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Body Of Waseca Marine Killed In Afghanistan Returns Home

A fallen Minnesota Marine returned home Saturday to a community that honored his sacrifice. Hundreds gathered to pay their respects to Cpl. Caleb Erickson and remembered a life taken too soon.

03/08/2014

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U.S. Marine From Waseca, Minn. Dies In Afghanistan

A U.S. marine from Minnesota has died while serving in Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Caleb Erickson died Friday when a suicide bomber hit his convoy. The 20-year-old grew up in Waseca.

03/02/2014

Minnesota National Guard

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.

01/22/2014

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Father, Son United On Christmas After Fighting Different Battles

A father and son who fought two very different battles this year are home together for Christmas. When Ryan Johnson went to war in Afghanistan this past spring, he didn’t know if his father would still be here for the holidays.

12/25/2013

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MN Soldier Returns From Afghanistan, Surprises Kids As Scuba Santa

Four siblings got the surprise of their lives Sunday when their father returned home from serving in Afghanistan.

12/22/2013

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Former Marine From Prior Lake Receives Silver Star

An ex-Marine from Prior Lake is receiving one of the military’s top honors. Officials are presenting a Silver Star medal to Cpl. Ethan Nagel Tuesday at the Navy Operational Support Center in Minneapolis.

12/17/2013

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Veterans Marching To Raise Awareness Of Solider Suicide

Two combat medics who recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan plan to march 23 miles with other veterans through Minneapolis and St. Paul Friday to raise awareness that nearly two dozen soldiers die each day by suicide.

10/24/2013

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Father And Marine Son Recall Sept. 11

Mort Roghanchi remembers getting off the train at Penn Station on Sept. 11, 2001, and wondering why everyone was gathering around. He asked a young lady what was going on.

09/11/2013

Louis Goldstein

August’s Veteran Of The Month: Louis Goldstein

Louis Goldstein joined the Army Reserves in November of 2002 at the age of 17 while still a junior in High School. He attended St. Cloud State University from September 2005 – December 2009, and graduated with a double major in Political Science and Communication Studies.

07/31/2013

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Barn Remains A Growing Symbol For Troop Support

The Fourth of July weekend is a time to give thanks to the men and women serving our country. No one knows that better than a family from Holdingford. Last year, while Christine Schreiner’s son, Lance Cpl. Andrew Schreiner, was serving in Afghanistan, she started a message board for him on her horse barn. That giant message board was a popular stop before our story aired last July. And the family says afterwards, it really took off.

07/05/2013

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Gary Sinise’s Foundation Helping Wounded Minn. Vet

Some star power came to town Friday night to help a Minnesota marine wounded while serving in Afghanistan.

06/28/2013

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Army Officer, Author Lt. Col. Mark Weber Laid To Rest

Hundreds of mourners paid their final respects on Friday to a proud Army officer and devoted husband and dad. At 38, Lt. Col. Mark Weber was on the fast track for a successful military career. But the story of his unexpected journey would reach far beyond the halls of the Pentagon. “He was a scholar. He was just a joy to be around, very inspirational,” says Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, spokesperson for the Minnesota National Guard.

06/21/2013

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Minn. Soldiers Return Home To Loved Ones, Babies

The worrying is over for dozens of Minnesota families. Their loved ones with the Minnesota National Guard returned home Tuesday after spending nearly a year in Afghanistan. As they were saving lives overseas, new lives were beginning in some of their own homes.

06/18/2013

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‘You Have To Get Help’ — Vets Share Stories Of Living With PTSD

Jason Probst described what it was like last year in January when he was driving a vehicle down a street and hit a road side bomb in Afghanistan. “It was like driving and hitting a wall,” he said.

06/18/2013

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MN Reserve Forces Head To Afghanistan Tuesday

More than 100 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard are getting ready for deployment to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Officials said 103 soldiers will participate in a farewell ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.

06/17/2013

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