30 Minnesota soldiers return home for the holidays

Gov. Mark Dayton attended a special ceremony over the weekend that honored the soldiers for their sacrifice and recognized that for many, it's their second or third deployment.
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Gov. Mark Dayton attended a special ceremony over the weekend that honored the soldiers for their sacrifice and recognized that for many, it's their second or third deployment.

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Governor Dayton ordered state and national flags be flown at half staff Tuesday to honor the memory of Army Sgt. Nicholas Dickhut. He was killed in action in Afghanistan last week. It was Dickhut's second overseas deployment. He'd been awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

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