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Minnesota National Guard soldier dies in Iraq

Minnesota National Guard Sgt. Greg Riewer, 28, nicknamed Smiley by his family in Frazee because of his quiet nature, was killed in Iraq while on patrol Friday near Fallujah.

He was with soldiers from the Bemidji-based Company A, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb, Col. Kevin Gutknecht, a Guard spokesman, said. Two other Minnesota National Guard soldiers were injured in the attack.

A 1997 graduate of Frazee High School, near Detroit Lakes, Riewer enlisted shortly after graduating. He was single and had five sisters and seven brothers, one of whom, Andrew, is serving in the same unit, Gutknecht said.

Major General Larry Shellito, the adjutant general of Minnesota, says the loss of Sergeant Riewer is a tragedy. He says Riewer was proudly serving his state and nation in a combat zone when he was taken.

Funeral arrangements are pending.