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Meuser, Yackley & Rowland, P.A.

Meuser, Yackley & Rowland, P.A., is the law firm that Minnesota workers,  police and fire personnel call when they have been seriously injured on the job and want the very best legal representation on their side.

With over 50 years combined experience practicing exclusively in the area of workers’ compensation, PERA/MSRS disability, and personal injury; the attorneys at Meuser, Yackley & Rowland, P.A. have the knowledge and depth of experience to protect and defend your immediate and long-term interests. You can count on us to see to it that you receive every benefit and all the compensation that you are entitled to under the law — now and in the future.

If you are a Minnesota police officer injured in the line of duty, we understand that a serious work injury can derail your life. Maneuvering the complexities of the Minnesota workers’ compensation system can make life even more difficult. The process of making sure you receive all PERA or MSRS disability benefits that you are entitled to from both systems can become a significantly greater challenge. Make no mistake: the firm you choose to represent you will make a difference.

With Meuser, Yackley & Rowland, P.A. on your side, you can be assured that you have one of the most experienced legal teams in the state, and one of the only firms skilled in both the practice of Minnesota workers’ comp and PERA/MSRS disability, looking out for you.

For more information on Meuser, Yackley & Rowland, P.A., visit

Marie Ridgeway, MSW, LICSW, RYT
Lead Therapist & Owner
Certified Advanced ART Therapist



Marie Ridgeway, MSW, LICSW, CCTP, RYT

Marie Ridgeway MSW, LICSW, CCTP, RYT is a Master’s Level mental health clinician with a specialty in treating stress injuries (PTSD) and the secondary challenges that commonly occur (anxiety, depression, panic attacks, substance abuse, relationship challenges). Marie and her staff of occupationally competent clinicians focus on working with Public Safety personnel through training, individual therapy sessions, wellness consulting for agencies, mental health check-ups, critical incident check-ins, peer support team development and consultation, and Crisis Negotiation Team clinical consultation. Marie has worked in the field for over 14 years, she has trained hundreds of law enforcement officers across the state, and has worked with hundreds of LEOs and first responders in her practice. Marie brings knowledge and skills from her diverse work experience that includes child protection and a county psychiatric crisis response team. Marie utilizes a variety of methods for trauma treatment including eye movement therapy and she will soon be trained in Biofeedback. Marie is honored to be providing specialized care and consultation to those in public safety who serve our communities. She is passionate about striving to overcome barriers to mental health care for first responders and providing care that assists in building resiliency, increasing quality of life, and supporting the sustainability of the career. Outside of work, Marie is active and outdoors as much as possible running, hiking, and traveling with her two children (ages 11 and 13) and her significant other who is a law enforcement officer. Marie is assisted by her German Shepherd therapy-dog-in-training named Charlie.

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Dan Athmann, Thrivent Financial

As a financial professional, Dan specializes in helping police officers, first responders, and their families by leveraging his combined law enforcement and financial services experience to help guide individuals and families with their protection, investment, and retirement income planning needs. Prior to his career at Thrivent, Dan’s law enforcement career spanned 25-years with the Burnsville Police Department where he worked in many capacities, finishing his career as an Investigative Sergeant in 2014.

Having lived the law enforcement “life,” Dan knows what it takes to survive your specific career challenges – the ebbs and flows, and at times the emotional strain. Dan also knows the importance of preparing for today and preparing for tomorrow. Your career will pass more quickly than you think, and you deserve a sense of confidence in your financial future. Dan can help you identify strategies to get you there.

Dan Athmann is a Financial Associate of Thrivent and has been in the financial services industry since 2016. Dan has FINRA certifications Series 7 and 66 and holds an Individual Life and Health Insurance Producer License in his home state of Minnesota, as well as non-resident licenses in Wisconsin and California. Dan has extensive training and widespread knowledge with insurance products, investment solutions and retirement income planning strategies. He graduated from St. Cloud State in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, and from the University of St. Thomas in 1996 with Master’s Degree in Public Safety Education and Administration.

Dan lives with his wife, Jackie, in Lakeville and have they three adult children – all UMD Bulldogs! Dan is involved in a variety of causes within the Minnesota public safety community, including the Minnesota Police Chief’s Association, Minnesota Corrections Association, Backing the Blue Line, the Frontline Foundation, National Latino Officers Association and the Minnesota Juvenile Officers Association. Dan is a member of the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Police Chief’s Foundation.

Dan is available to do group trainings or individual meetings on a variety of financial topics. Contact him directly at to learn more!

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State(s) Licensed: AZ, CA Insurance Lic. #0L37145, FL, MN, ND, TX, WI

Phone: (952) 500-3429

Address: 1895 Plaza Drive Suite 225, Eagan, MN 55122


Tracy Mortenson, Kensington Bank

Tracy Mortenson is a Mortgage Loan Officer with Kensington Bank.  Kensington Bank has several branch locations throughout Minnesota. She grew up on a dairy farm in Watertown, MN with her parents and four sisters. She has over 34 years of banking, lending, operations, and management experience.  She specializes in residential and new construction financing.

Her passion is to help and educate her clients about the loan process and finding the best possible options and solutions for each borrower’s individual needs. She offers a variety of loan programs, such as Conventional, FHA, VA, Rural Development, FHA 203B, Construction Loan, Home Equity Line of Credit, etc. 

Tracy is certified to write loans in all 50 states.  Whether you are moving to a different state, buying an investment property, or buying a retirement home, she can help you with all your needs and you can work with someone locally.

No matter what type of loan you are looking for, she will dedicate her time to provide the best loan options and mortgage rates for each and every borrower. She will become your friend and mentor throughout the process, to develop a trustworthy working relationship. Each client of hers will be provided with exceptional customer service to facilitate a successful outcome.   

Throughout her career, Tracy has built many relationships with people who are employed in the public safety profession (police, fire, corrections, dispatch, and public safety support staff). This elite group of individuals makes up over 85% of her clientele. Her husband is a retired police officer with 32 years of law enforcement service, so she knows that trust is very important when working with these clients. 

In her off time, Tracy loves to spend time with her husband, two boys, family, and friends. She also enjoys entertaining, cooking, and being outdoors, whether it be playing at the lake, kayaking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, biking or hiking.

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Nancy Mathiason, Kensington Insurance

Nancy is the Vice President and Agency Manager at Kensington Insurance Agency. She started her employment in 2002 and has over 34 years of experience in the insurance industry.

As an insurance agent, Nancy handles the risk management needs of a wide variety of clients on a daily basis. By being involved in both sales and service, Nancy acts as a contact between our agency clients and the companies we represent.

Nancy specializes in a wide variety of insurance products including, Home, Auto, Motorcycle, ATV, Watercraft, Umbrella, Farm, Health and Life, Business, and Crop Insurance.

Nancy’s commitment is to maintain a high standard of excellence in all that she does and to establish a solid relationship of mutual trust and service with each of her clients.

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O’Hara & Hunter Consulting, Inc.

As a licensed Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant (QRC) firm, we are dedicated to providing the best service possible to injured workers. Our reputation has been built on this commitment since 1990. We provide vocational rehabilitation services to injured workers within the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation system to assist them in returning to the workforce to feel like a productive member of society.

Services include:

Qualified Rehabilitation Consultant
• Everyone is entitled to select their own QRC who will assist them in their vocational rehabilitation process. We are independent & not affiliated with any insurance agency. If eligible, a rehabilitation plan is developed and services are provided.

Placement Services
• If an injured worker can’t return to work in their occupation or with their date of injury employer placement services and/or retraining can be provided to assist them with a return to work in another capacity and/or with another employer.

LTD/Vocational Evaluation
• We can provide individual evaluations and vocational analysis for workers’ compensation, STD/LTD, personal injury, divorce cases, and beyond. Our experts are experienced, objective professionals. We are available to testify on our opinions regarding employability and wage loss. We have worked on local and national cases.

QRC and Placement services are provided at no cost to you, the injured workers as we will bill the insurance company. We serve clients in Minneapolis, St. Paul and throughout the state of Minnesota.

For more information on O’Hara & Hunter Consulting, visit


Start Hearing

For anyone seeking to improve, protect or enhance their hearing, Start Hearing is a pioneering partner that can help people of all backgrounds begin to experience sound in richer, healthier ways. We put consumers at the center of their own hearing health journey – with or without an insurance benefit or referral – and expertly guide them to the right technology based on their personal wants, needs and lifestyle.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 1-888-520-3830 or visit

Members and their families receive:

  • Discounts up to 48% on today’s latest technology, including hearing aids and tinnitus options
  • 60-day risk-free trial period
  • One year of free office visits (limit of six)
  • Access to a nationwide network of 3,000+ hearing professionals
  • Up to a three-year supply of FREE batteries (40 cells per hearing aid purchased per year)
  • FREE warranty plan, including repairs and loss & damage
  • Financing options available




Start Hearing is always looking to help members with their hearing health. We are thrilled to bring awareness and provide hearing protection through our SoundGear product line.

SoundGear protects your hearing from the harmful noise of gunshots, power tools, engines and other industrial machines while optimizing hearing to enable better communication, performance and safety. SoundGear is small enough to rest discreetly in your ears and comfortable enough to wear all day. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 1-888-520-3830 or visit



Cassie Witt
HeartStart Coordinator

Sigma Tactical Wellness

There is absolutely no question that the number one killer of active and retired law enforcement officers and fire fighters is heart disease.

Sigma Tactical Wellness has developed an aggressive on-site screening strategy that has been proven effective in over 7,500 first responders across the United States. It is through this cutting-edge technology that early, pre-clinical heart disease markers have been detected in otherwise fit appearing men and women as early as age 30. This intensive, tailored evaluation alerts officers to the negative health impacts of the job, properly assesses their cardiac risk and provides them with the knowledge to mitigate that risk through a combination of lifestyle change and medical intervention.

The Sigma on-site screening program consists of the following components:

  • Active electrocardiogram (ECG) with physician interpretation and evaluation
  • Cardiometabolic stress test with expiratory gas analysis – determines contributions of fat and carbohydrate into total daily energy expenditure (indirect calorimetry)
  • Advanced lipid panel including cardiac inflammatory biomarker analysis – also includes overview of hematology, liver/kidney function, thyroid, PSA (men), HbA1c (diabetes)
  • Carotid Intima-media thickness ultrasound (CIMT) – performed on-site and interpreted in real-time
  • Consultation with a mid-level clinician (Advanced-practice nurse/practitioner or physician’s assistant)
  • Consultation with exercise physiologist
  • In-depth nutritional analysis based on individual results of cardiometabolic testing
  • Comprehensive written results and recommendations provided via patient portal for participants to share with their personal healthcare providers

For more information about Sigma Tactical Wellness and the programs they offer, please contact Cassie 651-235-4129 or

CallUpGollop Team

The CallUpGollop Team of eXp Realty was founded by a retired police sergeant, and a large majority of the agents on the team come from the ranks of retired Minnesota law enforcement.  They understand the emotional impact a law enforcement career has on officers, and their families, and how that can compound when making a monumental decision, such as buying a home.  The mission of the team is putting clients first, and the team exemplifies this in its care of its blue family, having helped officers buy and sell homes in Florida, Wisconsin and Minnesota, including first homes, second homes, land, and investment properties.

Likely, you already know and trust someone on the team; let them guide you through the homebuying process, from start to finish, with an understanding of your unique needs, as an officer. Their knowledge, team approach, and unique perspective is just what you need to feel good about buying or selling your next real estate adventure.  

Ask them about their Heroes Program, which offers special pricing for first responders on home sales, and cash back at closing for buyers!  The team also partners with lenders and title companies that offer discounts to heroes.

Chuck Gollop

(952) 292-6623

Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is proud to partner with Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS) to offer LELS members degree completion and ongoing educational opportunities at a discounted rate in the form of Partner Scholarship. Saint Mary’s Trusted Partner Scholarship is awarded to LELS members and their spouses in the following set amount:

  • $50 Off / Per Credit for Bachelor’s Completion Programs*
  • $70 Off / Per Credit for Master’s Program and Graduate Certificates 
  • $90 Off / Per Credit for Doctorate Programs

Criminal Justice Leadership Program

Saint Mary’s (online) criminal justice leadership program is designed for those wanting to complete their bachelor’s degree and step into a leadership role in peacekeeping, law enforcement, public safety, and corrections.

Now is the time to fast forward your career as a police officer, sheriff deputy, crime prevention specialist, corrections officer, or probation officer. With the urgent need for the U.S. Customs and Border Control agents, the demand for qualified leaders in the field has never been higher. 

Program Highlights 

EARN CREDIT for Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) continuing education requirements, military training, and more. 

BENEFIT FROM THE SUPPORT of our experienced faculty mentors, providing valuable insights, feedback, and support ensuring you receive practical knowledge and skills. 


  • Transfer up to 90 credits (75% of your bachelor of science degree). Past credits are always eligible — they never expire. 
  • Technical college credits, prior credits earned, past work experience, and military experience all count toward finishing your degree. 
  • Save both tuition and time with graduate courses counting toward both a bachelor’s and master’s degree.  Check out our Criminal Justice Leadership Program or visit our Saint Mary’s Program Finder to find your path forward. 

Contact a Saint Mary’s Admission Counselor at or call 612.728.5100 today to learn more and get started on your journey.
Visit the
Saint Mary’s / LELS Partnership Page for additional details and make sure you let your admission counselor know which department you work for and that you are a respected LELS member.


Heroes Helping Heroes

Heroes Helping Heroes is a non-medical support group that is committed to helping active and retired first responders coping with mental health issues, specifically PTSD.

While we are in the infancy stages now, it is our hope to provide numerous social events throughout the year, both large and small, from golfing to fishing to book clubs and everything in between. We want to recreate the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood that are lost when someone loses his or her profession. Furthermore, we want to provide a space in which all first responders feel supported.

All events are open to first responders only, unless specified otherwise.

To receive more specific details, please join our mailing list through Proof of current or prior employment is necessary.


Sole Essentials


A State of the Art Solution to address Foot, Knee, Hip and Back Problems!

Sole Essentials Offers Clients:
     Free 5 Minute Computerized Foot Function Analysis / Evaluation
     Rapid Fabrication Sole Solution ® Computer Generated Arch Supports / Customized Insoles
     Guaranteed Solution to Address Common Foot Function Related causes of Knee, Hip, & Lower Back Pain.
     Durable and lightweight design allows customized insoles to fit and transfer from shoe to shoe.
     100% Money Back Guarantee
          *Generous Extended Money Back Guarantee (60 Days)
          *3-Year Manufacturer Warranty

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526 West Seventh Street
St. Paul, MN  55102
Direct:  651-315-9290
For Appointments:  651-298-0652

Modern Sportsman

The Modern Sportsman Gun Shop and Range is a premier destination for firearm enthusiasts in Minnesota. With a focus on providing top-quality products and exceptional service, this establishment caters to both seasoned shooters and beginners alike. The gun shop offers a wide selection of firearms, ammunition, and accessories from leading brands, ensuring customers can find exactly what they need for their shooting pursuits. Additionally, their state-of-the-art indoor shooting ranges provide a safe and comfortable environment for honing skills and enjoying the sport of shooting. Whether you’re a hunter, sports shooter, or someone interested in self-defense, The Modern Sportsman Gun Shop and Range is the go-to destination for all your firearm needs in Minnesota

Shooting Range & Firearm Shop

20 Coon Rapids Boulevard NW
Coon Rapids, MN  55448

3541 County Road 42 West
Burnsville, MN  55306