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80 Minnesota National Guard ‘Red Bulls’ Return Home

Dozens of Minnesota National Guard members returned home to their families on Saturday. About 80 members of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, or the Red Bulls, were greeted by hundreds of friends and family.

04/25/2015

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Events, Businesses Pay Tribute On Veterans Day

Tuesday marks Veterans Day, during which we take time to honor the brave men and women who have served our country. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on this day in 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress amended the holiday to include veterans of all U.S. wars in 1954.

11/11/2014

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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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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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Minn. National Guard Soldiers Deploy For Iraq

It’s a day many Minnesota families won’t soon forget. More than 200 National Guard members are being deployed to Iraq. But before they go, those heroes and their families were treated to a steak lunch.

05/17/2014

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Troops Homecoming Sweetened By Local Girl Scouts

More than six dozen military men and women are almost home Saturday night. The 461st of Fargo just completed a training exercise in the Dominican Republic. They came through the Armed Forces Service Center at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Saturday evening.

04/19/2014

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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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Camp Ripley Airs Out New $1M Surveillance Drones

Minnesota National Guard Sgt. Charles Freese is looking at a simulation of a map of Baghdad on a computer screen in a brand-new building in Minnesota. “Our mission here is just to fly along the route,” he said. “We’re looking for anything that looks suspicious. We’ve been tasked to basically make sure there aren’t any IEDs or unfriendly troops in the area.”

05/17/2013

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Festival Uses Technology To Take Deployed Troops Ice Fishing

Spending time on a frozen lake is a rite of passage for many of Minnesotans. But for military families, that tradition got a unique twist Saturday as technology connected families to ice fishing.

02/02/2013

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Minn. Guard Unit Returns After Afghanistan Stint

After ensuring that other deployed U.S. troops got their greetings from afar, a Minnesota National Guard unit is on the final leg of its trip home from Afghanistan.

12/03/2012

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Soldiers Welcomed Home From Afghanistan

Some Minnesota soldiers will wake up at home Wednesday morning after returning from the War in Afghanistan.

09/26/2012

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Army Sergeant Reunites With Son After 9 Months In Afghanistan

It was the best gift a kid could get.

09/14/2012

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U.S. Congress Working To Restore Paid Leave For Troops

Some 2,000 Minnesota Red Bulls and more than 45,000 other National Guard troops nationwide are only a single vote away from having a much needed financial benefit restored to their military service package.

05/16/2012

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Last Of Minn. Nat’l Guard Red Bulls Return Home

The last of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division — the Red Bulls — returned home to Minnesota Sunday.

05/06/2012

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Red Bulls Late Arrival Time Angers Families

Another round of Minnesota Red Bulls are returning home, but some family members are upset about the timing.

04/30/2012

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Bachmann Says Afghan War End Remains ‘Very Fluid’

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is in Afghanistan, visiting troops from our state, and talking about the drawn down.

04/23/2012

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Hugs, Tears As More Red Bulls Return

There were hugs and celebration as a second wave of Minnesota National Guard members returned home over the weekend.

04/23/2012

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Family Makes Christmas Stockings For Troops

The sacrifice that military families make really hits home around the holidays because being apart is hard on everyone.

12/22/2011

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12 Soldiers Back In MN After 1-Year Deployment

Twelve soldiers are back in Minnesota after a one-year deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

10/09/2011

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Father Of 9/11 Victim Cheers Military

One of the victims of 9/11 was Tom Burnett, Jr., a native of Bloomington, Minn., who died in the crash of United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

05/02/2011

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St. Cloud Troops Headed To Afghanistan

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (WCCO) — As the war in Afghanistan continues, so does the deployment of local troops to help the cause. A group of soldiers with the Minnesota National Guard leave Sunday. They are with […]

04/21/2011

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934th Airlift Troops Get Big Welcome Home

Minnesota troops returning from Afghanistan received a warm welcome home in the cold weather.

01/18/2011

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Thanksgiving Greetings From MN Troops

Here are some Thanksgiving greetings from Minnesota-based members of the U.S. Military. Sgt. Jose Dimas St. Paul CW2 Craig Jones Eagan, Minn. CW2 Jason Wicks Luverne, Minn.

11/16/2010