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Minnesota Patriot Guard Leadership




Minnesota State Ride Captain & Assistant Ride Captain

Minnesota Patriot Guard State Captain (SC)
Craig Ugland


Rochester, MN. Joined the MN PG in May 2006, first mission was for Robert Posivio, Welcome, MN. Former Rochester RC, Southern MN SRC, ASC. Married to Aimee with baby daughter Norah. I was not able to serve due to disability, so I volunteer to help veterans as a Thank You to those that did serve. I have been a Realtor with Edina Realty since 2014, after 20 years in construction management and material sales. Few people know I lost sight in one eye in 2008.

MN Patriot Guard Acting Assistant State Captain (ASC)
Karla Richardson


From Verndale, MN. US Army retired. Joined the Patriot Guard Riders and attended my first mission on 2 June 20016 for SPC Michael Hermanson in Fargo. Have previously served as Assistant Ride Captain and Ride Captain, Detroit Lakes Sector; Northern Region Senior Ride Captain, and State Captain




Senior Ride Captains

Metro Region Senior Ride Captain
Mark Lea


I have lived in Elk River for the past 30 yrs, recently Married kari, have 2 kids, Courtney, Colin and 3 step children: Caitlin, Connor (Marines) and Megan(National Guard). I am an Independent Financial Advisor working in the area of Investments and Insurance with an office in Coon Rapids for the past 24 years. My education background is in Accounting and Business administration with BA degrees in both. I have been riding for the past 13 years and currently the Metro Senior Ride Captain, Ride Captain in the NW/SE Metro sectors and Vice President of the Patriot Guard Board of Directors. I have served on the Elk River Football board for 3 years as an Executive board member which operates as a 501c3, as well as coaching my sons baseball, football and wrestling teams for a number of years.


Northern Region Senior Ride Captain
Karla Richardson


From Verndale, MN. US Army retired. Joined the Patriot Guard Riders and attended my first mission on 2 June 20016 for SPC Michael Hermanson in Fargo. Have previously served as Assistant Ride Captain and Ride Captain, Detroit Lakes Sector; Northern Region Senior Ride Captain, and State Captain


Southern Region Senior Ride Captain
Paul Ramsbey


I grew up in Indiana. My wifeís name is Rayelene and I have two sons, one grandchild and six step-grandchildren. I live on an acreage a few miles outside of Pipestone. I joined the Patriot Guard Riders in April of 2006 after seeing a booth at the International Motorcycle Show in Minneapolis and learning what the organization did and why they were doing it. I was appalled to learn what the uninvited guests were doing at military funerals and wanted to get involved to help shield the families from the protestors. I am glad that the protestors are no longer very active but that the Patriot Guard Riders continue to grow and thrive as we continue to show our support for our soldiers, veterans and their families. The first mission that I attended was for SSG Mark Wall in Alden, Iowa on May 10, 2006. Shortly after the Worthington sector was formed in Minnesota, I became the Ride Captain and in 2015 also started serving as the Senior Ride Captain for the Southern Region. I am not a veteran but serve in honor of my father who served with the Air Force in Korea during the Korean War and to show my support for all of our soldiers, veterans and their families. I have a great deal of respect and gratitude for all who have served our country and the free world. I enjoy camping and working on my acreage in addition to riding my motorcycle in my free time. I am President of a company called Pipestone Repairs and Maintenance and the Director of Safety for the Pipestone System which is a management company that oversees swine farms in MN, IA, SD, NE and WI.


Senior Ride Captain at Large
Richard Clark


I was born in Austin and have lived in the area all my life.I am married to melody and between the two of us we have seven children and 16 grand children. I joined in 2008 . i retired as a delivery and installations person 3 years ago, traveling all over the world for work. One son, one daughter also one son in law and daughter in law served. I have been an ARC and now an RC



Albert Lea

Ride Captains
Mike Cassen and Jennifer VonEnde


Jenn grew-up on a farm in Greenfield, MN and went to school in Rockford. Helped my dad and uncle farm and worked at the family business in Brooklyn Park, MN. There was no shortage of activities; saddle club, 4-H, sports, church, etc. Traveled a lot through the years, lived in many places, and eventually settled down in Meriden, MN. I have a son who graduated from Waseca. He now has a daughter. My other half, Mike Cassen, also has grandkids and together we have a total of six granddaughters. Iíve been part of the MN PGR and an ARC for many years. Each mission gives you a different experience. However, one thing remains the same you come out humbled and grateful on every one. You donít forget who youíre standing for or their family and friends! Cpl. Caleb Erickson, in Waseca, is the one KIA mission that was close to my heart. He graduated with my son. Mike and I were in charge of this mission and it was an experience Iíll never forget. God Bless our Country!



Alexandria

Ride Captain/HOTH
Dave Brimer


My name is Dave Brimer. I have been in the MNPGR since 2006, and the Alexandria sector Ride Captain since 2008. I was born in Fergus Falls Minnesota and we moved a few times when I was a kid but then I moved back to Fergus Falls just about 30 years ago and have lived in this area ever since.

I currently drive beet truck for Minn-Dak in Wahpeton, ND. It is my 10th year there.
I was in the North Dakota National Guard for 13 years.
I love to ride motorcycle, I love shooting, and I hate computers LOL.

I have been married to my wife for 34 years, we have one son, he was in Iraq in 2006-07 and one of the big reasons we joined the MNPGR in the first place.


Assistant Ride Captain
Ray Aafedt


Born in Fordville, ND. Drafted, but not accepted due to Pilonidal Sinus. Have served on the Citizen's Committee for the National Guard, appointed by Gov. Purpich. Joined Patriot Guard when my son was deployed to Iraq. He has been in National Guard for 23 years and is a 1st Sgt. and has done 2 tours in Iraq. Grandson is also in guard.


Assistant Ride Captain
Jonathan Knutson


From Fergus Falls MN. Got my first dirt bike at age 16. Attempted to join the Army Reserves at age 17, bad feet kept me out. Got my first street bike at age 18. Got my second one at 29 and began to travel. Got my Harley at 30. Love to travel the country on the bike with my wife. I joined the PGR in 2005 and became an ARC in 2015. I have also been a member of the Sons of the American Legion for 10 years and the American Legion Riders. Am currently Squadron Commander of SAL 489, Underwood,MN.


Assistant Ride Captains
Chuck and Debi Reynolds


I am married with 3 grown children, I work at DeZurik Valves in Sartell, my hometown is Sauk Centre. I joined PGR in 2005 when my son deployed to Iraq.


Assistant Ride Captains
Bill & Faye Thompson


We've been involved with Patriot Guard since 2006. We're 78 and 73 and still on two wheels! We live in Erhard, MN. We are the HOTH Reps for the Patriot Guard at the Fergus Falls Vets Home. Bill was in the Navy.


Assistant Ride Captain
Merl King


I grew up on a farm in Renville, Mn, Was in the Army from 1969-1972. Vietnam 70-71. Was a Police Officer for 25 years, 3 in Worthington, Mn and 22 in Blaine, MN, I was fiest state certified police motorcycle instructor. I then became a Business Agent for the Teamsters union representing Public employees through out Minn. Mainly Law Enforcement. Joined Patriot Guard around 2006 to show our guard members, who were being deployed everywhere, that we support our troops. Unlike Vietnam era.



Bemidji

Ride Captain
John Reuter


John Reuter born and grew up in Cass Lake MN, graduated 1968. Drafted into the army in 1969, spending some of 1969 to December 1970 in Vietnam attached to 25th Inf. Honorably discharged with injuries. Worked in law enforcement in Cass lake and Cass Co. Hired as Emergency Manager in 1973 till 1982 when hired by Cass County as the Veterans Service Officers. Retired from Cass Co. In 2002. Owned small log home finishing business till 2007 when retired once again. Currently working part-time as farm hand on larger 300 plus beef cattle ranch.


Assistant Ride Captain
Mark Aamodt


My Home town is Bagley, Mn, Have lived and worked here for most of my life. I attended my first mission in the spring of 2006. I heard a couple guys on the radio talking about the Patriot Guard, that they were there to Honor and Respect our Troops. I knew I wanted to do that too.


Assistant Ride Captain
Richard Phillips


I live in Akeley. Mn I served in the Navy from 1980 to 1985. I've been a Patriot Guard member for about 6 years and Bemidji Arc for about 4. I joined to show honor and respect. I am also known to some as Mr. October.



Brainerd

Ride Captain
Carl Bates


Mpls. Central High School, then the Army. Moved north about 40 years ago and worked in the medical field with North Memorial and CRMC in Crosby. The final job was the wood plant In Deerwood for 15 years. I joined PGR in July of 2009 and excepted the Ride Captain in Sept of 2015.


Assistant Ride Captain
Roger Danielson


Born Dawson MN. USAF Special Ops. Engineer for CDC and other computer firms. Real Estate Broker Owner. Joined Brainerd Sector MN PGR 2006. Joined PGR to do my small part for our Military and families.


Assistant Ride Captain
James Parent


I am a MN native and long retired. Brainerd ARC officially since March, 2007. Passionate about freedom, the flag, PGR, TTTT, Legion Riders, DAV, Wreaths For The Fallen and other patriotic orgs. Love the woods, environment and my PGR friends.


Assistant Ride Captain
Diann (Shorty) Bates


I grew up around the White Bear Lake, Minnesota area until marring, Carl (Poppy). I enjoy: spending time with my family; multiple community volunteering; gardening; reading and fishing. Volunteering with Patriot Guard Riders since 2009 and have since accepted a position as Assistant Ride Captain for the Brainerd, Minnesota sector. Patriot Guard means to me the giving of the respect to every veteran, their families, and those whose memories will never allow me to forget that freedom is not free. Freedomís cost is bought with lives, sweat, and tears. Respectfully, ARC Diann Bates


Assistant Ride Captain
Bob Larson


From Albert Lea Mn,live in Isle Mn, married to Denise served in the Army 1968 to 1971 Vietnam 1968-1969 Co C 1/7 Cav infantry, Deputy with Freeborn County sheriffs dept retired Joined the PGR in about 2005 to show honor and respect to all veterans and their families



Detroit Lakes

Ride Captain
Dean Foell


was born and raised in the NE corner of South Dakota. (Peever SD) I joined the USAF in 1978 as a USAF Aircraft Crew Chief. I retired as a Crew Chief in 1998. I worked Fighters and Tanker aircracft. In near 2010 I talked to a guy headed to Fargo on bike. I said head west there is nothing east. He remarked he was going to a mission for a KIA. I joined the PG the next day. Soon after I was drafted by Karla to head the DL sector. I am " Self Employed".


Assistant Ride Captain
Ken Phillips


Lives in Menahga and is a business owner. Married to Diann and have 4 children and 15 grandchildren. two of my children joined the MN National Guard and my son deployed to Iraq. Joined the Patriot Guard Riders and attended my first mission in August 2006 for SSG Joshua Hanson.


Assistant Ride Captain
Greg (Harley) Syverson


I grew in Twin Valley, MN. graduating with the Class of 1967, served in the US Navy for 4 years on the USS Robert H. McCard. DD 822, Ď69-Ď72. Married to Becky in Ď75, we have 1 daughter and 2 boys, 8 granddaughters and 1 grandson. I retired from the Bell System (Qwest) in Oct.13, 2006 with 31 plus years and moved to our Lake Home 40 miles NE of Detroit Lakes. Enjoy riding the Harley and long trips, big game hunting, the woods and visiting with family and friends. A big amount of our time is spent between grandkids and volunteering.


Assistant Ride Captain
Fred Tramm


I started riding motorcycle in the early 60s . I volunteered into the USAF in 1964 were I was assigned too the 836th Hosp . squadron and spent 18 mo. overseas . After discharge I worked for the state of Mn. working Adolescence mental health . About I0 years ago I joined the PGR . It had 2 things that I liked motorcycles and honoring the soldiers . I'm now living in Staples with my wife.



Duluth

Ride Captains
Bill & Dawn Midbrod


Bill grew up near Silver Bay, MN. Dawn grew up near Pelican Rapids, MN. Neither of us are Veterans. Both of us have had family serve. We have always been patriotic, and are thankful for the freedoms we enjoy. We joined the MPGR in 2007. Our first missions made a huge impact on us. The weather was extremely cold in January/February 2008, but hearts were warm. We took over leadership of Duluth Sector in 2011.


Assistant Ride Captain
Terry Bloomquist


Life long resident of Cloquet, MN US Army active duty 2 yrs. with Armed Forces Police, Okinawa Japan. Retired as Unit 1SG with 20 Yrs. service in the MN Army National Guard, Worked in the Wood Products Industry for over 30 yrs. Retired, bought a Harley and have ridden over 90 thousand miles in the last 7 yrs. In 2008, I requested the MN PGR to stand in honor of an Uncle, a WWII, D-Day soldier and 35 yr member of the MN ARNG. Was so impressed with the honor and respect given to my uncle, I joined the MN PGR and have been humbled by it's members and mission.


Assistant Ride Captain
Conrad Slocum Jr.


I was born and raised in Duluth, Mn. I met my wife, PeggySue in Colorado, we married in 1996 and we have 3 boys. My hobbies include cars, bowling, hunting, fishing and spending time in my garage. I retired from the Air National Guard in 2016 after 34 years of service. I joined the PGR in 2010.



Grand Rapids

Ride Captain
Ron Evenson


Have lived in Grand Rapids area since 1971. Served proudly in the US Army, stationed in Germany. Worked in Health Care Administration for 32 years. Have been happily married for 47 years. The Military was good to and for me and I joined MNPGR to give back and to honor my father and father-in-law who were both WWII vets. Currently serve as Ride Captain.



Hibbing

Ride Captain/HOTH
Mike Holter


I live in Hoyt Lakes, , am Navy veteran EN2 (Engineman) served 1984-1988 stationed at Nuclear Submarine Support Facility, Groton/New London, Ct. Operations dept. YTB-829, Honorable discharge. New to riding and seeing the West Baptist church protesting veteran funerals I joined the Mn. PGR Dec.2007, there was no leadership at the time in Hibbing sector so I attended missions in Duluth sector, after awhile I was asked to lead Hibbing sector. I have seen a number of changes in the Mn. PGR over the years defining who we are and what we do and know that it is our members giving of themselves that makes this organization and missions successful.



International Falls

Ride Captain
Greg Mortenson


My exposure to the military growing up was limited to an uncle who was a career navy man. My son joined the National Guard after his high school graduation. He was with the Hutchinson Nat Guard unit when it was activated and detached to the Red Bulls in Iraq. Within a year of his return he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Lymphoma as a result of something he was exposed to in Iraq. He was given a 100% service connected disability but lost his battle with it within 2 years. I joined the Patriot Guard after my son came to me in a dream on the 3rd anniversary of his death riding a motorcycle in full uniform and told me he was ok. I knew I had to do something that's when I learned about the PG and joined. Not only to honor his memory but to heal from within, and to show the family's of our fallen that they are not forgotten and that people still remember and care. To receive a handshake and a thank you for being on a flag line as you all know is a feeling that go' right to your heart.



Mankato

Assistant Ride Captain
Albert Weinandt


My name is Albert Weinandt. I'm not a veteran but my dad served in WWII in Merrills Marauders and i have three brothers that are vets. I have a nephew and many young friends that served in Iraq and Afghanistan. My hometown is Madison Lake, MN. i AM THE arc of Mankato sector.


Assistant Ride Captain
Tom Langdon


Live in North Mankato, married with 7 children, 25 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Served US Navy for 5 years and Minnesota National Guard for 10. Been riding since the 60's. I enjoy my life because of those that have served so we can be free.



Marshall

Ride Captain
Chris Dunsmore


I grew up and live near Sacred Heart, MN. I'm married to Marilyn and have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. I spent 23 years in the Minnesota National Guard, 1 of those years in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On the civilian side I work as an Agriculturist assisting Sugarbeet Farmers. My hobbies include riding motorcycle during the summer and woodworking during the winter.



Metro Northeast

Acting Ride Captain
Mark Lea


I have lived in Elk River for the past 30 yrs, recently Married kari, have 2 kids, Courtney, Colin and 3 step children: Caitlin, Connor (Marines) and Megan(National Guard). I am an Independent Financial Advisor working in the area of Investments and Insurance with an office in Coon Rapids for the past 24 years. My education background is in Accounting and Business administration with BA degrees in both. I have been riding for the past 13 years and currently the Metro Senior Ride Captain, Ride Captain in the NW/SE Metro sectors and Vice President of the Patriot Guard Board of Directors. I have served on the Elk River Football board for 3 years as an Executive board member which operates as a 501c3, as well as coaching my sons baseball, football and wrestling teams for a number of years.


Assistant Ride Captain
Jim Wychor


I grew up in Worthington, MN and married my wife Diane. We have 4 boys, 1 grandchild and 1 on the way. I retired from Law Enforcement after 29 years in 2011. My first mission was Feb. 8, 2008 for SFC Matthew Kahler. My hobbies include motorcycling, hunting, fishing and spending time at our hunting cabin. I also volunteer with Tribute to the Troops.


Assistant Ride Captain
Jerry Schneider


Little Canada, MN. My Grandparents on my Father's side move to United States in 1924 My dad was the oldest of 10 children 7 boys and 3 girls out of the 7 brother 6 served in the military, 3 Navy, 2 Army, 1 Marine besides my uncles many other offsprings have served either in the Military or Police services. I was raised with great respect for our military and police for that I feel honored to be part of the MPG, and have been part since the first Mission to Iowa. Currently my Stepson is a Specialist in the MN Army National Guard, and my Niece is a Captain in the US Navy, Cousins is MN State Trooper, and another Maplewood Policeman/Paramedic



Metro Northwest

Ride Captain
Mark Lea


I have lived in Elk River for the past 30 yrs, recently Married kari, have 2 kids, Courtney, Colin and 3 step children: Caitlin, Connor (Marines) and Megan(National Guard). I am an Independent Financial Advisor working in the area of Investments and Insurance with an office in Coon Rapids for the past 24 years. My education background is in Accounting and Business administration with BA degrees in both. I have been riding for the past 13 years and currently the Metro Senior Ride Captain, Ride Captain in the NW/SE Metro sectors and Vice President of the Patriot Guard Board of Directors. I have served on the Elk River Football board for 3 years as an Executive board member which operates as a 501c3, as well as coaching my sons baseball, football and wrestling teams for a number of years.


Assistant Ride Captain
Joe Egan


Joe is a retired owner of several construction companies. He is presently an author of two books and also a radio Voice Over talent. See more of Joe at www.JoeEgan.com



Metro Southeast

Acting Ride Captain
Mark Lea


I have lived in Elk River for the past 30 yrs, recently Married kari, have 2 kids, Courtney, Colin and 3 step children: Caitlin, Connor (Marines) and Megan(National Guard). I am an Independent Financial Advisor working in the area of Investments and Insurance with an office in Coon Rapids for the past 24 years. My education background is in Accounting and Business administration with BA degrees in both. I have been riding for the past 13 years and currently the Metro Senior Ride Captain, Ride Captain in the NW/SE Metro sectors and Vice President of the Patriot Guard Board of Directors. I have served on the Elk River Football board for 3 years as an Executive board member which operates as a 501c3, as well as coaching my sons baseball, football and wrestling teams for a number of years.


Assistant Ride Captain/HOTH
Mary Slette


Born and Raised in Twin Cities Metro. I enjoy playing Bingo, baking and trying new recipes. I also enjoy my fur babies, Kody and Rebel. But most of all I love hearing the stories of our Veterans. I joined the guard about 7 - 8 years ago and my first mission was at the Anoka High School and "Biggin's, Shoulder surgery and all" was the first and helpful member that I came in contact with. He was a great help and helped me go where I need to be that day.



Metro Southwest

Ride Captain
Rich Klugherz


Vietnam Vet,served in the USAF from 1962 until 1966, I have been a member of the MNPGR since 2008 and am currently SW Metro Ride Captain




Rochester

Ride Captain
Jim Nelson


I have lived in the Rochester MN area all my life. I am married to Stacy for 32 years now. We have two children, three cats, and two grandkitties. I joined the PGR in 2007. My first mission was Eco Taps across America, at Fort Snelling. After listening to Doc. Seeber speak I was hooked. The top of my bucket list would to ride route 66 to California.


Assistant Ride Captain
Dave Lucas


Living in Rochester, MN. I have lived in SE Minnesota all my life. I joined the PGR in 2008 to honor my close cousin who was killed in Viet Nam and to provide long overdue honor, dignity and respect to those who served during that time and received no credit for their sacrifices. The people I have met in PGR are outstanding individuals who share values I find most important in life. I enjoy family, the outdoors and traveling by motorcycle to interesting places.


Assistant Ride Captain
Jay Donovan


Live near Rochester, Retired, 2 children, 3 grandchildren. I have been riding Harleys and other bikes since the early 60s. Served in the National Guard, Headquarters in Rochester, 135th Infantry for 6 years. Joined the PGR April 2010. About 2 years ago I was honored to be selected as an Assistant Ride Captain in the Rochester sector.


Assistant Ride Captain
Lyle Duxbury


I have lived in Rochester for the past 36 years. Grew up as a Army Brat, Dad served for 21 years. After graduation I enlisted in the Army. Family tradition, everyone in the family served in the Army. After seeing what the PGR was doing I knew that I needed to be part of this group of PATRIOTS.



St Cloud

Ride Captain
John Clement


Living in St. Cloud just a mile from where I grew up farming and raising horses. Participated in 4-H showing horses and dogs. Got my first motorcycle at 12 and have been riding ever since. I joined the PGR in 2010 to support our son who joined the Marine Corp. He served in Afghanistan in late 2011 into 2012 also serving in Okinawa Japan. He was discharged from the Marines and soon after lost his life due to injuries from a motorcycle accident


Assistant Ride Captain
Rick Rakow


Sartell, MN Flag line member, St Cloud 2007-2008 Assistant Ride Captain, St Cloud 2008-2012 Ride Captain, St Cloud 2012-2016 Assistant Ride Captain, St Cloud 2016 to Present. Enisted soldier MN Army National Guard, Feb 1972-Oct 31, 2013. Retired Command Sergeant Major


Assistant Ride Captain
Glenn Zimmer


I am married and have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren. I served in the Army from 74-76. I retired from the VA medical center after 36 years of service for the government. My hobbies are hunting,fishing,camping and processing wild game.


Assistant Ride Captain
Greg Studer


Live in St. Cloud MN, I grew up on a farm in Arban MN. Joined the Army in 1974, I flew with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Served with BAMC During Desert Storm 1990-1991. Joined the MN PGR in 2006, served as Ride Captain twice. I retired from the VAMC St Cloud in 2011.


Assistant Ride Captain
Vanessa Rakow


Flag Line member, St Cloud, 2007-2012 Assistant Ride Captain, St Cloud 2012-Present St Cloud VA Rep, 2012-Present



Thief River Falls

Ride Captain
Jim Cyr


I was born in Red Lake Falls, MN on October 16,1945. I served in the US Army from 1964 to 1966 with the 3rd Armored Division, 2nd Battallion, 27th artillary, in Germany. Then I joined the Patriot Guard in 2006 for the funeral of Corey Rystad in Red Lake Falls, MN. I am proud to be able to Honor our Veterans with my fellow PGR.


Assistant Ride Captain
Mike LaVoi


I live in Fosston, MN. Grew up in Northern Wisc. . Was in Viet Nam in 66-67. Was a helicopter crew chief out of Phuoc Vinh (iron triangle). Drove truck for 25 years. Been living in Fosston since 1970. "NEVER AGAIN" is why I joined the Patriot Guard



Willmar

Ride Captain
Dave Jahn


I served in the U.S. Navy from 86-90. Was part of Operation Earnest Will and later in Operation Desert Shield. I joined the Patriot Guard after seeing a fellow members patch, and talking with him to find out what it was all about. Eventually became an ARC and then the Ride Captain of the Willmar Sector. I have had the honor of having my fellow PGR members stand for my Grandfather and my Dad. I am proud to say my son Devan is now one of my ARC's and my wife Beth is a flagline member.


Assistant Ride Captain
Devan Jahn


I joined the PGT on 8-14-2008. I Joined after finding out about the PGR from my father saw another members patch and asking about it, later I became a ARC. The best thing we can do for our troops is show them that we are there for them when they leave and more importantly that we are still there to support them when they get back safe.


Assistant Ride Captain
Chris Marschel


I'm from Annandale mn ,served 22 yes in mn National Guard, did 1 tour in iraq,When I was a soldier I went to Sgt. Brent Koch funeral, when I came out of the church I was in awe of the sea of flags and wanted to join.3 yrs later I did and haven't looked back.



Worthington

Ride Captain
Paul Ramsbey


I grew up in Indiana. My wifeís name is Rayelene and I have two sons, one grandchild and six step-grandchildren. I live on an acreage a few miles outside of Pipestone. I joined the Patriot Guard Riders in April of 2006 after seeing a booth at the International Motorcycle Show in Minneapolis and learning what the organization did and why they were doing it. I was appalled to learn what the uninvited guests were doing at military funerals and wanted to get involved to help shield the families from the protestors. I am glad that the protestors are no longer very active but that the Patriot Guard Riders continue to grow and thrive as we continue to show our support for our soldiers, veterans and their families. The first mission that I attended was for SSG Mark Wall in Alden, Iowa on May 10, 2006. Shortly after the Worthington sector was formed in Minnesota, I became the Ride Captain and in 2015 also started serving as the Senior Ride Captain for the Southern Region. I am not a veteran but serve in honor of my father who served with the Air Force in Korea during the Korean War and to show my support for all of our soldiers, veterans and their families. I have a great deal of respect and gratitude for all who have served our country and the free world. I enjoy camping and working on my acreage in addition to riding my motorcycle in my free time. I am President of a company called Pipestone Repairs and Maintenance and the Director of Safety for the Pipestone System which is a management company that oversees swine farms in MN, IA, SD, NE and WI.


Assistant Ride Captain
Ken Pederson


Served in the US Army from 1962 to 1978. I served 2 years in Vietnam, 1 year Korea and 6 years in Europe. I am currently retired. I joined the PG in April 2006. The biggest reason I joined was because I didn't want to see any soldier welcomed home the way I was, ever again.


Assistant Ride Captain
Greg Matthiesen


I grew up in Adrian MN, I joined the PGR in the fall of 2006. I have never served but have two son's who have, one Air Force and one Army. I have always enjoyed riding motorcycles and camping. Besides my position with the MNPGR I am also a ride Capt. with the SDPGR in the Sioux Falls area. Living where I do I have the honor of doing missions in MN, SD, and Iowa.


Assistant Ride Captain
Al Voigt


I was in the USAF from 1969 to 1976,I live at Fairmont Joined the Patriot Gaurd in 2006



Minnesota Patriot Guard Board of Directors

MN Patriot Guard At Large Member of the Board of Directors (President)
Doug Bley - Rogers, MN (2016)


I am currently serving on the MN Patriot Guard Board of Directors as its President. My first Mission was July 3, 2006, for SSG Patrick Lybert of Ladysmith, WI. I have served as Northwest Metro ARC, RC, State Senior Ride Captain, and State Captain. I'm also currently serving as the High Plains Regional Captain for the National PGR. I live in Rogers and am the Senior Director of Global Logistics for Pentair. I have two daughters and four grandchildren.


MN Patriot Guard Board of Directors (Treasurer)
Bob Gindorff - White Bear Lake, MN


I'm originally from Inver Grove Heights, MN, currently in White Bear Lake, MN. My father was a Marine and My 2 boys are current active duty as Master Sergeant's in the Air Force. It's for them and all vets that I joined the MNPG to be able to do something in honor of them. I could not have joined a better organization and group of people.


MN Patriot Guard At Large Member of the Board of Directors
Chris Hawver - Minnetonka, MN


Chris has served on the Board of Directors for 14 different nonprofit organizations. He is the Co-Founder of the Road Guardians/Accident Scene Manager non-profit, which has trained over 30,000 bikers on accident scene management until the EMS arrives. He was the Director of a local HOG chapter which he led and won Harley-Davidsonís national contest for raising the most funds for the USO use. He has also served as a Safety Officer. Chris is a Minnesota Certified Road Guard. When he is not conducting a group riding class or teaching an accident scene management course, he is on a ride with the New Glory Flag Bike Team. When he is not on his bikes, he is leading a Field Marketing team at Red Hat. ďI am honored and excited to contribution to the Minnesota Patriot Guard and all the members.Ē


MN Patriot Guard Board of Directors (Secretary)
Dick Kelso - New Hope, MN


Dick has been the Secretary for the MN Patriot Guard Board since 2012. He stood his first flagline in 2009. He is a retired Master Sergeant, US Army, and served with the Minnesota National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. Dick lives in New Hope with his wife, Sylvia. They ride a 1999 Goldwing. Dick is an NRA-certified firearms instructor, and MSF Rider Coach, as well as a licensed attorney. Their son, Michael, is a Navy officer.


MN Patriot Guard Board of Directors (Vice President)
Mark Lea - Elk River, MN


I have lived in Elk River for the past 30 yrs, recently Married kari, have 2 kids, Courtney, Colin and 3 step children: Caitlin, Connor (Marines) and Megan(National Guard). I am an Independent Financial Advisor working in the area of Investments and Insurance with an office in Coon Rapids for the past 24 years. My education background is in Accounting and Business administration with BA degrees in both. I have been riding for the past 13 years and currently the Metro Senior Ride Captain, Ride Captain in the NW/SE Metro sectors and Vice President of the Patriot Guard Board of Directors. I have served on the Elk River Football board for 3 years as an Executive board member which operates as a 501c3, as well as coaching my sons baseball, football and wrestling teams for a number of years.


MN Patriot Guard At Large Member of the Board of Directors
Greg Matthiesen - Adrian MN


I grew up in Adrian MN, I joined the PGR in the fall of 2006. I have never served but have two son's who have, one Air Force and one Army. I have always enjoyed riding motorcycles and camping. Besides my position with the MNPGR I am also a ride Capt. with the SDPGR in the Sioux Falls area. Living where I do I have the honor of doing missions in MN, SD, and Iowa.


MN Patriot Guard Board of Directors
Karla Richardson - Verndale, MN


From Verndale, MN. US Army retired. Joined the Patriot Guard Riders and attended my first mission on 2 June 20016 for SPC Michael Hermanson in Fargo. Have previously served as Assistant Ride Captain and Ride Captain, Detroit Lakes Sector; Northern Region Senior Ride Captain, and State Captain


MN Patriot Guard Board of Directors
Craig Ugland - Rochester, MN


Rochester, MN. Joined the MN PG in May 2006, first mission was for Robert Posivio, Welcome, MN. Former Rochester RC, Southern MN SRC, ASC. Married to Aimee with baby daughter Norah. I was not able to serve due to disability, so I volunteer to help veterans as a Thank You to those that did serve. I have been a Realtor with Edina Realty since 2014, after 20 years in construction management and material sales. Few people know I lost sight in one eye in 2008.


MN Patriot Guard At Large Member of the Board of Directors
Greg Yung - Apple Valley, MN (2016)


Military Service: 1967-1973 United States Navy : LCM - 8, LCM-6, LCPL Coxswain/Pilot Danang, Vietnam 1970 National Ski Patrol: 18 years; Director 3 years In Country Vietnam MC National Officer MN Patriot Guard Board of Directors Confederation of Clubs of MN Board of Directors Retired Corporate officer and Vice President of publicly held company, possessing worldwide experience/responsibilities spanning Global Sales with sales organizations consisting of both direct sales and contract sales networks, Corporate and Product Marketing, Business Development, P & L, Both Annual Operating and Long Range Strategic Planning, Compensation Design, Contracting, Licensing of Intellectual Properties, Product Commercialization, and Cross-functional Team Leadership, *Life Sciences. *Interventional Invasive Cardiology *Surgery

The Board of Directors listed above can be reached by emailing directors@mnpatriotguard.org.



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Minnesota Patriot Guard Webmaster
Tim Leonhardt


Living in Plymouth, MN, Grew up wearing cowboy boots and hat, rode horses, been riding motorcycles since late 60's. When I wasn't riding my crusier, I was out dirt biking, still have lots of dirt bike habits when I ride today, hard habits to break built and drove dune buggy's. I wear the cowboy boots and hat when I ride my bike, get asked a lot on how the hat stays on, it just does with the little engineering I did to it. Got the road name of "Drifter" from a lady singer friend in the early 70's. I'm a Machinist and Geek, back in the late 70's computers facinated me, back then if I wanted to play a computer game I had to write it in machine code first (1s & 0s). I work Sunday thru Thursdays as a Maintenance Mechanic for an envelope making and printing company, I enjoy working there. Joined PGR in early 2006 in honor of my very close cousin that was killed in Vietnam. In 2006 Monica (former State Captain) asked me to take on the role of MNPG webmaster to develope the MNPG a working webpage so we could communicate to the members and leadership. I have spent hundreds of hours over the last 11 years developing, maintaining, and growing the MN Patriot Guards webpage. Once a month I do a radio spot on Military Talk Radio called "On The Flagline" where we talk about the Patriot Guard. It's been my honor to have held almost every position in the MN Patriot Guard.



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