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The Nygaard family, left to right, are Kevin, Alex, Jaci and Char. The family was reunited last week at the Inver Grove Heights armory when Kevin returned home from a year-long tour in Iraq.

Nygaard returns from year in Iraq

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After almost a year in Iraq, Lt. Col. Kevin Nygaard didn't hesitate for a second when asked how it felt to be reunited with his family.

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"Pure joy," Nygaard said.

The Hastings resident has been in the military for 30 years and the Minnesota National Guard for about the past 24 years. He arrived home to a warm welcome from family members last Tuesday at the Inver Grove Heights armory with other soldiers from the 34th Infantry Division.

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