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Major General Paul G. Rehkamp presented Douglas County Land and Resource Management Director Dave Rush (second from left) with an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award plaque as Sergeant Shane Karlberg and retired ESGR member Don Nolting looked on at the Douglas County Courthouse on Tuesday, January 8. (Echo Press photo by Crystal Dey)

A patriotic pat on the back

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"It seemed like what we ought to be doing," said Dave Rush, Douglas County Land and Resource Management director.

Rush was honored for his role in supporting a National Guard member, Sergeant Shane Karlberg, who worked for him this past summer as a watercraft inspector.


He was presented with a plaque and a pin from the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) committee in Alexandria at Tuesday's county commissioners' meeting.

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Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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