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Members of the Patriot Guard thanked the soldiers of Charlie Battery as they left the deployment program at the Morris Area Elementary School on Saturday. Photo by Morris Sun-Tribune

Guard troops, families honored at deployment ceremony

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MORRIS - Supporters filled the Morris Area Elementary gymnasium Saturday for a send-off for local troops headed to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Some 560 soldiers with the Minnesota Army National Guard's 1st Battalion 151st Artillery are being deployed to the Middle East. The soldiers are deploying from units in Montevideo, Olivia, Appleton, Marshall, Madison, Morris and Ortonville.

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