Skip to main content

150-man brawl breaks out at a memorial service in St. Paul

It happened at the American Legion on Arcade Street.

On Monday night, a pair of St. Paul police officers were dispatched to a local American Legion hall, having been told there was a "large fight" involving 25 to 50 people.

What they found when they arrived was instead something far larger, with "between 150 and 200 people" brawling in the hall's parking lot, St. Paul Police Department spokesman Steve Linders told GoMN Wednesday.

The Arcade-Phalen American Legion, on Arcade Street, had been rented out for a "celebration of life" for a "woman who died recently," the Pioneer Press reports.

The manager of the hall told the paper that everything was going well until the end of the memorial, when "a couple of men started arguing near the bar."

It seems to have spiraled out of control from there, but the responding officers helped restore some order, separating the fighters "by directing them to leave" the scene, according to the police report.

In one case, however, a group of people ganging up on a lone "unidentified male" had to be broken up with an "aerosol subject restraint" (pepper spray, basically). 

The officers also called for backup, and when reinforcements arrived, the crowd finally dispersed, Linders said. 

Despite all this, no arrests were made.

This is not the first time this American Legion hall, officially Post 577, has made the news.

It's been the scene of some other notable crimes recently, including a shooting in April of 2016, and last month, a brazen theft by a man who had apparently just strolled into the hall:

Note: This post originally described the April 2016 shooting as fatal, when the victims actually suffered non-life threatening injuries. GoMN apologizes for the error.

Next Up

Intersection in Rochester.

Boy dies in motorcycle crash in Rochester

Police are investigating as of Friday afternoon.

Tab2FileL (13)

Numerous severe storms likely in Minnesota Friday night

Watch the video for the full details with meteorologist Sven Sundgaard.

court room

Teen pleads guilty in shooting death of 15-year-old girl in Columbia Heights

Damico Jamal-Tokyo High will receive a sentence in juvenile court, along with an adult prison sentence.

Screen Shot 2022-04-25 at 11.00.01 AM

Walz wants to use surplus money to send direct payments to Minnesotans

It's a renewed effort from a previous proposal from Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan's supplemental budget in January.

Ron Johnson

Jan. 6 committee says aide for WI senator tried to give fake elector info to Pence

The attempt was discovered through text messages in the ongoing public hearing held by the Jan. 6 select committee.

Stock U of M sign

Minnesota state colleges boosting tuition again by 3.5%

The Minnesota State system's Board of Trustee's approved the increase Wednesday.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, June 24

The next daily update will be provided Monday, June 27.

Pro choice rally

Walz, Jensen react to historic Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade

After voting to overturn Roe, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas has hinted contraception and same-sex marriage protections should follow.

16362 County Rd 81, Maple Grove, Minnesota - October 2021 (4)

2-year-old killed in crash on County Road 81 in Maple Grove

The crash occurred Thursday evening on County Road 81.

police tape

BCA issues new details about St. Michael standoff, shooting

New details say a St. Cloud police officer struck the suspect with gunfire.

Screen Shot 2022-06-23 at 2.21.45 PM

92-year-old driver killed in rural Scott County crash

The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Screen Shot 2022-06-24 at 7.29.06 AM

Big-time rain totals flood Highway 10 in central Minnesota

More rain and storms are expected Friday and Saturday morning.


Man found dead outside dog park in St. Paul

The discovery was made in a parking lot just after midnight Sunday.

1 man killed, another injured in early morning St. Paul shooting

Police described it as a "chaotic scene" involving around 20 people.

St. Paul teen charged with murdering friend following argument

The victim's body was found outside a dog park last weekend.

Screen Shot 2020-01-21 at 8.40.20 PM

Teen arrested in connection with shooting death of St. Paul man

The incident happened in St. Paul's Frogtown neighborhood Tuesday.

Minneapolis police

Driver plows into crowd after downtown Minneapolis brawl

Two suspects have reportedly been identified.