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Recently returned National Guard Spc. Dillon Baer sits with his girlfriend, Tricia Schoch and the couple's 3-month-old baby Grace in Richardton on Wednesday. Baer was able to watch his daughter's birth from Afghanistan via Skype during his deployment.

Welcome home, Baer: 21-year-old returns from Afghanistan to meet new daughter

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RICHARDTON -- Returning home from a tour of duty overseas, you would think Spc. Dillon Baer would be most excited to reunite with the friends and family he has known for years.


Instead, Baer, part of the National Guard's 818th Engineer Company out of Williston, was thinking the most about someone he had never met.

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Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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