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Yellow Ribbon Alliance Lower St. Croix Valley
After being proclaimed Yellow Ribbon on Aug. 23, 2011, the Lower St. Croix Valley Yellow Ribbon Network will officially continue its mission of supporting communities, Servicemembers, veterans and military families. They have created a network that prides itself in trust, follow through and commitment. The Lower St. Croix Valley Network, comprised of five communities bordering the valley (Afton, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, Lake St. Croix Beach and St. Mary's Point), has created a partnership with Afton Lakeland Elementary School in which the Yellow Ribbon message is demonstrated at events and workshops. The alliance has shared the Yellow Ribbon image at several events including: Lumber Jack days, the Bayport Memorial Day Parade and Lake St. Croix Beach Heritage Days. Lower St. Croix Valley Support the Troops Night When: Every Tuesday, 5 to 8 p.m. Where: Sail Away Cafe, Afton About: Proceeds are donated ot the Yellow Ribbon Alliance Lower St. Croix Valley to support military members and their families. Full dinner menu and beverage service are available.
Randy Kopesky651-226-1434rkopesky@gmail.com
  
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon - Albert Lea
Albert Lea, proclaimed on Aug. 31, 2011, has a long standing tradition of Veterans Organizations participating in community events. In order to become a Yellow Ribbon Community, a steering committee was formed in 2010 with key city officials, a representative from the National Guard and a leader from the Family Readiness Group. They received valuable advice while partnering with the commanding officer of the Delta Company and the chairman from the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota. Albert Lea has set up a free Skype service at a local business for families of deployed soldiers, purchased Hug-a-Hero dolls and dog tags for the military children and hosted a Memorial Day deployment picnic and dance for the local Guard unit. They are currently building a Wall of Honor at the local mall featuring photos of deployed soldiers and their families.
Mr. John Severtson507-438-8225Johnbecca@msn.com
  
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon-Douglas County-Alexandria
Douglas County was proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon Network on Aug. 22, 2012. They took up a big challenge and have teamed up to synchronize and coordinate support throughout the country. Their team of volunteers provide home repair, emergency financial support and to clean a flooded basement. They have created a 'Military Date Night' that allows couples to drop off their children at the local YMCA, while they enjoy discounts at local restaurants and theater.
Milton Libaire320-762-3883jacobt@co.douglas.mn.us
  
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Jackson County
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Jackson County serves every branch of the military and their families in the rural towns of Alpha, Heron Lake, Jackson, Lakefield, Okabena, Sioux Valley and the Wilder Area. The county was officially proclaimed Sept. 16, 2011. Each city in this county has stepped up to the plate to become an active Yellow Ribbon Steering Community and they started their march on the right foot. From the very beginning, they met with the local Family Readiness Group to hear concerns of the families of deployed Servicemembers to figure out how to assist them. They also got churches throughout the county involved to work on identifying military families. This network raises awareness of the needs of Servicemembers and their families by networking with key areas in the county from veteran organizations and local 4H groups to city and county council boards. The Jackson County schools are stepping up as well. They have brought the program Operation Military Kids into their schools to provide support to children of deployed Servicemembers. Local law enforcement officials have volunteerd to assist deployed military families by providing extra patrols around the homes of deployed Servicemembers. In July of 2010, when the local BCT Soldiers that were training in Fort McCoy for a deployment were given a four day pass to come home, the network heard about it and wanted to show their support. They cooked a breakfast for the Soldiers before they headed back to Fort McCoy.
Kim Hummel507-847-5631kim_hummel@yahoo.com
  
South Central Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network
The South Central Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network, proclaimed July 27, 2012, includes the counties of Blue Earth, Le Sueur and Nicollet, and the cities of Amboy, Eagle Lake, Good Thunder, Lake Crystal, Madison Lake, Mankato, Mapleton, Minnesota Lake, Pemberton, Skyline, St. Clair, Vernon Center, Courtland, Lafayette, Nicollet, North Mankato, St. Peter, Cleveland, Elysian, Heidelberg, Kasota, Le Center, Le Sueur, Kilkenny, Montgomery and Waterville. By synchronizing efforts across these counties, they have partnered with the County Veteran Service Officers to indentify veteran needs. They've reached out to these veterans through a marketing and communication plan aimed at getting the Yellow Ribbon support message to every military family. They also bring military families together through various events, including Mankato Moon Dog Baseball Games in the summer and babysitting events that allowed military parents to finish the Christmas shopping. Supporting military children is very important to this network. They have committed to identifying the military families within their school districts and have created ongoing training for school administrators and staff.
Mike Rath507-327-3840carolmik@charter.net
  
Anoka Yellow Ribbon Network
The city of Anoka was proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon Network on December 14, 2013. The ceremony was held at the Anoka County Fairgrounds in a heated tent and was sponsored by Connexus Energy and the Anoka Lions Club.
Daryl "Butch" Hathaway763-506-6041anokaareaBTYR@yahoo.com
  
Apple Valley Yellow Ribbon Network
The community of Apple Valley is compirsed of a great newtork of volunteers supporting military families. On March 30, 2012, the Apple Valley Yellow Ribbon Network was proclaimed Yellow Ribbon by Gov. Mark Dayton at a proclamation ceremony in Lakeville. Their accomplishments include having helped serve more than three thousand steak dinners at the Serving Our Troops event in St. Paul in February 2012. Among other community efforts to support Servicemembers and military families firmly in place, including providing meals to families of deployed Servicemembers, Apple Valley police are trained in the reintegration of returning Servicemembers. The Yellow Ribbon business community has committed to partnering with their local WorkForce Center to assist veterans in finding employment within the community. The Network also worked with city officials on special cases within the community when veterans have needed special support in solving difficult, personal issues. They've helped families with deployed personnel by providing home maintenance support. Getting the word out to all groups in the community to provide awareness of the Yellow Ribbon Networks is also a focus. The Network has a rapidly growing list of contacts and continue to support current community activites as well as attempt to create new ones. If members haven't heard of the Apple Valley Yellow Ribbon Network and its outreach efforts, they soon will.
Paul Chellsen612-597-9809paulchellsn@icloud.com
  
Appleton Yellow Ribbon Network
The Appleton Yellow Ribbon Network was proclaimed Yellow Ribbon during a ceremony at the Evangelical Free Church in Willmar on Dec. 7, 2012.
SFC Alicia Decamp320-287-2261appletonbtyr@gmail.com
  
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Suburban Ramsey County
Suburban Ramsey County, proclaimed May 17, 2012, has built a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network for their community. Suburban Ramsey County includes the following cities: Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Gem Lake, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, North St. Paul, Roseville, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake and White Bear Township. The Network is dedicated to supporting Servicemembers, veterans and their families in all the listed cities. Steering Committee meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month to develop and support a sustainable action plan for the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organization within Suburban Ramsey County. To volunteer and participate in the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Suburban Ramsey County Network, or request more information, please use the contact information below.
Terry Lynn Eggert651-2830164tleggert@yahoo.com
  
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Austin
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Austin was proclaimed on July 27, 2012. They have provided a great example of how Yellow Ribbon Networks can work together to make a difference. They received word that a Vietnam veteran was in an Austin nursing home with no family or friends nearby. That very day, they sent members of their network to visit with him. In addition, they have taken care of today's veteran, by organizing deployment departure and welcome home events. They also provided free family portraits for the families prior to deployments. They support military families by hosting community events like their recent sponshorship of a U.S. military all-star baseball game and their presentation of a U.S. flag to the family of an area Soldier who was killed in Afghanistan. This network has so many partnerships throughout the community, that they hold committee meetings during the day and evening so everyone is able to attend.
Scott Wiechmann507-396-3394Scottwiechmann@hotmail.com
  
Crow Wing County Yellow Ribbon Network
The Crow Wing County Yellow Ribbon Network, proclaimed on June 19, 2013, includes the cities of Brainerd and Baxter.
Staci Headley218-824-1058bob.nelson@crowwing.us
  
Middle St. Croix Yellow Ribbon Alliance
Four communities: Bayport, Baytown Township, Oak Park Heights and West Lakeland Township, were proclaimed Yellow Ribbon on Sep. 22, 2010, have been creating awareness for supporting Servicemembers and their families since the proclamation and well before. The four-community partnership is centered at the Bayport American Legion and includes the Bayport Police Department, the Youth Service Bureau and Washington County Social Services to assist with Youth Camps, Toys for Tots, Halloween Safety events and Church Camps.
Judy Seeberger651-492-3181judy.milna@gmail.com
  
Middle St. Croix Yellow Ribbon Alliance
Four communities: Bayport, Baytown Township, Oak Park Heights and West Lakeland Township, were proclaimed Yellow Ribbon on Sep. 22, 2010, have been creating awareness for supporting Servicemembers and their families since the proclamation and well before. The four-community partnership is centered at the Bayport American Legion and includes the Bayport Police Department, the Youth Service Bureau and Washington County Social Services to assist with Youth Camps, Toys for Tots, Halloween Safety events and Church Camps.
Judy Seeberger651-492-3181judy.milna@gmail.com
  
Becker
The City of Becker was proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon City on Nov. 11 during a proclamation ceremony at Becker High School.
Kent Graning320-980-2752btyrbecker@gmail.com
  
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River
The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River chapter started as a military support ministry at St. Michael Church in Prior Lake, Minn. The first community-wide informational meeting took place in May 2010 and now includes support from the cities of Belle Plaine, Elko, Jordan, New Market, New Prague, Prior Lake, Savage, Shakopee and Scott County. The group began to work together and a leadership team was formed, goals were established and events began to take shape. On March 30, 2012, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River was formally proclaimed Yellow Ribbon by Governor Mark Dayton.
Dewey Koshenina952-201-9000dewey@gamut1studios.com
  
First City Yellow Ribbon Network
Bemidji was proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon City on Aug. 22, 2012. The First City Yellow Ribbon Network, of Bemidji, committee has worked closely with the Beltrami County Service Office and local veteran organizations to ensure they are able to reach every veteran in the area. Along with hosting the 'Project New Hope' veteran's retreat, which is free to veterans and their families, they plan on continually growing their network through military-friendly events.
Mistie Melcher218-760-9241melchermistie@gmail.com
  
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Renville County
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Renville County was proclaimed Yellow Ribbon during a ceremony at the Evangelical Free Church in Willmar on Dec. 7, 2012.
Paul Revier320-220-7108rcyrn1@gmail.com
  
Blaine - Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Support Network
Blaine was one of five Yellow Ribbon Networks proclaimed Yellow Ribbon at the St. Paul Saints' Military Appreciation Night on May 17, 2012. The Network is committed to making contributions to military families throughout the year, including having donated more than $700 worth of presents for a family that was struggling to buy presents during the holidays. To create awareness within Blaine's school district, the steering committee plans to partner with school administrators to offer ongoing training programs for school personnel on the challenges faced by military children.
Terry Wold and Tom Ryan612-759-5433 or 763-757-3390terry_wold@hotmail.com or tryan@ci.blaine.mn.us
  
Bloomington Yellow Ribbon Network
The Bloomington Yellow Ribbon Network was officially proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon City during the city's Heritage Days Celebration on Sept. 21, 2013.
Jesse Windon612-867-3713jnwinden@gmail.com
  
Yellow Ribbon Network of Morrison County
The Morrison County Yellow Ribbon Network, proclaimed on June 19, 2013, includes the Cities of Little Falls, Motley, Royalton, Swanville, Sobieski, Harding, Buckman, Upsala, Randall, Pierz, Bowlus, Elmdale and Lastrup. All the cities within Morrison County have combined efforts to form one county-wide network in support of their military-connected residents. A few of the services provided to Servicemembers by the network include: moving the spouse of a deployed Soldier, delivering wood to a family in Randall, helping a family clean their water-damaged basement and hosting a community lunch for the 134th Brigade Support Battalion.
Luke Straw320-632-0290Morrisonyellowribbon@gmail.com
  
Crow Wing County Yellow Ribbon Network
The Crow Wing County Yellow Ribbon Network, proclaimed on June 19, 2013, includes the cities of Brainerd and Baxter.
Staci Headley218-824-1058bob.nelson@crowwing.us
  
Brooklyn Park Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network
The Brooklyn Park Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network got their start in 2011 as part of the city's larger Community Engagement Initiative. The Steering Committee has adopted the local unit that calls the Brooklyn Park Armory home - A Co. 134th Brigade Support Battalion. Before being proclaimed, the Network had already helped in the unit's Welcome Home, Family Day and Freedom Salute events. The Network is also proud of the relationships they have made with the various Yellow Ribbon Companies in Brooklyn park as well as working with the Minnesota Military Family Assistance Center and VA Vet Center, both with locations in Brooklyn Park. To create awareness and build relationships, Brooklyn Park Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network has been visible at many local events and was even named Grand Marshalls of the Brooklyn Park Tater Daze Parade in 2012. Brooklyn Park was proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon City on Sept. 30, 2012, by Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Eric Paulson.
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Yellow Ribbon Network of Morrison County
The Morrison County Yellow Ribbon Network, proclaimed on June 19, 2013, includes the Cities of Little Falls, Motley, Royalton, Swanville, Sobieski, Harding, Buckman, Upsala, Randall, Pierz, Bowlus, Elmdale and Lastrup. All the cities within Morrison County have combined efforts to form one county-wide network in support of their military-connected residents. A few of the services provided to Servicemembers by the network include: moving the spouse of a deployed Soldier, delivering wood to a family in Randall, helping a family clean their water-damaged basement and hosting a community lunch for the 134th Brigade Support Battalion.
Staci Headley218-824-1058bob.nelson@crowwing.us
  
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Buffalo
The city of Buffalo was proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon City on June 19, 2013. Buffalo wasted no time in forming their yellow ribbon steering committee, enabling all areas within their community to work together. Buffalo hosted a Military Appreciation Picnic and served a meal to more than 1,000 military-connnected residents. They also built a business partnership with Becker Furniture World and received a grant to provide furniture to military families in need. With the full support of their city leadership, the community continues to show their support and appreciation for their military families.
Lisa Dohrmann612-532-9532ldohrmann2@aol.com
  
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Renville County
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Renville County was proclaimed Yellow Ribbon during a ceremony at the Evangelical Free Church in Willmar on Dec. 7, 2012.
Paul Revier320-220-7108rcyrn1@gmail.com
  
Burnsville Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
In an effort to create awareness about Burnsville Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, the city placed Yellow Ribbon magnets on all Burnsville police, fire and rescue vehicles. This, in conjunction with their many other community initiatives, led to the Burnsville Yellow Ribbon Network being proclaimed Yellow Ribbon by Gov. Mark Dayton March 30, 2012.
Mike Huddleston952-412-4537hud59@q.com
  
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Watonwan County
This Beyond the Yellow Ribbon entity is made up of Butterfield, Darfur, St. James, La Salle, Lewisville, Madelia and Odin and was proclaimed Sept. 16, 2011. This committee was organized in spring of 2010 with a large group of volunteers from all facets of the county. They have been very active providing assistance for military Servicemembers, families and all veterans throughout the county. They orgainzed a send-off ceremony for the local National Guard unit providing lunch for the Soldiers and their families before they departed for their one year deployment. They are very proud to have assisted with the funeral for local fallen Soldier Sergeant Emilio Campo Jr. of Madelia. Wantonwan County provided a simulcast of the funeral in Madelia Elementary School which enabled the overflow crowd to view the funeral live. They were also instrumental in preparing and serving lunch after the funeral. Wantonwan County continues to work with the local chambers of commerce to identify businesses in the area that are military and veteran friendly. They then recommend these businesses to the families of Servicemembers. Also, they participate in local parades and community celebrations and have manned a booth at the county fair.
Deb Grote507-317-8550deb.grote@co.watonwan.mn.us
  
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon - Isanti County
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon - Isanti County was proclaimed in January of 2010. Their goal is to establish an county-wide deployment cycle support program that provides information, services, referral and proactive outreach opportunities for Servicemembers and their families throughout the entire cycle. Their mission is to support and inform Isanti County Servicemembers and their families throughout the deployment cycle so they are aware of the services available to them.
Jim Rostberg763-691-4573isanticountybyr@gmail.com
  
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Martin County
Martin County reaches out to every branch of the military and their families in the rural towns of Ceylon, Dunnell, Fairmont, Granada, Northrop, Ormsby, Sherburn, Trimont, Truman and Welcome. The county was officially proclaimed Sept. 16, 2011. They can be proud of their efforts in planning a Red Bull Send off in May of 2011. As the unit marched down the street, community members lined the parade route with hundreds of people wearing "Support Our Troops" shirts and waving American Flags. They provided a meal and served 1,500 people. Other events include concerts at the opera house, Welcome to the Lakes DJ and Karoke, Military Appreciation Golf Tournament, Let's Go Fishing, bowling, Red Bull Rodeo, Operation Military Kids Day Camp, Military Family Appreciation Day at the Martin County Fair and Operation Christmas Connection. The Fairmont High School offers a service project providing spring yard clean up for military families. In addition, the committee helps by mowing spouse's yard, providing car repairs and sending memorials to military families. This network goes to great lengths to gain exposure by networking with all organizations that may be a good part of the team.
Tammy Plumdhoff507-238-2806mcbtyr@gmail.com
  
Chanhassen Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community
Chanhassen Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community was proclaimed Yellow Ribbon at St. Peter's Catcholic Church, Richfield, on Oct. 10, 2012, in a ceremony attended by Secretary of State Mark Richie and Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash.
Chelsea Petersen952-227-1118cpetersen@ci.chanhassen.mn.us
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