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Welcome home: Minnesota soldiers return after 9-month deployment

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More than 140 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 114th Transportation Company were met with tears and applause as they returned home after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.

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Families and friends eagerly awaited the Minnesota Army National Guard's Chisholm-based 114th Transportation Company in Inver Grove Heights Tuesday morning.

Kids, like this young boy pictured in a photo by KARE 11's Melissa Colorado, carried a signs for their parents. Others had balloons and wore decorated T-shirts.

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The 114th Transportation Company, known as "The Wolfpack," spent nearly a year in Afghanistan as forces moved equipment to close bases, according to the Minnesota National Guard. There were no combat casualties on their mission, WCCO says.

“I know that some of the places that my son had gone to, it was really dangerous, and he didn’t let us know until after they get back. He loves what he’s doing and that’s what keeps you going,” Kathy Sherwood, a parent, told the Duluth News Tribune.

Sherwood said her son Matthew has one thing planned for when he gets home – to have a fajita at Grizzly's. He's also looking forward to going for a ride on his motorcycle and getting out on the boat before winter comes, the newspaper says.

Another welcome home event is scheduled in Chisholm for Oct. 25, the Duluth News Tribune says.

Since 2001, more than 25,000 Minnesota National Guard members have been deployed, serving in more than 33 countries worldwide, according to the Minnesota National Guard. As of Sept. 7, there were more than 13,000 soldiers and airmen in the state's National Guard. Of those men and women, about 600 soldiers and airmen, including the 114th Transportation Company, were deployed in support on the war on terrorism.

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