Live with Outdoors with Heroes


This week we are live at Cragun’s and take a look at what Outdoors with Heros is doing to help service members. We’ll also find out about upcoming events from The Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota. Guests include:

Congressman Tim Walz & Camp Ripley Open House

Camp RipleyThis week U.S. Congressman Tim Walz joins us to talk about sequestration, furloughs, the clearing the VA claims backlog and improving rural healthcare. Also, Camp Ripley Post Commander, Army Col. Scott St. Sauver and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Worden join us to discover the upcoming Camp Ripley Open House. We’ll also hear about upcoming changes to Minnesota’s Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange.

Important updates:
Joint Retiree Appreciation Day
2009 Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone

Minnesota’s Department of Military Affairs

Faribault Armed Forces Reserve Center opens to the communityThis week we’ll discover the role of Minnesota’s Department of Military Affairs and find out about the future of Minnesota’s 64 armories, air bases and training facilities and the impact on their local communities. Guests include:

  • Col. (ret.) Don Kerr, Executive Director
  • Col. Larry Herke, Deputy Facilities Management Officer
  • Don Lein, Senior State Planner

This week’s veteran is former Army Staff Sgt. Lia Yang. To connect with Lia contact the North Saint Paul WorkForce Center at 651.779.5407, or to learn more, visit:

Premier Training Facilities of Minnesota

This week we have Col. Scott St. Sauver, Post Commander of Camp Ripley as a  co-host and retiring Post Command Sgt. Maj. Dan Smith and incoming Post Sgt. Maj. Michael Worden as well as Mary Lee, Environmental Protection Specialist for Arden Hills Training Site.  During the show we discuss the growth and interagency partnerships at each camp as well as the future of Arden Hills and Camp Ripley. We also discussed the strides in being eco-friendly that each training facility has accomplished and what improvements they are heading towards for the future.

This week’s veteran is Heather Mathews. Heather served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy. While on active duty, she was able to use her master’s degree in Intercultural Studies and gained five years of experience working abroad in East and Southeast Asia. She acted as a cross-­‐ cultural consultant and also supervised enlisted members. She has a high aptitude for learning foreign languages and currently speaks Mandarin, Tibetan, and some Thai.

Heather and hundreds of others are ready to work hard on their next mission. Can we Hire Minnesota’s Heroes? To connect with Heather Mathews contact the South Minneapolis Work Force Center at 612-821- 4009. That’s 612-821-4009, or to learn more, visit: Positively Minnesota dot com slash Veterans.

Yellow Ribbon Rendezvous Live at Cragun’s

We’re live in Brainerd, Minnesota for the first annual Yellow Ribbon Rendezvous at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake. Commissioner Larry Shellito joins us as co-host as we talk with Kathryn Stotka of Cragun’s Resort, Steve Campos of the Washington County Yellow Ribbon Network, Mike Farren of the Family Assistance Centers, Col. Scott St. Sauver of the Minnesota National Guard’s Camp Ripley and Rick Johnson of the Minnesota Patriot Guard.