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Sami Rasouli (back left) visits with the people at St. Scholastica Convent. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
Sami Rasouli (back left) visits with the people at St. Scholastica Convent. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
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Iraq Speaker Addresses Peace Between Both Nations [AUDIO]

The St. Scholastica Convent held an event tonight (Wednesday) on "Iraq and the Trumoil in The Middle East."

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More Red Bulls Coming Back to Minnesota, St. Cloud Friday

Another group of National Guard soldiers are coming home to Central Minnesota. They'll be arriving at the River's Edge Convention Center at 4:50 p.m. The general public is invited and encouraged to come out and welcome them home.

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uhura1701, Flickr
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Minnesotans Who Have Died in Iraq, Afghanistan

After nearly nine years, the war in Iraq has been formally shut down. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other U.S. officials took part in a Baghdad ceremony today retiring the flag of U.S. Forces-Iraq.

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Minnesota National Guard, flickr
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Another Minnesota Guard Unit Set for Deployment

The drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq means a new deployment for a Minnesota National Guard unit. About three dozen members of an assault helicopter battalion are shipping out as part of Operation New Dawn.

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Tears, Hugs as Soldiers Return Home from Iraq [AUDIO]

This will be an especially happy Thanksgiving for 70 Minnesota National Guard soldiers and their families. WJON was at the Aviation Facility when they returned home to St. Cloud today (Wednesday).

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National Guard
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National Guard Soldiers Returning Home to St. Cloud

Seventy soldiers from the St. Cloud are coming home, just in time for Thanksgiving. The solders from the St. Cloud-based Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment will be back in town tomorrow (Wednesday).

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Sartell Councilman To Be Deployed To Afghanistan

Sartell City Councilman David Peterson is heading back overseas with the Minnesota Army National Guard. Peterson, who's a captain in the National Guard, says he's being deployed for the second time in three years - this time to serve a seven-month stint in Afghanistan.

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Emilio Campo (Facebook)
Emilio Campo (Facebook)
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Family – Soldier From Madelia Killed In Iraq

Relatives say a 20-year-old Army medic from Madelia has died while serving in Iraq. Family members say Emilio Campo, Jr., was killed Monday during combat. The Department of Defense did not immediately release details.

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St. Cloud area members of the Minnesota National Guard getting their GPS units at the St. Augusta American Legion. (Photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice)
St. Cloud area members of the Minnesota National Guard getting their GPS units at the St. Augusta American Legion. (Photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice)
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GPS Units Given To Deploying National Guard Soldiers

Ten St. Cloud area soldiers will be armed with a new G-P-S unit, when they leave for Iraq on Friday. The St. Augusta American Legion Post 621 donated the G-P-S units, with the help of Lowranz Electronics. Lowranz spokesman Mike Schnettler says the units will be a value tool for the soldiers.

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Photo via Facebook page for 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division
Photo via Facebook page for 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division
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Red Bull Deployment Ceremonies Planned In Central Minnesota

Several departure ceremonies for the Minnesota National Guard will be held in Central Minnesota over the next few days. The First Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, is scheduled to depart Minnesota in the next few weeks in support of Operation New Dawn in Iraq.

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