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Hugo earns its 'Yellow Ribbon'


WHITE BEAR LAKE - It takes a village In this case, the village of Hugo to earn distinction as a Yellow Ribbon community

On Jan 5, Gov Tim Pawlenty officially made the proclamation honoring about a dozen cities, churches, counties and businesses at Century College in White Bear Lake

Hugo joined Stillwater and Woodbury, Washington County and Stillwater-based Cub Foods in receiving a Yellow Ribbon certificate at the governor's summit for supporting families of deployed National Guard members

The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign is a grassroots effort started by the National Guard to educate community leaders on how to develop a network of support for service members and their families, a network it calls Ft Minnesota The campaign depends on local volunteers who donate time and talent to help families with shoveling snow, helping with household repairs, mowing grass or even babysitting

National Guard Lt. Col. Barbara O'Reilly noted Hugo's March pheasant hunt at Wild Wings of Oneka during the governor's presentation, as an example of what communities are doing to support returning Soldiers

Pawlenty told community and business leaders attending the summit he hopes to make Minnesota the most veteran-friendly and military-friendly state in the country

Soldiers have "given up a chunk of their time" to serve their country, the governor said, "and if need be, they are willing to lay down their lives It is an enormous gesture and act of generosity and love for our country and its citizens What level of commitment should we give back? We need to support them in every possible way"

The message that Yellow Ribbon organizations provide, Pawlenty added, "is a sense of 'I am not in this alone' Thank you for recognizing the importance of our freedom and efforts to support our troops"

Century College is one of 45 campuses in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system that has a veterans center Service men and women can take a wide variety of courses through Minnesota Online and can take advantage of an online goal planning program called GPS LifePlan, which was developed at Century

by Debra Neutkens
Staff Writer


Published:
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 6:42 PM CST

Debra Neutkens can be reached at reporter@press pubscom or 651-407-1230

Article source: http://www.presspubs.com/



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Posted: 2018-05-22  10:16 AM
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Posted: 2018-05-21  03:51 PM
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"Early coordination with the units across four states combined with exceptional unit leadership and motivated Soldiers helped us to quickly build the task force when we closed on Fort Irwin," said Lt. Col. Kevin O'Brien, Task Force Commander. "I was thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and teamwork of task force Soldiers. This was an outstanding training opportunity that challenged every Soldier to grow as individuals and units daily."



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Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.



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