By Tara Mathews
HOWARD LAKE, MN The Howard Lake Legion’s new manager, Charlotte Bruns, plans to “work hard for the club to make it a nice place to eat.”
“I plan to do my best. I love the Legion, its customers, and everything it stands for,” Bruns commented.
Originally from the Little Falls and Royalton areas, Bruns moved to rural Lester Prairie 30 years ago.
She has been married to Randy for nearly 20 years, and the couple managed Biscay Liquors for 15 years prior to Charlotte accepting her new position.
They have a 24-year-old son, Nicholas, who works at the Pine Bend Refinery in the Twin Cities.
Bruns has worked at the Howard Lake Legion for one year, and has been manager for about two weeks.
“When I was asked to step in as manager, I was thrilled and I couldn’t say ‘no’,” Bruns said. “I love the customers and being around people, so it’s a great fit for me.”
Bruns is currently a bar lead for special events at Crow River Winery in Hutchinson, as well.
“I’m working on finding a balance between the two positions right now,” she noted. “But I am up to the challenge.”
Bruns expressed her appreciation toward the bar board for its support and assistance, and toward Legion employees for their hard work and patience during the transition.
“Members of the bar board stop in to ask how things are going, and have made the transition a lot smoother,” she stated. “And the employees make me proud to be their manager.”
Bruns plans to work on improvements needed at the Legion, such as a new kitchen ventilation system.
“Our current system is worn out,” Bruns noted.
The Legion will be hosting a “We love our kitchen” fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 13.
Proceeds will go toward the ventilation system, which means the Legion will be able to reinvent its “Great Burger Wednesdays” again, she said.
“The Legion does so much for its community, such as benefits, fundraisers, scholarships, and hosting a baseball team, that I am glad to give back to it,” Bruns commented.
Bruns was enthused with the response for the Scott Miller benefit that took place July 26, she said.
Her hard work has shown rewards already, Bruns said.
“I have noticed an increase in business since I have been manager. I think it’s the fact that I always smile, and people love to enter to see a smiling face,” Bruns stated.
Although she grew up watching her parents own a bar in Bowlus, and has managed another herself, managing the Legion is a new experience with different requirements, she said.
“They obviously saw something in me worthy of the position, and I hope I can exceed their expectations,” Bruns added.