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Jim Mitchell Program Support Technician 8180 Belden Boulevard
Cottage Grove MN 55016

Eric Rolstad Administrative Support Technician 15000 Highway 115
Little Falls MN 56345

Jonathan Groeneweg Employer Support Specialist 8180 Belden Blvd.
Cottage Grove MN 55016

Laura Mehlhorn Employment Coordinator MNNG - Camp Ripley 15000 Hwy 115 Room 1156
Little Falls MN 56345


ESGR, a Department of Defense office, is comprised of dedicated and trained volunteers and staff. We will develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.


ESGR informs and educates service members and their civilian employers regarding their rights and responsibilities governed by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). ESGR does not have statutory authority to enforce, but serves as a neutral, free resource to employers and service members. ESGR’s trained ombudsmen provide mediation of issues relating to compliance with USERRA.



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November 20, 2014D&D Distributing recognized as Patriotic Employer

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – Minnesota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced Gregg Dick of D&D Distributing was honored Nov. 15 with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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November 20, 2014Monteen honored for service to Minnesota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – Minnesota ESGR Chair Nick Ostapenko presented the Minnesota Superior Volunteer Service Award to A. Paul Monteen at Camp Ripley in Little Falls, Nov. 15. The Minnesota Superior Volunteer Service Award is awarded to a citizen who distinguishes oneself by meritorious achievement or service in support of the Minnesota National Guard while performing volunteer service.

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November 20, 2014Camp Ripley 101: Employers get first hand look
This story was written by Jennifer Stockinger of the Brainerd Dispatch. Learn More.