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The last group of 34th Infantry Division soldiers will return from a year-long deployment today. The group returned to the Rosemount Community Center around 4 p.m. The public joined family and friends in welcoming the soldiers home. More than 1,200 National Guard soldiers representing 273 Minnesota Communities and 14 states deployed with the Red Bulls. Soldiers with the Red Bulls have returned home in waves over the last month. Since May 2009, the 34th Infantry Division provided command and control of military forces in the southern third of Iraq.
The third wave of soldiers from the 34th Infantry Division will return home at 6 p.m. Feb. 5. The soldiers have wrapped up a one-year deployment to Iraq. Since May 2009, the 34th Infantry Division provided command and control of military forces in the southern third of Iraq. Headquartered at Contingency Operating Base Basra, the 34th Infantry Division led a force of approximately 14,000 U.S. service members throughout nine of Iraq's 18 provinces. Once they arrive in Minnesota the soldiers will be transported to National Guard armories in Rosemount, Inver Grove Heights and Stillwater.
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Negotiations could resume on a near-defunct income tax reciprocity agreement between Minnesota and Wisconsin, a state lawmaker said. Wisconsin legislators expressed interest in resuming talks on the deal set to end in December, Minnesota state Sen. Kathy Saltzman, DFL-Woodbury said. The 41-year-old agreement allowed people living in one state and working in the other to file one tax return.
A deer hunter in northwestern Minnesota shot what turned out to be an axis deer Sunday. An exotic species, axis deer are native to India. Stuart Bensen, conservation officer for the Department of Natural Resources in Erskine said he received a call Sunday afternoon from a hunter who'd shot the deer. The animal was a spike buck, Bensen said, and was about 60 percent white with areas of brown down the middle and spots along its sides. "The buck had 6- to 7-inch spikes but they didn't go straight up," Bensen said. "They kind of went out at a 40-degree angle.
Proctor is having problems getting rid of the internationally famous motorized chair seized from a drunken driver. The high bidder for the chair said he never meant to enter a $10,999.99 bid on eBay. "I am surprised that someone would bid on it and then try to back out of the contract," Proctor Chief of Police Walter Wobig said Tuesday. "The individual is the winning bidder. I turned it over to the city attorney and we'll see what the city wants to do about it.
WILMONT, Minn. -- By any standard, it was a horrific car crash: Nine people dead and 38 children, ages 1 to 39, were left without one or both of their parents. Now, almost 50 years later, the small southwestern Minnesota town of Wilmont is coming together to memorialize the 50th anniversary of the crash, which remains Nobles County's largest tragedy. The crash occurred in the early morning hours of Aug. 13, 1960, about 20 minutes after seven people from Wilmont finished their night shift at Campbell's Soup Co. in nearby Worthington, Minn.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- A Willmar man is among seven Minnesota soldiers who will be honored by the Netherlands government for helping liberate part of central Holland during a harrowing mission 65 years ago. Lyle Sande was among 20,000 U.S., British and Polish troops who parachuted or floated in gliders into central Holland on Sept. 17, 1944.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Minnesota is smack dab in the middle of the 2009 deer hunting season. For many hunters, that means perching precariously on a small, cold seat high in the trees waiting for a big buck to stroll by. But that won't be Dave Boman of Twin Valley this year: He will be deer hunting, but he won't be cold. More than likely, he'll sit on a couch or La-Z-Boy while drinking a cup of coffee on his deer stand. Boman, a welder and farmer by trade, built the ultimate deer stand this summer near Flom, Minn.
One of the most touching films I've seen in years is "Remains of the Day," a story set against the backdrop of pre-World War II, which tells of the unrequited love of the housekeeper (Emma Thompson) of a baronial manor and the butler (Anthony Hopkins). The movie drips with Britishness, manor houses, Rolls-Royce, Nazi sympathizers. The novel is based on was written by Japanese-English author Kazuo Ishiguro and won the Booker Prize.