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Minnesota National Guard
11th Annual Government on Display Expo

Information about valuable government resources available to Minnesota residents was presented at the 11th Annual Government on Display Expo, held at the Mall of America in Bloomington on Jan 30 and 31 

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The Federal Executive Board of Minnesota hosts this annual event, coordinating exhibits spread out through the Mall of America first floor courts Exhibits included such departments as Minnesota National Guard and Reserve military components, Department of Agriculture, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of Housing and Urban Development The departments had a variety of interactive materials as well as pamphlets, magnets and pens for residents to keep

The largest display was hosted by the Minnesota Army National Guard, which featured two rock climbing walls

"The purpose of us being there was to show the public that there are opportunities that are available to them," said Sgt 1st Class Michael Rivera, Minnesota Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Noncommissioned Officer  "Additionally, we wanted to make ourselves visible and accessible to answer questions and give accurate answers"

According to Rivera, the event was a success 

"There was a ton of interest, not only in troops returning from deployments, but as well as people interested in joining the Army National Guard team," Rivera said  "That kind of exposure and the opportunity the Mall of America gave was incredible" 

Along with the exhibits, a citizenship ceremony was held, welcoming children and youth as new Americans  Some new citizens were adopted into American families from other countries, and others had relatives who were citizens

Story and photos by Sgt Jodi Krause
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
30 Jan, 2010

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