Ad Spot

66,000-member veteran organization opposes restrictions to open posts

Dear Governor Walz

Sir, on behalf of more than 66,000 American Legion veterans serving in 550 Minnesota communities, we stand with the professionals in the restaurant, bar and hospitality industries and dispute the restrictions placed on opening our Posts.

The American Legion of Minnesota concurs with the caution and shared sacrifice that our state must take to prevent the spread of the virus. More than 300 of our Posts operate restaurants or bars in our Minnesota hometowns, and our 101-year-old veteran service organization has always adhered to the strict standards of sanitation, cleanliness and hygiene as established by the state.

But Minnesota’s American Legion Posts are more than bars or restaurants. We are proud community hubs and contribute to civic causes, youth sports, public safety, social justice and patriotism. With Memorial Day upon us, our community tradition of gathering at our local Post to honor those who have fallen must be modified.

While we can accept changing our traditional gatherings this Memorial Day, we believe that the recently unveiled modifications that will go into effect on June 1 do not reflect the best course of action. The standard of outdoor patios only, 50 patrons at a time, a requirement for reservations and wearing masks in all circumstances are not suited for our American Legion Posts.

Governor, we are disappointed in your decision. Your fellow veterans urge you to reconsider and modify the established June 1 opening criteria. We concur with many of the restaurant and bar owners in our communities who believe we can open safely, and we assert that our veteran organization can likely set the highest standards of compliance with social distancing, sanitation and risk mitigation.

Thank you for your service to our state and nation during this difficult time. The American Legion is eager to get back to fully serving our Minnesota communities. Your fellow veterans are counting on you to do the right thing for Minnesota.

For God & Country:

Mark Dvorak

Commander The American Legion

Department of Minnesota

News

Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

News

Top spellers prepare to crown national champion, from home

Austin Bruins

Bruins to light up the show

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Convictions: May 17-23

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Two sentenced for felony drug sales

Local Government

Filing deadline for city and county offices is Tuesday

News

Today in History: May 30, 2020

Mower County

Voting from a distance: County gearing up for an election year that could include an influx of absentee voting

Education

Austin to be illuminated red and green in honor of 2020 high school graduates

Mower County

Mower COVID-19 cases exceed 250

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Extra distracted driving enforcement period being held June 1-14

News

Today in History: May 29, 2020

News

Minneapolis cop who knelt on handcuffed black man arrested

News

Minneapolis protests spread to other cities across the US

News

US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

Agriculture

Pandemic disruptions taking a toll on farmers’ mental health

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

National Guard called to respond to Minneapolis violence

Local Government

City of Austin facilities to begin reopening

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Protests over George Floyd’s death spilling into St. Paul

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

Two injured in four-vehicle accident

Local Government

Jahr running for First Ward

Crime, Courts & Emergencies

2020 sees deadliest Memorial Day weekend on Minnesota roads since 2010

Mower County

15 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday in Mower County

Business

Over 3K file for unemployment in Mower County