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Minnesota Soldier Killed in Iraq


Another Minnesota Soldier was killed Saturday when his patrol was hit by an improvised explosive device, bringing the total of Minnesota troops killed in the war to 47. Minnesota National Guard Sgt. Greg Ninerd Riewer, of Frazee, Minnesota was originally scheduled to be home by now, but he was just one of the 2,600 Minnesota National Guard soldiers who learned in January their service in Iraq would be extended until August. The attack which happened at about 5:30 p.m., struck Riewer’s vehicle, killing him and also injuring three other Minnesota members in his unit.

The Star Tribune article talks mostly about Riewer’s life here in Minnesota; his hobbies, personality and how he was nicknamed “Smiley? by his family in Frazee because of his quiet nature. The story mentions a lot of his family. Riewer had five sisters and seven brothers, one of which is currently on deployment in Iraq.

The Pioneer Press article goes more in depth with Riewer’s service in Iraq and that he would have been in Minnesota now had his service not been extended. I feel it shows a little bias in Brian Bonner, the Pioneer Press reporter who wrote the article. There is bias in other parts of the article as well. The lead opens up with, “The state's latest combat casualty in a four-year-old war that has no end in sight.? An experienced reporter would know better than to put his or her personal opinions in a story.

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