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The tears began flowing almost immediately when a grinning Logan Carmichael surprised mom Connie last Tuesday at work. He'd just returned from Iraq on a two-week leave. Dad Russ kept the visit a secret. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Soldier's surprise return brings joy, tears

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When Logan Carmichael returned from Iraq for a surprise visit with his Park Rapids family last Tuesday, he had no way of knowing the base he was initially deployed from would be a more dangerous place than the war zone he left.

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Logan, an Army combat medic and 2002 Park Rapids Area High School graduate, was in the same processing center in April that was the scene of a mass shooting Nov. 5 at a Fort Hood, Texas, Army post.

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