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Final arrangements announced for three fallen Minnesota National Guard Soldiers

The funeral details for Sgt. Bryan T. McDonough, Age 22, of Maplewood and Sgt. Corey J. Rystad, Age 20, of Red Lake Falls have been announced. Sgt. McDonough and Sgt. Rystad died in Fallujah, Iraq on December 2nd when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. The two Soldiers were assigned to B Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry in Crookston, Minnesota. McDonough and Rystad have been promoted posthumously from the rank of Specialist to Sergeant.

The funeral details for Sgt. Nicholas D. Turcotte, Age 23, of Maple Grove have been announced. Sgt Turcotte was killed on December 4th when his armored security vehicle rolled over on a road near Al Nasiriyia. The vehicle was escorting a logistics convoy with Soldiers of the West St. Paul-based Company A, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry. The accident was not the result of hostile enemy action, and the cause is under investigation.

Sgt. Bryan T. McDonough

Wake (Open to Media)
3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 11
Mueller-Bies Funeral Home
2130 Dale ST N
Roseville, MN 55113
Funeral (Closed to the Media)
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 12
Cathedral of St. Paul
239 Selby AVE
St. Paul, MN 55102

Interment (Open to Media)
12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 12
Ft. Snelling National Cemetery
7601 34th AVE S
Minneapolis, MN 55450
Cards and flowers:
Mueller-Bies Funeral Home
c/o: McDonough Family
2130 N. Dale St.
Roseville, MN 55113


Donations:
The McDonough Family
c/o Minnesota National Guard
3300 W 98th ST
Bloomington, MN 55431






Sgt. Corey J. Rystad

Visitation (Open to Media)
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 12
Red Lake Falls School District:
Lafayette High School
Red Lake Falls, MN 56750
(School Phone 218-253-4480)
Funeral (Remote Video Open to Media, no Media in Church)
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 13
St. Josephs Catholic Church
112 Edward AVE NE
Red lake Falls, MN 56750

Interment (Open to Media)
4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec 13
St. Josephs Cemetery (3 miles from church)
Red Lake Falls, MN 56750
Cards and Flowers:
The Rystad Family
c/o Minnesota National Guard
1801 University AVE North
Crookston, MN 56716


Donations:
Unity Bank North
c/o James Rystad
210 Main Street
Red Lake Falls, MN 56750
218-253-2143





Sgt. Nicholas D. Turcotte

Visitation (Closed to Media)
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 15
Church of St. Vincent de Paul
9100 93rd Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Funeral (Closed to Media)
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 15
Church of St. Vincent de Paul
9100 93rd Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445


Interment (Closed to Media)
1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 15
Ft. Snelling National Cemetery
7601 34th AVE S
Minneapolis, MN 55450

Cards and flowers:
The Turcotte Family
c/o Evans Nordby Funeral Home
34 2nd ST NE
Osseo, MN, 55369

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, 651-268-8949 (Office), 651-775-4392 (Cell)

Sgt. Bryan T. McDonough

Sgt. Corey J. Rystad

Sgt. Nicholas D. Turcotte





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