WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) _ North Dakota National Guard soldiers who
served a year in the Middle East were honored Sunday.
The Guard held a ``Freedom Salute'' Sunday afternoon for the 160
members of the 188th Engineer Company. The unit is based in
Wahpeton and Oakes in southeastern North Dakota. The soldiers
arrived home last August after a year of duty in Kuwait.
The soldiers are from nearly 70 communities across North Dakota
and into Minnesota. They did about 160 construction projects during
their time on active duty, doing work valued at more than $2.2
A number of North Dakota dignitaries attended Sunday's ceremony,
including U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, Gov. Jack Dalrymple and U.S. Rep.
Rick Berg. Guard commander David Sprynczynatyk