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Olivia plans 151st send-off

OLIVIA -- Preparations remain on track for a community send-off for the soldiers of Battery B, 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery, based inOlivia.

The soldiers are scheduled to depart Olivia for training at Fort Bliss, Texas, on April 19. They are expected to train until late July before deploying to Camp Virginia in north central Kuwait. They will serve a one-year tour of duty.

The Olivia send-off event will begin at 3 p.m. April 4 in the BOLD School in Olivia. The events will include a 3:30 p.m. concert by the Woodbury Choir, several musical selections by Brittney Rohlik, as well as performances by the BOLD High School Band and the Harry Wojahn Band. There will be a kids' carnival in the little gym.

A military program will begin at 6 p.m. Following the program, there will be a dinner and dance at the Island Ballroom in Bird Island.

Tickets for the dinner are available at the Renville County Veterans Service Office and by calling 320-523-3763.