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Bruse named Horace Youth “Eagle Scout of the Year”

Robert Krause, North Dakota, Alternate National Executive Committeeman presents Travis Bruse a plaque recognizing him for his accomplishments. Submitted photo

The Department of North Dakota American Legion has announced the selection of Travis Bruse of Horace as the 2013 North Dakota American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year. He is the son of Kevin and Connie Bruse, of Horace.

Bruse graduated from West Fargo High School and is a member of Troop 274 sponsored by the Horace Lutheran Church. He has been active in scouting since 2004 and is the first Eagle Scout of Troop 274 in 2009. He has currently earned 110 Merit Badges far above the required 21 and also has earned several Special Awards. The most recent award Bruse completed is the Boy Scouts of America God and Life Religious Award. His Eagle Project was landscaping seven acres at the Living Waters Lutheran Church in Fargo following the 2009 flood.

Community activities Bruse has been involved in include: sandbagging, 4-H and a FM being a Posse Horse Club member. High School participation includes: Academic Letter, Honor Roll, Buildings Trades Club and Fargo/Moorhead Warriors Lacrosse.

Bruse attended North Dakota State University, Fargo, majoring in majoring in Architecturel. His future plans center around working in the Fargo/Moorhead area.

The selection of the American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year is made annually based on the scout’s advancement to the rank of Eagle Scout and his activity in his school, church and community. To be eligible for the award, a scout must belong and be active with a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team or Explorer Post chartered to an American Legion Post or Auxiliary Unit or be the son or grandson of a Legionnaire or Auxiliary member. Bruse was eligible for the award through his grandfather Clifford Fremstad.

The North Dakota Department of The American Legion represents over 16,150 Legionnaires, 8,000 Auxiliary members and nearly 850 Sons of the American Legion. The American Legion and Auxiliary have been a driving force in North Dakota for more than 93 years, leading the way on issues of importance not only to veterans and their families, but also to the youth of the state and the overall welfare of North Dakota.