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Ripley will have more helicopters this summer

Posted: April 5, 2011 - 9:03pm


By Monica Lundquist
Cass County Correspondent

WALKER " Col Scott St Sauver, the newly appointed head of Camp Ripley operations, informed the Cass County Board Tuesday that many of planned training programs at Ripley this summer will be pre-deployment operations for Soldiers going to the Middle East

St Sauver has spent three of the last four years in Iraq and is the father of four sons who have deployed He has been in the military 31 years

While many of the training programs troops will participate in at Ripley are on the ground and in air operations, St Sauver said they are doing a lot more training with simulators than in the past

He said neighbors living near the camp can expect to see a lot of helicopters in the area this summer People in Little Falls and near Pillager will hear sonic booms when artillery rockets are launched and land in August

The facility also is used for training area law enforcement officers and conservation officers, has a MnDOT snowplow driver training course and hosts the Boy Scout Jamboree, water quality training for Morrison County children and special hunting seasons for deer and wild turkeys, he said There is a wildlife conservation program




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