Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 15, 2019
Our guests today were: New Brighton Public Safety Director Tony Paetznik, Mounds View Police Chief Nate Harder and New Brighton Mayor, Val Johnson.
President Dennis Connolly reminded us that Tuesday, October 22nd is World Polio Day.  One way to celebrate Rotary’s polio eradication efforts would be to attend Anoka Rotary’s 40th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, October 24th, starting at 6PM.  There will be free appetizers, dessert and coffee bar as well as a cash bar.  Join them for games and a raffle to benefit End Polio Now.  The event will be held at Green Haven Golf and Event Center, 2800 Greenhaven Rd, Anoka.  To RSVP or ask questions, email Sandy at
Dennis is strongly promoting One Rotary Summit which will be held in Stillwater on October 26th from 9-1PM.  These Summits are a great way for all Rotarians, but especially new ones, to increase their knowledge about Rotary.  Please consider attending.
On Tuesday October 29th, at 12:15PM, District Governor Paul Perez will visit our club.  It’s important that we have great attendance for his presentation so please mark your calendars now.  DG Perez is asking us for topics or questions of interest to our club.  Please contact Dennis if you have something you’d like the District Governor to talk about.
The annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held on November 2nd at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis.  We’ve always had a sizeable delegation of NBMV Rotarians at this meeting and it looks like this year will be no exception.  Contact Cindy to add your name to the growing NBMV delegation.
Our Japanese exchange student, Nanase (pronounced Nah-nah-say), has settled in with the Jacobsen’s.  She loves ice cream, chocolate, pizza and hamburgers and she’s willing to try new things.  She especially loves the outdoors.  Make a point to do something with her soon.  Her email is: and cell # is 651-925-6012. Nanase , Cindy and Ed are shown below.
On Thursday, November 22nd from 7-9PM the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf will host a free Thanksgiving concert by Rubber Soul, a Beatles tribute band. The concert will be held at Peace Church, 5050 Hodgson Rd, Shoreview.  No admission fee or registration needed.  A free will offering will benefit The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.
Next Tuesday’s (October 22nd) noon meeting will feature a celebration of Beverly Aplikowski’s NBMV Honorary Rotarian Designation.  Please join us as we celebrate Beverly’s many contributions to NBMV Rotary.
CPY Game Night is Friday November 1st from 6 to 10PM at the New Brighton Community Center.  In addition to the games, there will be live and silent auctions and a cash bar.  Reserve your place now by clicking here.
Mark your calendars now for the Irondale Choir Christmas Concert/Sing Along at our noon meeting on December 17th.  As in recent years, we will meet at Risdall Marketing in Roseville.
Due to holiday conflicts the club will not meet on December 24th and 31st.
New Brighton Public Safety Director, Tony Paetznik, introduced our speaker, Drew Evans, Superintendant of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (MBCA).  Established in 1927, its mission is to assist local law enforcement in preventing and solving crimes.  Headquartered in St Paul, with branches in St. Cloud and Bemidji and 11 field offices across the state, the MBCA is part of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety with budget of nearly $75 million per year.  A look at the myriad ways that the MBCA impacts law enforcement in Minnesota makes that budget number seem like a bargain.  The MBCA has nearly 500 employees working with nearly every public safety agency in the state.   They assist law enforcement with violent crimes including death investigations, cold cases, officer-involved shootings and crime scene processing.  The regional facilities also work on narcotics crimes including high level drug traffickers, undercover operations.  They also work with DEA, FBI, Homeland Security and U.S. Marshalls national task forces.  The MBCA works on Predatory Crimes like crimes against children, human trafficking and investigations and registration for level 3 sex offenders.  The Tech Services Unit assists local law enforcement with pen registers, wiretaps, covert cameras, electronic surveillance, cell phone tracking and crime scene response.  The Forensic Sciences Service helps with DNA analysis, fingerprints, firearm ballistic analysis, digital data analysis, arson, drugs, toxicology, arson and sexual assault.  The MN Fusion Center links federal and state agencies to coordinate information sharing and decrease response times.  These are just the major areas of investigative services and the demand for services is rapidly expanding.  Tony Paetznik, Nate Harder, Nyle Zikmund, and Superintendant Evans are pictured below,