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His motto: Duty, Honor, Country


Mon, Feb 8th, 2016

National Commander of the American Legion Dale Barnett spoke to a crowd of American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of American Legion members on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the The Club Bar & Veteran's Organization. Preston American Legion Post #166 Commander Donald Brockway is seen right of the National Commander speaking at the podium. Photo by Jason Sethre

After a visit to Hutchinson, Minn., in which he “walked on water” for his first ice fishing experience, National Commander of the American Legion Dale Barnett paid a visit to Preston, Minn.

During a his trip to Preston, he toured the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery and then stopped by The Club Bar & Veteran’s Organization to meet and greet veterans before giving a speech.

Barnett opened with, “As I look around this room, I see so many great things. Behind me is a glass case display of photos of those who are currently serving active duty. I see photos of students on the wall who were granted scholarships. And, in the back of the room is a young man who shared with me that he went to Boys State (sponsored by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary). Thomas Trehus doesn’t look old enough to be running for office, but he must have had a lot of great teachers in this room. Now, I’m not endorsing him. We don’t do politics.”

“Let me tell you what a beautiful State Veterans Cemetery you have here,” shared Barnett, who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and served as an Army infantry officer from 1974 to 1996, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

He talked about how he didn’t want to go into the military during the Vietnam War era, based on what he had heard. Barnett credits his experience with Hoosier Boys Nation in 1969 with his decision to attend West Point. He realized that we live in the greatest nation on Earth, and he wanted to protect our freedoms.

“What we do for our youth is important. We need to nurture character, service and dedication,” offered Barnett.

Dale Barnett has served at every level of the American Legion, starting with Post 105 in Fayetteville, Ga. all the way up to the level of Department (State) Commander of Georgia from 2007 to 2008.

Now serving five months on the job as the National Commander, Barnett offered, “My motto this year is duty, honor and country. We have problems. We have many problems in this country. But, it’s still the greatest country on Earth.”

“We, as veterans, know that freedom isn’t free.”

He also noted that the year 2019 will be the 100th year anniversary for the American Legion organization, and they’re focusing tremendously on historic preservation of photos and stories from veterans.

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Dawn Whitson

Tue, Feb 9th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Dawn Whitson 82 of Cherry Grove passed away on January 27, 2016, at the age of 82. Dawn was born July 12, 1933 in California, and was raised there. She enjoyed being a short order cook for her grandson, Luc, taking him to parks, and spending qua ..... 
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Karen Ann (Kinter) Barth

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in All Obituaries

Karen Ann (Kinter) Barth, age 61, of Le Roy, Minn. died Wednesday February 3, 2016 at her home in Le Roy. She was born June 23, 1954 in Cresco, IA to Everett and Maxine (Johnson) Kinter. Karen was the second child with her brother Mark being b ..... 
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Ask a Trooper 2.8.16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Minnesota State Patrol Question: Is there anything on a driver’s license that tells a merchant/business whether someone has a DUI or on probation for a drinking violation? Answer: If a person has three or more DWI ar ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports 2.8.16

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Richard Donald Young Jr., 24, Dover, MN; 12/11/2015, Driving After Revocation, Fine $200, Total Fees $290. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Steven Michael Current, 49, Stewartville, MN; 11/7/2015, Driving After Re ..... 
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Green Machines

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende sports@fillmorecountyjournal.com By the end of January, only one FCJ covered school could boast two basketball teams with winning records. R-P’s boys improved to 12-2, 15-6 with wins over Lewiston-Altura (53-42), La Crescent (50- ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 2.8.16

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Today’s tin cans, as we know them, are not made of tin, but are actually made of steel. Tin cans that were really made of tin were being used in the early 1800s to keep foods from spoiling as ..... 
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Rochester City Lines expands public transportation options New daily departure to Preston, Fountain and Chatfield began February 1

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Janury 25, 2016 - With an eye toward future growth, Rochester City Lines is expanding bus service for commuters along the U.S. 52 South corridor with the launch of a 4:40 p.m. departure serving Preston, Fountain and Chatfield. The new route, which w ..... 
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ACT on Alzheimer’s Harmony program offered on Tuesday, February 16

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

The ACT on Alzheimer’s-Harmony Committee will host a Program on being DEMENTIA FRIENDS on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Greenfield Lutheran Church. The Dementia Friends initiative by ACT on Alzheimer’s shar ..... 
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