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Minnesota National Guard
An 'awesome' day for Crookston, a Yellow Ribbon City

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Pictured left to right Wednesday with Crookston’s proclamation are Bravo Company Capt Daniel Price, Keith Mykleseth, Tim Motherway, Bill and Jamie Cassavant, and Elaine Metzger

Crookston —
 For all that it’s done, all it does and all that it plans to do in the future to support local military personnel and their families before, during and after various deployments, Crookston on Wednesday was named one of Minnesota’s first “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” communities at a ceremony in Farmington, Minn

    Farmington was the state’s first such community, proclaimed as such in December 2008

    Gov Tim Pawlenty and retiring Major General Larry Shellito of the Minnesota National Guard were on hand to make the proclamation In all, 30 Minnesota cities, counties, companies and other entities were also recognized at the event

    “It was an awesome day, a really cool day for our community,” said Crookston Police Chief Tim Motherway, who since April has led the local effort to achieve Beyond the Yellow Ribbon status for Crookston

    The committee led by Motherway met weekly from April until the summer commenced, developing Crookston’s plan and conducting various training sessions “We’re still going today; we’ve come a really long way,” he said “We’re really trying to get the word out on what being a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon City means We have the plan, now the work will really begin as we implement it”

    According to information from the Minnesota National Guard, the action plans put together by the recognized counties, cities and companies demonstrate a commitment and understanding that they are suited to support their military families today and into the future 

Yellow Ribbon proclamations
Yellow Ribbon Cities
    - Community Partnership (Bayport, Bayport Township, Oak Park Heights
and West Lakeland Township)
    - Central Minnesota Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Consortium (Cold Spring, Richmond, Rockville, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, St Augusta, St Cloud, St Joseph, and Waite Park )
    - Crookston
    - Duluth
    - Hastings
    - Lake Elmo
    - Lakeville
    - Mahtomedi
    - Spring Lake Park
    - South St Paul
    - Willmar

Yellow Ribbon Companies
    - Dakota County Technical College
    - Capella University
    - St Cloud State
    - Globe University/Minn School of Business
    - Rochester Community Technical College

Yellow Ribbon Counties
    - Brown County
    - Southeast MN (Rochester & Olmsted Co)

 By Mike Christopherson, Managing Editor
Crookston Daily Times
Posted Sep 23, 2010 @ 12:31 PM
Copyright 2010 Crookston Times Some rights reserved

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