National Legion Commander coming for dinner

• Elk River American Legion to host the organization’s leader at Feb. 6 event

Dan Dellinger, the National Commander of the American Legion, will spend four days in Minnesota, Feb. 4-7, visiting 12 Legion posts across the southern part of the state.

He will be at the Elk River post for dinner on Feb. 6.

Dellinger was an army infantry officer who served at Fort Benning during the Vietnam War. He retired from the Army Reserve in 1984 as a captain.

He owned and operated his own construction business for 20 years, and this past year was elected the National Commander of the American Legion. He lives in Vienna, Va.

The Minnesota American Legion has 83,000 members in nearly 550 posts throughout the state. It acts as a watchdog for veterans’ rights, but is also heavily involved in Minnesota communities through such programs as Legion Baseball, Boys State and Girls State, Legionville School Safety Patrol School, Scouting and many other projects.

Dellinger will begin his tour with a breakfast meeting at the American Legion post in Pipestone on Monday, Feb. 3, and he will wind up his tour with a dinner meeting at the Roseville Post on Thursday, Feb. 7.

His tour schedule is:

•Monday, Feb. 3: Pipestone Post, breakfast, 8 a.m.; Granite Falls Post, lunch, noon; Redwood Falls Post, dinner, 6 p.m.

•Tuesday, Feb. 4: Olivia Post, breakfast, 8 a.m.; St. Peter Post, lunch, noon; Waseca Post, dinner, 6 p.m.

•Wednesday, Feb. 5: Rochester Post, breakfast, 8 a.m.; Chanhassen Post, lunch, noon; Elk River Post, dinner, 6 p.m.

•Thursday, Feb. 6: Minneapolis Post 1, breakfast, 8 a.m.; North Branch Post, lunch, noon; Rosetown Post, dinner, 6 p.m.

Legion members who plan to attend a meal stop should contact the local post.