James Koutz, the National Commander of The American Legion, will spend four days in Minnesota, Feb. 4-7, visiting 12 Legion posts
across the state.
Koutz will begin his tour with a breakfast meeting at The American Legion post in Moorhead on Monday, Feb. 4, and he will wind
up his tour with a dinner meeting at the Hutchinson Post on Thursday, Feb. 7.
His Legion post schedule includes: Monday, Feb. 4: Moorhead Post, breakfast, 8 a.m.; Detroit Lakes Post, lunch, 11:30 a.m.; Bemidji Post, dinner, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 5: Walker Post, breakfast, 8 a.m.; Grand Rapids Post, lunch, noon; West Duluth Post, dinner, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6: Pine City Post, breakfast, 9 a.m.; Fridley Post, lunch, 12:30 p.m.; Richfield Post, dinner, 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7: Apple Valley Post, breakfast, 8 a.m.; Willmar Post, lunch, noon; Hutchinson Post, dinner, 6 p.m.
Legion members who are planning on attending a meal stop should contact the local post.
Koutz is a combat Vietnam War veteran. He served in the Army from 1969 to 1971 and was trained as an infantryman.
He worked at Amax Coal Company for 21 years, and this past year was elected the National Commander of the American Legion. He lives in Boonville, Indiana.
The Minnesota American Legion has 87,000 members in nearly 560 posts throughout the state. It acts as a watchdog for veterans’
rights, but is also heavily involved in Minnesota communities through such programs as Baseball, Boys State and Girls State, Legionville School Safety Patrol School, Scouting and many other projects.