MONTEVIDEO, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota battalion that returned home a few months ago got special recognition this week from friends, family and state officials.

More than 550 soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard's 1st Battalion came home in April. They had spent a year overseas supporting the war in Iraq.
The troops were officially welcomed home Friday at a ceremony in Montevideo.

Relatives and well-wishers expressed their thanks and support to the members of the National Guard's 151st Field Artillery. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Collin Peterson also thanked the soldiers for their service.

National Guard officials tell KSAX the unit completed nearly 600 combat missions without suffering a single injury.