When Staff Sgt. Jacie Swanson deployed for Iraq, it took her a little longer than usual to say goodbye to her family. She has 12 siblings-nine brothers and three sisters, a fact that also gives an idea of what Christmas must be like at the Swanson household.
Gina Braswell shuttles between Arden Hills, where she is attending Bethel Seminary to earn a master of divinity degree, and St. Cloud. Her husband, Sammie, is currently deployed to Afghanistan with the Minnesota National Guard.