Don’t miss out; apply for Minnesota Legion College

By Mike Ash, Training Committee

CAMP RIPLEY — Attention all Legion Family members: The 2024 Minnesota American Legion College is slated for April 25-28 at Camp Ripley, and you’re invited to attend! This intensive training covers all things Legion Family-related through classroom sessions, guest speakers and panel discussions. It’s a prime opportunity to expand your knowledge and leadership capabilities.

Graduates of the October session of Minnesota Legion College at Camp Ripley are, front row, from left Jeffrey Dahlen of Freeborn Post 552, Dave Arend Jr. of Forest Lake Squadron 225, Joan Welscher of Bellechester Post 598 and Francis Wetterlund of Bellechester Post 598. In the middle row are Josh Fowler of St. Paul Arcade-Phalen Post 577, Andru Peters of Minneapolis Post 1, Brandy Fulton of Lino Lakes Post 566, Wendy Arend of Forest Lake Unit 225, Pat Logan of Bayport Post 491, Gregg Wilwert of St. Paul Park Post 98, Nathan Olson of New Prague Post 45 and Gabe Keith of St. Paul Post 8. In the back row are Michael Herbert of Bemidji Post 14, Kevin Kiernan of North Branch Post 85, Josh Axel of Hastings Post 47, Anthony Koop of Ironton Post 443, Dustin Speed of Hastings Post 47, Stu Sonnee of St. Paul Arcade-Phalen Squadron 577, John Huneke of Bellechester Post 598, Steve Welscher of Bellechester Post 598 and Tom McBroom Sr. of Elysian Post 311.

Space is limited so apply early! Cost is just $200, likely covered by your Legion post or district. When registering, note specific topics you want covered — curriculum is adjustable based on participant interest in subjects like membership, finance, veterans benefits, working with post homes, organizational policies and more.

Ideal for any Legionnaire motivated to make a greater impact. Past graduates report feeling energized, confident and better equipped to take on leadership roles after completing Legion College. You’ll love the camaraderie and connections made with Legionnaires from across the state.

Join accomplished instructors well-versed in Legion tradition and structure. Draw inspiration by interacting with department leaders also in attendance. Return home armed with greater insight and ability to enrich your post.

Act now and submit registration by March 15. Contact or visit to sign on for what previous Legion College attendees call a career-changing experience.

Invest in yourself and the future of the Legion by attending this motivational four-day training. We hope to see you there!