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November 21, 2017
Hope everyone has had a good month so far. It has been a busy one, with all the events that have taken place so far. On Veterans Day it was nice of Senator Amy Klobuchar to come to our post to speak to Veterans. She had some of her staff with her to help answer some questions along with a couple airmen from the 148th in Duluth and our County Veterans Service Officer Duane Brownie and the FDL Veterans Service Officer Tommy Whitebird. There was good dialog with the audience and some of us may have learned a thing or two. And for those who hung around after the Senator left, we were fed a great meal. You didn't go home hungry after that meal, that's for sure.
And speaking of a great meal, Thanksgiving is coming up in a couple days. It's usually a time for families to get together and give thanks for something that's important to them. As we're giving thanks, let's not forget about those that can't be with their family and wish they could. Give thanks for those that are far from home ensuring that our freedom is maintained so we can enjoy our meal. Give thanks for those who have gone before them and for those that did not return.

October 23, 2017
Looks like the calendar is getting filled up this time of year, with a lot more dances, meetings and events scheduled. We had our Annual Kids Halloween party at the Cloquet Armory yesterday, what a great turnout. There were a lot of kids and parents that come every year to have a good time and we also had a lot of new families coming to join in the festivities. I'm glad we are able to get the Armory to host these events now because with the volume of families coming through, we need the space.

September 29, 2017
Today is the 118th Anniversary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Happy Anniversary VFW! May the VFW be around for another hundred years. This month also marked the 103rd Anniversary of the Auxiliary. Thank you Auxiliary members for all your help to Veterans, the Community and especially to the VFW.

September 18, 2017
Last Friday was a day to remember and honor those brave soldiers that were once held captive as a Prisoner of War and for those Missing in Action. Our Post was able to honor such a soldier, Tony Jurek, a Prisoner of War held captive from December 1950 to August 1953 in Korea. Tony has been a VFW member since his return and has been an active member of the Post and 8th District, holding positions such as POW/MIA Chairman and Chaplain. It is an honor to know Tony and he has my total respect. The sacrifices he made and endured, and his family endured during his captivity, are unimaginable. Thank you Tony for your sacrifices. If you'd like more information Tony and his life as a POW, click here.
Please say a prayer for all the veterans who are still waiting to come home and for their families who await their return.

August 24, 2017
Summer is coming to an end and school will be starting soon. A good time to start winding down from all the summer activities and start thinking about doing things around the house. If that doesn't grab you, how about coming down to the Post and volunteering. It's that time of year when activities are starting to pick up and we can always use some help. What ever time and/or talents you can lend is greatly appreciated. You might even have some fun. For example, do you like to dance or listen to live music, there are a lot of bands coming down to the Post for your entertainment. You could volunteer to help out or just come down to enjoy the music.

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July 31, 2017
Just got back from a well deserved vacation out west. What a beautiful country we have and what a history we been through to get where we are today. If you ever want to count your blessing for being an American, take a road trip somewhere and enjoy the beauty of your surroundings. Had it not been for, and continues to be, the sacrifices of our Veterans keeping our America free, we are able to enjoy vacations and freedom to travel around our country. Thank you to all our Veterans and their families for the sacrifices they have made, and continue to make. Don't forget to thank a Vet and also thank your legislators for supporting our Veterans and keeping their promise to care for our Veterans. And if you hear of your legislator going back on that promise, let them know to get back on track. A quote from President Obama says it all:

"It' about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It's about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they've earned when they come home. It's about serving all of them as well as they've served the United States of America."