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Hundreds of Minnesota Soldiers Return

Hundreds of Minnesota National Guard soldiers are settling back into civilian life after returning to the state in the past few days. And if they don't have a job to come back to, they will soon be looking for work.

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More National Guard Soldiers Coming Back to Central Minnesota

The 7th and 8th waves of soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team will be returning to Minnesota late tonight (Monday) and tomorrow afternoon. The National Guard says there are 500 soldiers in this latest group.

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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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More Red Bulls Coming Home Today

The second wave of National Guard soldiers are coming home today (Wednesday). There are 219 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team 34th Infantry that are returning to the state.

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Holiday Greetings From Kuwait [VIDEO]

Pine City's Troop B, 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry of the Minnesota National Guard sing their greetings to friends and family from their deployment at Camp Buehring in Kuwait.

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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 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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Hundreds Attend National Guard Deployment Ceremony in Sartell [AUDIO and VIDEO]

Hundreds of loved ones bid farewell to 131 members of the Minnesota Army National Guard last night during a deployment ceremony at the Bernick's Arena in Sartell. The Army National Guard's First Brigade Combat Team is made up of 29 units from 27 different Minnesota communities.

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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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