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Dayton to speak at Beyond Yellow Ribbon event

August 17, 2011
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer, The Journal

NEW ULM - Gov. Mark Dayton has been confirmed to speak at a Beyond The Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) Proclamation event set for Friday, Sept. 16 in the Martin Luther College Auditorium.

The event, which will proclaim the founding of BTYR organizations in Watonwan, Martin and Jackson counties, was announced Tuesday.

Open to the public, the event will include …

For more information, call 507-276-3805 or visit www.beyondtheyellowribbon.org
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