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Joshua Pena of Willmar hugs his children Joshua, 2, and Maya, 4, Friday when he returned with troops who arrived in Olivia. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Hero's welcome greets troops


OLIVIA -- Olivia and neighboring communities joined to offer a noisy and jubilant hero's welcome to the first returning troops with the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery on Friday morning.

The 111 troops with Battery B based in Olivia and Madison waved and gave thumbs up signals from their four busses as they rolled into Olivia at 10 a.m. They were the first of 550 troops making their way home from Fort McCoy, Wis., Friday and today.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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