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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.


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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