The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting for the new U.S. Army Reserve headquarters building at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 in St. Joseph.
The 40,000 square-foot, one-story brick building is located in east St. Joseph, just off CR 75, east of the former Del-Win Ballroom. The building is battalion headquarters for the 367th Army Engineer Battalion, which has about 1,000 members in five Upper Midwest states. Those members get together annually for joint training in one place, otherwise they customarily train in their own facilities.
Ground was broken for the new building last April. Paid for by federal funds, the approximately $10-million structure houses classrooms, training simulators, maintenance, storage and other resources geared to training, equipment and special meetings.
There are other Army Reserve headquarters in various places throughout Minnesota, including in Brainerd, Buffalo and Willmar.
A full-time staff of about two dozen people will work in the building.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.