Minnesota Department President Jean Walker, Warren; Department Past President Parley Karen Thygeson, Thief River Falls; Department Chaplain and Memorial Chairman Margee Keller, Crookston  along with other District 9 Auxiliary members attended the 86th Annual Fall Conference held October 25-27 in Marshall Minnesota, hosted by the Marshall American Legion Family Post #113.

    The Auxiliary Conference was held at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in Marshall, Minnesota.

    Minnesota Department President Jean Walker was the presiding officer. Her Department President’s Projects this year is collecting $25,000.00 to create Patriot’s Park at the Minnesota Veteran’s Home in Fergus Falls. It will have benches, bushes, and vines growing over the Pergolas, a dock, a monument with matching granite benches. The monument will have three soldiers and the motto: NO ONE LEFT BEHIND with the emblems of all the branches of service.

    Any excess funds earned will be shared with the Recreation Funds of all the Minnesota based veteran homes.

    A Leadership Conference was held on Thursday evening to start off the conference. Throughout the Conference the Department Chairman presented their programs for this Auxiliary year.  “Just Ask” sessions gave the attendees the opportunity to ask questions on the various programs.

    A special program was presented by the Anoka Eagles Healing Nest. They are a non-profit organization committed to meeting the needs of our veterans, service members and their families who suffer from the invisible wounds of war.

    National Convention awards were also distributed. Jean Walker received a special honor for the Legislative area, Diane Hayes for the Children and Youth area and Jean Horack for the National Security Area. Warren Unit # 27 was also recognized for the Legislative area as a unit.