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2 Minnesota Soldiers serving in Iraq killed by explosives

Two Minnesota Soldiers were killed in Iraq over the weekend, including a 22-year-old from Maplewood who died Saturday in Fallujah in an explosion, the man's father confirmed Sunday night The family of Bryan T McDonough, a specialist with the Minnesota National Guard, learned of his death Sunday morning, said his father, Thomas McDonough

The 2002 graduate of Roseville High School was deployed to Iraq in March

The other Minnesotan killed was Corey Rystad, 20, of Red Lake Falls, who was a member of a National Guard unit from the Crookston and Thief River Falls areas, the Grand Forks (ND) Herald reported He joined immediately after he graduated from high school in 2004

McDonough, who had been taking classes at St Cloud Technical College before his deployment, wrote about his war experience on MySpacecom:

"This is definitely not the most glorious place in the world, but there's no other place I would rather be Putting everything on the line to defend my country is something I wanted to do"

As part of the same MySpacecom entry, he also wrote: "When I get out of the sandbox, I will be going back to college; hopefully I can finish it up before Uncle Sam has another mission for us"

His father declined to comment further Sunday night

Rystad's family had not been told exactly what happened to him as of Sunday night, but they believed he was killed by an improvised explosive device, the newspaper reported

"It happened yesterday, but we weren't notified until this morning," his brother, David Rystad, said

The two were the 46th and 47th people with Minnesota ties to die in the Middle East during the Iraq war

Tom Ford, Star Tribune

Last update: December 04, 2006 " 12:37 PM

The Associated Press contributed to this report Tom Ford "¢ 612-673-4921 "¢ tford@startribune.com

Source: http://www.startribune.com/462/story/851786.html



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Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
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Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
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Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.



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