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Senior Training Coordinators in Little Falls

Part of the role of the Senior Training Coordinators (STCs) is to function as good-will ambassadors to the community  This is a role that STCs take very seriously  This was apparent in their visit to the Little Falls community Feb 19, 2008

The five STC's from the Norwegian Home Guard: Lt. Col. Odd Skotness, Officer-in-Charge, Lt. Col. Roger Jakobsen, Assistant Officer-in-Charge, Maj Terje Nordgaard, Maj Egil Grindvik and Jan-Tore Berg-Knutsen started their day with an American breakfast at the Little Falls Perkins  This was followed by Col Richard Weaver, Camp Ripley Post Commander and Lt. Col. Skotness joining Donna Hillmerson on Party Line on KTLF Radio  Col Weaver and Lt. Col. Skotness talked about the significance of this year's exchange because the Minnesota National Guard and Norwegian Home Guard are celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Norwegian Exchange

"It is a real pleasure to have the Norwegians here in the studio again," said Hillmerson

At the same time they were on the radio, the other STCs were taking at tour of Crestliner boat factory with Dennis Bjorn, Manufacturing and Environmental Engineer Quality Manager  Mr Bjorn explained the process of manufacturing the Crestliner boats that are made in Little Falls, Minn

This was followed by a visit to the Larson Boat Factory, where the STCs were greeted by President Al Kuebelbeck and Troy Block, Cruiser plant manager  They were given a tour of the plant were they had the opportunity to see the new VEC technique that is being used to manufacture boats

"This was a very interesting tour I was very impressed with all of the boats that we got to see," said Lt. Col. Skotness

"I was most impressed by how clean they keep their factory  It says a lot about the pride they take in their work," said Mr Berg-Knutsen

The STCs even made a special stop into visit the Gum-Drop Tree, which is owned by Jodi Weaver, wife of Col Weaver, Camp Ripley post commander

The day continued with the Business After Hours, held at the Camp Ripley Training and Community Center, where the Norwegian's hosted the Little Falls Chamber of Commerce  They served the community leaders some traditional Norwegian food and put on a short program explaining some of what they would be eating and where it came from

They finished off their very full day with a trip to watch the Little Falls High School Hockey Team

"It was a great game  They played really great hockey and the Norwegians really enjoyed it," said Lt. Col. Lowel Kruse, STC escort

The day was not just about visiting different businesses and making an appearance  This day was about continuing to build relationship and grow the bonds of friendship that exist between the Norwegians and the Little Falls community

By Officer Candidate Kenneth R Toole
Feb 20, 2008
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