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JAN/FEB 2018



Greetings fellow Legionnaires, SALs and Aux. Unit 98, Friday night fish fries are under way. This being our largest fund raiser for the post; we need quite a few volunteers for each shift. From my view point, we could use a few more so that we do not over work those that have volunteered. Our summer events went, for the most part, smoothly. Speaking of Summer; where did it go? I didn’t get half of what I wanted to get accomplished; here or at home. Winter is here, just can’t wait for six inches or so of good ice. Jiggle rods re-strung, hooks replaced--ready to go. The Christmas parties went good. The stockings were filled, the music by Dennis Anderson was  great and then Santa appeared to make the day brighter. Thanks for the tunes, Dennis. Keep in mind that the Auxiliary now has two(2) Sunday breakfasts for the next two or three months. These breakfasts are on the first and third Sunday of each month. Come in out of the cold and enjoy a great tasting meal served 8:30AM to 11:00AM. Then sit back and cheer our Vikings. For those involved, the Past Commander’s dinner will be held Saturday January 20th. Social hour 2:00 PM, dinner served at 3:00PM. Speaking of winter cold and snow---if the the walkways have not yet been cleared; feel free to grab the snow shovel and give it a whirl. January first is INVENTORY MORNING. We need at least six people to make it an easy task. Counting money, bottles ice cubes and the like. Saturday January sixth is the morning we take down all of the Christmas decor. Start time is around 9:00AM. Last year two people took down all the lights and other decor. We can surely do better than that!

Charlie Silver




Membership is an important aspect of the Legion. Through Membership dues and Legionnaire participation (Voluntary and Financially) we can do more for all American Legion projects (National and Locally). The Veterans of the past and the present are needed to serve you and the community. Thanks for all of your help in advance and for your help in the past. Our Members are getting older and tired and need some young members. Sal’s consider doing a Fish Fry night once month. We will ensure that there is someone with you that knows their way around the Legion and what to do on a Fish Fry. If you are interested please come down and sign up as an entire crew or just help and existing one. We started the Fish Fry on December 1st and they will run through Good Friday. A sign-up sheet is available. Just ask the Bartender if you are interested and they will show you where to sign up. We need self-starters. If you owe for 2018 just drop your check off with the bartender and we will send your card right out. We will endeavor to send out as quickly as we can. Those of you who have not paid for 2017 can still pay in order to keep up your continuous membership in this fine Organization. Just remember that we rely on the National to send renewal letters out to everyone but you can always look at your card to see if you have paid or leave your name and phone number a the Legion and we will return the phone call. 


            Gary Winter and Dennis Franz,

Legion and SAL Adjutants



I was deployed three times in my four years of service. I spent one Christmas in Yokosuka, Japan, another at sea in Viet Nam another in Long Beach, CA. Once I was home in Minnesota. The weirdest was in Japan, they aren’t Christians, but they decorate and play our songs in their bars. Had one Christmas canceled due to inclement weather. Through all of that I missed family, as I’m sure our men and women are feeling during this season. Please hold them in your thoughts and prayers.

Dick Seppala




Hello, ladies!

Happy New Year! As we move into 2018, let’s remember our core motto of “service, not self”.  We have enjoyed some great times serving veterans and the community over the past months! Thank you to all who helped with Breakfasts, Funeral Luncheons, Halloween Party, Christmas Parties, Meat Raffles, and the various other activities we do!!! You all make a difference and I’ve enjoyed getting to know you better! As we continue to welcome new members to our group, I hope you all will develop new relationships, enrich existing friendships, and have fun!!! 

Come join us for our wonderful Auxiliary Buffet Breakfast 8:30 AM o 11:00 AM 2 Sundays a month Jan7th & 21st and Feb 4th & 18th

Stefanie Kittelson




Receiving services at the VA is very beneficial to all veterans who qualify.  To receive any benefit, a veteran MUST BE ENROLLED in the VA system and should not wait until they need VA services. To do this an application called a “MEANS TEST” needs to be completed and filed with the VA to determine their classification.  This can take several weeks so time is of the essence.  I have the forms and can help you.  One can also contact Washington County Service Officer Steve Despiegelaere @ 651-430-6859 and Fax 651-430-6832. Volunteer to give rides to a Veteran in Metro Area (Call Legion for Contacts, Phone #’s and available days @ 651-459-8016) - Contact Ellen Nelson at the Hastings Vets Home at 651-539-2444 for volunteer opportunities - Come down to the Club and renew old friendships with ones that you haven’t seen for a while. Your help and involvement in YOUR LEGION POST 98 is always needed and appreciated.  YOUR LEGION NEEDS YOU!!! Bloodmobile is here on Feb. 267h starting at 11 AM.

Bob Cripe, 

Service Officer


Bar Hours of Operation:  Bar Opens at 11 AM Sunday thru Thursday, 10 AM on Friday and 10 AM on Saturday.  The Bar will close on Sunday and Monday nights at 10 PM unless there are customers present.  Otherwise we close at 1 AM.  Your business keeps us open.  We are looking for waitresses also.


Kitchen Hours of Operation: Tuesday thru Saturday from 5 PM until 9 PM. Wednesday from 11 AM until 3 PM.  Specials are located in the Club. Sunday 4 PM – 7 PM.  Summer Hours are 4 PM - 8 PM.  Sunday is only Broasted Chicken Buffet or to go only.  We are still looking for a Fry Cook who is self motivated and interested in making our Kitchen something to be proud of.  Remuneration for the right person is possible. 


If you have any questions, ideas for improvement or other suggestions place a note in the suggestion box located in the bar or fax us the information at 651-459-8778. Any other communications leave with the Bartender. Please print your name and telephone number so if we have any questions we can contact you and have you come to our House Committee meetings to find out our decision or to discuss yours.  If your name and a contact number are not on your suggestion it will be impossible to tell you what we have done.


Please Contact John Wright (leave a note with the bartender in an envelope to John’s attention) if you are interested in being on the Post Honor Guard.  We are looking for a number of dedicated volunteers to help honor deceased members. He keeps a list and will contact you when you are needed.


Come join us for our wonderful Auxiliary Buffet Breakfast 8:30 AM o 11:00 AM 2 Sundays a month Jan7th & 21st and Feb 4th & 18th


Flag folding procedures and symbols

The traditional method of folding the flag is as follows:

(A) Straighten out the flag to full length and fold lengthwise once.

(B) Fold it lengthwise a second time to meet the open edge, making sure that the union of stars on the blue field remains outward in full view. (A large flag may have to be folded lengthwise a third time.)

(C) A triangular fold is then started by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to the open edge.

(D) The outer point is then turned inward, parallel with the open edge, to form a second triangle.

(E) The diagonal or triangular folding is continued toward the blue union until the end is reached, with only the blue showing and the form being that of a cocked (three-corner) hat.

Meaning of Flag-Folding Program

The flag-folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our great country was originally founded.

The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right and is inverted only when draped as a pall on the casket of a veteran who has served our country honorably in uniform.

In the U.S. Armed Forces, at the ceremony of retreat, the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation’s honored dead. The next morning it is brought out and, at the ceremony of reveille, run aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.


Symbols for the Folds of the Flag
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded. The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born. The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.” After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it has the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under Gen. George Washington and the sailors and Marines who served under Capt. John Paul Jones and were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the U.S. Armed Forces, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.


"There shines the Emblem of The American Legion, it is your badge of distinction, honor and service. It stands for God and Country, and the highest rights of man. Of its several parts, each has a meaning."

Every part of The American Legion Emblem has a meaning, a rich symbolism that a glance does not reveal.

The Rays of the Sun form the background of our proud Emblem, and suggest that the Legion's principles will dispel the darkness of violence and evil.

The Wreath forms the center, in loving memory of those brave comrades who gave their lives in the service of the United States, that liberty might endure.

The Star, victory symbol of World War I, signalizes as well honor, glory and constancy. The letters U.S. leave no doubt as to the brightest star in the Legion's star.

Two Large Rings the outer one stands for the rehabilitation of our sick and disabled buddies. The inner one denotes the welfare of America's children.

Two Small Rings set upon the star. The outer pledges loyalty and Americanism. The inner is for service to our communities, our states and the Nation.

The words AMERICAN LEGION tie the whole together for truth, remembrance, constancy, honor, service, veterans affairs and rehabilitation, children and youth, loyalty, and Americanism.





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