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Governor honors Stillwater as Yellow Ribbon City


Now the work begins

STILLWATER - After receiving recognition from Gov Tim Pawlenty for Stillwater's participation in the state's "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" efforts, the City Council got ready to do the actual work that goes with the honor

At the Jan 5 meeting, council member Mike Polehna thanked fellow council members for being on hand earlier that day at a ceremony at Century College in White Bear Lake The governor and the Minnesota National Guard honored several businesses and three Washington County cities, including Stillwater

"Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" is a statewide initiative in which cities, organizations and businesses assist local members of the armed forces serving overseas and their families Support includes providing help at home while family members are deployed as well as a framework to support returning troops as they return to the community

In his proclamation, Pawlenty urged city leaders not to forget the enormous burden of family members whose loved ones are in harm's way defending the nation He noted that Stillwater is a city that supports military members and spouses in a way that gives peace of mind and support of the community

Polehna, who chaired Yellow Ribbon efforts in Stillwater, said it was an honor to be one of the first five cities in the state to be recognized

With members of the 34th "Red Bull" National Guard Infantry Division returning in February, city officials have already started planning ways to welcome them home

Because many Soldiers returning from deployment to Basra, Iraq, have missed one or more hunting seasons, they are invited to a pheasant hunt March 14 at Wild Wings of Oneka, Polehna said The city is looking for businesses or individuals to help support the hunt or sponsor a Soldier Polehna is hoping for 100 hunters with 76 troops signed up so far The Yellow Ribbon network needs to raise another $5,000 to make the hunt available for 100 returning Soldiers, Polehna said Those interested in donating should access wwwcistillwatermnus

City officials also started the process of posting one or more welcome home banners in downtown Stillwater to welcome area troops as they return

Now the real work of supporting the troops who "have been away for a year sacrificing for us" start, Mayor Ken Harycki said

by Loretta Harding
Contributing Writer

Published:
Thursday, January 14, 2010 2:32 PM CST

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Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
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April 7, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make so their family members can serve. An estimated 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by the deployment of a parent.

"Military children bear a lot while their family members serve," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "It is up to us to support these resilient kids and help to lessen their burden."

An event to honor military kids in Minnesota will take place April 13, 2018, at the Mall of America rotunda from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities will include appearances by the Teddy Bear Band and meet and greets with Nickelodeon characters.



Forging a path to career success

Posted: 2018-03-16  08:45 AM
Col. Angela Steward-Randle ST. PAUL, Minn. - Col. Angela Steward-Randle grew up in a military family - her father served in the Army on active duty - but it was a chance encounter with a friend at college that led her to want to make the military a career.

"My story is no different than many others," Steward-Randle, the Director of Human Resources, Manpower and Personnel for the Minnesota National Guard said. "I was in college and looking for financial resources to help pay for it."

Her college friend suggested they attend a summer training with the Reserve Officer Training Corps that had no obligation and could earn them some money. The friend never ended up going, but Steward-Randle did. After earning recognition as the top honor graduate and receiving an offer of a scholarship, she was hooked.



Minnesota Guardsman Receives Award for Combating Drugs in his Community

Posted: 2018-03-09  03:13 PM
Counterdrug WOODBURY, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Benjamin Kroll, an analyst with the Minnesota National Guard's Counterdrug Task Force who is assigned to work with the Hennepin County Sherriff's Office was recognized for his achievements as the Analyst of the Year during the 2018 Minnesota Association of Crime and Intelligence Analysts Training Symposium in Woodbury, Minnesota, March 7, 2018.

Through a partnership with Minnesota law enforcement agencies throughout the state, the Minnesota National Guard Counterdrug Task Force (MNCDTF) supports the anti-drug initiatives to counter all primary drug threats and vulnerabilities through the effective application of available assets, said Maj. Jon Dotterer, Counterdrug Coordinator for the State of Minnesota. The goal for the program is to support federal, state, tribal, and local agencies in the detection, disruption, interdiction, and curtailment of illicit drugs.

Kroll is one of sixteen service members on the Counterdrug Task Force that provides this force-multiplying service to our communities against illicit drug-use. With the information that law enforcement provide through their patrols and daily operations, Kroll and his colleagues across the state assist by putting together a figurative picture with all of the gathered information which aids in identifying how to move forward with legal action to deter or prevent the sale or use of illegal narcotic drugs.



Women Opened Doors in Minnesota National Guard

Posted: 2018-03-08  09:05 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - "The battlefront is no place for women to be," said Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Kurtzweg, 125th Field Artillery, in an article published in 1976. "There are certain jobs girls say they can do, but they just can't do ... the battlefront is no place for women to be. Other countries in the world use women in combat, but the U.S. has not come around to that way of thinking." Kathy Berg, a New Ulm reporter summarized at the time. "So women in the New Ulm unit take care of personnel files and pay records and leave the fighting to the men."

The Minnesota National Guard has "come around to that way of thinking" since those early days of gender integration. In the last 44 years women have made momentous strides toward inclusion and acceptance. Their accomplishments are testimony to their fortitude and the progressive development of the Minnesota National Guard.

When an accomplished female Soldier is credited with breaking barriers she will often pass that honor to the women that preceded her. Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne is such a leader. She acknowledges that she is one of the first females in the Minnesota National Guard who has held key leadership roles, however she sees it differently. "I feel responsible for all women in uniform," said Clyborne. "Women before me opened the door, now I've cleared the room. It's up to the women behind me to hold the room."



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