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December 3, 2007
I want to apologize for the delay in updating this website. I recently lost a very close friend of mine and the loss has set me back a bit. We were friends for many years and have been through a lot together. He was my fishing buddy, my partner or opponent on the pool table, a friend to walk and talk with. We shared a lot of the same interests and views on politics, sports, fuel prices and war. He knew about war, as he was a World War II Veteran. He was always there to lend a hand when you needed him. He could always make you smile with his jokes and sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by many and especially by me and the rest of his family. He was my friend and my father-in-law, Harold Crotteau.

There are a lot of things going on through the end of the year and time is running out. Continue to bring in those Food Shelf items, it will give a smile to a lot of needy families over the holidays. The donations you give are greatly appreciated. And speaking of putting a smile on faces, don't miss the kids Christmas party on Sunday December 18th from 1:00 - 4:00. And for even bigger smiles, you don't want to miss out on this years New Years Eve party, but you must sign up by December 19th. Sign up now!! Happy Holidays to everyone and stay safe.

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October 17, 2007
The following article was found in the local newspaper - The Pine Journal.

The Pine Journal - 09/27/2007
To date, the Hebert-Kennedy 3979 VFW Auxiliary have sent off a total of eight boxes to the troops in Iraq. So far the Auxiliary have alternated sending the care boxes to two units. If other units are in need, contact Joanne Douglas, chairman, at 218-384-4426 for more information. Each of the boxes have a total value of $100; Post 3979 has donated commissary cards costing $900.
Needed items may be donated to the VFW Post home at 210 Arch Street in Cloquet. Items include Twizzlers, hard candy breath mints, sugar packets, small boxes of cereal, gum, Christmas stockings, pre-paid phone cards, assorted greeting cards, Sudoku books, local newspapers, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, disposable razors, Tylenol in individual packets, American flags, baggies, batteries of all types, battery-operated fans, fly strips and fly swatters, 2008 calendars, and Silly Strong that the troops spray out ahead of them to detect land mine wires. Cash donations may be sent to 3979 VFW Auxiliary, 210 Arch Street, Cloquet, MN 55720. The project will continue until the troops are sent home.

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October 3, 2007
It's finally here!! The new 8th District website has arrived. Meet your 8th District Commander and Chairs and find out what's happening in 8th District. Either click on the new link on the navigation bar on the left or click here. Contact your 8th District Commander to let him know what you think.

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September 6, 2007
Wow, you would not believe all the upcoming activities that's going on, there are just too many to list here. Check them out on the Events calendar. If you haven't received the bi-monthly Post Bulletin in the mail, check out what our leaders have to say on the Post Bulletins page. Makes for some good reading. In the new "Did you know?" section of the Club Activities page, find out how you can get a Free Drink! It's easy and doesn't require much physical activity, matter of fact you can do it sitting down.

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August 20, 2007
Mark your calendars for September 22, 2007 for the 6th Annual POW/MIA Recognition Day & Motorcycle ride. Click here for more details. Also coming up real soon on August 26, 2007 is the 25th Anniversary Lake Superior Life Care Center - Come and Celebrate Life. Click here for more details.

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August 7, 2007
Congratulations to the Ladies Auxiliary 3979 for 60 years of Loyalty and Service to Veterans, their families and the community. With the Ladies Auxiliary (nation wide) only being in existence for 93 years, your steadfast dedication and devotion to the Veterans of Foreign Wars is truly and honor. Thank you for all you do and all you have done and will continue to do!! Check out the great looking Certificate on the Accolades page.

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July 30, 2007
I was finally able to get the awards and certificates copied and loaded on the website. The Ladies Auxiliary has sure been busy. Check out all their awards on the Accolades page. On July 17th, the Combined Cloquet Honor Guard (VFW and American Legion) had the honor of guarding the traveling Memorial Wall Honoring Minnesota's Fallen Heroes who fought in the global war on terrorism. THEY WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. We do have some pictures posted on the new Honor Guard page and if you want to learn more about the Memorial Wall, go to www.veteranslake.com for more information and a link to see all the Fallen Heroes.

Memorial Wall  - picture coutesy of www.veteranslake.com

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July 14, 2007
What a surprise it was to be presented with a plaque at the last Post meeting for being "2007 First Place POST WEB PAGE Cloquet VFW Post and Auxiliary 3979". The award is from the Minnesota State VFW. Congratulations and Thank You to all who helped put this website together and kept it going!! This wasn't the only award presented, the Ladies Auxiliary also received some awards for which will be also be posted on the new Accolades page as soon as I can get them copied. It is a pleasure and an honor to work with such highly motivated and dedicated Post and Auxiliary members. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to helping our veterans, veterans families and our community.

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June 18, 2007
The weekend of June 9, 2007 was a great weekend to honor our World War II veterans from all over the State of Minnesota. Two buses left the Perkins restaurant on 40th Ave West in Duluth on Saturday morning in route to the state capital in St Paul. On board were WWII veterans and their families from our area on their way to the dedication of the World War II Memorial in front of the capital building. Among those on the buses were some of our veterans from Cloquet.

Harold Crotteau

Gordy Caza

Wallace Johansen

Nickolas Burggraff

Bob Langenbrenner

If the pictures don't appear or to view a larger picture of these WWII veterans, click on the picture. ( I apologize for any misspellings)

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June 7, 2007
Officer training at Camp Ripley went very well this year. I highly recommend going as often as you can. There is a lot to learn and things are changing constantly - for the good of the veterans. If you weren't able to attend, speak with those who did. They will tell you of the great time they had, the friends they made, and all the great stuff they learned. (Ask 'em if they have an application in their pocket). And for those who did attend, congratulations on completing the course! Camp Ripley will probably be the meeting place next year as well. The accommodations might be better next year. Quarters were a little cramped with the 10,000 Boy Scouts going through their training at the same time. It's time to look forward to another great year of helping veterans and their families, giving to the community and having a great time with fellow veterans. Ooooorah and Hooyah!!

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May 9, 2007
It would appear there has been a gap in updating the website, but that is not the case. There have been a few changes, like the newly designed Events calendar. You can now plan ahead or see what has passed. To see a full description of an event, position the mouse pointer over the event to get a screen tip.

The time is approaching for new Officers to be sworn in. Check out the Post Bulletin to see who was nominated this year. Members, come down to the Post on meeting nights (2nd Thursday of the month) to congratulate the nominees and enjoy the meal put on by your fellow members and share in the camaraderie.

I've received great comments about posting the birthdays of our members (sorry, no one wanted to give their age), so I've incorporated a birthday calendar (on the right of this page). Stop in and wish your friends a Happy Birthday. If you are a member and would like your birthday posted, drop me a line or stop in and we'll post it here on the website and at the Post.

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March 20, 2007
It appears that Deal or No Deal has come to an end for this season. For those that participated, wasn't it just a great time. And for those that won, way to go!!! Let Shelley know what your thoughts are for bringing it back next fall. Come on down to see what Shelley has in store for the spring and summer seasons. The final winner of this season were Nick Bruggraff $3.00 and Nan Stromsness $20.00. Congratulations!!

Congratulations are also in order for the finalists in the Pool Tournaments. There are some awesome pool players out there. Great job to everyone that participated!! Here are the results:

Women's Doubles Pool Tournament

1st KariAnne & Shelley
2nd Kathy & Jess
3rd Cindy & Tracy

Singles Pool Tournament

1st Mel Diver
2nd Shelley Nelson

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March 5, 2007
Happy 80th Birthday to Nick Burggraff and Happy 84th Birthday to Harold Crotteau. A couple of young guys who make us younger guys look old. How do they do it? Do you think we should add a birthday box to this website? Let me know your thoughts and ideas. Send me an email at webmaster@vfw3979.org or leave me a note at the club. I'm interested in hearing what you have to say.

There is a lot of new information in this month's Post Bulletin including contest winners, changes in the pull tab sales and upcoming events. This month we even have a Challenge and an Apology. Check it out!!

Don't forget about the Bake Sale that is held during the Fish and Steak dinner. For those of you who can bake, bring in a plate of baked goods to the Post by 3:30. Linda DeRusha will be glad to accept your goodies. For those of you who like to eat, there will be plenty there for you to feast on. All the proceeds go toward a worthy cause - our relief fund. What's that, you ask? Well, the Ladies Auxiliary members will be happy to answer that question for you.

Believe it or not, this website has gotten big enough to add on some history pages to it. Now you can just view current information, but if you want to view past information you can as well. There is a link at the bottom of a few of the pages which will take you to their history pages. Explore and see how many you can find.

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January 14, 2007
For your information... Please see that the word gets out!

Title: News Release: Minnesota Veterans eligible for new tax credit

Released January 4, 2007

Minnesota Veterans eligible for new tax credit
St. Paul, Minn.- More than 12,000 Minnesota veterans who served in the Armed Forces since Sept. 11, 2001, are now eligible for a new tax credit potentially worth thousands of dollars, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced today.
The Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone enacted by the 2006 Legislature is now available to any member of the military who served in a designated combat zone or hazardous duty area since Sept. 11, 2001. The credit is equal to $59 for each month of service in one of the designated areas. Partial months are counted as full months. For example, if you served any day in November, it would count as one month.
Eligible individuals can claim the credit immediately for any terms of service dating back to the origination date by completing Form M99, Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone. The Department of Revenue expects checks to begin arriving next month. In future years, the credit will be added to standard income tax forms.
"This recently-passed law recognizes these men and women with a credit for their service," said Department of Revenue Commissioner Ward Einess. "These credits could provide a significant amount of money to individuals and families who have sacrificed much for our country and our state."

Eligibility Requirements
You are eligible to receive a credit for military time served in a combat zone if: You served in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area anytime from Sept. 11, 2001 through Dec. 31, 2006; and The pay you received qualifies to be excluded as combat pay from federal gross income under Internal Revenue Code Section 112; and Your home of record during your months of service was Minnesota.

Combat and Hazardous Material Zones
There are currently three combat zones designated by the president, which include the airspace above each: Arabian Peninsula Areas: Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, the part of the Arabian Sea north of 10� North latitude and west of 68� East longitude, the Gulf of Aden, and the countries of Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Kosovo area: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), Albania, the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea north of the 39th Parallel. Afghanistan. Public Law 104-117 designates three parts of the former Yugoslavia as a qualified hazardous duty area to be treated as a combat zone:

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Croatia
  • Macedonia
In addition, the following locations are certified for combat zone tax benefits due to their direct support of military operations. In support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan combat zone):
  • Pakistan, Tajikistan and Jordan
  • Incirlik Air Base, Turkey
  • Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
  • Philippines (only troops with orders referencing Operation Enduring Freedom)
  • Yemen
  • Djibouti
  • Somalia
In support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Arabian Peninsula Areas combat zone):
  • Turkey
  • Israel
  • The Mediterranean Sea east of 30� East longitude
  • Jordan
  • Egypt

For more information about the tax credit, including required documentation and instructions, visit www.taxes.state.mn.us or call 651-296-3781.

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The Officers and Staff at Cloquet VFW Post 3979 would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year!! Ah, a New Year, what will the New Year have in store for us? What challenges will we face? What goals will we achieve? What sorrows and joys will we encounter along the way? Many questions which can only be answered by time and patience. But for a preview of what's in store for our VFW Post, check out our Post Bulletin for some of out upcoming projects or the Events (link on navigation menu) page for what's happening in the near future.

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Thank you everyone for your contributions to this years FOOD SHELF. You kindness and caring will help many families in need.

** FOOD SHELF ** Bring in a nonperishable food shelf item and get .50 cents off your first drink. Come on in or call 879-2447 for details. ** HELP THE NEEDY **

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Hello and welcome to our Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3979 website. We are glad to stopped in for a visit. While you're here browse around and find your points of interest.

We are a brand new web site and with birth comes growth. We will constantly be updating this site so come back often to see our new changes.

We created this web site as an informational and educational tool for our members and community and to preserve and strengthen comradeship. We dedicate this site to our service men and women serving in our armed forces defending our freedom and to all those who have served in honor defending and protecting this proud nation.

Please enjoy learning about our post and grow with us as we take those steps in making this post and web site a place to go for information, comradeship and fun, and help us make a difference in our community. We encourage you to join the VFW, participate in the many events, enjoy yourself while attending the club activities or even rent the hall for your own treasured activities.

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National Dues Increase: Life membership dues are going to increase effective January 1, 2007. Last year we anticipated an increase in the dues, but the increase did not get the full 2/3 vote to pass. This year is a different story .. read more..