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Published July 17, 2013, 10:05 AM

Guard helping to expand space at Bismarck cemetery

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Dickinson-based North Dakota National Guard company is helping to expand the useable space at Bismarck's Fairview Cemetery.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Dickinson-based North Dakota National Guard company is helping to expand the useable space at Bismarck's Fairview Cemetery.

The 816th Engineer Company this week will use its heavy excavation equipment to level a hill as part of its annual training exercise.

Soldiers are using scrapers, graders, skid steers and bulldozers to remove rocks, cut into the hill, and then level it off to make useable terrain. This project covers approximately 6 acres which will allow for three new sections in the cemetery.

The Guard's Innovative Readiness Training program enhances the training of soldiers through real-world opportunities while meeting community needs.

Civilian employers of the National Guard soldiers' full-time jobs will be visiting the site on Thursday to observe their employees' training.

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