Granite Lodge #17

Granite Lodge #17

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Thanks FOP for putting on a great golf tourney. I had a great time and enjoyed seeing all the great peeps!!!
Reminder of the monthly meeting is tonight, Tuesday, October 3rd at 1830hrs. at Bad Habit Brewery in St. Joseph.

Granite Lodge #17 is Central Minnesota's F.O.P. Lodge.

Board Members: President- Chad Meemken Vice President- Steve Soyka Secretary- Matt Johnson Treasurer- Zach Sorenson Trustee- Christi Hoffman Sgt. at Arms- Derek Whitehead Member at Large- Paul Orvis Member at Large- Dennis Heinen Past President- Brian Theisen Chaplain - Vacant

Mission: The mission of the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police is to encourage fraternal, educational, charitable and social activities among law enforcement officers and cultivate a spirit of fraternalism with mutual helpfulness among our members and the people we serve.

Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police

In the last 96 hours...
-A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer was shot in the back of the head while struggling with a rioter
-An active shooter opened fire on law enforcement at a Las Vegas courthouse
-4 St. Louis Police Officers were shot by an active shooter
-A New York Police Officer was struck by a vehicle
-3 Buffalo law enforcement officers were struck by a vehicle in front of the police station
-3 Davenport law enforcement officers were ambushed and 1 was shot
-132 officers were injured in Chicago during a riot
-9 Pittsburg officers were injured by objects during a riot
-Several officers in Rhode Island were injured during riots
-An active shooter opened fire at the Oakland Police Department
-2 officers were struck in the head with projectiles in Santa Ana
-2 Richland officers were shot in Virginia
-1 officer was struck in the head by a brick in Albany
-4 Prince William County Police Officers sustained head injuries from projectiles
-7 officers were injured in Sacramento
-Several officers were shot at and injured in Lynchburg
-Several Champaign Police Officers were injured
-3 Oak Law Police Officers were injured
-21 officers were injured in Salt Lake City
-At least 50 Secret Service Agents were injured by Molotov cocktails in Washington DC
-3 Denver Police Officers were ran over by a vehicle
-33 New York Police Officers were injured during riots
-6 Athens Police Officers injured during a protest
-2 Pennsylvania Capitol Police Officers were injured during a riot in Harrisburg
-12 Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officers were injured during riots
-21 Minneapolis law enforcement officers injured in riots
-2 Federal Protective Services Officers were shot and 1 was killed.

Stearns County Sheriff's Office

Are you a little parched on this hot summer day? Our SRO deputies are on the Wobegon Trail handing out cold water to those enjoying the day. Stay hydrated!

Stearns County Sheriff's Office

Peace Officers Memorial Day – Today we pay tribute to all local, state and federal peace officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Especially remembering our partners:
Edwin Arendt 11/03/87
Brian Klinefelter 01/29/96
Tom Decker 11/29/12

HISTORY
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each year.

The National Peace Officers Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others who work in law enforcement. In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week. These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other.

Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police

National Fraternal Order of Police

Police Week 2020

Today marks the beginning of police week. While we cannot come together to draw our strength from others this year, we remain committed to honoring our fallen. Join us on Friday, May 15th at 11AM EST for our memorial tribute video as we honor our fallen heroes together! #FOPFALLEN20

startribune.com

Waseca police officer who was shot in the head walks on his own

startribune.com Arik Matson is recovering after being shot while pursing a suspect Jan. 6.

Bad Habit Brewing Company

We are excited to announce the installation of the SaveStation this morning at BH. SaveStation was founded by a group of likeminded individuals who saw the need to work together to create an easy to identify AED housing station so that the public could quickly find any AED.

We at Bad Habit along with Advocates For Health (Joel Vogel and Rich Feneis), Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Granite Lodge #17 and Electrical Solutions Inc are happy to announce another outdoor SaveStation Defib in downtown St Joseph. This unit has public access to a life saving device 24-7, 365 days a year.

A BIG thank you to all involved. We are #joetownproud!

We were very happy to support Bad Habit with this endeavor

We are excited to announce the installation of the SaveStation this morning at BH. SaveStation was founded by a group of likeminded individuals who saw the need to work together to create an easy to identify AED housing station so that the public could quickly find any AED.

We at Bad Habit along with Advocates For Health (Joel Vogel and Rich Feneis), Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Granite Lodge #17 and Electrical Solutions Inc are happy to announce another outdoor SaveStation Defib in downtown St Joseph. This unit has public access to a life saving device 24-7, 365 days a year.

A BIG thank you to all involved. We are #joetownproud!

Stearns County Sheriff's Office

The Greater St. Cloud Public Safety Foundation delivered box lunches to first responders and support staff in Stearns, Benton and Sherburne County today as a #DayofThanks. SRO's Eric Schultz and Brian Theisen helped deliver the lunches to our partners throughout Stearns County.

Thank you for your generosity!

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[05/03/20]   Today, several law enforcement officers, along with multiple Fire and EMS agencies from Stearns and Kandiyohi counties honored an injured Willmar Police Officer as they escorted the officer home after being discharged from the St. Cloud Hospital.

To say the turn out of officers, fire, ems and community members was impressive, incredible and memorable would not do it justice. There’s certainly something to be said for the show of support the First Responder world can provide.

We wish a healthy recovery to the Willmar Officer, comfort and healing for all involved.

I’ve learned throughout my time as your local lodge President, when one of us hurts, we drop what we’re doing to raise them up. Thank you to all who came out today in any capacity to show your support. I can only imagine there will be some rough roads ahead and we stand ready to assist anyone in need, as best as we can.

Stay well and be safe.

Chad Meemken-President

Willmar Police Department

On Friday morning, a Willmar Police Officer was seriously injured while responding to a domestic disturbance. The officer received several knife wounds. That officer was transported to Carris Hospital by ambulance, stabilized and then transferred to St. Cloud Hospital by helicopter for emergency surgery.

Today we received amazing news that the officer was making a significant recovery and would be released from the hospital. A procession to deliver the officer and family home was proposed by an officer of MN FOP Lodge 17 and was quickly organized. Representatives of many law enforcement agencies came together to escort our officer home. The procession passed by dozens of fire departments, EMS services, supporters, family members and co-workers along the route back to Willmar.

We don’t know quite where to start with thank yous to all involved. From the dispatchers that were our lifeline, the Kandiyohi Sheriffs Office that backed us up from the start, the CentraCare EMS crews that initially treated and transported the officer, the Carris Emergency Department Staff, LifeLink Ambulance, the incredible teams of medical staff, security and more at St. Cloud Hospital, our brothers and sisters with St. Cloud PD, Minnesota State Patrol and Stearns County Sheriff’s Office (and more) to each and every first responder, family member and supporter that called, emailed, offered support, fed us, messaged, prayed and stood for our officer over the last two days – THANK YOU! The list is numerous and our thanks is endless.

This was an incredibly tragic incident that took place on Friday. As the BCA continues its investigation more information will be forthcoming. We recognize that other families are hurting during this time, also. This had an impact on many in the community.

We are so happy to have our officer back home and recovering. We thank all of you for your continued support of our department. We’re honored to serve this great community.

Thank you.

[05/01/20]   Our Tuesday, May 5 meeting is CANCELED!!!

Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA)

National Fraternal Order of Police

🚨MAJOR NEWS — Patrick Yoes National FOP President applauded President Donald J. Trump for today's announcement that law enforcement and other public safety officers who file a death benefit claim through the PSOB program for a #COVID19 related death will be found to have contracted the disease in the line of duty in most cases.

Homes for Heroes

Homes for Heroes is excited to announce its official partnership with the National Fraternal Order of Police. We look forward to assisting our nation's law enforcement as they buy, sell or refinance a home.

Stearns County Sheriff's Office

Stay Home Stearns County, We Got This!

[03/24/20]   FOP CANCELLATION:
Tuesday, April 7 meeting is cancelled.

Police Week Tent City

UPDATE: Police Week 2020
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#fop #fopdc1 #fopstrong #policeweek2020 #pwtc2020

It’s that time of year again- Granite Lodge 17 is giving away two $500 Scholarships! Fill out the application and have it post marked by May 1st, 2020. Our scholarship committee will review all apps and the lucky winners will be presented the scholarship at our annual golf tournament, which is July 20th.

therockofrochester.com

SE Minnesota Sheriff Fires Back At Politicians

therockofrochester.com A southeast Minnesota sheriff is sounding off about political rhetoric aimed at law enforcement.

Anoka County Sheriff's Office

Chaplain LeClaire

I could not be more honored to accept this appointment by the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police!

“I have appointed Brooke LeClaire from Lake Superior Lodge 9 as the interim Chaplain of the MNFOP State Lodge. Brooke will replace our previous long serving Chaplain, John Reed, who as you are aware passed away unexpectedly in January. I spoke with Brooke this week and I explained to her that per the MNFOP bylaws that she will serve on an interim basis until she is approved by a vote of the State Executive Board at our State Conference in April. Brooke currently serves as a Chaplain for the Duluth Police Department, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and most importantly Lake Superior Lodge 9. Brooke is a licensed therapist and is accredited with the International Conference of Police Chaplains and the wife of a police officer. She understands the challenges that law enforcement face on a daily basis and brings a wealth of knowledge to the position.”

As a thank you, for entrusting me, I extend *free* wedding officiant services to all MN FOP members! 🖤💙🖤

KSTP-TV

If you know someone in our area...

BEYOND THE CALL 👮‍♀️👨‍⚕️👩‍🚒: 5 Eyewitness News is taking nominations for Minnesota police officers, firefighters and EMTs who go "beyond the call" of duty to serve their communities. We will then feature their stories in our evening newscasts. Send in your nominations here ⬇

[02/27/20]   Funeral Arrangement for Keith Dickinson, Retired Avon PD Chief, Stearns County Campus Security Deputy and Water Patrol Officer

The Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Keith Richard Dickinson, age 74 of Sartell, will be 12:00 PM Monday, March 9, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell. Burial will be at Camp Ripley at a later date. There will be a visitation from 4-8PM on Sunday, March 8th at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell and will continue after 10:00 AM on Monday at the Church. Parish prayer and a time of sharing will be at 8 PM on Sunday. Arrangements are entrusted to Miller Carlin Funeral Homes.

Visitation Location
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
219 2nd St N, Sartell, MN 56377

[02/25/20]   Information sent from Sheriff Steve Soyka, Stearns County Sheriff

Keith Dickinson-Retired Avon Police Chief, past Sheriff Office Campus Deputy and water patrol member passed away this morning at 0030hrs. The family advised that he was comfortable and at peace they advised.
Funeral arrangements are pending and the family will let us know when those have been finalized.
Please keep Keith and his family in your prayers

Steve Soyka

Don’t know what to have for supper next Monday, March 2nd? Here is a great idea!! Help support the Stearns County Explorer Program.
**This only applies to the downtown St Cloud 5th Ave location.**

Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police

We have a limited number of sweatshirts available for sale. All we currently have in stock is blue in XL. The price is $50 plus shipping. If you are interested please contact State President Matt Hagen at [email protected]. If there is interest, we can place another order in the near future with different sizes and colors.

Reminder tomorrow is the big day!!! Registration is 10:00AM- 12:00PM and first jumper hits the frigid water at high noon! We will have a special guest singing the National Anthem, Stearns County Honor Guard will be posting the colors...along with Stearns County Sheriff Soyka being the event MC!!!

The Plunge is Coming!!

The St. Cloud Area Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota is tomorrow, February 15th on Pleasant Lake near the 400 Club. Registration is from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and the Plunge starts at noon.

Members from the Sheriff's Office, the FOP, and Rockville Fire Department were braving the cold temps today to get the plunging pool ready!

See you tomorrow!

Stearns County Sheriff's Office

The Plunge is Coming!!

The St. Cloud Area Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota is tomorrow, February 15th on Pleasant Lake near the 400 Club. Registration is from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and the Plunge starts at noon.

Members from the Sheriff's Office, the FOP, and Rockville Fire Department were braving the cold temps today to get the plunging pool ready!

See you tomorrow!

lawofficer.com

You Cannot Pour from an Empty COP

lawofficer.com As a cop, I live for my days off. And when I finally get to my first off day—the day

KNSI News

People will be jumping into a frigid local lake to raise money for a good cause on Saturday.

Granite Lodge #17's cover photo

[01/30/20]   Reminder:
FOP meeting on Tuesday, February 4 @ 1830 hours at Bad Habit!

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General information

The Fraternal Order of Police is a 91 year old organization that has a long and colorful history. The first Minnesota Lodge was chartered in 1991 and the Minnesota State Lodge was founded in 1993. Minnesota currently has approximately 27 lodges throughout the state. While, the FOP is a national organization, each state has the autonomy and controls its own activities and finances.
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