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At Minn. Capitol, Ideas Aplenty To Help Veterans

Minnesota is bracing for the return of its largest deployment of National Guard troops since the Sept. 11 attacks, and legislators have plenty of ideas for helping them find jobs.


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Program Aims To Transition Veterans Back To Daily Life

As our service men and women return home from their tours of duty, falling back into a daily routine can be a difficult challenge. That’s especially true on the job front, whether it’s returning to work or finding employment.


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Another Minnesota Guard Unit Set For Deployment

A Minnesota National Guard unit is getting ready to head out for the Persian gulf.


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‘Thankful’ St. Cloud-Based Troops Return Home Early

As families prepare to gather for the Thanksgiving holiday, none can be happier than those who gathered in an airport hangar in St. Cloud as 70 Army National Guard returned home.


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Minn. Soldiers Head Overseas With Unique Mission

Just two days after Americans took time to remember the nation’s veterans, a group of Minnesota soldiers is preparing to head overseas. The 55 soldiers will take part in Operation Enduring Freedom.


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Mission To Iraq: Albert Lea Guard In Action

Soldiers from the companies of Delta and Bravo were preparing Sunday afternoon for a quick mission into Iraq.


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National Guard Unit Moved To Arden Hills

A Minnesota National Guard unit is relocating.


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12 Soldiers ReturningTo Minn. After Year Overseas

The Minnesota National Guard says 12 soldiers who have been serving in Afghanistan for the past year are scheduled to return to the state.



New Afghan Deployment About Farming, Not Fighting

For the past 10 years America’s military mission in Afghanistan has targeted the Taliban and terrorists. But on Friday, 22 Minnesota National Guard soldiers will begin a much different tactic. They’re being sent to the dusty fields of the high Afghan desert.


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Send-Off Is Set In Austin For 159 Minn. Soldiers

A send-off is set in Austin Thursday for 159 Minnesota National Guard soldiers.


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Minn. National Guard Officer Awarded French Medal

A colonel in the Minnesota Army National Guard has been awarded a French National Defense Gold Medal.


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Dayton Issues Executive Order For Missing Boy

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered the Minnesota National Guard to help search for a teen who was swept away while swimming in a rain-swollen river in Duluth.


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Dayton To Serve Steaks To Troops, Families

Gov. Mark Dayton will serve steaks to Minnesota National Guard soldiers and their families during an event at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.


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Minn. Nat’l Guard To Help In Flooded Minot

Minnesota National Guard soldiers will be helping with the battle against Souris River flooding in Minot.


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Minn. Guard To Help With South Dakota Flood Fight

The Minnesota National Guard is sending two helicopters and 21 soldiers to help with South Dakota’s flood fight.


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More Minn. Troops Deploy This Weekend

Hundreds more families will be saying farewell to their loved ones Friday as more National Guard members deploy.


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Somber Memorial Day As Red Bull Soldiers Leave For Iraq

It was a somber day for family and friends of members of the Minnesota Army National Guard. On a day where Americans remember fallen military men and women, they were preparing to say goodbye to soldiers leaving for Iraq.


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Ceremony Honors National Guard Leaving For Kuwait

A ceremony near Pine City on Saturday sends off members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division on a yearlong deployment supporting the drawdown of U.S. troops from Iraq.


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Challenges Of Saying Goodbye To Red Bulls Heading Overseas

Thousands of soldiers from across the state are preparing for a yearlong deployment to Iraq. A total of 2,400 members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, known as the Red Bulls, will head overseas in support of Operation New Dawn. Deployment ceremonies are planned over the coming weeks.


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Connecting Families With Loved Ones Serving Overseas

A generous donation means some Minnesota soldiers will stay in close contact with their families while serving our country.


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Wild Players To Wear Pre-Game Camouflage Jerseys

Minnesota Wild players will wear custom-designed camouflage jerseys during warm-ups before Tuesday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers at Xcel Energy Center.


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National Guard Awaits Deployment To Iraq, Kuwait

In May, 2,400 Minnesota National Guard members will begin preparations to be deployed to Iraq and Kuwait.


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2,400 Minnesota Soldiers Mobilizing To Kuwait In May

One of the largest groups of Minnesota National Guard soldiers were just notified that they will be deployed to Kuwait in May to help with the final drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq.


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Ex-Guard To Lead Dept. Of Vet Affairs

Former Minnesota National Guard leader Larry Shellito is returning to state government after a three-month absence as Gov. Mark Dayton’s pick for a Veterans Affairs cabinet position.


Good Question: How Are Troops Called Up?

The soldiers holding their kids. The tears of a wife or a father. The deployment ceremony honoring citizen soldiers is one of the most emotional parts of a war. But leading up to that, who decides which units to deploy?