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Minnesotan dies in Iraq

A Minnesota soldier from Rosemount was killed Sunday in Baghdad, Iraq, the Defense Department announced Wednesday.

Army Spc. Sean K. McDonald, 21, died of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

McDonald was assigned to the 9th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based in Wiesbaden, Germany.

The Department of Defense did not release any more details Wednesday. The Pioneer Press said McDonald is the 48th member of the armed forces to die in Iraq.

The story quickly became top news on both the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press websites Wednesday night. For further details, check the papers for more in-depth articles once more details are released and family is spoken with.