American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary

Henry M. Guttormson, Post #40

103 Elmwood, PO Box 285
Lanesboro, MN  55949
(507) 467-3440



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Saturday, 5 - 7 pm

October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18

Upstairs of the Legion

103 Elmwood S, Lanesboro, MN





    Organizers of this year’s Fall Conference in Willmar are asking those attending to register early.

    A registration form is located on page 2 of September 2017 Legionnaire. A complete listing of hotels and contact information is located on the Minnesota American Legion website: DuWayne Underthun, chairman of the conference, advises Legionnaires, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion to let the hotels know if you have any special needs for your stay.

    There will be shuttle service between the conference center, Willmar Legion Post 167, and the hotels in the Willmar area. Those who choose to stay at a hotel in Spicer will be responsible for their own transportation.

    Those who have questions or concerns about the hosting of the Fall Conference should contact Underthun at 320-894-8991 or email at The Fall Conference is the Legion Family’s “school of instruction.” The conference will be held Oct. 27-28 all under one roof.

    There are several motels in the area including The Best Western Plus, Holiday Inn and Express, Days Inn, Country Inn and Suites, AmercInn and Super 8. All hotel reservations must be made by the individual. The Legion and Auxiliary will not be doing a joint session this year as they have for the past two years.

    There will also not be a formal event on Friday evening to meet the leadership of the Legion, Auxiliary and SAL. The Auxiliary on Thursday night will feature sessions on Leadership, Membership and Public Relations with Sand Wersal, Mary Kuperus and Robin Dorf leading the sessions.

    The Auxiliary is also planning an American Legion Family Feud Game to replace the march of officers on Friday night. The event will feature the Department Commander, Department President, District Commanders, District Presidents, SAL and Legion Riders. It will be held on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the American Legion conference room. All are welcome to come and cheer on the competing teams.

    The Legion has not yet announced its plans for the Fall Conference.






    The American Legion Bowling Tournament is looking for a new secretary to run the 2018 tourney and continue into the future. This is a paid position. For more information, contact John Torma at 612-749-3704.



    Twin Cities Public Television is seeking veterans of the Vietnam War to submit their stories. Those who are willing to share can go to

    The Minnesota Public television stations will have a story wall that will launch this September. Photos, videos, audio, and narratives will be accepted. Once submitted, your story will be sent to the TPT curator for consideration. Selected stories will be posted on the website in fall 2017. If accepted, you will receive an email with a link to your story when it has been posted.

    The project is in conjunction with the Ken Burns Special on the Vietnam War that will be broadcast nationally this fall.


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Friday and Saturday, October 27-28, 2017

    Fall Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, October 27-28, 2017 hosted by the Willmar American Legion Family 167. Housing and pre-registration information are included in this issue of the Minnesota Legionnaire.

    President Donna is returning to the original format of having our annual Auxiliary School of Learning as an Auxiliary only school. All of the American Legion Family will be on hand holding their own classes.

    The Conference Host Hotel is the Best Western Plus which is connected to the Conference Center in Willmar. Both the list of hotels and conference registration form can be found on our website at



Mimi Abell is looking for volunteers to help with the drive

Wednesday,. November 29, 2017 (the week after Thanksgiving) 1-7 pm

Please contact Mimi Abell at 467-2265 or if you would like to volunteer.


NEC WOMAN – 2018-2020

    The Department of Minnesota is looking for candidates to run for the position of National Executive Committeewoman for a two year term, 2018-2019, 2019-2020. This position will be voted on at the 2018 Department Convention in Rochester. All endorsements should be sent to the Department Office if you are interested in running for this office.



    The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Minnesota, will offer eight (8) $1,000.00 scholarships to deserving students who wish to further their education, attending any institution of higher learning. They must be a resident of Minnesota or a member of the Auxiliary, Legion or SAL.

    There are also scholarships for the Past Presidents Parley Health Care Scholarship. Up to ten $1,000.00 scholarships are available to all Minnesota Auxiliary members who are furthering their education in any health care field.

    Our National organization will again be offering three National scholarships this year, for the Children of Warriors National President’s Scholarship, Spirit of Youth Scholarship for Junior members, and a scholarship for Non-Traditional Students.

    The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Minnesota also solicits funds for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship.

    These applications can be obtained through The American Legion. Be certain to use the current application forms. Applicants must fill out the forms completely. Please contact Mimi Abell @ 507-951-2657 or for applications or request copies from the Department office.

    All scholarships are due in the Department office by March 15.



    ALA Academy offers training for all members. The first training courses, ALA 101 and Communications 201, are ready for members to access and learn more about the American Legion Auxiliary and how to better serve our mission of helping veterans, military, and their families. All ALA Academy courses are designed to help you learn the information, share it with others, practice new skills, and make those new skills a habit. Whether you’re new to the ALA or have been a member for many years, gaining more knowledge about the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization will enable you to reach more veterans and better serve our mission. Learn more about the ALA Academy and get started today here.



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    Hero Miles provides round-trip airline tickets to wounded and ill service members and their families undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center; or veterans who are attending an authorized event such as NVCAF. Flights are made possible through frequent flyer mile donations made by individuals. It’s simple to do online.

    Hero Miles works with certain airline companies: American, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, and United; just check the link below for how to donate miles. The Hero Miles Program is administered by the Fisher House Foundation in partnership with the Department of Defense. Donate those miles here.


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Upstairs facilities available to anyone for meetings and/or parties.

  *You do not have to be a member to rent the facilities.

Meetings / Kitchen / Dining Hall only, no Bar - everything you need except the food and cooks $30

Entire upstairs with Bar and Bartender $50

Call 507-467-3440 during business hours for bookings.


American Legion Post #40

Henry M. Guttormson

103 Elmwood, PO Box 285
Lanesboro, MN  55949
(507) 467-3440


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