Derek Hauptli, 22, right, was honored Friday by his co-workers at American Welding in Willmar with a party. Hauptli will be deployed, along with fellow members of the Montevideo National Guard, to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Troop send-off events to be held today
MONTEVIDEO -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be joining hundreds of citizens from the area today for send-off events for local troops headed to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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