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

Success Stories

The Zimmerman American Legion dedicated a Gold Star memorial monument on Saturday, June 8. Several members of the ICBYR Taskforce were in attandance and said it was a very beautiful service. The location is just south of Zimmerman along the east side of USTH 169 on 257th Ave. NW




Four members of the ICBYR Task Force were present at Cambridge-Isanti High School today, May 8th, for Military Signing Day.  Eight students participated in the Signing and Swearing In Ceremony.Five are enlisting with the Army National Guard and 3 with the United States Army

Board Member Gail Genin spoke on behalf of ICBYR and distributed ICBYR literature 

School Liaison Bruce Danielson distributed the ICBYR Challenge Coins to each inductee.

Photos below


Snowflake Parade float and participants November 18th


BYR Golf Tournament September 15th 2023. More photos of participants below.


Thank you to everyone who made the day possible!!



Snap Fitness in Isanti and Cambridge collected cash and items to be sent to the troops overseas. Thank you Snap Fitness!!


Below is a photo of the BYR group at the Isanti Rodeo Parade July 2023

Below are some photos from the ICBYR Scholarship Golf Tournament September 16th 2022

Click below to view a Power Point Presentation of BYR's latest community events.

ICBYR 2022 Events.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [11.5 MB]


Isanti County veterans were invited to participate in “Silent Dismissal” at the Cambridge Primary School on May 27th, the Friday before Memorial Day weekend to honor all veterans.


Several Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Task Force members participated in the event.


The children from the Cambridge Primary and Intermediate Schools marched by the veterans, hands over their hearts, carrying American flags and patriotic artwork they had made.  They were orderly and silent to honor the veterans.


It was a beautiful site and if you didn’t shed a tear or two you did better than I did!

Thank you to the teachers who organized this.



The following photos are from the BYR Gala held May 7th at the Armed Forces Reserve Community Center.

Group shot of the attendees and the serving staff of Sea Cadets. (note: See flyer on calendar page for Sea Cadet event)

A table of guests at the BYR Gala.


The 2022 Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (ICBYR) scholarships were awarded at the April 21st ICBYR Task Force meeting.  What a wonderful night! 

We were so pleased with the quality of the essays and letters of recommendation for all of the applicants.  The four winners were shining examples. We were also very happy to have our first non-traditional winner!

Sara Crist – is a senior at Cambridge Isanti High School

Lacy Cuda – is a senior at Braham Area High School

Sophia Hetteen – is a senior at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School

Amanda Stenberg – is the wife of a soldier and mother of 3 ready to return to school

Please see below for pictures from the evening and see the article in the May 5th edition of the County News Review for more information about each of the winners.

If you are interested in applying for an ICBYR scholarship, check the ICBYR website in January 2023.

Congratulations to all the awardees!!  (not pictured: Amanda)

Pictured above (left to right) are Brian Christensen of Ascension Roofing & Siding, Jim Rostberg Chair of ICBYR, and Jesse Sage of Sage Cleaning, LLC as they presented checks to Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon at a recent Task Force Meeting.

Our sincere thanks to Jesse for hosting the fundraiser and for the other companies for matching the donation!

Jesse Sage of Sage Cleaning, LLC hosted a fundraiser for Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, donating a percentage of his proceeds for a month.  He raised $600.00!

Using FaceBook, Jesse then challenged other local businesses to match his donation.

Ascension Roofing & Siding and First Bank & Trust both matched the $600.00 donation for a total of $1800.00 to be used for direct support of local veterans and their families.



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.

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