Pine City Working to Become ‘Yellow Ribbon’
Pine City is reaching out to local service men and women and their families. The city is in the process of assembling a group dedicated to helping families whose loved ones are serving overseas.
Chengwatana Township resident Jan Apitz represented the Pine City community at the ‘Yellow Ribbon Summit’ Tuesday in White Bear Lake. Cities and counties, including Isanti, were honored at the summit by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty for their efforts assisting military families.
Apitz and Pine City staff gathered Thursday at city hall to discuss how the city can become a ‘Yellow Ribbon’ community.
Apitz comes from a military family. Her uncle was killed in Vietnam, her brother served, and her nephew served in Desert Storm and spent time in Iraq twice.
Apitz also coordinates the annual candle-light vigil for local military families in December at the Pine City American Legion.
She says the goal of the Yellow Ribbon program is to encourage the entire community to extend a helping hand.
Another point of focus for the group is to provide help for those returning from war. Apitz says this will assist in the transition process getting back to their lives in Pine City.
Mayor Jane Robbins said the city will begin taking steps to recruit a group of residents who will lead the task force to help Pine City military families.
A second meeting is scheduled for February 4th.
Those interested in becoming part of the task force are encouraged to contact Mayor Robbins or Pine City Planner Nathan Johnson at city hall, 320.629.2575.