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Local soldiers ready for deployment

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FORT HOOD, TEXAS -- Their training completed and goodbyes said to families, nearly 560 soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery of the Minnesota National Guard are preparing for deployment to Iraq in the upcoming days.

Six weeks of intensive training at Fort Hood, Texas, including 36 days of line-of-fire training have prepared the troops well, and morale remains strong, according to the battalion's commander, Lt. Col. Scott St. Sauver.

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