The sand dunes along the Missouri River south of Elk Point are helping the 153rd Engineering Battalion of the South Dakota Army National Guard stay in fighting shape.

Around 240 service members are living in tents at the Austin Training Area south of Elk Point. The group includes more than just engineers – there are medics, cooks and a maintenance crew. They brought nearly 60 vehicles to help in their training.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.