ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton will serve steaks to Minnesota National Guard soldiers and their families during an event at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.

The Sunday event is sponsored by “Serving Our Troops,” which is a St. Paul-based civic organization led by business leaders, elected officials and restaurant owners. The group is serving meals to 2,400 soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard’s 1st Brigade Combat Team and their families.

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The Minnesota soldiers are nearing the end of their training at Fort McCoy and preparing to depart for a one-year deployment to Iraq and Kuwait.

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Dayton will serve steaks, greet soldiers and their families and make brief remarks at the event.

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