Minnesota Secretary of State and the Merchant Marines

This week we talk to the Minnesota Secretary of State, Steve Simon and find out about the Merchant Marines in World War II. We also get an update about the USS Minnesota and the Navy ball. Guests include:



The Commissioning of the U.S.S. Minnesota


This week, we take you to Norfolk Naval Station, Virginia for the commissioning of the Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced vessel, the U.S.S. Minnesota. We share an exclusive interview with the Secretary of the Navy, talk with the boat’s leaders and take you on an audio tour of the boat (photos). Guests include:

  • Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
  • Captain John Fancher
  • Chief of the Boat Randy Reid
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie
  • Chief Petty Officer Mike Herman

U.S.S. Minnesota, Navy League & Defense Alliance

This week we’re at the U.S.S. Minnesota Dinner to talk about their latest construction milestone. We’ll also discover the Navy League, SubVets and Minnesota’s Defense Alliance. Guests include:

  • Navy Commander John Fancher
  • Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Randy Reid
  • Mike Alteri, Secretary of the Navy League & Member of SubVets
  •  Chip Laingen, President of the Defense Alliance

This week’s veteran is U.S. Navy Electrician’s Mate, Jean Ware. Jean acted as a liaison between the Commanding Officer and the reserve center and, when activated, worked extensively in logistics. As a civilian, Jean has more than 20 years of experience in the legal field, specifically litigation. As an experienced legal secretary, Jean is now looking for permanent employment.

Jean and hundreds of others are ready to work hard on their next mission. Can we Hire Minnesota’s Heroes? To connect with Jean contact the Blaine WorkForce Center at 763-785­‐6488 or to learn more, visit: PositivelyMinnesota.com/Veterans.

U.S.S. Minnesota & Vets Centers

This week we meet the crew of the U.S.S. Minnesota who are in town for a big announcement and we talk with the Brooklyn Park Vet Center team about the help they can bring to your front door. Guests include:

  • Navy Cmdr. John Fancher & Navy Lt. Cmdr. Craig Hempeck of the U.S.S. Minnesota
  • Lina Montour and Bernard Beamon