Help place a flag on every Fort Snelling headstone for the first time in 30 years


KARE 11 and Flags for Fort Snelling partner to honor vets this Memorial Day

Help place a flag on every headstone at Fort Snelling National Cemetery for the first time in 30 years.

As Minnesota’s front door for generosity, we are always excited to see all of the support on from Minnesotans to power the good being done by nonprofits and schools in every corner of our state.

As we look forward to Memorial Day next weekend, we are especially thrilled to highlight a major project and fundraiser taking place in the Twin Cities. Flags for Fort Snelling, KARE 11, Mall of America, and RBCU have teamed up to ensure a flag will be placed on every grave at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, a feat which hasn’t been accomplished in more than 30 years.

Help purchase flags for Memorial Day 2018

Below, learn more from KARE 11 on how you can get involved by helping to purchase flags or volunteering to help place the flags next weekend.

Support our local veterans by helping purchase flags during the KARE 11 Flags for Fort Snelling Giving Day

Today, KARE 11 will host a special Flags for Fort Snelling Giving Day. It will be a day spent sharing stories of local veterans and our local heroes.  Your support will ensure every Veteran is honored, both this year and for years to come.
Here’s how you can help:

Help us purchase flags for each headstone for our partner nonprofit Flags for Fort Snelling. Your donation, large or small, will ensure every hero that has been laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery will be remembered this Memorial Day and lay the groundwork to make this a yearly tradition.

Donate to help purchase flags for every Fort Snelling headstone

Volunteer to help place flags over Memorial Day weekend and provide photos to requesting families who are unable to visit in person for Memorial Day. Volunteer registration is available on the Flags for Fort Snelling website.

Volunteer to help place flags over Memorial Day weekend

We only have 11 more days until Memorial Day weekend and we need your support to make this Memorial Day, and those to come, special for every Veteran.

See more of KARE 11’s Flags for Fort Snelling coverage

Hamel VFW Armed Forces Day Dinner & Hanger Dance

The Hamel VFW is hosting an Armed Forces Day Dinner & Dance on Saturday, May 19th, Food from 5-8:00 pm. Rose will be serving burgers and a chicken dinner with all the trimmings. The Arcades will be on stage playing their great classic rock from 7-11:00 pm! We have several prizes for the best ‘dance’ customs. Bring a friend or relative who served in the military and enjoy the evening. Make sure to wear something patriotic and show your colors. I’d like to get a group picture of all the vets. Thank you for your service!

Jim Heimerl
(651) 261-3111


Partners in Prevention Spring Newsletter

We are getting ready to celebrate another great year and we’d love for you to join us. Attached is our Spring Newsletter.

PIP Newsletter Spring 2018.pdf

Monday, June 4th, 9-10:30am
IOCP, Shannon Hall

Coffee and bagels will be provided. 🙂

Alison Wobschall, M.A.

Partners in Prevention, Director
Plymouth, Minnesota
(612) 412-8202


Partners in Prevention is a community coalition working to prevent and reduce youth substance use. We are nearly all volunteers representing more than twelve different sectors within the community, including: business, civic/volunteer organizations, health care, government, law enforcement, media, other substance abuse organizations, parents, religious organizations, school, youth, and youth-serving organizations. We rely heavily on collaboration to support our efforts to positively impact our community. We are hoping to reduce substance use by addressing the factors in our community that increase the risk of use and also by promoting the protective factors that minimize the risk of use.

PIP serves the Wayzata School District, consisting of all or parts of Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Orono, Plymouth, and Wayzata. The district educates over 11,000 students made up of eight elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school.

Plymouth Station Holiday to host PBYR FUNdraiser on July 24th

Allan has been successful in his lobbying efforts with Plymouth Station Holiday!! They will again host PBYR for a BBQ FUNdraiser on July 24th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Plymouth Station Holiday
16825 County Road 24
Plymouth, MN 55447

**Please plan to come out for a burger and also to buy a book of  car washes to support PBYR.

**We need to replenish our funds to continue to perform our mission in the BYR network of cities.  Please bring a friend—everyone needs lunch and a clean car!!

These fundraisers are crucial for PBYR to provide assistance and support to Service Members, Vets and their Families!!

Military OneSource: Dynamic Group Discussion


It is that time again! Another fantastic Dynamic Group Discussion, please pass on to our service/family members.

Topic: Love Can Last

Join us to talk about what helps couples stay together. Learn tips for a healthy, lasting relationship that brings you both contentment and helps you weather any storm. Details and registration is on the attached flier!  Thank you!

Dates: Thursday, May 10, 2018, 8-9 p.m. ET & Wednesday, May 16 2018, 2-3 p.m. ET

NOTE that times are in ET

May 2018 DGD_Love_Can_Last.pdf


Michael J. Meier | Minnesota Military OneSource State Consultant
Contractor | Office: 612-751-4290
Visit or call: 800-342-9647

Friday Night Hamel VFW Dinner & Dance – May 11

We’re changing things up at the VFW this Mom’s Day weekend. We’re hosting a Dinner & Dance Night this Friday, May 11th. Food from 5:00-8:00 pm (1/2 pound hamburgers with trimmings)! The Band Tailspin will be on stage play playing great country and classic rock from 7:00-11:00 pm. ‘There is a $5.00 cover’. Come for dinner and wear your cowboy boots! Please pass this info along. Thanks!

2018 Camp Gratitude

To those not familiar with Camp Gratitude, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a FREE week-long camping experience for military and veteran families to relax and reconnect while building strength and resilience following deployment.  We do this to honor and thank these families for their service too our Country.  Further information, photos and additional inclusions are available at

In 2018, Camp Gratitude will be operating in two (2) locations.  June 15-22 at The Veterans Camp Ground on Big Marine Lake in Marine on St Croix, MN where we will have the honor to host twelve (12) families, and Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch in Stewartville, MN (near Rochester) where we will be hosting 24 families.

Currently we have one (1) opening still available at The Vets Camp location and 12 at the Ironwood Springs location.  If you know of a military family within your community you would like to sponsor, please have them complete an on-line application from our website,

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.


Bill Hottel | founder
Camp Gratitude

Phone 952.500.1476
Address 11200 West 78th Street | Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Plymouth Memorial Day Event: May 24th

I have attached the Program for the Plymouth Memorial Day Event.  It is scheduled for May 24th at 11 AM.

Please pass the announcement to your networks as we would like a strong turnout. The program represents our strong and healthy community.

The program  will remind us of the costs and sacrifices made for our safety & freedom.  Please consider to attend!!

Plymouth Memorial Day Program 2018.pdf

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon


Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC) Town Hall Round Table

On behalf of the MN National Guard, we are asking for your assistance to pass this invitation on to any SPOUSE and DIRECT family members (above the age of 18) of a Service Member who is CURRENTLY in the MN National Guard.

BHMC Town Hall Invitation.pdf

Thank you for your help, much appreciated.


Tiffany Kovaleski

MN State Coordinator – Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC)
Contractor – Alutiiq, LLC
MN National Guard/Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
8180 Belden Blvd
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
(O): (612) 787-2556



The Hamel VFW is hosting a Dinner & Dance Night on Saturday, April 28th. Food from 5-8 with music from 7-10:30. The Arcades are back playing their great classic rock! Last month ‘Anthony’s Sock Hop’ drew 250 people. Call ahead to reserve a table if you have a large party. $5.00 cover charge. Bring some friends and we’ll see you there!

MN United Soccer Military Appreciation Match!

MN United Soccer Military Appreciation Match!

Who: Service members and their families
What: Professional Soccer
Where: Allianz Field, St. Paul MN
When: Saturday May 26 at 7:00 pm

Cost: discounted tickets start at $20

To purchase tickets:

For more info, contact Josh Elvig at

PRINCE – Live on the big screen!  

PRINCE – Live on the big screen!
Presented by Paisley Park

Who:  Service Members, Veterans, and their families
What:  Buy one get one free ticket offer
Where:  Target Center, Minneapolis
When:  Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm – Changed to April 20, 2018
Why:  To celebrate Prince’s legendary career!