Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Active military, reservists, National Guard, veterans and their families are invited to attend a free, kick-off dinner Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 1103 School St. in Elk River. The dinner, sponsored by the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Elk River organization, is a way to honor the military and […]

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Elk River Mayor John Dietz held one of the banners that are now displayed along Highway 10 in downtown Elk River, recognizing the fact that Elk River is a Yellow Ribbon Community, committed to assisting families of deployed military personnel from the area. The banners were purchased with a donation from the Elk River Lions […]

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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 hellfire […]

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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’s Edge Commons […]

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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 Park. “Gov. Dayton will be […]

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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 steering committee. “We’re  now ready to proclaim you as […]

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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 Yellow […]

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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 volunteers in the state’s Yellow Ribbon campaign […]

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