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Olivia to welcome back troops Friday morning

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OLIVIA_ -- The soldiers from Battery B, 1st Battalion- 151st Field Artillery based out of Olivia and Madison are expected to return home to Olivia at approximately 10 a.m. on Friday.

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They will be coming to Olivia on U.S. Highway 212 and will proceed on Ninth Street to the BOLD School. The soldiers from Madison will then proceed to Madison on Highway 212.

The public is invited to pick up mini flags to wave and welcome the soldiers along Highway 212. Flags can be picked up at the National Guard Armory in Olivia, Renville County Veterans office located in the County Government Center across from the Courthouse and also at Casey's Store in Olivia.

There will be a community welcome home event for the Olivia soldiers later in the summer. The soldiers have successfully completed a one year deployment as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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