment to supporting military employees and local communities.

 

Read more at Golden Valley Patch

 

 

A Ribbon of support

By: Matt Peterson

Nov. 11, 2012

 

When Austin received a designation as a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon city on July 27, the mission wasn't complete. It had just begun.

 

Read more at AustinDailyHerald.com

 

 

A Yellow Ribbon weekend

By: Chanhassen Villager

Nov. 11, 2012

 

A full house was on hand Saturday at the Chanhassen American Legion to celebrate Veterans Day as well as the designation of Chanhassen as a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community.

 

Read more at Chanhassen Villager

 

 

Wounded Warriors representative to participate in yellow ribbon event

By: Unsie Zuege

Nov. 6, 2012

 

Luois Goldstein, who works with the Wounded Warriors Project (WWP), understands the need for the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program.

 

Read more at Chanhassen Villager.

 

 

Great News!!!

By: Suzanne McLaughlin

Nov. 7, 2012

 

The City of Monticello is joining forces with Beyond the Yellow Ribbon to assist our military and their families.

 

Read more at Activerain

 

 

A Special Recognition

By: Marshall Independent

August 1, 2012

 

Signs marking Marshall as a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon City went up around town duing the past week, with the final sign, on North U.S. Highway 59, being installed on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Present for the occasion were Al Dale, Marshall VFW Commander Jes Mellenthin, Marshall American Legion Commander Jeff Gay, Denise Schneekloth of the Marshall Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group, John DeCramer of the Marshall City Council and Sgt. 1st Class Tim Green of the Minnesota National Guard.

 

Marshall was named a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon City in September.

 

Read full article and view photo at Marshall Independent

 

 

Minnesota: Returning veterans must adjust to 'normal'

By: Alexandra Tempus

May 20, 2012

 

Ron Chapman sees his military career in numbers.

 

Chapman, 42, returned in April to his home in White Bear Township from a sweltering, sandy camp in Kuwait, the last stop in three deployments over five years. He's been home only two months in the past two years. In the lives of his three children, he said, that time has added up.

 

"It's one-fourth of my 20-year-old's life, I've been gone," said Chapman, a hulking man in a Kuwait-emblazoned T-shirt and a Minne-sota cap. "One third of the 14-year-old's life. And exactly half of (my son's) life."

 

Read more at Pioneer Press

 

 

St. Paul joins Yellow Ribbon Network

By: Tad Vezner

May 15, 2012

 

St. Paul's military commitment stands out statewide. St. Paul has more residents serving in the National Guard than any other Minnesota city. More troops from St. Paul have died in Iraq and Afghanistan than from anywhere else in the state.

 

And this week, the city will become the largest in the state to join the military's Yellow Ribbon Network — a network that some see as simply a collection of road signs, but others see as a lifeline for military families feeling isolated or abandoned in their communities.

 

The network was started about six years ago; the war in Iraq was well under way, and military officials heard increasingly frantic pleas from relatives of those deployed.

 

Read more at Pioneer Press

 

 

Yellow Ribbon Committee Formed

By: Scott Camp

May 13, 2012

 

Thief River Falls has taken the first step toward becoming a Yellow Ribbon Community and helping families of soldiers who have been deployed. An 18-person Yellow Ribbon Committee was formed during a planning meeting Tuesday night at the Heritage Center in Thief River Falls.

 

Read more at TRF Times & Northern Watch

 

 

Blaine will be awarded 'Yellow Ribbon' honor

By: Tim Hennagir

May 11, 2012

 

Blaine will receive its Yellow Ribbon Community designation from Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday, May 17, during a St. Paul Saints pre-game ceremony. The proclamation ceremony will take place at 6:45 p.m., prior to the start of the St. Paul Saints home opener at Midway Stadium, 1771 Energy Park Drive.

 

Blaine is being honored with the Yellow Ribbon designation for building its community support network to help local military service members and families.

 

Read more at ABCNewspapers.com

 

 

Baseball, yellow ribbons and Old Glory

By: Channhassen Villager

May 5, 2012

 

Saturday May 5 marked kickoff day for Chanhassen baseball, softball and little league teams. ...

 

... Chanhassen Mayor Tom Furlong threw out the first pitch to Chanhassen veteran Bob Ayotte after a special opening-day parade showcasing the teams led by the Chanhassen Legion Color Guard.

 

There is a strong emphasis on the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign. This is a campaign for the city of Chanhassen to work toward becoming a Yellow Ribbon community. It is the goal of the Legion to show men and women in the service that the Chanhassen community is supporting them.

 

Read more at Chanhassen Villager

 

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon gears up as soldiers return

By: Dave Berggren

April 23, 2012

 

More than 225 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division returned to Minnesota on Monday.

 

"It's a huge relief," said Staff Sgt. Alan Graham of Savage. "To have the entire company return in one piece, mission accomplished, it feels pretty good."

 

The group is among 2,700 Red Bulls returning this spring after spending close to one year based in Kuwait. The National Guard service members supported the massive convoy effort our of Iraq, the largest troop draw down since the Vietnam War.

 

Read more at KARE 11

 

 

West Metro Cities Join Together for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Effort

By: James Warden

April 20, 2012

 

Six west metro communities are coming together to form a Southwest Hennepin County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group.

 

"We're going to be combining forces and the power of all six of our cities," said Jason Gadd, a Hopkins city councilman who attended an informational meeting about the effort Wednesday.

 

The participating communities are: Edina, Excelsior, Hopkins, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park and Wayzata.

 

Read more at Hopkins Patch

 


Soldier surprises family with special operation

By: KARE 11

April 18, 2012

 

It took a month of planning and a lot of secret emails, but a Minnesota soldier gave new meaning to the term "special operation" Wednesday.

 

Jake Green knew he wanted to join the military since he was 9 years old. But that didn't make it easy last fall to leave Minnesota.

 

"It's a long time. It's the longest I've even been away from my family, it was hard," said Green.

 

Read more at KARE 11

 

 

Faribault man set to run Grand Canyon for local military families support group

By: Rebecca Rodenborg

April 18, 2012

 

It was a cool morning in early April when the idea came into Nick Stoneman's head.

 

As he worked his way up a one-and-a-half-mile stretch of hill on Hwy. 60 in a windbreaker and running pants, Stoneman thought about his end goal, about why he was making the climb repeatedly before many were even out of bed.

 

...

 

"It just hit me, the metaphor," Stoneman says as he sits in his office at Shattuck-St. Mary's, where he is currently the Head of School. "Military men and women every day leave their home base, make the journey and do the work, and then return back home."

 

Read more at Faribault Daily News

 

 

Hennepin Technical College Earns Yellow Ribbon Recognition

By: Hennepin Technical College

April 17, 2012

 

Hennepin Technical College is among the communities and organizations to be recognized at a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon proclamation ceremony to be held May 17 at 6:45 p.m. preceding the St. Paul Saints baseball game at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. Gov. Mark Dayton will officially proclaim the newest Yellow Ribbon entities, which have earned recognition through efforts to support members and military families.

 

Read more at Hennepin Technical College

 

 

Tears, Joy as Red Bulls Leave Miss. & Return to Minn.

By: Jennie Olson

April 14, 2012

 

Minnesota families welcomed home more than 200 members of the Minnesota National Guard Sunday, the first wave of troops to arrive back in the state after a nearly year-long deployment in Kuwait and Iraq.

 

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS was the only media with the Red Bulls in Mississippi this weekend as they prepared to leave for the Twin Cities.

 

See all the coverage at kstp.com

 

 

Children of service members to receive letters of support from governor as part of Month of the Military Child

By: Jeremy Jones

April 12, 2012

 

It is estimated that over 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by a parent's deployment. Some move frequently, worry about a loved one in harm's way or just feel the stress of being separated from a parent for extended periods of time. All of these issues can make normal childhood activities, such as going to school, watching TV and playing with friends, more difficult.

 

In an effort to help support these children, Gov. Mark Dayton will be sending military children a letter of gratitude in honor of their service and sacrifice to Minnesota and the United States.

 

Read more from Montevideo American News

 

 

 

South metro a strong base for military family support

By: Shannon Prather

April 6, 2012

 

It's coordinating the daily carpools when Kim Rawley really feels her husband's absence. Her four kids in Lakeville need rides to hockey, softball, Girl Scouts, Lego League, church and the orthodontist.

 

"It's very hard to juggle everything," said Rawley, a sixth-grade math teacher whose husband, Daniel, is serving his second tour in Afghanistan with the Air National Guard.

 

Volunteers with the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign help Rawley with some of that driving — and trying to keep life as normal as possible for the kids until dad comes home. Volunteers also bring over occasional meals and help with some housework and laundry. They even arranged for a contractor to patch a hole in the Rawley's kitchen ceiling.

 

Read more at Star Tribune

 

 

Minnesota National Guard Returning Soon

By: kimtv.com

April 6, 2012

 

Local communities are awaiting the return of loved ones from overseas.

 

With the troops returning, local communities will be ready to help.

 

See the video at kimttv.com

 

 

Farmington first to tie high school into Yellow Ribbon network

By: Laura Adelmann

April 4, 2012

 

A Farmington High School senior's idea for a new club is poised to become a tradition that may echo in schools across the state and nation.

 

Andy Morris, 17, sought to start a club for students planning to enlist in the military, but instead has founded what he believes is the nation's first student chapter of an established Yellow Ribbon Network, appropriately called the Farmington Yellow Ribbon Student Chapter.

 

"I think it's pretty cool to be the first one," Morris said. "It's nice to be able to take the initiative and be able to help those people that need it.

 

Read more at Sun This Week

 

 

Five cities looking to go Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

By: Tammy Sakry

April 3, 2012

 

When Nicole Rice's husband was on his first deployment they had a one-year-old daughter and a second daughter who had just been born. The only chance she had to complete the important task of shoveling snow was late at night when the kids were sleeping.

 

Her neighbors must have noticed her midnight snow shoveling ventures because one day a neighbor started shoveling her driveway.

 

An act of kindness goes a long way toward removing a heavy burden from the wife or husband handling daily chores and the spouse who is serving in the military overeas, Rice and many others said at a March 29 Beyond theYellow Ribbon community meeting.

 

Read more at ABCNewspapers.com

 

 

Gov. Dayton and Congressman Kline Honor Beyond Yellow Ribbon Cities

By: Clare Kennedy

March 31, 2012

 

Friday afternoon, Gov. Mark Dayton and Congressman John Kline and other dignitaries honored the newest "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" cities and communities. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is an initiative to give material support and aid to military service members, their families and veterans. Volunteers with Beyond the Yellow Ribobn have built access ramps for disabled fighters and offered simple services like babysitting and grass cutting to military families at no charge.

 

Read more at Burnsville Patch

 

 

Stillwater Honored with 'Sea of Goodwill' Award for Supporting the Troops and Their Families

By: Shawn Hogendorf

March 23, 2012

 

There isn't a city in the nation that does a better job than Stillwater when it comes to supporting the troops and their families.

 

On Thursday, Stillwater was awarded the 2011 Sea of Goodwill Award for a medium-sized community (with a population under 100,000) by Homeward Deployed. The city of Hugo received honorable mention.

 

The award recognizes the efforts to help soldiers reintegrate into civilian life when they return from combat and assist their families when they are away.

 

Read more at Stillwater Patch

 

 

Professor helps soldiers job-hunt

By: Michelle Miron

March 22, 2012

 

Resident Dick Daniels returned March 7 from an eight-day trip to Kuwait to assist soon-to-be re-integrated U.S. soldiers in job hunting skills.

 

He represented the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce in a venture called the Employment Resource Team that involved nine civilian community leaders from Minnesota, all volunteering their time for some 1,080 members of the Minnesota National Guard to be re-introduced to civilian life this spring.

 

Read more at Shoreview Press

 

 

Communities coming together to support soldiers

By: Eric Hagen

March 21, 2012

 

Five communities are joining forces to assist service members and their families before, during and after the deployment cycle.

 

A kickoff meeting to begin the process for Andover, Anoka, Champlin, Coon Rapids and Ramsey to get Yellow Ribbon Community designations will take place Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Haven Golf and Banquet Center, 2800 Greenhaven Road in Anoka.

 

Read more at ABCNewspapers.com

 

 

Michelle Obama talks to Minn. military families

By: Alexander Tempus

 

March 16, 2012

 

Michelle Obama praised Minnesota and its efforts to help military families during a stop at the state's Air National Guard base on Friday.

 

During her visit, the first lady held a round table discussion with local military family members and representatives of support groups. The event was part of her Joining Forces initiative, which aims to connect and promote support and resource groups for military families.

 

Mrs. Obama called Minnesota "a model" when it comes to providing resources and support to military families.

 

Read more at htrnews.com

 

 

Dakota to become Yellow Ribbon County

By: Laura Adelmann

 

March 14, 2012 

Dakota County is poised to build the biggest local network of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon cities in the state.

 

Connecting Yellow Ribbon cities to form a comprehensive support network is Dakota County's goal as it is proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon County by Gov. Mark Dayton at a 3 p.m. recognition ceremony March 30 at Trinity Evangelical Church, 10658 210the St. W. in Lakeville.

 

The cities of Apply Valley and Burnsville will be proclaimed Yellow Ribbon cities during the event and West. St. Paul is expected to attain its Yellow Ribbon status this year, said Dakota County Veterans Services Director Lisa Thomas.

 

Read more at Thisweeklive.com

 

 

Burnsville volunteers make commitment to veterans, families

By: John Gessner

 

March 8, 2012 

The youngest member of Burnsville's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign isn't shy about her admiration for men and women in uniform.

 

"Whenever I see someone in the military, I thank them for their service," said a 14-year-old Joy Adams. "Lately I've been asking them, 'Do you know what the Yellow Ribbon is?'"

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a program spearheaded by the Minnesota National Guard to help service members, veterans and their families, especially those dealing with deployment or post-deployment reintegration.

 

Read more at Thisweeklive.com

 

 

Military Families Prepare to Welcome Home Loved Ones

By: Katie Eldred

March 3, 2012

 

Getting back to that normal routine can be difficult for soldiers who've just returned from overseas. Saturday, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon helped families prepare for that process with Family Reintegration Academy in Owatonna.

 

Organizer James Johnson said the event is all about preparing families for their loved ones homecoming.

 

"When the soldier gets deployed you have to realize that the family members also have stresses," said Johnson.

 

Read more at kaaltv.com

 

 

Local Yellow Ribbon program has its first score

By: Star News

March 2, 2012

 

The wife of a deployed soldier in Otsego has hot water again in her home.

 

Her unit had stopped working, and through Kayla Stai working with a Family Service Center in St. Cloud, Justin Femrite, the Elk River city engineer, went to her house and fixed the water heater.

 

Femrite had heard about the Yellow Ribbon movement from Mayor John Dietz and he told Stai he was available if needed.

 

Read more at Star News

 

 

Beyond the yellow ribbon

By: Unsie Zuege

March 2, 2012

 

With the recent end of the Operation Iraqi Freedom, one of the longest wars in U.S. history, soldiers across the country are returning to their families and their communities. Many of the soldiers have experienced multiple deployments, for example, Minnesota's National Guard 34th Infantry Red Bull division.

 

Multiple deployments both stateside and overseas disrupted life for them and their families—jobs, finances, relationships. Recently, Chanhassen launched a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program to support service men and women and their families as they adjust to civilian life in Chanhassen and elsewhere.

 

Read more at Chanhassen Villager

 

 

Community and State leaders gather to help returning vets find employment

By: Doug DeDecker

Feb. 29, 2012

 

The first phase of a significant local and state wide effort to assist in the hiring of veterans culminated in a dinner attended by approximately 100 people that was held last Thursday night at the St. James National Guard Armory.

 

The initiative is the first of three phases in this ambitious project. The intent of the dinner was to invite local employers to attend the dinner to remind the employers about the benefits of hiring veterans. Of the 100 attendees nearly half were individuals from local or regional businesses.

 

Deb Grote, the Watonwan County Veterans Service Officer (VSO) and a member of the Watonwan County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee, was heavily involved in planning this dinner and the overall project.

 

Read more at StJamesNews.com

 

 

National Guard unit continues reintegration training

By: Tammy Sakry

Feb. 27, 2012

 

While soldiers stationed in Kuwait enjoyed a steak dinner with their families via the internet as part of the Serving Our Troops event Feb. 25, another group of soldiers and their families reported to the Anoka Technical College for their 60-day reintegration training.

 

The 60 members of the National Guard Company B 2-211th, a Chinook helicopter unit, flew 1,790 missions, with a total of 48,040 passengers and 4,073,211 pounds of cargo while in Iraq for a year as well as provided inspections and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance support.

 

And in August 2011, they were welcomed by families overjoyed to have them home.

 

Read more at abcnewspapers.com

 

 

Volunteers in Action: Kenn helps military families

By: Edie Grossfield

Feb. 15, 2012

 

Kenn Roehl has a soft spot in his heart for people who serve in the military and their families, and he spends a lot of his free time working on ways to make life easier for them.

 

A retired Army Lt. Col. himself, Kenn is chairman of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota. He led the effort to start the organizatio here in 2009 and continues to be part of everything the group does to support military families.

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, which was launched by the Minnesota National Guard about seven years ago, supports active military personnel and their families to the way an active military post would support those who are part of its population, Kenn said.

 

Read more at PostBulletin.com

 

 

 

Helping Military Families in Need

By: kimtv.com

Jan. 23, 2012

 

The recent snow fall has a local group jumping into action.

 

Albert Lea's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Group is helping military families with snow removal.

 

See the video at kimtv.com

 

 

Concert with famous musicians aims to aid military veterans

By: Pioneer staff report, Bemidji Pioneer

Jan. 23, 2012

 

Four musicians from famous groups will play in benefit concerts this weekend to raise money for "Bring a Vet Home" (BRAVE), an organization devoted to helping homeless U.S. military veterans.

 

"Hang Dynasty" is a four-piece rock-and-roll band whose members have played with the Steve Miller Band, Prince, Bob Dylan, Boz Scaggs, The Beach Boys, Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, Kenny Loggins and others.

 

Read more at The Bemidji Pioneer

 

 

Support group for families of deployed soldiers making progress

By: Robb Murray

Jan. 22, 2012

 

A local support group for families of deployed soldiers that started up during the summer hasn't wasted time in getting to work.

 

The South Central Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network launched in July with the goal of helping families in Blue Earth, Le Sueur and Nicollet counties. Since launching, they've come to the aid of a dozen families in need.

 

Come March, group organizer Matt Little said, They're planning on a visit from Gov. Mark Dayton to come and officially recognize the group as a military support organization.

 

Read more at MankatoFreePress.com

 

 

Army wive wins trip to S.C.

By: Kelli Lageson

Jan. 17, 2012

 

A local Army wife won a contest Wednesday through the state's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group.

 

Tammy Estes, wife of Thomas Estes, of Northwood, Iowa, won a trip to South Carolina to the set of "Army Wives," a show on Lifetime Network.

 

To win the contest wives of any deployed Minnesota soldier could submit a video to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group's Facebook page. The videos with the most "likes" would win. Tammy came in third with 584 votes for her video.

 

Read more at AlbertLeaTribune.com

 

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon launches

By: Jim Boyle

Jan. 13, 2012

 

Annette Kuyper, the director of military outreach for the Minnesota Army National Guard, helped Elk River launch itself into the next phase of becoming a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community this past weekend.

 

Kuyper was the keynote speaker at the Jan. 7 Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community kickoff event, which was hosted by the members of a local steering committee and was open to the general public.

 

Read more at Star News

 

 

Local Yellow Ribbon Community group takes off

By: Deb Gau

 Jan. 3, 2012

 

When the city of Marshall was named a Yellow Ribbon Community this past fall, it wasn't so much a goal achieved as the beginning of a lot of work to help local troops, Denise Schneekloth said. In the months since September, a variety of community volunteers have continued to work on building a formal support network for military servicepeople and their families.

 

There's a lot for community members to do, said Schneekloth, the facilitator of Marshall's Yellow Ribbon Community committee. However, the response so far has been encouraging.

 

Read more at Marshall Independant

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Kicks Off in Elk River

KSTP.com

29 Dec. 11

 
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is coming to Elk River. Organizers behind the effort to make Elk River a Yellow Ribbon community are hosting a kickoff event next week.

 

Learn more about the Yellow Ribbon campaign on Satruday, Jan. 7. The event starts at 10 a.m. at the Elk River American Legion. It is open to the public, especially service members and their families.

 

There will be officials from the Minnesota National Guard to teach people about the program and answer questions.

 

Read more at KSTP.com

 

 

Media were MIA toward end of the war in Iraq

StarTribune.com

23 Dec. 11

 

War's end is often captured by iconic images: a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on V-J Day; an evacuation helicopter on the rooftop of a Saigon apartment building; burning oil fields and charred remains of fleeing vehicles (and Soldiers) at the end of the Gulf War.

 

Read more at StarTribune.com

 

 

Community Offers Lending Hand For Returning Troops

kimttv.com

23 Dec. 11

 

With the war in Iraq officially coming to an end, it doesn't mean the end of support from a local community.

 

Thousands of troops will be coming home now that the war in Iraq is over.

 

Read more at kimttv.com

 

 

Soldier's wife excited for military outreach kickoff

Jim Boyle

23 Dec. 11

 

A fresh blanket of snow would be a welcome sight tomorrow for Butch and Darla Manke of Elk River.

 

But trace back two years ago, when Butch was deployed as a member of the Army National Guard and snow fell in waves on Christmas Day and in the days before and after Christmas.

 

Pretty as it may have been, that snow wasn't such a welcome sight for Darla, who had been thrust into a quasi-form of single life like no other. These and other times throughout Butch's deployment, Darla found herself on the phone and reaching out for help.

 

Read more at Star News

 

 

Yellow Ribbon Group Holds Fundraiser For Veterans' Families

David Henke

23 Dec. 11

 

Eagan's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group turned to a tried and true fundraising method on Thursday night—bagging groceries for five hours at Cub Foods in Eagan.

 

More than 20 group members signed up to participate in the event, according to Julie Johnson, who co-chairs Eagan's Yellow Ribbon committee. The group is working to raise money to support local military families, Johnson said.

 

Read more at Eagan Patch

 

 

Oakdale in line as Beyond the Yellow Ribbon city

Katy Zillmer

23 Dec. 11

 

With the start of 2012, Oakdale will be certified as a "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" city in recognition of local volunteers' work to provide resources to members of the military and their families.

 

The Minnesota National Guard regulates the program and accepts materials from cities to be certified.

 

Annette Kuyper, director of military outreach at the Department of Affairs in Minnesota, said the first proclamation to a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon city was made in 2008 and now there are well over 100 in the state.

 

Read more at OakdaleLakeElmoReview.com

 

 

Reintegration programs for soldiers returning home

KARE 11

21 Dec. 11

 

With the end of the war in Iraq, many soldiers are beginning to make the trek home.

 

This morning, Captain Ron Jarvi from Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Deployment Cycle Support, joined us to discuss their reintegration programs and how family and friends can help make the transition an easier one.

 

See the video at KARE 11

 

 

Thomson Reuters Honored by Yellow Ribbon

Keighla Schmidt

16 Dec. 11

 

Eagan's own Thomson Reuters officially became a Yellow Ribbon company after an official ceremony Dec. 16.

 

"A Yellow Ribbon Company," said Minnesota Army National Guard Maj. Gen. David J. Eliceria, "is a broad, organizationally structured company with national, regional and statewide influence. In addition, a Yellow Ribbon Company needs to contain essential areas including a HR recruiting and HR policy and procedure department, training and development and community and employee outreach and support departments."

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program creating awareness to connecting military members and their families with community support, training, services and resources.

 

Read more at Eagan Patch

 

 

Minnesota honors city, business efforts to support troops, families

John Myers

15 Dec. 11

 

Grand Rapids, Hibbing and Chisholm and Pine City were awarded Minnesota's Yellow Ribbon City honors Wednesday while Cliffs Natural Resources' Minnesota operations were proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon Company.

 

The honors, presented by Gov. Mark Dayton and the state's top military personnel, were awarded at the Depot in Duluth.

 

The designation goes to communities and companies in the state that have organized to support the families of deployed military personnel and who come together to help those service men and women when they return.

 

Read more at Duluth News Tribune

 

 

Rep. Kline's Yellow Ribbon legislation included in NDAA Conference Report

HometownSource.com

13 Dec. 11

 

Minnesota Second District Congressman John Kline ensured a nationwide expansion of the Minnesota National Guard's "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" reintegration program was included in the National Defense Authorization Act conference report, which was agreed upon this week.

 

Kline, who was appointed to the bipartisan, bicameral conference committee responsible for reconciling differences between House and Senate versions of the bill that will serve as the budgetary blueprint for the Pentagon, signed the report last night. The NDAA conference report will be voted on by Congress later this week.

 

Read more at HometownSource.com

 

 

Military Parents Get A Break From Everyday Stresses

Katie Eldred

10 Dec. 11

 

Every once in a while parents need a break, especially families with a loved one deployed overseas. A local organization is giving parents a breather during a stressful time.

 

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At New Horizon Academy in Rochester, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon helped military parents, like Michelle Stevens, by giving them a break. Where children, like Zachary, played for a few hours.

 

Read more at KAALtv.com

 

 

Cravaack, Kline named as conferees to committee on National Defense Bill

HometownSource.com

8 Dec. 11

 

Eighth District U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-MN, and Second U.S. District U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-MN, have been chosen to serve on the bipartisan, bicameral conference committee to preside over the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA), and to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense.

 

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Earlier this year, Kline ensured a nationwide expansion of the Minnesota National Guard's "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" reintegration program was included in the bipartisan national defense bill that passed the House of Representatives just days before thousands of Minnesota Guard members deployed to Kuwait and Iraq for "Operation New Dawn," the final phase of "Iragi Freedom."

 

Read more at HometownSource.com

 

 

Groups plan Christmas party for military families

Emily Zimmer

1 Dec. 11

 

Rosemount's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee wanted to do something for Christmas. The VFW and the National Guard also wanted to do something for military personnel and veterans during the holiday season.

 

Instead of hosting three different parties, the three groups decided to combine their efforts into one grand party. What's come from the effort is an afternoon of holiday cheer that will be open to all members of the military, veterans and their families. The party will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Rosemount Community Center.

 

Read more at Rosemount Town Pages

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving from Kuwait

Chaska Herald

25 Nov. 11

 

Linda-Mary Mellon, Chaska organizer of the local "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" group told her husband Dave Mellon, stationed in Kuwait, to let his fellow troops know that Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Chaska has "got your backs." She received the attached photo back.

 

Dave, a mobility warrant officer with the Minnesota National Guard 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division, is pictured second from the right. "They call him 'Chief.' I call him my hero, my soldier, my love!" wrote Linda-Mary in an e-mail.

 

Read more at Chaska Herald

 

 

Yellow Ribbon strives to tie military families to local resources

Richard Crawford

23 Nov. 11

 

For Cara Rainey, wife of Sgt. Colin Rainey of the Army Reserves, starting the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) program in Chanhassen should help make families of military members feel like they matter all the time — not just on Veterans Day or the Fourth of July.

 

She knows what it feels like to go it alone. Her husband has been deployed three times.

 

Little things, such as having someone to talk with or go to a movie with can make a big difference, said Rainey, a Chanhassen resident.

 

Read more at Chanhassen Villager

 

 

City column: Reasons to be thankful in Rosemount

Bill Droste

23 Nov. 11

 

This week many of us will pull together our family and our friends to observe Thanksgiving, and to look forward to all the attractions of the holiday season that reaches across the next month. At this time of reflection, I'd like to share a partial list of some of the things for which I am grateful in Rosemount.

 

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I'm grateful to those serving our nation in the military and to our veterans, celebrated on Nov. 11 in the community's schools and churches. And I am thankful so many of our citizens have stepped forward to show their support of our military families, as demonstrated when Rosemount was officially designated as a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community this year.

 

Read more at Rosemount Town Pages

 

 

CBP's Minneapolis Hiring Center Saluted for Veterans Support

CBP.gov

18 Nov. 11

 

Like many soldiers returning from war, Brandon Woody, a human resources specialist at the CBP Minneapolis Hiring Center, was a bit apprehensive about going back to his civilian workplace after serving in Afghanistan for more than a year. Woody, a battalion officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, had been deployed to the Logar Province near the border of Pakistan.

 

"It's hard to adjust going from a really stressful and tense situation where your adrenaline is rushing all the time to sitting in an office environmet," said Woody. "It has a big impact when you go from two extremes."

 

Woody, who had only been in the job for a year before leaving to do his service, had other concerns. "I had changed teams and had a new supervisor when I came back.," he said. "I hadn't built a relationship with that supervisor in the past, so I was a little nervous."

 

Read more at CBP.gov

 

 

Mission activated at local church

Jim Boyle

18 Nov. 11

 

River of Life's gymnasium-style sanctuary was transformed into an assembly line operation this past weekend at both of the congregation's Sunday morning church services in Elk River.

 

More than 450 care packages were filled with everything from socks and note pads to snacks and worship music at the church. Those who filled the boxes also added personal items and letters or notes as well as their return addresses.

 

The packages are being sent to soldiers by name in Afghanistan, an opportunity members of the congregation leapt at, given the chance.

 

Read more at Star News

 

 

Hastings students in military families find support in school group

Christopher Magan

20 Nov. 11

 

When Danika "Dani" Truax's mom deployed to Iraq in 2004, her friends thought that it was "cool" that she was going to "get the bad guys," but Dani had mixed emotions.

 

"I understood what could happen," Truax explained. "I didn't have anyone to relate to."

 

As a third-grader, Truax joined a military support group at her Hastings grade school. Now a junior, she'll become president next year of a similar group at Hastings High School. Both of her parents are now retired from the Army National Guard but are still involved in supporting military families.

 

Read more at Pioneer Press

 

 

Morris begins to move Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Kim Ukura

12 Nov. 11

 

The City of Morris took the first step towards being recognized as a Yellow Ribbon Community as part of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program last month when local leaders met to learn about the program and begin drafting a plan for identifying and coordinating services for veterans in the community.

 

The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program is deisgned to create awareness of the needs of service members — from any branch of the military — and their families and connect them with resources in the community.

 

City Manager Blaine Hill, a service member in the Army Reserves for almost 34 years, will serve as the chair of the committee. At the group's first meeting in October, Hill said he believes the work of the committee will not be about fundraising, but rather a process of finding out what the community is already doing and helping fill any gaps in services.

 

Read more at Morris Sun Tribune

 

 

Wiger: Don't Let Veterans Day Pass Without Showing Gratitude

Charles Wiger

11 Nov. 11

 

The following quote from Dwight D. Eisenhower is an important reminder that freedom is not free. Rather, it is something the United States has to earn every day.

 

"Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of me and so it must be daily earned and refresehd—else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die."

 

Living in the United States, away from overseas conflicts, it can be easy to forget the efforts to keep our country safe. Brave Americans put their lives on the line to keep our country safe and that cannot go unrecognized.

 

Do not let this Veterans Day pass without showing your gratitude for every man and woman that has served, and is currently serving in the military. In honor of our veterans and country, please support our troops.

 

Many patriotic groups work hard to assist our veterans and families. For example:

 

- Beyond the Yellow Ribbon: ...

 

Read more at Oakdale Patch

 

 

Best Buy to Join Richfield in Becoming Yellow Ribbon Certified

Caitlin Burgess

10 Nov. 11

 

Following in the steps of its hometown and a handful of other area cities, regions and businesses, Best Buy will officially become part of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community network during an awards ceremony Friday, Veterans Day.

 

The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign aims to connect community leaders and organizations in order to provide support to military veterans and their families.

 

By becoming Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company, Best Buy will demonstrate a public business commitment to supporting military employees and local communities.

 

Read more at Richfield Patch

 

 

Dayton, Woodbury's Shellito outline expansion of military education aid

Don Davis

10 Nov. 11

 

Older Minnesota veterans need education help, like those just returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, so the Dayton administration proposes expanding a program to include them, too.

 

Gov. Mark Dayton and Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito on Thursday announced plans to ask the Legislature next year to increase the Minnesota GI Bill's reach to provide benefits to all Minnesota veterans. The program now spends $1.5 million of its $6 million two-year budget, so Shellito, a Woodbury resident, said money should not be a problem.

 

... Also, the National Guard reported its Beyond the Yellow Ribon program has updated its Web site (www.BeyondTheYellowRibbon.org) to include a button showing ways Minnesotans can help veterans and their families.

 

For instance, it suggeests that a solider's sidewalk could be shoveled this winter. It also shows how "care packages" can be sent to troops overseas.

 

Read more at Woodbury Bulletin

 

 

Lyle Koenen, St. Paul, letter: Minnesota can do better for veterans

Lyle Koenen

11 No. 11

 

The first Veterans Day wasn't actually called Veterans Day.

 

On Nov. 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed an "Armistice Day," a day to honor those who served and died in World War I — "The War to End All Wars," as it was called then.

 

... There are ways Herald readers can help our veterans. Minnesota has a terrific program called Beyond the Yellow Ribon, which works to connect service members and their families with community suport, training, services and resources.

 

Read more at GrandForksHerald.com

 

 

Make a Difference button supports deployed service members and families

HometownSource.com

10 Nov. 11

 

The 'Make a Difference' button is in place ready to assist individuals who want to support deployed service members and their families this holiday seasonat www.BeyondTheYellowRibbon.org.

 

"We have created a 'Make a Difference' button on our website to assist in aligning the good intentions of Minnesotans with actual needs of military families," said Army 2nd Lt. Melanie K. Nelson, public affairs officer for the Minnesota National Guard.

 

"Each year, the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon office sees an incredible outpouring of individuals that want to do something for service members and their families," said Nelson. "The most common questions include, 'How can I send care packages to deployed service members' and 'How do I connect with my local Yellow Ribbon Network?' The 'Make a Difference' button connects individuals to their local Family Assistance Centers, geographically dispersed throughout the state, to answer those questions at the local level."

 

Read more at HometownSource.com

 

 

Slawik: Supporting our Veterans

Patty Busse

10 Nov. 11

 

On Friday, Nov. 11, we celebrate Veterans Day. All of us know at least one veteran, whether it's the parent or grandparent who served in World War II, the brother who served in Vietnam, or the former classmate currently serving in Afghanistan, and they deserve our utmost thanks and appreciation. As a daughter of a World War II veteran, I am aware of the sacrifices and struggles facing our military members and their families.

 

Our most recent military men and women are still serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of last month, the War in Afghansistan has been going on for more than 10 years, making it the longest war in our country's history. The veterans coming home from these ware are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, terrible injuries and high unemployment. We can and we must do better for these veterans.

 

I've long been a supporter of "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting service members and their families with community support, training, services and resources. Most recently, I was part of the Oakdale "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" kick-off in September. Under the leadership of Marc Cove from Platinum Bank, members of the military, community leaders, business people, government agency personnel, school staff and a variety of Oakdale residents gathered to start to plan a BYR Collaborative.

 

Read more at Oakdale Patch

 

 

Hire Me. Our Alarming Veteran Unemployment Crisis

Minnesota Business

November, 2011

 

Minnesota military vets can't find work. What are local companies doing about it? What is their obligation?

 

Consider this: In Minnesota, nearly 23 percent of veterans who have served after Sept. 11, 2011, can't find a job. Twice the national average of 11.5 percent, Minnesota's veteran unemployment rate ranks third-highest in the nation, falling slightly behind Michigan and Indiana and is more than three times Minnesota's unemployment rate of 7.2 percent as of August 2011.

 

While some military experts say those numbers reflect the lack of an active military base in Minnesota, others say it is the result of companies not understandig the impact these veterans can have on their organizations.

 

Read more at Minnesota Business

 

 

Red Wing becomes Yellow Ribbon city

Danielle Nordine

9 Nov. 11

 

Communities often rally around soldiers to send them off or welcome them home, but the Red Wing area has made the commitment to help service members and their families beyond those times as well.

 

The city officially was recognized as a Yellow Ribbon community during a ceremony in the newly remodeled Red Wing Naitonal Guard Armory on Saturday.

 

"The city of Red Wing has a longstanding tradition of supporting service members, veterans and their families," said Annette Kuyper, director of military outreach for the state of Minnesota. She cited visible examples such the flags at Bay Point Park during Memorial Day weekend and the new flag on Barn Bluff alongside assistance provided by local residents and businesses to military families.

 

Read more at Red Wing Republican Eagle

 

 

Northfield gets the ball rolling toward Yellow Ribbon

Suzy Rook

7 Nov. 11

 

Northfield is taking its first steps in becoming an official Yellow Ribbon City.

 

At a meeting last month, members of the community and officers from the National Guard discussed the need for Northfield to become a Yellow Ribbon Community — a city that supports service members and their families — and develop a rough steering committee.

 

The Yellow Ribbon Campaign does not limit its service to active duty military.

 

Read more at Northfieldnews.com

 

 

Celebrating Veterans Day

Red Wing Republican Eagle

5 Nov. 11

 

Veterans Day lands on 11/11/11 this year, but in Red Wing celebrations will span more than a week around the holiday.

 

"There is a movement among the citizens of the U.S., regardless of what they think of the war, to thank the soldier that is fighting for our freedom," one of the event coordinators, Jerry Borgen, said in an email abou this year's celebrations. "This is an attempt by Red Wing to thank our men and women for protecting our freedom."

 

The day in honor of veterans and troops also is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

 

Read more at Red Wing Republican Eagle

 

 

Waiting to meet Daddy

AlbertLeaTribune.com

5 Nov. 11

 

When she's trying to fall asleep, lying in their bed wearing one of his old T-shirts, that's when she misses him the most.

 

The life of a deployed soldier's wife is full of ups and downs, good days and bad. For Albert Lea mom Tasha Kilen, wife of Staff Sgt. Eric Kilen, caring for their 2 1/2-month-old-son, Keegan, helps her get through the days.

 

"I go month-by-month," Tasha said. "I love turning the calendar."

 

Read more at AlberLeaTribune.com

 

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Awareness Week in Crookston Nov. 6-12

CrookstonTimes.com

4 Nov. 11

 

A Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community assists in building strong communities through uniting businesses, organizations and other agencies as a way to display the support of service members and their families. Just last year Crookston becoman an official "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" community. The 2nd Annual Yellow Ribbon Awareness Week, recognized in conjuction with Veterans' Day, will begin Sunday, Nov. 6 and continue through Saturday, Nov. 12.

 

There are many ways Crookston residents can show their support. Community members are encouraged to tie a yellow ribbon around a tree in the front yard, place one on the front door, display a ribbon in a window, place magnetic yellow ribbons on vehicles and fly the American flag high. Crookston businesses may display a "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" sign, place yellow ribbon in and around the business and encourage employees to wear yellow ribbon throughout the week.

 

Read more at CrookstonTimes.com

 

 

Inver Hills Community College Helps Soldiers Make Transition to Students

Inver Grove Patch

31 Oct. 11

 

They come into her office stressed, troubled by memories of their military service, or lost in a complex bureaucratic system.

 

Sue Flannigan hopes they leave with a sense of direction

 

Since 1982, Flannigan has served as a link between Inver Hills Community College and students who are military veterans. Over the years, she's seen veterans from the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and other conflicts. But never has she dealt with as many veterans as she is now.

 

Flannigan, the school's veterans services coordinator, estimates that as many as 800 military veterans—many of whom saw service in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—currently attend classes at Inver Hills. More than 300 of those veterans access veteran support services, Flannigan said. To serve the needs of those students, the school has a substantial support network—a network that helped the school earn its status as a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organization earlier this year.

 

Read more at Inver Grove Patch

 

 

Chanhassen Yellow Ribbon campaign Kickoff Nov. 19

Chanhassen Villager

29 Oct. 11

 

Representatives from Minnesota's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Recognition Program and members of the Chanhassen Steering Committee will have a kickoff event for a local Yellow Ribbon program on Saturday, Nov. 19.

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is working with Chanhassen as well as other Minnesota cities and counties to create local networks of support for service members, military families and employers before, during and after a military deployment.

 

The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Kickoff event will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Chanhassen American Legion, 290 Lake Dr. East, Chanhassen.

 

Read more at Chanhassen Villager

 

 

Interactive veterans tribute show to be presented on LAT stage

Echo Press

28 Oct. 11

 

Lakes Area Theatre (LAT) in Alexandria is offering the following productions this week:

 

On Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m. Lakes Area Theatre (LAT) will have a community conversation with people who are currently involved in the military or who have served in the past.

 

Audience members will meet the mother of a current soldier, a young couple who experienced the war in Iraq at home and abroad, a woman whose husband was deployed during the Vietnam War, along with a representative of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign who will explain how we can help the families of those deployed.

 

Read more at Echo Press

 

 

Families of Deployed Soldiers Receive Help From Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Northland News Center

27 Oct 11

 

Last week President Obama announced the withdrawal of all U.S. troops currently stationed in Iraq, saying they would be home by years end.

 

Many of those soldiers are from the Northland.

 

There are about 300 National Guard Soldiers between Grand Rapids and Virginia.

 

Iron Range Community members are working together and learning new ways to help their families.

 

Read more at Northland News Center

 

 

Adjutant general thanks Montevideo community for supporting veterans

MonteNews.com

13 Oct 11

 

Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash, adjutant general of the Minnesota Army National Guard, visited Montevideo Wednesday last week to recognize the work Montevideo and surrouding communities have done on the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program.

 

The program is among the six priorities Nash has announced following his appointment last year as adjutant general.

 

The general met with community leaders, including city staff, city council members, law enforcement, emergency management, educators and major employers throughout the day to express appreciation for their support of the program, as well as to discuss ways they and the National Guard can best collaborate. The innovative program is designed to bring servicemembers all the way home by connecting servicemembers and their families with community support, training, services and resources.

 

Read more at MonteNews.com

 

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program sought

Star News

3 Oct 11

 

If things work out as they are being planned, Elk River-area men and women in the military and their families will have a convenient place to turn for help when they need it.

 

A Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program is being organized to help military families in the Elk River area.

 

"(Servicemen and women) have unique problems and require unique solutions," said SSG Aaron Hoska, a Yellow Ribbon outreach coordinator who led an informational meeting on Yellow Ribbon communities at the Elk River American Legion.

 

Read more at Star News

 

 

Oakdale Kicks off Yellow Ribbon Campaign

Oakdale Patch

30 Sep 11

 

By completing the third of 16 steps to becoming a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community, the city of Oakdale has officially made a commitment to support its Servicemembers and military families.

 

In a collective show of support for the initiative, Oakdale mayor Carmen Sarrack, Fire Chief Jeff Anderson, Police Chief Bill Sullivan, State Rep. Nora Slawick and the City Council turned up to the Yellow Ribbon Kickoff Sep. 14 at the Oakdale Discovery Center.

 

According to its website, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive support network that works to meet the needs of Servicemembers, military families and employers across the State of Minnesota.

 

Annette Kuyper, director of military outreach for the State of Minnesota, was on hand to outline the basic requirements of a Yellow Ribbon community.

 

For more, visit the Oakdale Patch

 

 

Yellow Ribbon City Community Support Day

KIMT TV 3

29 Sep 11

 

A local community is coming together to help military personnel and their families.

 

It's Yellow Ribbon Community Support Day and Northbridge Mall in Albert Lea is offering free booth space to businesses and other supportive services to hlep get information out to military families.

 

Organizers tell us it's an effort to get more volunteers involved.

 

The Yellow Ribbon Program provides services, such as doing yard work or babysitting for military families.

 

"This is their way of paying back these families, giving them the service, showing them the support that the community has for those military families," Minnesota Family Assistant Specialist Pat Corrow said.

 

Today's event also was an effort to give all military families a "one stop shopping day" with businesses on hand to offer them supplies and services.

 

 

Room links families to deployed Soldiers

Brainerd Dispatch

14 Sep 11

 

The genuine warmth from friends who were able to see deployed soldiers for the first time in months was apparent to the eye and ear.

 

They signed and smiled and made comments about haircuts. Separted by nearly 7,000 miles, eight hours and more than 70 degress, and yet they appeared in the same room at the same time connected by sight and sound. All through the power of telecommunications fueled by a will and donations comes the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Room at the American Legion Post 255 in Brainerd.

 

Read more at Brainerd Dispatch

 

 

Yellow Ribbon signs soon to be posted around community

Albert Lea Tribune

27 Sep 11

 

Anyone driving into Albert Lea is soon going to know the city has been designated as a Yellow Ribbon Community.

 

The Albert Lea City Council on Monday approved the purchase of five "Yellow Ribbon City" signs that will be installed at various entrances into the city. ...

 

... Four will be posted by population signs: on East Main Street by the Knights Inn, on Minnesota Highway 13 by Sundance Lane, on U.S. Highway 69 by West Ninth Street and on U.S. Highway 65 by Betha Larson Lane.

 

Read more at AlbertLeaTribune.com

 

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon: They helped, like they said they would

Savage Pacer

23 Sep 11

 

As Americans were preparing to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, a family friend was preparing for a second tour in Afghanistan.

 

But instead of spending his remaining time saying goodbye to friends and family, he was furiously installing insulation and ceiling panels in his mom's basement. A U.S. Navy reservist, Matthew Lindemeier learned last month he would be deployed early.

 

For the last year, Matthew and his wife, Jenny, have spent their spare weekends constructing an apartment for themselves in the old farmhouse where Matthew grew up. his widowed mother suffered a rehabilitating stroke and requires 24/7 care.

 

Read more at Savage Pacer

 

 

More Communities Joining Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

kaaltv.com

1 Sep 11

 

Support for military families in our area is growing. You may have heard of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, its a group that provides resources and support for military members and their families.

 

They're now operating in nine new cities in Southeast Minnesota.

 

For nearly two years, Beth Blauvelt has been away from her husband, whose stationed in Japan as a Marine. She knows not having that extra hand around can be stressful. That's why she called Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

 

Read the story and watch the video at kaaltv.com

 

 

Operation Home Base: Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Fox Sports North

24 Aug 11

 

Find out how the Twins give back to military families through Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

 

See the video at Fox Sports North

 

 

Richfield is a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community
Richfield Community News and Voices
17 Aug 11

 

Hard Work, determination and love of self, family, community and coutry are just of the few qualities that make any United States Servicemember successful.

 

The city of richfield bagan the process to become a Yellow Ribbon City and because of their hard work, determination and love of self, family, community and country they will be recognized for their efforts to provide military base-like care in the community.

 

On Tuesday, Aug. 23, at a proclamation event held at the Inver Hills Community College Auditorium, 2500 80th St. E, Inver Grove Heights, where Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota's Adjutant General of the National Guard, Maj. Gen. Rick Nash will honor the city of Richfield for becoming a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community.

 

Read more here.

 

 

Dayton to speak at Beyond Yellow Ribbon event
The Journal
17 Aug 11

 

Gov. Mark Dayton has been confirmed to speak at a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) Proclamation event set for Friday, Sept. 16 in the Martin Luther College Auditorium.

 

The event, which will proclaim the founding of BTYR organizations in Watonwan, Martin and Jackson counties, was announced Tuesday.

 

Open to the public, the event will include a light meal in the reception area outside the auditorium.

 

Read more here

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Offering more than just 'thanks'

Redwood Falls Gazette

10 Aug 11

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Over the weekend I had the privilege of sitting down for a few minutes with a Vietnam veteran and member of my extended family. He told me about his experience on the front lines, and afterward I told him how much respect I have for men like him who served their country. I haev always made saying thanks to veteran a priority and try my best, especially during Veterans Day and Memorial Day, to let them know they are appreciated. Yet, I also have come to recognize just saying words of thanks is not enought.

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Which is why I am officially announcing my involvement in the·Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign.

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148th Welcomes Prestigious Award Again
Fox 21 NEWS
9 Aug 11

The 148th fighter wing added to an already historic award Tuesday.

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OSHA gave them the prestigious "star status" under their voluntary prontection plan. It's a plan that awards bases for going above and beyond the required levels of safety on and off the work base. An award that means more than just "doing their jobs".

Read more at Fox 21 News

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Rosemount designated a Yellow Ribbon City
Rosemount Town Pages
11 Aug 11

On Aug. 23 Rosemount will be designated a Yellow Ribbon City in a ceremony at Inver Hills Community College. While it's a nice honor for the volunteers who have made that happen, the group knows it only means they have a lot to do.

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"It really means we have to start walking the walk," said Renee Hedstrom, a volunteer with the group that organized Rosemount's Yellow Ribbon efforts.

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The group of about 15 volunteers has been working for the last year to get a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon initiative going in the community.

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Read more at Rosemount Town Pages

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon initiative gains popularity

KSTP-TV

1 Aug 11

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Right now, 2,400 MN National Guard troops are being deployed to Kuwait. It's that kind of service that has the rest of us looking for ways to pitch in and help.l

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Watch at KSTP

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon goes countywide

Jordan News

3 Aug 11

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is honoring local veterans, and Jordan officials are considering climbing aboard.

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Jordan City Councilmember Joe Thill invited Dawn Buhain to speak during Monday's council meeting.

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"We're in the process of going countrywide," Buhain said.

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Prior Lake, by mayoral proclaimation, is a Yellow Ribbon Community, offering assistance to active military members, veterans and their families in need. The organization is asking other cities in Scott County to get involved.

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Read more at Jordan News

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Military Deployment Town Hall Meeting: The Heart of the Matter
YouTube
29 Jul 11


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Yellow Ribbon Programs smooths the road home
Emily Zimmer, Rosemount Town Pages
28 Jul 11

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Back in 2003, when Capt. Justin Baker came back from serving a tour of duty in Bosnia, there was no reintegration program. It was welcome home and good luck.

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During that time Justin said he struggled with boredom and missed the people he deployed with.

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"It was a transition," said Baker.

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Last year when Baker returned from a 22-month deployment in Iraq, it was a much different experience. Through the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, Baker and the rest of the 34th Infantry Division, went through reintegration programs at 30, 60,m 90 days and then again at a year.

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Read more at Rosemount Town Pages.

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Douglas County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon places plaque
Echo Press
8 July 11

The Douglas County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon committee placed a plaque last week next to an oak tree planted on the north lawn of the Douglas County Courthouse to honor and support military service members and their families.

Read more at Echo Press

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Honored for service to veterans
Forrest Adams
29 Jun 11

Schlangen was humbled Tuesday night when the Minnesota Twins brought him onto the field near home plate to honor his service to veteran's causes.

The Vietnam veteran gave credit to his fellow veterans. "It's beyond what I feel I deserve," he said. "I really have to thank the veterans at the Chanhassen American Legion. They're the ones that got me here."

Read more at Chanhassen Villager



Lakeville honors wounded soldier
Kare 11
27 June 11

You'd be hard pressed to limit your adjectives when describing Staff Sergeant Kyle Malin. Brave, strong and humble are just a few that come to mind.

The Lakeville man served three tours in Iraq with the 101st Airborne before he was sent to Afghanistan last year. On July 12, 2010, Malin stepped on an IED.

"Next thing you know, I was in the middle of a sandstorm and my body raised up in the air," recalled Malin ...

... "Throughout Lakeville, we're putting yellow ribbons up so people are aware of the sacrifices Kyle has made," says Mike Skovran with the Lakeville Yellow Ribbon program.

Read more at Kare 11


New Yellow Ribbon Program off to a good start
Joe Murphy
23 June 11

Once in a while a truly great program comes along that is hard to say no to. I believe Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign is that program.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a volunteer organization that matches up military families with neighborhood volunteers who are willing to assist those families with varying tasks when a member is away on active duty.

That may not sound like a lot to ask of our neighbors, but to those families who have someone deployed, simply knowing there is a local safety net is extremely comforting.

Over the past few months, I and many other elected officials in suburban Ramsey County, along with residents who are interested in becoming a Yellow Ribbon community, have been meeting to begin framing such a local network. At each of our planning meetings we've continued to increase our membership with elected officials and residents who are willing to sign on and help us in making this goal a reality.

Read more at Press Publications



Mayor Proclaims June 27 as Kyle Malin Day in Lakeville
Troy Thompson
21 Jun 11

Monday, June 27 has been proclaimed Kyle Malin day in Lakeville. Mayor Mark Bellows read the proclamation during the city council's regularly scheduled meeting on Monday evening. Malin, a Lakeville native and 2002 Farmington High School graduate, will be returning to Lakeville this week for the first time since returning from combat duty in Afghanistan.

His story has also prompted the Minnesota Twins to honor him by inviting him to raise the American flag prior to their home game on the same day ...

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... "We cannot imagine what it would be like as parents of our soldiers that take these multiple combat tours and then to receive call saying that your son has been severely injured in an IED explosion," said Terry Granham, a representative from Lakeville Yellow Ribbon, a community organization in partnership with the city that helps returning veterans and their families with a variety of assistance resources. "And then to find ou that he has lost both of his legs."

Read more at Lakeville Patch



A miracle amidst destruction
Ashley Peterson
8 Jun 11

Local Army wife April Siebold describes herself as a generous person who is more than happy to lend out her things to those in need. But a recent act of generosity turned terrifying when a friend who borrowed Siebold's Toyota Sonoma called in a panic Sunday night to tell her the vehicle she lent him had just exploded and burned to the ground on the side of Interstate 35.

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"I could barely stand up the rest of the night after getting that call at work. I called my mom and was in tears. My friend feels terrible, but I just told him I'm so glad he's OK, and it was him by himself rather than me and the kids trying to get out of there," Siebold said.

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Siebold is certain if she were driving the truck with her 3-year-old autistic son, Brayden, and her 18-month-old dauther, Taylor, lives would have been lost instead of belongings and a vehicle.

Read more at Owatonna People's Press


Thanks for showing support
John Severtson
7 Jun 11

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I would like to thank all the people who came out for the Yellow Ribbon Farewell Picnic for our National Guard soldiers and their families. I know they all appreciated the show of community support.

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I would also like to thank the Moose Lodge for holding it, and the companies that donated items for the picnic, Cargil, Mrs. Gerry's, Hy-Vee, Nelson's Market Place, Moose Lodge, EZ Rental and Mal & Colleen Printing, for the use of their sign. And thanks to all the great volunteers who made it happen.

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The Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Committee is set up not only to help the Guard families during deployment, but any family that has a deployed soldier from any branch of the military if they want or need our help. Thanks to everybody again.

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Read more at Albert Lea Tribune

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
Ady Wickstrom
7 Jun 11

"Uncle Sam wants you." "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

If you remember the first quote you were mostly around when World War II was in progress, and if you relate to the second quote you were possibly part of the peace and love generation. During this time around Memorial Day our thoughts naturally turn to those men and women who have served our country.

During World War II the American public was a part of the war. Soldiers in many cases did whatever they could to get into the action, and the people at home made many sacrifices to support the troops. In the early 60s when President Kennedy made his famous quote, the country pulled together again to work as one to make the United States the best country in the world. Then we became involved in the Vietnam War. The country was divided over the war and much of the American public lost support not only for the war but for the soldiers fighting on the front lines. Our government did not ask the general public to sacrifice directly, but our soldiers experienced many problems both in the field and upon their return home.

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Operation New Dawn: Families and Soldiers Prepare for Deployment
Beth Wagner
6 Jun 11

In the second largest deployment of Minnesota Soldiers since World War II, the National Guard's 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division sent 2,400 soldiers to help Operation New Dawn, which is the drawdown phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Among them is Staff Sgt. Anthony Folstad, who will be on his second tour of duty overseas (his first was to Bosnia in 2003). Staff Sgt. Folstad is the training NCO stationed in Duluth, MN. That means he is responsible for coordinating the training and testing held in the Duluth area. Since every member of the National Guard is required to complete a regular regimen of training, this is a full-time job.

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Staff Sgt. Folstad joined the Guard 11 years ago, and served part-time while going to school to become a Journeyman Electrician. He was working as an electrician when a full-time position with the Guard opened up and has never looked back.

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Roseville area cities kickoff Yellow Ribbon programs
Sgt. 1st Class Melanie Nelson
5 May 11

More than 50 community members from surrounding cities gathered together at Roseville's Yellow Ribbon Kickoff event May 10, 2011. Elected officials from Roseville, Maplewood, Shoreview, Arden Hills and Falcon Heights want to work together to support military families.

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"It's not just the men and women who put on the uniform," said Roseville councilmember Tammy Pust. "It's the families that are the backbone."

Maj. Jeff Bibeau, who lives, teaches history and commands a Minnesota Army National Guard unit all in the Roseville area, shared his story at the meeting. He has been deployed twice in the last eight years and said he felt very supported by his community.

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HHS Military Support Group honored

Jane Lightbourn

6 May 11

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The Hasting's High School Military Support Group, along with the community's initiative, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, has been recognized by Minnesota Second District Congressman John Kline at the recent Stars of the North ceremony for its unselfishness giving to our military, veterans and their families.

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Accepting the award for the Military Support Group was Dani Traux, and accepting the award for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon was Bob Sellars, on behalf of Dean Markuson.

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Through the Hastings High School military Support Group, the students find support, friendship and ways to help members and their families.

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Brown County support group getting busy

Tanner Kent

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With the recent deployment of the New Ulm-based battery of the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery unit, these have been busy days for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Brown County.

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is an organization devoted to providing support and services to military personnel from all service branches and their families before, during and after deployment. With efforts that began nearly one year ago, Brown County is the third in Minnesota to receive a designation as Yellow RIbbon.

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Navy family stays connected through reading program

Submitted by Michelle Valdez

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My husband, BM1 (SW) Jose Valdez, and I are both originally from the Mankato area. He joined the Navy 14 years ago and is still active duty. We are stationed in San Diego (and formerly resided in Mankato).

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We have two kids, ages 10 and 4. Although my husband has never surprised me (he knows I don't like surprises), he stays connected on deployment through a unique program called United Through Reading.

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Camo Quilt Project new to area's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

28 April 11

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is spreading through the state of MInnesota. Especially in the surrounding area. Isanti County is a Beyond-the-Yellow-Ribbon county.

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The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon project began out of a need to help troops not only prepare for deployment and during deployment but also when they return to civilian life.

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Bob Boone, head of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon project, remembered how troops were treated after returning from the Vietnam War and he was determined that history would not repeat itself with the troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Donated computers offer link to troops

Mark Brunswick

8 April 11

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The levels of technology for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have risen exponentially since the beginning of the wars. Internet access is common --if not always reliable -- and on most bases Skype software has allowed service members to keep connected through phone calls and video connections like never before.

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That's why it's so important to have a good computer back home.

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Last week 150 families of deploying members of the Minnesota National Guard were the recipients of refurbished computers through a Chicago-based nonprofit called Operation Homelink. The group has provided computers to more than 3,500 military families since it began in February 2003. The most recent donation came from Massachusetts-based defense contractor Raytheon Co. and was coordinated by the Guard's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Family Program.

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Organizers work to make A.L. a Yellow Ribbon City

Sarah Stultz

2 Apr 11

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The final pieces of a plan aimed at making Albert Lea a Yellow Ribbon City were finalized Friday with the signature of the city's mayor.

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The plan, which includes support from city leadership, various businesses, medical providers, church leaders, school officials, volunteers and others, will next be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton for final approval.

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"We're excited to get to this step," said Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Dahlen of the Delta Company.

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Event distributes computers to military families

Ben Katzner

3 Apr 11

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It's no surprise that having a loved one who serves in the military is stressful.

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The uncertainty that builds during the time friends and family spend apart from them can be agonizing. Dan Shannon wants to change that.

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That's what brought Shannon, the presidnet and founder of Operation Homelink, to the St. Cloud National Guard Training and Community Center on Sunday afternoon.

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Spring Lake Park ties the ribbon

Anna Pratt

22 Mar 11

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There's a new fort in Spring Lake Park -- a metaphorical one, but just as important to armed service members as one made of bricks and mortar.

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Fort Spring Lake Park is a support network for military families, part of the city's efforts since it became a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon city last year. BYR aims to connect military members and their families to support services and other resources to help returning troops make the transition to the home front, according to the program's website.

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In Spring Lake Park, the "fort" is made up of individuals, clinics and other organizations that are pitching in. City Council Member Barbara Lee Carlson likened it to a commissary or Post Exchange, where a soldier might go to job hunt or get day care.

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Camps for kids with deployed parents

Sgt. Patrick Loch

8 Mar 11

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For the Sepeda girls, there was nothing worse than math. And occasionally, Amelia (12), Brianna (10), and Caitlyn's (7) math class was enough to bring them to tears.

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It hadn't always been that way. Back when their father, David, was home to help them with their studies, they loved math. With David in Iraq, it left his wife Mary, acting as a single mother, to deal with their heartbroken kids who missed their dad the most when it came time to concentrate on numbers.

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"If anything, it gave the girls a chance to bond over their dislike for math," Mary says.

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Above and Beyond

8 Mar 11

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They go above and beyond the call of duty. And all they ask is for a little help back home.

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That was the message at the kickoff event for the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign.

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"The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon network is committed to bringing soldiers all the way home," said 1st Lieutenant Adam Kedrowski, the Yellow Ribbon outreach coordinator for Sauk Centre.

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon event planned in Little Falls

Kari Petrie

3 Mar 11

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A Beyond the Yellow Ribbon kick-off event will be March 15 in Little Falls.

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The event will be 6-8:30 p.m. at Lindbergh Elementary School Performing Arts Center. Minnesota's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Recognition Program officials and members of the Camp Ripley Citizen's Committee will be at the event.

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The program is working with Morrison County to create local networks of support for service members, military families and employers before, during and after deployment.

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Bataan Death March survivor Peck dies at 90

Mike O'Rourke

28 Feb 11

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Henry Peck of Brainerd, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, was remembered Monday by his longtime friend and fellow survivor, Walt Straka, as a hardworking, honest man who was a "damn good soldier."

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Peck, 90, died Monday at Good Samaritan Society-Bethany.

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"He was kind of bull-headed in a way," Straka said, remembering that Peck took offense when a Bataan memorial portrayed the soldiers in the wrong type of helmet. "You couldn't ask for better friends. He was always honest to me, just a good honest guy. I really liked the guy."

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Lakeville area veterans find support, services through Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program

Amy Finch, LakevillePatch

7 Feb 11

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Lakeville is home to over 100 active military service members , many of them currently deployed in the Middle East. When they return home, reintegrating back into the rhythm of life with family and work can be challenging, even more so when a soldier is wounded or recovering longterm from injury.

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The Beyond the Yellow RIbbon program helps service members and their families by streamlining access to much-needed help. Volunteers may help parents at home alone with childcare, errands and even hot meals on stressful days. The program also helps returning soldiers with job search tools, health care coordination and access to discounts on goods and services.

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Guard Program Bolsters Community Support

Elaine Wilson, GX Magazine

18 Jan 11

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Two signs stand at the entryway to Farmington, MN. One displays the city’s population and, just underneath, another sign states “Yellow Ribbon City,” a message to all who pass by that this city stands for military Family support.

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These signs are cropping up on city borders and on company walls across the state, thanks to a Minnesota National Guard program that’s bolstering community support of troops and their Families.

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The Guard’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program aims to raise community awareness of the unique wartime challenges military Families face and to ensure troops and their Families are surrounded by support throughout the deployment process and long after, explained Army Lieutenant Colonel Barbara O’Reilly, the program’s chief.

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Dayton picks Shellito for veterans affairs post

Tim Pugmire, MPR

26 Dec 10

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Governor Mark Dayton today announced the appointment of retired Major General Larry Shellito, who recently retired as the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, to lead the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Major General Shellito is widely regarded as a strong and dynamic leader who is respected for his dedication to our nation's service men and women. During his seven years at the helm of the Minnesota National Guard, Major General Shellito helped build a national reputation for the Guard, which is the nation's fifth largest National Guard formation with more than 14,000 members, operating 63 facilities across Minnesota. He was instrumental in establishing the "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program" - a project on which he worked cooperatively and closely with then-United States Senator Dayton. "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" is a nationally-recognized program to reintegrate National Guard and Reserve military service members following deployments.

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Military Family Preparation Academy

Fanna Haile-Selassie, KTTC Rochester

9 Jan 11

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For many soldiers, deployment can mean a big life change. But that can also hold true for their families. This weekend, The Minnesota National Guard is hoping to ease that life transition for hundreds of military families.

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As a person worries about a loved one overseas, fighting for their country, the stress can build up. Especially if you're now dealing with raising a family a family on your own. That's why these folks are trying to do something about it.

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"It's a great class. You know, it talks about strengths and weaknesses and how to actively listen and be apart of things," says Christina McDonald, who's fiancee will be deployed.

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It's all part of the Family Preparation Academy in Rochester this weekend. To make sure families are as ready as possible for when their loved one is deployed.

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Military Family Preparation Academy

Andrew Lovelette, ABC 6 news-KAAL Rochester

8 Jan 11

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Soldiers in the Minnesota National Guard can undergo a lot of pain and anxiety when they are deployed, but their spouses, children, and family members are often just as distraught and worried.

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This weekend more than 2,000 military family members will gather at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester for a Family Preparation Academy in hopes of learning more about how to cope with the deployment process.

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"In the past four years we started preparing families because we realize that the families are one of the most important supporters for the service members while they are deployed. So the more that they know, the more resources that they have to help get them through the deployment the better,” says Lieutenant Barb O'Reilly, the National Guard's chief of deployment cycle support.

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Helping those who protect our freedom

Julie Pfitzinger, Woodbury Patch

3 Jan 11

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Putting up Christmas lights, shoveling the driveway and changing the furnace filter might seem like routine tasks.

But for Staff Sgt. Marcus Kuboy (ret.), a 30-year-old Iraq war veteran living in Woodbury, when members of the community stepped up to help him get those chores done, the experience was far from routine.

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Members of the Woodbury Yellow Ribbon Network stopped out at Kuboy's home in early December to lend a hand. He has lived in Woodbury for two and a half years; his house was built specifically for him by Homes for Our Troops, a national nonprofit that provides homes for severely disabled veterans.

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"Not long after I got in touch with someone from the Woodbury network, these people showed up to help me out, and it was great," said Kuboy. "A lot of them were veterans themselves, but some were just supporters of the military who wanted to help."

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Support program to look 'Beyond the Yellow Ribbon'

Dustin Kass, Winona Daily News

26 Dec 10

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Winona's National Guard unit will be mobilized this spring, and a coalition of Winona County groups is already working to establish a support network for those guard members and their families. Officials representing local units of government, churches, schools and businesses have met several times to plan the implementation of the "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon."

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The Minnesota National Guard program focuses on reintegrating service members when they return from duty, but also emphasizes supporting those deployed and their families during the deployments.

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Kline's legislation to improve Yellow Ribbon program

Coon Rapids ECM Publishers

18 Dec 10

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Second District Congressman John Kline's bills to improve the Yellow Ribbon reintegration program, and help veterans compete for jobs received bipartisan support and were included in the national defense bill that passed Friday, Dec. 17 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Blaine will seek 'Yellow Ribbon' status

Tim Hennagir, Coon Rapids Herald

10 Dec 10

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City officials announced last week Blaine will seek Minnesota National Guard Yellow Ribbon status. The program provides a support network for military families.

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Mayor Tom Ryan and City Manager Clark Arneson met in November with guard representatives to discuss the program.

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The Blaine City Council Dec. 2 unanimously approved a resolution to support the program.

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Angel Food Ministries offers an opportunity to sponsor families of military personnel.

Maria Elena Baca, Star Tribune

2 Nov 10

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Especially around the holidays, thankful Americans look for ways to give back.

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This year, a national discounted-food distributor is offering a way for folks to reach out to families of deployed armed service members and those who recently have returned from overseas deployments.

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Most of the year, the Angel Food Ministries distributes boxes of food through 6,000 host sites in 44 states. Unlike with a traditional food shelf, the food isn't free, but it is discounted by about half, said Phil Winn, outreach pastor at Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Park and the organization's state coordinator. Nationwide, the program serves about half a million families a month, with deliveries of restaurant-grade meats, produce and prepared foods that it buys at quantity discounts.

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Area seminar planned to help veterans build business opportunities
Staff, St. Cloud Times
13 Oct 10

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Veterans and servicemembers can attend a small-business seminar Nov. 3 in St. Cloud.

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The seminar will be 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Atwood Memorial Center, St. Cloud State University. The seminar is one of six statewide.

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The seminar is meant to support veterans and service members who are working to improve or start their own business. Attendees will hear from experts, network and learn about entrepreneurial programs and resources.

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City nears Yellow Ribbon designation
Jon Avise, South Washington County Bulletin

13 Oct 10

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Earlier this month, a group of 82 Minnesota National Guard members were honored with a welcome home celebration in Cottage Grove after their return from Iraq over the summer.

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Last week, the city of Cottage Grove took another step toward joining a handful of surrounding cities in setting up a program to support local guard members and their families during deployment and help reintegrate the citizen soldiers once they return home.

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The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program is aimed at setting up a network of volunteers that will offer support to the families of deployed soldiers, doing anything from providing transportation to helping with household chores, throughout their tour of duty and beyond.

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Gov. Pawlenty bestows Yellow Ribbon designations on area communities
Stillwater Gazette

29 Sep 10

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In a ceremony in Farmington, Minn. last week, Gov. Pawlenty designated Bayport, Oak Park Heights, West Lakeland Township and Baytown Township as Yellow Ribbon cities.


Farmington was the state's first such community, receiving its proclamation in December, 2008.

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Along with Gov. Pawlenty, Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito of the Minnesota National Guard was on hand to recognize the four local communities, which have jointly collaborated to establish a network of support for deployed and returning military troops and their families.

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"I am extremely proud of the way our communities have come together to form this network of support," said Bayport City Councilwoman Judy Seeberger, who has helped lead the effort to achieve Beyond the Yellow Ribbon status for the collaborative.

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"This is not only a great honor for our communities, but is also a testament to the hard work and dedication our citizens and leaders have shown to our military personnel and their families."

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Help for military families goes Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
Christina Killion Valdez, Rochester Post-Bulletin

23 Sep 10

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Nine-year-old Annie Buresh of Kasson wears something camouflage every day in solidarity with her dad, Rob Buresh, a master sergeant with the Minnesota National Guard's 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.

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"I'm very proud of my dad. I'm proud of all of the military people. And I'm proud to be a military kid," Annie said.

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But along with that, her father is often away from home. International deployments put a stress on military families, especially those that don't live on a military base where support services are in place.

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In Buresh's case, his squadron is based in St. Paul, and his family is 70 miles away in Kasson.

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"Out of sight, out of mind," he said.

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"Yellow Ribbon City" and "Yellow Ribbon County"
Ellery McCardle, KAAL Rochester

22 Sep 10

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"Yellow Ribbon City" and "Yellow Ribbon County." That's what Rochester and Olmsted County are now being recognized as.

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With sounds of war so far away it's a round of applause for Rochester Community and Technical College, the city of Rochester and Olmsted County.

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All because of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

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"We know that there are about 600 military families that live in about a 35-mile area around Rochester, 900 military kids and just hundreds of military family members like parents and grandparents," said Kenn Roehl of Southeast Minnesota Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

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The group provides services to military families, and links them to businesses and volunteer services.

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City will be Minnesota's model
Michelle Leonard, Farmington Independent
5 Aug 10

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Details are still coming together, but one thing is certain - in September, Farmington is going to be the host community for a pretty big event.

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On Wednesday, Sept. 22, mayors from around Minnesota will arrive in Farmington to participate in a daylong Beyond the Yellow Ribbon training session.

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It’s an event that is expected to positively affect many communities. In its early planning stages, the event is expected to bring representatives of at least 80 communities and corporations to Farmington.

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Many of those who will attend are from cities and organizations that are earning Yellow Ribbon Community or Yellow Ribbon Company status, a recognition that comes only after a community or organization has completed an action plan that outlines how they can and will help military service members and their families.

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Help on the home front
Eric Hagen, Anoka County Union
4 Aug 10

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When Sgt. Nathan Pauly, 27, was in Iraq, he worried about maintaining radar equipment so coalition forces would be warned about attacks.

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Now that he is home in Ramsey, his focus has shifted to paying the bills, spending time with his three-year-old son Grant and planning the honeymoon with his wife Brandi that they never were able to fit in.??

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Making this drastic shift can be tough on some of the men and women who served in the military. There has been a lot of publicity about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but there is much more to reintegration to society than knowing how to handle yourself when you have a flashback of a catastrophic moment.

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Pawlentys tout aid for military families
Matea Wasend, SC Times
29 July 10

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Mary Pawlenty’s initiative to provide service and assistance to military families will live on even after her husband, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, leaves office later this year.

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The Pawlentys touched down Wednesday at the Army Aviation Support Facility in St. Cloud to announce that the only impending cut to the First Lady’s Military Family Care Initiative is the first two words of its name. The Web-based program will expand in preparation for the deployment of hundreds of Minnesota National Guard troops to the Middle East next year.

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Maplewood aims to move "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon"
Staff, Politics in Minnesota
14 July 10

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Maplewood officials are throwing their weight behind a move to make their city a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community.

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a program sponsored by the Minnesota National Guard that offers support to dependents of military service members stationed overseas.

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“If your husband is off in Afghanistan and you need the driveway shoveled, there will be people there to help,” says Maplewood City Manager Jim Antonen. “If you have three kids that are screaming, maybe you need an afternoon off to do some shopping. That type of stuff.”

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Minnesota Veterans struggle to find jobs
Britt Johnsen, St. Cloud Times
06 July 10

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Joblessness among Minnesota veterans is as high as 15- 20 percent in some areas of the state, said Lt. Col. Barb O’Reilly, chief of deployment cycle support at the Minnesota National Guard.

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4-H project will help veterans, military families
Heather Thorstensen, AgriNews
17 June10


About 140 young people were asked to thank a veteran, military member or military family during a 4-H leadership conference last week.

Patti Bitney Starke, of the Minnesota National Guard's Deployment Cycle Support Team, invited them June 9 to join the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program. Its purpose is to create a network of support for Servicemembers and families before deployment, during deployment and after they return.

"We want to get you ready so that every day, no matter where you go, you're prepared to support military people," Starke said.

Some conference attendees knew right away who would receive their medallions. One by one, they took the microphone and named their uncles, mothers, cousins, friends, fathers and grandfathers.

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Finding the new normal
Deb Gau, Independent Southwestern Minnesota's Daily Newspaper
14 June10

Readjusting to civilian life is a long process, recently returned National Guard soldiers said Programs like Sunday’s reintegration day are one way to help the process along.

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Military deployment is a cycle, Kelly Wasberg said. You have to spend time mentally preparing to go, and time readjusting when you come home. And you can't expect either of those periods to be short, he said.

"I know I'm not all the way back yet," said Wasberg, a Marshall pastor and National Guard chaplain who returned to Minnesota this spring with the 1st Battalion 151st Field Artillery.

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"There's no doubt you have done something great," said Lt. Col. Barb O'Reilly, chief of deployment cycle support, in opening remarks to soldiers. The 1-151 FA traveled a total of 1.9 million miles on transport missions in the past year without an accident. But knowledge of those accomplishments doesn't take away the stress of going back to civilian life, she said.

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Troop support campaign kicks off; High-ranking National Guard officer discusses its purpose
Seth Rowe, Sun Newspapers
2 June10

A campaign to support troops and their families from Plymouth kicked off with a visit from one of the top leaders of the Minnesota National Guard.

Brig. Gen. Joseph Kelly and a large contingent of officials from the Minnesota National Guard attended a planning session for the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign in Plymouth May 24.

The campaign aims to help military service members reintegrate into their communities and help support their families while they are deployed. The name is derived "as a reminder that the support of Soldiers cannot end when they return from deployment and the yellow ribbons are untied," states the Minnesota National Guard's website.


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Rochester, Olmsted County earn 'Yellow Ribbon' designations for efforts to help military families
Matt Russell, Rochester Post Bulletin
10 May 10

People driving into Rochester will notice something new in the coming months under the sign with the city's population: A sign proclaiming Rochester to be a Yellow Ribbon City.The designation means residents have developed a sustainable action plan to take care of military families before, during and after deployments, said Melanie Nelson, a spokeswoman for the National Guard.

"They've been working more than a year on their own looking within the community to see what needs are there and how can they support the needs of military families," she said.

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Support for local Soldiers sought
Bob Grawey, ER Star News
23 April 10

Not many have heard of Fort Minnesota, but if Minnesota national Guard Lt. Col. Barb O’Reilly has anything to say about it, communities all across the state will not only hear about it, but will embrace it.

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O’Reilly is the chief cycle support officer for the state’s National Guard’s “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” program that builds a network of sustainable community support for military families. The initiative is designed to meet every aspect of need soldiers and their families face leading up to deployment, during active service and even after returning to civilian life.

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The Rogers Police Department’s Terri Hanson is heading the effort to get city officials, business leaders, educators and others in Rogers on board in her quest to make Rogers a Yellow Ribbon city.

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Unemployment Among Soldiers Nearly 30 Percent
Angela Davis, WWCO TV

Minnesota's unemployment rate inched up last month, it now stands at 7.4%. Meanwhile nearly 2000 soldiers have come home from deployment in the last few months, their unemployment rate is at nearly 30%. The National Guard has started the Yellow Ribbon Employment Coach program to help them find jobs.

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Duluth to become a Yellow Ribbon City
Melissa Burlaga, KDLH
13 Apr 10

DULUTH, Minn.--The program, the Yellow Ribbon Community Campaign, is a reminder that supporting service members cannot end when they return home from deployment and the yellow ribbons are untied.

This month, Duluth is taking the first steps toward becoming one of Minnesota’s Yellow Ribbon Cities by hosting a community wide training.

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon starts up
Brandon Pofahl, Owatonna People's Press
12 Apr 10

On a recent Tuesday, my wife and I attended a gathering for the organization Owatonna Yellow Ribbon City. Their Web site, www.beyondtheyellowribbon.org, lays out their mission: To empower leadership, service members and families by providing relevant training, services, and resources throughout the deployment cycle. This means helping to prepare the soldier and his or her family pre-deployment, providing services while the soldier is away, and offering classes to make re-integration as smooth as is possible.

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The meeting served as an introduction and brain storming session. Success stories of how truly wonderful it is when the wife of a soldier need not worry about shoveling the driveway or fixing the lawnmower were incredibly inspiring. Making a difference is as easy as bringing over a pot of chili that can be frozen and later thawed out or taking care of the children for a few hours so that the spouse can have some peace. The network also helps to facilitate discussions with schools and faith-based groups to provide a wide reaching support team.

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The Last Word with Yellow Ribbon Company Baskfield CPA
Journal of Accountancy
1 Apr 10

Ernie had been invited to speak at an event put on by the Minnesota Society of CPAs. As chairperson of the society, I took Ernie to dinner. Our conversation turned to his volunteer work with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, helping assure deployed soldiers of a job upon their return. He told me about the sacrifices soldiers and their families make when they are sent overseas. Ernie’s passion for working with soldiers was infectious. I said I wanted to help out in some small way. Ernie said he would make it happen.

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About a week later, a captain from the military’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program called me. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon started in Minnesota, but is now in all states. It offers training, education, and volunteer support services to members of the military and their families, both before and after deployment. When the captain asked how I could assist, I explained, “I help people achieve their financial goals. Do you think your soldiers could use my help?” The program did not have any workshops on financial literacy; my help was welcomed.

Read more at Journal of Accountancy

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Beyond The Yellow Ribbon
Gwen Siewert, KIMT
31 Mar 10

ALBERT LEA, Minn.--Since 9/11 the Minnesota National Guard has deployed more than 20,000 soldiers. Saying goodbye is very hard for all of those soldiers, but often times it's even harder for the families who are left behind. Minnesota was the first state to start a re-integration program after service. And now, a new campaign is aimed at getting the community even more involved with those families, before, during, and after deployment.

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It's innocent faces like that of little Alex Funk, who are left at home during deployments. She's the daughter of Colonel and Albert Lea Schools Superintendent Mike Funk who most recently served in Kosovo.

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Read more at KIMT

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Brown County takes first step in becoming Yellow Ribbon County
Serra Muscatello, The Journal New Ulm
21 Mar 10

Brown County took one of the first steps in becoming a "Yellow Ribbon County" during a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon kick-off event.

"It's good to see this level of support," said 1st Battalion 125th Field Artillery CPT Michael Graves, of New Ulm.

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Increasing numbers of cities and counties are becoming designated as "Yellow Ribbon" because as servicemembers deploy from Minnesota's Reserve, there are components of their family members who are often left behind without support from their immediate community. Many people feel that they are often alone, and it may be difficult for them to ask others within the community for help in their situation.

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Read more at The Journal

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Operation enduring support
Elizabeth Mohr, Pioneer Press
20 Mar 10

When Vietnam veterans returned home from war, many received a cool welcome and felt shunned for their service.

Now, a new grass-roots movement in Minnesota is aimed at making sure that never again happens to soldiers — or their families.

"Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" was started in 2008 with government-funded reintegration sessions for returning service members and their families and has grown into a community-based network of volunteer services.

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The goal is to create an "enduring network of support," said Lt. Col. Barbara O'Reilly, chief of deployment-cycle support for the Minnesota National Guard.

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Read more at Pioneer Press

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A welcome return to the hunt
Steve Brandt, Star Tribune
15 Mar 10

For Chad Sackett, growing up first in Alaska, and then in rural Minnesota, fall hunts were an annual affair — ducks with his buddies, deer with his extended family.

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"I can say the same thing everyone else says - it's humbling, " Sackett said midway through the course. "I'd feel worse if I'd shot more. I'm just here to have fun."

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Wild Wings of Oneka Hunt club threw open its fields and sporting clay courses for almost 100 newly returned members of the 34th Infantry Division, with the cost of the hunt and game dinner for each Soldier covered by sportsmen and women from across the east-metro area.

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Read more at StarTribune

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St. Michael’s is offering ‘Yellow Ribbon’ program
Lori Carlson, Savage Pacer
5 Mar 10


When John Hamre returned from serving in the Vietnam War, he was afraid to even tell people he was in the Army.

“We were treated pretty badly when we got back,” Hamre recalled.

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Although soldiers returning from duty in Iraq haven’t been shunned and disparaged like many soldiers were at the end of America’s combat role in Vietnam, today’s servicemen and women – and their families – are still very much in need of support, said Hamre, a Prior Lake resident whose son, Leif, served in Iraq.·

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Greater Brown County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon at Brown County Congress
Jennifer Boettger, Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch
3 Mar 10


Special guests at the Brown County Congress of Elected and Appointed Officials last Friday included SFC Stephen Whitehead; retired 1SG Paul Severson; and National Guard Citizens Committee Chair, Jerome Benz.

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The purpose was to explain Brown County’s goal of becoming a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon County in Minnesota. This would make Brown County the third such county in Minnesota.

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Read more at Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch

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Spring Lake Park commits to military families
Maria Elena Baca, Star Tribune
2 Mar 10


Spring Lake Park Mayor Bob Nelson wants his city to feel like home for service members and their families.

So last month, the City Council voted unanimously to seek Yellow Ribbon City designation — an outward sign of the community's commitment to helping military families get through their loved ones' deployments and to assisting returning veterans in re-acclimating to their daily lives.

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Spring Lake Park to move forward with process to become a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon city
Kassie Petermann, Sun Newspapers
25 Feb 10


Last week the Spring Lake Park City Council unanimously voted to move forward with an effort to support military families throughout the deployment cycle and beyond.

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The city will begin the process of becoming a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) city. According to the BTYR website, the program was established by the Minnesota National Guard and is supported by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. It provides services, training and resources to service members and their families. Farmington, Hugo, Stillwater and Woodbury have been proclaimed BTYR cities, and about 20 other cities are vying for that status.

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Read more at Sun Newspapers

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Lake Elmo becomes 'Beyond the Yellow Ribbon' city
Derrick Knutson, Oakdale Lake Elmo Review
21 Feb 10


Two Lake Elmo residents have started an initiative to help make the city a "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" community. The residents received the full support of the City Council at its Dec. 15 meeting.

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a program started by the Minnesota National Guard to help "provide services, training and resources to service members and their families throughout the deployment cycle," according to the organization's Web site.

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Read more at Oakdale Lake Elmo Review

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Cities take the 'Yellow Ribbon City' challenge
Heather Edwards, Southwest Review News
18 Feb 10


This week, yellow ribbons will decorate South St. Paul's business district.

The ribbons are being hung to show the city's support of military families and the desire to become a Yellow Ribbon city. Community members are invited to attend a Yellow Ribbon meeting at South St. Paul City Hall, 125 3rd Ave. N., on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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A Yellow Ribbon city, designed to support the various needs of military families, is a part of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, which was created by the National Guard as a means to lend support during pre-deployment, deployment and reintegration into mainstream society.

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Read more at Southwest Review News

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Mahtomedi's Yellow Ribbon Network expands efforts
Kristine Goodrich, White Bear Press
9 Feb 10


MAHTOMEDI — As she drove home through Mahtomedi for the first time after a year-long deployment in Iraq, Capt. Tanya Klaiber first thought the flashing lights that pulled up behind her meant she was about to get a speeding ticket.

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Soon she learned the two Washington County Sheriff squad cars and Mahtomedi fire truck were part of a surprise “welcome home” celebration for Klaiber last month. She received a colorful escort to the Mahtomedi Education Center where friends, family and even total strangers were waiting with well wishes.

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Read more at White Bear Press

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For Soldiers, welcome home is just the beginning
Emily Zimmer, The Farmington Independent
4 Feb 10


As the 1,000 or so soldiers with the 34th Infantry Division return from Iraq they will undergo more training. But unlike the training they received to go to war, this time they will learn how to adapt to the world they left a year ago.

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Coming back from war isn’t a simple process. For many it means learning to be part of their old lives again. It can be difficult for the soldier and it can be difficult for the people who love them.

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Read more at The Farmington Independent

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Red Bulls returning home
Keith Grauman, Hastings Star-Gazette
29 Jan 10


About 20 Hastings residents are among 1,000 members of the Minnesota National Guard 34th Infantry Division that will be returning home from Iraq in the coming weeks.

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The first wave of soldiers came home Sunday night, about 250 men and women, and they were dropped off at locations in Rosemount, Inver Grove Heights and Stillwater. There will be three more waves of returning soldiers before all 1,000 are home.

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Read more at Hastings Star-Gazette

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A day of appreciation
Deb Gau, Marshall Independent
29 Jan 10


The words of the day were sacrifice and support - the sacrifice area soldiers make in serving their country, and the different ways area civilians have found to support soldiers and their families.

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"It really means a lot," said Capt. Bryan Watters of the Minnesota National Guard.

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Read more at Marshall Independent

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Soldiers return to Stillwater on Sunday
Peter, Cox, Stillwater Gazette
27 Jan 10


Sunday, Stillwater welcomed home the first of four groups of soldiers returning to the community after a yearlong deployment in Iraq.

Despite there being an ill-fated Vikings NFC Championship game on as the soldiers returned, almost 200 people showed up to show support to the returning troops, said Gary Kriesel, head of Washington County's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network.

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Read more at Stillwater Gazette

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They'll tie yellow ribbons — and trim the tree, too
Kevin Giles, Star Tribune
27 Jan 10


Michelle Meier confided to a co-worker how sad she was that her National Guard husband, returning alone from his Red Bull unit in Iraq because of a medical ailment, would pass without notice.

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"I just didn't think it was fair because he wasn't going to get the hero's welcome he deserved," said Meier, who was preparing that morning of Dec. 11 to greet her husband, James, at the airport. "In just a few hours, somehow, word had gotten out and there were probably 20 or 25 people there."

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Home Make Over
WCCO TV
20 Jan 10


TJB Homes, a home contracting business in Blaine, Minn., puts new windows and a door in the Markgraf's family home while Dad Terry is in Iraq.

Read more and watch the video at http://wcco.com/video/?cid=5

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Residents seek Yellow Ribbon status for Red Wing
Jen Cullen, The Republican Eagle
19 Jan 10


Some local residents want to make Red Wing a Yellow Ribbon City.

Businesses, churches, law enforcement and other organizations in Yellow Ribbon cities - like Farmington, Hugo, Stillwater and Woodbury - provide soldiers and their families support and resources before, during and after their deployment.

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"If they know we have this kind of a program in their city ... they know their family can contact us," said Jan Frazier, an auxiliary member at the Red Wing American Legion. "That takes a lot of pressure of them while they are over there."

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Read more at The Republican Eagle

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Red Bulls return to U.S.
Stillwater Gazette
14 Jan 10


Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division are returning to Fort Lewis, Wash. following their 12-month deployment to Iraq. The 34th Infantry Division Soldiers will undergo medical and administrative processing at Fort Lewis before they return to Minnesota. The soldiers' exact return dates to Minnesota will be released as soon as they become available, according to the National Guard.

Since May 2009, the 34th Infantry Division provided command and control of military forces in the southern third of Iraq. Headquartered in Basra, the 34th Infantry Division led a force of approximately 14,000 U.S. service members throughout nine of Iraq's 18 provinces.

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Read more at Stillwater Gazette

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St. John Neumann named 'Yellow Ribbon Church'
Julie Carroll, The Catholic Spirit
12 Jan 10


When Dawn Daley’s husband, Lt. Col. Ted Daley, was deployed to Iraq in 2007, the mother of four children worried, “What if somebody’s sick and I have to go to work and I don’t have any time off left?”

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Because there is not an Army base near her Eagan home, Daley didn’t expect much support from the community. That’s why she was surprised when one day she received a phone call from someone asking if there was anything she needed.

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Read more at The Catholic Spirit

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Governor, Guard recognize Woodbury as a 'Yellow Ribbon' city
Hank Long, Woodbury Bulletin
5 Jan 10


The city of Woodbury was among about a dozen other local governments, churches and businesses to receive official “Yellow Ribbon” proclamations from Gov. Tim Pawlenty Tuesday afternoon at Century College in White Bear Lake.

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The Minnesota National Guard’s “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” campaign held a Yellow Ribbon Summit at the college to recognize members of the community who have developed a network of support for deployed Guard service members and their families.

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Read more at Woodbury Bulletin

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Read more articles on the Yellow Ribbon summit:
Isanti County News
MPR News
KTTC
St. Croix Valley Press
Stillwater Gazette

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World Apart: Father separated from family by war
Don Shelby, WCCO
15 Dec 09


It's at this time of the year, when families gather together for the holidays, that loved ones who can't be there are missed the most. That's especially true for the families who have men and women serving in the military.

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In November, Don Shelby and photojournalist Tom Aviles were embedded in Iraq with the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. They met Master Sgt. Rich Kemp and carried this message home to his wife Terri and two daughters — Taylor, 6 and Erica, 3.

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Guest Column: Community keeps military spouses strong
Sherry Eisenhart, St. Cloud Times
7 Dec 09


The holidays aren’t easy for everyone. They are busy, stressful and lonely for some. I fit the lonely aspect.

My name is Sherry and I have a soldier who is currently serving with the 34th Infantry Division in Basra, Iraq. Being a part of the military lifestyle is something that is not for the weak. I have had to learn how to be strong over the years. I’ve always managed to pull through however, this year it is a bit different.

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A virtual fort
Julie Pfitzinger, Star Tribune
5 Dec 09


Seventeen-month-old Lily Van Hecke toddles around a meeting room at the Edina Library, tightly clutching "Buddy," a life-sized puppet dressed in camouflage pajamas, delightedly showing him off to her mom, Jen, and others at a parent-child playgroup for military families. Today's theme is the five senses, though Lily is most interested in a younger baby in the group and a sing-along version of "The Itsy Bitsy Spider."

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Lily's father, Eric, a member of the Army National Guard, is deployed in Iraq and has been gone since early summer. Since they don't have family members in town, Jen Van Hecke, who lives in Minneapolis, said she is excited about meeting other military moms with young children and learning how to keep Eric and Lily connected while he is away.

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Program message's: Remember military during the holidays
Lisa Schwarz, St. Cloud Times
30 Nov 09


While you were eating turkey and planning your assault on the Black Friday sales, about 2,000 Minnesota National Guard members were stationed far from home, many in harm’s way.

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The National Guard’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, which works year-round to support deployed and returning troops and their families, is making a special effort to help during the holidays. Its prime focus is on directing charitable efforts toward helping military families.

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