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Lt. Col. Michael Wickman of the 34th Infantry Division tells reporters Saturday that three Minnesota soldiers died in southern Iraq on Thursday. A fourth was hurt in the attack on a Basra-area base.

Arrest reported in soldiers' deaths


STILLWATER, Minn. - News reports from Iraq detail an arrest in a Thursday attack that killed three Minnesota National Guard soldiers and injured another.

The Associated Press reported that the Basra police chief said a man confessed early Saturday to the attack that killed Spc. Daniel P. Drevnick, 22, of Woodbury, Spc. James Wertish, 20, of Olivia and Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox IV, 27, of Cottage Grove. The attack appeared to be from a missile or mortar shell.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.