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The Sioux County Capital Democrat is one of the largest circulating newspapers in Sioux County with a distribution in excess of 1,200. The heaviest circulation is in the south section of Sioux County, serving primarily the cities and rural routes of: • Orange City • Hospers • Alton • Sioux Center • Granville • Maurice Also serving: Sheldon, Boyden, Hull, Rock Valley, Hawarden and Ireton.
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A hero is welcomed home
By Sarah Weber
ORANGE CITY—The family of Riley Bruxvoort welcomed him with open arms on April 14, after returning from a ten-month military deployment to Djibouti, the horn of Africa. Bruxvoort is a member of the Charlie Troop First Squadron 113 Cavalry National Guard in Le Mars. “I have been full-time with the National Guard since 2008,” Riley said. He is responsible for all the equipment at the LeMars base, cataloging and controlling seven million dollars in inventory.
While this wasn’t Bruxvoort’s first deployment, having served in Afghanistan and Kosovo, it was unique in its timing. With COVID-19 every present, the assignment was different in some regards. “There were a lot of restrictions, we wore masks all the time, and we were restricted where we could go,” he added. He left for his annual training on June 1, and previously soldiers would return to family before deployment. “With COVID, they wanted us to quarantine, so we left from camp Ripley for deployment.” Deployed soldiers were tested for COVID numerous times. “Every time we went somewhere, we were tested, a ton,” Riley said. And because of the remote location and with COVID a concern, leaving was not allowed. “Usually, we could come back home for the big stuff, but ours was a low priority mission, and it was too hard to fly in and out of our location; there just weren’t a lot of flights in and out.”
Deployment with modern technology allowed the Bruxvoort family to communicate daily. “We used the secure Signal app, and also Whatsapp that allowed video calls,” Riley said. But his wife, Jenny, would write daily updates on a google doc to share with Riley, “which would help us all feel like a part of each other’s day, and also allow for more meaningful questions and conversation when we would have phone calls.” She added with google drive; their phones link. “I will take a picture, and the pictures show up on Riley’s phone, so he could see what we were doing each day.” This became important because when Riley left, he left behind a three-month-old daughter, but he could watch her grow and change every day with photos and video. Daughter Ada, five years old, notes, “When he (Riley) got home, Clara didn’t know him yet.”
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