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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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