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Yellow Ribbon Volunteer recognized at Twins game

When Beyond the Yellow Ribbon announced the nomination period for Yellow Ribbon volunteers in early April, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput's name was almost immediately submitted As such, he was the first Yellow Ribbon volunteer selected for recognition by the Minnesota Twins during the 2011 season For his outstanding volunteer efforts, Orput was given four tickets to the April 28 game at Target Field

He brought along three of his good friends and colleagues and was recognized at home plate during the pregame ceremonies

"This was my first time at Target Field," Orput said, "and here I am walking by the Twins dugout"

One nomination came from Stillwater council member Mike Pohlena, who attended the game with Orput

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"During flood preparations, he brought the entire Washington County Attorney's Office to help fill sandbags," Pohlena said "He does a lot, period"

Last summer Orput and his wife, Tami, helped with a Yellow Ribbon Network golf fundraiser, and he remains an active committee member in the Stillwater and Hugo Yellow Ribbon Networks

Additionally, the former Marine and Vietnam veteran is dedicated to helping the Hugo American Legion on every 3rd Wednesday of each month during their Build-A-Burger night, which raises money to sustain the Yellow Ribbon Network Orput was on the ground floor of establishing a veteran's court in Hennepin County, and is now working on getting one started in Washington County

The volunteer work Orput does is fueled by his passion to help other returning veterans transition all the way home He's quick to reach out to Service members and military families in need, and goes out of his way to assist veterans in all walks of life

"These guys returning, they're the ones struggling," Orput said

In addition to Pohlena, Orput brought Hugo Yellow Ribbon leader and city council member Chuck Haas and Vietnam veteran Johnnie Johnsen All four deserved the recognition as active volunteers in the Washington County Yellow Ribbon Networks

"I do my part," Orput said, "but these guys are true volunteers"

Showing their commitment to Service members and their families, the Minnesota Twins are recognizing individuals that make Beyond the Yellow Ribbon a success throughout the 2011 season The second nomination period for Yellow Ribbon volunteers opened on May 2

This time around Beyond the Yellow Ribbon will be looking for outstanding Yellow Ribbon Network mothers, in honor of Mother's Day To nominate a deserving volunteer, visit wwwBeyondTheYellowRibbonorg

By Sgt Patrick Loch
Beyond The Yellow Ribbon
28 April, 2011






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