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Guard recruitment continues upward

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WILLMAR -- Today's high school graduates were finishing the seventh grade when American troops rolled into Iraq.

Five years later and the war still unresolved, they are joining the Minnesota National Guard in numbers higher than any seen before 9/11.

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Some are signing up knowing that they will be deployed to Iraq as soon as they complete their training, local recruiters told the Tribune. All prospective recruits are told that an overseas deployment is a very real possibility.

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