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Gabe Wakanabo, 30, is the youngest veteran to become Bemidji's Ralph Gracie American Legion Post commander while Stella Wakanabo, his mother, was elected Legion Auxiliaty president, making them the first mother and son to hold the top officers' positions at the post. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Ralph Gracie Post: Mother, son to lead Legion, Auxiliary

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Bemidji's Ralph Gracie American Legion Post made history this year in a variety of ways.

At 30, Commander Gabe Wakanabo is the youngest veteran to lead the Legion; he is also the first enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe to serve as commander. In addition, when Stella Wakanabo was elected Legion Auxiliaty president, they are the first mother and son to take the top officers' positions.

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