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Local post holds birthday banquet, gives awards

March 15, 2018 GMT

Watertown American Legion Post No. 189 held a celebration of the 99th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion Saturday evening at Turner Hall.

A pork chop and Swiss steak dinner was served. Guest speaker was the Rev. Todd Iverson of Immanuel Lutheran Church, who is also a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserves and a member of Post No. 189. Auxiliary President Mary Petrie also addressed the group.

Special honors were given to Dan Stratman, Legionnaire of the Year; Watertown police officer Stacy Schroeder, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; Watertown Fire Chief Kraig Biefeld, Firefighter/EMT of the Year; and Phil Paulsen, a 65-year member of Post No. 189.