Deployment Ceremony Held for SDANG’s 152nd CSSB
Saturday-Troops Flew Out of Pierre Sunday
Mayor Gill cited the importance of the South Dakota National Guard to the communities of Pierre and Fort Pierre during the 2011 flood and said after Saturday’s ceremony that citizens want to return that support when possible.
Major General Reisch told the audience he couldn’t be more proud of this unit; which is one of the Guard’s newest. He said he looks forward to the return of the troops in 2014. Speaking with reporters before the ceremony, Reisch said he believes that many South Dakota troops will be back in the state as President Barack Obama’s drawdown of troops in Afghanistan progresses in the coming year.
Current plans call for at least one other South Dakota-based Army
Guard unit to deploy in December-according to Reisch. Once the 152nd
arrives in Afghanistan, Reisch says there will be more than 400 Guard
members serving overseas from South Dakota.
Oster says about 25% of the 152nd soldiers are from the Pierre area and the rest are from other parts of the state. He says at least half of the soldiers in his unit have deployed before and all bring a great deal of knowledge to their service. Specialist Josh Becker of Pierre is one of the members of the 152nd. This is his first deployment with the guard and he said Saturday that he’s leaving behind his wife and two daughters. He says the unit has known about the deployment for about two years and they have been working hard to prepare.
Becker is originally from White River and has been with the Guard for about seven years. He says he signed up to serve for a few different reasons.
The 152nd was escorted from the Armory in Pierre to the Airport by law enforcement vehicles and a caravan of veterans on motorcycles Sunday afternoon. Several family members watched from outside a fence near the old airport terminal as a plane carrying the soldiers departed during the noon hour yesterday. The group will spend several weeks in Fort Hood, Texas for training prior to deployment.
Weekend Brought Public Opening for New Paws Animal Shelter
Gereats says the new building has several great features.
Gereats says for now, the new shelter is open Saturdays from 11-2. Pets can also be seen by appointment and Gereats says they hope to eventually add Thursday evenings to the time the building is open for the public. She says as always, volunteers are needed to help with the day-to-day shelter operations.
The new building is located at the end of Lowell Avenue behind
Walmart. For more information on Paws, visit www.pets4adoption.org. This
Saturday, Paws will hold a “Honk and Bark” car wash at Young’s Mobil
from 10-2. Funds raised will go toward buying litter, food and other
supplies for the shelter.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Enforcement of the Indian Child Welfare Act,
protection of sacred sites and the Keystone XL pipeline will be among the
topics discussed at a gathering of Sioux tribal leaders in Rapid City. The
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is hosting the three-day meeting that starts
today. It's the third in a series between the seven Sioux tribes in South
Dakota and the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota. Terry Yellow Fat is the
Indian Child Welfare Act director for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. He says
experiences shows that if the tribes meet with Congress or state leaders
separately, it doesn't carry as much weight. He says that as a group, the
seven Sioux tribes carry more clout.
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) - A ticket sold in Watertown is worth $6,000 in the latest Wild Card 2 drawing. South Dakota lottery officials say the ticket matched all five white ball numbers but missed the Wild Card to win the game's second prize in Saturday's drawing. The odds of doing so are one in about 127,000. Wild Card 2 is played in the Dakotas, Montana and Idaho. The jackpot sits at $370,000 for the next drawing, on Wednesday.
FINLAND, Minn. (AP) - Fire has destroyed the only church in the
northeastern Minnesota town of Finland. Fire Chief Pete Walsh says a
lightning strike appears to have started the blaze at Zion Lutheran Church
on Saturday night. The building dates to 1957 and was the only traditional
house of worship in Finland.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Military files about the Navy SEAL raid that
took out Osama bin Laden are said to be in the hands of the CIA for
safekeeping. A draft report by the Pentagon's inspector general says
the nation's top special operations commander ordered the files
deleted from Defense Department computers. The secret move raises
questions about whether it may have sidestepped federal rules.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's government says officials
will be inspecting engines and landing equipment on all Boeing 777
planes owned by Asiana and Korean Air. An Asiana Airlines 777
crashed on landing in San Francisco over the weekend, leaving two
passengers dead. Investigators have determined that the plane was
traveling "significantly below" the target speed during its landing
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Newseum has become a major Washington
attraction with 4 million people visiting its exhibits about
journalism and the First Amendment - yet it's been struggling
mightily almost every year to cover its costs. An Associated Press
analysis of the nonprofit's public financial documents shows the
Newseum has been losing millions each year between 2009 and 2011.
Faced with losses, the Newseum has imposed four rounds of staff
layoffs. The Newseum is Washington's most expensive museum, charging
$22 for adults in a city full of free galleries and attractions that
receive taxpayer support. Still, revenue has been falling short. Now
the Newseum is reorganizing its educational programs in order to
reach more people, become more efficient and to create more
fundraising potential around its First Amendment initiatives.
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IN SPORTS TODAY:
TORONTO (AP) — Todd Redmond pitched one-hit ball over five
innings for his first major league win and the Toronto Blue Jays hit
three home runs Sunday to beat the slumping Minnesota Twins 11-5. Rajai
Davis hit a three-run homer and Jose Reyes and Colby Rasmus also
connected for the Blue Jays, who have won 10 of the last 13 against
Minnesota. Redmond allowed two runs, with three walks and four
strikeouts. Redmond made his first start of the season for Toronto and
just the second of his career. The right-hander was called up from
Triple-A last week after the Blue Jays designated Chien-Ming Wang for
assignment. The Blue Jays took two out of three and have not lost a
series against Minnesota since May 2007. Aaron Hicks and Trevor Plouffe
homered for the Twins, who have lost seven of eight.
PHOENIX (AP) — Patrick Corbin gave up three hits in eight innings
to finally get his 10th victory and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat
Colorado 6-1 for their fifth straight win and a dominant three-game
sweep of the Rockies. Corbin struck out 10 in his seventh attempt at
win No. 10.