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An Illinois couple and an accomplished Iowa wind technology expert will be among guests sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union Address.

Lee Maxwell, of Wilton, Iowa, started a wind technician training program in partnership with Clipper Windpower in Iowa three years ago.  Maxwell’s training program combines donated equipment and industry-based curriculum to give wind technician students hands-on experience during their training.  Maxwell holds more than two dozen separate certifications and he graduated from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids in 2012.

The parents of Hadiya Pendleton, the Chicago teen who was fatally shot days after she participated in President Obama’s inauguration ceremony, will also join Mrs. Obama during the address.  Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathanliel Pendleton Sr., of Chicago laid their daughter to rest Saturday, February 6, 2013.  Hadiya was an honor student and band majorette at King College Prep High School.

Clint Romesha, who was awarded the prestigious medal for uncommon valor in Afghanistan, told CNN that he has decided to spend the evening with friends from his former unit, Black Knight Troop, 3-61 CAV, his wife Tammy — with whom he celebrates a wedding anniversary Tuesday — and their families.

The president is scheduled to deliver the State of the Union Address at 8 p.m. Central time Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

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