The Backus Legion had a great Membership & Veteran Recognition Dinner, that included honoring Legion members for their continued service.  This years honors included Lyle Lauer with 70 years membership and Lyle's wife Laura who is the sole charter member remaining in the Backus Legion Auxiliary.  To further add to the evening is the Lauer's son Alan and his wife Dinise, who donated a hand made wooden flag to the Legion in honor of their parents service.  A great time had by all!

(First row, L to R, Lyle, Laura and Commander Brad Taylor. Back row L to R is Denise Lauer and Alan Lauer)

Holiday Packages for the Troops!

The Backus American Legion Auxiliary is seeking the names and U.S. mailing addresses of troops currently serving in the military.  Each year the Auxiliary sends troops a special Holiday package so our local area troops are not forgotten.


If you have or know of someone who should be included, please send the name and mailing address to or leave it at the Legion in Backus.  In order for the package to arrive by Christmas, names and addresses must be received by November 1, 2022.

For more information call Jean Dawson at 218-947-3416

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2022 Visitors Guide

Backus American Legion’s Charitable Gaming Operation Report for Calendar Year 2021 

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At the Backus American Legion we are raising funds and promoting initiatives to support Veterans and to enhance the well-being of their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness. We believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about some of the most pressing issues facing today’s society. Please join us by supporting our efforts to make a measurable difference in the lives of others.

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Ways We Help and Have Fun!

The Backus American Legion is in the business of changing and shaping lives. The work we do within our Non-Profit Organization is aimed at fulfilling service and social agendas that help solve some of our areas challenges. We strive to create opportunities for individuals and communities, and have fun in doing so.


The Backus American Legion Post, Son's of the American Legion (SAL) and Legion Auxiliary presented 2021 Scholarships to Pine River-Backus High School recipients. The Legion Post provide 14 scholarships at $1,000 each. The SAL provided two $1,000. scholarships and the Legion Auxiliary provided two $500 scholarships! Presiding over the presentations is Judy Deibel, Auxiliary President along with Past Post Commander, Gene Gagnon and Jim Bartholomay, SAL Commander.


On November 11th, 2021 the Backus American Legion participated in the Pine River-Backus (PRB) School Veterans Day assembly in the PRB performance gym. This Backus Legion then proceeded to the Foothills Christian Academy in Backus to participate in their Veterans Day program!

2020: The Eagles Healing Nest where Backus Legion Members serve lunch to all participants and veterans.  Sue Kostka of the Backus Legion Auxiliary Unit is shown serving lunch.


2021: Bill Taylor, Commander of the Backus American Legion presented Pine River-Backus Schools with a check for $10,000 for scholarships.  In addition, Forty $25 Family Market gift cards were also presented for The Tigers Den. 
Pictured:   Bill Taylor, Commander of the Backus American Legion; and, Malay Sian, Counselor at Pine River-Backus High School.

Regular Scheduled Events

Open Daily at Noon

Happy Hour / Mon-Thurs / 4-6pm

Friday Meat Raffle - 5:30pm

Saturday Meat Raffle - 6:30pm

Bar Bingo / Tuesdays / 6pm

E-Bingo (see calendar)

Pull Tabs and E-Tabs Always Available

Progressive Jackpot Trivia, Wed, 7pm

Dances (see calendar)


4th Monday of each Month

Legion Auxiliary, 7pm

Legion SAL, 7pm

Legion Membership, 7:30pm

(No SAL/ALA meetings in December)