More than 250 National Guard members back in Minnesota

The troops, part of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, returned Friday after serving in Kuwait and Afghanistan. They're among 3,000 service members, the largest deployment since World War II, to make their way home this month.
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The troops, part of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, returned Friday after serving in Kuwait and Afghanistan. They're among 3,000 service members, the largest deployment since World War II, to make their way home this month.

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