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May 8, 2018 • Page 8 shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com SD Guard Names Warrant Officer Of The Year By Capt. Bjarne Aanning 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Mitchell man was announced as this year's South Dakota National Guard Warrant Officer of the Year at its annual officer's conference in Brookings, April 22. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua Brenden, Company B, 139th Brigade Support Battalion, received the Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael F. O'Connor Award, which was established to recognize the most outstanding warrant officer in the SDNG based on exceptional qualities of technical knowledge, leadership, dedication and initiative. Brenden serves as the engineer equipment maintenance warrant responsible for overall maintenance for the company, as well as contributing support to the 139th Battalion. "CW2 Brenden always performs his duties and accomplishes all assigned missions with the utmost professionalism," said Col. Doug Bogenhagen, 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade commander. "His accomplishments and dedication to duty over the past year have definitely deserved him the distinction of being recognized as the most outstanding warrant officer of the year." "The warrant officers were questioned on things related to their career fields," said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ben Smetana, award selection board member. "They were also asked about the history of the warrant officer branch and current events." The competitors were further evaluated on their accomplishments over the past year and how technically proficient they are at their jobs - even though Army warrant offic- ers are technical experts in their specialized fields, they also help with training Soldiers and advising commanders. Brenden enlisted in 2000 and earned his commission in 2011. He previously served on active duty helping units prepare for overseas service, and it was those experiences that helped set him apart from his competitors. "Having the mentorship of the leaders above me to facilitate my career and to let me reach the goals I have in mind has been a big part of winning this award," said Brenden. "I want to use the information I have learned to train Soldiers around the state on the systems that I work with and meet readiness goals for the South Dakota National Guard." Brenden uses his personal experiences to bring positive changes to the SDNG's use of property books and maintenance tracking. "I have been working with our team to train Soldiers on new programs brought out by the Army that will help streamline maintenance issues," said Brenden. On the civilian side, Brenden is active in his community and volunteers with the United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Future Farmers of America and the Mitchell Soccer Association. He is married to his wife, Tiffany, and they have two daughters. Other warrant officers representing their major command for this year's award competition were Chief Warrant Officer 3 Gene Fisher, Joint Force Headquarters, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 John Schneider, 109th Regional Support Group. Secretary Of State Reminds Voters Not To Publicize Marked Ballots PIERRE, SD – With absentee voting underway and voters heading to the polls on Primary Election day, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is issuing a reminder to South Dakota voters not to publicize an official, marked ballot. “Our South Dakota voters are energized around this year’s Primary Election,” stated Secretary Krebs. “However, posting a photo to social media of an official, marked ballot showing how the individual voted is illegal.” State law outlines that no person may publicize an official ballot after it is marked to any person in such a way as to reveal the contents of the official ballot, or the name of any candidate for whom the person has marked a vote. No person may solicit a voter to show the voter's official ballot. If a citizen feels this law is being broken, they are encouraged to contact law enforce- ment. The Primary Election in South Dakota will be held Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Absentee voting for the Primary Election began Friday, April 20, 2018 and can be done in person at the county auditor’s office or by requesting a ballot by mail. 12-18-27. Marked ballot not to be publicized--Immediate deposit in ballot box. No person may publicize an official ballot after it is marked to any person in such a way as to reveal the contents of the official ballot, or the name of any candidate for whom the person has marked a vote. No person may solicit a voter to show the voter's official ballot. Immediately after marking the official ballot the voter shall deposit the official ballot in the ballot box, if necessary, leaving the official stamp exposed. SD Guard Names Lieutenant Over-Width Planters And Fertilizer Of The Year Application Vehicles Allowed Extended By Capt. Bjarne Aanning artillery, where we are constantly in a state 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment of readiness. Travel Time "As an officer, the reward is not only PIERRE, S.D. – Due to cold weather that has caused a delayed planting season, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an Executive Order to allow over-width planting, fertilizer and agricultural chemical application vehicles to travel during nighttime hours in South Dakota. Over-width vehicles are allowed to move on highways during daylight hours under the terms of an annual permit. The Executive Order provides permission to move permitted over-width planters and application vehicles not exceeding 12 feet wide during nighttime hours. The order expires May 31. Over-width vehicles must be equipped with flashing or rotating white or amber warning lights on each side of the load’s widest extremity. The warning lights must be clearly visible to motorists approaching from the front and rear. Although hours of travel for over-width planters and application vehicles have been temporarily extended by the Governor, several highways in the state have weight restrictions in place because of unstable conditions. No vehicle is authorized to exceed the recommended weight posting of any road. Rounds Accepting Fall 2018 Internship Applications PIERRE– U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (RS.D.) today announced that he is currently accepting internship applications for fall 2018. The deadline to apply for internships in his Washington, D.C., Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls offices is May 21, 2018. College credit is available. Duties in the Washington, D.C., office may include tracking legislation, researching bills, attending committee hearings and briefings, leading tours of the U.S. Capitol, handling constituent phone calls, sorting mail and providing legislative support. Duties in the South Dakota offices include researching constituent inquiries and requests, participa- tion in outreach activities, assisting staff on special projects, handling phone calls and constituent requests and sorting mail. In all offices, students will work closely with constituents and staff, polish their research and writing skills and gain an in-depth understanding of a Senate office. Interested college students should complete the online internship application and submit a resume no later than May 21, 2018. Resumes should be submitted to intern coordinator Kari Weller at kari_weller@rounds.senate.gov. Information about the internship program, along with the application, can be found online at www.rounds.senate.gov/internships. Additional questions can be directed to Kari Weller at (605) 336-0486. It’s FOOD or it’s LOSING your benefits. JOB OPPORTUNITY NIGHT SHIFT POSITION Full Time Full Benefits Responsibilities include: operating truck scale, cattle unloading and cleaning duties. Not following SNAP rules can cost you your benefits. Visit SNAPfactssd.org for complete program rules. Call: 800-950-0164 or 402-482-5931 RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City man was announced as this year's South Dakota National Guard Lieutenant of the Year at its annual officer's conference in Brookings, April 22. 1st Lt. Jason Becker, Headquarters Battery, 1-147th Field Artillery Battalion, received the Lt. Col. John J. Steele Award, which was established in 1968 to annually recognize the most outstanding lieutenant in the SDNG based on exceptional qualities of leadership, values and performance. Becker serves as a physician's assistant and contributes to Soldier medical readiness for the battalion. His efforts helped to increase the overall medical readiness of the 1-147th to over 93 percent. "1st Lt. Becker is an extremely qualified officer who has received many accolades from his battery leadership," said Lt. Col. Phillip Stiles, 1-147th Battalion commander. "His proficiency and skills make him an excellence choice for the John J. Steele Lieutenant of the Year." Becker said his experiences as an enlisted Soldier contribute to his success as an officer and strengthened his ability to form relationships with Soldiers in his unit. "I had an advantage of being prior enlisted for eight years," said Becker. "That helped me understand some of the groundlevel strategies, as well as being in the field about gaining respect, but you also know how it feels when you ask for tasks to be completed," Becker added. "I think that helps make missions go a lot better." He credits his success in the competition to understanding how Soldiers are responsible for being ready for all of their mission essential tasks. "You need to remember how to do tasks that are not just a part of your specific job in the military," said Becker. "The bigger picture is to help develop better Soldiers in general." In addition to his responsibilities in the National Guard, Becker serves as a physician's assistant with Black Hills Orthopedic and Spine Center as the primary surgical team lead. His professionalism as an orthopedic physician's assistant called him away, unexpectedly, from the award ceremony as he was tasked with operating on a patient in need back home. "No matter what the problem or where my team is, I will try to take care of our patients," said Becker. Other officers representing their major command for this year's award competition were 1st Lt. Scott Birr, 114th Fighter Wing, and 1st Lt. Dacey Eggers, 109th Regional Support Group. BULL SALES REG POLLED HEREFORD BULLS AND PUREBRED F1 BLACK BALDY BULLS FOR SALE BY PRIVATE TREATY. ALSO F1 BLACK BALDY & REG. 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