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.

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