Open House at Camp Ripley, near Little Falls, MN
The event is held once every two years, usually in September.
September 16, 2023, 2 pm: Groundbreaking for the new Minnesota Military Museum was held just east of Camp Ripley. Kevin Doran from Hubbard Broadcating was the MC. Honor Guards from around Minnesota were there to present the flags. Minnesota National Guard General Lowell Kruse was one of the speakers, as was General Joseph Votel who gave the Keynote address. He said he is looking forward to the 2026 grand opening and seeing the conning tower of a submarine emerging from the snow in winter. Air Force Master Sergeant Jessica Lewellen sang God Bless America to the applause of everyone.
A 1943 vintage bulldozer was used by a Seabee re-enactor to push dirt at the ceremony.
September 19, 2021: Open house at Camp Ripley, about 25 miles south of Brainerd. Visitors first saw Brainerd VFW Commander Chip Borle directing traffic because he is a part of the Minnesota National Guard. Lots of hardware was shown to the public, including antique cars. The presentation that day involved native Americans who served in our military. There was a flyover by two military fighter jets.