NP hosts Legion Convention


Mark Dvorak, right, poses with Anna Mae Witt of New Prague. Dvorak, a member of New Prague Post 45, was elected Third District Commander during the convention. Witt’s late husband, Werner Witt, held that post in 1969-70. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

New Prague hosted approximately 250 members of the American Legion, the Legion Auxiliary and affiliated groups at the Third District American Legion Convention Friday through Sunday, May 17 to 19, at the Park Ballroom in New Prague.

The convention had several highlights, one of which was the election of Mark Dvorak, a member of New Prague Post 45, as District Commander.

Dvorak is the first member of Post 45 to be elected to that post since Werner Witt served as commander in 1969-70. Dvorak has served the past two years as adjutant for the district.

He has appointed his wife, Linda, also a member of Post 45, to replace him as adjutant.

Other highlights of the convention included a banquet Saturday evening, a memorial service on Sunday morning to honor legion members who have died, and a dinner for past commanders and past presidents on Friday.

Major General Richard Nash of New Prague, adjutant of the Minnesota Army National Guard, was speaker at the memorial service.

"Everything went well, a lot of people had good things to say about the community," Linda Dvorak said. "They wanted to know when we will host the convention again."

New Prague last hosted the district convention in 1985.

Minnesota's Third District includes 65 posts from a 10- county area: Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Le Sueur, McLeod, Nicollet, Rice, Scott, Sibley and Washington.

Members of the Legion, Legion Auxiliary and Legion Riders who served on the convention committee were Mark Dvorak, chair, and members Paul Busch, Greg Dohmen, Linda Dvorak, Randy Fierst, Paul (PJ) Flick, Don Heuer, Pete Krings, Casey Lenort, Rosemary Neisen, Dan Norman, Deb Norman, Deb Rottman, Ann Slavik, Laurie Tolzmann and George Tupy.