Joseph Hjelmstad  
Veterans Services
Title: Veteran Service Officer
Phone: 218-685-8324
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Joe Hjelmstad, Grant County Veterans Service Officer, lives in Battle Lake with his wife Denise and son Joey. Joe was raised in Odessa, MN and graduated from Ortonville High School. He and Denise were married in 1995 and moved to Battle Lake in 1997. Joe has an Associate’s Applied Science Degree from Alexandria Technical College and an Associate’s Degree from M-State Fergus Fall. He was hired as Veterans Service Officer (VSO) when the position was expanded to full-time in December 2012. In February 1992, Joe enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard. His current assignment is Command Sergeant Major (CSM) of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Bloomington, MN. Duty assignments have included Platoon Sergeant with Company A 849th Mobile Augmentation Company and Company B 682nd Engineer Battalion, First Sergeant with Company C 1/34 BSTB, Senior Protection NCO with Company A 34th ID Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, and Command Sergeant Major with the 1/34 Brigade Special Troops Battalion. Joe was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Squad Leader from Dec. 2003-Feb. 2005, Platoon Sergeant from Oct. 2005-Aug. 2007 and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as First Sergeant from May 2011-Apr. 2012. Joe’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, riding motorcycle, traveling, woodworking, leather tooling, pottery and spending time with his family.  

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