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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Katie Kimball, owner and operator of the Twin Cities Trapeze Center (TC2), received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriotic Employer Award Feb. 27. Kimball was nominated by U.S. Navy Reserve Lt. Kirsten Stephens.

ESGR Minnesota volunteer Christie Nixon assisted in presenting the award.

Stephens has been an intelligence professional and member of the Navy Reserve for 20 years, eight as an enlisted Sailor and 12 as a commissioned officer. She is also a flying trapeze coach and catcher for the Twin Cities Trapeze Center and has been with the company for more than 5 years.

In her nomination, Stephens expressed appreciation for Katie’s extraordinary support with flexible scheduling around drill weekends and other Reserve activity, and also for Katie’s pride in employing a service member. A clear example of this flexibility was that just a few weeks after her initial hire in 2016, Stephens was mobilized for a year to England. Katie resumed Kirsten’s training and development upon her return, and Kirsten is now a “triple threat” – qualified as a catcher, on the platform and on the safety lines. Showing that Katie has earned deep respect throughout her workforce, many other employees and members of the TC2 performance team attended the ceremony.

Twin Cities Trapeze Center was established ten years ago by Kimball.

ESGR is a program of the Department of Defense which seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit

Photos courtesy of Jake “Feather” Morse

Photo 1: ESGR Volunteer Christie Nixon; Award Recipient Katie Kimball; U.S. Navy Reserve Lt. Kirsten Stephens

Photo 2: ESGR Volunteer Christie Nixon and Twin Cities Trapeze Center owner Katie Kimball with Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve

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