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Farmington veterans’ breakfast takes a year off

On Monday, for the first time in who-knows-how-many years, Ron Ersfeld will be somewhere other than Farmington for Veterans Day.

For years, Farmington’s VFW and American Legion posts teamed up to offer a free breakfast for local veterans on Veterans Day. But this year the Legion no longer has a building to host the meal and the VFW’s building does not have a kitchen. Throw in a shortage of volunteers, and the event started to look impossible to pull off.

“We were trying to figure out what we were able to do,” said Ersfeld, the VFW’s commander. “So many of the people were going to be gone that were going to be helping.”

The service organizations considered having the breakfast catered, but that got too expensive.

The veterans’ breakfasts started years ago at what was then the Farmington Senior Center at the corner of Third and Spruce streets. In the beginning, it was a simple breakfast of pancakes cooked by Rex Pettis, who brought his homemade pancake grill to breakfasts all over Farmington.

The event has grown in the years since to include eggs and other items. The mayor would come, and there would be speakers. Ersfeld said the breakfast was a nice opportunity to get together with friends.

“It was just comradeship,” he said. “It’s one of those things. You have your gathering, have a light breakfast and meet the other fellas.”

Ersfeld would like to find a way to bring that back next year. But he sees some positives in taking a year off.

“We’ll be able to get out and go to some other organizations for their Vets Day programs,” he said. “A lot of restaurants also offer free breakfast to veterans if they have an ID card.”

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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