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Redwood Falls Proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon City

Posted on August 07, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Categories: Greater Minnesota, Veterans, Military Servicemembers


Redwood Falls is now recognized as a Yellow Ribbon city.

Redwood Falls, Minnesota was recognized as a Yellow Ribbon city during the Yellow Ribbon Proclamation ceremony today, August 7, 2014. The Yellow Ribbon Recognition Program pays tribute to communities and companies with an exceptional record of caring, commitment, and compassion for service members, veterans, and their families through various programs and public works.

"The men and women of the Minnesota National Guard, other U.S. Forces, and their families, have earned our admiration and appreciation," said Governor Mark Dayton. "They have also earned our continuing assistance. I thank the Redwood Falls community for joining nearly 300 Yellow Ribbon cities, counties, and businesses, who have committed to support our Minnesota heroes, when they return home."

Because of the efforts of the people of Redwood Falls, service members, veterans, and their families enjoy peace of mind knowing they have the appreciation, love, and support of people in Minnesota and the nation.


Cargill Recognized as a Yellow Ribbon Company

Posted on July 09, 2014 at 3:16 PM
Categories: Military Servicemembers, Jobs, Veterans

Governor Dayton recognizes Cargill as a Yellow Ribbon Company
Governor Dayton recognizes Cargill as a Yellow Ribbon Company

Minneapolis-based Cargill was recognized as a Yellow Ribbon company during a Yellow Ribbon Proclamation ceremony at Cargill’s Whitney MacMillan Auditorium in Hopkins, Minnesota on July 9, 2014. 

The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Proclamation recognizes the combined efforts of key areas within a company to support service members, veterans and military families and enable successful transition into the workplace for those who are returning from deployments. 

“The men and women of the Minnesota National Guard, other U.S. Forces, and their families, have earned our admiration and appreciation. They have also earned our continuing assistance,” said Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. “I thank Cargill for joining over 200 Yellow Ribbon cities, counties, and businesses, who have committed to support our Minnesota heroes, when they return home.” 

In addition to the proclamation, Cargill re-signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s Statement of Support, further solidifying their commitment to supporting the service members Cargill employs.


Attention Veterans: Largest Veterans Career Fair in Minnesota Will Be Held July 9

Posted on July 07, 2014 at 2:07 PM
Categories: Economy, Veterans, Jobs

Veteran discusses career opportunities 
Veteran discusses career opportunities with potential employer

ST. PAUL – The 2014 Minnesota Veterans Career Fair, the largest event in the state for military veterans who are looking for work, will be held in Brooklyn Center on Wednesday, July 9. Governor Mark Dayton will address employers and veterans in attendance.

The free event, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive. All current and former members of the U.S. military are welcome.

More than 140 Minnesota employers with job openings are scheduled to participate.

“Veterans are committed, creative and innovative in their pursuit of success, and Minnesota employers know that they are valuable members of the workforce,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “The annual Minnesota Veterans Career Fair is the largest career fair for veterans in the state, and is just one way we are working to reemploy our servicemen and women in meaningful careers.”

New to this year’s career fair, DEED and MACV will partner in a program called Suits for Soldiers to provide donated interview suits for participants. A limited number of suits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the event. 
Other highlights of the career fair include:
-- Employers will speak with veterans about current job openings and conduct interviews on site for open positions.
-- College representatives will discuss educational and training options.
-- Service providers will assist with employment-related needs, as well as provide information and referrals to nonwork-related services for veterans.
-- Workshops will be offered on job search techniques and starting a business.    


Commonsense Reforms for Minnesota Veterans

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Veterans, Jobs, Public Safety, Military Servicemembers

Nearly 400,000 military veterans call Minnesota home. We are proud to have them. Our veterans have bravely answered the call to service. From the Battle of Gettysburg to Iraq and Afghanistan, Minnesotans have fought to protect our country and our freedoms. Many of Minnesota’s veterans don’t stop serving when they leave the military either.

In 2013, Governor Mark Dayton signed new legislation to help our veterans make the transition. The new reform makes it easier for active duty service members to transition into jobs on the police force. The bill allows military service members to take a police officer reciprocity exam while they are on active duty. Previously, service members were only allowed to take the reciprocity exam after they were honorably discharged. This change allows men and women in the Armed Forces to move into civilian service without a long delay in employment.


Governor Dayton Helps Dedicate Madelia Veterans’ Memorial

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Veterans

Gov. Dayton greeted Minnesota veterans  at the dedication of the Madelia Veterans Memorial. 

Gov. Dayton greeted and thanked MN veterans at the dedication of the Madelia Veterans Memorial

Minnesotans have always found ways to serve. From the 435 men who volunteered to join the 1st Minnesota Infantry Regiment in 1861 and went on to fight at Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg, to the thousands who served in World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts, thousands of Minnesotans have bravely fought and died for our country.

To honor and remember the sacrifices of Minnesota veterans, Governor Mark Dayton helped dedicate the Madelia Veterans’ Memorial last Friday. The site commemorates the sacrifices of veterans in southwestern Minnesota – including 300 veterans from the Madelia-area.

This year, Governor Dayton and the Legislature also honored the sacrifices of Minnesota veterans – funding $23 million in new veteran initiatives. 

• The largest amount – $18 million is going to complete the expansion of the Minneapolis Veterans’ Home. The improved facility will provide high-quality, skilled nursing services for veterans.

• They also provided $1 million to expand the Minnesota GI Bill to help all veterans get a great education after completing their service. Previously, this education benefit was only available to post-9/11 veterans.

• The Governor’s budget also includes an additional $2 million for county veteran service offices across Minnesota. This increased funding will help Minnesota veterans and their families access the benefits and services they have earned. 

Minnesota service members and veterans sacrifice greatly for our country. Initiatives and memorials like these are important ways to say thank you.



Disabled Veterans Eligible for Free Hunting Licenses

Posted on October 09, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Categories: Veterans, Environment

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Minnesota resident military veterans with service-connected permanent disability, as defined by the U.S. Veterans Administration, may obtain an application online at




Why Hire a Veteran

Posted on August 02, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Categories: Veterans

Already there are reports of military veterans landing jobs as a result of the connections they have made during the Minnesota Veterans Career Fair held on July 16. Three veterans were hired by E.J. Ajax & Sons, a metal stamping company in north Minneapolis that had a booth at the event. One of the veterans, Curt Jasper, received the job offer just two days after the career fair.

“Combined, these three veterans have 50 years of experience,” said Erick Ajax, co-owner of the company. “Where else can you find such a group of talented and skilled workers?”

The company hired Matthew Greseth with 14 years of experience in the U.S. Army Reserve; Thomas Searles with eight years of service in the U.S. Army; and Curt Jasper, with 28 years of military experience in the Minnesota National Guard. Both Greseth and Searles are currently active in the reserves.

Greseth was hired for a position in logistics, Searles as a machine operator, and Jasper as a human resource manager.

Kent Djubek, the company’s president, explained why the business seeks to hire veterans. “They are excellent workers and have a strong work ethic,” he said. “All three of them have been trained in skills that are transferable to civilian jobs.”


Growing Veteran-owned Businesses and Creating Jobs for All Minnesotans

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 5:08 PM
Categories: Economy, Veterans, Jobs

A veteran uses a job fair to help find a job.
Minnesota is veteran friendly, with roughly 600 veteran-owned businesses.

Minnesota is home to almost 400,000 veterans and roughly 600 veteran-owned businesses. A few years ago, Minnesota implemented a veteran-owned business preference for state contracting The preference allowed these businesses to be more competitive when bidding on state contracts – helping veterans transition to civilian life and attract more retiring service members to our state.

The change has made Minnesota more veteran friendly and helped small businesses to grow in our state. Minnesota also has a similar preference for minority and women-owned businesses. The preference works by giving firms owned by disadvantaged groups a small boost during the bidding process.


Helping Minnesota Veterans Navigate the System and Access Earned Benefits

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM
Categories: Veterans


With the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our military is downsizing – creating a whole new generation of veterans. What does this mean for Minnesota’s veterans’ resource offices? At a basic level: more veterans who need help accessing state and federal resources.  

After leaving the service Minnesota veterans have access to a myriad of state and federal resources. Instead of requiring our veterans to call or visit a central office in Saint Paul or Washington, D.C., we have veterans’ resource offices in every county of the state.

These small offices provided big value to Minnesota’s veterans – connecting them with advice and assistance when filing claims for state and federal benefits like disability compensation, employment training, and medical treatment. Resource offices also assist veterans and their families with a variety of other programs and provide referrals to other community resources.

This year, Governor Mark Dayton and the DFL legislature provided new funding for Minnesota’s County Veteran Service Offices – ensuring Minnesota veterans receive help when applying for the benefits they have earned. The new resources will be used for veterans outreach efforts and to enhance current services.


Minnesota Honoring More Veterans

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 3:49 PM
Categories: Veterans

Fort Snelling Cemetery 

Fort Snelling has one of the few cemeteries for veterans in Minnesota.

Minnesota veterans lack options for their final resting places. This past legislative session, Governor Dayton and the DFL legislature provided new funding for another state veteran’s cemetery in southeastern Minnesota.

Currently, southeastern Minnesota veterans only have access to the Fort Snelling or Little Falls cemetery sites, both of which are at least two hours away. The lack of nearby options leads many families to bury their loved ones at private cemeteries or churches. Historic Fort Snelling has more than 180,000 internments and will likely reach capacity in the next 50 years, meaning Minnesota needs additional space for veterans soon.

The funding will allow a new cemetery to open during the winter of 2015. Generously, Fillmore County has donated 153 acres for the cemetery – reducing the cost to Minnesota taxpayers. The new site will provide space for more than 50,000 veterans. And there’s definitely a need for the space. Right now, there are over 39,000 veterans within a 75-mile radius of Preston, Minnesota.

The new site also will help businesses in the area, creating new jobs, while honoring veterans. As visitors come to pay their respects, many businesses – such as restaurants, floral shops and hotels – will be able to attract new customers and guests. 

Governor Dayton remains committed to supporting veterans now and in the future. And this new cemetery site will help us remember and honor the sacrifices that American’s armed forces make for all of us.  


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