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American Legion national commander to visit Two Harbors

Brett P. Reistad

In a few weeks, Two Harbors will be one of about a dozen stops on American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad's tour of Minnesota Legion posts.

Reistad will visit the Two Harbors American Legion Post 109 on March 10 for an dinner starting at 5 p.m.

Every year, the national commander goes on a tour of the 50 states and tries to hit as many of the 54 departments in the American Legion. The national commander's visit will span three days in Minnesota. Minnesota Department Adjutant Randy Tesdahl arranged the commander's visit.

"We think it's important to get him to a wide variety of locations across the state so that many veterans get to speak with him and vice versa," Tesdahl said. "We'll visit smaller towns like Two Harbors and Nisswa, but also larger cities like St. Cloud and Anoka."

Tesdahl explained that the national commander is the face of the American Legion. Most commanders stay in the position for only a year.

"One could compare it to something similar like Miss America, where the person becomes the campaign leader and face of that organization for only one year," Tesdahl said. "He has specific goals for the organization in his year and he'll want to hear from our many veterans to see what they'd like to see from us as well."

The national commander's visit will include a dinner with a choice of New York strip or baked salmon along with plated salad, vegetable, baked potato, dinner roll, dessert, coffee and water.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Legion bar or by contacting Jennifer Havlick at 218-834-4975. All proceeds will go to building maintenance and Legion programs.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. 

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