"Soldier From Willmar Dies In Iraq" by Susan Feyder, Star Tribune
Early Saturday Morning, Andrea Schmit received a call notifying her that her husband, Army Sgt. Joshua Schmit died from injuries after a roadside bomb exploded near the vehicle he was driving. Sgt. Schmit, a 1999 Willmar High graduate had been in Iraq since May 2006 and was suppose to come home later this month. Schmit is the 58th person with Minnesotan ties to die in Iraq or Afghanistan over the war. Greg Schmit, Joshua's father, is in the Minnesota National Guard and is scheduled to be sent to Iraq next month. Greg says he still plans to go to Iraq and will follow his commanders orders.
The challenge in this story is not letting it fall victim to just another fallen soldier in Iraq. The article noted that Schmit was the 58th person with Minnesota ties to die over the war. The media respectfully covers each death with honor, however, the story is newsworthy, it's not irregular.
David Hanners reported on the story for the Pioneer Press. The Pioneer Press' coverage was more detailed. The reader is told that Schmit's nickname was "Oompa" and that it was just 10 days before he was suppose to return home. It was almost mentioned that his Humvee had been struck three other times by roadside bombs, but Schmit escaped with his life.