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Sisters Becky and Alissa Rutledge traveled to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota as part of a mission trip from July 31 to Aug. 5. Pictured above, Becky, left, and Alissa, right, are pictured with Clara, one of the children living on the reservation.

Church group lends helping hand at Pine Ridge, S.D.

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When sisters Becky and Alissa Rutledge heard about West Immanuel Lutheran Church's plans to travel to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near Kadoka, S.D., they both jumped at the opportunity.

"I just think it's really interesting that they were so close but needed so much help," Alissa, 15, said.

The two Star Prairie residents joined a group of 15 youth and five adults who left the rural Osceola church property on Sunday, July 31, and returned Aug. 5.

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