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Backus American Legion receives award

Sixth American Legion District Membership Director Jim Lucas, center, presents the district's Small Post of the Year Award to Backus American Legion 1st Vice Commander Gene Gagnon, left, and 2nd Vice Commander Gary Dawson, right. Submitted Photo1 / 3
Pictured at the installation of the officers of the Backus American Legion Post are, from left, Jim Lucas, Paul Kunde, Gary Dawson, ean Gagnon, Wayne Pryor, Rod Aker, Fred Keller, Don Van Vorst, Robert Johnston, and Larry Kostka. Not pictured are Commander Bill Taylor. Submitted Photo2 / 3
Newly installed officers of the Backus American Legion Auxiliary include, from left, Barb Frederick; Linda Barchus; Sue Wolf; Judy Johnston; Kathy Bruno, Judy Deibel; Lynne Gagnon; Shirley Frederick, Sue Kostka, sLaRene Aker; Jean Dawson; Joyce Smith; Jan Nelson; and Bev Sauer. Submitted Photo3 / 3

For the fifth time in the past six years the Backus American Legion was selected the best small post in the Sixth Legion District.

District Membership Director Jim Lucas presented the award at the post's installation of officers ceremony Monday, June 23, citing the post's record of service to its community, state and nation and another year of

exceeding membership goals for the post, auxiliary and Sons of the Legion.

The Sixth District covers a large geographic area of the state stretching 350 miles from Elk River just northwest of the Twin Cities to the Canadian border.

The post also honored state Auxiliary President Shirley Frederick of Hackensack who will complete her term of office this year. Frederick and outgoing Hackensack Auxiliary Unit president Bev Sauer conducted the installation of Backus Auxiliary officers.

Highlights of the Auxiliary's past year included reaching an all-time high of 105 members.

The Legion also was commended for its sound fiscal management, supporting an improvement in Cass County's veterans services, its reputation of being a warm, welcoming and supportive organization for veterans and their families and active duty troops, excellent charitable gaming program and for actively publicizing its achievements and activities to help the public understand the positive effect veterans have on their communities.