Boy, 6, Gets Unforgettable Birthday Present: Dad Home From AfghanistanA Stillwater dad home from Afghanistan Tuesday gave his son a surprise birthday present he'll never forget. Derek Kirby, 6, hadn't seen his dad in nearly a year. Spc. Gary Kirby surprised him by wrapping himself up in a box at his birthday party.
Guard Unit From Litchfield ReturnsNearly 90 Minnesota National Guard members return home after an 11-month deployment to Afghanistan. A homecoming ceremony will be held Tuesday for the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company, based in Litchfield.
5 Minnesota Guard Members Injured In Afghanistan Five soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard were injured during a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan on Monday. The soldiers are members of the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company, based in Litchfield. One soldier Minnesotan soldier is recovering at a medical center in Germany, while the other four are recovering in Afghanistan. A soldier from California was killed in the attack.