Beyond The Yellow Ribbon of Isanti County
Beyond The Yellow Ribbon of Isanti County

Success Stories

Hats off to our BYR volunteers that paraded at the State Fair August 31st 2021. Thank You!!


Outdoor picnic fun!


84th Troop Command at their annual solider and family picnic.


Freedom Fest held at the Isanti County Fair on July 21st. 2021


Thank you to all the volunteers!!!


A great day thanks to our volunteers!


Michael Salley, veteran and singer songwriter from Isanti, performs at Freedom Fest 7/21/21

BYR Task Force members just before the Isanti Rodeo parade July 2021



Line up just before the Isanti Rodeo Parade July 2nd 2021


Congratulations to our two 2021 ICBYR Scholarship awardees!!

Pictured left: Jacelyn attending St. Cloud State University majoring in elementary education.

Pictured right: Kenzie, majoring in nursing.


Photos from the 2020 BYR Scholarship Golf Tournament


A great day for golfing!


Maybe giving golf tips?


Not everyone golfed that day




BYR members packing on February 12th boxes for shippment overseas


Susan Morris and Carol Ann Smith represented Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon at the Polaris Battalion Military Ball held January 11, 2020 at the Braham Event Center.


Polaris Battalion at their banquet in Braham January 11th 2020



More packages for the troops overseas!! Thank you to all our BYR volunteers!! These were sent December 17th



The Snowflake Parade was a great sucess thanks to the Isanti BYR volunteers that showed up to ride on the float and walk in the parade.



Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Task Force members met November 14th to pack boxes to send to local troops deployed overseas.

Magazines, books, and treats donated by Task Force members or purchased by the Fleet Farm customers “Treats for Troops“ drive were gathered and organized by ICBYR “Packages for the Deployed” Committee Chair Dan Jakovich (R).

The boxes were mailed that day. Our thanks to the staff at the Cambridge Post Office for their assistance.



Filling out customs forms to mail the boxes to the troops over seas.



Our thanks to Fleet Farm in Cambridge for collecting “Treats for Troops”  from their customers throughout the month of October and donating all collected items to Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (ICBYR).

 The picture shows ICBYR “Packages for the Deployed” Committee Chair Dan Jakovich and Fleet Farm Marketing and Pricing Coordinator Sandra Hippen with the first cart full of treats.

ICBYR will be packing Holiday boxes for Troops deployed overseas and mailing them mid-November.  Our sincere thanks to Fleet Farm and their customers for this generous donation to support our Troops!




Thank You to Star 95 Car Wash for the Veterans Day/November Car Wash promotion benefiting Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. Star 95 offered a $5 discount on their 5-Star Wash with a cash donation at the register. A check for $725 was presented to Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.



Isanti Rodeo Parade July 2019. Leading off the BYR float was the Sea Cadets holding our banner.



BYR volunteers staffing the float, Great smiles!!



2019 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: left to right. Shelby, Alexandra, Bailey, Megan

BYR Scholarship committee in the back row.


St. Cloud VA name Virtual Health Center of Excellence! Read full story here

St. Cloud VA Health Care System press release page



Snowflake Parade November 17th 2018. It was a great success!



Starting out the parade on Military Appreciation Day, MN State Fair 2018


Isanti BYR at the MN State Fair in the parade on Military Appreciation Day 2018


Isanti County BYR booth at Braham Pie Day 2018: L-R Gail, Jim, Carol Ann



Pictured L-R: ICBYR Secretary Carol Ann Smith, Chaplain John Law from the St. Cloud VAMC, ICBYR Congregational Community Liaison Brent Lund and Candi Lund




Chili Feed at the Arctic Splash on Long Lake Feb 2018. Thank you to our volunteers!



 Minnesota Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Joining Community Forces conference held at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. From left to right, Jim Rostberg, Minnesota National Guard Brigadier General Sandra Best, Brent Lund, Carol Ann Smith November 2nd.

BYR marched in the 2017 State Fair Veteran's Day parade



The 2015 BYR Golf Tournament was a great success thanks to all the golfers, sponsors and volunteers! Here are some photos of the event, with a link to more great photos. Dropbox photos

Thank you to Girl Scout Troop 13021 for donating boxes and boxes of Girl Scout cookies for our Service Members over seas. Thank you very much!!!

The recycling event at Clarence's Recycling 05/16/2015 was a great success thanks to the many volunteers that helped out!

On September 26, 2014, Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon hosted its First Annual Golf Tournament at The Purple Hawk Country Club. 76 golfers came out to support Isanti County service members, veterans and their families. Over $8,500 was raised and all of these funds will be used to support our mission. Pictured are the two first place teams. Men’s team, left to right, Brent Hendrickson, Don Pykola, (Neil Hendrickson Standing in for Tom Larson) and Tony Bachelor. Mixedteam, left to right, Lance Oelrich, Sr., Michelle Perry, and Mitch Perry. Not pictured Lance Oelrich, Jr.

The Isanti County Fair BYR booth (2014) was a great success thanks to the many volunteers that helped out! Thank You!

The 850th HEC family picnic on June 15th 2014 was a great success!

Family members at lunch

Lunch time!

Worker volunteers from BYR Task Force. Thank you all!

Clarence's Spring Recycling Day on May 17 was a great success! Thank you Clarence's for the donation to Isanti BYR!

Here is are two photos of the crew that day.

A big thank you goes to Girl Scout Troop 13021! They donated 139 boxes of cookies for the troops overseas.

The chili feed at Captains on Long Lake during the Arctic Plunge 2014 went very well. Here is a photo of our volunteers courtesy of Oster Photo

Here is a photo of members of the 114th Transportation Company saying thank you for their BYR Camo Bed rolls

Isanti BYR held a Christmas party for the families of the 850th HEC December 7th. Here are two photos of the fun.

Isanti BYR would like to thank Captain's on Long Lake for all their support. Here is a photo of the owner receiving a support plaque.

Isanti BYR would like to thank the City of Cambridge for all their support. Here is the City Council receiving a support plaque on November 18th 2013.

Isanti BYR received a certificate of appreciation for our efforts supporting the Red Bulls.

Isanti BYR would like to thank our very special supporters Clarence's Recycling and Star 95 Wash for their generous donations to our program. Here is a photo of them receiving a special supporter plaque at our September 19th meeting.

On Sunday July 14th 2013 the 849th had their deployment ceremony in Litchfield and Isanti Beyond the Yellow Ribbon was there and passed out over 100 camo bedrolls!

On May 4th another successful Clarence's Recycling day was completed! Thank you to Clarence's Recycling for hosting another Beyond The Yellow Ribbon aluminum can drive, $1,350 was donated from aluminum cans that day!

The "Penny A Pound" metal drive was very successful thanks to the many customers that brought in their scrap metal. Clarence's then donated 1 penny for every pound of metal brought in since last May. This program earned Isanti County BYR $6,505.67!

All totaled on May 4th 2013 Clarence's Recycling donated just over $8,377 to Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon!!

Also thank you to all the Isanti County BYR network volunteers that helped out on May 4th 2013!
On May 14, 2013, the Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon was recognized at the Minnesota Twins game as follows: (pictures attached)

May 14, 2013
Imagine a loudspeaker booming across Target Field
"Please direct your attention to home plate. The Minnesota Twins are pleased to recognize our commitment to Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a program pioneered by the Minnesota National Guard to connect all Minnesota service members and their families with community support, services and resources."

"Throughout this season, the Twins will recognize Yellow Ribbon Networks that go above and beyond in supporting service members and their families."

"Tonight, we are recognizing Isanti County ’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network. Their network was established in February 2009 and they received the Governor’s Yellow Ribbon Proclamation recognition in January 2010. Approximately 30 people are involved in their network. Something very unique to their network is they provide quilted bedrolls for all deploying service members in their county. They recently provided 150 quilts to the deployed 850th (pronounce eight, fiftieth) Horizontal Engineer Company. This network has been involved in everything from home repairs to assisting in snow removal and yard cleanup."

"On the field tonight is Bob Boone, Committee Chair, Susan Morris, Committee Vice Chair, Jim Rostberg, Treasurer, Gail Genin, Fundraising Chair."

"Thank you Isanti County ’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network!"

and then comes the standing ovation!!!
Snowflake Parade in Cambridge, November 17th 2012. We had a great turn out for our "float"; nine supporters of Isanti BYR marched this year. Thank you to all our supporters who marched and cheered!
Bob B. receiving a check for $500 from the East Central Minnesota Chapter 684 of the Viet Nam Veterans of America.
The 850th HEC picnic was a great success thanks to the many volunteers from BYR Isanti.
Everyone loves a picnic on a great summer day!!
Our table at the chili feed at Captian's on Long Lake March 2nd 2012
Volunteers serving up Chili at Captian's. This was registration night for the Arctic Plunge 2012
Camo quilts being passed out to service members.
More quilts being passed out!
Susan Morris and Capt. Ronald Broadway
Breakfast with the 704th Chemical Company
Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Isanti hosted a breakfast for the 704th Chemical Company based in Cambridge the breakfast was held January 7th 2012

Advantage Collection Professionals collected gifts to donate to families of deployed service members.

Thank you one and all for your donations!
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