Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

by Jim Boyle Editor Staff Sgt. Dan Westby has been deployed three times in his 16 years of service with the Minnesota Army National Guard, once to Kosovo and twice to Iraq. The former Elk River resident was greeted by a parade in downtown Anoka upon his return from Kosovo in 2000. It was the [...]

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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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