Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
by Joni Astrup Associate editor Gov. Mark Dayton has visited the beaches of Normandy and felt the long shadow of World War II. “I’ve stood on one of the beaches there right at the water’s edge and looked ahead into those German bunkers and tried to imagine the courage it took to disembark, the...Read More
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by Don Heinzman Special to the Star News After a year of developing plans to support active military service members and their families, the city of Elk River will be officially certified as a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon city at a ceremony Thursday starting at 6:15 p.m. The ceremony will be at River’...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate editor Gov. Mark Dayton will visit Elk River in August. He will be in downtown Elk River Thursday, Aug. 23, for the official Beyond the Yellow Ribbon certification. The certification will be held prior to the 7 p.m. Riverfront Concert Series at the River’s Edge Commons Par...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor Annette Kuyper, the director of military outreach for the Minnesota Army National Guard, announced this week Elk River has received final approval of its action plan to become a Yellow Ribbon community. “Congratulations,” she said in an email announcement to the local steerin...Read More
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The wife of a deployed soldier in Otsego has hot water again in her home. Her unit had stopped working, and through Kayla Stai working with a Family Service Center in St. Cloud, Justin Femrite, the Elk River city engineer, went to her house and fixed the water heater. Femrite had heard about the Yel...Read More
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Bill dealing with veterans preference for road contracts will be refined, brought back later Click here to read an archived Star News story about Elk River’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon effort. by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter State Rep. Bob Dettmer is seeking a civil immunity provision for vol...Read More
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Thanks for the excellent coverage of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon kickoff event. We’ve come to expect this kind of reporting on important community developments. The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organization is meant to mobilize community resources to serve the needs of military families. We understan...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor Annette Kuyper, the director of military outreach for the Minnesota Army National Guard, helped Elk River launch itself into the next phase of becoming a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community this past weekend. Kuyper was the keynote speaker at the Jan. 7 Beyond the Yellow Ribbon  ...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor A fresh blanket of snow would be a welcome sight tomorrow for Butch and Darla Manke of Elk River. But trace back two years ago, when Butch was deployed as a member of the Army National Guard and snow fell in waves on Christmas Day and in the days before and [...]...Read More
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Organizers behind the effort to create an Elk River branch of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon will host a kickoff celebration from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Elk River American Legion. Annette Kuyper,  director of military outreach for the Minnesota National Guard, will be the keynote speaker....Read More
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