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Preparing for a soldier’s farewell

November 30, 2012
Messenger News
-Messenger photo by Emilie Nelson-Jenson
Athletes, cheerleaders, student senate and student ambassadors from Humboldt High School help employees of Corn Belt Power Cooperative raise a large American flag to the top of a crane Friday. The flag will be flown along U.S. Highway 169 in Humboldt to honor the funeral procession for United States Army Sgt. Joseph A. Richardson, who died Nov. 16 in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked by rebels. Richardson grew up in Algona and attended school there through ninth grade when his family moved to Arkansas. Richardson’s mother, Ginette Richardson, lives in Dakota City. His father and stepmother, Greg and Teresa Richardson, live in Gilmore City. The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. today at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona. The procession is expected to pass through Humboldt around noon on its way to Indian Mounds Cemetery. Gov. Terry Branstad ordered flags under state control to be lowered to half staff until 8 a.m. Monday for Richardson.


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