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National Guard joins NW Minnesota fire battle

October 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Gov. Mark Dayton directed two Blackhawk helicopters and a team of 13 Guard members to arrive today at Thief River Falls to help suppress a fire near Fourtown, Minn., that has grown to about 700 acres. Continue Reading

Surprise guest answers little girl’s Christmas wish

December 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Her list: Barbie and DadAbby Koopman of Alexandria wanted a Barbie for Christmas, but more than that, she wanted her dad home for the holidays. Abby’s dad, Joe Koopman, is a sergeant in the National Guard stationed in Kuwait.
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Minnesota National Guard helicoper unit to deploy

November 27, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq means a new deployment for a Minnesota National Guard unit. About three dozen members of an assault helicopter battalion are shipping out as part of Operation New Dawn. Continue Reading

Minnesota National Guard officer awarded French medal

August 13, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A colonel in the Minnesota Army National Guard has been awarded a French National Defense Gold Medal. Continue Reading

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Shellito named Minnesota VA commissioner

January 12, 2011 in INFORUM

ST. PAUL Larry Shellito commanded thousands of Minnesota National Guard troops in the past seven years, including those fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, but now faces a different kind of battle. Continue Reading

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Clay attorney deployed again: Melton to leave for third tour

January 11, 2011 in INFORUM

For the third time in seven years, Clay County Attorney Brian Melton is leaving home for an overseas deployment with the Minnesota National Guard. Continue Reading

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Women: Service overlooked by military, civilian worlds

November 28, 2010 in INFORUM

MINNEAPOLIS Anne Baumtrog remembers the slight well. She and her husband, Paul, were at a support program in the Twin Cities for returning soldiers, checking out a Veterans of Foreign Wars table. Continue Reading