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Associated Press, Published December 25 2010

Guard honors former North Dakota Gov. Hoeven with medal

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota National Guard has honored former Gov. John Hoeven with the North Dakota Distinguished Service Medal.

The Devils Lake Journal reports that the award was presented during a Friday afternoon ceremony at the Guard's Raymond J. Bohn Armory.

About 200 soldiers and airmen attended the event.

Hoeven left the office recently after being elected as one of the state's U.S. senators.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple says Hoeven provided strong leadership and showed unwavering support to guard members by attending send-offs and welcome-home events and by leading flood-fighting efforts.

During Hoeven's tenure, more than 5,300 soldiers and airmen were mobilized for federal duty and more than 3,000 active duty, reserve and Guard personnel were called to serve on state active duty to assist communities with flooding, ice storms and tornados.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.