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8 bands to play at New Prague music fundraiser

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NEW PRAGUE — The third annual MusicFest fundraiser for the New Prague Area Veterans Memorial will be Saturday, Feb 22, at the New Prague American Legion Park Ballroom. The first band will start at 1 p.m. and the last band starts around 9 p.m. There will be eight bands playing a variety of music. Cost […]

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Ice fishing fun planned for Feb. 1

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ST. PAUL — Arcade-Phalen Post 577 American Legion Riders will be sponsoring at Veterans and Families Ice Fishing Event at the Veterans Campground on Big Marine Lake on Saturday, Feb. 1. Bring your own fishing gear. There will be prizes for the three largest fish in both the adult and 16-and-under classes. Pre-registration fees of […]

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Minneapolis Veterans Home to host nursing classes in auditorium space

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MINNEAPOLIS — Imagine taking college classes at the site of your next employer. That’s pretty much what is happening at the Minneapolis Veterans Home. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has a new partnership with Inver Hills Community College that allows nursing students to take their classes at the home, where they have access to […]

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Historic truss bridge at Minneapolis Veterans Home reopens

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MINNEAPOLIS — New Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Larry Herke “probably thought I was stalking him,” said Peggy Moon at the opening of the steel truss bridge outside the Minneapolis Veterans Home on Jan. 9. She said she bothered him so much about getting the bridge opened that Herke began approaching her first. The bridge was […]

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Veteran groups push for expanding Vet Centers

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By Tim Engstrom Tom Mullon recalls working at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Manhattan early in his career and coordinating a meeting of 100 or so Vietnam veterans with hospital leaders. One by one, the veterans told stories reflecting “the need for the VA to have counseling proper.” The answer they got from the director, […]

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Dvorak: December was jam-packed with news

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Greetings, Minnesota American Legion Family. The ceremony for the 100th convention plaque dedication was held in Minneapolis at Peavey Plaza on Nicollet Mall Saturday, Dec. 7. The first American Legion National Convention was held in Minneapolis in 1919 and the 100th convention was held in Minneapolis in August 2018. The 100th plaque was placed next […]

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What are the best ways to get investigated by the Attorney General's Office?

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MAHNOMEN — Assistant Attorney General Sarah Gillaspey of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office was on hand at the Fall Conference in October, and she shared the leading ways for nonprofit corporations to get investigated: • Misuse of nonprofit assets.• Related-party transactions.• An absent or detached board of directors.• “Founder’s syndrome.”• Manipulation of the financial information […]

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Minneapolis VA doctor is Physician of the Year

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The American Legion’s 2019 Physician of the Year is a Minnesota doctor. In early November, the headquarters of The American Legion notified the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Health Administration, the VA Midwest Health Care Network and the Minneapolis VA Health Care System that Dr. Megan Press, a general psychiatrist at the Minneapolis […]

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Plaque commemorates 100th American Legion national convention

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MINNEAPOLIS — The American Legion and the city of Minneapolis have a relationship going back for 100 years. That connection is now explained on a plaque at Peavey Plaza, near the corner of Nicollet Avenue and South 11th Street. On Pearl Harbor Day, about 25 members of The American Legion Family primarily from the 4th […]

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The American Legion calls for reviewing vulnerabilities at U.S. military bases

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INDIANAPOLIS — In the wake of the apparent terrorist attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola, the leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization called for greater scrutiny of all foreign nationals visiting or training at U.S. military installations. “Our hearts break for the victims and families of this horrific attack,” said American Legion National Commander […]

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Shoutout from a Hastings, Minnesota, sailor serving in Africa

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U.S. Navy Cmdr. Christopher Kneen, forward-deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, and Combined Task Force-Horn of Africa, sends a holiday shoutout to friends and family back home in Hastings, Minn. Camp Lemonnier is an operational installation that enables the U.S., allied, and partner nation forces to be where and when they are needed to ensure security […]

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VA Medical Center in Minneapolis to host town hall for veterans

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The Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a town hall meeting for veterans. On Dec. 16, starting at 4 p.m., veterans can show up at the hospital’s auditorium. The VA plans to have veterans’ health ID cards processing available. Veterans interested in enrollment and eligibility can stop by the enrollment desk, and the Veterans […]

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Make reservations now for the Pearl Harbor Family Gathering

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ROSEVILLE — The American Legion Riders this year will host the Pearl Harbor Family Gathering, formerly called the Pearl Harbor Membership Rally, and it will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Rosetown American Legion, 700 W. County Road C, in Roseville. The social hour begins at noon, with a 1 p.m. lunch and a […]

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American Legion welcomes signing of POW/MIA Flag Act

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Law requires the POW/MIA Flag to be displayed wherever the U.S. Flag is displayed at prominent federal properties WASHINGTON — The head of the nation’s largest veterans organization thanked President Trump for signing a bipartisan act Friday, Nov. 8., which will require certain prominent federal properties to display the POW/MIA Flag every day with the […]

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Send in your American Legion post signs

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Do you have a sign that says the American Legion meets here? Or how about just a cool sign at your post location? The American Legion’s monthly publication The Minnesota Legionnaire is collecting images of the signs throughout Minnesota for a collage. We aren’t picky. If in doubt, snap the picture and send it in. […]

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Take a walk for veterans on Veterans Day

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The American Legion and its St. Paul Post 8 invite all veterans and their families and friends to gather together for a walk on Veterans Day. The Veterans Day Walk begins at 1 p.m. Nov. 11 and departs from the Veterans Service Building, 20 W. 12th St., just south of the Capitol Building. The walk […]

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Come and get it!

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Step right up and get your centennial American Legion memorabilia. The Department of Minnesota has 700 empty cans of Spam that honor the 100th National Convention, which took place in Minneapolis in August 2018. The cans feature the state of Minnesota on the front. Department Adjutant Mike Maxa is giving them away free of charge. […]