The DAV was selected out of 5 charitable organizations by Allstate Region 5 Agents and staff to be the recipient of the proceeds of their first ever charitable fundraiser. Allstate organized a bean bag tournament at the local Indeed Brewery in Minneapolis. With a goal of 32 teams registered and donations for door prize drawings and sponsors of the event local Allstate agents raised over $4,000 to the DAV of MN.
August 15th the Veterans Administration (VA) from Fargo issued a new 9 seat van to North Central Minnesota Chapter # 7 Disabled American Veterans (DAV) it will be used to transport Veterans to Fargo VA for appointments. Listed above are some of our drivers Lt – RT standing Richard Habstritt, Joe Schorz, Robert Saddoris coordinator/scheduler (non driver), Larry McConkey, Dick Labraaten and Chapter # 7 Commander David Sterr (non driver) Front row Lt-Rt David Larkin, Allen Bjelland and Billy Ayers who has 500 hours driving. Not present Glenn Aagard, Michael Davis, Joel Anderson, Scotty Allison CVSO driver.
This van was purchased with a $10,000 donation from Fergus Falls DAV Chapter #25, the balance from State of Minnesota DAV Foundation. The title is then given to VA hospital in Fargo VA who then issued it to our Chapter. The VA takes care of all expenses to include insurance. Drivers are volunteers as is Saddoris. At this time we go to Fargo one time a week; in future we plan to go two times a week. We stop in Solway, Shevlin, Bagley, Fosston, Mahnomen, and Ada. There is no cost to the Veteran to ride. Our Dispatcher is Dan Wood in Detroit Lakes 855-277-9878. Our other van was too small for our area so it went to Wheaten and will be used to carry Veterans to the Fargo hospital.
Respectfully Submitted Robert Saddoris, DAV Chapter 7 North Central
The DAV of MN Annual Golf Classic Tournament at THE WILDS Golf Course in Prior Lake was a great success this year. This year proved to be one of our best years yet with 64 sponsored veterans golfing in the morning, and over 130 golfers in the afternoon. With 27 major sponsors and 52 cart sponsorships, along with our silent auction donations, we were able to raise over $50,000!!!!! These funds will assist the DAV of MN with building and sustaining it’s veteran transportation program here in the State of Minnesota.
In 2015 the DAV of MN led the nation in miles traveled and veterans transported, and with your support, we will be able to maintain this high standard and continue to grow our program so that we may continue to support our Minnesota veterans.
Well the weather was perfect when we started our trip out onto Rainy Lake in a nice big house boat ready to do some fishing and relaxing for the week. Over all we had some great weather for the week only having to deal with a minor rain storm one night but other than that not one complaint could be said for the weather. It didn’t take long for everyone to become friends and get to know each other before the fishing stories were being told. Some fish were huge and some were small but everyone had a story to share.
We had some very successful days out on the water when it comes to fishing. At one point we had a double come in with a 29” and 39” pike both at one shot both fish put up a great fight and we had a great time bringing them in especially when we realized that we had forgotten our net. But despite forgetting some of our gear we were able to get both fish in the both with great success and definitely had a story to tell about it. We did really well with the pike fishing bringing in multiple fish over 30” and plenty more that were very close. The bass were also biting and we had caught several of them as well with our biggest topping out around 18” which sure put up a good fight. The walleyes were a little slower than anyone hopes for but despite that we still brought some into the boat and had a great time catching them.
Like with any of our trips you never know what you will find out there but we always have fun and always leave with stories to tell. Overall we had a great trip and I can’t wait to get back out there and do it again.
Toby Keith performed outside at the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Saturday, with his music being a perfect soundtrack for the military.
A portion of the concert tickets benefited two local veteran organizations: Hiawatha Valley Family Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota. The DAV provides strong support to more than 40,000 disabled veterans in Minnesota.
Each group invited 15 current serving military or veterans plus one guest.
Lance Garrick, president of the local Yellow Ribbon program, commented on the third row seats he and his wife had at the concert, the special ceremony before and after the concert and Keith’s honorable playlist.
“All and all it was a great event that gave tremendous support to our group,” Garrick said.
DAV of Minnesota supplies veterans in need with power chairs, walkers and other used, durable medical equipment. They ensure transportation to the VA hospitals around the state with free rides to doctor appointments and have started a new program called DAV Outdoors, which encourages vets to get outside by going into the fields, fishing and hunting.
The Hiawatha Valley Family Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program works on creating a community that connects and coordinates agencies, organizations, employees and resources in order to support veterans and military families.
Both organizations were given a check for $10,000 during a private dinner prior to the concert to help support their programs.
Along with the donation, a special tribute ceremony took place before the concert, followed by a procession from the Prairie Island Indian Community Honor Guard and an eagle presentation courtesy of the National Eagle Center.
From singing “American Soldier” to “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” Keith made sure the veterans were under the spotlight for the night.
In the past 200 years, Native Americans have served in every branch of the U.S. military in larger numbers than any other ethnic group, casino spokesmen said.
There are many reasons why Native Americans have been in the military but there is a common thread; they want to defend the land where their ancestors are buried.
In the Native American culture, being a warrior is the highest honor an individual can have.
Mayo Southeast Chapter 28 partnered up with the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for the first ever classic car show fundraiser and job fair. This was the chapters 4th car show. It was anticipated to have 250 cars, motorcycles, and semis along with 25 employers at the event. This is the first time that DEED has partnered with something like a car show and they thought it was a great way to work outside the box when it comes to connecting veterans with employers. The event totaled an estimate of $40,000 in funds raised.
This week the DAV of MN said farewell and thank you to Eugene (Energizer Bunny) Carriere. Eugene has been a volunteer driver for over 5 years. It is with a heavy heart that the DAV bids farewell to Eugene. Without using GPS, and plotting his routes the night prior using his trusty Hudson Map Book, Eugene found crafty ways around traffic and road construction. Neither the cold winter days or the hot summer could keep him from showing up bright and early for the morning shift. If there was a shift to cover, Eugene was the man to call. Because of his dedication and commitment to Minnesota’s veterans, a farewell luncheon was held where Commander Aguirre presented a well-deserved award.
The DAV of MN and the DAV Minneapolis VA Volunteer Drivers wish Eugene a hearty farewell and are eternally grateful for his kind heart and caring when it came to our veterans. We all know that his generosity will not stop here.