One close call after another

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Lyle Foltz served one year in Vietnam with the Black Scarves By Tim Engstrom APPLE VALLEY — Vietnam veteran Lyle Foltz has been a member of Mabel Post 299 for 53 years, lives in Apple Valley and is a former Department of Minnesota adjutant. But […]

Commentary on the national anthem

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For immediate release. Questions? Contact: Tim Engstrom Director of Communications The American Legion, Department of Minnesota tengstrom@mnlegion.org Office: 651-291-1800 Cell: 952-679-0134 The American Legion Department of Minnesota COMMENTARY ON THE NATIONAL ANTHEM By Commander Mark Dvorak Sept. 14, 2020 The American Legion Department of Minnesota […]

Commander Dvorak: Thanks for a second year

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BLOOMINGTON — Most of the officers and committee members of the Department of Minnesota are remaining in their positions for another year, much like they are at the National level, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “You agreed to be on for another year, […]

Press Release: Veterans organizations disheartened with Minnesota Senate

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 2020 Contact:  Kevin Olson, 651-212-0573, kevin@snowglobepr.com ~~ Veterans organizations disheartened with Minnesota Senate ~~ Statement attributable to Todd Kemery, Chair of the Minnesota Commander’s Task Force “On behalf of the nine congressionally chartered veteran service organizations in Minnesota, we are disappointed with the […]

Meet the Lakeville Ramp Team

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This group of builders has overcome veteran discrimination and kept on building, thanks to the local VFW and Legion By Tim Engstrom LAKEVILLE — Terry Branham’s father lost his left leg above the knee at 18 years old as an anti-aircraft gunner on the USS […]

MACVSO marks 75 years

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Organization works toward consistency NEW ULM — This is the 75th year of the Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers, but their plans for the big year were wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic. But you know how a first convention takes place in […]

Vets organizations desire to be heard by lawmakers

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By Tim Engstrom ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Commanders’ Task Force, a body that meets monthly and pushes for veterans-related legislation, voiced their displeasure and frustration with lack of access to state lawmakers at their June meeting. “I’m very concerned that other interests will take […]

USS Minnesota is the best in Atlantic fleet

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GROTON, Connecticut — The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Minnesota, SSN 783, homeported at Naval Submarine Base New London, was announced as the winner of the 2019 Battenberg Cup Award April 23. The Battenberg Cup Award for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Battle Efficiency “E” winner is […]

Quick thinking saved a life

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Meet the Minnesota Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year A life-saving deputy has been The American Legion 2020 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Minnesota. Tracey Pagel of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office performed actions last fall that saved the life of […]