Welcome to Blue Knights® MN IV

We are located in the Minneapolis / St. Paul Metro Area.

Welcome to our web site.  Much of the older information has been purged in order to allow new material.  You will see that the club is devoted to fun and foolishness, while the web master provides unique commentaries and solicitations for more fun materials.

 

If you are a licensed professional peace officer, active or retired and ride a motorcycle (doesn't matter if it's 2 or 3, Loud pipes or sewing machine quiet) you probably qualify to be a member of the group.  We often get asked questions about the club and they are addressed under F.A.Q.  

             February 21, 2021 - K-9 Bravo

Today, some dirtbags in a stolen vehicle decided to steal some more.  When confronted by law enforcement, they didn't surrender like good little boys.  After a very short game of catch me if you can in a parking lot, the dirtbags carjacked a different vehicle at gun point.  Law enforcement now knew that this wasn't an ordinary theft from a retail business with a stolen car.  The suspects fled from the police after using a gun to rob someone and evade arrest.  Naturally, the suspects didn't stop for the bubble gums on top of the squads.    Fortunately, the men and women of law enforcement are trained to drive safe and fast in some of the worst conditions mother nature can throw at them.  The criminals hit some stop sticks and that stopped their forward motion.  One of the bad guys then decided to fire a gun at the officers and K-9 Bravo.  Trust me when I say that is a really bad idea.  The police officers responded to the deadly force inflicted at them and the bad guy went down.  The other bad guy suddenly decided it made sense to surrender.  K-9 Bravo was injured but not out for the count.  He was transported for medical care and has been discharged to stay off the street for a little bit.  He needs to mend from his experience.  He is expected to have a full recovery.  

         February 20, 2021 meeting is a GO!

As all of our U.S. Citizens know, Covid has put a crimp in a lot of our social events / gatherings / activities.  This coming Saturday, February 20, 2021, we will be have a monthly meeting.  Their will be fun and foolishness galore as well as a somber remberance of those who have gone before us.  

If you are interested in attending go to the Meeting Information tab above and click on it.  It will give you the specifics.  If you have any other questions, please drop us an e-mail.

                   February 10, 2021

We just can't find the words to express how sad everyone is.  Our Blue Knights family lost another member today.  

 

Marj Masley, one of the Blue Knights Ladies sucummbed after having recent surgery.  Everything was looking positive and then in the blink of an eye it changed.  Obviously the man upstairs needed a helper to watch over everyone but I know none of us were ready to let her go.  

 

For those that knew Marj she was always ready with a kind word, smile or hug.  She will be missed by many and the world is a darker place without her light.  Please consider saying an extra prayer for her family and friends.  

                    February 7, 2021

Today is the Football Superbowl.  Two teams of highly paid athletes will intentionally engage in physical contact to prove which team has more luck, skill, determination and drive to win a game.

 

Somehow it seems wrong that as the President and so many other politicians and physicians are saying don't socialize with others outside of your immediate home, wear face mask coverings, maintain a 6 foot distance, etc.  How is it that the Covid virus can tell who to affect and who not to affect?  Trust us, when I say, those football players are well within 6 feet of each other even before the ball is hiked, much lesss when the ball carrier is tackled.

                    January 28, 2021

It is with a heavy heart that we have to report Roger Gleason has left our chapter and joined Heaven 1.  

 

Roger and his family are proud members of military and public service.  During the service on February 5, 2021, the adult children spoke about the love between Roger and his bride.  They also spoke of the importance of duty and honor.  Additionally, some of the grandchildren also spoke as part of the service. It was a far too short tribute to a man who always had a smile and kind word for everyone.  

 

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard stood the watch prior to the mass.  Afterwards, they lined up in the -0 windchill outside the church posting the colors as the casket was escorted through the church to the hearse. The Blue Knights were given the honor to stand at the interior of the church as the casket and family walked out to the hearse.  It was a sad moment saying goodbye to Roger.  Those who attended the mass included lots of friends and family members.  We also saw a number of Peace Officers in uniforms or in suits.  They may have not been able to wear the uniform due to assignments, but trust us we saw them their.  Cops recognize cops wether or not they are still working!  Their wasn't a dry eye among the group.  

 

Afterwards Roger and family were escorted to Ft. Snelling where a military honor guard was waiting.  The escort vehicle to Ft. Snelling was a motorcyle. How fitting is that!

 

As we age many of us have to give up our bikes and Roger struggled with that decision, but don't think for one second he didn't check over every bike that was at a meeting or event.  He teased some about how they haven't been out riding enough because your bike is too clean.  Then at the next bike he would tease someone about needing to clean their bike.  

 

Finally, here is a photo of Roger during a designated stop on a monthly ride. The driver of the 4 Wheel ATV went over hills, down the dales, and did some drifting with Roger as the passenger.  You couldn't pry that smile off Rogers face if you tried!

                    January 26, 2021

Those of us who spend our winters in Minnesota because of friends, family, jobs, etc. often hear from our well traveled friends about how beautiful the weather is or it's a dry heat and feels great in their vacations destinations.  Well the photo shown below is from one of the upbeat MN IV snowbirds at their winter lodging in Arizona.  It seems the Gold Wing will probably need chains to move through that thick stuff!  We in MN are laughing with you since the snow will probably melt in a day, but our cold weather is going to last a bit longer. Tomorrows wake up temperature is 0F with a gentle windchill of -13F.  We may have to put on a long sleeve shirt and turn off the air conditioner if this keeps up!

                    January 17, 2021

Today, a Blue Knight member has left the chapter behind.  He is now riding with the angels as the newest member of Heaven 1!  I'm sure that those who have gone ahead of him are showing him around and making sure he knows that although he is gone, his family will not forget him.

 

Dale Clauson was a retired officer from the Maplewood Police Department.  He was a founding member of the Blue Knights MN IV Chapter in 1990.  

 

On January 23, 2021, a Blue Knights MN IV honor guard had the privilege to stand the watch.  Pastor Mike was present and as usual did an outstanding job.  

Emilio Munoz, the ever present bagpipper, made sure to fill the building and great outdoors with his pipes sounding loud and proud.  

 

In particluar a special note should be made of Mike Saros taking the lead to keep everyone informed as Dale neared his passing.  Mike as a young whippersnapper got to know Dale through the always smiling Morrie Anderson and has been a friend ever since.  

 

The family expressed their thanks to the Blue Knights for being a part of Dales extended family.  

 

A U.S. Army honor guard including a 1st Lt. was also present because of Dales military service.  It's always nice to see the military come in and go 'WOW, look at all those guys here honoring one of their own!'  The military provided a trumpter also.  You know the song he played and it always brings tears even in 14F weather.

 

Additionally, their was a Maplewood Police Squad, piloted by a sergeant with lots of hard earned hash marks on his sleeve.  Finally, some Maplewood P.D. retirees also attended to say goodbye to their partner.

09/19/2015 Dale with Dave S.

                            Politics

As most everyone knows Peace Officers have opinions, but they don't share them when on duty.  Blue Knights know the law and respect the law even when they don't agree with the law.  

 

Tonight, (January 12, 2021) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) is asking for another impeachment of President Trump.  There are all kinds of accussations and repercussions that are being discussed if it is not done.  

 

Vice President Mike Pence infomed Speaker Pelosi by letter that he would not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.  A quote attributed to Vice President Pence is " I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution."  The full letter can be seen below.

 

Regardless of your political affiliation, heritage, ancestry, etc., 50 injured police officers and at least 3 dead police officers isn't acceptable from the capital incident.  

 

We hope as do so many law abiding citizens that their isn't any more violence on our Peace Officers related to the election and the government no matter if they are working in the U.S. Capital, Wyoming, MN, or Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin.  

 

 

ALL LIVES MATTER!!!

                      January 9, 2021 

         Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

If you have a police officer as a friend or family member, National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on January 9 is the perfect time to show officers we understand how difficult their job is. So it’s important to show officers how much we understand their difficult work and appreciate their sacrifice and risk.

For a while the United States’ idea of law enforcement was fairly loose. The Wild West was, well, wild. And most states and cities didn’t consider emergency services like firefighters and police officers to be necessary until much later than most would think. In the mid 1800s, most law enforcement was carried out in the form of posse comitatus, where the sheriff and a posse of volunteers and deputies (much like the stereotypical Westerns of the 1960s) would enforce laws rather than a centralized police force. 

Once the 20th century rolled around most larger cities, counties, and states had developed a centralized police or sheriff’s department. In doing so, most of the country slowly started to see a reduction in the “Wild West” and a more tame and domesticated America, despite many of the newly formed local authorities needing to pick sides in a rise of unionizing laborers going on strike. 

Whether its civil unrest, labor strikes, huge sporting events, or just helping a cat get down from a tree, law enforcement officers are a critical part of our lives, woven into the everyday fabric of living in America. They keep our neighborhoods safe and help ensure that whatever it is you need to do, you can do with peace of mind.

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was created by multiple organizations in 2015 to express their gratitude for officers in the United States. In support of their services citizens are encouraged to do their part in thanking the law enforcers on this day. One of the main organizations to take the lead in this is C.O.P.S – Concerns of Police Survivors. According to them, law enforcement officers need to be shown that the difficult career path they have chosen is recognized by the people who they protect and uphold the law for. 

This holiday was triggered by the chain of events in 2014, when a police officer was involved in a crossfire shooting in Missouri. The backlash and violence that followed this event led C.O.P.S to take the initiative to change this negative portrayal of police officers in the news in recent years into a positive one. With over 900,000 officers in the United States, the organization believes it is essential to support law enforcers during difficult times, and a holiday dedicated to them does just that. The day also raises awareness on the importance of understanding that the difficult decisions taken by police officers are in the best interest of citizens and the law.

                      January 8, 2021

We are unsubscribing to 2021 - After the free 7-day trial we decided we didn't like it!

                      January 1, 2021

It's a brand new year full of possibilities.  

                    December 31, 2020

Well it is finally here and what a year it has been.  Some people called 2020 the year of the dumpster fire due to the Covid-19 spread and other issues particularilly in Minnesota.  I think that pretty accurately describes the last year.  

 

 

For many people it was down sizing or loss of jobs.  

 

For others they became a target of hatred because of their employment.  

 

We want all professional Peace Officers to know that you come from a proud, long tradition of honest, honorable work.  We hope each of you continue your work with a smile and a kind word, while making sure you go home to your family at the end of your shift.  

 

If you happen to be in uniform and hear that a previous customer paid for your coffee or pop, just enjoy it.  Odds are it was someone who had been where you are now and knows how difficult it can be. Enjoy the act of kindness and when you can pay it forward.

                        March 28, 2020

As most in public service know, a religious presence is common in our business.  They are usually in the background their to give comfort, provide blessings or just hold someones hand.

 

We at MN-IV are fortunate to have Pastor Mike in our corner.  It is known that he is always running from one thing to another.  In this time, the webmaster decided to institute Operation Pester the Pastor with Positive thoughts.  The men, women, spouses and others set Pastor Mike in their sites and that was that.  Pastor Mike responded with thanks to each and everyone who participated in Pester the Pastor with Positive thoughts.

 

We encourage every other Blue Knights, Red Knights, Green Knights, or other organization that has a religious figure to do the same.  Send them an e-mail, text, smoke signals (as long as it isn't raining) letting them know that you are thinking of them and hoping they are holding up as they are being pulled in multiple directions.  Remember how good you felt after you and your team busted your butt on a particularily busy shift and one of the bosses spoke up about how proud he/she was of you and your work to anyone that would listen. Right now the religious folks are hoping the 'man' upstairs is listening to their prayers, but they could use some positive words while still here among us.

                        March 27, 2020

At 23:59, those of us here in the Land of 10,000 taxes are told be begin a Shelter in Place order with various legitimate excuses for being out and about.  

We are doing our best to behave, but you can only polish the chrome on your new Harley so much right Emilio?  

 

Therefore by B.K. Executive Order MN0IV 2020-01, It is hearby strongly encouraged that you go outside and take a walk, throw a football, play catch, walk the dog, listen to the birds sing, wave at the neighbors and keep on keepin on!

                        March 21, 2020

Well, it seems like lots of people are losing their common sense over the Corona Virus illness.  Remember folks, it's a super flu.  Just like the regular flu, don't share it with ANYONE.  IF you think you have it based on the symptoms, STAY HOME, Don't come to work, Don't hug your loved ones.  The quicker you get over it, the quicker those in your home and work places will appreciate being able to see you.  

 

Now we know many of you are considering various medications to overcome it, however it has been confirmed by Dr. Feelgood that the following are short term only.

1) Eating Twinkies or Ho Ho's.

2) Drinking clear colored alcohol.

3) Drinking Dr. Pepper pop.

4) Eating Doritos or any other chips.

5) Staying up all hours of the day and night while trying to pretend you are a rock star.

 

Now that you know what are short term fixes, go the long term route. 

Get lots of rest.

Try to maintain a normal schedule for your life.

Eat healthy, regular meals.

Drink lots of water.

Take your normal prescriptions.

If you have a fever, try taking some fever reducing medication.

Cough drops and eye drops can be your friend.

 

Good Health to all of you!

 

There is salt & sand still on the road, and the corners are full of potholes!

                           March 6, 2020

The month of March is going to make things really interesting for those of us in MN-IV.  

 

First off we have the change from Regular to Daylight Savings Time.  Leave it to politicians to somehow try to save time.

 

Second we have a full moon here in the land of 10,000 Lakes.  It is on March 9 and known as a Super Worm Moon.  Because of this we are reminding everyone to make sure their powder is dry just in case the Zombies raise their head.

 

Third we get Friday the 13th.  For those of you who have worked in public safety you know what that means; Overtime because of people making foolish and sometimes stupid mistakes.

                       February 29, 2020

Since the Corona Virus has reared it's ugly head, many people are preparing like it is the begining of the Zombie Apocolyapse and they may be right but...How many rolls of toilet paper, containers of cleaner and cases of water do you need?  Costco got 2 pallets of water in the other weekday.  According to the employees it was all gone 2 hours later.

The MN version!

                        January 17, 2020

Well it's official folks.  The snow-pocalypse  is going to happen.  Currently the weather guessers are predicting the following for our area (See photo).

 

For those who have loved ones in public safety, you know what that means...overtime.

 

For those of you pushing a rig, squad, ambulance, and snow plows, please remember most people won't see you until they are right up on you.  Make sure you wear your high visibility vests, practice evasive driving skills and don't overdrive your bubble gums.  Just because you can get traction and start moving doesn't mean you can stop nearly as quickly as on dry pavement.  

 

Finally, don't forget the dispatchers who will be inundated with phone calls and radio traffic.  Be nice to them!  If not you will spend your entire shift directing traffic on the high bridge in the snow, sleet, cold and wind, while waiting for a plow truck to back up from the closest exit since it's too slippery for them to drive forward.  They will be backing on the salt & sand they drop so the rear wheels will have traction in order to help at the crash you are working.

 

Speaking of crashes, this looks like a typical snow day on Highway 10 at Highway 610 in Coon Rapids, MN.

                     November 10, 2019

    Ted E. Bear turned 34 years old.  Did you remember to send him a card?

                           July 27, 2019

Today was the funeral service for Anthony 'Tony' Rollins.  Tony was killed in a motor vehicle rollover crash.  Tony was the only son of a proud family devoted to public safety and making the community better.  He was the North Branch F.D. Safety Captain.

 

Pastor Mike Haseltine and the staff at Maranatha Church made sure the entire event was handled with the utmost respect as always.  

 

Many members of Public Safety Agencies were present to offer their respect and support for Tony and his family.  Many members of the public were present and it was often heard about Tony's passion for kids and the desire to serve.

 

One of the best stories was of he and a partner had a couple of hours one day. What to do on a warm day, but go to the fire station, take out a rig in search of every lemonade stand they could find.  They found them and many kids sold lemonade while getting to try on helmets and turnout gear.  

 

The Blue Knights had the priviledge to also stand in the honor guard line.  Many firefighters were trying to figure out who those guys with the badges and vests were.  Soon the word went out those guys are cops showing respect for a public safety member.  

Every state has at least one place like this.  Send us a photo of your place and location, so we can list it as a future destination.

Peace Officers - If you are having a rough day and feeling like no one likes you and your job, go to the following website.  SIGforum

 

Para and many of the members of SIGforum, are strong proponets of professional peace officers who have a tough job to do.  Just read some of the comments and you will start feeling better!

Introduce yourself to your neighbors.  They may want to go for a ride on your motorcycle.  You could have another person become a member of the motorcycle community, or at least not be afraid of them.