2013-01-31 / Top News

Legion, Auxiliary sets Midwinter Conference

Linton’s Voigt to compete

More than 300 North Dakota veterans and their family members will gather this weekend in Minot for the North Dakota American Legion’s Annual Winter Conference. They will focus on the four pillars the Legion was founded on nearly a century ago: Americanism, Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, National Security and Children and Youth.

Friday’s opening session begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand International Inn, Minot, and will bring together militaryrelevant leadership from across the state.

Friday’s opening speakers include: Congressman Kevin Cramer, Minot City Councilman Mark Jantzer, Minot Post Commander Millo Wallace, Minot Unit President Delores Walhood, The American Legion National Vice Commander Glenn Hickman and The American Legion Auxiliary NW Divisional National Vice President DorisAnn Werlinger.

Other highlights of the conference on Saturday include the Press Association Luncheon, during which the North Dakota American Legion Press Association Award is presented to a North Dakota individual or group who has made major accomplishments in publicizing or promoting the American Legion.

The North Dakota American Legion Oratorical Contest featuring the finals from across the state. The finalists are 1st Place Eastern—Anjali Lall, Fargo; 2nd Place Eastern— David Shelton, Arvilla; 1st Place Western—Garrick Voigt, Linton, and 2nd Place Western—Lexi Nistler, Beach.

The North Dakota American Legion represents nearly 17,000 Legionnaires, 13,000 Auxiliary members and nearly 7,000 Sons of the American Legion. TheAmerican Legion and Auxiliary have been a driving force in the State of North Dakota for more than 90 years, leading the way on issues of importance not only to veterans and their families, but also to the youth of the state and the overall welfare of North Dakota.

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