8th District Voice of Democracy / Patriots Pen Banquet
The 8th District Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen Banquet held at the Cloquet National Guard Armory on February 15th turned out to be a huge success. Both First Place winners from the 8th District for the Voice of Democracy (Molly Deatherage sponsored by VFW Post 1757 and Auxiliary (Cook)) and Patriots Pen winner (Quinn Muhich sponsored by VFW Post 1172 and Auxiliary (Eveleth)) read their award winning speeches and had everyone standing in applause. Both did an outstanding job and made their accompanying families and the 8th District proud. Each received a certificate and a check from the 8th District Voice of Democracy / Patriots Pen Chair Rick Stoehr and Julie Beckers. Also presented was the 2nd Place winner for the Voice of Democracy (Lukas Morgan sponsored by VFW Post 1539 and Auxiliary (Babbitt)). After the applause settled down, Congressman Rick Nolan gave his speech emphasising key points of each winners speech along with reminiscence from his earlier years when his brother was an essay winner as well. We also had speeches from our Dept VFW Representatives Joe Mauricio and Millie Lauer, our 8th District Commander Don Douglas and Auxiliary President Rita Skyberg and our Post Commander Gary Dahl and Auxiliary President Alma Ojala. There was plenty of room at the Armory for eveyone to be comfortable and the help from our active duty National Guard member was outstanding.