Dickinson County Area Veterans Alliance to help with Feeding America distribution

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson County Area Veterans Alliance group at its November meeting agreed to assist the Marine Corps League in sponsoring a Feeding America distribution for area veterans in January.

The largest expense, league commander Mike Miller said, is renting a truck to transport the donated food, which costs about $1,500. The Alliance will support the funding, in combination with other area service organizations to be contacted, up to $1,000.

About a dozen able-bodied volunteers will also be needed to move produce and assist customers. Similar events have been held throughout the U.P., including Dickinson County, over the past few years. Other specific details will be announced as planning progresses.

The veterans banquet at the Norway American Legion hall was one of the best in recent years, with 138 paid guests. Alliance officers received a plaque from U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, congratulating the county veterans for 75 continuous years of programs. The group thanked the volunteers who obtained door prizes and the local businesses that contributed, especially Boss Snow Plow for donating a brand-new Toro snow thrower that was used for a door prize drawing.

Because the Veterans Alliance is a new group, less than a year old, it still is refining its roles. The next meeting will look to establish some permanent committees to work on projects. Also, beginning in 2018, a minimal annual membership fee of $10 will be charged for individuals.

Since December’s regular meeting date would fall on Christmas Day, the group will not meet until the last Monday in January.

Anyone who would like to help area veterans is welcome to attend, regardless of military service. Meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the last Monday of each month at American Legion Post 50 on River Avenue.