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Post Falls Welcomes Back Soldiers

On her Facebook wall, Post Falls Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson writes (and provides photos) of the reception of the National Guardsman returning from Iraq to the Post Falls Armory last night. The last 30 Guardsmen in two buses were snagged behind a large pileup on I-90 near Ellensburg, Wash. Writes Kerri: "After waiting on pins and needles all afternoon for the busses carrying the last of the 116th finally home, I got the call that they were about 30 minutes out. I headed onto I-90 for the National Guard Armory and had to pull off to catch my breath. The sight of the ladder truck, firefighters and a flag draped over the Idaho Street overpass brought tears to my eyes." And: "There were over three dozen citizens lining Seltice in front of the armory holding large flags and more than 100 family and friends with flags and signs lining the parking lot." Among those returning were KCFR Division Chief Dan Ryan and Kerri's nephe, Dallas Rankin Scharf. More photos here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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