A State VFW Pistol Shooting Competition was held in Brainerd on February 17, 2018. It was a joint effort between the Brainerd VFW and the Jenkins, MN, VFW. Competition officials/range officers were Tex Stafford and Tim Brastrup (seen in yellow jackets) from the Jenkins VFW. Fifteen shooters competed in 22 caliber and Open Class shooting. The event went off without a hitch. The most heard comment was they'd like to do it again next year. Ladies from the Brainerd VFW Auxiliary prepared a great lunch for the hungry crew of about 30. A great thanks to the many volunteers involved. Winners: Ray Cowan, Post 3839, Jenkins; Tommy Johnson, Post 246, Minneapolis; Mike Williams, Post 1647, Brainerd; John Gieson, Post 5145, New Prague; and Chad Solheid, Minneapolis.
The annual VFW Mid-Winter Conference was held in Minneapolis January 19-21, 2018. Those attending from Brainerd included Commander Chip Borle and his wife Kari, Vice Commander Dave Meyer, Junior Vice Commander Mike Williams and his wife Karen, Quartermaster Pat Wing, Vet's Gazette Editor Dawn Garin, Auxiliary Senior Vice President Helen Doucette along with Webmaster Mark Persons and his wife Paula. Brainerd made a great showing by donating $2000 to veterans homes. Recruiting new VFW members was stressed. Also on hand were 6th District Voice of Democracy winner Connor Kockler from Sauk Rapids and state VOD winner Logan Ledman from Northfield. A large gathering of participants gave a SKOL showing support for the Vikings. The gathering was a good way to learn more about the VFW organization and meet new friends. You can look forward to Vets on the Hill on March 12th. It is a great way to see the Minnesota State Capitol and influence legislators.