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Troops appreciate community support

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After officials thanked the National Guard for answering the call to serve in Iraq, local guardsmen expressed their appreciation of the community for its support of them - and their families.

"It's really amazing," said Jamie Allen. "Bemidji has been really supportive of us."

From the American flags hanging in front of residents' homes to the local businesses proclaiming their appreciation in billboards and signs, the entire community has the National Guard unit, he said.

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