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Minnesota National Guard
Camp Ripley impacts the economic and environmental health of the county

By Wendy Kresha, Staff Writer
Posted Apr 13, 2011

Colonel Scott St Sauver updated the Morrison County Board of Commissioners on the economic and environmental impact of Camp Ripley, Tuesday Pictured are (from left): Commissioners Jeff Schilling, Tom Wenzel, Rich Collins, Don Meyer, Duane Johnson, Executive Assistant for Morrison County, Connie Waytashek, Command Sgt Maj Daniel Smith and Col Scott St Sauver

Tuesday, the Morrison County Board of Commissioners heard a from Colonel Scott St Sauver, Post Commander of Camp Ripley, that the total 2010 Camp Ripley economic impact was more than $352 million

Camp Ripley impacts the economic health of the county by providing an environment that both military personnel and civilians are able to utilize

“The military strength at Camp Ripley for the next six months is planned to be approximately 24,066 soldiers This number includes troops from throughout the state and neighboring states coming to Camp Ripley for a variety of different military trainings,” said St Sauver

“There will be a civilian strength of approximately 19,150 people during that same time period Many civilians utilize Camp Ripley’s resources, including local schools, Boy Scout troops and Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) employees training to run snowplows I am especially grateful to the Mn/DOT employees in January when they are keeping our roads safe This is an excellent use of Camp Ripley’s resources,” he said

St Sauver went on to update the commissioners on the infrastructure projects that are occurring at Camp Ripley, the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program and Camp Ripley’s planned involvement in the Little Falls Schools Day of Caring

“We currently have projects under way which include the update of our roads, water and sewer across our cantonment area, construction of the State of Minnesota Emergency Management Training Center and East Gate additions Projects scheduled to begin this year are a leadership reaction course, Unmanned Aerial Support facility, and instrumentation of our Combined Arms Collective Training Site,” said St Sauver

“Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a program that educates soldiers and families on the resources and services available before, during, and after a deployment It was developed by the Minnesota National Guard as a way to ensure Minnesota soldiers and families are given the tools to deal with the issues surrounding multiple deployments,” he said

Camp Ripley is also planning to participate in the Day of Caring in conjunction with the Little Falls School District

“We will be assisting in community projects in Little Falls, Randall and Camp Ripley We are attempting to add some of our Earth Day activities from Camp Ripley as part of this community project,” said St Sauver

In addition to the economic impact Camp Ripley has on the county, St Sauver told the Commissioners that Camp Ripley affects the environmental health of the county

“Camp Ripley participates in a conservation program, animal surveys and community outreach Good environmental stewardship is good for the community and the military It provides education and research for the citizens and allows soldiers to train 24/7,” he said

The commissioners commended St Sauver and Camp Ripley for their involvement in the community

Commissioner Duane Johnson said, “Camp Ripley has always been a good neighbor”

Commissioner Tom Wenzel said, “I live about three miles from Camp Ripley The booming noise I hear from Camp is music to my ears This tells me America will be well taken care of Thank you for all you do”

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