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Volume 129, Issue 51 Ellendale, ND 58436 Phone: 701-349-3222 Emaih dcleader@drtelaaet December 2013 at ry stmas Medical Unit Prepares for Afghanista Deployment BISMARCK, -- The first large deployment of North Dakota Army National Guard medical personnel got off to a warm start despite the cold weather today. Families, friends, com- munity members, elected officials and military members came together to formally send-off about 40 members with the 814th Medical Company (Area Support). The Soldiers will soon depart on a yearlong mission to Afghanistan. While doctors and medical professionals have previously deployed to serve in the Global War on Terrorism, this is the first deployment for an entire medical unit. "The members of the 814th Medical Company are embarking on an impor- tant mission in service to our state and nation," said Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who spoke at this morning's event at the Raymond J. Bohn ,M'mory in Bismarck. "Thishighly-skilled unit will be a strong asset in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and will pro- vide critical medical care for coalition forces. Our thoughts and prayers are with these Soldiers and their families and we look forward to welcoming them back home to North Dakota." Capt. Coty Sicble, of Bismarck, commands the 814th while 1st Sgt. Kenneth Baer, of Garrison, N.D serves as the senior enlisted leader. About half of the group are medics, but the unit also includes a doctor, dentist, nurse and physician assistant. seas and ensure our success," said Sicble abotR commanding the unit. Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 4,000 Soldiers and more than 2,400 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. About 70 percent of all members serving "You all bring a wealth of specialized skills to this incred- today have joined since that time. Currently, more than 40 North Roberta Johnson tion, school boards and sports spirit groups . . . IOly important mission, saiD lvtaj tJen Lmvla aprynczynatyk, Dickey County Leader (such as the Ellendale Quarterback Club) N ': - "~ Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas and more than 200 are -' ortn L axota aulutart general, told the aeploylng omiers. m on duty in Washington, D.C and in Texas. With a total force Congratulations to the Thunder Foot- are msu'umenta m ne pmg m creaung a . : , ~ ~ sitive environment in which res-'ect for sure you wm ~lt~o ~me next year cnaHengmg ann yet rewarcung, of about 4,400 Guardsmen, the North Dakota National Guard ~,~~Heaa~acon ~,~d~.a~,~.~ "'"~ Your t'ati'~ti~ " -ff~l~iIi~tace challengb~: ~ow that the sacrifices, remairt~~ ready-Tor s~ateside response and national defense. For JOil ~cnlele recently lmormeu me 131cKey ~u ,urn um~ ~ ~u. county Leader that the team receivedUpon notification of the Thunder re- you all will be making in the coming months, whether at home every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North or overseas, support the health and well- being of some of Dakota National Guard, a rate that's more than four times the our nation's greatest assets: our military men and women." national average. The Guardsmen will conduct additional pre-mobilization train- Staff Sgt. Colton Belmore of Ellendale, ND smiles with his ing at Fort Hood, Texas, before traveling to Afghanistan. While wife, Megan Belmore, during the 814th Medical Company's there, they will serve under the 62nd Medical Brigade to provide send-off ceremony on Dec. 7, 2013, in Bismarck. Colton Belmore patient transport between treatment facilities on base as well as will deploy as a medic to Afghanistan with the 814th Medical medical treatment for coalition forces at a troop medical clinic. Company. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Zachary "Thank you to all those who helped train us; we are well pre- Schuster, 116th Public Affairs Detachment) pared and ready to go. Through our training we have formed Colton is the son of Tim and Jeni Belmore of Ellendale, ND. bonds that will continue to strengthen during our mission over- the Award of Excellence from the North ceiving this award Coach Schiele stated "I Dakota High School Activities Association would like to say that it is a great honor for (NDHSAA). The Award of Excellence is us to receive this award because it reflects for "Exemplary Display of Sportsmanship, highly upon the coaching staff, the play- Ethics and Integrity" and was presented ers, our administration and all the work- tO the Ellendale/Edgeley/Kulm Thunder ers involved in the game process such as Football Team and coaching Staff. the clock runners, announcers, chain crew The North Dakota Federation and NDH- and anyone else involved in the process SAA view good sportsmanship/citizenship of putting on an athletic contest. It also a concrete measure of understanding and reflects upon our communities (Edgeley, commitment to integrity, ethical play and Kulm, and Ellendale) and the parental and behavior. They also realize these values fan support we receive and show to other of good citizenship are attained through a schools and communities as they come to cooperative effort. Coaches, student par- our venues and as we visit their sites as ticipants, parents, fans, school administra- well." ? im~as Roberta Johnson loving family. Together with their daugh- Brenda's Boarding and Grooming and sure Dickey County Leader ter Rozalynne, they were moving to a new enough it was Meows. Thanks to several very kind and caring home and there was no question that Meows A little thin, dehydrated and a frozen ear people in Ellendale Meows, will be home would be moving also. So to have her lost but still has her original collar and seems with her family for Christmas. and alone in Ellendale was hard on the ram- otherwise healthy. Meows and her family were moving from ily. Brenda called the family and Tuesday af- Boxelder, SD to Verona, ND and stopped While the family was looking around the ternoon they arrived to pick up a very lucky in Ellendale at the Oster Park on the north park, they talked with Violet and Wanda cat. Meows was pretty vocal and clingy side of Ellendale. Meows decided to chase Hoffman and told them their story. Once the during the reunion but it was obvious she a bird and just that fast, was gone. Out of family had left the Hoffmans continued to knew this was her family and she was going sight of her family. They called and called check the park and surrounding area. They home. Just in time for Christmas. but no Meows. Finally, having to continue also put up posters around town and ran an Pictured above Meows gets a special hug on the road, the family left Ellendale and ad in the Dickey County Leader. Several from Robert as Richanda, Rozalynne and Meows. calls with people finding a cat proved not to Wayne are glad to have Meows back. Meows, a 4-year old female had been be the correct cat. Brenda Rekow set a live A special thanks to everyone who looked abandoned when her previous owners trap in the park but again, Meows avoided,::- for Meows and for those kind souls that moved and left her behind. Richanda Hurt the trap. fed her along her journeys in and around and Wayne Standley and their son Robert This past weekend Paul Monroe saw one Ellendale during the last three months. adopted poor Meows and it was a happy of the posters about the missing cat and (Photo by Roberta Johnson) was sure he knew where it was. A call to