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Photo album: Memorial Day ceremony, 2011

Among the speakers on Monday for the Memorial Day ceremony at the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial: VFW Post 4393 member Ken Grism, Bethel Lutheran Pastor Timothy McDermott, Retired Army Major John Fleming, Rice County Commissioner Galen Malecha, Northfield American Legion Commander Ray Ozman, and VFW Post 4393 Commander Bill Murphy.

Among my favorite photos:

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See my album of 102 photos, view the large slideshow (recommended), or slow-click this small slideshow:

Northfield area charitable gambling organizations: What percentage of their proceeds is going to community needs?

Which Northfield area organizations are giving a high/decent/respectable percentage of their charitable gambling proceeds to community needs and spending less on their operations?

Today’s Sunday Strib has a front-page story titled Where’s the ‘charity’ in charitable gambling? (That’s a premium link for the next few days, i.e., you need to be a print subscriber and logged in to access it.)

Pull-TabsThis year marks the 25th anniversary of state-regulated charitable gambling in Minnesota, the charitable gambling capital of the nation. Gambling employs more than 12,000 Minnesotans, funnels money to hundreds of charities, and provides entertainment at nearly 3,000 bars, fraternal halls and restaurants in every corner of the state.

But donations to charities have plunged to their lowest levels since 1986. About $32 million, or 3 percent of gross gambling revenues, went to charities in fiscal year 2010, according to a Gambling Control Board analysis this month. That means hundreds of Minnesota groups, such as Boy Scouts, softball teams and food shelves, are receiving smaller or no donations from gambling proceeds.

A second article is titled The trade-off in charitable gambling (premium access also required):

Hundreds of VFWs, American Legions and other groups have come to rely on their charitable gambling revenues to keep their doors open.

A third article (access is open to all) titled How much money goes to charity? has a:

… list of the more than 1,200 organizations that operate charitable gambling in Minnesota, which has been a $1 billion per year industry. They range from VFWs to fire department associations to youth athletic clubs. To sort by city or another column, click on the arrows inside each column head. The column titled "Other Lawful Purpose" refers primarily to property taxes and some building repairs that American Legions, VFWs and other fraternal groups can pay for using gambling profits.

The figures were released this month by the Minnesota Gambling Control Board and cover fiscal year 2010, which is July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. This is not data for the 2010 calendar year.

I put together this screenshot of the data for the Northfield groups. Click to enlarge:

Northfield charitable gambling 2010

So let’s crowdsource the analysis of this data. 

Which Northfield area organizations are doing well, i.e., giving a high/decent/respectable percentage of their charitable gambling proceeds to community needs and spending less on their operations?

And which, if any, are doing poorly?

Photo album: Memorial Day 2010

Gorgeous weather and a large crowd blessed this morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial in Riverside Park.

Rob Hardy has a summary of the Memorial Day proceedings in this Northfield.org blog post, including the names of area veterans who died in the past year.

Northfield News Publisher Sam Gett has a 2-minute video clip of the ceremony posted; reporter David Henke has posted an album of 11 photos.

See my album of 100+ photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

The other Veterans Memorial in Northfield

Old Memorial Park Old Memorial Park

While taking photos of the outdoor pool’s climbing wall last week, I noticed the commemorative plaque and flag pole for what’s now called Old Memorial Park. The plaque  reads:

On October 1, 1948, this memorial recreation field was dedicated as a living memorial to the brave men and women who gave their lives in defense of our country. It was donated to the Northfield School District #659 from the Northfield American Legion Post #84.

This flag pole is placed in the year 2007, in memory of all men and women who served their country in war and peace time since World War I.

The park area, where the Northfield High School football field used to be, is now owned by the City of Northfield. The Northfield Area Veterans Memorial is in Riverside Park.

A well-kept secret? Memorial Day tribute at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 9 am today

It’s not listed on the Northfield.org calendar or blog, nor on the Northfield Area Veterans website, nor on the Northfield Chamber of Commerce calendar, nor via a search of the Northfield News website, nor is there a poster or flyer of any kind on the windows of either the VFW Post on Division nor the Eagles / American Legion Club on Water.

But today’s Memorial Day tribute is at 9 am in Veteran’s Memorial Park, at the south end of Riverside Park.

I eventually found the time on page 2 of the print edition Saturday’s Nfld News, in the calendar of events sidebar. It’s incorrectly listed as 8 am in the newspaper’s online calendar of events for May 26.

Why is there no promotion of this event?

See the album of 71 photos from 2007 or this slideshow:

Udpate 3 pm:  Below are photos of the two pages from Saturday’s Northfield News containing information about today’s ceremony:

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VFW’s department of redundancy department


The Northfield VFW and the Northfield Legion took out this full page ad in this weekend’s edition of the Northfield News for tomorrow’s Memorial Day celebration at Veteran’s Memorial Park. I plan to be there taking photos tomorrow.

I found their list of wars for the “placing of the wreaths” ceremony to be a bit odd.

From the Revolutionary War through the Persian Gulf War, no problem, though some vets of the Cold War have been lobbying to have that included. But the last two wars listed are labeled:

  • War on Terrorism
  • Operation Enduring Freedom

IMG_2236.JPGThe Wikipedia defines Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) as the government’s official name for all post-9/11 action, though they indicate that OEF most commonly means the war in Afghanistan. This Dept of Defense web page equates ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ with the ‘war against terrorism.’

So are the VFW and Legion trying to communicate something with this wording strategy or is it a typo? And why not use the commonly-used ‘Iraq War’ or the ‘War in Iraq’ or just ‘Iraq’ like it’s listed on the ‘Major Wars and Conflicts’ granite marker at the site (right photo)?