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U.S. Border Patrol agent Cliff Allen stands atop a rock along the Mexican border. Allen, who graduated from Red Wing High School in 2005, recently returned stateside from a Army National Guard deployment to assist the National Police in Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy Ron Allen)

On guard, at home and abroad

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Like many high school seniors, Cliff Allen dreamed of leaving his hometown behind.

"I knew I'd have to leave to get a decent job," said Allen, who realized that his future would be found elsewhere.


A few short years after graduating from Red Wing High School in 2005, Allen found himself about as far from the city as possible - more than 6,000 miles away in South Korea.

And that was only the beginning of his travels.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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