Crow Wing County has been named a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon County by Gov. Mark Dayton.
On June 19, representatives of Crow Wing County’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon committee accepted the official proclamation from Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner-Solon at a ceremony at Camp Ripley. The cities of Brainerd and Baxter were also recognized.
Crow Wing County was recognized for creating a network that connects service members and their families with community support, training, services and resources.
“It’s great to see the outpouring of community support for our military families,” said Bob Nelson, veteran’s service office for Crow Wing County. “This provides a very useful and practical way to assist these families.”
The community members involved in the Crow Wing County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network include: Staci Headley, chair; James Wallin, Brainerd mayor; Darrell Olson, Baxter mayor; Tina Foster, Nisswa City Council; David Meyer, Jim Starkey and Bill Leonhardt, veterans group representatives; Rosemary Franzen, county commissioner; Cpt. Rob Grutsch, Sgt. 1st Class Nathanael Porisch and Master Sgt. Michael Powers of 1/194 Brainerd Army National Guard; police chiefs Corky McQuiston of Brainerd and Jim Exsted of Baxter; Dan Fischer, Brainerd High School; business representatives Jim McBride, Amanda Lueke and Kathryn Stoka; Lester Frans with faith-based organizations; Betsy Huston and Bob Nelson representing Social Services/medical services in the community; and Tami Klucas, Camp Ripley Family Assistance Center.
Maj. Joseph Sanganoo, who was instrumental in the early leadership of the group, was transferred to a new unit before the designation was awarded.
The program is a resource for current and former service members from any branch who are in need of assistance, Headley said.
“For example, volunteers give of their time to assist deployed families in many ways including help with lawn care, transportation or child care. This helps the soldier know that his or her family is taken care of while they are deployed,” Headley said.
Headley encouraged service members and their families to contact the organization for any support or assistance they may need.
“There are many volunteers willing and able to assist,” she said.
If you are a military family that needs services or if you would like to volunteer, contact Staci Headley at 218-831-0137 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact the Veteran’s Service Office in Community Services at 218-824-1058.