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Duluth Designated As Yellow Ribbon City

On September 22, Duluth will be recognized as a “Yellow Ribbon” City for its work to support military members and their families

Duluth is the first City of the First Class in Minnesota to achieve this designation

Duluth and Rochester are the largest cities in Minnesota to be given this honor

Mayor Ness and several community representatives will travel to Farmington to receive the designation on behalf of the city

This recognition is a culmination of work completed Mayor Ness’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Steering Committee led by co-chairs Richard Dumancas and Jennifer Kuhlman

In April, the committee hosted a training, with over 40 community members in attendance, to develop the foundation for Duluth’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon action plan

The action plan was submitted to the state office of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon for review and approval

“I am proud that Duluth is a city that honors and supports our military families, especially during overseas deployment

This designation reflects commitment to continue to expand the support and services we can offer,” said Mayor Don Ness “I am grateful for the leadership of the Duluth’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Steering Committee and their success in building community support for our military families”

As a Yellow Ribbon city, Duluth will be part of a statewide network that helps connect service members and their families with community resources

Duluth is poised to be a role model for other cities planning to undertake this endeavor

Duluth’s action plan includes specific actions such as identifying volunteer services, developing a military resource guide, and creating a relocation package for military families moving into Duluth

The action plan involves business, education, health, social services, elected officials and faith communities and is aimed at ensuring that military members and their families receive assistance before, during, and following deployment

The designation is timely as the community gathers for the Northland Heroes Tribute at Wade stadium on Saturday and the Lakewalk Festival events, both of which will take time to honor the lives lost on September 11 as well as the service members who are protecting our country, 19,000 of whom are Minnesotans

By KBJR News 1
September 10, 2010
Posted by Melissa Burlaga


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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.



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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."

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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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