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Minnesota National Guard
Spring Lake Park seeking Yellow Ribbon status

Spring Lake Park is seeking Yellow Ribbon City status to help develop a community support network for local military service members and their families

The Minnesota National Guard program empowers community leaders to synchronize assistance efforts throughout deployment

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

The city, in coordination with Kraus-Hartig VFW Post 6587, 8100 Pleasant View Dr, is inviting citizens to attend a city training event for its Beyond the Yellow Ribbon effort Tuesday, April 13, from 6:30 to 9 pm at the VFW post

Mayor Bob Nelson is leading the effort; Commander Don LaCroix is serving as co-chairman

"We need people to bring their ideas, energy and lots of enthusiasm to the April 13 meeting,"� Nelson said "There's tons of work to do and it's a good cause"�

The Yellow Ribbon campaign is designed to increase the awareness of the challenges service members and especially families face as a result of deployments

The campaign calls for counties, cities, companies, churches, campuses and K-12 schools to ask what they can do to support military families in their immediate community

Participants are asked to draft a sustainable action plan, which is submitted to the Minnesota National Guard for review and Gov Tim Pawlenty for final approval and issuance of an official proclamation

Spring Lake Park's initial event April 13 is for community leaders and anyone interested in learning more

Attendees will be broken out into their specific markets (businesses, clergy, elected officials, etc) for a brainstorming session led by a Guard professional

Sgt. 1st Class Melanie Nelson is director of marketing and communications with the Minnesota National Guard's "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon"� program

Nelson said Hugo, Stillwater and Woodbury are the other Yellow Ribbon Cities with approved proclamations, as well as Isanti and Washington counties

According to Nelson, the next round for proclamations is scheduled for this July Dozens of cities and counties are expected apply for Yellow Ribbon status

The cities of Hastings, Lake Elmo, North Branch and Eden Prairie are currently in the consideration pipeline, along with Brown County, Nelson said

For additional information about Spring Lake Park's participation in Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, contact Mayor Bob Nelson at 763-742-0873 (after 3:30 pm) or Commander Don LaCroix 763-458-0479 or visit wwwBeyondTheYellowRibbonorg for background about the Minnesota National Guard program

Tim Hennagir is at timhennagir@ecm-inccom

Saturday, 03 April 2010
by Tim Hennagir
Life Editor

Article source: http://abcnewspapers.com/index.php

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