Tuesday, March 5th at 2:30 pm in Capitol 120, the House Veterans Affairs Committee will be hearing HF 204 & HF 205. Combined these two bills would accomplish the CTF’s top priority in keeping surviving spouses in their homes by eliminating the 8 year limit, make the benefit transferable one time to a new home, and move the due date for the application of the exclusion.

Attendance has been way down this year at the committees but I am hoping we can get a crowd together for this hearing. I have lined up three surviving spouses to testify and it would be great if your organizations could be there to lend your support. I plan to leave the Veterans Services Bldg. at 1:45pm and all are welcome to join me on a walk over through the tunnels.

Please spread the word and lets fill the room with hats for the surviving spouses who have given so much. Hope to see you all Tuesday.

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Notice to Veterans from Minnesota Revenue

If you or any Veterans you know where in a Combat Zone on January 1, 2014 or later remind them of this tax credit that will expire this month.

Glenn Pierce
American Legion Post 85

Over 1,400 military service members still eligible to claim 2014 military tax credit

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone for service in 2014 will expire for most qualifying service members on October 15, 2018. The Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding Minnesota service members to take advantage of the refundable tax credit before it expires. The 2014 credit is worth $120 per month, or partial month served.

The department recently sent letters explaining how to claim the credit to over 1,400 service members who may qualify. Service members have already claimed more than $1 million in refunds for the 2014 credit, with an average refund of $660.

To qualify for the credit, service members must meet all of the following requirements:

    Served in a combat zone or qualified hazardous-duty area anytime on or after January 1, 2014
    Were a Minnesota resident during the time of service
    Received combat pay which is exempt from federal and Minnesota income tax

To receive the credit, service members must send the following documents:

    Form M99, Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone
    Corresponding Form DD-214 for each period of qualifying service
        If still on active duty, attach Leave and Earnings statements for each month of qualifying service.

Applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2018.

For more information on the military tax credit and to fill out the form, visit our website at  

Check out and share our video that explains who qualifies and how to claim the Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone. Tax credits for service in a combat zone are also available for 2015, 2016, and 2017. For more information, visit the Members of the Military page on our website and sign up for email updates on military credits, application deadlines, and tax law changes.

For information on combat zone locations that qualify for the tax credit, visit the IRS website.

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WWII Vet Signs Up at Post 85

Llyod Haroldson
Photo L/R Welcoming new Legionnaire Haroldson to Post 85 is, member Patience Lind, 1st Vice-Commander & Membership Director Ron Rollins, Post 85 Commander Darcy Doble, and Past Commander Jim Johnson.

90 Year old WWII Navy veteran, Lloyd Haroldson, decided it was high time that he joined the American Legion. Born in Alden Township, Wisconsin, Lloyd answered the call to fight in WWII in the US Navy. He was as an aviation ordinance technician flying in the Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer aircraft in a search and destroy mission for Nazi submarines in the Caribbean Sea. The retired carpenter is now residing at the Ecumen senior living community in North Branch.


Award recipients for continuous years of membership

These are our Award recipients for continuous years of membership.
The attached list is all our members who received the pins even if they could not attend the meeting.

  • 5 Year
    • Ralph D Bader
    • Gregg W Lascala
    • Robert Townley
  • 10 Year
    • Archie S Anderson
    • Bruce L Bourgoyne
    • Michael T Sparks
  • 15 Year
    • David L Brooker
  • 20 Year
    • Herman R Fenner
    • C P Johnson
  • 30 Year
    • Conrad A Rehn
    • Herman A Solle III
    • Jack Walker
  • 35 Year
    • Eugene W McElderry
    • John P Orchard
  • 45 Year
    • Richard E Klick
    • Richard D Pechuman
    • Willis Peterson
    • Douglas J Sampson
    • Ronald M Vogel
  • 50 Year
    • Calvin Bozeman
  • 55 Year
    • Duane Damm
  • 60 Year
    • Roger Nelson
  • 70 Year
    • Ellis R Johnson

James Fairbanks (50), David J Foley (10), Raymond E Jenkins (40), Edward G Kuitunen (15), Joey A Launderville (5), Russell E Ramberg (45), Gordon Schwab, David B Toenies (10), Robert J Zellner (40), David E. Hultman (25)

2015 Member of the year award

L-R Darcy Doble, Glenn Pierce, & Jim Johnson
L-R Commander Darcy Doble, Glenn Pierce, Jim Johnson

Post 85 Adjutant Glenn Pierce was awarded the Member of the Year award at the annual Legion/VFW banquet on December 6th 2015. Presenting the award was Commander Darcy Doble, and selection committee chair Jim Johnson.

Post 85 member Everett Pearson receives award

North Branch resident and Post 85 Legionnaire Everett Pearson received his 70 year membership pin recently. Making the presentation is Post 85 Judge Advocate Orv Otterness (L), and Randy Koivisto (R) Post 85 membership chair.

Joint Legion / VFW Banquet - Sunday December 6th

It's that time of the year again! Post 85 will join with VFW Post 6424 for our annual banquet to be held at the Legion Hall. Social hour is from 6pm to 7pm, followed by dinner, and a short program. Cost is $15 per person, payable at the door. It's a time to recognize outstanding members and those in our community that have contributed to the success we've enjoyed this past year. It's also a time to remember those that have passed away since we last gathered together.

SOS breakfast Sunday November 1st

   Back by popular demand is our biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs breakfast. Serving from 7 am till noon. Prices are: Adults $7, under 12 $5, under 5 free.