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Sergeant Matt Harris gets hugs from his niece Kate Turner and nephew Jack Turner

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Sergeant Matt Harris gets hugs from his niece Kate Turner and nephew Jack Turner Sunday April 15, 2012, at the Brainerd Armory where Minnesota National Guard soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry, 1st Brigade Combat Team were being welcomed home in Brainerd, Minn.

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A large contingent of Minnesota National Guard soldiers who served in Iraq returned to the state Sunday.

The National Guard says 215 soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry, 1st Brigade Combat Team returned to St. Paul. Army Lt. Col. Rick Schute says the soldiers flew on a commercial, military-chartered flight.

The brigade, which provides reconnaissance and security, supported the final phase of the Iraq war.

Schute says it's the first of many groups returning to Minnesota over the next three weeks.

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