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Four Guardsmen get Bronze Star: Honor for attempted rescue of Josh Hanson is 'bittersweet'

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Four local Minnesota National Guardsmen were honored for their bravery and efforts when an improvised explosive device took the life of one of their own.

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Sgt. Brian Ness of Winona; Staff Sgt. Justin Knopf of Detroit Lakes; Sgt. 1st Class James Bakkila of Perham, and Staff Sgt. Dane Ronning, formerly of Audubon and now of Fargo, were awarded the Bronze Star Valor Medal for their efforts to save Staff Sgt. Joshua Hanson, who died Aug. 30.

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