70 Minnesota soldiers return home for the holidays

About 70 soldiers from the St. Cloud-based Company B Aviation are back after a one-year deployment in Iraq. They say they are thrilled to be home just in time for Thanksgiving.
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About 70 soldiers from the St. Cloud-based Company B Aviation are back after a one-year deployment in Iraq. They say they are thrilled to be home just in time for Thanksgiving.

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