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Remaining Red Bulls arrive this weekend

The last wave of troops returning from an 11-month deployment to Kuwait will land in the Twin Cities Saturday and Sunday. They're among 3,000 Minnesota National Guard service members making their way home after supporting Operation New Dawn in Iraq.
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The last wave of troops returning from an 11-month deployment to Kuwait will land in the Twin Cities Saturday and Sunday. They're among 3,000 Minnesota National Guard service members making their way home after supporting Operation New Dawn in Iraq.

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