News Item: [b]Locals honored as Hometown Heroes by Modern Woodman[/b]
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Posted by Kim
Wednesday October 06, 2004

By Lucy Halverson

Volunteer Laverne Olson, Presho, was recognized as a 'Hometown Hero' by local Modern Woodman of America camp members Sunday, October 3, 2004 at an afternoon ceremony held at the Oacoma Community Center, Oacoma, SD. In addition, Tim Long, Kennebec, was also recognized as a member of the National Guard 200th Engr.

Area Modern Woodman agents Lana Karstens, Dallas Thompson, and Ryan Schaub hosed the event. Others honorees were Sharon and Dave Nelson; Marge Miller; Vicki Hieb; Greg Powell; Ron Frame and Renae Bunker; and Randy and Shirley Basting.

Laverne was recognized for her work with the American Lutheran Church Presho Women's quilters group. This group of women meets every Wednesday, except during the summer, to sew quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Quilts are also given locally to shelters for women and children. Laverne has served in offices on the church board and currently serves as secretary to the Lyman-Jones Thrivent Chapter.

The 200th Engrs., headquartered in Pierre, with stations at Chamberlain and Mobridge, were deployed to Iraq January 2003. The unit built and important bridge across the Tigris and proceeded to guard the bridge for over a year. The unit returned to South Dakota March 29, 2004.

Chosen by their peers for their volunteerism and community service work in their communities; these hometown heroes were awarded a $100 cash prize to be donated to their favorite charity and an American flag.

There are eight Modern Woodman camps in the Chamberlain/Oacoma area serviced by the above agents.

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