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Local supporters welcome as troops depart for Mideast

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MONTEVIDEO -- More than 550 area soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery will depart Sunday for training in preparation for deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The unit will board flights from Sioux Falls, S.D., en route to Fort Hood, Texas, before deploying later this year to Camp Virginia, Kuwait. They are expected to return to Minnesota in April of next year.

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