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About 450 people turned out Sunday morning for the second annual pancake breakfast to support the Family Readiness Group of the 79th Military Police Co.

The money raised will pay for postage to send care packages to troops overseas, a picnic for soldiers’ families in the summer and a Christmas party for children later this year, said Linda Hoiland, a member of the Family Readiness Group and president of the Blue Star Mothers in Plainview.

The 79th MP Co. draws soldiers from southeastern Minnesota.

At least 10 soldiers from the 79th were at the breakfast to cook and serve and give tours of Humvees, said Hoiland whose son is in Iraq. The event also attracted some members of the Patriot Guard Riders, veterans known to travel by motorcycle to events in support of troops and their families.

Visitors streamed through the Armory in Rochester for four hours to get their fill of pancakes, sausage and eggs.


Dawn Schuett

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