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Sgt. 1st Class Troy Smith of Esko is thrilled to see his 22-month-old son, Cayden, after arriving at Duluth International Airport on Monday afternoon. Smith is on a two-week leave in his yearlong deployment in Kuwait. His duties include driving soldiers in and out of Iraq as the war winds to a close. (Bob King /

Duluth-based guard unit comes home for the holidays

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Most members of the Duluth-based 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry of the Minnesota Army National Guard are still in Kuwait, riding armored trucks and escorting supply convoys in and out of Iraq.


But through the luck of a draw -- the units were picked out of hat -- about 60 of the 94th's 500 members are home in the Northland for the holidays for a brief break in their yearlong deployment in the Middle East.

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