MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) _ The chief prosecutor for a western Minnesota county is heading to the Middle East this fall along with other Minnesota National Guard soldiers.

Clay County Attorney Brian Melton announced to his staff that he's been activated for duty in Kuwait.

Melton says it'll be the second time he's been deployed since he was first elected in 2006.

Melton says part of the mission involves administering intelligence information. He plans to be away for about a year, beginning in late September or early October.

Reports say Melton is a colonel in the Minnesota National Guard. He says he will not collect his county attorney's salary while he is deployed.