Maxon-Van Eps American Legion

Post 368

 Backus  Minnesota 56435

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The Club hours are Monday through Thursday open at 2:00 PM
Friday, Saturday and Sunday open at 12:00 PM
10:00 AM on Breakfast Sundays, the 2nd Sunday of the month


2015 - 16 Newly Instlled Backus Legion Officers

Notice: From Terrie Grip, Manager

The Backus Legion Auxiliary is looking for donations of Baked Goods for the Eagles Healing Nest. 

The Eagles Healing Nest is a residential veterans campus on the grounds of a defunct reform school in Sauk Centre, Minn., a small town about 100 miles northwest of Minneapolis. The refuge is a place where former service members of any era can live for as long as they want while searching for purpose and peace. Currently 60 of our Veteran's staying at the Nest. 

The baked goods need to be in the club rooms by December 16th. They will be delivered the following day!

Christmas at the Legion 2015



                Christmas parties for adults and children, a gift-giving program for needy children, gifts for active duty troops and veterans residing at care facilities, a Christmas Eve Day reception, and New Year’s Eve early dinner and dance are included in holiday activities sponsored by the Backus American Legion and Auxiliary.
                The annual Christmas and Customer Appreciation Party is Sat., Dec.5, from 4-8 p.m. It includes complimentary food and door prizes, a visit from Santa Claus, a 50-package ham raffle and musical comedy at 5:45 p.m. produced by the post’s Usual Suspects Theater Co.
                The Kids’ Christmas Party, for children 10 and under, is from 11:00 to 12:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 19. It includes a goodie bag, gift project, visit from Santa Claus and a complimentary lunch.
                The post is also participating in the Hackensack Area Chamber of Commerce annual Giving Tree program which provides gifts for children from needy families in the Backus-Hackensack area. Tags with the ages, gender and Christmas wishes of children from those families will be attached to the post’s lounge Christmas tree beginning Tuesday, Dec.1. Those who want to provide a gift should pick up a tag and return it with an unwrapped gift to the Legion by  Fri., Dec 11. Participants who don’t pick up a gift tag may as an alternative donate cash or a random gift and deliver it to the Legion by that date.
                The Auxiliary is preparing gift boxes for active duty service personnel, veterans in the Good Samaritan Home in Pine River and veterans residing at the Eagles Healing Nest in Sauk Centre.
                The post is hosting a Christmas Eve Day reception Wed., Dec. 24, with complimentary Tom and Jerries and hors d’oeuvres from noon to 4 p.m. when the clubrooms will close.
                This year the post is sponsoring a special New Year’s  Early Eve Party Thurs., Dec. 31., with theme “Rio in Backus”. A chicken and barbecue rib combination dinner with a Caesar salad, baked potato, dinner roll and dessert will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. for $13 a plate. After 6:30 pm guests can order off the lounge menu which includes short order meals, appetizers and pizza. Frankie Lamb’s Frankly Country Band, playing classic country, pop, old time and swing, will play from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and present an Old Lang Syne toast with complimentary champagne at 9 p.m., the same time the clock strikes midnight at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
                The club will stay open after the dance for late night revelers, offering beverages, lounge food and digital music.
                No reservations are necessary but the Legion has a sign-up sheet in the clubrooms to help the post determine the number of dinner specials it will prepare.



Sunday November 15
Frankie Lamb’s Frankly Country Band returns to the Backus American Legion from 2-6 p.m., Sun., Oct. 18, playing classic country, pop tunes, old time and swing.

The dance will be followed by an oven-fried chicken dinner from 6 p.m. until gone for $8 a plate benefitting the Wildflowers 4H Club.


The Backus American Legion’s annual Halloween Party
(3 Pages, click here)


“News Year’s Early Eve Party”
with the theme of “Rio in Backus” on Thursday, Dec. 31.
A special oven-fried and barbecued pork rib combination dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., first come, first served. The meal includes a Caesar salad, baked potato, dinner roll and dessert. After 6:30 p.m. guests can order off the lounge menu which includes short order meals of appetizers, and pizza’s.
Frankie Lamb’s Frankly Country Band, playing pop tunes, swing, old time and classic country , will perform on stage,  offering a special variety of New year’s Eve music from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and presenting an Old Lang Syne toast to the New Year at 9 p.m. – the same time midnight strikes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The club will stay open following the dance for late night revelers, offering beverages, lounge food and digital music. The post is not taking reservations but will have a sign-up sheet posted in the clubrooms to help determine the number of dinner specials it will prepare


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Sunday bingo is suspended until spring

Weekly Food Specials
Mondays, except 4th Mon. of Month (Meeting Night), 4 pm ‘til gone
French Dip Sandwich on Hoagie w/aus jus, chips,
choice of caramelized onions, $6
Hot Beef Sandwich w/mashed potatoes, gravy, 4pm ‘til gone, $6

Club Newsletters

Food Menu

Officers for 2015

Cornfest Website



Manager Terrie Griep's Bulletin Board

Free Hall & Kitchen Rental to Non-profit Organizations, Private groups & Parties
Ask us about catering.

Reserve our Beautiful Facilities for Your Function.

Call Manager Terrie Griep for Information & Reservations at 947-3156
Cell phone 218-821-9544



Since our charter, Maxon-Van 368Eps American Legion Post has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble below.


To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;

To maintain law and order;

To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;

To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great

To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state
and nation;

To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;

To make right the master of might;

To promote peace and goodwill on earth;

To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice,
freedom and democracy;

To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual


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