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Minnesota National Guard
MINNESOTA: Red Lake Falls Soldier killed Saturday in Iraq

Another area Soldier has been killed while supporting "Operation Enduring Freedom" in Iraq

Cory Rystad, 20, of Red Lake Falls, Minn, was killed Saturday He was a member of the Minnesota National Guard unit from the Crookston and Thief River Falls areas He joined immediately after he graduated from high school in 2004

"It happened yesterday, but we weren't notified until this morning," said David Rystad, Cory's brother, Sunday about the incident

The family had not been told exactly what happened to Cory Rystad as of Sunday night, but they believed he was killed by an improvised explosive device, called an IED by the military
Cory Rystad followed in his big brother David's footsteps when he joined the guard

"Between training and everything, he's been gone since the end of last October," David Rystad said

When Cory Rystad was mobilized, he spent time in Mississippi training for his mission to Iraq He left for Iraq in March

"He was home on leave in June," David Rystad said "That was the last time we saw him"

"He went to Duluth with me when he was home on leave to help me find an apartment," said Andrew Bertilrud, a classmate and friend "He's a really good guy"

Cory Rystad had an older brother, David, an older sister and a younger brother

"I think it's important to note that he was one of the biggest Fighting Sioux fans," David Rystad said

"He was always ready to help people," Bertilrud said "He'd do anything for you"

Cory Rystad had plans to attend technical college in Detroit Lakes, Minn, in the fall for radiologic technology

"We were getting everything ready for him," his brother said quietly

Cory Rystad would have turned 21 on Dec 31

"He was always a good friend," said Charles Schmitz, a classmate "We even went to grade school together"

Schmitz and Cory Rystad were close in high school, playing on the same sports teams and walking the same hallways

"We played hockey together all through high school," Schmitz said "The last time I saw him was probably a year ago"

"He was really a fun-loving kid He was laid-back and he really enjoyed his family and friends," David Rystad said

"Everybody really liked him," Bertilrud said "He was always fun to be around"

Maplewood Soldier dies in Iraq

A Soldier from Maplewood has been killed in Iraq, the Associated Press reported quoting family members and news reports Sunday night

Bryan McDonough, 22, was a specialist in the Minnesota National Guard, KSTP-TV reported

His parents told the station McDonough was on a mission in Fallujah when he was hit by an improvised explosive device They said the attack apparently happened Saturday, and the family was notified Sunday morning

By Lisa Gibson, Herald Staff Writer
Published Monday, December 04, 2006
Reach Gibson at (701) 787-6754, or lgibson@gfheraldcom

Source: http://www.grandforksherald.com/articles/index.cfm?id=19237§ion=News

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