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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

Kim Brouillet 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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December 19, 2014Bolton & Menck staff honored for support of Navy Reservist

SLEEPY EYE, Minn. – Two members of the Bolton & Menck, Inc. office in Sleepy Eye have been honored by the Department of Defense in coordination with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). 

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December 18, 2014National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of December 16, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Army Reserve, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and Coast Guard Reserve announced a decrease in activated National Guard members and reservists this week, while the Army National Guard, Navy Reserve, and Marine Corps Reserve announced an increase of activated National Guard members and reservists. The net collective result is a decrease of 468 activated National Guard members and reservists in comparison to last week.

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December 16, 2014Patriotic coworkers help make employee’s tours of duty go smoothly

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Marvin Mercier, senior principal engineer at BAE Systems Minneapolis, can tell you first-hand how stressful it is to maintain a dual civilian/military career. When the military calls, a long list of items from child and pet care to home maintenance and bill payments must be addressed before you can confidently leave your family and serve your country. Along with a void at home, a Military Leave of Absence also creates additional burdens at work.

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