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December 21, 2008
Christmas is almost here and are you ready for it? Do you have all the presents bought or made for all your friends and relatives? Do you have plans for a big festive meal? Will you be spending Christmas with your loved ones? That sounds really nice and I hope you have a safe and wonderful Christmas. Let's not forget why we are able to have the freedom to celebrate Christmas and all the holidays we want, remember to thank our veterans for sacrificing so we can enjoy these festive times. Thank a veteran when you can and if you know of someone who is in need this Christmas, like a homeless veteran or a family in need, extend your kindness to them as well. Merry Christmas to all and have a Happy New Year!


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December 4, 2008
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. I know I did. One of the many things I am thankful for is to live in this great country, which would not be possible without the courage, dedication and sacrifices made by those veterans who came before us to fight for the freedoms that many take for granted. Every day is a thankful day because of the many veterans who are defending our freedom today. May God bless you all and keep you safe.
A great thing was passed on the post floor at the last post meeting. We unanimously passed to start and support the formation of a Men's Auxiliary to our post. We are in the process of collecting the signatures and information needed for the charter application which has to be approved at the National level. There is still time to partake in this historic event. If you want your name to be on the original charter application, please let me know. Here are the requirements. "Membership in the Men's Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars is limited to husbands, widowers, fathers, grandfathers, sons, grandsons, brothers and half-brothers (who attain the status prior to age sixteen (16) of persons who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Members must not be less than sixteen (16) years old. Men eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States shall not be eligible for membership in the Men's Auxiliary."
Pearl Harbor observance is coming up this Sunday November 7, 2008. We will be honoring Gordy Caza for being one of the nations few remaining Pearl Harbor survivors on Friday, November 5, 2008. Come on by and pay homage to this great man. We will also have a representative from MAC-V on board to let you know all the good things they do for homeless and needy veterans. We are having a fundraiser for this worthy cause, which also happens to be the State Commanders project this year. And we will also have a special guest joining us, our Minnesota State VFW Commander Stan Kowalski. Come on in and enjoy a great meal, meet with friends, honor a couple World War II veterans and learn about a worthy cause. See you there.


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November 11, 2008
Happy Veterans Day - Veterans Day is a holiday observed annually in the United States in honor of all those, living and dead, who served with the U.S. armed forces. Unlike Memorial Day, which honors those who have died in wartime, Veterans Day honors all those who have served, in times of peace as well as in war.
In 1919, on the first anniversary of the World War I armistice (truce), President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation expressing pride in the heroism of those who had died during the war. Business stopped for two minutes starting at 11 am, and it later became customary to observe two minutes of silence from 11 am. Many states made Armistice Day a state holiday in the 1920s and 1930s, and in 1938 the Congress of the United States declared it a federal holiday.
Thank you for serving and doing your part so our country can enjoy the freedoms we have today. This day is dedicated to you.


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October 14, 2008
Wow, where does the time go? In the past month we've had an Honor Guard Banquet, a Past Commanders/Past Presidents Banquet, a POW/MIA awareness fundraiser, a Department Fall Conference in Alexandria, MN, another fundraiser for the troops serving in the war on terror and an 8th District meeting in Ely, MN, not to mention the normal stuff that goes on, like the Post and Auxiliary meetings, Burger Nights, Retired Men's Dinners and month end Fish/Steak dinners. All these events taking place within days of each other. If you weren't able to attend any of these great functions, you're missing out on a lot of fun and excitement. If you want to join in the fun, check out the Events page to see what else we have planned. For all you Marines out there, I'm also setting up for the first annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball on November 8, 2008 at the Post Home. If you need more information or are interested in attending, you can stop by the post and fill out a reservation slip or send me an email at MCBall@vfw3979.org.


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September 7, 2008
Hope everyone's summer has been good so far. Not too many warm days left before bundling up for the cold. I've posted the 2008 State Golf Tournament standings to remind us of warmer days and of how much fun we can have as comrades of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. And speaking of fun, check out all the activities we have planned in the upcoming months. Come on down to the post and have a good time.


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August 5, 2008
What a great time we had for the State Golf Tournament at the Black Bear Golf Course in Carlton. Everyone was doing great until the rain, thunder and lighting started. Then they had a chance to eat, drink and be merry. Then when the rain let up, it was much harder to get back out there to finish the course. But everyone had a great time. I'll be posting the standings when I get the final results (I may even have some pictures). Overall everyone was a winner. Congratulations to everyone who participated and special thanks go to Dave Burgett, Louie Hubble and all the crew who worked so hard to make this a successful weekend.


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July 15, 2008
Just finished loading all the awards on the Accolades page and let me tell you there are plenty. What an OUTSTANDING JOB to all the Post and Auxiliary members for their dedication and devotion in helping veterans here and abroad, serving the community, and making our Post a better place.
And speaking of making our Post a better place, don't forget that we are hosting the VFW State Golf Tournament for the next 3 years starting August 2, 2008. We'll be kicking off the festivities with our mouth watering burgers on Friday August 1st, and after a long day on the golf course you are invited to our Post for a Steak or Fish dinner on August 2nd. There will be plenty of food, fun and hospitality for everyone. See you there.


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June 30, 2008
It was a great Department Convention in Moorhead this past weekend. It was a time to meet with new and old acquaintances, build camaraderie and just have fun. Congratulations to all who received awards and recognition. Speaking of awards, our website again took 1st place as the best VFW website in the State of Minnesota. What a great accomplishment to be awarded this honor 2 years in a row. Thank you to everyone who contributed information and volunteered their time to make this website worthy of this award. And I will be posting more awards and certificates on the Accolades Page as soon as I get them.
Congratulations to the 14 - Under Girls Fast Pitch Softball - Minnesota State Champions! Thank you so much for allowing us to sponsor such a great team. Outstanding job!!

14 - Under Girls Fast Pitch Softball - Minnesota State Champions


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June 15, 2008
It is great to be a part of 'The Finest Veterans Service Organization on Planet Earth!' especially when there are so many great reasons to be a member. Check out only some of the great benefits the VFW has to offer to it's members. Another great benefit of being a member of the VFW is the ability to attend meetings and getting involved with helping veterans, veterans families and the community. Whether it's a post meeting or a department convention, your insight is welcomed and appreciated. And I thank you all for making that commitment to being a part of this worthy and fulfilling organization and I look forward to seeing you and hearing from you at the next meeting.


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May 21, 2008
Memorial Day is upon us and it is time to pay tribute to our fallen comrades. There will be a dedication at several cemeteries honored by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard followed by a Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Park, see the complete schedule on the Memorial Day page. If you are unable to attend, WKLK - 1230 AM will be broadcasting live.


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May 7, 2008
On March 15, 2008 Post and Auxiliary #3979 held the second Salad/Hot Dish supper as a fund raiser for phone cards for local troops serving overseas.
Our many thanks to Post and Auxiliary members, as well as club patrons for providing more than fifty dishes for this event.
The net proceeds from this fund raiser was $765.00, which will be sent to the Operation Uplink program along with the names and addresses of local troops to provide them with calling cards, enabling them to call home.
Total net proceeds from both fund raisers held this year are $1,845.00 for phone cards for our troops overseas.
Again, many thanks to all who assisted with this effort.


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April 28, 2008
Loyalty Days is coming up this week and we are excited to be able to host this great celebration in our home town. A lot of preparation has been done to make this a celebration to remember. We hope you have a great time participating in all the festivities and events. Some of you will go back home with some wonderful prizes but all that come will be winners. On behalf of myself, the Loyalty Day Committee, the Mayor and surrounding community, "Welcome to Cloquet and the 8th District Loyalty Day Convention."


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April 6, 2008
Loyalty Days are just around the corner and things are moving along as scheduled. We're looking forward to having a great Loyalty Day Convention. What is Loyalty Day, you ask? You'll just have to check out the Loyalty Day page to find out. Something else you should check out is out Events page to see what else is happening this month. I've also made a change to something on the page (on every calendar month page as well). The first person to email me with what the new change is will win a free drink of your choice at the Post. (Actually there are 2 new changes on each month but I'll accept either one.)

Post Officer nominations are being accepted at the Post meetings. A nomination for Senior Vice Commander is still needed. We are also accepting motivated individuals for Adjutant and Gambling Manager. If you are interested in any of these exciting and challenging positions, please come on down to a meeting and put your name in.


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February 26, 2008
It was another great 8th District meeting this past weekend in Cook. It was a great time to see old friends from around the district and enjoy a laugh or two. It was like a family reunion, and the next family reunion for our veterans of foreign wars from the 8th District will be right here is Cloquet. The 8th District Loyalty Days celebration will be May 2, 3, and 4, 2008. I've put up a new page for the tentative schedule to give you an idea of some of the events we have planned. I'm looking forward to a great celebration. Hope to see you there.

Here is some news from the Department of Minnesota American Ex-Prisoners of War. They are sponsoring a Student Essay Contest called "Behind Barbed Wire 2008". There are over $4,000.00 in cash prizes. <more details>


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February 10, 2008
I want to thank all the ladies of the Auxiliary for putting on a wonderful "Post Volunteer Appreciation Dinner". I think it was a great meal and the service was excellent. There was plenty of food, fun and camaraderie. And thanks to all the volunteers throughout the year who help make every event (such as this one) a great success, we couldn't have done it without you.

Speaking of special events, coming soon is the 8th District Loyalty Days (May 2, 3, 4) being held right here at our post in Cloquet. There are lots of events planned so make sure to mark your calendar to attend. There will be more information to come after the next 8th District meeting going on February 23rd and 24th at Post 1757 in Cook, MN. Check out the 8th District website for times and events.

There are some things you don't have to wait for and can check out right now, like what's happening in the world of the Central Identification Laboratory of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. They are the largest skeletal identification laboratory in the world whose mission is to identify remains of missing Americans. And for an organization that is headquartered here in Minnesota, the Veterans Airlift Command provides FREE air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. Check out their websites for more information.


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January 15, 2008
It's hard to believe another year is upon us. They say "Time flies when you're having fun." I must have been having a blast because time flew by so fast I didn't see where it went. Hope everyone's holidays were joyous and may you have a happy and prosperous New Year. If you haven't had a chance to make it to the post home yet on "Burger Night", I recommend you give it a try. And if still haven't made it in for one of our "All you can eat fish fry's", what are you waiting for? Both are at prices you can't match and with hospitality you can't beat. And if those don't temp your palette for unbeatable taste and pleasure, don't forget "Taco Night".

Thanks to everyone for making 2007 a great success and we look forward to making 2008 even better.