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Accomplish Minnesota: Mission Ferris Bueller

While many of us are making holiday plans, some Americans don’t have that option. Members of the military will again be spending the season in Afghanistan.

10/26/2014

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‘The Wolfpack’ Returns For The Holidays

More than 140 Minnesota soldiers will spend the holidays with their families. Minnesota National Guard’s 114th Transportation Company was formally welcomed home today at Chisholm High School after spending a year overseas.

10/26/2014

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Fallen New London Soldier’s Push For Safety Honored

After more than a decade of hard work and road blocks, the parents of a fallen soldier are about to see his dream come true. Even before he became a soldier, Ryane Clark was pushing the DNR to build a parking lot near his home as part of his Eagle Scout project. The lot would help keep bikers and drivers safe from County Road 31 near New London.

10/17/2014

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Teen Uses Eagle Scout Project To Honor Brother, Help Troops

A Minnesota teenager is earning the Eagle Scout rank while keeping his brother’s memory alive. Eli Pruka’s brother Sean was a marine, and a lover of animals. So, Eli began working on a project that would honor that along with Sean’s service to his country.

09/17/2014

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‘Global Vikings’ Headed To Middle East To Support Troops

Members of a Minneapolis Air Force Reserve Unit are on their way to support troops serving in the Middle East. More than 100 airmen with the 934th Air Lift wing said goodbye to their families Tuesday morning and boarded four C-130s for the two-day trip to southwest Asia.

09/09/2014

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Transportation Company Returning Next Week

More than 140 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard are scheduled to return to the state next week. Soldiers from the 114th Transportation Company return after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

09/09/2014

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Winona Man Paddles Away 2 Tours In Afghanistan

Two tours in Afghanistan took a toll on Joshua Ploetz. The former Marine was injured in a roadside bomb. He lost friends in combat, and later, to suicide. When the Winona, Minn. resident returned from the war eight years ago, he was coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD,

08/07/2014

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Boy, 6, Gets Unforgettable Birthday Present: Dad Home From Afghanistan

A 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.

06/03/2014

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Guard Unit From Litchfield Returns

Nearly 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.

06/03/2014

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MN Soldier Speaks Out Against Freed POW Bowe Bergdahl

A Minnesota man is questioning what he sees as a hero’s homecoming for a former prisoner of war. Bowe Bergdahl was released from Afghan captivity on Saturday in exchange for five terror suspects in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Former Army Sergeant Josh Korder served with Bergdahl in Afghanistan.

06/02/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 4-24-14

Did you miss Congressman John Kline today with Dave? That and other highlights from today’s show can be heard on our PODCAST PAGE. Click the link above to listen back!

04/24/2014

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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

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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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