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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.

"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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