Red Cross Blood Drive

On Friday July 31st, from Noon to 6pm, the Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at Post 85. Every presenting donor will receive a free T-shirt. For an appointment call 1-800-733-2767, or log on to and search by zip code 55056. A Drivers License, or a blood donor card is required.

10th District Convention May 30th, 2015

Post 85 is proud to host the annual MN American Legion 10th District Convention. This will be the first time that the event will be held on a single day. We expect hundreds of Legionnaires to attend on Saturday, May 30th. Kicking off with a memorial ceremony, then followed by voting for district officers and passage of resolutions, followed by a banquet in our hall. Our district spans the area from Bloomington to Willow River, and west to Buffalo, included in that area are 53 posts.

Memorial Day Schedule

Post 85 will be joined again by North Branch VFW Post 6424 for our 2015 Memorial Day ceremonies. Our Schedule for cemetery visits is as follows: Kost - 8:00 AM / Salem Lutheran - 9:15 AM / West Oxford - 9:30 AM / St. Johns Weber - 10:00 AM / Spring Lake Lutheran - 10:30 AM / North Branch Central Park - 11:30.

Our guest speaker this year in the North Branch Central Park will be Mr. Joe Mayne, past national commander of the Sons of the American Legion.

National Commander Helm Visits Post 85 Feb. 3rd, 2015

Post 85 Color Guard greets National Commander Helm. L/R Orv Otterness, Glenn Pierce, Jim Johnson, Ed Chromey

National Commander Helm is a native of Nebraska and no stranger to cold weather, and so he felt right at home visiting Minnesota in February. Commander Helm received a police escort through town, and was met at the front door by the Post 85 Color Guard. Posts from all over East Central Minnesota attended the dinner function, along with Chisago and Isanti County Veterans Service Officers, the mayor of North Branch, Police Chief of North Branch, leader of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Isanti County, and head of the Citizens Supporting our Armed Forces. North Branch Boy Scout Troop 141, and the Mid-Summer Ambassadors provided assistance with waiting on tables and passing out smiles. Our own Past National Chaplain Michas Ohnstad was on hand to offer prayers during the program. The MC for the evening was Pat Logan, the Department of Minnesota Membership Director. Thanks to all that helped prepare for Commander Helm's visit! Randy Koivisto -Commander Post 85

L/R 10th District Vice-Commander Ron Rollins, Post SAL Commander Jim Troske, Mayor Kirstin Hagen-Kennedy,    Post 1st Vice Darcy Doble, Police Chief Dan Meyer, Post Judge Advocate Orv Otterness, Chisago Co. Veterans Service Officer Al Budde, National Commander Helm, Post Auxiliary President Michelle Still, Past National Chaplain Michas Ohnstad, Auxiliary member Bev Otterness, Post Chaplain Jim Johnson, and Post Commander Randy Koivisto


American Legion National Commander Helm Visiting Post 85

2014-2015 American Legion National Commander Helm will be visiting our post on February 3rd . We are hosting a dinner for the event, with social hour starting at 5 pm, followed by the dinner and program at 6pm. Reservations can be made at 651-674-6100. The meal will consist of a choice of ham or chicken, with a price of $16 per person. Please get your reservations in early, as seating is limited.

Jim Johnson Honored as 2014 Member of the Year

Past Post 85 Commander Jim Johnson was honored as the 2014 Member of the Year at our annual banquet. Presenting the award is Post 85 Commander Randy Koivisto (on left), Post 85 member and 10th District Vice-Commander Ron Rollins (on right).

Leading the gathering in prayer is Post 85 member, and Past National Chaplain Michas Ohnstad, who is in his 67th year of service to the American Legion.

Our guest speaker was new Post 85 member SPC/4 Eric Trudeau of North Branch, who is a current member of the MN Army National Guard. He recently completed his second tour of SW Asia where he survived an RPG attack and IED explosion. Specialist Trudeau is still in recovery and his inspirational speech received a standing ovation at the end of his presentation.

During the program, members that have passed away in the last year were honored by the reading of their names, and the playing of “Taps”.  Post 85 Bugler and 58 year member, Roger Nelson, is shown with member Bob Bernier, and his daughter Hannah. Bob is also the commander of the North Branch VFW Post 6424.





Civil War Veteran Honored

Isaac B Reese (Almelund resident) died 95 years ago and has never had a marker on his grave. Since Isaac is a Civil War veteran the Veterans Administration provided a marker to honor him. At the ceremony today the North Branch American Legion and the North Branch VFW post 6424 did a flag presentation, 21 gun salute and taps to honor Isaac and commemorate the placement of his grave marker.

COMMUNITY OF North Branch Resident Wins $2,411.95 in Electronic Linked Bingo

COMMUNITY OF North Branch Resident Wins $2,411.95 in

Electronic Linked Bingo


North Branch, MN. -  Ms. Joie Robinson of North Branch, MN won $2,411.95 while playing electronic linked bingo on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at the North Branch American Legion #85.


The jackpot is the fourth largest prize to date in the new linked bingo games that are just becoming available through charitable gaming in Minnesota. Linked bingo allows players across the state to play against one another for larger prizes. The  jackpot was awarded for matching the “2 Lil Piggies” jackpot in the Linked Bingo game “Piggies From Heaven™”, offered by e-tab manufacturing and its Distributors (3 Diamond Corp.; MPeters Enterprises; Brainerd Games). Depending on how many people are playing, jackpots could reach $75,000 or more.


“We’ve always known linked bingo will be the strongest horse in the race,” said Al Lund, Executive Director of Allied Charities of Minnesota. “This prize is just the beginning. As linked bingo grows, we will see more big prizes and more money for the charities to use in support of their community work.”


3 Diamond Corporation, one of the companies that distribute the electronic game that produced the winning jackpot, agrees. “We’re thrilled for Joie Robinson,” said Spanky Kuhlman. “We expect to see the size of the jackpots continue to grow as people learn about the games and the potential prizes.”


Electronic pull tabs are currently available in about 360 bars and restaurants across the state; linked bingo is available in about 150 locations.


Electronic linked bingo and electronic pull tabs were approved by the state legislature in 2012 and have increased revenue for local charities. The North Branch American Legion #85  charity that PRODUCED THE WINNER supports the PURPOSE OF MISSION.

Veterans Day for the Middle School

The North Branch American Legion was asked by the North Branch Schools to do a presentation on Veterans Day for the Middle School and the Sunrise Elementary. Our Past Commander James Johnson gave a fine presentation after our color guard posted the American Colors. The event was closed with a rendition of Taps by the Legion Bugler Roger Nelson.

Veterans Day

Why We Celebrate Veterans Day
Kari Anderson

Many people recognize November 11 as a day to honor and support those who fought, and continue to fight to protect our freedom. While nearly everyone observes this holiday, very few people know exactly where Veterans Day originated from. Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, marked the end of World War I due to an “armistice” on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. President Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The holiday continued to be known and celebrated as this, until 1954 when the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by replacing the word “Armistice,” with the word “Veterans.” By doing so, they were able to expand the holiday to honor all Veterans of all wars, not just those of World War I. From that day forward November 11 has been recognized nationally as Veterans Day.