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Gallery: National Commander Bill Oxford at Mankato Post 11

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On Feb. 19, The American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford enjoyed lunch at Mankato Post 11, which meets at Mankato VFW Post 950, the eighth stop on his tour of Minnesota. He spoke with young veterans from the area and with Minnesota State University, Mankato, veteran resource officer Tim Adams. Click on an […]

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New Prague American Legion to host third annual Music Fest

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Proceeds benefit New Prague Veterans Memorial NEW PRAGUE — New Prague American Legion Post 45 and the New Prague Veterans Memorial Committee will host a special day of music on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the New Prague American Legion Park Ballroom. Eight regional bands will perform between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m., and guests can […]

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Gallery: National Commander Bill Oxford at Redwood Falls Post 38

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On Feb. 18, The American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford enjoyed supper at Redwood Falls Post 38, the sixth stop on his tour of Minnesota. He spoke about the importance of growing membership to carry on Legion programs, particularly ones involving young Americans. There was an abundance of ribbing each other this evening, […]

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Gallery: National Commander Bill Oxford at Madelia Post 19

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On Feb. 18, The American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford enjoyed lunch at Madelia Post 19, the fifth stop on his tour of Minnesota. He told of his 34-year military career, explained his involvement in The American Legion and how he became national commander. He also shared his visit to the White House […]

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Bayview Cross victory result of Legion Supreme Court Decision

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INDIANAPOLIS — Citing The American Legion’s “historic victory” during an important Supreme Court ruling last year, the head of the nation’s largest veterans organization welcomed another court decision yesterday as a sign that veterans memorials will now have permanent legal protection. “Last year, The American Legion easily prevailed by a 7-2 ruling protecting a veterans […]

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MDVA taking aim at veterans issues: courts, suicide, housing

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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has been forming its legislative initiatives for the 2020 session. Opening day of the session is Feb. 11, and Veterans Day on the Hill is slated for April 20. The MDVA plans to ask the state Legislature to: • Allow the commissioner of veteran affairs, and […]

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Roundtables ready for February

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ST. PAUL — Agent Orange is the topic of discussion for the February gathering of the Vietnam War Roundtable. Local veterans and experts will share the lasting impact of the defoliant chemical. The topic spurred great interest last year, according to the roundtable’s website. The Vietnam War Roundtable meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at […]

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Commander Dvorak: Oratorical Contest finals looking good

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Commander’s Column, By Mark Dvorak American Legion State Oratorical Contest finals are set! They will be held at the Anoka and Osseo American Legion Posts on Saturday, Feb. 29. At this time, it appears all 10 districts will have a contestant. This is good news for our Oratorical Contest, which is a very important part […]

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Four chaplains went down with the ship

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By Betty Jass On Feb. 3, it will be the 77-year anniversary of the sinking of the troop ship SS Dorchester. According to Wikipedia, the “Four Chaplains,” also referred to as the “Immortal Chaplains” or the “Dorchester Chaplains,” were four World War II Chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel […]

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Martin County veterans get attack helicopter

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FAIRMONT — The veterans memorial site in Martin County has received a Bell Cobra-Fixed Wing Attack Helicopter that served the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Laos from 1968 to 1971. Five states were vying for the acquisition of the Cobra, “due to the hard work of Minnesota state and local veterans and volunteers, the Cobra […]

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Post makes bar top with wooden dog tags

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PINE RIVER — Pine River Post 613 has remodeled most of its club and came up with a memorial bar top with lasered wood to look like dog tags, said Commander Terry Steele. “We have sold the dog tags for the cost of making the tag and building our bar top,” he said. “We have […]

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January is National Security Month, and more

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By Dee Dee Buckley The National Security Program promotes a strong national defense supporting servicemembers and their families. The National Security pages included 2019-2020 Unit Guide lists the three major areas that our National organization would like to see as our emphasis this year. The first is support the emotional and social needs of active, […]

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Minnesota Woman Veteran of the Year nominations sought

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The Women Veterans Initiative is actively seeking nominations of Minnesota women military veterans to be considered Woman Veteran of the Year for 2020. Nominations will be accepted through March 1. The Minnesota Woman Veteran of the Year is someone who: Honorably served in the United States military. Displays leadership and supports women veteran issues. Is […]

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Legion Commander: ‘Learn from the Minneapolis death’

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INDIANAPOLIS — The leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization has called on health care administrators to study the findings of a recent VA inspector general’s report to ensure that circumstances that contributed to a veteran’s 2018 suicide do not re-occur. “One veteran suicide is one too many,” said American Legion National Commander James W. […]

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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 […]