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Page 6 May 3, 2012 From left to right, Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Sen. John Hoeven, Congressman Rick Berg, Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general; Chaplain (Capt.) Brock Sailer and Command Sgt. Maj. Harley Schwind, state command sergeant major, are introduced to attendees at the 818th Engineer Company&apos;s (Sapper) send-off ceremony at the Bismarck Civic Center, Bismarck, April 29. (Photo by Sgt. Brett J. Miller, Joint Force Headquarters) Guard members honored at ceremony BISMARCK Hundreds of family members, friends, military veterans, fellow Guardsmen, the North Dakota Patriot Guard and members of the community gath- ered to honor 100 soldiers of the Williston and Hazen-based 818th Engineer Company (Sapper) at the Bismarck Civic Center. Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Sen. John Hoeven, Rep. Rick Berg and Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general, delivered remarks during the ceremony. "Today we proudly honor the soldiers of the 818th Engineer Company as they deploy on a year- long mission to Afghanistan and continue the North Dakota National Guard's distinguished support of Operation Enduring Freedom," Dalrymple said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with these soldiers and their families, and we look forward to welcoming them home once their mission is con> pleted." The soldiers departed Monday at about 11:30 a.m. from Raymond J. Bohn Armory en route to their chartered flight from the Bismarck Airti. The unit will travel to Fort Bliss, Texas, for additional training before deploying to Afghanistan. Members of the North Dakota Patriot Guard provided a motorcy- cle escort for the soldiers while they travel to the airport. "Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes go out to our Soldiers and Sgt. Maj. Rashad Schaffner, left, company first sergeant, and Capt. Robert Bohl, company commander, look on as distin- guished guest speakers render remarks at the 818th Engineer Company's (Sapper) send-off ceremony at the Bismarck Civic Center, Bismarck, April 29. (Photo by Sgt. Brett J. Miller, Joint Force Headquarters) their families as they embark on their yearlong mission." Sprynczynatyk said. "These pro- fessional Sappers are well trained and fully prepared to undertake their important trailblazer mission, keeping roads safe and clear for our coalition military and the citizens of Afghanistan." The "Sapper" moniker associat- ed with the 818th Engineers refers to combat engineers, whose mis- sions include: mine. clearing, road building andmairttenance, as well as other engineer-related military tasks preformed in a combat the- ater. The 818th Engineer Company is expected to be on active duty for about a year. Nearly half of the unit has served on previous 'overseas deployments. . Riding with Granctpa Jack Hello, Just drying up from a much- needed rain! We received about three quarters of an inch here south of Dickinson. Nearly an inch and a half north of here! And it was need- ed. Made a few calves wet and cold, but remembering the storm last year at this time, this was a picnic. Hope you got the needed rain on your out- fit. Last evening we got to visiting about some of the things Grandpa Jack used to do and say. About the meanest thing he ever said about anyone was to call them a "light- weight". He would refer to various legislators that way. He was a con- servative old cowboy. But he never turned his back on someone in need. Whether they were a hitchhiker needing a ride, an Indian guy need- ing a little gas or a job, or a con- stituent with a problem. Hell, he couldn't even turn his back on a hungry dog! One time we were rounding up on upper Squaw Creek. We were holding herd west of the rock cross- ing below the Smith Camp. I sup- pose there were twenty-five riders. I had a German Shepard cow dog by the name of King who was helping. He was one of the smartest dogs I ever saw. And he loved to tag along Camping The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is implementing camping restrictions effective immediately on some wildlife management areas in western North Dakota and along Lake Sakakawea. Overnight camping is now pro- hibited on the following WMAs: Antelope Creek, Big Oxbow, Lewis and Clark, Neu's Point, Ochs Point, Overlook, Sullivan and Tobacco Garden in McKenzie County; Van Hook in Mountrail County; and Hofflund and Trenton in Williams County. The following WMAs are closed to camping on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but open to camping Thursday-Monday: Audubon, Custer Mine, Deepwater Creek, deTrobriand, Douglas Creek and Wolf Creek in McLean County; and Beaver Creek and ,Hille in Mercer County. , '. Game and Fish does not operate any official campgrounds, but most WMAs are open to primitive camping for 10 consecutive days. However, the agency does not have any staff manning the areas where people like to camp, and there is no registration system to He was a conser- vative old cowboy. But he never turned his back on someone in need. with Grandpa Jack. Grandpa Jack always rode at a trot. When we were still saddling up and adjusting cinches and getting chapped up, Jack would crawl up on Joey and ,,o trotting off on the longest circle of the day. And King would leave me and follow Grandpa all day. Anyway, back to the roundup.We had unloaded at tile Smith Camp and Grandpa sent rid- ers out in different directions. We were gathering from the Spotted Horn down the creek to where it bends south. I imagine we had six hundred cattle threw into the herd by noon, when we started sorting pairs. It got to be early atternoon and the cook showed up. I won't say her name, but she was an old witch. She was the wile of one of the restrictions keep track of when people come and go. "'In the past we have always had people who would try to work around the IO-day limit," said assistant wildlitE division chief Jeb Williams, "but in recent years we have seen a significant increase in the number of people who are residing on our WMAs for extend- ed periods of time," Because of the volume of campers, Williams says it's diffi- cult for Game and Fish to keep track of who is abiding by the I O- day limit and who is not. "q'he new rules are enforceable and are intended to ensure these areas are available for hunters and anglers," Williams said. "In some cases we determined it was best to not allow any camping, and in other areas the two-day per week restriction allows people to slay m mea.s where el imhmtion of. campin,g,,is not yet necessary." On those WMAs where camp- ing is allowed Thursday through Monday, all equipment must be removed on Tuesday and Medcenter One, Sanford Health </ take step toward merger La Playa BISMARCK - Medcenter One, in the process of developing interna-  , )l based in Bismarck-Mandan, and tional clinics in Ireland, Ghana. Restaurant Santbrd Health, based in Faro, and Israel and Mexico. :\\; Sioux Falls, S.D., announced Sanford Health includes 34 hos- ':}. Monday they have signed a letter of Great Pricing! Quality Construction! Call Now! pitals, 116 clinic locations and near- ly 1000 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 20,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experi- encing growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a health care organiza- tion in America, and then a $100 million gift in 2010. These gilts are making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. intent and memorandum of under- standing (MOU) and are moving forward with discussions regarding a potential merger. Both agreements are non-bind- ing. The MOU defines what the future o,Nanization would look like in the event of a merger. Both organ- izations are sharing financial, legal and business information as part of the due diligence process, and are evaluating how a combined organi- zation could better serve patients and communities and advance our missions. Regulatory filings with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and North Dakota Office of Attorney General ,are moving,,, forward as well. "This is a time of great change in healthcare, and it's also a time of great opportunity." said Dr. Craig Lambrecht, Medcenter One presi- dent/CEO. "We are carefully evalu- ating this and see it as a positive opportunity for our patients and communities and for both the Medcenter One and San/brd organi- zations." Medcenter One is a non-profit, integrated health system headquar- tered in Bismarck-Mandan with clinic locations in Bismarck, Dickinson, Jamestown, Mandan and Minot. Medcenter One consists of a 228-bed hospital, four multi-special- ty clinics, a college of nursing, seven primary care clinics, four walk-in clinics, three kidney dialysis centers, three occupational health clinics, four long-term care facilities and a comprehensive group of health serv- ices in western and central North Dakota. Sanford Health is an integrated health system and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for- profit health care system in the nation with loca- tions in 112 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is ranch owners who had cattle in the nfiddle pasture. King and I were just ahead of Grandpa .lack in the chow line. As I filled my plate, I snuck a piece of fat off the roast beef and handed it to King. Man, that old lady ripped me apart. She said she hadn't cooked all morning to feed the dogs on the reservation. 1 felt kind of sheepish and walked along. Grandpa Jack didn't say a word. He just heaped his plate up with potatoes and gravy and roast beef. It looked to me like he took more than his share. Then he just sat that plate on the ground for King, got on his horse and trotted back to the herd! Not taking one bite for himself. We all just shook our 'heads, sat our plates on the ground for the other dogs and went back to sorting cat- tle. That old lady never brought us dinner again ! She reminded me of a story that a friend just told me. Now this guy is an old team roper. He breakaway ropes and team ropes pretty often. And his wilL" is often home alone. The bar maid at the Dollar told him if she was married to him, she'd "feed him poison". Marvin just looked at her and said if"I was mar- ried to you, I'd be glad to drink it!'" I,ater, Dean <- Open Mother's Day May 13 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Special Buffet 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Featuring a chocolate fountain and flowers for Mom Reservations Recommended 872-8226 (TA CO) Will also be open Sun. May 27 from 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. :: , placed on some WMAs Wednesdays when camping is not allowed. "'This may be an inconvenience tk-)r some, but the vast majority of camping on WMAs is on week- ends and we want to make sure they are available for recreation- isis," Williams said. "There are a number o[ managed campgrouuds along Lake Sakakawea that are available for people lo use any clay of the week and for extended peri- ods of time." Camping restrictions at all WMAs are posted at entry points. 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