More than a hundred Minnesota National Guard Soldiers said goodbye to their families.
Hundreds more Minnesota National Guard members are returning home to friends and family Wednesday.
Hundreds of people gathered to formally send off about 160 North Dakota National Guard soldiers who are bound for a year of duty in the Middle East.
A send-off is set in Austin Thursday for 159 Minnesota National Guard soldiers.
Eighty St. Cloud-based soldiers are leaving home this weekend to help the drawdown phase of military operations in Iraq.