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National Legion commander to visit Willmar this week

WILLMAR — Jim Koutz, the National Commander of the American Legion, is visiting 12 Legion posts in Minnesota this week.

He will visit the Willmar Post at noon on Thursday and will finish his week’s tour at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hutchinson Post. Legion members who are planning on attending either of the area meetings should contact the local post.

Koutz is a combat Vietnam War veteran. He served in the Army from 1969 to 1971 and was trained as an infantryman. He was elected national commander this past year.

He worked at Amax Coal Company for 21 years and lives in Boonville, Ind.