The 99th Annual Department Convention was held in Minot at the Grand Hotel on June 23-25, 2017. Department Commander Orletta Kilen of Almont Post 261 presided over the Convention. The banquet keynote speaker was National Vice Commander Douglas Boldt of Nebraska Post 59.
Karen Meier of Garrison Post 49 was elected as the 2017-2018 Department Commander.
Glenn Wahus of Watford City Post 29 was elected as the 2017-2018 Department Commander-Elect.
Kenneth Wiederholt of Gwinner Post 191, Marv Anseth of Turtle Lake Post 133 and Gordon Blake of New Town Post 290 were elected as Regional Vice Commanders.
Roger Sateren of Lakota Post 21 was elected as East Region Department Executive Committeeman.
2017 Department Convention Sweepstakes Winners
1st Place – George Wyum – Post 308
2nd Place – Ronald Willms – Post 30
3rd Place – Lonnie Sarsland – Post 48
4th Place – William Phelan – Post 2
5th Place – Eugene Kachena – Post 208